Laurie Coombs is a passionate writer and speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the hope found in Jesus. She is the author of Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness, an incredible true story of grace, mercy, and the redemptive power of God. Her story was featured in Billy Graham’s film, Heaven, as well as on many other national and regional radio and television programs. She is a contributor to Zondervan’s NIV Bible for Women and writes at LaurieCoombs.org. Laurie and her husband, Travis, make their home in Nevada along with their three daughters.
I want great faith.
I want the kind of faith that allows us to step out of the boat and walk on water toward Jesus when He beckons, knowing we can do all things through Him.
The kind of faith that confidently says to Jesus, “Only say a word,” knowing full well that even the impossible is possible with God.
The kind of faith to follow Jesus into the unknown––into our scary places––regardless of the cost, knowing confidently He will work all things for His glory and your good.
THE PRESENCE OF FAITH
Christian reformer, Martin Luther, was quoted as saying “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”
Do you have this daring confidence in God’s grace?
You know, Jesus tells us that even “if you have faith like a grain of 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).
Great faith is, certainly, our aim, but you needn’t have much faith at all to live an impactful life. [Tweet that] And as I mentioned recently in Real Faith––Igniting the Fire, the presence of faith is what’s important.Once true faith and a genuine trust in Jesus is planted, Jesus is sure to grow it.
So, faith is what we need––in whatever quantity––because faith is what moves mountains.
And don’t we all hope to move mountains in our lives and in the lives of others?
We all possess a deep-seeded desire to matter. Even the most misguided individuals are motivated by this desire to have their life count for something. Yet, this ambition is only possible through faith.
FAITH OF OLD
At times, the works done by those in the Bible seem more legend than fact. We read the account of Elijah stopping the rain for three years and six months. We are told of Moses parting the Red Sea. We hear about Elisha raising a boy from the dead. And we are told all these acts were done by faith.
Hebrews 11 tells about many others who, by faith, obeyed God’s call to greater things. Abraham. Sarah. Isaac. Jacob. Joseph. David. Samuel. The prophets. And many more.
Yet, our forefathers did not possess a different brand of faith than we do. [Tweet that] Faith is the same now as it was then. And by our faith, we have the power to see the impossible happen just as they did many years ago.
FAITH IS POWERFUL
Our faith has power. Don’t ever let yourself believe otherwise. [Tweet that]
For it is by faith, we believe.
By faith, we are saved.
By faith, we are made clean.
By faith, we receive.
By faith, we love.
And it is by faith, that we will make an impact for Christ in this world. We simply need to believe and follow Jesus when He calls. I am convinced that if we make ourselves available––if we’re simply willing––God will use us just as He used the men and women of the Bible.
It takes great faith to follow, but I assure you, we have already been given the grace needed to do so.[Tweet that]