I’m teaching a great group of believers on the topic of faith. We are meeting once weekly for eight weeks. I have new believers and seasoned saints in the group. We are going through the Bible taking a look at the Christian understanding of faith. Afterall, we do belong to the Christian FAITH and the Bible states in 4 places that “the righteous shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:1-5, Romans 1:7, Galatians 3:10-11, and Hebrews 10:38).
I am not a Word-Faith preacher. I am a Bible teacher and so approach this important topic in a way that is “fair and balanced” as Fox News is fond of saying about their reporting. Because I have walked by faith now for over 30 years I find teaching others the Bible understanding of living by faith exciting. I always walk away from these nights energized. Always!
I like what John Wimber said many years ago. “You spell faith – risk.” That is true. It is a risk because according to the Bible definition of faith (Hebrews 11:1) you are seeing what is not as if it were and walking in line with that hope until it materializes in your physical world and your everyday life. It is life lived on the edge. It is believing what God has spoken to you – a Rhema word from the Scriptures or a prophetic word through an apostle or prophet – and acting upon it. Living life in the “what if…”. Attempting things so big that without God they would fail. It’s actually fun because you get to see God move on your behalf and make a way where there is no way.
In the book “Under the Overpass” by Mike Yankoski the author states “The next step on a journey of faith always feels risky and a little scary. But it’s also always terribly important and incredibly promising – and it’s always up to us to take.” (page 221). He goes on to state: “Most likely your journey will lead you toward utter dependence on the King of kings and a resolution to follow Him wherever He may ask you to go. That might be to the streets, to your friends and family, to your neighbor, or to a stranger you haven’t even met yet.” (page 220).
This walk of faith is a journey. And it is an adventure. And there is no better time than right now to start that journey with the living Jesus Christ. So, here is the question: “What would you do during your day or in your life for God if you were not concerned with what you wear, what you eat, where you sleep, what you own, what people think of you, or what discomforts you face?” The answer to that question determines the starting point of this exciting walk.