Have you thought of the benefits of faith in God? It’s a little like counting your blessings and when its done, can bring joy. When you are going through distressing moments, this is a great way to overcome pressure. Eight will be discussed below although there are many more.
One of the Benefits of Faith is Fellowship with God
Why is prayer so important to the Christian? It’s how to communicate with God and to let Him know what your thoughts and needs are. How will you grow without talking to Him and listening?
“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:12 NIV
Without faith in Jesus Christ, no one has the benefit of God hearing. What would it be like to pray to “thin air” ? When you talk to the Lord as a Christian, it’s wonderful to know that He is there faithfully listening to you.
Assurance is a Benefit of Faith
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 NIV
“As with the rest of the book of Hebrews, context is critical. In this passage, the writer demonstrates that Godly faith is really ”trust.” What we have seen of God’s nature and character should lead us to trust Him, and trust naturally leads to obedience. This is not an endorsement of ”blind faith,” especially since it comes after a lengthy discourse full of evidence and logic. Instead, the writer presents the idea of ”faith” as a confident look to the future, based on reliance on God’s promises.” Bibleref.com
This verse is a popular one to define faith but here the focus is on assurance. The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is about the people of the Bible such as Noah. The Lord told Noah that it was going to rain for 40 days and 40 nights. Sometimes it’s forgotten that it had never rained before and Noah didn’t have a clue. Yet, he believed God and built the ark. This chapter is to give us assurance that God follows through on His Word and we have these examples.
Another Benefit of Faith is the Holy Spirit
“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with Power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, ” Ephesians 6:16-18 NIV
Wow. What a benefit to have the Holy Spirit to help and encourage us in our daily lives. This comes out of Christ Jesus’ riches and His love for us.
How much easier our lives would be if we would rely on the gift of the Holy Spirit. He is a part of the Trinity and how blest we are to have God Himself shower us with His Spirit.
When going to the Lord in prayer, often our words seem to not to express what we want to say. The Holy Spirit is there to take our jumbled words and make a melody to God.
God Meets Our Needs
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:31-33 NIV
Worry is something we all have in common and God is well aware of our weakness. He gives us His promise, not to make us rich, but to take care of us if we seek His kingdom first in our lives.
God is also ready to relieve us of worry that can overcome us and take our joy. Rely on the Lord for His provision and unhealthy concerns will go away.
He also addresses our tendency to chase after “things” and wants us to long for Him instead. When we do, our lives will become more content.
Overcoming Fear is a Benefit of Faith
Fear can take over our lives and even disable us from life. Some have a difficult time finding a solution to their anxiety. The Lord is there for relieving fear, especially irrational fears. Statistics show that 85% of what we are afraid of never happens. Huffpost.com
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 NIV
David is talking about the Lord in His role as our shepherd. This image of God is not as common to us as David since that was his job as a young man plus the times in which he lives. The point is that he well understood how important it is for the sheep to be able to depend on the shepherd. Sheep need constant supervision and protection from predators. It’s only natural for David to think of the compassion of the shepherd for the well being of the sheep. God does not want us to live in fear.
God Grants Us Peace as a Benefit of Faith
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” Romans 5:1 NIV
In this verse, we see that when becoming a Christian, we are justified by our faith. As one of the benefits of faith we then have peace in our relationship with God.
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in saftey.” Psalm 4:8 NIV
“Despite the ever-present threats against his life (Psalm 3:1; 2 Samuel 15:13–14), David enjoyed such a close relationship with God that he was able to get a good night’s rest. He trusted the Lord to keep him safe. Instead of tossing and turning at night, he tossed his burdens onto the Lord’s shoulders and turned his troubles over to Him. First Peter 5:7 talks about “casting all your anxieties on [God], because he cares for you.” Philippians 4:6 admonishes us “do not be anxious about anything” and to instead pray with thanksgiving, making our requests known to God. The following verse promises, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).” Bible.Ref
A Benefit of Faith is God’s Presence
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
God is talking here to Joshua as he takes over the responsibility of Moses. He is being comforted by God as he is about to lead the Israelites into the land of promise. God encourages him that He will be there no matter what.
This is restated in Hebrews when the author is telling Christian Jews not to focus on money but be content because God is there to take care of you.
“Keep your lives from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 NIV
We Have Hope as a Benefit of Faith
All benefits of faith are important. Lack of hope is one we sometimes have to cope with in hard situations. When we have lost a loved one, hope can seem out of reach.
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13 NIV
When we trust in Jesus Christ, we have hope that our loved ones are not really gone, just not physically present with us. We will be with them again and this gives us hope as we walk in the Lord.
Of all the benefits of faith, we’ve covered a few. We can see all the good things that come to us when we place our faith in Jesus Christ. Looking at these can lift our hearts and give us joy.
If you will like to add some benefits of faith, please comment.