Biblical Faith - Part Three
Your body has five natural senses with which you contact the physical world, but faith is the sixth sense with which you contact the spiritual world.
- It is with your heart that you believe
- Faith is acting on what you believe
- Faith is a spiritual force that comes forth from your heart and makes contact with the spiritual world.
Faith requires action
“For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Rom 10:10. You need to speak boldly that which you believe. It is one thing to believe in your heart, but it is yet another thing to speak it. Without the confession of your faith, you will see no results. Speak to the mountain and it will move!
“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke’, we also believe and therefore speak”. 2 Cor 4:13
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says.” Mark 11:23
• Our words are a reflection of what is in our hearts (Josh 1:8)
• Your faith will never rise above the level of your confession
• You may not be enjoying the reality of the truth of God’s Word, because your confession has bound you.
Faith without works is dead
“So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power – inoperative, dead” James 2:17. Believing is acting; there is no believing without acting - the head reasons. The heart acts.
You may be a great Bible scholar, having all the promises, even filled with the mighty Spirit of God, but if you do not act on the Word of God, God is not being revealed in your life. Faith brings together the seen and unseen, the visible and invisible, the physical and spiritual. The Bible says that God created material things out of things that are invisible. All our blessings come from the invisible world. Your redemption is spiritual. Forgiveness is invisible.
How did you find out about that great invisible fact of forgiveness? You found out through the Word of God. It was invisible, but became visible when you accepted it. Healing and prosperity dwell in the spiritual dimension – the invisible world. When you see it in the Word of God, and your sixth sense of faith takes hold of it, then faith brings it over into the natural world.
Faith is believing His Word above your senses
Often your senses will try and contradict God’s Word. This is the battleground. But remember, the battle is won when you listen to your spirit man rejoicing over what he knows to be true, through revelation knowledge gained from the Word of God by the sixth sense of faith!
One of the common errors that many people make about God’s creative ability is to believe that God has made everything from nothing. Something cannot be made from nothing – it is made from things that are not seen.
The house that you live in is built of bricks, wood, glass, steel and other materials. That is the visible part. But what was put into it to make it reality cannot be seen. Somebody put faith, knowledge, talent and work into it. None of these can be seen visibly; only the result can be seen. So it is with your marriage, your family, your job and your service in the Kingdom of God.
God has already given you all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3). Therefore we need to be careful about what we say. Our words transform our circumstances; that is why we must speak Scripture into our situations.
Faith is not a formula. It is not like a parachute which we reach for in emergencies. Instead, faith is a lifestyle, a practical day to day living with Jesus.
Jesus is the Author and Finisher of your faith
Fellowship with Jesus daily – love Him, praise Him, adore Him, and obey Him. Let Him teach you His Word. Jesus is the source of your faith. How do we run the race set before us, looking unto Jesus the finisher of our faith?
- By living in the Word
- By meditating on the Word (Read Psalm 1)
- By keeping God’s Word before you daily.
Don’t put your eyes on the circumstances, but on Jesus. When Jesus was walking on the water towards the disciples, Peter asked the Lord if he could come out to Him. Jesus called Peter out, and he began to walk on the water. However, the minute he took his eyes off Jesus and put them on the choppy water, he began to sink. Later Jesus rebuked him for his lack of faith.
So too, in life, Jesus expects us to walk by faith, but we cannot do that unless our eyes are fixed on Jesus.