When it comes to FAITH, we cannot forget its Source: the Holy Spirit. He is the One who lends us an intelligent faith to stimulate courage. There is no way to separate the faith that comes from the Holy Spirit and courage. Just as He gives faith, He also gives the courage to put it into practice.
Who, in their right mind, has faith to be employed but does not have the courage to work?
Many have faith in God, but keep praying, fasting and waiting for Him to do magic in their lives. For this reason, such believers have faith, but they live from failure to failure, rather than living from faith to faith. And yet they have the nerve to charge the righteousness of God, saying, “Why do the wicked prosper and the dishonest succeed?”
Evil and dishonest people prosper and succeed because they believe in themselves and have the courage to assume their bad character.
Faith that is borrowed by the Spirit of God has been His Authority and Power so that His children can USE IT!
If the Spirit of God lends us His Power it is so we can execute it. He does not put something at our disposal for Him to use. If He lends us faith (His Power), it is obvious that He expects us to use it.
But how do you use FAITH? How can it be materialized for the benefit of God’s Will?
The Spirit Himself teaches us to use faith when He says:
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works (and does not execute it)? Can faith save him? James 2.14
In other words He is saying:
What’s the use of believing My Words but NOT HAVING COURAGE to obey them?
This is, TRUE FAITH, THE FAITH THAT MATERIALIZES IN OUR LIFE CAUSES US TO DO ACTS OF COURAGE. And this courage is madness to the world.
It is no use having all the faith in the world and not having the courage to put it into practice. It would be like having faith and fear (doubt) at the same time!