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FAITH, WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT WORKS!! - Part I
The purpose of this Series is not only to edify you but also to empower you to "Observe, To Do All.... So that you will have good success....." [Josha 1: 8]
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1) Faith and Belief
Most people think faith and belief are the same thing. WRONG! You can believe something and not have faith in it.
A man staggers up to you he is dying of starvation. You put food in front of him, he just looks at it. You say this food will nourish you and keep you alive, Do you believe that? Yes I believe that. The man just looks at it and then he dies. Why did he die? Because he didn't eat the food. The eating of the food is faith. Faith is acting on what you believe.
Many Christians today believe the bible, they believe all of God's promises. However if they don't have faith and act on the word of God they will not receive all of God's best that He wants them to have. If they don't have faith they will die just like our man died. They will be sick but not get God's healing. They won't have God's prosperity. They won't have God's peace and contentment. And the worst part is they will never please God without faith. Without faith you can't please God. [Hebrews 11:6]
You have to do more than just believe. You have to act on what you believe! You have to act on God's word! And that action is what faith is. The word of God works when you do what it says.
2) Faith,in the spirit realm and natural realm:
Faith is the same in the spirit realm as it is in the natural realm. The spiritual realm is God's realm. The natural realm is Satan's realm. However faith works the same in either realm. Here's how faith works in the natural realm.
a. You are given information.
b. You believe that information.
c. You act on it. (The acting is faith)
Example: You went to get a job, and were hired at $5.00 per hour. The boss said that you would get paid on Friday. So you worked all week believing the man would pay you. Working that week was faith you acted on what he said. You believed what the man said. A man you never knew before said he would pay you on Friday.
But, when it comes from God you have to have a sign or someone to prophesy over you to confirm that the Lord meant what he said when He said it. The word of a man you will swallow hook line and sinker but from God who created you and the universe your in and who gave you the greatest instruction book the world has ever known, the Bible, YOU WANT A SIGN before you will act on his word.
You can be sick in the hospital. The doctor comes in and says you are doing fine you will be home in three days. When your relatives come in, you say your doing fine your going home in three days. You still have the pain but now you don't say your sick. But when it comes to God you still say your sick even though His word says that by His stripes you are healed. [I Peter 2:24]
You say you believe His word. If you believe His word, but are not acting on it, God's word will never do you any personal good.
You have an automobile, you have the key in your pocket. You can believe that key will start your car, and it will. You can believe that the car will take you home, and it will. But it will never start the car or take you home until you put the key in the lock and turn it on. God's word is the key. You can believe His word is the key. But until you act on it and put it into the lock of life, into the circumstances of life, it will never do you any good.
3) Faith is the evidence of God's promises.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. [Hebrews11:1]
If faith is the evidence, then the thing although not seen, must be real. You can't have evidence for something that doesn't exists. So faith is the evidence of things not seen. What does evidence mean? Evidence is that which supports the existence of something. The fact that something exists, something that I'm unable to see, so I need the evidence to prove it.
[II Corinthians 4:18] While we look not at things which are seen, butat things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; butthe things which are not seen are eternal. That sounds ridiculous. How can you look at something that is not seen? Only with the eye of faith.
As Christians we must live our lives by faith. [II Corinthians 5:7] For we walk by faith, not by sight: That means the man/woman of God walks by faith. He/she doesn't walk by what he sees. He/she bases his action on the word of God. That is why it is so important to know what the word of God says. God's word says, "While we look not at the things that are seen, but at things that are not seen." Don't look at the cancer or heart disease in the natural. Look at them through God's words. "Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sickness" [Matthew 8:17].
Why did He bare them if He wants us to bare them? [I Peter 2:24] "by whose stripes you were healed" YOU WERE HEALED, not going to be, you are! You might say, well how come I'm sick? Because you are saying you are sick.
The word of God says you are well. But as long as you take sides against the word of God, the word of God can not work on your behalf. When you get in line with the word, by his stripes I was healed,sickness and disease will flee. It will not be able to stay there.
Acting on God's word will bring the evidence of things hoped for, [our healing, or whatever blessing you are in need of] into the natural world. As Jesus said over and over again to the people He healed, "Your faith has made you whole."
Jesus took spiritual gifts from the spirit world into the natural world. Jesus blessed us with all spiritual blessings. [Ephesians 1:3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hasblessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Not some but all spiritual blessings, and FAITH is our blank check to draw on these blessings to give us life and give it more abundantly.
So with faith we can bring things from the spirit world to the natural world. [Hebrew 11:1] Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Thank you Jesus!
4) Things you can't see are real
Everything material was first of all spiritual before God made it into the physical. It existed first in the mind of God before it was produced in physical manifestation. Since everything was first of all spiritual, spiritual things are more real than physical things. Just because you can't see it or feel it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
At this very moment the air is full of FM and AM radio waves, also UHF and VHF television pictures. But just because you can't see them or touch them doesn't mean that they are not real. You just don't have the proper apparatus to tune them in. With a TV set or radio they are perfectly clear. Faith is the TV set that tunes into the realm of God. Your Bible is your TV guide to find out what programs are on. You'll find it covers everything.
5) Faith is ... present tense
[Hebrews 11:1] Now faith is the substance ofthings hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. NOW faith is ... not yesterday ... not next week ... NOW. You can't believe that God is going to heal you someday. You'll never get healed. You have to believe you are healed right now before it will work. "Now faith is ..."
[Mark11:24] Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them,and ye shall have them.
Jesus is speaking and He is saying something very important. Therefore I say unto you, what things soever you desire ... things... Health or other promises of God. Believe that you receive them ... Received them ... He didn't say feel you receive them ... He said when you pray believe you have received them, and you shall have them!
When you pray ... is now believe you have receive ... is now. And you shall have them ... is future. If you believe Gods word ...and act on it, (that's faith) ...you shall have them. In other words He will bring them into the physical world to you. If you don't act on His words you will not get it.
Now if you believe that you have received it, then you will not pray for it again. Why ask God for something you already have? If you ask again it would mean you didn't believe you got it the first time ...
If that is what you believe then you won't get it. Faith is acting on God's word, even if you don't see it. For we walk by faith not by sight. If we act on God's word He will fulfill the promise. "Believe you have received them, and you shall have them." Many of us are waiting for God to work a miracle or give us a healing and then we will believe it. [Luke 6:46) And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? But, you see, you have to believe you have it NOW.
Act like it's true, and then the power of God comes. Because that's how faith works, dotting the I's and crossing the T's. Following God's instructions exactly.
This is Part I of the two part series. "Faith: What It Is & How It Works" Part II is even more enlightening! Look out for it!!
-: RTM Team :-