Faith in the Real World

Faith in the Real World

What practical benefits does faith provide? Here are a few. In essence, it’s a short list of God’s promises.

New beginnings

The life which I now live … I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.—Galatians 2:20

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.—2 Corinthians 5:17

Peace of mind

Be anxious for nothing, but … let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.—Philippians 4:6–7

Overcoming fear

I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.—Psalm 34:4

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in [God].—Psalm 56:3


Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.—Psalm 143:8

In all your ways acknowledge [God], and He shall direct your paths.—Proverbs 3:6

Dealing with adversity

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed.—Psalm 27:13

With God all things are possible.—Matthew 19:26


I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”—Psalm 91:2

Security for the future

I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.—Jeremiah 29:11

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.—Psalm 37:5


Please, Lord, hear my prayer and give me the understanding that comes from your word.—Psalm 119:169 CEV

Relief from stress

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul.—Psalm 23:1–3


The testing of your faith produces patience.—James 1:3


Is anyone among you sick? The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.—James 5:14–15

To you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings.—Malachi 4:2


Our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.—Psalm 33:21

The joy of the Lord is your strength.—Nehemiah 8:10 

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Maria Fontaine

Maria Fontaine

Maria Fontaine is the spiritual and administrative co-director (along with her husband, Peter Amsterdam) of the Family International, a Christian community of faith dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. She is the author of numerous articles on the Christian faith life. (Articles by Maria Fontaine used in Activated are adapted.)

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