— Ron Servant —
Inner Faith is necessary for us so we can communicate with God. Inner Faith helps us to know what God’s will is for our lives. It leads us to the calling that God has placed on our lives to fulfill His purpose.
Inner Faith gives us the victory we need to face the troubles that we go through every day. We need the power of Inner Faith to confront these battles. We know that there are unseen forces at work in the world today. These unseen forces are evil and come from our enemy, the devil, who is causing chaos around the world.
But there is another unseen force that is stronger than the devil and brings joy and peace instead of chaos. This force is our Inner Faith. It is a force within us that we cannot see but we know that it is there. It is put into us when we pray and ask God for something and we believe He will answer our prayer. This Inner Faith becomes reality when we receive things from the spiritual realm in the physical realm. Inner Faith becomes real to us when we see the hope we have becoming real and tangible.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Our faith is the power of victory that helps us overcome the trials that are in our lives.
I John 5:4 says, “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.”
Each one of us has been given a measure of faith, and we should realize that our faith in action will cause good things to happen — like doing good works to give glory to God’s Kingdom.
The gift of Inner Faith works through us by the Holy Spirit. There are many different gifts that come by faith in God and are given to us by the Holy Spirit. I Corinthians 12:4-11 says, “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which works in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit. To another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit. To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits to another different kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues. But all these are the work of the one and selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will.”
Some of us are given the talent or gift to minister to a church congregation. Some of us are given the gift of missions or being missionaries. Others are given the gift of helping, such as helping to supply food and shelter. The gift I have been given is the gift of playing the guitar and singing gospel music. There are many other gifts that have been given to us to be used for God’s purpose and to bring salvation to as many people as God can reach through us, and to expand God’s Kingdom and bring glory to Him. The truth is that not all of us will perform the same gifts.
I have found in my life that if I did not have Inner Faith I would not be alive today. God has brought me through battles I could not have won without that faith and trusting God. Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for He that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
So for an unbeliever to come to know God and His salvation that comes through Jesus Christ he must have faith that God exists. None can be led to Christ’s salvation without the Holy Spirit’s guidance. We should always pray and ask God to save unbelievers. Our own testimony about what Jesus Christ has done in our lives can be an effective way to lead someone to salvation.
Therefore, when we speak to an unbeliever about Christ we must try to understand why they believe the way they do. We must try to learn what kind of experiences they had with God and also try to find out what things they were taught while they were growing up. Finding out this information can give us insight into their lives, their past events, and how these experiences and events have shaped what they believe about God.
We need to be able to explain to unbelievers how some things they were taught when they were young may not have been true, depending on what it was they were taught. They may have learned, as they grew older, new concepts, ideas and philosophies that were not based on the truth. They need to know that if they can accept the idea of God by faith, then they can know the truth. Then, when they grow older, they will be able to differentiate between true and false ideas.
The Gospel – God’s Word – proves that the things we cannot see with our human eyes are real and that all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him. John 1:3 says, “All things were made by Him (Jesus), and without Him nothing was made that was made.” And Colossians 1:16 says, “For by Him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him, and by Him all things consist.”
By this scripture we can see that God created all things visible and invisible.
The Word of God becomes alive in our lives by the action of faith. God will always reveal Himself in some way or another whether others believe in Him or not. There is no other explanation when one comes to the knowledge of the truth that God must exist if the unseen things can be seen by faith in Him.
Many people believe in other religions and have other beliefs besides the Word of God and the Bible. The Gospel is being spread across the world more and more every day and many more people are accepting God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. It has been proven that more people are being converted to Christianity than any other belief in the world. We know that there are many who still believe in the Muslim faith but even they who never believed in Christ are being converted more and more.
Anyone who has seen God at work in the world cannot deny that there are lives who have been transformed by the Word of God. Unfortunately there are many unbelievers who will believe in whatever they want to believe and will not listen to the Gospel. There are even some people who believe there is no reason for God’s existence.
But any of us who have been transformed by the power of God and have become a believer in Jesus Christ should be aware of the fact that we should never push or force our beliefs in God upon others, being especially careful that we do not offend unbelievers. The very best we can do is to be a good witness to them. We should also be aware that we should never get into an argument over the Bible. That is not the way to be an effective witness to others.
The point here is that whatever others believe in, we should always show our love toward them. We should always keep in mind that God did not intend for us to argue but to show others, whether believers or unbelievers, that God is a God of love.
Saint John says in his letters to believers in I John 4:7-8, “Beloved let us love one another for love is of God and everyone that loves is born of God and knows God. He that does not love does not know God for God is love.”
Anytime we witness to a person about Jesus we should approach them with an open mind and be there to listen. We should be open to praying for them or with them, trusting that our prayers and our faith in God will help them to become believers in Christ.
We all need to increase our faith by praying and reading and studying God’s Word to get closer to our Heavenly Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And whatever we do we should always do it in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May we always be patient with those who do not believe in God because God works on His own time table not on ours.
May God bless us on our journey with the Quest for Inner Faith.