SOME FAITH BASICS
What is faith?
Heb 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (NKJV)
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (NIV)
“Now faith is the reality[a] of what is hoped for, the proof[b] of what is not seen.” (Holman Christian Standard Version)
NKJV says in Heb 4:14, “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”
Heb 4:14 and Heb 10:23 both say to “Hold fast our confession.”
This is what you hold in place in that confidence as you stand firm for what you do not see. You put it in the place of as you are believing for the outcome.
How does faith come?
Rom 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. “(NKJV)
That’s a continuous verb in the Greek, so it means “hearing and hearing and hearing.” We don’t just hear once. We continue to hear. And how do we hear? By reading the Word of God, by hearing preaching and teachers, but also by speaking it ourselves. There is no better way to grow our faith than by speaking it out loud and we hear ourselves speaking it. When we are speaking the Word of God, our “head faith” turns into “heart faith”.
The spirit of man is what grows, so it is in the heart that the Word has to get into for the faith to grow in a person. It is like flowers. If you water all around on the outside of the root system of the flowers, you are not helping it get its water. You must make sure the water is getting to the plant’s roots for the water to do any good.
Romans 10:10, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (NKJV)
- with the heart we believe
- with the mouth we confess – speak
This works for not only salvation, but for anything that you are believing God for.
Then, of course, we have to look at Mark 11:23-24,
“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 be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
- Say 2. Believe 3. Have it
If you will notice that the word “says” comes up more often than the believing.
We’ve all been given a or the measure of faith as it says in Rom 12:3, the Wycliff’s translation, the measure of faith. It is our responsibility to grow that faith that has been dropped into us. That faith stays dormant inside of you until you choose to increase it and activate it.
ACTIVATE YOUR FAITH
- One way to activate your faith is by speaking the Word of God. Saying, or speaking, is an important part of activating your faith. Brother Hagin said “Faith is proving God’s Word by acting on it.”
Our words are extremely important in our fight of faith, as we fight the good fight of faith as in I Tim 6:12, “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Our words need to line up with the Word of God. And how do we do that? By speaking the Word of God. Find out what God says about it and only speak words that agree with that. For the Word of God is truth and everything else has to line up with that.
For healing, for bringing your prodigals back, for financial blessings, for marital blessings, etc. Find the will of God concerning this and speak the Word out loud.
Scriptures on healing, scriptures on blessings, scriptures on having favor with God and man, scriptures concerning your family, scriptures asking for wisdom, etc…, all these will grow in your spirit as you speak these words and grow your spirit man.
If you are not in the habit of speaking the Word out loud, write some scriptures on index cards and tape them around your house. Every time you see one of these, you read it, speak it out loud. Eventually, you will be doing it as a way of life.
- Another aspect of activating your faith is corresponding actions.
Have you noticed how ministers that pray for people will ask people to do something that they couldn’t do before? They are asking that person to do a corresponding action – to take a step of faith.
Here are some EXAMPLES in the Bible of people activating their faith by corresponding actions:
- The wedding in Cana. Jesus’ first miracle.
John 2, “Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
That was their corresponding action. To fill them up with water, and then to draw some out to let the master taste it.
2. The cripple man from birth.
Acts 14:8-10, “And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. 9 This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10 said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.”
His corresponding action was to stand. Some have said, “No, I can’t.” And they don’t. But this man chose to stand when told to. And it was his corresponding action.
Several years ago, my husband and I had our house for sale and it had been on the market for awhile. As I was praying one day, I believe the Lord told me to walk the property and speak the property sold, in Jesus’ name. Well, I told my husband that we needed to walk tHE property and speak it sold, but he said that He did not hear that from the Lord. A few times I brought it up to him, and he would always say that the Lord hadn’t told him to do that. Finally, one day, he told me that maybe that was something that I was supposed to do since the Lord said it to me. So finally, I got out there one day and walked the property line. I was speaking the property sold. I was waving my hands and speaking loudly. I am sure that my neighbors thought that I had lost my mind. But within a few days, we got an offer on our house and it was sold very soon after that. That was my corresponding action. When I activated my faith with that corresponding action, the answer came.
These are just 2 ways to activate your faith. 1) By speaking the Word and/or faith-filled words. And 2) By stepping out in corresponding actions.
Faith is active. And you must put it into action. It sits dormant until you put it into play. In any kind of ballgame, there is no sense in studying the playbook, if you never put the plays into action.
We should come to God with our expectors on and put faith into action by speaking the Word and speaking faith-filled words and to act upon the Word of God.