How does faith work? keys to living by faith

How does faith work?

how does faith work by pastor bruce edwardsFaith is a powerful force. Faith moves mountains. Faith heals diseases. Faith receives answers to prayer. Faith brings victory. Nothing is impossible with faith. Many know about the power of faith, yet they don’t always see positive results from their faith. Why? They are missing the key ingredient that turns the power of faith into results. What is this key ingredient that makes faith work? How does faith work?

Faith works by love

The secret ingredient that makes faith work is “LOVE”! Galatians 5:6 says, “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love.” Notice what it says,- “faith works by love”. If you own the most expensive and powerful car in the world, but it has no engine, that car is not going to do you any good. It won’t get you across the street. The same is true for your faith. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 tells us: Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”

Love is the engine of faith

You can have all the the power of faith, but if it is not done by love it is nothing, it’s like a clanging cymbal. Without love, no matter what you do it doesn’t profit you at all. Faith that produces real results only works by love. If you are operating in unforgiveness, judgementalism, pride, selfishness, envy, malice or strife, then you are not acting in love and your faith will be like that expensive car without an engine – you won’t be getting anywhere. LOVE IS THE ENGINE THAT MAKES FAITH WORK.

God kind of love

The love that makes your faith work is the “God kind of love”. This kind of love is not simply an emotion or feeling, but rather it’s a “choice”. It is a decision of your will. You must make the choice to love regardless of how you feel. The great news is as a Christian you have that love in you. Romans 5:5 tells us, “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit…” You just have to choose to let it come out.

I want to encourage you to choose to walk in love. Show people the goodness of God in your everyday life. Treat others the way Jesus would. See people the way Jesus sees them. Be quick to forgive. Love is not boastful or proud. It is not easily angered. It doesn’t try to get even. This kind of love never fails. It’s what makes your faith work. (1Corinthians 13:4-8)

If you want to see faith work in your life you have to learn how to walk in love. You have to put down the flesh, that is your carnal nature, and let the love of God within you come out. The secret to seeing the power of faith work in your life is – to choose to love. How does faith work? It works by love!

Bruce Edwards

Bruce is a pastor, speaker, Bible teacher, and consultant to pastors and churches. He has over 35 years of leadership experience in business and ministry.  As a pastor he has a passion to help people experience the abundant life provided through Jesus and is committed to teach and communicate the principles of God’s Word with clarity, simplicity and boldness. He is uniquely gifted to help churches and ministries experience “breakthrough” for greater success and impact.    Bruce has a Masters Degree in Business management and has written several books including; What’s Next, The God Factor, Just Let It Go, The Little Red Book for Parents, God is For You, The Elementary Principles of Christianity, 5 Principles of Breakthrough, The Power of Half, and others. He served over 28 years at Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma as Senior Associate Pastor. He is CEO of Bruce Edwards Ministries (BEM) which is focused on helping churches and ministries “breakthrough” to greater impact and growth. He provides staff development training, leadership training, Church growth assessments and planning, financial assessments, and other services for leaders, churches and ministries. He and his wife have been married for over 43 years. They have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. Acts 20:24 (NIV) is one of his a favorite verses - “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”

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