FAITH OUTLOUD

FAITH GROWS WHEN IT’S TRIED AND TESTED 
THROUGH FAITH I AM FORGIVEN NOW 

AND IN FAITH I LIFT MY EYES T’WARD HEAVEN 
LORD HELP ME LIVE IT OUTLOUD (2X) 

THERE ARE DAYS THAT I SIT AND WONDER 
IF I TRULY CARRY YOUR CROSS 
AND DO I CHERISH YOU LORD 
AND WHAT MY FREEDOM COST 
BY GRACE I HAVE THE GIFT OF FAITH 
AND EYES THAT I MIGHT SEE 
GRANT ME THE STRENGTH TO GROW IN LOVE 
AND TO LIVE WHAT I BELIEVE FOR 

CHORUS 

THERE ARE TRIALS THAT WILL SURELY COME 
MY SWEET LORD, YOUR MY HIDING PLACE 
THERE IS NO STORM THAT CAN CRUSH ME NOW 
WHEN I SEEK YOUR FACE 
BY GRACE I HAVE THE GIFT OF FAITH 
AND EYES THAT I MIGHT SEE 
GRANT ME THE STRENGTH TO GROW IN LOVE 
AND TO LIVE WHAT I BELIEVE FOR 

CHORUS

Jesus explains how a vibrant faith begins, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 18:3). Little children believe whatever their parents teach them. They don’t question the validity of what they have been told. Likewise, we need to believe Jesus’ words and then act upon them. James describes the importance of exercising these truths, do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (Jas 1:22). The word vibrant is a great adjective to describe a faith that pleases God. It is energetic, exciting, and full of enthusiasm; pulsating with life, vigor, or activity. Its word origin comes from the concept of vibrating, such as to produce a sound from a string. The more intense the vibration, the louder the sound. When we are in harmony with God, we truly produce a pleasant sound that is sweet to everybody’s ears. 

Looking down the railroad tracks, by sight, we would believe that at some point the two rails come together, but by faith, we know that they remain parallel. This reality in the natural realm leads us to a powerful spiritual truth. Those that trust God, “live by faith, not by sight” (2 Co 5:7).

Abraham was one hundred years old (Gen 21:5) and was promised as many descendants as the stars (Gen 15:5). He faced the fact that his body was dead and so was Sarah’s womb but trusted in God’s promise, believing God had the power to accomplish this act (Ro 4:19,20,21).

Mary was told that she would conceive a son as a virgin (Lk 1:34,35). How can a virgin conceive a child? Only, if the One making the promise has the power to fulfill the pledge.

Faith is better than sight. Faith sees beyond observable reality and trusts in the word and work of God. Faith also leads to lasting joy because these individuals believe that God is in control of all circumstances and can work them out for their good (Ro 8:28).