The operating system (OS) is the foundation of all system software on your computer. It is responsible for controlling input and output devices, managing files, and prioritizing system requests, as well as controlling and allocating memory. The operating system for Apple is macOS and for Microsoft is Windows.
Do you know what is the operating system for Christians? Most of us would say, “Love.” Actually, the OS for Christians is “faith.” This becomes clear as you look at scripture:
2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we live by faith, not by sight.”
Romans 1:17, “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
Christ-followers live by faith from the “first to the last.” Our righteousness is by faith.
If you think about it, without faith, we cannot live out the sacrificial love we are called to by Jesus. Our selfish flesh cannot produce that type of love. Shortly, after He administered the Lord’s Supper and washed the disciples’ feet which was customarily done by the lowest of the house servants, Jesus gave the Disciples, “A new command: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35). He commands us to “love one another as I have loved you.” The Disciples recognized that they could only love like Jesus by faith. It had to be produced by God. Daily, each of us must submit our lives to Him and by faith allow the Holy Spirit to live out this love through us.
Today and each day going forward, we must “take up the shield of faith which quenches the fiery darts of the devil” (Ephesians 6:16). Think about the Roman soldier going to battle without a shield. He would be devastated in defeat. By faith, take up and continue to hold up your shield and walk in victory.
How do you grow your faith? “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). The more you absorb God’s Word, your faith will grow and the stronger and more compassionate your walk will become.
Do you need more “confidence and assurance” in your Christian life? Hebrews 11:1 is clear about this, “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Confidence and assurance are produced by faith. John 15:7 puts this all together for us, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
Live by faith and experience confidence and assurance in your daily walk.