Faith is having confidence in a person, place, or thing. It is believing. Everyone has faith, but there must be a knowing based on what or who it is placed in. People are always acting in faith. This is shown by what one chooses to do. Now because all have faith, the knowledge that it is active must be accepted. We don’t or shouldn’t have to question if we have it or not, because we do. The question then becomes: who do we have faith in, as well as, how do we use that faith?
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God believe also in me. John 14:1
When your faith in God is in action, you have faith in Jesus. You accept, acknowledge and apply Jesus as being the way to the Father. I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but my me. (John 14:6) Our faith in action should let us know that the way to God is by having confidence in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Many people place their faith in man and do what man says above what God says. What is not noted is, when you have faith in God, your faith is now limitless. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Mark 9:23
By knowing that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, we should remove all actions that are suggested, noted, taught, or even commanded by anyone else other than what Jesus commanded. He commanded us to repent for the kingdom of God is at hand. Most do not act on trusting God. Instead, they act on their knowledge and on what they are able to comprehend. We read in Proverbs 3:5, Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. When you act according to what you understand, you are putting your faith in action, but it is misdirected. It will not achieve what God wills for you. Looking back at Proverbs 3:5, the first instruction which is given is to trust in the Lord with all your heart. When you trust you show confidence; you show faith.
Putting your faith in action is acting on what you believe before you can see it. (Hebrews 11:1) Somehow, no matter how often this is written or spoken, it is an action we do not see amongst those who say they believe it. The word action means to perform. We are doing something but based on what we are doing proves if we are acting on faith in God. Placing my faith in God comes with peace. We don’t have to concern ourselves with things we trust Him to handle. We can trust Him even when we don’t understand the who, what, where, when, and how. Faith in God says that the solution to every issue, situation, or circumstance is there even when I don’t see it. As I act on faith in God, assurance in who He is and what He is doing is before me and as I continue moving according to His instructions I see my faith growing, maturing and increasing. (Romans 1:17)
There are many who are looking for increased faith without understanding because they are waiting for something to be performed in their lives. They may be waiting for healing and/or deliverance. The problem is not that they don’t have enough faith, but it is that they have not acted on their faith in God. There were occasions when Jesus said to the disciples, O, ye of little faith. He wanted to know where was their trust in what they knew, in what they saw. Jesus taught them how to trust in God by giving them an example. He acted on faith in the Father and He had the same expectation of them. This is the what He expects of all followers of Christ: to act on faith in God.