Every believer has faith but in Matthew 21:21,22 Jesus tells us that even when we have faith, we should not doubt, because doubt will hinder our faith being effective in our life. Faith is laying hold of the unrealities of hope and bringing them into the realm of reality (by acting on the Word).
If we will act on God’s Word, then God’s Word is sovereign, and will reign over any situation. Yet even though God’s Will/Word is sovereign, He will not violate or override our will/word in any situation. We have to act on the Word of God, agree and speak out His Word.
Faith is always present tense – NOW – and is always positive. For example, an evangelist asked those in the healing line if they would be healed when he prayed for them and laid his hands on them, most replied “I hope so!”, yet he continued and did not correct them. Hope is future tense, faith is NOW therefore faith and hope are different.
Every born again believer has enough faith to begin to receive all that God has promised in His Word. It’s not a lack of faith that is the problem, it’s what we do with the faith we have that counts. James 1:22-24. When we hear the Word, we need to use our faith and act on the Word we have heard. We have enough faith to cause that Word to produce in our lives. If we don’t use our faith, it won’t work.
When we choose to walk by faith or act on the Word, the devil is the only one to come against us and discourage us, causing us to doubt God’s Word. God will never discourage us from acting on His Word. Jesus said there would be mountains in our lives – problems or situations that seem impassable or impossible. Yet Jesus also gave us the answer to these problems – speak to them! We can speak to our mountains and tell them to be removed and if we will continue, they shall be removed! We use this principle daily on our car, or washing machine if they don’t work correctly; yet when it comes to God’s Word we think it strange. We speak to things everyday but it’s usually negative words. eg. To the car – “You always breakdown just when we’re ready to go on holiday”. Jesus said speak to the mountain, so choose to speak God’s Word in every situation.
Every promise in God’s Word is received in exactly the same way; the same principle applies to salvation, healing, baptism with the Holy Spirit etc. It is no harder to receive one than the other. Romans 10:9,10 says we are to:-
- Believe in our heart,
- Confess with our mouth.
We need to remember, the devil has no power to stop this principle of faith from working for us. He only sends fear, doubt, discouragement etc. to stop us doing what the Word says.
Luke 6:46-49. Even as believers, we may call Jesus Lord, yet not do what He tells us to do. When we hear the Word we need to do what the Word says. In this story, both the men heard the Word, yet only one did the Word and received the benefit. If our doctor or accountant tells us we need to do something, we would do it immediately, but how much more should we do things when God speaks to us and tells us to do something.
One man received from God and the other didn’t. The one who received did the Word, the other man didn’t do the Word. Follow the example of those who succeed! Jesus never fails.
THE POWER THAT IS FAITH
Faith is a spiritual force or power. The force of faith comes out of our recreated spirit. In the spiritual realm, as a born again believer, we have a new Father and a new beginning. We now belong to the household of faith and need to learn how to live and walk by faith.
Psychiatrists today operate by two different schools of thought and treatment:
- Go back into the past and dig up all our past problems and then resolve them.
- Look to the future and make that great.
The church today has tended to look back into the past and find problems, failures and bad experiences. We can all find these negative experiences and use them as an excuse not to walk by faith and live in victory. Yet we need to understand that God does not hold our past life against us. He doesn’t remember it and He is not the one who is reminding us of it.
He has given us His Word so that we can look into it and see who we are in Christ. God wants us to rise up and be who He ordained us to be. We need to be more conscious of Jesus being formed in us than we are of the devil.
Faith becomes the evidence of the things we believe of God. These are the things we can’t see with our natural eyes, but we choose to believe they are real because God has said so in His Word. Remember, this faith is not a product of our reasoning ability. Our natural senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste) all depend on sensing or seeing things in the natural realm, but faith sees things in the spiritual realm first, before they appear in the natural realm. This is how God formed and created the world in Genesis 1.(Hebrews 11:3)
Mark 11:27-33. We cannot reason the things of God, they are spiritually discerned, they come out of our spirit. When we walk by faith people will challenge our believing and try to get us to reason things out. Trying to reason the things of God will hinder our walking by faith.
Denominational churches blame God for everything, whether good or bad. That way they have no responsibility for what happens – it’s all up to God to do something. Charismatic churches tend to blame the devil for all their problems and once again, they have no responsibility. Yet the Word of God clearly reveals that God has called us to live in victory, in health, in abundance and free from the devils control. We do have a responsibility on this earth. We can only live, as God wants us to live by walking by faith.
Some Christians say “God is sovereign, God can do whatever He wants, when He wants”. Well, God is sovereign but He can’t just do everything He wants on the earth at present, because Satan is the god of this world. God establishes His will on the earth through the Church, the believers, as we do His Word.
We have a ‘will’ and our will is sovereign in our lives. God will not force us to do His Word – it is our decision and commitment that counts. God will not override a persons will. Salvation is available to all, healing is available to all – it’s our decision. God’s Will is His Word, but God can’t make people get saved or get healed.
When we do what God’s Word says, we will be in God’s sovereign will. Isaiah 1:18-20 is the only reasoning we can do with God – according to His Word. Talk to God based on His Word and not on the problem, agree with God that His Word is true. This is how we release the force of faith. Faith is so simple – it’s agreeing with God, based on His Word. Isaiah 53:1 asks the question, “Who will believe the report of the Lord?” As believers we should believe the report of the Lord.
Proverbs 3:5. We should not lean or rely on our own understanding because faith comes from our spirit. In Deuteronomy 30:19 Moses challenges God’s people, “You choose who you will follow”.
John 2:5 is the key to walking by faith – whatever God tells us to do – do it! When we do God’s Word we are doing God’s Will, and we will receive what the Word says we will receive. It’s not based on us deserving the blessings of God – we don’t. It’s based on what Jesus did on our behalf. In this story of Jesus’ first miracle, if the servants had stopped to reason what Jesus was doing or saying, they would never have done what they were told to do.
How to develop the God-kind of faith.
- Put the Word first place. Make it final authority in your life. Proverbs 4:20 – give the Word of God your attention. (Whatever you give your attention to, you will follow after.)
- Meditate the Word of God day and night. Joshua 1:8 – think about it, talk about it, and repeatedly say it.
- Act on the Word of God. James 1:22 – you will be blessed.
- Pray in the Spirit and build yourself up according to Jude 20.
All this is progressive – it takes time and practise, but begin to do these four steps today and continue practising them.
[source: AFCM, Australia; Ps Jim Newton]