How Faith Works

How Faith Works

God loves to precipitate a crisis. He sometimes lets things happen to make us pray and believe Him for the answer. He wants us to take a definite step of faith by making specific requests and expecting specific answers.

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Faith in God, trust in God, gives a feeling of rest of body, peace of mind, contentment of heart, and spiritual well-being. When we know that God loves us, we know everything is going to be okay.

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We’re supposed to believe God’s Word simply because He said so. It’s like a child who has to trust his parents even though he doesn’t always understand why he must do or not do this or that. He just has to “do it because Daddy says so.” Because the child trusts his parents and feels secure in their love, he takes their word for it. That’s the way we should be with God. We should say to Him, “Yes sir!” and believe it and do it simply because He says we should. That’s one way of showing our love and confidence in Him.

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How do you get faith? It’s a gift of God and available to anyone who wants it. The problem is, a lot of people don’t want it until they need it, and then they suddenly find they don’t have the faith they need because they have no background of faith in God’s Word. As no good building is without a good foundation, there is no solid basis for faith without the Word; faith in God is built on His Word. So if you feel like you’re weak in faith, there’s a simple cure: God’s Word will increase your faith.

“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”1—meaning it comes through reading God’s Word or learning from someone who is teaching about God’s Word. The more you fill your heart and mind with the words of God, the more faith and the less worry, fear, and stress you will have.

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When you pray, expect an answer. God is bound by His Word, so remind Him of His promises. Never doubt for a moment that God is going to answer, and He will. He has to. He wants to. Trust Him and thank Him for the answer, even if you don’t see it immediately.

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Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.—Martin Luther King, Jr.

1. Romans 10:17

David Brandt Berg

David Brandt Berg (1919-1994) was the son of well-known American evangelist Virginia Brandt Berg. In 1968, David and his wife and teenage children pioneered a ministry to the counterculture youth of Huntington Beach, California. This ministry grew into an international Christian missionary movement known today as the Family International (TFI). (Articles by David Brandt Berg used in Activated are adapted.)

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