How Can Faith Change My Life?
Q: How can faith change my life?
A: God is calling people from all denominations to live a life of power. He is revealing how to live victoriously—day in and day out, in good times and bad. Faith in God’s Word will change your life.
Some people use faith to get born again, then lay it down and never use it again. If you do that, you’ll never be able to make spiritual principles work for you.
Every one of Jesus’ apostles operated by faith. Their faith wasn’t some kind of special apostle faith either. It was the same kind of faith you and I have (2 Peter 1:1).
God didn’t shortchange you and give you an inferior brand of faith just because you were born 2,000 years after the apostles. You, as a born-again believer, have like faith with Peter, James, John, Paul and every other New Testament Christian.
Every aspect of your spiritual life depends on faith in the Word of God! If you’re not living by faith, the power of God is totally neutralized in your life. He can do no mighty works for you. You can go to church every Sunday. You can even read your Bible every day. But if the Word you read and hear preached isn’t mixed with faith, nothing will come of it. That was proven in Jesus’ ministry. He went to Nazareth and preached to the people but “He could there do no mighty work...because of their unbelief” (Mark 6:5-6). Think about that. Those people had the Healer right there with them, but they couldn’t be healed. They had the Deliverer right there, but they couldn’t be delivered.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11). All the pieces of the armor of God have one thing in common—the Word of God. But according to Hebrews 4:2, the Word does not profit you when it’s not mixed with faith. None of these pieces of armor will do you any good without faith.
You also can’t enjoy the fruit of the spirit unless you’re living by faith. Peter knew that. He wrote: “Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone... Do these things, and you will never fall away” (2 Peter 1:5-7, 10, New Living Translation).
Faith is the foundation of a godly life. Without your faith, you don’t have a base on which to build these spiritual forces. According to Romans 14:23, “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin,” and what’s more, you can’t please God without it (Hebrews 11:6). That’s about as simple and clear as it can be. You must have faith to please your heavenly father.
Faith isn’t just a temporary movement that’s sweeping through the world. It will change your life! It’s a permanent way of life for people of God—a way that works in good times and bad, a way that works when nothing else is working. Faith is here to stay!