Faith is multifaceted! It exhibits itself in attitudes and actions. I have thought of seven of these, there are doubtless many more.
1. Dependence when we came to the Lord at the beginning we depended on Him. Our faith maybe wasnt well developed or very great, we came like the leprous man who said Lord, If You are willing, You can make me clean (Matthew 8). We should always be marked by dependence.
2. Confidence this is perhaps a development on dependence. I can cling in dependence and appreciate that God can but it is wonderful to rest in His presence and appreciate God will. Think about it, Peter exhibited confidence when he began to walk on the water towards the Lord but he was reduced to just dependence when he began to sink!
3. Appreciation faith involves my acceptance of the Word of God and also of the will of God. I appreciate that God knows best! The Word becomes very relevant to me. When I read that God is the Father of those who are Christians (read John 1v12). I start to apply this to my life and I realise that there is One, God Himself, who is watching over me with fatherly care; who loves His child. No longer is the reading and study of the Bible a mere academic exercise. Faith grasps and appreciates God and then thanks and worships Him.
4. Waiting Think of the amount of times the Psalmist spoke about waiting on the Lord! David knew a bit about it. He had been anointed King in his teens but he would be about 30 before he had a crown on his head. In between he was a hunted man, chased from pillar to post. Maybe you (like me) have a specific request in prayer that you want answered and matters so much to you and yet it seems that it will never be answered? Maybe the Lord is teaching you to wait His time!
5. Prayer James, in his letter, speaks about the prayer of faith (James 5v5). Our belief in God should lead us to prayer.
6. Witness Paul, in 2 Corinthians, lifts an Old Testament quotation and applies it to his service. He writes And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I believed and therefore I spoke, we also believe and therefore speak (4v13). This rebukes me a lot! Is my faith the type that keeps to itself? Too often it is. Pauls faith led him to speak to others and to speak out the truth of God.
7. Work The Thessalonian believers were commended for their work of faith (1 Thess 1v3). Springing out of the belief they had in the truth of God was a work linked to it. James tells us that faith without works is dead! He means that we must have a faith that works because it is the only true faith. We can speak about faith but if there is no evidence in our lives we dont have the real thing.
Its easier to write about these things than to consistently practice them!