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A Lifelong Student in the School of Faith

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Joseph Parker Dir. Outreach & Intercession/ Radio Host MORE

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1 KJV).

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him (Hebrews 11:6 ESV).

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith,” (Romans 1:17 ESV)

Is the Word of God true?  Of course, it’s true. It’s the Word of God, and His Word is truth. And God always keeps His Word.

Well, if it is true, I am called to believe that it is true, act like it's true, and live a life acting on its truth. Why would this be?

Well, this is true because living a life of faith is to hear the Word of God so we can believe and live like it's true.

Faith follows the Word of God because faith trusts and obeys. It spells out very clearly that walking in faith is tremendously important to everything in the Christian life. 

The Bible tells us :  

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him (Hebrews 11:6 ESV).

So it is impossible to please God without faith. 

Romans 1:17, as well as other passages, tells us :  

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17 ESV).

So we see we are commanded to live by faith.

So, in view of the truth that without faith we cannot please God, and by His command the just shall live by faith, we need to clearly understand a very important truth. Faith and living by it are extremely important for all believers everywhere.

So, every believer would be wise to decide to become a lifelong student of faith. In other words, we would be wise to continually seek to build our faith, and to continually learn more about faith and how to put it to work in our lives and in our world. 

The Word of God lets us know that every believer has some faith. Romans 12:3 NKJV lets us know : 

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

So, every believer has a measure of faith. Yet we are wise to understand that our faith can grow and increase according to the Word of God. And it should continually be a goal for all believers to grow and develop our faith to become stronger and stronger.

Romans 10:17 ESV lets us know how faith can grow when it says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

So then a believer can grow and increase his or her faith by reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God.

Faith is trust and belief that the Bible is true. And we live a life of faith as we trust the Word of God and live a lifestyle acting on the Word of God.

For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened (Hebrews 4:2 ESV).

Keep in mind that living a life of faith is a life in which you need to know how to turn the switch of faith on. In other words, it's important to know how to activate and focus your faith and use it to overcome any given circumstance.

In the challenges we face every day in our lives, whether we win or lose a battle is dependent on putting your faith to work. Knowing how to use and apply your faith makes all the difference in the world.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith (1 John 5:4 NKJV).

If we want to live a victorious Christian life, we need to put our faith to work in our lives every day of our lives. This is how we live a life that pleases God and that builds the Kingdom of God.

Read and meditate on the Word of God every day. Learn to stand on the promises in God’s Word. Grow in your understanding that God and His Word can be trusted.

You and I are wise to decide to be students in the school of faith who learn more and more about how to use our faith. Why?   Because one of our goals is to grow in our knowledge of how to live a life that pleases and honors God. And this is a life of faith and trust in Him.

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen (2 Peter 3:18 ESV).

Let’s be lifelong students who never graduate. Let's keep learning and growing in faith and knowledge of Him.

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