“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” (Galatians 5:22)
We are just about to come to a close on our devotionals of “What’s on Your Tree?” We now come to the fruit of faith. What a fruit this is. The life of a Christian is founded upon this fruit of the Spirit.
What is “faith“? In the Greek is it “pistis”; the living, divinely implanted, acquired, and created principle of inward and wholehearted confidence, assurance, trust, and reliance in God and all that He says.
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
We are also told that:
“For by it (faith) the elders obtained a good report.” (Hebrews 11:2)
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God…” (Hebrews 11:3)
“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” (Hebrews 11:8)
“By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” (Hebrews 11:31)
The Word of God has a lot to say concerning faith in Hebrews chapter eleven alone. But to me the most important verse in this chapter is Hebrews 11:6:
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Jesus spoke a lot about faith during His Ministry here on earth.
It is by The Faith of the Son of God that we live. Paul says:
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
All throughout the New Testament we see the faith of the sick, and the faith of those carrying the sick to Jesus, the faith that made them whole. (See Matthew 9:1-8; Luke 7:36-50; Mark 5:25-34.)
Where is this kind of faith today? Do we, as Children of God, possess this kind of faith?
When the centurion soldier came to Jesus concerning his sick servant, Jesus told the centurion that He would come and heal him. The centurion, feeling unworthy of Jesus coming under his roof, asked Him “…but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed” (Matthew 8:8).
The Bible says:
“When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” (Matthew 8:10)
But in Luke 18:1-8, dealing with the parable of the woman who was persistent in asking the unjust judge to avenge her of her adversary, she finally had her request answered. But again Jesus asked, “…when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).
The Bible makes it plain when it says, we walk by Faith and not by sight; and the just shall live by Faith.
Does your tree bear the fruit of faith? Will the Son of man, when He cometh, find faith on the earth? Or do we look for signs and wonders?