Week Four – How Can I Have Faith?
Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Alpha Week 4 – How Can I Have Faith? | Emily Layzell
Week One, Two & Three are here for you to read and catch up with the conversation. I was really looking forward to week four because I was excited to hear how other people have faith because mine has been really faltering lately. I was really looking forward to it and it didn’t actually disappoint as far as the lesson itself goes. The discussion after was somewhat confusing, that’s what I will say for now. The video I watched for week four was led by Nicky himself but this youtube version is spoken by Emily Layzell, it’s exactly the same apart from their lived experiences and examples of course. Lets dive in…
Week Four – How Can I Have Faith?
As I mentioned in the week two post, week four ties in perfectly with week two because faith and my perspective of the who Jesus is topic work well to reinforce each other. Like I said in week two’s post I don’t want/need man (science) to prove to me that Jesus was real because Jesus has and continues to show me that He is real. How can I have faith in Jesus if I am constantly seeking man to disprove or prove his existence?
“Faith is not a blind step but a step based on evidence.”
So How do we exercise our faith in God? Nicky broke it down like this;
The Word of God. We have faith through the word of God.
The Work of Jesus. We have faith through the evidence of the works of Jesus Christ.
The Witness of The Holy Spirit. We have faith through the witness of the Holy Spirit.
These three aspects of God work together to help our faith in Him and walk with Him. We get to know and understand God through his word, we get to know who Jesus was and what he did and continues to do for us through evidence of his work in God’s word and finally we get help from the Holy Spirit in living our faith.
During the discussion the conversation went to some of the things mentioned about us exercising our faith; we sit on a chair and we trust that it will hold us up etc. The question was along these lines; how do we know the difference between faith in God and faith in the physical things that we see? (this is not a direct quote.) For me personally I think that faith in the physical / temporary things as the bible refers to them comes to an end, but faith in God (the spiritual) does not come to an end. God was here at the beginning of time, he is here right now through our stories and He will be there in the future.
God is never changing He is the one stable thing that we can rely on. When we live trusting in God we trust that he will always be the same. We trust that his promises are the same today and forever.
So what is the difference between faith in the physical and faith in the God?
Staying on the example of a sitting on a chair. You sit on a chair and trust that it will support you but if it doesn’t you don’t then stop sitting on chairs because of one chair that didn’t support you. But when it comes to Christ we have faith in Him when we physically see things changing but then as soon as something steals our attention away from Him we lose our faith.
We live our lives just like the Israelites they witnessed God’s faithfulness from Egypt throughout their desert journey and into the promised land but they were distracted by the people their experiences and the people they encountered on the way. God will always be there, He will always be faithful. The only difference between the faith we have in the physical and God is that we continue with one but we back away from the other.
That’s how our faith in God works for a lot of us, we have all the evidence we could ever ask for but we always back away when we sit but don’t feel supported.
Revelation 3:20 (NIVUK)
20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Holman Hunt – Light of The World.
“Christ is shown in a garden at midnight, holding a lantern in His left hand. With His right hand He is knocking on a heavily panelled door. When the painting was unveiled, a critic remarked to the painter, “Mr. Hunt, the work is unfinished. There is no handle on the door.” “That,” Hunt answered, “is the door to the human heart. It can be opened only from the inside.”
The above ties in with this image that Nicky used to illustrate how Jesus works in our lives. Jesus knocks but doesn’t force his way into our lives, we have to open the door to him and let him into our lives. Jesus is there standing at the door waiting for you to open it and let him in. We are the ones who have to open ourselves up in order to fully have faith. Jesus knocks; speaks, acts in our lives it’s up to us to open ourselves up to Him for Him to continue strengthening our faith in Him.
If you are struggling with faith like we all do, start with the Bible. Get to know God, all aspects of Him and learn more about Jesus, and lean on the Holy Spirit for help with strengthening your faith in God.