Faith in Action
Genesis 1 offers us insight into how faith works. I will be highlighting amazing passages from the bible that show us faith in action. Let’s look at Genesis 1:1-10.
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. 6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. 9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
Is there a void in your life ? Are you believing in God for something to happen in your life ? I believe that this passage will shed light on how we are be people who walk by faith. How do we walk by faith ? Based upon this passage we need to tackle some major points.
1. Faith pushes you in the midst of lack
You wouldn’t need to have faith if you had what you were asking for. Faith is necessary when there is a void or lack of something. God saw emptiness. He wanted there to be something. He wanted a world to be created. God had a plan. Hebrews 11:1 says: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Faith is operating past what is not there and seeing what God has declared to be so.
2. The Holy Spirit is the one who moves on your behalf
So many times I hear people say to me, “I had faith but nothing changed”. My only question is: Did you involve the Holy Spirit ? People tell me that they spoke in tongues. However, the gift of tongues are just that: a gift. They are a component that comes along WITH it. However, to allow the Holy Spirit to work throughout your day is the main goal. The Holy Spirit was present before God spoke in Genesis 1. It says that the Holy Spirit “hovered”. I think that is so powerful. He was moving around ready for God to speak. That is how the Holy Spirit works on our behalf. Once we possess faith, the Holy Spirit is ready for us to start walking in the promises of God so that He can work on our behalf. I can not tell you enough how reassuring it is to know that there are forces of good working on your behalf. It increases your faith. Yet, that is not the end. Once we know and have become aware to the Holy Spirit, we must commune with Him. Faith is supernatural. In order to tap into supernatural faith, you must awaken your spirit. This is not a spooky or eerie sense of living. No, it’s to live by your supernatural eyes and not by what you see around you that makes you doubt what God can do in your life. The Holy Spirit desires to help us in our everyday lives. Activate your faith by activating the Holy Spirit that is living on the inside of you. Before Jesus started his powerful ministry, He was filled by the Holy Spirit. Why did He need to have the Holy Spirit ?
3. The Holy Spirit is the power that moves your faith
Before Jesus began to heal the blind, call out demons, and win the masses in order to be saved, the Holy Spirit entered into the picture. In fact, when His disciples wondered how they could even continue to walk righteously, Jesus told them of “The Helper” in John 14:26.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (ESV)
Remember Acts 2 ? If you have never read it, please do. The disciples were waiting with expectation for the Holy Spirit to come. When it came, they received POWER as they were promised in Acts 1:8. This power would give them boldness to not only proclaim the Gospel to the world but for their own personal lives as well. I refuse to believe that God wants us walking around broken and bitter while telling everyone else about wholeness and healing. The Holy Spirit helps us walk in faith so that our own lives show just how good our Father is. The question is: Are you ready to walk in the power that the Holy Spirit is ready to give you ?
Yes ? Well, we have already made several points. We know that faith operates in the midst of lack. We also know that it is the Holy Spirit that not only moves on our behalf but is also the one that gives us power. Now, let’s connect the dots back to Genesis 1.
4. Faith is an ACTION VERB
Genesis 1 has some great verbs for us to observe. There is a pattern. God acted and things appeared. Appeared how ? Well, by the Holy Spirit as we explained in our earlier points. Let’s list three verbs from verses 1-10.
Once God did these things, things appeared. What does this show us ? Faith operates by action. Even in Romans 10:17, it says that for the believer, faith comes by what ? HEARING. Now God did not need to hear because He was GOD. However, we are humans and doubt is everywhere around us. We NEED to hear the Word of God. Many times we hear everything else BUT the Word. We listen to our friends, our coworkers, and strangers on the internet with their 2 cents on your life. Yet, faith ONLY comes by hearing God’s Word. These are all actions. I have learned that God desires for us to have dominion over our circumstances and challenges. When Jesus was tempted by the enemy while in the wilderness, He pulled out the Word of God to combat the enemy’s words. Why ? Because, Jesus was now in human form and His flesh was now working against Him because that’s just what flesh does. So if Jesus needed to speak and ACT, so do we. Faith involves not just one type of action but several. When it comes to Faith “Actions”, we need to keep these things in mind.
Before we believe, we have to know the promises of God
Before we speak, we must believe in those promises
We have to speak what we believe
We have to act on what we believe
We have to see what we believe
We have to be patient for what we believe
We have to walk in what we believe
Genesis 1 really opened my eyes to see how I as a believer should act in Faith for what God has declared to be so. If I am destined to be healed, delivered, set free, restored, and so much more, I need to have faith in God. However, to have faith and to walk in faith are two actions that must be paired together in order for the promise to manifest in your life. I see so many people walking in circles because they have not activated their faith. Also, there are some people that have given up because faith requires patience. However, it’s like what I said when I was speaking to a group of women. You don’t need patience to grow like grass but you do need it if you want to grow like a tree. The seed of a plant is always greater than its end result. Have faith and know that if Abraham could have faith, you can. If God could bless a barren woman to conceive like Sarah, Hannah, and Elizabeth, you can have faith. Jesus said in John 16:33 that “He overcame the world”. You can overcome to-by faith ! The Holy Spirit is waiting for you to speak those things into the void that you may currently have in your life. We learned that Faith COMES by Hearing. However, once it comes, you can’t sit on it. You have to start ACTING on it. People may call you crazy but that’s what they called the woman with the issue of blood who desired to be healed. That’s what they called the blind man who called out to Jesus. Faith is something that you can’t put your finger on. It’s supernatural. What is supernatural always overpowers the natural. So what are you waiting for ? It’s time to put your Faith in ACTION !