Apr 12, 2012
The Christian life is all about faith.
And when faith is strong the results are huge — joy and peace (Rom 15:13), love for others (Gal 5:6), more of the Spirit’s work in our lives (Gal 3:5), power over Satan’s attacks (Eph 6:16), and growing obedience (Heb 11:8).
So here are 10 verses to help you understand and grow in faith –
Genesis 15:6 — And Abraham believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Like Abraham, we have all sinned and faced God’s judgment. But because of the Cross, when we trust Jesus, God forgives all our sins and covers our imperfect lives with Jesus’ perfect righteousness.
So don’t try to be good enough to be accepted by God — you can’t. Instead — trust Jesus to make you welcome before God. He can — and will.
Isaiah 31:1 — Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the LORD!
Everyone has faith in something — we all rely on something to secure and satisfy us. Israel was tempted to have faith in Egypt’s horses and chariots — but they should have had faith in God.
So ask yourself — what are you trusting — really — to secure and satisfy you?
John 6:35 — Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
Faith means turning from whatever I used to trust to satisfy me — and trusting Jesus to satisfy me. He is the only bread of life.
When I come to Him, trusting Him to fully satisfy me in Himself, my every heart hunger and thirst will be satisfied — not in what He gives, but in who He is.
Ephesians 2:8-9 — For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
We are not saved by works — trying to impress God with our goodness.
We are saved by faith alone — trusting all that God promises to be to us in Christ Jesus.
Romans 4:20-21 — No distrust made him [Abraham] waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
For Abraham, faith meant trusting God to do what He promised. So biblical faith focuses on promises given in God’s Word.
God has given us five main categories of promises –
- to satisfy us fully and forever in Himself (John 6:35).
- to forgive us through faith in Christ so we can experience His heart-satisfying presence (1Pet 3:18)
- to enable us to obey Him so we receive even more heart-satisfaction in Him (Ezekiel 36:27)
- to ordain every event in our lives to bring us even more heart-satisfaction in Him (2Cor 4:17)
- to provide everything else I need in such a way that I have the greatest heart-satisfaction in Him (not in health or wealth – but in HIM) (Phil 4:19)
Learn God’s promises — and trust them.
Mark 9:24 — Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
This verse is encouraging, because it shows that we can cry out to Jesus when our faith is weak, and He will meet us and strengthen our faith.
So NEVER settle for weak faith. Bring it to Jesus — He will strengthen you.
Romans 10:17 — So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
How does God give us faith? And strengthen our faith? Through His Word. As we take time to pray over the truth of God’s Word — He changes our hearts — giving us strength, peace, joy, and hope.
Take time to pray over the truth of God’s Word.
Ephesians 6:16 — In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.
Satan constantly shoots flaming darts at us — darts of worry, lust, discouragement, bitterness.
But this verse shows that when we pick up the shield of faith, and fight with prayer and God’s Word to trust God’s promises, God will extinguish ALL Satan’s flaming darts.
Romans 15:13 — May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
When I lack joy, peace, or hope — the problem is that I’m not believing. I’m not trusting all that God promises to be to me in Christ Jesus.
But when I pray “help my unbelief,” and set my heart on God’s promises, the Holy Spirit will change my heart so I abound in joy, peace, and hope.
Hebrews 11:8 — By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
Obedience flows naturally from faith — because whatever I trust the most to satisfy me, I desire the most — and whatever I desire the most, I obey.
If I trust money the most — I will obey money. If I trust Jesus the most — I will obey Jesus. It’s not complicated — but it IS a battle.
So FIGHT — with prayer over God’s Word — until you trust Jesus as your all-satisfying Treasure. When you do — you will desire Jesus the most, obey Jesus the most — and be satisfied the most.
Because He IS your heart-satisfying Treasure.
Those are my Favorite Bible Verses on Faith
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Here’s some related posts you might find helpful –
- What is Faith?
- How to Strengthen Your Faith.
- The Faith-Joy Connection.
- What are the Promises of God?
- What Are You Trusting — Really?
- How Faith in Christ Changes Us.
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