People say “Have faith in God”. Let’s think about that for a second.
It is said in Ephesians 3:16-17 that “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…”
Basically what that verse says is that if we have faith in God, and was baptized in the Spirit, he will be in our hearts. If God is in our hearts, He is a part of us. In someway, that means God IS us. We are created in His own image after all (Gen 1:27).
So if God is us, that means having faith in God is the same as having faith in yourself.
We should have faith in ourselves. If God created us in His own image, that means God has made us very capable of doing great things. We only need to realize that we are that capable and we could actually do great things.
But then again, we are only human. There are things that even man can do. That is where the saying “Do your best and God will do the rest” comes in. God is not a genie where you just pray and wish for something and then in an instant – wish granted! We have to do our part first. We should try our best first before God steps in. Also, there are things that we wish from God that only we could get for ourselves. For example, we wish God for courage. God doesn’t give you courage. Instead He gives you the opportunity to be courageous.
My point is “Faith without works is dead.” If we believe and have faith in God, and if we love God, we will do His commandments. Having faith also means that you should believe in the work that God has put in you, that you are very capable of doing His commandments and whatever you set your heart on. After all, God is in our hearts and if we set our hearts on doing something, God is with us in doing it. Just like how David was able to kill the giant Goliath. It wasn’t the rock, it wasn’t the sling. It was David believing and setting his heart on the idea that he could actually kill the giant.