December 10, 2017 by maryruwe
When we exercise our faith, we are living by faith. Everyone knows what exercising is; we all know we should to keep our bodies strong and healthy. While physical exercise develops our body, exercising our faith develops our spiritual fitness and will also lead us to take care of our body which is the temple of the Holy Ghost.
The word exercise itself just means to exert; which just means to put into action. Moving our body is physical exercise, the more we move the stronger we are. The same is true of our faith; the more we exercise it by believing and speaking the Word of God, the stronger we are spiritually.
In both areas we do something to get a desired result. To exercise means to practice, repeating again and again to become proficient in a specific area.
Physically exercise means learning how and what exercise to do in order to gain the desired results we want to achieve. Exercising our faith means we learn how to appropriate the Word of God to receive the desired results the Bible says we can have: salvation, healing, prosperity, good relationships and fellowship with God and others.
Jesus is our example. Matthew 4:1-10 shows us how Jesus used or exercised His faith by speaking the Word of God to overcome temptation. He began each of His counter-attacks with the words, “it is written”, and then quoted Scripture. (Deuteronomy 8:3, 6:16, 20:3, 34:14) When we are tempted or attacked by that same enemy (Satan) we need to speak God’s Word to our attacker.
Walking by faith is more than just believing what God says, it is also saying what God says. God expects us to live by faith and according to Hebrews 11:6, without faith it is impossible to please Him. The more we hear the Word of God the stronger our faith will become; for it is by hearing and hearing the Word. (Romans 10:17)
Some basics about faith –
- We must believe the Word of God.
- Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God – we must continually hear the Word of God to maintain our faith.
- We must speak what we believe – speaking the Word of God is agreeing with Him.
When tempted to speak harsh words to someone who is irritating us or speaking ill to and about us, we need to know the Word of God says in Proverbs 15:1 that a soft answer turns away wrath but grievous words stir up anger. Psalm 141:3 says to set a guard over our mouth and to keep a watch over the door of our lips. We comply with these Scriptures by quickly monitoring our thoughts so those grievous words don’t become spoken words creating more strife. Sometimes the best way to defuse the words of another is to not respond back with the same type of harsh words and volume! Remember retaliation is revenge and it creates more strife.
What about sickness and disease; what is your plan to counter those attacks? First of all we need to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God wants us to be healthy, and He has provided healing for us. Exodus 15:26 tells us that God is the Lord who heals us. Psalm 103:3 teaches us that God forgives all our sins and who heals all our diseases. Isaiah 53:5 and First Peter 2:24 tell us that by the stripes on Jesus back we are healed. Plus there are several Scriptures that state that Jesus healed all those that were sick, with many different diseases. (Matthew 12:15; Luke 4:40, 6:17, 19) We appropriate God’s healing by speaking healing into our body – calling the healing into being. (Romans 4:17) If you think that sounds strange or out of balance, think of how many times God spoke of sending His Son, before Jesus was born. Jesus spoke healing into the body of those who came to him for healing, and as our example we can to do same.
Now let’s talk about finances and prosperity. Some people get nervous when this subject comes up in a conversation but I love testifying that God is a good provider! His Word is true and He is true to His Word. All through the Bible we can find testimony of God prospering people. Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Solomon, and the list goes on. First Chronicles 29:12 tells us that both riches and honor come from God. We must remember that – IT IS NOT THE RICHES ITSELF THAT IS EVIL, BUT THE LOVE OF MONEY THAT IT EVIL – it’s all in how a person view riches and uses their riches that determines whether or not money is evil. There are to be no other god that we worship but only the Lord God Almighty. (Exodus 34:14, Deuteronomy 5:7; 11:16) One way to prosper is to always give your tithe to God by giving to your church. God tells us that we rob Him when we do not bring our tithe to the storehouse. This same Scripture passage also says that when we do pay our tithe, He will open up the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing, more than enough; and rebuke the devourer for our sakes. (Malachi 3:8-11) I think God is serious about wanting to bless us with riches – or prosperity – obviously because He loves us – and so we can be a blessing of helping those in need.
Since we are talking about faith; do you know that God exercises faith toward you and me? Yes, indeed He does. Jeremiah 9:24 states, “but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, and that I am the Lord exercising loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these I delight, says the Lord”. The Amplified Bible puts it this way: “but let the one who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me (and acknowledges Me and honors Me as God and recognizes without any doubt), that I am the Lord who practices loving-kindness, justice and righteousness on the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.
Notice that the one uses the word boasts for glories, and practice for exercise. We are not to glory or boast of what we can do but boast and give glory to God for what He does. We are to exercise or practice doing right in the strength and power of God, not in our own strength and abilities.
The second thing to notice is that we are to know our Heavenly Father and understand that He exercises or practices – or repeats – loving-kindness, judgment and righteousness toward us.
The third thing to notice is that He delights in these things! Our Heavenly Father delights in repeating His loving-kindness, judgment and righteousness to us. Now don’t get thrown by the word judgment because it doesn’t always carry a decision of guilty but can also carry decision of not guilty. Think about that for awhile. Judgment actually means to pass a formal decision; so judgment could come to convict us of sin in our lives, or to confirm our living by faith. Conviction of sin should lead us to repentance while a confirmation of faith should lead us to the blessings of God.
When we exercise our faith, we are living by faith, and that pleases God and brings glory to Him.