Faith – Foundational Principles – 10

Believing WHEN you say it is as important as believing WHAT you say.

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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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Take a moment and read our Text for Today once more.  Every word recorded in this passage is important.  Have faith in God.  Speak to the obstacle in your way.  Don’t doubt in your heart.  You may have issues with your head, but never doubt in your heart.  Don’t stop speaking what you believe.  Faith comes by hearing, and hearing will work to keep your faith strong.  You will believe your own voice more than anyone else’s.  “What things soever” (whatsoever things) means exactly what it says.  All you need is faith.  But without the Word, you can’t have faith.  So, before you speak it, go to the Word of God and find in the Scriptures where what you are saying is promised or given.  When you’ve found it, believe it, act on it, and speak it.  Believe WHAT you say. 

We’ve seen all that so far.  But now we come to a concluding point.  You not only have to believe WHAT you say, you have to believe it WHEN you say it.  Notice closely in our Text for Today, we are not told to believe that we have it when we see it, but when we pray.  There are many things for which I have prayed that I did not see the answer immediately.  I can likewise tell you that there are some things I have asked of the Lord that I have yet to see.  But I can truthfully tell you that anything I have asked of the Lord, I believed I received them WHEN I prayed.  My physical senses have nothing to do with faith. 

Take a moment and read the Bible’s Own definition of faith.  Do NOT rely on the world’s definition, of a religious definition of faith.  Rely on the Scriptures Own definition.  It is found in Hebrews 11:1.  Look at it closely.  It is quite clear and leaves no misunderstanding.  Yes, it rises far above man’s way of thinking, and it does the same in relation to religion.  This is the highest level of thinking to which on can attain, and that only by the grace of the Lord as you believe.  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Note closely, faith is NOW.  That’s when you must believe. NOW!  Though unseen, it is NOW.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:12-26; 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; Romans 10:6-17

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You will believe what you repeatedly say to yourself more than what anyone else says.

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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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There is something about the sound of your own voice that offers you a certain level of comfort, and an extreme level of believability.  The Scriptures make many references to the power and effectiveness of speaking to yourself.  We are to be filled with the Spirit as we speak to ourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  In Joshua we read that the Word of God shall not depart from our mouths, but that we are to meditate (mutter it to ourselves) day and night so we may observe to do what is written.  We also read of King David who would speak to himself to encourage himself in difficult times.  He would often ask himself, “Why are you cast down, o my soul?”  Then that question would be followed by words of encouragement to focus on the Lord Who was his source of all things needful.  In each of these instances, the power of WHAT one was speaking was recognized. 

Now let us consider our Text for Today.  Again, as so often in Scripture, we see the importance of the words we speak.  We have already examined the matter of believing, but our investigation today should offer great insights into the connection between believing and speaking.  Look closely at our Text for Today.  How many times is the word “believe” used?  Look closely.  It is used ONE time.  Now look again.  How many times is the word (or a form of it) “say” used?  Once again, look closely.  It is used THREE times.  I am not attempting to establish a formula for the operation of faith.  What I am attempting to do is to stress the importance of WHAT we say regarding the operation of faith. 

How does faith come?  Aside from the measure we are given by the Lord upon our being born again, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.  In that Romans 10:17 reference, the word “hearing” is a gerund.  That means hearing again and again, NOT having heard.  If you will keep your faith fed and strong, you need to feed it continually.  That means you must put yourself in the position of hearing and hearing and hearing the Word of God.  What you speak in faith must be completely supported by the Word to keep your faith fed.  When you do that, you will be able to hold steadfastly in faith to WHAT you say.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:12-26; 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; Romans 10:6-17

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Doubt should have no place in the heart of a child of God.

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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In our Text for Today, we read the phrase, “and shall not doubt in his heart.”  This is a keenly important element in the highest-level operation of faith.  Doubt can be a crippler if it rises from the spirit man.  We should note here that the Scripture did NOT say, “doubt in your head (soul, or mind).”  Our thinking will always be influenced to some degree by the circumstances around us, but that does not mean we have to allow that influence to control our mind.  The influence may seem strong, but if the mind is renewed to the Word of God, the influence of circumstances and fleshly (sense) input will be minimalized.  But in today’s Second Miler, we’re speaking specifically about doubt in one’s heart (spirit). 

So, the question then arises, what can one do to prevent doubt from entering one’s spirit?  And the answer, once again, falls back on the Word of God.  Here are some thoughts from the Scripture to answer that question.  Psalm 119, the longest of the Psalms, mentions the Word of God with one term or another in each verse.  In verse eleven we read, “Your Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against You.”  You see, whatsoever is not of faith is sin.  That’s found in Romans.  Since faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, then it stands to reason that our greatest defense against doubt is faith.  When your heart is filled with faith, and I do mean FILLED, there is no room for anything else, and that includes doubt. 

The Word of God does not mix with doubt.  One or the other has to go.  Both cannot exist in a potent and viable form in the same place.  Fill you heart with the Word of God.  Keep your spirit man filled with the faith of God you are commanded to have.  Joshua tells us that we are to meditate upon the Word of God day and night, never allowing the Word to depart from our mouth, so we can observe to do according to what is written in our Covenant.  When we do that, we shall make our way prosperous and have good success.  The “prosperous way” spoken of in that verse is not just about money.  It is speaking of success at every level in all I put my hands to do.  Then can only exist in an atmosphere free from doubt.  Only the Word of God can so fill our spirit man with faith that there is no room for doubt.  Stay full of God’s Word.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:12-26; 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; Ephesians 6:10-18; Psalm 119:11

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Make sure your believing is arising from your spirit-man.

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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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It cannot be said too often.  Bible faith is absolutely essential to please God.  Without faith you CANNOT please Him.  And if you are going to live in health, provision, safety, and blessing, particularly in this time, you must learn to live by faith.  Once again, it cannot be said too often, faith is absolutely essential.  When we speak of the operation of faith, we see clearly that the belief that arises from faith comes from the heart, not the mind, or soulish realm, but the spirit of man.  When one is born again, the Lord gives him ”the measure of faith.”  That is a fixed measure, and it is bestowed in the man’s spirit.  What we do with that “measure of faith” is up to us.  You and I make the choices for our own life.  God does not force us to do things a certain way.  To live by faith is a matter of choice.  But once that choice is made, there are things we must do, and often in a particular sequence or manner, in order to rise to the level the giver of that “measure of faith” desires.  In this case, there are two primary things we need to do.  We must work to bring our soulish man into alignment with the spirit-man that has received the life of God.

For the soulish man, this requires a constant, ongoing application of the Word of God.  When the Word of God is applied in such a manner to one’s life, changes in thinking, and subsequently, action, take place.  It is called the “renewing of the mind.”  As the Word of God is constantly applied to one’s thinking, it is like the continual flowing of an endless stream through a certain terrain.  It will eventually expose bedrock, and ultimately even shape the bedrock to a riverbed to contain the stream.  In just such a manner is the mind renewed.

For the spirit man, there is also the requirement of a constant, ongoing application of God’s Word.  The hiding of the Word in the human heart prevents sinful living and actions.  Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  When one controls the mouth so that it ceases to offend, that is, to lead people astray with wrong words, the Scriptures call such a person “a perfect man,” and able to control his entire being.  It is from these applications of Scripture that one can come to know his belief is from faith that flows from the born-again heart.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:12-26; 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

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When you pray, from where does your believing arise?

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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Faith, foolishness, presumption, mental assent; they all represent some level of believing.  FAITH is built solely from the Word of God.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  FOOLISHNESS is belief built upon the erroneous thinking that one does not need to obey the Scriptures.  The fool hears the Word of God, knows it is truth, but responds to the Lord’s Word by saying, “No.”  PRESUMPTION is a belief that arises before any knowledge or true thought and is without any true proof of ability to succeed. 

MENTAL ASSENT is the most deceptive of the belief mechanisms that mimic faith in some way.  God tells us, “Come, let us reason together.”  God tells us, “Let this mind be in you,” and “think on these things.”  From these commands, we can see clearly that the soul (mind, will, intellect, & emotions) do indeed play a role in our walk with Jesus.  He does not want us behaving like mindless robots, but as intelligent, reasoning human beings our of our own will to love and serve Him.  Of course, the most obvious difference between faith and mental assent is that faith arises from the heart (the human spirit), while mental assent exists solely in one’s mind (the soul). 

Learn to recognize, not only the voice of Holy Ghost, but also the voice of your own spirit.  Realize that God does not want you to be deceived.  He will teach you to accurately recognize the different voices that come to our lives.  No, I’m not talking about a mental illness where one hears voices.  I am speaking about the truth that God has a voice, and He uses it to speak to His people.  Your spirit-man has a voice by which it speaks to your soul.  Your soul has a voice by which it speaks to your spirit-man.  And sadly, Satan has a voice by which he attempts to deceive and ultimately destroy God’s people.  By learning to recognize these voices, especially the voice of God and the voice of your own spirit, you can learn to walk in a full assurance of faith that what you are hearing is that which comes from the Lord and is pleasing to Him.  It is THAT VOICE to which you should lend yourself in obedience, feeding your faith, living by faith, and pleasing Father.

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; Romans 10:6-17; Matthew 7:24-27;    Matthew 25:1-13

Faith – Foundational Principles – 5

There’s more to being Biblical than quoting Scripture.

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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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Quoting Scripture does not make one Biblical in position, stance, conviction, or authority.  Even Satan can quote Scripture, and in fact, he did when tempting Jesus.  We’re talking about faith, and in particular, speaking in faith.  Yes, if you’re speaking in faith, the foundation for all you say MUST be the Word of God.  Boldness in speaking faith is important, for in true boldness is a powerful indication of true confidence in what one is speaking.  But remember here, boldness does not have to be shouted or screamed.  In fact, it can be spoken in a still, small voice.  But another element of our speaking is critical if we are truly speaking in faith.  Since faith works by love, when we speak, our motive MUST be righteous.

God is love.  Therefore, everything God does flows from His being, and that is love.  We all certainly remember John 3:16 … “For God so loved the world…”  When we speak, when we pray, when we petition our Father, our motivation for that petition, intercession, thanks, praise, worship, or agreement MUST be thoroughly rooted in love.  If we have sin in our hearts, the Lord will not hear us.  If we ask with the wrong motive, that we might use an answer to prayer to further our own lusts, the Lord will not hear us.  All of this is a vital part of praying and speaking in faith in an absolutely Biblical manner.

As we prepare to move on through our series on Faith – Foundational Principles, let’s collect our thoughts once again relating to speaking in faith.  First, speaking is absolutely necessary, for you will have what you say.  Speaking releases faith.  Second, speak accurately.  Make sure the words you say are in full agreement with what God’s Word says about any situation you face.  Remember, faith is always built upon the Word of God.  Third, speak boldly.  Boldness arises out of true conviction.  It’s not about loudness, brashness, or boasting.  It’s about the certainty of knowing the truth.  And fourth, speak Biblically.  Be sure the words of your mouth arise from a pure heart and with right motive that is pleasing to Father.  Oh, and always remember, faith speaking is never selfish.  Do you remember the first two words of the prayer Jesus taught His disciples?  “Our Father…”  It’s not just about you.

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; Romans 10:6-17; Ephesians 4:15;                  1 John 5:14-15

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There is something powerful about true boldness in the faith.

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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When one speaks the Word of God, it should come forth with a level of certainty, decisively, with conviction, and boldness that what is being said is indeed from the Lord.  I am fully aware that all of us can have thoughts and opinions that are good to address, but cannot be spoken with the boldness and certainty that comes with being fully invested in faith.  While we may discuss these things with others, especially those of proven wisdom and insight, and while they may even burn passionately in our hearts and minds, faith provides a level of boldness that should eclipse all other sources.  By being bold, I am not implying loud.  There are many loud voices with no faith at all, only anger, bitterness, vindictiveness, and hatred.  Loudness does not mean victory; faith does, for this is the victory that overcomes the world, even your faith (1 John 5:4).

When speaking in faith, one needs to speak and stand in all the godly boldness available to them.  Such boldness arises from several sources. 

  • After the new birth, and grows in its richness as the believer’s knowledge of his righteousness grows (Proverbs 28:1). 
  • When he is filled with Holy Ghost (Acts 2). 
  • As the knowledge of covenant Word increases in the heart of the believer (Acts 13:5-6; 2 Timothy 2:15; Ephesians 6:10-18).
  • When one walks in one’s own anointing that has taught the believer (Luke 4:18-21; 1 John 2:20-29).
  • When one does the work of a deacon, serving the ministry of helps with right motive (1 Timothy 3:8-13).

While this is not intended as an unabridged list of sources of boldness in the faith, it does set the stage.  As one studies the Word of God on this matter, more elements may be seen, and even the ones listed may be greatly amplified.  The take-away from this examination is this; boldness from God is indeed available, and at great levels.  And when one stands in faith that is securely anchored in the Word of God, boldness is a powerful asset that God has not only made available, but which one can increase by applying themselves in obedience to God’s Word.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:12-26; 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; James 5:16; Romans 10:6-17; 1 Timothy 3:13

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All things being equal, anyone can speak.  But there’s more to it.

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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The Scriptures declare that “the righteousness which is of faith speaks” in a certain way.  That same passage in Romans further indicates that it speaks what God’s Word says.  So, when we examine this matter of speaking, it’s not just about saying words.  It is also about the matter of speaking accurately.  God is a God of faith.  Without it, you cannot please Him.  Faith is based on God’s Word, living in one’s heart, and accurately spoken.  “Sloppy” does not work with God.  Yet, the church today is extremely loose, or sloppy, in the way it handles God’s Word.  If one were to be testifying in a court of law, the words of his mouth must be extremely accurate.  To speak less than absolute truth in one’s testimony could produce catastrophic results.  Innocent people could be imprisoned, or someone guilty of a heinous crime could go free.  To speak loosely in a court of law could bring about lawsuits that would bankrupt major businesses.  There, truth is demanded.

And yet there are ministers who stand in pulpits around the world who flippantly toss words about, even misquoting Scriptures in a way that could cause people to spend eternity in the lake of fire.  My friend, this ought not be so.  None of us is perfect in our own rights; in our flesh, we are flawed and can make wrong decisions and choices.  But to flippantly toss God’s Word about is a dangerous thing.  Jesus has warned us that WE WILL give and account for every idle, non-productive word that comes out of our mouths.  Take heed, my friend, that the words that come from your mouth are accurate, truthful, life-giving words, and not words of destruction, devastation, distraction, or distortion.

If we will be the people of faith the Lord desires us to be, if we will be the people of the end times, if we will be the people God has established in the earth to close out this age, we must be people of extreme accuracy with our words.  Our speech must be salted with the Word of God every time we open our mouths.  Our preaching, teaching, and prophesying must be accurate and in alignment with the will of Father if we expect Him to confirm our words with signs following.  So, speak, faith person, but speak accurately. 

Manna for Today – Mark 11:12-26; 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; James 5:16; Romans 10:6-17

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If you really believe a thing to be true, you will have no difficulty is speaking it as truth.

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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The first foundational principle we examined was, “Have faith in God.”  This is a direct command from the lips of Messiah Himself.  The second foundational principle is “say,” or “speak.”  Look closely at our Text for Today.  The intended point of these words from Messiah was to lay out a basic outline for the operation of faith.  Have faith, speak whatever you desire to be done, hold fast to your profession of faith, do not doubt in your heart, but rather believe in your heart, and you shall have what you say, that is the words of faith you have spoken.  Notice the second principle is that you speak whatever you desire to happen.  That principle of operation for faith is seen from the beginning to the end of the Scriptures. 

While some folks might think the next principle a bit strange to be placed here, it really isn’t.  Consider the first three words of the Hebrews 11:1 definition of faith.  They are, “Now faith is…”  Stop for a moment and think deeply about that.  We have a time frame for the operation of faith, the noun “faith,” and a verb designating its tense of existence, NOW.  This teaching is deeply established in the Word.  When Father created the world, as soon as He was ready for that to happen, He spoke; He said something.  He spoke what He desired into existence. 

By now we can see clearly why speaking whatever you desire to be done is the second principle.  If you really have faith to do the work, you will speak.  It is the Word of God that builds faith into you for whatever it is you desire.  If you can’t find it in the Word of God, then you can’t have faith to receive it.  If you don’t have faith to receive it, your words will only be empty.  But if you have built your faith on the Word of God, then you have faith to receive what you say.  When that happens, what you speak will have the power to bring it forth.  God’s Word is God’s power.  No Word from God is void of the power required to bring it to pass.  God’s Word will not return to Him void, but will accomplish what He pleases.  Apply all these passages to Principle 2, and your words spoken in true faith will produce the results you desire.

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; Luke 1:37; Hebrews 1:3; Isaiah 55:11

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