This sounds very much like another popular phrase in circulation today. You might even think the title is a typographical error.
But no, you read it correctly. “Faith it till you make it” is a thing.
When God wants us to do something we often can’t imagine that we qualify. We think our past is too bad, or we lack the necessary skills. Or maybe we just don’t understand how it will all work out.
It may mean taking a “leap of faith”, and moving out of our comfort zone. This is where “faith it till you make it” comes into play.
What does it mean to “faith it till you make it”?
The Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. Simply put, we are to believe God all the time even when we can’t quite understand how things will work out.
So how do we get to this point? Are there different faith levels?
The Bible says that faith comes by hearing and reading God’s word. So the more we are in the word of God, the more faith we will have. And that gift of faith comes from the Holy Spirit living in us when we have a personal relationship with Jesus.
Here is what Hebrews 11:1 says in a couple of different translations.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” ESV
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” KJV
Basically, to “faith it till you make it” means to live the way God wants us to live and eventually, our feelings will catch up.
Bible verses to believe when we can’t understand
It does not take much faith to believe God’s word. All we have to do is be willing to follow His directions and the Holy Spirit will increase our faith.
This is God’s will, to believe His promises. This is only a partial list of core values that God wants us to trust Him with.
God’s ways are better than our ways
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
Do you believe God’s ways are better than our ways?
You might be having trouble trusting God on this one when everyone else in your life has taken advantage of you, or you just lost your job.
It boils down to your willingness to believe God’s word. Now is your time to faith it till you make it. Tell Him you want to believe and ask Him to give you the faith to do it.
When I lost my job I didn’t know what I was going to do. I should have resigned long before my position was eliminated.
If I had resigned, I would have been “faithing it till I made it.”
My next job paid just as well with far less stress. God’s way was better than mine.
God will provide for our needs
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 ESV
We have many more needs than food and clothing as this verse is talking about. Sometimes our emotional needs are the thing that threatens most to break us.
Yet God’s word promises to meet our needs. All of them.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Are we willing to trust God regarding our needs? When we are embarrassed, feeling awkward, or unqualified, God will supply our needs in this area. We just may need to step out of our comfort zone to faith it until we make it.
God loves us more than anyone else
“But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15 ESV
This is one of hundreds of Bible verses about God’s love. However, some of us have trouble believing it because of our past. Either we didn’t have loving parents, or we did something we think was terrible.
Yet God will stand by us when others won’t. He is faithful to us when others aren’t. And when we don’t measure up, God still loves us. He remembers that we are human and takes that into account.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
When our hearts have been broken, we often want to retreat from everyone. Yet in these times we still have great value and purpose.
We are loved by the God of the universe and we need to live like it. We need to “faith it till you make it”.
Great people in the Bible chose to faith it till you make it
Real life can be scary.
However, when we trust God and believe what He says, we can walk into the unknown and be confident that He is bigger than any of our potential fears.
King David wrote, “When I am afraid I will trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
Joshua was one of the twelve spies sent into the promised land to see what was there and what kind of obstacles they would encounter. Ten of the spies reported nothing but overwhelming odds.
Joshua and Caleb were in the minority. They remembered God’s hand working on their behalf in the past and trusted that He would help them conquer the land, even though they didn’t know how.
Can you imagine being told by God as a young teen of about 13 that you would become pregnant? In her culture, she could be facing the death penalty.
Either she would trust God or go into a panic.
Today getting pregnant is of our own doing, but Mary wasn’t married and was still sexually pure. But try telling that to your parents, your church leaders, and the community in general.
We know that God provided for her physical and emotional needs in this delicate situation. She trusted God even though she didn’t know what the outcome would be for her personally.
Marry chose to “faith it till she made it through it”.
What about you? Will you “faith it till you make it”?
Since the Bible was written, there have been many other great people who chose to “faith it till you make it”. Here are a couple of them
Both Corrie and Elisabeth experienced major life traumas but trusted that God had good plans for their lives. Their stories are very inspiring.
Are you willing to trust God in the difficult things you may be going through?
- His plans for you are good.
- He will provide for all of your needs.
- He loves you more than anyone else.
Will you choose to “faith it till you make it”?
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