Hi friends, howdy? Today’s subject is a controversial subject. I did a little of research on this, so I welcome your comments and insights. But I know, a lot of us might like the subject of today. What is faith and how do you get it?
In the book of Hebrews chapter 11 verse 1, New Living Bible translation says “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” While Amplified Bible version says “Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].” And New King James says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
In other words is a conviction that we have regarding something that allows us to be able to act on it as if it were assured of happening. So we have to be convinced and assured that is going to happen.
If that is the case, then where does the assurance that we are convinced that what we expect is going to happen comes from?
In the book of Romans chapter 10 verse 17, it says from New King James Bible version, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” New Life version says “So then, faith comes to us by hearing the Good News (The Gospel). And the Good News comes by someone preaching it.” New International Bible version, it says “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word about Christ.”
So we see here faith is something, a gift we receive from the Word of Christ, which we get from the Bible. So faith is not about the power of positive thinking. Do you know that sometimes you can think positive but your positiveness can end up destroying you or somebody else or can result to being disobedient to God? The question is where is that positive thinking comes from? Is it from what God said and His Sovereign Will for us humans? Where does your assurance comes from?
Satan is the author of confusion. In order to get rid and remove the confusion, you have to find out what GOD says concerning what you are confused about. For whatever GOD says is truth.
In book of Hebrews chapter 12 verse 2, it says that The Lord Jesus, is the author and finisher of our faith. In Amplified Bible version it says “[Looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, Who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One Who brings our faith to maturity], Who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].”
The Lord Jesus is not only the author, the originator of faith; He is also the One Who perfects it in us.
The Bible also says it is God Who allots to each of us a measure of faith. In the book of Romans chapter 12 verse 3, “For by the grace [of God] given to me I say to everyone of you not to think more highly of himself [and of his importance and ability] than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has apportioned to each a degree of faith [and a purpose designed for service].”
So it’s clearly that faith is a gift from God. And it just comes as you keep hearing the Word of God. When you hear the Word of God, you get the assurance because we know God does not lie. What He says to us personally, or promised us through His Word in the Bible, is the truth, and has a final say. So it gives us the assurance of the things we hope for.
Another thing that the Bible says is that faith can be increased. In the book of 2 Corinthians chapter 10 verse 15, New Living Bible translation says “Nor do we boast and claim credit for the work someone else has done. Instead, we hope that your faith will grow so that the boundaries of our work among you will be extended.” We see that faith can grow so as we study the Bible and keep hearing the Word of Christ, GOD can add to our faith or cause our faith to increase.
In the book of Matthew chapter 21 verses 22 to 25, it says, “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. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
So the Lord Jesus said if we have faith and doubt not then everything that we ask in prayer, believing, we will receive. But one condition; forgive others, or basically walk in love.
May be the question is, “How do we get what we pray for?” First it has to be based on faith and we have seen the origin of faith is God and not us. The Lord Jesus said, “Have faith in God.” In other words trust God and what He says.
First God has to tell us something will come to pass whether we get it from reading the Bible for instance. Then we act on that faith with a believing heart, and we need to do so without doubt for God has said so, therefore we have assurance it will come to pass.
Even in the Old Testament, many times GOD first told His people that through the prophets that the battle had been won, and all they had to do was act on it. When God reveals in His Word and gives us revelation and insight concerning us, that’s all we need to know to be able to ask according to His will, and act on it.
The above scripture also contrasts faith and belief. Do you also know that anybody can believe? Some people believe or have belief in all kinds of ungodly things. Some people can even believe in fear.
Having faith means that God has given us His insight into something and we are not to doubt it but believe is of or comes from God. This insight comes from the Bible’s revelation of the character of God and not from any other source. Meaning that we are not to be getting some faith from God and then getting it mixed up with something else like the world philosophy or something else.
Do you know that unbelief is not just about not believing or not believing nothing? It’s also about disregarding what God tells us or believing something God didn’t say. When we disregard what God tells us we walk in unbelief. If God tells you do not fear about your situation, He is with you, and you end up walking in fear anyway, then you walk in unbelief, because He already told you that do not fear.
We believe because we have faith which is the assurance and confidence that it came from God. Therefore, faith is the cause and believe is the effect.
In the book of Romans chapter 12 verses 6 to 8, it says “In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”
All gifts are, of course, from God. So if God gives some the gift of giving and then they are to give with liberality. If God gives some the gift of mercy and they are to exercise mercy cheerfully. If God gives some the gift of leading and they are to lead with diligence. But prophecy is done according to the proportion of our faith. And we can only prophesy what God has spoken and shown us.
Apostle Paul said in the book of 1 Corinthians chapter 14 verses 1 to 3 that “Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy. For if you have the ability to speak in tongues, you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit, but it will all be mysterious. But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them. A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire Church.”
He also said in the book of 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 21 and 22 said “Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.”
So faith involves knowing God and His will and in prophecy we can inform other Christians of this knowledge of God, which He has given us. The more faith we have the more we know about God and His ways. That should be our goal in life: to know more about God and to grow closer to Him. We need to take and make time to develop our faith by reading God’s Word, listening to Bible teachings and faith building messages, and connecting with Him through prayer, praise, and worship.
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.
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