It means believing in what Christ did on the cross, what He is doing in you now, and what He will do in the future.
It is the beginning of a journey of trusting the Lord Jesus for everything we need. But faith does not end there. This belief affects our everyday lives.
It stretches us and deepens our dependence on God as we learn that we cannot live the Christian life perfectly. We still sin. We stumble and fall and mess up. But by faith we can repent and keep going, trusting that He is molding and changing us each day into the image of His Son. And finally, living by faith means looking forward with hope and assurance that one day, we will be free from the presence of sin.
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Christ will return for His bride. This belief brings a joyful and abundant life despite suffering. It reminds us that this earth is not our home. It causes us to long for heaven, and to live on behalf of Christ and those who do not yet know Him.
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Faith in what is to come gives our lives a sense of peace and urgency. Because we know He will not tarry forever, we are compelled to persevere in the work He has given us to do. Are you living by faith? Faith permeates every part of our lives as it deepens and grows.
This is what it means to live by faith. Dear God, My prayer today is that You would deepen my faith! I pray that my lifestyle would reflect my belief in You, so that others see Your goodness and power through me.
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But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. I do want to talk about prayer being a powerful way for us to have a conversation with God. I know that many people seem to think that if they come to God in prayer with a list of things they want, He should grant it to them because they are praying to him.
In fact, I learned a practice a few years ago that helps me to feel a deeper connection with God, and it has nothing to do with words. As the passage from Matthew points to, going to your room and praying in secret is what He wants from us.
2. Resist Temptation
All he really wants for us to spend some time with Him. So, I sit quietly in my room, and allow myself to feel the presence of God with me, and enjoy the moment of being with him, alone, in that quiet space. Give us today our daily bread. Praying is a wonderful thing, but if you do not have an understanding of what exactly you need to say, then you can babble on, like the passage from Matthew mentioned in the Prayer section of this article.
What we need is daily bread.
When the Israelites left slavery from Egypt, they were out in the middle of the desert, where food was scarce. God provided them food on a daily basis, allowing them to live on another day. There are many ways to read the Bible on a daily basis that allows you to spend some time with the Word, without feeling like you sacrificed an entire day doing it. For me, I spend 20 minutes a day reading the Word.
I do my best to read a chapter from a book of the Old Testament, a chapter from a book of the New Testament, a Psalm, and a chapter from the Book of Proverbs.
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You can even do this using audio versions of the Bible, on your way to work, on a walk, or on a speaker as you get ready to go about your day. Sometimes those reads are not easy, but if you break it up into those manageable sections, you will find that those 20 minutes or so that you spend with God will help you go out into the day feeling more faith-filled, which you can project out to the world.
But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Just as in the example of the above-mentioned parable in Matthew, scattering seed is not enough. Reading the Word on a daily basis helps the seed get scattered, but truly studying and gaining understanding is what helps make that soil fertile and allows that seed to take root to yield the crop.
There are a few ways to get involved in a bible study, and many of those opportunities may even be presented at your church. It can also be a gathering outside of the church or even a class that is put on weekly. Whatever it is, I believe it helps to further build the foundation of your relationship with God and helps to give you ways to go out and live a more faith-filled life.