By Landon Taylor
One of the most insightful and influential authors to write about the power of applied faith, and its impact on character, was Edward M. Bounds (1835-1913). Bounds was trained as a lawyer, but called to ministry. He served as an Army chaplain during the Civil War and practiced what he preached, even during the most trying of times. His personal regimen called him to prayer every morning. Through prayer, he designed his inspirational definition of faith:
“Faith is not an abstract belief in the Word of God, nor a mere mental credence, nor a simple assent of the understanding and will; nor is it a passive acceptance of facts, however sacred or thorough. Faith is an operation of God, a divine illumination, a holy energy implanted by the Word of God and the Spirit in the human soul—a spiritual, divine principle which takes of the supernatural and makes it a thing apprehendable by the faculties of time and sense.” –E.M. Bounds Prayer and Faith
Faith is the guiding principle upon which all else is evaluated. It is not some squishy abstract feeling or emotion. Faith is tangible and actionable. The more you learn how to run your daily business and personal life by applying your faith, the more control and internal peace you will experience, no matter what obstacles cross your path. You must therefore guard you faith at all costs.
Just as the foundation of a building is the single largest factor of its stability, so applied faith is the largest contributing factor to the stability of your character when you are under the pressure of adversity. You must therefore devote yourself to the continuous strengthening of your foundation so that the building (your life) will stand up under the storms, earthquakes and fires that are sure to attack it on a daily basis.
Here are five things you can start doing today to nurture and strengthen your foundation of faith.