What Does Powerful Faith Look Like?

Sometimes we are faced with an uncertain situation in life. We look at the situation and can’t help but notice that we’re not in control of it. At some point we come to expect that there will be uncertain circumstances in life, but we lack a major thing every time that situation comes: powerful faith.

Consider the example of Abraham & Sarah in the Old Testament about powerful faith in their life. Powerful faith trusts in the One who has ultimate power.

Hebrews 11:8-12
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.

Promises of God
Powerful faith usually has a promise from God attached to it. What did God promise to Abraham & Sarah?

Genesis 12:1-4
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

Genesis 18:9-15
They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.”

God is promising that an almost uncountable amount of people would be descendants of Abraham & Sarah. Sometimes God promises things which seem impossible & we would laugh just like Sarah did. Later, her unfaithful laughter turned to laughter of joy.

God still promises things to Christians today; however, it’s not always what we think it will be. He has revealed His promises in the Bible and that is the main way He speaks to us today. He will not promise you something that contradicts the Bible. Some of these promises today may include: I will be with you always, I will give you strength, I will not abandon you, if you are saved by faith you are really saved by faith. Jesus also promised that we would have trials and temptations in this life. The world may hate you because it hated Him first.

Trust In Uncertainty
Here are three ways that Abraham and Sarah trusted God in uncertain times:

  1. Abraham trusts God and leaves his homeland for an unknown place of promise
    God just said “Go.” (Genesis 12:1) Why didn’t God tell him where to go? This was to build a powerful faith in Abraham which would carry him wherever he was called to go and whatever he was called to do
  1. Abraham trusts God and lives in tents instead of building a city with permanent foundations
    Sometimes God calls us out of our comfortable situation into a risky one. Abraham did it because he knew this earth is not our home. He was longing for the city whose designer/foundation is God (Hebrews 11:10)
  1. Sarah trusts God and conceives when she is barren and past the age of childbearing
    We know she’s not the best example of faith because she laughed at the thought of having a baby in her old age. No matter how uncertain our circumstances, God works in the impossible

Notice that Abraham & Sarah had someone to trust in other than themselves in uncertain circumstances. That’s the problem that many of us face today. We turn to “self-help” or “spirituality” thinking that we should be trusting in ourselves during uncertainty. This was not their case and it should not be yours.

Response: Powerful Faith
Some people don’t have powerful faith because they’ve chosen to put their faith in the wrong things. This is problematic. Powerful faith has an inner and outer response.

Don’t you know that you’ll never have a powerful faith until you put your ultimate faith, hope, and trust in Jesus Himself? Why Jesus though? Why not put my faith in myself or someone else during uncertain situations. Here’s why:

The King Jesus was from the city whose designer and builder is God and went into the void/foreign land “not knowing where he was going” (v.8). He was born in impossible circumstances to a young virgin teen, Mary. He was in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before His crucifixion and was forced to trust the Father by saying “Thy will be done.” Jesus, the true and better Abraham, did all this to create a new people of God and has some 2 billion children today. Jesus died in your place, for your sins to grant you salvation and a powerful faith. He didn’t simply stay dead, but He had the ultimate power over Satan, sin, and death to raise Himself three days later. You don’t have the power over your circumstances, Jesus does.

I wonder, where do you put your faith? Powerful faith trusts in the One who has ultimate power.

God Bless,
Tyson Bradley