Reality - Chapter 4

Faith from God

"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

MARK 11:22
"And Jesus answering said unto them, Have faith in God."

If it's impossible to please God without faith, then God must have designed an avenue for us to have faith. God has to make a way for us to receive the faith needed to please Him.
Romans 10:17 says, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." So we know faith comes from hearing God's Word.
Jesus instructed us to have faith in God. Since God and His Word are one, we could say Jesus meant, "Have the God-kind of faith."

God has made a way for us to believe in Him and have the same faith He does.

How do we get faith to start with? That's a good question. We have the answer from the Word of God.

The Beginning of Faith

Romans 10:13-15 says, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"

A person cannot get faith until he or she believes on Jesus. When a believer preaches to that person about Jesus and what He did for them, they can believe and call upon Him. When a person asks Jesus into their heart, faith comes in at the same time. All it takes is an open door for faith to come in. That door is having Jesus in your heart as your Lord and Savior.

The God-Kind of Faith

The second half of Romans 12:3 says: "But to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." When a person comes into the Kingdom of God, God gives them a measure of His faith - it is deposited into that person's heart. Every individual has the same measure of faith given to them. It's the same kind of faith our Father God has.

How big is that measure of faith? I believe it's the same size as a mustard seed. It can stay the same size or it can grow and develop into a great tree of faith.

Jesus said, "If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you" (Matthew 17:20).

Jesus also said, "The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof" (Matthew 13:31,32).

The Word uses a mustard seed to describe the operation of faith in the Kingdom of God (Mark 4:30-32 and Luke 13:18-19). The analogy of planting a mustard seed is a comparison of God sowing the seed of faith into the hearts of His children. The heart of the believer is likened to the earth in which the Father God plants seeds of faith and love. Faith is what pleases our Father and He has planted it into our hearts and lives for His glory.

All Believers Have Faith

"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach."

If you are a believer you have had the Word of faith planted in your heart. What you believe of that Word will come out of your mouth. If you never read the Bible and never feed your faith, then, when you speak, doubt and unbelief will come out.

But, if you feed your faith daily on the Word of God, when you speak, it will be like God speaking with power and authority to change things in the natural realm.

I've heard people say, "I don't want to be around these faith people. All they talk about is who they are in Christ or what they have in Christ. They're never realistic."

Then I've heard these same ones say, "After all, I'm religious, too." Or some say, "I'm of this church or that religion."

But really, if you've asked Jesus into your heart to be your Lord and Savior, you did it by faith in God's Word. You can't have your sins forgiven without faith. That makes you a faith person - like me!

The Corresponding Actions of Faith

We now know we have faith inside of us - simply because we have received Jesus as Lord. The Bible says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved, For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Romans 10:9,10).

Now that it has been established that we have faith we can act on it by confessing with our mouth what we believe in our heart. This is the operation of faith. James 2:18 says, "Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." Real faith must be acted upon.

We must be confident in that which we believe in our heart. We must also produce actions corresponding with that belief. Faith in the heart alone does nothing, but faith in the heart with corresponding actions or confession brings the reality of faith into the natural realm.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

What is faith?

Here's a simple definition of faith: to be won over, to be persuaded in God's Word, to have firm persuasion, to be fully persuaded.

From Hebrews 11:1 we find that faith causes us to be persuaded. That persuasion is not the outcome of our imagination, but is instead based on fact. Faith then becomes the basis of the realities hoped for. We need to remember that faith is a substance in the realm of the spirit.

Speaking of faith, the writer of Hebrews 10:34 said, "…knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance." Faith is an enduring spiritual substance because it is formed from God's faith and Word.
Faith is always now; faith always says, "I have it now!" Faith always has what it believes for - now. "NOW FAITH IS the substance of things hoped for" (Hebrews 11:1).

Faith brings into the natural realm the substance we desire from the spiritual realm. The word substance means: ground, foundation, a support from the Word of God. Faith, using the avenue of the Word of God, goes into the spiritual realm and brings something back into the natural realm.

We need to stand on those promises of God's Word because they are the access or avenue for our faith into the heavenlies.

When faith is in operation it stands on the promises of God to bring what we believe for into the natural. Faith always "has it now," but the manifestation of the promise may take time.

In other words, faith has acquired what we are believing for - but we don't see it quite yet, in this natural realm. This is when we must add patience to our faith and sit back and watch the promises of God produce results. "For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise" (Hebrews 10:36).

Faith and Hope

Faith and hope mixed together will cause the natural and the supernatural to come together, and manifest the promise in the natural. Faith is of the supernatural - it's of God.

Hope is of the head or the natural. We must mix them together. Our hope is the target and faith is the ammunition. Using the weapon of love we shoot our faith toward the target of our hope. As our faith goes into the spirit realm our patience brings the victory into the natural realm.

We need to have hope or an expectation of what we desire, so our faith will keep working for us. "Let us hold fast the profession (confession) of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised" (Hebrews 10:23).