Faith is not just a tool for acquisition or possession of things but a whole system of living. Many times, we like to use faith to acquire things, rather than live by faith. Faith is much more bigger than what we use too get money when we seem to lack, or what we use to gain back our health when we fall sick, or activate when we are in search of employment. Faith is suppose to be our culture, way of life by which we live and exist as believers. The Just shall live by Faith, says the scripture.
Hence, I like to share with us characteristics of a faith that cannot fail. Please it must be noted that for Faith to really be faith, it must be hinged in God. If we have faith in things, the faith will most definitely fail. Why? Everything created has a limited time of existence. They can be today and not be tomorrow, hence, once they fail, our faith also will fail. God is eternal, hence if our faith abide in Him, and we remain resolute, it will NEVER FAIL.
Let me take my reading from Romans 4:18-21.
1. Believes in hope.
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. Romans 4:18. As believers, we must be people who do not give up so easily. We must against all hope believe in Hope. Even when everything says otherwise, we must believe in hope. Like the woman whose son died and was racing to meet the prophet Elisah. When asked about her condition, she said, “all is well.” Even when all hope seem lost and it look like there’s no way forward, believe in hope and that there is a way. Don’t accept fate like that, live in and by Faith.
2. Not weak.
And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: Romans 4:19. To be weak in faith is to be redundant in living by faith. Like I said earlier, one who doesn’t live by faith but wants to just exercise faith at a juncture of need may be disappointed. Like muscles are exercised such that one becomes capable of carrying heavy objects, faith also needs to be exercise with our lives such that it becomes a living. It’s not the size that matters but the potency. A small faith is as powerful as a big faith, but a weak faith is not as potent as a strong faith.
3. Does not stagger at the promise.
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; Romans 4:20. Abraham, our father of faith, a model for us to follow staggered not at the promise. What makes us stagger is unbelief. Note, unbelief doesn’t have power to defeat faith, but it can make us stagger at the promise. Another word for stagger here is waver. And remember, “a wavering man is unstable in all his ways and cannot receive anything from the Lord.” Never doubt the promise. Hold on to it whatsoever the circumstances may be. The condition at the moment may be contrary to the promise but hold on to the promise. It will surely come.
4. Strong in Faith.
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; Romans 4:20. Like it has be said, don’t be weak in faith, rather be STRONG in faith. How do we build strength even in the natural life? Is it not by constant and consistent exercising. To build strength in knowledge, give yourself to consistent reading. To build strength in drawing, keep doing it. We need to be strong in faith. This doesn’t come by occasional practice but by continuous, consistent and constant exercise. To be a record breaker takes lots of practise, devotion, diligence, dedicated, determination and commitment. All these are needed for to build strength in faith.
5. Fully persuaded.
And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Romans 4:21. Now we see what it means to have faith in God. You need to be fully persuaded that God who has promised you is rich enough to perform his promise. The strength of our persuasion is in the capacity of the performer of the promise. God is infinitely able to do all that we can ever ask or think, even far exceedingly beyond our request. Yes, God can and will. So, we must be fully persuaded in the ability and willingness of God to bless us and to bring to pass, the promises.
If we let these be the guiding principle of our Faith, then our faith will not be shaky, weak or wavering. God desires that we have an unwavering faith, a faith that cannot fail. Then, can we rightly say, we live by faith. God bless you.