When I think about true freedom as a Christian, I think about our faith and how Jesus Christ has paid the price for our freedom. The Apostle Paul stated in Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” It is our faith in Jesus that provides all we need to travel the journey of freedom.
The 11th chapter of Hebrews is known as the Hall of Faith and begins with a definition of faith, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” When we understand the power of our faith, we can apply it in areas can strengthen and change our lives.
Applying Our Faith
Faith is like many things in life; it is not unleashed until it is applied. The following are examples of the benefits that can be unleashed as we learn to apply our faith in our everyday lives:
1. Faith gives you the strength for obedience.
In 1 Kings 17:2-4 Elijah was given revelation, “Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah “Leave here, turn eastward and hidden the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”
- Faith will allow you to take only the steps you need now.
- Faith will allow you to see the details of God over even what might appear minor.
- Faith will allow you to walk confidently in a direction which might not make sense to others.
2. Faith drives you to have a new look at life.
The story of the woman found in John 4:7-14 provides a great example of how and encounter with Jesus can provide a new outlook on life as we place our faith in Him:
“A Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?“ The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. ) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” Sir, the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
- Faith will change the way you do life.
- Faith will change the way you see people.
- Faith will change the way you see the circumstances.
- Faith will change the what you pay attention to.
- Faith will change your witness.
3. Faith will provide a new confidence for the future.
The author of Hebrews speaks of the confidence we have in verses 10:19-23, Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
- Faith will change the facts.
- Faith will see beyond today.
- Faith knows the end of the story.
- Faith operates from an eternal perspective.
The Next Step
The next step when we hear the truth of God’s Word is to apply it to our lives. James 1:22 states, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Let’s commit to apply these truths to our lives and walk by faith so we can work together to reflect His light and encourage others on the journey.
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Kathy Lewis is the Founder and Executive Director of Why Not Charleston, which is a non-profit organization located in Charleston, SC focused creating opportunities and experiences that connect believers on mission to reach and serve their communities. Kathy can be reached at email@example.com.