What Difference Does Faith Make?
“Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17 NIV).
All that God wants to do in your life, he does on the basis of faith.
Everybody has faith. Even an atheist has faith. It’s just a matter of what you put your faith in and the amount of faith you have.
Would you like to have more faith in your life? Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (NIV). The Bible says we get faith through listening to the Word of God. Over the next few days, as we look at Scriptures that illustrate and explain how positive faith can make a difference in your life, your faith will grow.
So, what difference does faith make in your life?
Faith determines what God can do in your life. The Bible says, “According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29 NIV). God says you get to choose how many blessings you have in your life. You get to choose how many answered prayers you have. You get to choose how much he can work in your life. It’s according to your faith. There are thousands of promises in the Bible, and faith is the key that unlocks those promises.
You don’t have to pray, “Dear Sir, if you’re not too busy and if you can afford it, here’s my request.” Matthew 21:22 says, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (NIV).
Faith is so powerful that when you put just a little of it in a big God, you get big results. Faith turns dreams into reality. It’s the basis for any miracle in your life. Does God do miracles today? Of course he does! He does them through people and through prayer.
The Bible says in 1 John 5:4, “This is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (ESV). Faith gives you confidence. It neutralizes fear. It gives you the ability to press on. Imagine Moses and Aaron standing before the Red Sea and Moses turning to Aaron and saying, “You first!”
Faith gives you the confidence to move ahead, which produces success in your life.
Talk It Over
Do you want more faith in your life? What evidence points to your willingness to invest time and energy into studying God’s Word?
How have you seen God do miracles in your life or someone else’s life? What part did faith play?
Why do you think God does his work on the basis of faith? What does he want to accomplish in you?
This devotional © 2019 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.