Soak in these Bible verses on faith and believing, and learn from Mary’s example of faith in this interactive Daily Time™ Devotional this Advent.
* This is week two from God With You: A Personalized Advent Devotional
Week 2: Mary’s Faith-Filled Obedience
Isn’t it scary to step out in faith?
One thing I have to keep telling myself when I need to step out in faith is that I’m not walking alone. Nor are you. Emmanuel, God with you. Remember?
God is walking right beside you, holding your hand, and strengthening you. Cool, yeah?
For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:13
The angel Gabriel visited Mary and that short meeting changed the course of history forever. Even though this big “impossibility” was presented to her, she still believed. She said, “let it be done” (Luke 1:38).
Zechariah asked “how” and Mary asked “how.” What’s the difference?
Zechariah asked with doubt, and Mary asked with faith. Her question of how was asked in more of a “I know this will happen. What’s the plan?” kind of way. Zechariah’s question of how was followed with more of a “wha—?? We’re old, dude. Beyond the natural way of things. You know that, right?”
Mary allowed the Holy Spirit to come upon her to do what God wanted done. What if she didn’t believe God’s plan for her? But God had already picked the perfect person; He must have looked at her heart and saw faith.
I’m grateful for her faith-filled obedience!
I’d like to be like that. It’s important, right? So during this Advent, I’m making no room for doubt, and soaking in Bible verses on faith! Will you join me?
19 Bible Verses on Faith and Believing
So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
The Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you would tell this sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
Looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
He said to them, “Because of your unbelief. For most certainly I tell you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 For most certainly I tell you, whoever may tell this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and doesn’t doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is happening, he shall have whatever he says.
Therefore I tell you, all things whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received them, and you shall have them.
…the righteous will live by his faith.
When he had come into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They told him, “Yes, Lord.”
Even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all those who believe. For there is no distinction,
When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude who followed him, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith, no, not in Israel.”
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
He said to her, “Daughter, cheer up. Your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
Stephen, full of faith and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.
Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.
But Jesus, when he heard the message spoken, immediately said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Don’t be afraid, only believe.”
Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen.
Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart;” that is, the word of faith which we preach: 9 that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.Soak in these Bible verses on faith and believing, and learn from Mary’s example of faith in this interactive Daily Time™ Devotional this Advent. #AdventDevotional #LiveYielded Click To Tweet
Write: Luke 1:28 Having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, you highly favored one! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women!”
Say: The Lord is with me. (See Isaiah 41:10)
Discover: Look at our key verse of Luke 1:28 again. The angel calls Mary “highly favored.” Look up Ephesians 1:6. Who did God give the same kind of acceptance and blessing? (It’s even the same Greek word!)
Reflect: With what can you choose to walk in faith and believe God? Write it in your journal with the following statement:
- I choose to have faith in God about (fill-in-the-blank) because He is with me.
Pray the Bible verses about faith and believing (see above) over yourself.
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