by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday May 16, 2006
The Expression of Faith
People put their trust in different things. Some place faith in the Lord; others trust in themselves or another person. Faith can even be placed in relationships, money, or politics. Anytime we put absolute trust in something, we demonstrate faith. So, the question isn’t, Do I have any faith? but rather, In what have I placed my faith? Looking at that question honestly will shake up your assumptions about your spiritual life.
An old saying explains, “Faith gives feet to belief.” Simply put, this means that faith is the active expression of what you believe about God. If you have the idea that He sits in some far-off place called “heaven” and only halfheartedly listens to your prayers, then that will reveal itself in your day-to-day walk of faith. Your God will seem small, powerless, and disinterested. The result will be a string of seemingly unanswered prayers and a general sense of defeat.
If, on the other hand, you believe that God is right beside you, whispering in your ear, pouring out His Holy Spirit upon you — and that He is intimately familiar and concerned with the minutiae of your life — then such a belief will impact your faith walk. Prayer will be a joyful exchange between cherished friends, and the evidence of our heavenly Father’s miraculous power will become commonplace in your daily life.
Weak faith says, “God can.” Great faith says, “God will.” But perfect faith — godly faith — says, “It’s done.” Your faith is your testimony. What does your faith say about God?
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