Biblical Faith in Action
Faith of course is not just a noun, but is also a verb. It is a condition; to have faith or faithfulness. But to build faith it requires action on our part. In all cases it requires that we trust in, or rely on, something intangible to produce something that is tangible. We develop a reliance on ourselves to produce certain results within our knowledge and skills. We then have faith in ourselves that we can accomplish what we purpose to do. Our human intellect and spirit working together can accomplish a great deal of wonderful things or horrible things. God gave us the choice to decide which.
Biblical faith gives us the opportunity to accomplish wonderful things above that which we are capable of, or can even imagine. That faith comes by trusting God’s Spirit to bear witness to, and guide, our spirit to accomplish wonderful things. “Now the just shall live by faith:” (Hebrews 10:38 KJV)
Biblical Faith In Action – There and Then
So how do you learn the faith that God wants you to have? Those instructions are taught throughout the scriptures. Both Old and New Testaments show us how faith arose and grew within those who believed God’s words.
For many, especially those trying to start out in God’s Word, difficulty arises in the language, customs and strange (to us) commands given by God through His people. It can be very easy to get lost in all of the infidelity, wars and disobedience found in these stories. But they all have a timeless message for all of us if we take the time to seek and understand that message. All of the Old Testament heroes who were found righteous and faithful in God’s eyes had many faults. Abraham, Moses, and even King David all suffered consequences from their unbelief and disobedience. So how can we see through the frailties of these characters and learn the truth of God’s message in their lives and ours?
Biblical Faith In Action – Here and Now
The simple answer is systematic study. “The heart of the righteous studieth to answer:” (Proverbs 15:28 KJV) But as most of you know, there are numerous versions of the Bible in many languages. The King James Version (KJV) was translated 400 years ago. The English language was much different then. The New International Version (NIV) is a much more modern language style.
You should try to understand the presentation and context of the scripture, and at the same time pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal the meaning to you. One way to do that is to gain an understanding of the times in which the various characters lived. Laws, customs, traditions and ideas changed greatly over the centuries. The truth of God’s Word, however, never changes.
So, I have a recommendation for you. It is the Faith in Action Study Bible. Unlike any other Bible available, Faith in Action Study Bible introduces a new and innovative ‘commentary style’ notes system that’s divided into paired notes: ‘There and Then’ and ‘Here and Now.’ ‘There and Then’ notes provide background information and/or explain or amplify the meaning of the text. ‘Here and Now’ notes explore a variety of contexts, both personal and social/cultural, in which the passage may be applied today. The goal is to invite, coach, encourage, and inspire while using open-ended questions and invitations for reflection. We should always learn how God’s words were taken to heart and acted upon before the promise of those words could be seen. Using those same promises in our own life, and seeing the results of what God can do in our own life, builds our faith.
- The New International Version—most read, trusted translation.
- A new and innovative ‘commentary style’ note system.
- Over 75 full-page articles and essays comment on particular passages, and highlight the lives and legacies of heroes and heroines of the faith
- Book introductions include at-a-glance outlines and biblical timelines.
- Over 175 individually designed in-text charts and graphs comment on the passages or provide current information and/or statistics on issues directly related to a particular verse or text.
- Over 75 real-life stories and profiles of well-known and anonymous faith heroes and heroines.
- Single-column format with side-column references for easy readability.
- 12 ‘Geographic,’ maps contain information on different geographical areas.
- Extensive study guides on themes covered in various features.
- Approximately 30 sets of reading tracks.
- NIV concordance is an indispensable aid to informed Bible study.
- Index to articles, charts, and stories allows the reader to locate particular features.
- 6-page full-color map section is complemented by a map index.
Below is a link to get a copy of this Bible. Check it out and see if it will help your understanding of what faith is, and how it can help your faith walk.
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