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“Living Faith” – A song full of future and hope

Listen to and read about a song that is guaranteed to strengthen your faith!

The song “Living Faith” has proved to be an especially viable song in Brunstad Christian Church. It has given hope and faith to many, and is sung today in over 16 languages around the world.

Songs can come about in many different ways, and this song also has its own history. Maybe that explains why it lives on today and has such an uplifting spirit?

Faith makes the battle of today our one concern

The year is 1975, and a young man named Sverre Riksfjord is with a small group travelling together with the preacher Aksel J. Smith around Europe. They visit several churches to edify them with God’s word. What makes this trip so special is that wherever they go, Smith speaks about the same thing.

He preaches about faith, based on Psalms 118:
“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.” (Psalms 118:24-26)

Faith focuses only on the day today, and leaves behind everything that has been.

Aksel J. Smith is zealous as he emphasizes time after time to make the battle of today our one concern. He speaks about waking up each day with this in mind; “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Faith focuses only on the day today, and leaves behind everything that has been. The spirit of faith speaks only about a future and a hope.

Riksfjord understands that is it God who is working in Smith to speak about this, and he takes everything he hears to heart.

A song of faith is created in the basement

“Living Faith” came into existence right after they returned from this trip. When Sverre Riksfjord was asked to write a song for a feast following the trip he went down to a room in the basement, and wrote this song. It was actually just a matter of putting down on paper the sentences he had heard from Aksel J. Smith on the recent trip.

The song came right down, right from heaven, and that’s why it could be a blessing.

“I don’t think I really even struggled with this song,” Riksfjord explains afterwards. “The song came right down, right from heaven, and that’s why it could be a blessing. It wasn’t anything that I created. It was born then and there.”

A viable song

The chorus of the song is based on the verse in 1 John:
“And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (1 John 5:4)

It is written in the song about Joshua and Caleb, how they looked on the giants of the land like they were bread and went to battle in faith that God would help them. It was with this same faith that the people of Israel stepped out into the Red Sea, and the sea itself had to retreat before this spirit of faith. Think about what this can do in our life!

That is why “Living Faith” is just as relevant today as it has been from the very first moment. It continues to strengthen Jesus’ disciples in faith for a victorious life – completely free from sin and everything that binds us. Even though it was only ever meant as a contribution to a feast, “Living Faith” has been sung an innumerable amount of times since, and is just as faith-strengthening each and every time.

Lyrics:

Faith in Jesus fills us with the Spirit’s might—
Living waters from us flow with life and light—
Breaks with human reas’ning, all around us cleansing,
Crushing every hindrance that would bind us here.

Joshua’s, Caleb’s spirit lives in us today;
All the giants in the land we’ll quickly slay.
Hear the trumpet calling; mighty walls are falling!
Jordan and the seas roll back for living faith!

Living faith, living faith breaks the bands of unbelief.
Living faith, living faith makes us bold and strong.
Living faith gives power o’er the world to conquer,
Carries us through everything that comes along.

Living faith speaks only of the present time,
And to God’s good pleasure leaves the past behind.
Faith has for tomorrow, joy and hope, no sorrow—
Makes the battle of today our one concern.

Living faith, living faith breaks the bands of unbelief.
Living faith, living faith makes us bold and strong.
Living faith gives power o’er the world to conquer,
Carries us through everything that comes along.

Living faith professes far and wide its hope;
As it’s written, “I believed and therefore spoke.”
We believe, so speak we, show forth Jesus boldly.
We will honor God with all our deeds on earth.

Living faith, living faith breaks the bands of unbelief.
Living faith, living faith makes us bold and strong.
Living faith gives power o’er the world to conquer,
Carries us through everything that comes along.

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