Biblical Faith - Part Two
"By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” Heb 11:3
There are two things God is showing us through this Scripture:
- We understand ‘by faith’.
- That which we see was not made of things which are visible. Therefore the building blocks of things in the natural come out of the spiritual.
Very often we cannot comprehend Spiritual Truths with our intellect but it is by Faith that we understand them e.g. The question “Where does God come from?” Nowhere in the Scripture does God try and satisfy this question. The Bible simply opens in Gen 1:1 with “In the beginning God”. He has always existed and always will. We can’t work this out intellectually, but we understand by faith. Remember, your faith is… “the evidence of things not seen”.
Looking at your circumstances you may wonder: How can I get well? How can I have success? How can I prosper? It is by faith in God’s Word that you will understand. Often in daily life you will come across circumstances that you cannot explain how they will work out. For example:
- Financial The economy is poor, everything is negative. But God is not limited by the world and its systems. By faith, God will meet all your needs. We need to believe the Word of God in all our circumstances
- Sickness: your doctor may tell you that you are dying, but by faith we receive our healing, irrespective of what we feel.
Faith is trusting in God
God wants to meet all of our needs, if we will just trust Him! We need a paradigm shift regarding the Father heart of God. The Bible says that We are rich because of Christ. However, make sure that you seek the Lord, and the blessings will follow – not the other way around. God wants your heart.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Heb 11:6. We can note two things from this Scripture:
- God exists
- God is a rewarder.
We often have the wrong idea of God. He is not an old man with a stick in His hand, ready to punish us. He is loving, caring and wants to reward those who seek Him. Without faith it is impossible to please God. The great law of faith is believing that God is. The first step in getting anything out of the invisible world is to believe that it truly exists.
Not only is God out there, but every blessing we need is out there and the first principle to obtain anything is to believe that it is. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has (past tense), blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the Heavenly place in Christ” Eph 1:3. Is healing out there? Did Jesus die for your healing? Did Jesus die for your well-being? Blessings? Overcoming satan?
God is a rewarder
To seek God and know His blessings, you will have to:
- Seek God in prayer (Jam 5:16b)
- Read and study the Word (Mark 4:24)
- Meditate in the Word (Josh 1:8) – to mutter, to utter the Word of God, speak it!
- Do the Word. Act on what you see (Jam 1:22)
- Faith is a way of life (Rom 1:17)
A lot of people try faith; but faith is not a formula to try in emergencies. It is a lifestyle – “The just shall live by faith.”
Faith comes by hearing the Word
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Rom 10:17. We need to live God’s Word, and faith will come by hearing the Rhema (spoken) Word of God. But be aware that satan will always try to come and steal the Word (Mark 4).
The best place to hear the Word of God is on your own lips (Rom 10:8; 2 Cor 4:13).
Faith grows out of the Word
Faith always comes – regardless of feelings! Prayer does not cause faith to work – faith causes prayer to work. Faith should never be left to stand still, Faith will never be static – it will either strengthen or weaken. Paul said to Timothy: “Preach the Word!” 2 Tim 4:2 It is only by hearing the Word of God that faith will rise in our hearts. The devil knows that if you hear the Word of God, faith will rise, and you will be pleasing to the Lord, therefore he will always try to steal the Word from you.
When trials come, hold onto the Word of God. The devil will try to stop you from hearing the Word, from going to church; but particularly he wants to stop you from doing the Word of God. If you allow the burdens and cares of life to get into your heart, they will choke the Word, and you will be unfruitful. Good soil receives the Word and produces faith. Whatever you put into your heart will come out: Word in, Word out!
Faith grows out of the Word
God is looking for people of faith, who face the storms of life with boldness, perseverance and confidence. If you hear the Word of God and do not apply it and let go of it, you will never live the victorious life God has called you to. The devil will try to throw temptation at you, so we need to apply the Word of God. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Mark 4:4