Way of Faith

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Way of Faith

The way of faith is not easy; the journey is hard, and the road is narrow. Your faith will be attacked, tested, and questioned—oftentimes, by your very self. You will travel through periods of dryness, darkness, cold, and silence. But if you don’t give up, and continue walking in faith, clinging to Christ, even when you do not feel Him, see Him, or hear Him, you will eventually travel through periods of profound spiritual abundance, growth, and the warmth of divinely infused grace, love, and enlightenment.

“Never let go of loyalty and faithfulness. Tie them around your neck; write them on your heart” (Proverbs 3:3-4)—and wholeheartedly commit to the path of virtue (the way of faith).

Be not one of the many who remain uncommitted simply because the fear of what they will lose outweighs the belief in the immeasurable gift they will gain if they give their life totally and completely to Christ. Commit. Open the sails of your soul for the winds of grace to carry you.

Wayfarer of faith, if you should fall, repent, rise, and recommit to the way. If you should fall seventy-seven times, be remorseful, but don’t relent; reflect, atone, and return to the way. If you should fall seventy-seven thousand times, do not desert the way in despair! Resume it in hope—seventy-seven thousand times over if that’s what it requires—for when the way of faith is entered, sweet salvation is certain if faith is not wholly and entirely abandoned.

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Related Scripture

“Never let go of loyalty and faithfulness. Tie them around your neck; write them on your heart.” — Proverbs 3:3-4 (GNT)

“...let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…” — Hebrews 12:1-2 (NRSVCE)

“I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your ordinances before me. I cling to your decrees, O Lord; let me not be put to shame. I run the way of your commandments, for you enlarge my understanding.” — Psalms 119:30-32 (NRSVCE)

“Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. Happy are those who keep his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong but walk in his ways.” — Psalms 119:1-3 (NRSVCE)

“The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.” — Proverbs 17:3 (NRSVCE)

“so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” — 1 Peter 1:7 (NRSVCE)

“Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” — 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NRSVCE)

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” — Romans 12:3 (NRSVCE)

“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” — 1 Peter 4:10-11 (NRSVCE)

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” — Ephesians‬ ‭1:7-11‬ (NRSVCE)

“therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.” — Romans 5:2-3 (NRSVCE)

“For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.” — 1 John 5:3-4 (NRSVCE)

“Those who keep the commandment will live; those who are heedless of their ways will die.” — Proverbs 19:16 (NRSVCE)

“‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’” — John 14:1-7 (NRSVCE)

“To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.” — Hebrews 11:1 (GNT)

“...For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” — Matthew 17:20 (NRSVCE)

Related Quotes

“One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it…and then it’s gone.” — St. Joan of Arc.

“God does not demand that I be successful. God demands that I be faithful. When facing God, results are not important. Faithfulness is what is important.” — St. Mother Teresa

“Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be and becoming that person.” — St. Therese of Lisieux

“Care more for a grain of faith than a ton of excitement.” — C.H. Spurgeon

“Although a Christian should believe simply, he should not ‘simply believe.’” — Os Guinness

“[Christ] wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim.” — C.S. Lewis

“The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us. God calls us to His service and places tremendous responsibilities on us. He expects no complaining on our part and offers no explanation on His part. God wants to use us as He used His own Son.” — Oswald Chambers

“I know of nothing which I would choose to have as the subject of my ambition for life than to be kept faithful to my God till death, still to be a soul winner, still to be a true herald of the cross, and testify the name of Jesus to the last hour. It is only such who in the ministry shall be saved.” — C.H. Spurgeon

“The Spirit is compared to the wind, and, like the wind, He cannot be seen by our bodily eyes. But just as we know there is a wind by the effect it produces on waves, and trees, and smoke, so we may know the Spirit is in a man by the effects He produces in the man’s conduct. It is nonsense to suppose that we have the Spirit, if we do not also ‘walk in the Spirit’ (Gal. 5:25). We may depend on it as a positive certainty, that where there is no holy living, there is no Holy Ghost.” — J.C. Ryle

“If your faith rests in your idea of how God is supposed to answer your prayers...then that kind of faith is very shaky and is bound to be demolished when the storms of life hit it. But if your faith rests on the character of Him who is the eternal I Am, then that kind of faith is rugged and will endure.” — Elisabeth Elliot

“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the windows which hope has opened.” — C.H. Spurgeon

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Lesson Plan

For your family, small group, or personal reflection.

STEP 1: Introduction

Example: "I'm going to play a short video on the topic of the way of faith. After the video, I have some questions to gather your thoughts and get the discussion started. We’ll then wrap up with a closing prayer."

STEP 2: Watch Video (or listen)

Watch (or listen to) the video of the teaching (cast to your TV via YouTube). If time allows, also read the teaching, related Scriptures, and related quotes.

STEP 3: Discussion / Reflection

  • In your own words, what is living the “way of faith,” and how does it relate to pursuing a virtuous life?
  • In this teaching, we are reminded that the journey of faith is not easy. You will travel through periods of dryness, darkness, cold, and silence. But if you don’t give up, and continue walking in faith, clinging to Christ, even when you do not feel Him, see Him, or hear Him, you will eventually travel through periods of profound spiritual abundance and growth. Have you ever experienced this? If so, please share.
  • What are some things, if any, holding you back from walking in the type of fullness of faith you are capable of? (please share)
  • Did any of the related Scriptures or quotes stand out to you (please elaborate)?
  • Any other thoughts you’d like to share?

STEP 4: Wrap Up & Closing Prayer

Summarize and wrap up the discussion. Then, conclude with a sincere and humble prayer from the heart.

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