Good thoughts from Jesse Weeks today!
As we reflect on the story of Mark 4:35-41,” Jesus Calms the Storm”, let’s focus on verse 40 when Jesus says “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” as translated in the NIV, or “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?” as paraphrased in The Message.
Faith is defined by many sources as belief with strong conviction; firm belief in something for which there may be no tangible proof; complete trust, confidence, reliance or devotion. Faith is the opposite of doubt. Faith is possibly the single-most important element in the Christian life. As emphasized by Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we live by faith, not by sight.”
The Bible teaches that faith will manifest itself in three ways. It will manifest itself in doctrine-in what you believe. 1 Timothy 4:16 warns us, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” It will manifest itself in worship-your communion with God and the fellowship of the church. As we are urged in Psalm 96:1, “Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth.” It will manifest itself in morality-in the way you live and behave. James warns us in James 1:21, “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” The Bible also teaches that faith does not end with trust in Christ for your salvation. Faith continues. Faith grows. It may be weak at first, but it will become stronger as you read and study the Bible, pray, attend church, and experience God’s faithfulness in your Christian life. You will learn more and more how to rely on Christ for every need, in meeting every circumstance, and every trial.
Faith is like a muscle. The more you exercise the muscle, the larger and stronger it grows. The more you exercise your faith, it to, will grow larger and stronger. So large and so strong that you can depend on it in times of trouble and stress. As we read in 1 John 3:21, “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God”. Wouldn’t you love to hear these words from our Lord and Savior, “…Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50.
Let’s all get to work exercising our faith!