Find faith in God's word, in Bible and in your heart
May 18, 2011 - I'm finishing a two month series of teachings on the subject of faith. The more I understand faith, the more I also understand lack of faith.
The Bible says, "When the Son of Man comes will He find faith on the earth?" If anyone understood faith it was Jesus!
There are a lot of scriptures on the subject of faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, "Without Faith it impossible to please God, you must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world." Heb. 6:12 declares, "Be followers of those, who through faith and patience, inherit the promises." I Tim. 6:12 encourages us to "Fight the good fight of Faith." Ephesians 6:16 recommends that we "Take up the shield of faith that quenches all the fiery darts of the wicked one."
Matt. 9:29 warns us that "According to your faith, be it unto you." Jesus spoke to many that were healed and He said it was their faith that made them whole. It was not always Jesus' faith that created results.
When the disciples failed to see people delivered, Jesus said, "Oh ye of little Faith!" The word "Ye" means "You" of little faith. He obviously expects us to exercise our own faith. God's word plainly teaches that God is no respecter of persons, but we can see through scripture that He is a respecter of faith!
How can you tell if someone has Faith or not? I believe we can tell when someone has faith based on the same criteria that Jesus used. Jesus could tell by their words, their actions or, in one case, by the results.
Prayers are offered by many Christians. From my experience, most prayers are not prayers of faith, but rather prayers of hope! But, nowhere in the Bible does it say that the prayer of hope will save the sick.
The word does not say according to your hope be it unto you. Faith is what gets the job done! Every Christian has faith. However, that doesn't mean every Christian is walking in faith all the time. You can't be saved without faith! We're saved by grace through faith, and that not of yourselves, lest any man should boast, but it is the gift of God. Faith allowed salvation to come to you because you heard the gospel message about salvation.
But have you heard the message about your healing? Have you heard the word about your finances? Have you heard the word about the infilling of the Holy Spirit? Have you heard the word about your children? Have you heard the word about your peace, your strength, your love, your joy or your victory?
Even though I'm a Christian I can still get into unbelief! I can get into fear, worry and anxiety. I can even quit or give up in the midst of a battle. I can also fall victim to negative talk. All of these mindsets take me out of faith and into doubt and unbelief.
I didn't say that when I fall into unbelief, I don't believe in God or that I'm no longer saved. I'm simply not operating in the Faith that I have inside of me or I don't know what God's word says on the matter. We can't have Faith beyond what we know!
The scriptures are clear that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17). You can't truly be in faith until you know God's word concerning a matter. Faith begins where the will of God is known! When I was younger in the Lord, I remember hearing many people end their prayers with the words "If it be thy will."
It sounded spiritual and humble. I found out that those words can be faith destroying words versus faith building words. We can use those words in some forms of prayer, but I never use those words when I'm praying the prayer of faith.
The way to get faith is to hear the word of God concerning your need. The Bible is the written word, which reveals His will. His Rhema, is the spoken word that we hear with our spiritual ears.
When God speaks to our hearts, it will produce the same faith that the written word does! Get into the Word and take advantage of what belongs to you! Remember, if you're truly hearing the word, faith will come!
The Rev. Jeff Stonerock is pastor of Victory World Outreach Center.