Get Your Faith Right

After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
—1 Kings 19:12-13

Faith is imperative to a victorious Christian life. Without it, we simply can’t please our heavenly Father. As a matter of fact, scripture declares that everything done outside of faith is sin. Yet having faith in something isn’t enough, because we know that faith without action is dead. To activate our faith, we must do something with what we believe. The question then becomes: How do we determine the right things to do and how do we know the right times to do them?

The first thing that we must do to set our faith in motion is to get our tongue right. The Word of God tells us that life and death are in the power of our tongue. The scriptures also explain that our tongue is the rudder of our life. In other words, our life of faith will go in the direction of our words. We literally form our futures and the paths that we take with what comes out of our mouths in the form of language. So we bring life to our faith when we declare what we believe. Jesus spent a lot of time teaching on the subject of our words. He said if we would believe the things we say without doubting them, that we would literally have what we say. Our words of faith not only activate our faith, but they will also produce the very substance of what we believe.

Speaking our faith is not always enough. There are many times when our faith, although stimulated by our confession, still lacks the vitality to bring the miracle into full manifestation. In these times, it’s as if we can see the dim outline of what we’re believing God for, but we just can’t touch it or handle it yet. Many times that’s because our faith is still lacking action. Moses had to lift his staff before the sea parted, the widow had to tip the jar of oil before it increased and Jesus had to break the bread before it was multiplied. So how do we know what we should do?

If we simply do what we find in the Word, we’ll clear the way for our faith to work as God designed it to. For example, the Bible tells us to walk in love and forgiveness. It’s impossible to be at odds with somebody and to be exercising effective faith. For the sake of the Lord and our faith, we are to forgive that person, make things right and then get back to what we’re believing God to bring to pass. Here are a few things from the scripture that a lot of people miss. These fundamentals in Christian living will empower our faith walk. The Bible tells us that we are to pay our debts and be diligent with what we have. We are to be good employees and maintain a good reputation. We are to be part of a local body of believers and we are to take care of our household and family. If we would just live our lives according to the Word, our average faith would become a force with which hell would have to reckon.

But what about the things that aren’t so clear, like direction and issues of timing? When it comes to these things that we don’t necessarily find in the Word of God, we rely on His Holy Spirit. After Elijah’s great victory over the prophets of Baal, he found himself lacking direction. He didn’t know where to go or what to do next. But just like us, he relied on the still small voice of the Lord to guide him. God’s instructions didn’t come with great fanfare or celebration; they were delivered in a gentle whisper. God still guides and leads His people through the whispers in our spirits. We should spend regular times of quiet reflection with Him, being led in this fashion.

God hasn’t made living in victorious faith a mystery. Our faith can always be activated, living and vibrant through our actions. We determine the right things to do and the right times to do them through His Word and by His Spirit. If you’ve discovered an area or two that has been hindering your faith, do whatever it takes to make it right. Spend time listening to the Holy Spirit and follow His still small voice. Your life of faith will never be the same!

Scriptural Context

1 Kings 19:9-18

Concept Reinforcement

…because those who are led by the
Spirit of God are sons of God.

—Romans 8:14

But the man who has doubts is condemned
if he eats, because his eating is not from faith;
and everything that does not come from faith
is sin.

—Romans 14:23

And without faith it is impossible to please
God, because anyone who comes to him must believe
that he exists and that he rewards those who
earnestly seek him.

—Hebrews 11:6

Do not merely listen to the word, and so
deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

—James 1:22