Summary: The medium of exchange between heaven and earth is faith. I don’t know what you will accomplish in your Christian life but you will only accomplish what you can believe God for.
Faith: Why we need it: Benefits of Faith
Gal 3:11; Rom 1:17
It has been said the medium of exchange between heaven and earth is faith. When you go to a store to buy something you have to have what? Cash/credit. Cash is the medium of exchange here on earth. Faith is the medium of exchange with God.
In order to receive anything, anything from God a person must believe.
Someone once said, pray and believe and you will receive. Pray and doubt and you will do without. Dr. Adrian Rogers says I don’t know what you will accomplish in your Christian life but you will only accomplish what you can believe God for.
Matthew 9:29 Jesus says, be it unto you according to your faith. What you receive from God will be according to what you can believe God for.
Not according to your fortune. Not according to your fame. Not according to your feelings, but according to your faith.
The greatest enemy of the saint is unbelief. There is only one thing that ties the hands of God from working in your life and that is unbelief. Rom 14:23 whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Jesus went to his home town to preach and minister to the people there the Bible says He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Almighty God, the God of all power and might, has limited himself to work according to a person’s faith.
But not only is unbelief the greatest enemy of the saint it is also the greatest sin of the sinner.
There is only one sin that sends a sinner to hell. That one sin is not lying. It is not adultery. It is not murder. It is not rape. It is not homosexuality. It is unbelief. You see, Jesus died for all those other sins. Those sins have been paid for by his precious blood on the cross of Calvary.
There is only one sin that sends a person to hell and it is unbelief.
If a person does not believe, if you do not have faith in Jesus you are condemned already. A lost person is only one heartbeat away from hell.
Unbelief ties the hands of the Almighty for the saint and shuts the doors of heaven for the sinner.
However, this need not happen to any of us because Jesus says If you can believe all things are possible to him who believes. If you can believe. Even a child can believe. All it is takes is a little faith.
Someone will say why is faith so important to life? Here’s why we need faith.
One benefit of faith is we need faith for the forgiveness of sins
Luke 5:20 And when [Jesus] saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. How does a person activate the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus in their life? By faith.
When a person puts their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation the blood cleanses them from all their sins.
2nd benefit of faith is healing is possible for all who will believe
James 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Doctors and those in the medical field are starting to see the benefits of incorporating faith in prayer in treating their patients.
Speaking of Jesus’ death the Bible says 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.
On the cross Jesus took not only our sins, our sorrows, and our separation but he also took our sicknesses. By his stripes we are healed. The provision for our healing has already been provided.
By faith we simply reach out and accept what has already been provided by his death.
3rd benefit of faith is we need faith to overcome this world
I Jn 5:4 For whosoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.
The only way we can overcome and be victorious over this ungodly world of sin and temptation is through faith. Faith in Jesus the Son of God. He is the only one who has ever lived a sinless and victorious life over the world and we can also only as we place our faith in him.
Speaking of the early Christians Rev 12:11 And they overcame [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.