The Bible is clear in saying, “the just shall live by faith.” (Hebrews 10:38) Whatever we do, think, say or plan, we should do them according to the faith we receive from God and from His words.
Any actions and thinking not in line with the faith can be considered as turning away from the true will of God. In this topic, we discuss about the examples of the Bible regarding actions which are not according to faith. This is very important to study because we need to have the knowledge about certain things that can possibly separate us from the will of the Father.
One of the examples of these so called actions not according to faith is havingdoubt. Having doubt is losing trust and faith to whatever God can do. And this doubt should not be seen to any servant of God. Jas 1:6-7 But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. If you are like that, unable to make up your mind and undecided in all you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord.
A person who doubts has no strength to stand up for his principles. A person who doubts God and his faith can be easily carried away by false teachings which are all not according to the will of God.
We can read what Apostle Paul explained about those who have doubts in their faith in God. They have turned like children who can be easily persuaded and attracted to new things. Much more, they can easily change their minds when it comes to other teachings. Eph 4:14 Then we shall no longer be children, carried by the waves and blown about by every shifting wind of the teaching of deceitful people, who lead others into error by the tricks they invent.
A fearful thing they can even do is to forget that there is a God. This is what Apostle Peter say about people who have doubts. 2Pe 3:4-5 and will ask, “He promised to come, didn’t he? Where is he? Our ancestors have already died, but everything is still the same as it was since the creation of the world!” They purposely ignore the fact that long ago God gave a command, and the heavens and earth were created. The earth was formed out of water and by water…
What is the explanation of the Bible regarding people who doubt God and who have doubts in their faith?
The Bible is clear in saying, when a person doubts, he can never please God because no one can please God without faith. Heb 11:6 No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek him.
Logically and spiritually, anyone who comes to God and wants to serve Him must have faith. If anyone doubts, it is much better not to come to Him, because that someone can never please God. Instead of pleasing God, the anger of God can come to those who doubt Him. Jesus Christ rebukes the doubters in His time. Mar 9:19 And he said to them in answer, O generation without faith, how long will I have to be with you? how long will I put up with you? let him come to me.
One of the advises of Apostle Paul is to reject the wrong faith of an unbeliever. Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject… It is not the person that will be rejected but the wrong faith that he has.
The reason is because anything that is not according to the will of God, and anything that is not according to faith is considered to be a sin. “for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” – Romans 14:23 (b) The worst thing that can happen to a doubter is to receive the punishment from God. Those who do not believe will be punished. Mar 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Let us all be reminded that if many will doubt faith and God, if many will lose trust and hope to God, God will always remain to be a God. He will remain to be the almighty God forever even if we don’t get to serve Him. Rom 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
How do we know the servants who act according to the faith they receive from God?
True faith is manifested through works and obedience to the will of God. It cannot be called faith if it is only said through the mouth. A servant who has faith acts according to it and has a strong hope. The foundation of his faith is deeply rooted because of the words of God he received. Col 1:23 You must, of course, continue faithful on a firm and sure foundation, and must not allow yourselves to be shaken from the hope you gained when you heard the gospel. It is of this gospel that I, Paul, became a servant—this gospel which has been preached to everybody in the world.
This is the proof that a servant acts according to the faith given to him. He is not easily moved or carried away by anything, be it tests, trials, temptations or sufferings. He continually rely on his faith and strong in his trust and hope to the almighty God. He can do anything and nothing is really impossible to him who has faith. Mat 21:21 “I assure you that if you believe and do not doubt, you will be able to do what I have done to this fig tree. And not only this, but you will even be able to say to this hill, ‘Get up and throw yourself in the sea,’ and it will.
Even if it is not literal in meaning, in its spiritual sense it means that anything is possible to happen because of faith. Those things that we usually say and think as not achievable can be accomplished. Any hardships, sufferings, trials and temptations can all be overcome if we have. An we can be assured that if we have the faith, we will surely be strong until the end. And this is what we, as servants of God are expected to be. 1Co 1:8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be faultless on the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the reason why we have to keep our faith firm and strong until the end, because our faith will lead us to God, to everlasting life. Rom 14:22 Keep what you believe about this matter, then, between yourself and God. Happy are those who do not feel guilty when they do something they judge is right!