Mark 11:22-24 (NIV)
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Faith in God is illogical. It defies human wisdom on every level which is based on our five senses. If one cannot see, feel, smell, touch or experience something it is not a reality in life. Our mind is the structure of understanding that we live in forming our thoughts, making our decisions and dictating our schedule in life. The priority list in our head becomes the motivator of hands and feet. Jesus told Peter, “Have faith in God.” We know that Jesus was the Word of God wrapped in flesh sent to write the Message of God’s Amazing Love on the heart of all mankind. Grace, mercy and unfailing love acted out before us in wonderful, beautiful display that is nothing more than a story to those who never have faith in their Creator, Father, Master, Healer, Deliverer, Provider and so much more. One’s perception of God influences the faith they put in Him. See faith is not realistic. It is crazy. There are times knowing that God is real, Jesus is alive, and His Spirit lives in me that my flesh dare still pose the question, “What if you are wrong?”
Romans 5:1-2 (NIV)
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Romans 1:16-18 (NIV)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
Romans 10:17 (NIV)
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
A quick rundown of the importance and relevance of faith in the life of the believer is made clear in these verses. We are justified by faith to be made “just as if” we never sinned. It gives us peace with God again through His Son, Jesus. Faith gives us access to grace which is essential for salvation. Without it, one cannot be saved from sin and set free. This allows us to have hope again that at the end of this life we will live in Eternity. There is absolutely nothing that I can do to make salvation a reality in my life other than by faith in God that gives way to confident hope. The Power of God that brings salvation is the Gospel, Good News, or Word of the Living God. It reveals the potential of righteousness in our life laying the foundation of faith that leads us to confident hope incapable of disappointing us. The righteous are instructed to live by faith in God alone. Faith comes from hearing the Word of God. With this in mind, faith compared to worldly knowledge and social experience makes absolutely no sense as it is not derived of that which can be seen and touched. It is strictly based on what we have heard about God and what we choose to believe. Faith finds logic and credibility when compared to the Word of God. Faith will never become a mindset or lifestyle without godly knowledge and Spirit-filled Wisdom. It just doesn’t make sense in the natural. Faith will release the supernatural for those who believe and have not seen. (John 20:29)
Luke 7:6-10 (NIV)
So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
While attending Bible College, the first paper that I wrote was about the centurion. I was fascinated by his absolute and confident faith in God. “But say the word, and my servant will be healed.” When our youngest child experienced supernatural healing, I was hooked on the idea of faith in God that yielded real and true results in the natural. Little did I know that the Lord was preparing me for a greater test of faith later in life. When our son was diagnosed with cancer, I couldn’t get into the Presence of God fast enough. This was nothing like the ailment our daughter faced. This was a matter of life or death not a life of inconvenience. I had to hear the Voice of God. I had to know that He was on this. However, I had no idea that the faith I had asked for was coming. There is a price to be paid for faith. To have faith, one must completely forsake what they know through experience to be true and accept the Word of God as the absolute Truth. The doctors would do their best but God said that He would live and not die. I heard Him. It was not encrypted but a whisper loud and clear in my ear. The only thing God asked me, “Do you trust me?” When reality is too much too handle, we run to our foundation of faith. If our faith is not fortified by the knowledge and truth of God’s Word coupled with the guidance of His Spirit, we will not make it through the test or the storm without devastation. But that’s okay, because we will be ready next time. Though our faith is weak, the Lord will never leave us or forsake us. He continues to work in us until our faith becomes a real and credible resource for life. This is the significance of grace in our life as the Lord gives us mercy and time to have faith in God.
Colossians 2:6-10 (NIV)
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.
Each man, woman or child that comes to Jesus for salvation is empowered with the Holy Spirit. The Word of God given in written and spoken form. The availability of God’s Power for your life is never in question only our desire and ability to receive it and allow it to work in our life. Faith is the only way to make hope a reality in our life. Faith requires absolute trust in God and the saving power of Jesus Christ. The trouble is men and women fill the pulpits, classrooms, small groups and coffee shops who take the Word of God and make it their own so that those who are people followers have a convoluted and sometimes polluted perception. What I know and believe about God has grown, developed, and matured with time, so what I thought about the Lord ten years ago has evolved and changed through my relationship with Him. One cannot rely on another person’s faith to become the foundation of their life or it is a cult. To be a Christian is to say to Jesus forsaking all others, their opinions, advice, instruction or comments, I choose you! A relationship with Christ is established in His Word and validated by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will tell you everything you need to know taking God’s Word and turning it into wisdom for our life. If we would only listen to the Voice of God rather than hashing out the Bible and our beliefs with the world. The world will never direct you to be holy. God does though. The world will never know the true meaning of grace. It will always promote compromise and substitution that allows our flesh to continue to live rather than to crucify our flesh and sinfulness at the Cross. Nobody really wants to talk about the Blood its gruesome and shameful to accept that an innocent man was tortured and killed for just one of our sins…but He did. The world can refute every single thing in the Word of God – it is still true. They can tell us the character of God that makes them comfortable – it does not change His Sovereign Power. We must take back our mind and set it on knowing the One True Living God. When we sit before a human being who is teaching the Truth, it should bring us confirmation and be no surprise. How would you know if you have not pursued faith? What do you have to compare it to? See faith without God and His Word is impossible. Our life remains powerless without faith!
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
This simple concept called faith challenges the human heart every single day. To put our trust completely and totally in a God who we cannot see or touch. To have full assurance in what we hope for demands a reality beyond what a person can perceive. It defies natural logic and personal experience to take us to a realm called hope. We must be absolutely sure of the Living God who we cannot see and that He will do the impossible. Faith in God is all our nothing. You believe or you don’t. People do not want to hear that it makes them uncomfortable. How do you think hell will feel to that same person? Do you think they will still be okay that even though you knew the Truth it was kept from them to make them comfortable? Really? Our lives would be different if we truly believed. Faith is like an onion with many layers each one producing tears of repentance as we shed more and more of our self to put Christ at the center of all things. It’s tough. The faith that I have now is the result of complete devastation of my humanity and a broken heart….but I still say it was worth it. See you cannot change my mind. I believe in the Power and Authority of God’s Word no matter what any human being can say or do to me. We must know the Word of God to have faith in God. We must accept it as the absolute Truth on which we base our life which will require do over after do over. Aren’t you thankful for His New Mercy and Abundant Grace? Faith will never make sense to the world. If we convince ourselves that God is real and begin taking Him strictly at His Word, imagine the potential of our faith to start a revival in this world. Credible and valid faith comes from a continuous process of living in God’s Word, communing with His Spirit in His Presence, and doing exactly what it says. This is how the righteous live by faith. This is how faith becomes a credible resource in our life.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV) For we live by faith, not by sight.