By Darrell Huffman
Faith is like a house; it must be built on a strong foundation if it is going to stand tests and storms. Faith’s foundation is the Word of God. You cannot build a great faith life without it. The best part about this truth is that the Word of God will never fail. Its success rating stands at 100 percent.
Solomon knew the power of God’s promises. He saw the Lord keep His Word to his father, King David, with the completion of the Temple (Israel’s house of faith) in Jerusalem. Solomon declared at its dedication, “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses” (1 Kings 8:56 NIV). God’s own Word—His promises to the children of Israel—became the foundation for the Temple itself.
Nothing has changed since that time concerning the promises of God. God wants to be the foundation of your personal house of faith, and He is still fulfilling His promises. Therefore, you can trust Him to do what He has said.
In Hebrews 11, The Amplified Bible describes faith as “. . . the title deed of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see . . .” (v. 1). If I have the deed to a house, you can stand on its front porch and threaten me all you want to keep me from trying to enter the house. But it won’t make any difference what you say or do, because I have every legal right to grab you by the nape of the neck and throw you out into the yard. If I have the title deed, it’s my house, and I am going in! In the same way, faith will give you all the assurance you will ever need in this life to take what is yours according to the Word of God.
If you build your faith—your title deed—on God’s Word, it won’t matter if the devil hits your body, attacks your finances, or tries to steal your peace. You can kick him off your property because your faith will be the proof of ownership you need. With that assurance, absolutely nothing can stand in your way. So build that house of faith and move in! God’s Word promises that He gives “. . . everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him . . .” (2 Peter 1:3 NIV). So find out what His Word says—gain the knowledge you need to take hold of your title deed. As a deed enables you to lay claim to property that belongs to you, so your faith enables you to lay claim to God’s promises that belong to you.
Therefore, it is an absolute necessity that we know God’s promises so that we can begin to build our houses of faith, for “. . . faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). It is only as you and I hear God’s Word—His promises— concerning us that our faith will grow and be stable. That same Word then becomes all the evidence we need until the manifestation comes.
I challenge you to take the Lord at His Word. Since the Bible is God’s Word to you, choose to believe Him. When you do, amazing things will begin to happen in your life.