Faith – Foundational Principles – 1

If you want something to work properly, follow the instructions for assembly.  Don’t improvise.

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Mark 11:22-24 – And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

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Ask most church folk what faith is, and many of them will begin to say, not what the Scriptures say it is, but what someone else has always told them what it is.  And sadly, much of that they say will be based heavily on tradition which can make the Word of God of ineffective.  I believe you will find that few people will simply reply with the Bible’s own definition of faith; “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  By the same token, ask most Christians what faith does, and their answers will fall far short of it “calls things which be not as though they were.”  Words are keenly important for every believer, and the believer’s success in this life rests heavily on how accurate a believer is in his use of the Word of God and any spoken word that comes from his mouth.

Let’s look at what must be the first foundational principle in the operation of faith.  It’s simple.  You MUST have faith.  In our Text for Today, we see that it is commanded.  This is NOT a suggestion by the Lord, but a commandment from His Own lips.  A commandment is an order from God about which there is no choice and from which there can be no turning.  Once again, our heavenly Father commands us through His first-born Son to “Have faith in God.”  The marginal rendering in some Bibles says, “Have the faith of God.”  I have also read it as, “Have the God-kind of faith.”  Any way you say it, it means one thing.  God is commanding His covenant people to have His faith abiding in them.  And just what kind of faith is the God-kind of faith?  It is a completely creative faith, arising from the Word of God, and always motivated by the love of God.  It created the world, and brought about the redemptive work of the Lord.  And it is that same faith, that at the new birth is given to each of us in “the measure of faith.”  God does not exercise partiality.  Each of His children has equal opportunity from the new birth to feed, develop, and utilize the faith that has been authored and perfected by the Lord Jesus for us.

Manna for Today – Mark ll:12-26; Hebrews 11:1-6; Romans 5:1-5; Matthew 15:6; Hebrews 12:2;       Mark 7:13; Romans 4:17; Galatians 5:6; Romans 12:3