God has called us to live a life of resilient faith, but to do that, we need to first understand the fundamentals of faith from His Word, and then learn how to put them into practice in our everyday lives.
To get started, study these 7 Principles for Living a Life of Resilient Faith.
- Faith is a force, and the law of faith governs this force.
To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. (Romans 3:26-27, KJV)
There are laws of physics that have developed over the years, and the reason they’re called laws is because they’re dependable. But before we knew we could trust them, pioneers and inventors tested their theories over and over. Once they experienced breakthrough after breakthrough after breakthrough, what they discovered became a law—a mathematical equation that could be trusted and adopted.
The law of faith is much the same; it governs the force of faith; and understanding it is the foundation of our living a life of resilient faith. God wants us to believe this law exists; he wants us to understand that it works by love (Galatians 5:6), and that we’re to work with it in our lives.
- We are to live by faith.
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. (Hebrews 10:38-39, KJV)
Understanding how we are to live by faith, we searched throughout the Bible for evidence of faith—and we found it from the beginning, in Genesis, to the ending, in Revelation. Over and over again, we read accounts where God released faith and manifestations happened—and we read where people in the Bible did the same. They were ordinary people who lived lives of resilient faith!
- Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 11:1-3, KJV)
Faith is not mental; it’s a force God has given us to use. What’s more, did you catch those first three words of Hebrews 11? Do you realize they are the three words that follow Hebrews 10:38-39?
Now. Faith. Is. For every area of our lives. Faith is now, and hope is for our future—and they work together. I have often referred to hope as the blueprint of faith. You need hope to have faith. And you need faith and hope working together in your life to bring into this earthly existence what’s waiting for us in the heavenly realm—provision, answers, solutions, ideas, resources and change.
The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition reads Hebrews 11:1 this way: Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things we hope for, being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.
When God created the heavens and the earth, He didn’t create them out of nothing; He created them out of something we can’t see, which is the force of faith. What’s more, we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28); therefore, we can create with the force of faith, too.
- Without faith it is impossible to please God.
By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.(Hebrews 11:4-6, KJV)
When we live by faith, we please God, though oftentimes we’re tempted to try pleasing God by our work—but works alone don’t please God (James 2:26).
- Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God.
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?(Galatians 3:1-2, KJV)
Faith comes by hearing…and hearing…and hearing…the Word of God (Romans 10:17). To walk in resilient faith, we have to read it, study it and listen to it—consistently. We need it coming into us through our eyes and our ears—continually.
We live in a day and age of Christian TV programs, podcasts, websites, social media sites and limitless access to online Bible translations. No matter where we are on the planet, we can access the Word of God 24/7 .
Take advantage of the time in which God has placed you. Position yourself to hear the Word of God, so you can get it into your heart and say with your mouth.
- The Word of faith is in your mouth—so release it by speaking it. God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. (Romans 4:17, KJV)
We release faith by speaking it, by calling things that be not as though they were; but to do so, we have to first have an intimate relationship with the Word.
Isaiah 53:5 was the truth: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
When you know how to live by faith, you come to a place where you have intimate relationship with the truth of the Word, and you believe it. by Jesus’ stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5)—and if you believe it and speak it. You will be healed What he added to that was God’s wisdom of giving God glory at the same time.
James 3:17 tells us, But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy (NKJV). It’s not hypocrisy to have an intimate knowledge of the Word and then to speak it before there’s a manifestation of it. That’s walking in resilient faith, something God has called each one of us to do.
- Use your faith like a mechanic uses a tool.
So Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there,and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.(Matthew 17:20,
As we employ these 7 Principles of Living a Life of Resilient Faith into our lives, our circumstances will begin to change and line up with the Word of God. Because faith is a tool, it’s a force we can use. It’s a power we can release. It’s a life we can walk in. We can live a life of resilient faith!
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