LUKE 8: 22-25
“Now it came to pass on one of those days, that he entered into a boat, himself and his disciples; and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake: and they launched forth. But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filling with water , and were in jeopardy. And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. And he awoke, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, WHERE IS YOUR FAITH? And being afraid they marvelled, saying one to another, Who then is this, that he commandeth even the winds and the water, and they obey him?”
Last week, we learned together WHY WE NEED TO GET BACK ON OUR FAITH; and all the things having faith can do for us in these times of contrary winds. To overcome whatever we are facing or going through; to experience great calm, rest and peace – we need our faith to be in place and intact!
Today, we are going to find out what faith is.
Heb. 11: 1 – “Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.”
Faith is knowing that the thing you have asked for is coming, even though you have not seen it; it is a conviction; FAITH GRABS THINGS THAT ARE PROMISED BY GOD! It is knowing that we have received what we hope for, despite what we are seeing or feeling in the present. God’s people require faith in a world that there is so much conflict, sorrow and turmoil.
FAITH is believing God’s word in order to lay hold of things that are promised and make them real in our lives.
FAITH is the mode or manner by which we possess heavenly things on earth. Please note that, faith does not create the things we hope for – faith receives them! Your faith does not create your healing, joy, wealth etc.; it RECEIVES! In Rom. 4: 16, we read that Abraham received by faith. Our faith does not create the blessings of forgiveness, favor, spiritual provision – no, rather, faith receives these blessings from God.
FAITH is trust, assurance, confidence in God. It is the conviction in us that gives us strength to continue to follow God.
TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF PEOPLE
THE SURE BELIEVER
Matt. 9: 27 – 30 – “And as Jesus passed by from thence, two blind men followed him, crying out, and saying, Have mercy on us, thou son of David. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it done unto you. And their eyes were opened. And Jesus strictly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.”
These blind men came to Jesus for healing and the first thing Jesus asked them was “DO YOU BELIEVE?” This is the first substance of faith – the belief that God exists even though we cannot see Him. The second substance of faith is to believe that God is able to do whatever we ask, like these blind men did – they had the substance and the evidence!
In John 4: 46 – 50, we read of the nobleman that not only believed in the Person of Jesus but also in His words. With all of his agitation to have Jesus come with him to heal his dying son, the moment Jesus spoke the words that his son will live, he turned and went home because he believed completely in Jesus’ words!
THE UNSURE BELIEVER
Mark 1: 40 – 42 – “And there cometh to him a leper, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And being moved with compassion, he stretched forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou made clean. And straightway the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean.
The leper in this text had an incomplete faith; he had the substance but no evidence – he believed in God, but he was unsure if he would get his miracle from God; luckily for him, Jesus was willing to cleanse him. Many of us do not receive our miracle and breakthrough, because even though we come to God, we are still unsure whether He will give us what we ask; sometimes some of us need God’s help to complete our faith! God is ever willing, believe that!
In Mark 9: 14 – 29, we read of the boy possessed with the devil that had gone through a lot but was still alive because God had a purpose for his life (the reason why you have come out of the things you have been going through is because God has a purpose for your life). The father of this boy brought the boy to Jesus because He needed a miracle, but he said to Jesus “if you can…” Jesus countered him in vs.23 saying “If you can believe that all things are possible!”
A lot of us come with one side of faith – the one that brings us; but we leave the other side of faith, the one to receive! We need both sides of faith; when we wholly believe, God moves into action!
FAITH therefore, in my words, can be defined as knowing that God exists (this is the assurance), and that He rewards those that earnestly seek Him (this is the evidence)!
Faith is trusting the promises, words and character of God – knowing that He cannot lie, alter or break His covenant with us! Psa. 89: 34
Rom 4: 17 – 21 – “as it is written, A father of many nations have I made thee) before him whom he believed, even God, who giveth life to the dead, and calleth the things that are not, as though they were. Who in hope believed against hope, to the end that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, so shall thy seed be. And without being weakened in faith he considered his own body now as good as dead (he being about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, looking unto the promise of God, he wavered not through unbelief, but waxed strong through faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”
Abraham believed that God exists and in His word – this was the secret of Abraham and this is FAITH DEFINED. All that God is looking for is our faith – the Abraham and Mary kind of faith. Mary believed fully in Jesus, but Martha did not believe that Jesus is the Resurrection and Life – the One that could and did bring her brother back from the grave!
The three Hebrew children in Daniel 3, refused to bow to the king’s god and in the face of the danger of not bowing, they not only believed that their God exists, but they also believed that He would deliver them – and they did not stop there, they believed that even if He chose not to deliver them in life, they would be with their one true God in the after-life.
Beloved, do you believe that God exists? Do you believe in His words and promises of what He will do for you, with you and by you?!
Again, let me reiterate –
Faith does not make God real; your faith responds to a real God! Isa. 45: 5, 6
I pray for you today, your faith will be strong! I come against every spirit of unbelief today; your faith will begin to work and receive all that God has promised you. Your faith will establish you and bring you the sudden help, healing, joy that you need. Your faith will bring you victory over the enemy and bring you answered prayers – your faith will make you an overcomer! Every storm rising against you, I command them to be still! Every sickness and disease hiding in your body, I bind and cast them out in the name of Jesus. By faith, be released into your destiny of great things; by faith, receive your forgiveness, restoration, peace and prosperity. In the name of Jesus! AMEN.