Believing is the key to everything in the kingdom of God and it’s the way to tap into the power of God. Faith is the door to abundance and its laws of operation apply to and cover every area of life. Faith is a master key for your life. The Kingdom of God operates by faith and connects us with God to receive His grace and all His blessings through Jesus Christ. In other words, faith is heaven’s currency therefore God doesn’t do anything for us apart from faith. It is impossible to please Him without it (Hebrews 11:6).
Faith functions according to spiritual laws (Romans 3:27; 8:1, 2). There are spiritual laws i.e. the law of faith; the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus; the law of sin and death; and the law of liberty – which is the Word of God (James 1:25). The laws of the Spirit govern life and death. When you function in the law of faith it becomes your life; the more you walk by faith, the more it becomes your second nature.
So, Jesus answered and said to them,” Have faith in God. 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. Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:22 – 24.
These verses explain the law of faith or how God operates. Anyone who believes in Jesus for salvation can also believe he or she can move a mountain. It takes the same faith to be saved as it does to move a mountain. Faith belongs to God, and it’s His to give (Romans 12:3).
Faith is a spiritual force that is already dwelling on the inside of us, if Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. The faith of God which is a supernatural life source was imparted into your inner man as a gift at the time of your new birth (when you accepted Jesus as Lord) to manifest the life of Christ (Ephesians 2:8, 9). When you were born again, you stepped over into the Spirit and into the kingdom of God and you have been raised up and seated together with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). That position gives you the right to use the faith of God. You have the faith of God, or literally God’s faith (Mark 11:22).
Therefore, you must be connected to God to have the faith of God. When you are connected to the faith of God, you have the power of God through the Spirit of God. A person doesn’t have to be born again to use spiritual laws. “Whoever shall say…” is the law. There are mind-science religions that use that law, but they are not connected to the faith of God, so they don’t have the power of God. They depend on the power of the mind, not the Spirit of God.
Although we are talking about faith, it is important to remember that it is God’s love and grace that first drew us to Him. It is important not to only focus on our faith but remember that we receive what we need by grace through faith (Romans 4:16; Ephesians 2:8). Faith and grace always go together. When you remove grace from faith you are essentially depending on your own strength and efforts rather than resting in God’s grace. The grace of God allows us to receive far beyond what we qualify for or have faith for. Have faith in Jesus and His grace (John 1:14). It does matter where you are putting your faith and who you are putting it in! Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus because He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Look to Jesus, not to your faith.
Faith is simply taking God at His Word! Faith is built on the Word of God and comes from hearing the Word of God or Christ (Romans 10:17). Faith in the Word says, “If God says it is true – it is true (e.g. if He says that ‘By His (Jesus) stripes I was healed’, then I am!). Faith believes and declares what God has done and will do for you. It is not based on physical evidence of what is felt, seen, heard or experienced. Faith is not a feeling. It is not based on our 5 senses which belong to the natural man and are in the natural realm. We need to see by spiritual sight not natural (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Faith reaches into the unseen spiritual realm and manifests the things of God. What do you see on the inside? Can you see yourself healed, with a financial breakthrough, your relationships restored? Allow the Holy Spirit to paint a picture in your mind. You can’t believe for what you can’t see! There is no such thing as blind faith. Faith can see! How you see yourself is directly proportional to what you can receive from God.
Our soul (mind, will and emotions) prospers by meditating on God’s Word so that it makes what you see on the inside more real than what you see on the outside! No person who allows his mind to be ruled by his senses or circumstances can have victorious faith! Our mind must be renewed by the Word of God (Romans 12:2) then what you see on the inside, will manifest on the outside. You must decide that the Word of God has first place and the final authority in your life.
Faith is taking now what God offers to us (Mark 11:24; 2 Peter 1:2-4) and begins where the will of God is known (1 John 5:14, 15). It is taking hold of the things we hope for that are in line with His will (which is His Word) while keeping our eyes on Jesus as we wait for it to come to pass (Romans 8:25). Hope believes with confident expectation for something while trusting that God will keep His promise (Hebrews 10:35, 36). God’s timing is always on time and He always keeps His promises (Hebrews 10:23). You must have hope before faith but it doesn’t take the place of it. Natural hope is in the future; but Bible hope and faith is in the present (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is being sure of what you hope for (confidently expect). It is the certainty of unseen things.
The key to your heart is hope. Hope lifts your perspective. Bible hope compels you to act and that is faith. The battle to steal your faith begins by the enemy trying to get your hope. Faith, hope and love work together (1 Corinthians 13:13) and are just what you need for whatever you are facing today. Because you have God you have everything you need to be victorious!
The foundational platform for faith is 1) Believe the Word in your heart then say it with your mouth – you must believe in your words (Romans 10:10; Mark 11:23). We will give account for all our words; we are justified or condemned by our words (Matthew 12:37); not by our actions. Confession brings possession! We believe therefore we speak (2 Corinthians 4:13); what you say is your faith or what you believe! Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).
We are a living, speaking spirit like God. The primary function and use of words are release of power; communication is secondary. Most people speak words that are what they think because it comes out of their mind; to be carnally minded is death and their words are an expression of their mind rather than their spirit. We are to meditate on the Word of God and put it in our hearts so it is what comes out of our mouth first.
First words matter. First words are wrapped in power and tied directly to our spirit. We don’t get healing while talking sickness. We’re not expressing faith while talking words of fear; it is either one or the other for out of the abundance of the heart (spirit) the mouth speaks (Luke 6:43-45). The righteousness of faith speaks; the Word is near/with you in your mouth and your heart (Romans 10:1-3; 6-8).
The spiritual Law of Faith is predictable; it will work 100% of the time. We need to understand the spiritual laws just like the physical. The Bible is the Word of faith. You have either a miracle or destruction in your mouth and you don’t have time to think when an unexpected event happens. You must confess with your mouth what you believe in your heart (Romans 10:5-11).
God is a God of faith. By faith, He spoke the worlds into existence at creation (see Genesis 1:1 – 31). God calls those things which do not exist as though they did (Romans 4:17). God’s Word contains His creative power. It can do anything He can do. Faith-filled Words brought the universe into being, and faith filled Words are ruling the universe today. In Hebrews 1:3, we see Jesus who is upholding all things by the Word of His power. The Word will change the facts. With faith, you know the victory is yours even if the facts haven’t changed yet.
Faith never rises above our confession of the Word. Your words are strong in your life when you speak God’s Words. Choose your words to line up with His Word to stay in agreement with whatever He says (Amos 3:3). Words must be spoken in faith to produce results. Use your faith to believe, speak and pray only what you want to see come to pass in your life. Don’t speak anything that you don’t want to come to pass.
What you believe and speak is what you will do. Faith must be backed up by corresponding action (James 2:14 – 17). Join me next week as we look at how to put our faith to work!