Faith by itself is nothing, useless. James tells us that faith without works is dead. Hence, to just say “I believe God” really has no meaning unless there is a work of proof attached to it. And when that faith is worked out it needs a form, a form of expression. Therefore, we can say that there are various ways that faith is worked out. Here are…
Five Forms of Faith
1. Faith as commitment. We first come to God in faith by our repentance and surrender, surrendering our ears to hear His voice and our eyes to see Him. We continue our life of faith by that same yielding commitment. This is the most basic form of faith.
2. Faith as fellowship. After we have surrendered and committed ourselves to God, our faith grows in love toward Him so that it becomes fellowship. When we have this kind of faith we love to commune with Him each day; and we love the sweet fellowship of the saints.
3. Faith as prayer. As faith expresses itself in fellowship it also gives energy to prayer. Andrew Murray said, “When we enter into living fellowship with God Himself, in a faith that always sees and hears Him, it becomes easy and natural to believe His promises regarding prayer.” Likewise when faith in prayer is exercised it grows stronger. The more one prays with faith the stronger faith becomes and the more prayers are answered.
4. Faith as praise. As we grow in faith, that faith will be expressed as praise. Or we could call it our praise of faith? It is the exultation and the bubbling up of faith. It is faith singing and rejoicing. It is the energy and the joy of faith. It is the element of faith that is so essential to us. Without it our prayers would be lifeless and useless.
5. Faith as obedience. Faith will always express itself in obedience. For without obedience we can not have true faith. When we see a person obeying God we know he is a person who believes God. And he is a person who is also growing in righteousness and in his love for God.
Faith has been termed as a “leap of faith,” or as “jumping off a cliff.” If we don’t know the love of God very well, this I suppose would be a good description of faith, or of obedient faith. The obedience of faith is sometimes very scary. But when we remember that God is always going to catch us when we jump off that cliff, it gets easier. And the more we are obedient to jump, believing that He will catch us, the more our obedient faith will be rewarded (Heb. 11:6). And I know what that reward will be. Mainly it will be that we will grow to love Him more deeply, that we will experience the love of Christ, which passes knowledge (Eph. 3:19).