To understand faith we must go beyond the first glance and begin to search the depths.
Faith is trust, hope and the understanding of Christ’s character outside of the concept of earthly time. We can only trust if we understand the character of God. We can only have hope if we allow God’s will and timing to exceed our own desires for immediate reward. Faith by its very nature cannot be advanced without the expansion of time. There must be a laying down of human expectations in order to receive Christ’s supernatural miracles.
No God= No miracles. And yet in our haste and impatience we short circuit the miracles of God.
God promises much if we operate in faith.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (NIV)
To act in faith is to expectantly move and (BE) before the path is unveiled. Being is harder than doing. It requires stillness, a self-cleaning setting to identify what is not of God and toss it out. If it does not strengthen our faith eliminate it.
Eradicate thoughts, words, vocabulary of disbelief, and then actions fall into alignment with God’s word allowing faith to emerge. People often move in faith quite well. To be in faith, now that is difficult. To be in faith is a greater thing.
Narrow is the gate, as we walk through it allow it to squeeze out any lack of faith. See, Matthew 7:13-14.
Faith is identified as one of the spiritual gifts therefore it can be given. Reference 1 Cor. 12:1-11 to review a great teaching on the spiritual gifts. God is willing and able to give faith, if we have the courage to ask.
Do you have the courage to ask for faith?
If you are unwilling or lack the courage to ask for faith know this-
There are times we can move within works carrying out our Father’s will on earth as it is in heaven but only for a time, if we have not mastered the skill of being in faith.
I am not throwing out James’s statements without works our faith is dead. I whole-heartedly agree. But if our being is wrong and our understanding of God is wrong our works will be lifeless. They will be puffed up and self-serving. Without being in faith you cannot conform your will to Christ’s.
Someone once said the only thing we can give God on this side of heaven is Faith, In heaven there is no faith only sight. Seek out faith now, while you are still breathing, so that you might give your full obedience to Christ a living sacrifice.
(The following prayer is only for those who are ready to leave the old and walk into a new level of relationship with Christ- absolute trust)
Prayer: Lord Jesus I surrender my being to you. Fill me with an understanding of Your character. Teach me of You so I might lose my selfish will in Your glory. Lord Jesus, I give You permission to grow my faith and move within me at a level I have never experienced before. Take Your servant and do as You want, in order for Your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. We praise You Jesus and in Your name we say, Amen- let it be.