The Practical Benefits of Faith

I woke up at 4 a.m. questioning a decision I’d made that afternoon. I’d told the designer, who’d drawn out a closet plan, we wanted to work with her. In my sleep I had second thoughts.

“Lord, I’m too tired to figure this out. I don’t know if we made the right decision.”

Immediately an Old Testament passage came to mind.

If a young woman makes a vow…and her father hears of the vow or pledge and does not object to it, then all her vows and pledges will stand. But if her father refuses to let her fulfill the vow or pledge on the day he hears of it, then all her vows and pledges will become invalid. The Lord will forgive her because her father would not let her fulfill them” (Numbers 30:3-5 NLT).

Relief filled me. I didn’t have to figure it out. Like a good father, my Abba would protect me.

“Father, you heard our vow. If we jumped too soon, please rescue us. I’m giving this to You and trusting you to lead.”

I told the designer to wait while we did some more research. She understood. In the end, we chose a different option that saved us money.

Once I let go of bearing the burden of making the perfect decision and trusted my Father to lead me, I enjoyed the adventure. Faith is that practical.

The Priority of Faith

We believers know that we are saved “by grace through faith,” but sometimes we forget we were created to live by faith (Romans 1:17).

Believers know that we are saved “by grace through faith,” but sometimes we forget we were created to live by faith. #power, #peace Share on X

We tend to rely on ourselves in our everyday decisions. But God wants us to include Him in every aspect of life.

Jesus modeled how to live. He relied completely on His Father (John 14:10). Jesus wants us to walk that closely with Him (John 15:4-5).

The Benefits of Living by Faith

Living by faith saves us from a wasted life and wasted opportunities. It protects us from regret. It pleases God and satisfies us (Heb. 11:6; Jn. 15:11).

Living by faith saves us from a wasted life and wasted opportunities. It protects us from regret. It pleases God and satisfies us. Share on X

Our heavenly Father longs to show up in the mundane tasks of life. When we lean on Him in every area, life becomes an awesome experience.

Two Components of Robust Faith

I find robust faith requires two necessary ingredients. We need a knowledge of the Word and a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

  1. The Word

    The Bible says we’ll be molded by the world if we’re not transformed by the Word. Without renewing our minds we won’t be able to recognize God’s perfect will.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2 NLT).

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ”(Romans 10:17 NIV).

  1. The Spirit

    Jesus said His Father would send the Holy Spirit to live in us to be our helper in life (John 14:17).

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves” (Gal. 5:16 NLT).

Your Turn

What wakes you up in the middle of the night and steals your rest? What would trusting Jesus look like for you in that area? How would it feel to know it all doesn’t depend on you?

If Larry or I can help you experience the benefits of living by faith, please let us know.

CommentWhat helps you trust God with the everyday stresses in life?

Blessings,

Resources 

For practical help in building your faith I suggest Give Yourself a Break.

Photo by MI PHAM on Unsplash

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Pam Ecrement

    Great encouragement here, Debbie. Thank you! Many times I need to remind myself of this truth about smaller things that I get caught up in taking charge of and fretting over. Faith is for little things as well as big things!!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Pam, that should be a slogan. “Faith is for little things as well as for big!” Blessings to you!

  2. Melissa Henderson

    I wake up in the middle of the night in pain sometimes. My arthritis is flaring up right now. I wake and ask God to help me, for Him to heal me, for His blessings. Trusting His plan gives me comfort. If I am healed on this earth, that is wonderful. If not, I know I will be healed in Heaven when I am with Him. 🙂

    • Debbie Wilson

      Melissa, the older I get the shorter life seems. And knowing God will answer one way or another brings me peace, too. Thank you for sharing what helps you trust God.

  3. Ann Musico

    All I can say at this moment is I needed this reminder today and the Lord knew it. Thank you Debbie.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Ann, I’m so glad God’s encouragement to me could be passed on to you!

  4. Horace Williams Jr

    Faith is one of my most favorite things to write about, Debbie. I so appreciate all the poignant reminders you have given us today. Just last Saturday, I was hit with something that is beyond my control. Initially, I wanted to get in the bed, pull the covers up and go back to sleep. Instead, I chose to bow my head and turn it over to God. I’ve left it up to Him to show me which way to turn. Thank you, sister, for sharing these words of truth from our Father who loves us so. Have a fantastic week and may God bless you and yours in the New Year

    • Debbie Wilson

      Horace, I love the picture you drew with words. We can hide under the covers or bow under His wings. Bless you, my friend.

  5. Julie Lavender

    Great post and reminders, Debbie! I particularly love this line: “Our heavenly Father longs to show up in the mundane tasks of life. When we lean on Him in every area, life becomes an awesome experience.” As I commented on someone else’s page previously, I absolutely LOVE that God is in the details …. sometimes the mundane….. in my life! It gives me such comfort to know that, and, in a sense, it helps take the “burden” of responsibility off of me, because when I rely on Him to help me make decisions, even those very little ones, if I’m truly walking with Him, then I can be confident that I’m (at least attempting) to do and say the right things! Thanks for these great scripture reminders to back up the great points you made in this post!

    • Debbie Wilson

      I agree, Julie. It changes everything when we share the small things with God as well as the big.

  6. Katherine Pasour

    Debbie, Thanks for reminding us that God is in ALL aspects of our lives–both the big and small (and all in between). Sometimes we think our problems are too trivial for God to care, but we know He cares (“His eye is on the sparrow…”). Thank you for your inspiring message of faith.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Katherine!

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