What Is The Action Of Faith?
Remember, God defines faith Hebrews 11:1 KJV “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is not seen. But when people look at you and say there is a person of faith, what do they base that comment on? There are 2 key words from God’s definition of faith. Do you know what the 2 words are? People say you are a person of faith based on “substance” and “evidence”.
So what is substance? Scripture says Job’s substance was 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, and so forth. This would mean substance is something real, material, something solid. So in context, faith is the something that is real and according to scripture, you can not see the real, the substance yet because it is “hoped for”.
Some examples: we have a list of examples in Hebrews 11 but this post is not necessarily about faith but the actions of those with the faith. Let me explain. In times of trouble, often people go to churches looking for answers. After 9/11 droves of Americans went back to church to pray, repent and look to God for answers through the church leaders.
People can say they have faith but when troublesome times come, do they still have faith? What is the action of faith? God defines what faith is in Hebrews 11:1 but the actions of faith is sprinkled throughout the scriptures.
What is the job of a believer? To preach or share the gospel of salvation with the lost. 1 Corinthians 1:17 KJV “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.”
Wisdom of words – not some words spoken by you or the preachers. Not the popular thing today, ” just say these words”, “just say this prayer”. How many people have “said a prayer, said words” and have no clue what real salvation is.
Well isn’t preaching saying words? Yes.
1 Corinthians 1:18-21 KJV “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
Yes, preaching is words, but God’s words, not the world’s ways. Students of the word of God know it is impossible to please God without faith.
Romans 10:17 KJV “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” When people hear the word of God, they choose to believe God or not believe. Those that choose to believe God, and the word of God they are hearing, acquire faith. What is the faith in? God and the words of God they are hearing.
When they believe, that faith goes into their heart and they willingly then confess with their mouth, out loud, the words God has declared in his word. In plain English. If you hear the word of God preached, you believe the words you are hearing from God’s word and you receive those words (they go into your heart) then you confess God’s words with your mouth, then you understand Romans 10:9-10 KJV
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Question: If God’s word works like that for salvation, what about everything else in life? If you believe God and his word for salvation and you follow God’s “formula” for salvation, why can’t we use the same “formula” for everything in our life? We will look at this next time.