Text for Today – Mark 11:22 – And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
Today’s Second Miler is one of four on the issue of Biblical faith and its principles of operation. The issue of faith as taught by our Lord is easily and clearly seen in four phases. Phase One is that YOU MUST HAVE FAITH.
When Jesus made this statement, he was offering cookies and milk to guests sitting around His coffee table in His home. He was giving a command to His disciples. If you are a disciple of Christ, then this commandment is for you, too. I personally define a commandment as an order from God about which there is no choice, and from which there is no turning. Jesus said, “Have faith in God.” A more literal rendering of His command us this; “Have the God kind of faith.” We know, according to Romans, that the God kind of faith “calleth those things which be not as though they were.”
Please note that the Romans passage does NOT say that faith calls things that be as though they were not. Faith is a creative force, not a destructive one. Malachi 3:6 tells us God never changes. Therefore, if He is a Creator in Genesis 1:1, He is still a Creator today. We have been given that same spirit of faith that resides in the Father, and therefore, because we believe, we speak.
If you will operate the faith of God, you must first possess the faith of God. So, how can one possess the faith of God? The answer is really quite simple. Make Jesus Lord in your life. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord, you already have the faith of God in your heart. Romans 12:3 says you have been given “the measure of faith.” Furthermore, the faith you have been given is not sloppy, broken, or incomplete. Jesus authored (created and initialed) your faith, and He also finished (completed to perfection) your faith. Having been given a perfect tool with which to work, don’t you think it wise to learn to use that tool to the very best of your ability with His help?
But what if you have not made Jesus your Lord? How can you do that? Once again, the answer is really quite simple: confess Jesus as Lord, believing in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, and you shall be saved. That’s making Jesus your Lord. If you haven’t done that already, do it now. Go ahead. Confess Jesus as your Lord, believing in your heart God has raised Him from the dead, and thereby, be saved.
Manna for Today – Mark 11; Romans 4; Hebrews 11; 2 Corinthians 4:13; Romans 10:6-10