Faith vs. Belief

Many people confuse faith with believe. These are two totally separate things. Belief is a state of mind, while faith is an act, based upon that mindset. The reason why most Christians do not see the promises of God (healing, financial prosperity, happy relationships) is because they honestly believe, but they do not apply faith. It is good to believe, and you must believe, but it is faith that activates these blessings and makes them a reality for YOU.
I love illustrations, because it makes them easier for people to understand, so I will paint a picture for you about the difference between belief and faith. A man is walking through the Arabian desert during the heat of the day while it is about 100 degrees. He has not drunk any water, so his body is beginning to dehydrate. A stranger walks by him and gives him a bottle of water. He is thankful for the water, because he is incredibly thirsty and about to pass out. This man believes that if he drinks the water, he will not pass out. He is so happy that someone came and gave him water that he starts rejoicing. He pulls out his cell phone and calls his wife saying, ‘I’m not going to pass out, because a stranger just gave me water.’ Then he calls his mother and is rejoicing saying, ‘I have been saved from my dehydration, I shall not die.’ Then he calls his best friend and says, ‘I am truly favored, a stranger just came up to me and gave me—‘ before he could finish his sentence, he passes out. He never got around to actually drinking the water.
This is a clear representation of the church of 2011. It’s not that people do not believe the promises of God, most genuinely do. They just do the same thing as this guy walking around the desert. A preacher will declare to them God’s promises and all throughout the congregation the people will shout and run up and down the aisles, slap their neighbor and spin around. But what they don’t realize is if they just believe the Word and do not ACT upon it, they will not see any fruit of the Word in their lives. That’s why in most churches across the United States, the majority of the congregation is sick, broke, in debt, divorced, or just miserable. In Hebrews 4:2 it says that the Word preached did not profit the people because they did not mix it with faith. Be a doer of the Word, and not a hearer only, deceiving yourself.
Messages about faith are being preached Sunday after Sunday. But we as Christians are not called to know about faith and teach faith, we are called to DO our faith, and LIVE by our faith. It is almost as if the average Christian Pastor can tell what you what faith is, how to get faith, the benefits of faith, but cannot tell you the last time they used faith. Jesus asks in Luke 18:8, when the Son of Man comes back, will he find faith on the earth? I don’t know if he will, but he certainly will find plenty of books, CDs and conferences about it.
Just go ahead and DRINK the water already.

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6 Responses to “Faith vs. Belief”

  1. Interesting thought. My question though is how we actually put our faith into action? I understand your point on the man with the water, but how do we apply this to the faith that we hear about in church and put it into our everyday life?

    • That is an excellent question. I think the question you are asking is how do you put your belief into action. Faith is an act of obedience based on the Word of God. It is based upon what you have heard from God..which makes hearing directly from God so important (Rom 11:17) So once you have heard from God (through His Word), you would be activating your belief by speaking it out, as Jesus instructed in Mark 11. So one way to apply what you hear in church is to speak it out, declare the promise over your life. Paul said ‘we believe, therefore we speak’.

  2. So would this be similar is saying (for example) By His stripes we are healed and then speaking positive things about our health? For instance everyone around us is getting the flu and we say I just know I am going to come down with it, when instead we should be holding onto the promise that we are healed, so we should be saying, I am not going to get sick in Jesus’ name.
    Am I anywhere close?

  3. This is Rick Ripple Gallatin, Missouri

    I believe AND I act on what the words of Jesus say. This is my
    formula (men like formulas)

    Do what Jesus says
    and
    G-d will do what Jesus says He will do.
    thus
    we have fellowship with G-d. We have sort of a ‘Nuts and bolts” working relationship G-d through Jesus.

    Re-route tornadoes
    the Father in my He does the works
    Cease rain
    lay hands on
    find lost items
    get sleep at night
    move mountains as it were a mountain of snow
    on and on it goes from the Words. Then too doing what the
    Holy Ghost tell us (after we verify it is the Holy Ghost) Amen?

    Most of all keep Jesus’ commandments. G-d is not santa clause
    John 14:21-24

  4. Oh BTW did Paul say “faith works by love?”

    We need more love, life giving up love. Jesus cautioned “love will grow cold because iniquity will increase. Night is coming when no man can work. No love, no faith, no works, no glorifying G-d. Man has become useless lose him. “Keep the love baby”

  5. Sorry to hog these blogs BUT one more interesting
    Mark 16:20 (we can do nothing without Jesus John 15) but

    The Lord worked with them
    Confirming the word (preached taught)
    With
    Signs following (works, gifts, miracles)

    Does the Lord confirm all the flood of words spoken or written
    in our World? He confirms the truth. “That you may know….” have a gift.

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