How is faith applied?



Question: “What is faith and how is it applied in our lives?”



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Faith is the complete trust or confidence in someone or something. It can be the confidence that the sun will rise in the morning or that a chair will support us when we sit upon it.  Likewise, faith in God is a confidence that God is the creator of the universe, has the power to do all things, and in confidence, we stand on God’s flawless Word.  Knowing that when we fulfil the conditions that God has set before us, He will, in His perfect timing, absolutely fulfil His Word.


However, Faith in God is not as much of what He can do for us as who God is, a relationship. Faith trusts in God and His Word.


What is the source of faith

There is a human faith and there is a supernatural faith that only comes to those who have received God.


Human faith is limited to the five senses, what one can see, taste, hear, smell, or feel.


Supernatural faith permits us to believe things that we cannot see.  You have not seen God or the devil. You have not seen heaven or hell. How can you believe in things you cannot see? The answer is that you cannot believe in invisible things with human faith but you can with God's supernatural faith.


And Romans 12:3 says, God has dealt to every man a measure of faith.  We do not know how big a measure is, but God says that we only need one seed, one little seed to move a mountain (Matthew 17:20).  Seed faith is watered with the Word of God.


God has given us a gift of supernatural faith at salvation, and it is never taken from us or leaves us. Faith becomes a permanent part of our born-again spirit, but we can easily kill faith with doubt. We need to quench doubt to let faith flourish.  


God did not give us different measures of faith; we all received the same measure of faith. There is no lack of faith within any Christian. God gives faith equally to all. For God does not show favoritism (Romans 2:11). God does give a person extra faith for a limited time as needed for a special situation. One of the fruits of the Spirit is faith (Galatians 5:22). However, what we do with our faith is up to us.  


Few of us use all the faith we have been given. Many Christians spend their time asking for more faith instead of using what they have.


Most people do not doubt that faith works.  However, they doubt that they have enough faith to get the job done. As long as Satan can keep you believing that you do not have enough faith, he can keep you powerless and ineffective.  


Source of doubt

Faith is from God; doubt is from Satan. While we may receive doubt from many different directions, it still originates with the devil.


Heb. 11:3 says, Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things visible. God created everything we see out of what we cannot see. Faith believes in things that we do not see.  It is putting God’s Word first. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the Power of God (1 Corinthians 2:5). It is having confidence that God will fulfill His promises in His perfect timing.


Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).  This is not blind faith, but faith based on “the evidence of” things not seen. We can have faith in the “things not seen” when we base it on the evidence of the Word of God and the evidence of our experience with God and His creation that surrounds us.


Can faith be increased

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5). The Lord did not respond by telling them how to have more faith, but told them to use the faith they had and they would do great things.


The things that pertain unto life and godliness, through faith are given us through the knowledge of God. That's why Romans 10:17 says, faith comes by hearing the Word of God.  The amount of faith we operate in is often directly proportional to the amount of knowledge of God’s Word that you have hidden in your heart.  Paul said, and I pray … your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you (Philemon 1:6).


People would eventually see results if they didn’t give up, but they give up because they believe they do not have what it takes.  We just need to acknowledge what we have and begin to learn the laws from the Word that govern the operation of faith.  We need to believe and not doubt.  Let us picture and speak the answers that we are seeking.


James said,  Faith without works is dead (James 2:20). What is “works” and what does “dead” mean?  Works include, praying in faith, claiming in faith, demanding in faith, blessing in faith, and helping others as the Lord directs us, in the power and authority to represent Him. The word “dead” means unproductive, inactive, and idle. A lot of us have more faith lying inactive and unproductive than active.


The woman with the issue of blood was healed by her faith, not Christ’s faith.  He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you” (Mark 5:34”. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed (Mark 6:56). They received by exercising their faith in Jesus.


The importance of faith in receiving healing cannot be over emphasized. Do not expect to receive from God if you do not have the “faith to believe” that what God promised in His Word will be fulfilled.  James 5:15 says, The prayer of faith shall heal the sick. No faith, no healing.


Faith from love

Many are missing faith because they are not walking in love. The only thing that counts is faith working through love (Galatians 5:6).  This is Godly love that is more interested in what it can do to help others than its self. Walking in faith through love moves the hand of God.


What we see

Many have a hard time picturing internal healing.  In John 7:38, we have the Holy Spirit pictured as streams of living waters.  The river of life can be whatever you want it to be within the will of God.  Picture the river of life flowing from the throne of God to you with healing, prosperity, restoration, blessings, and your prayer request.  By faith, whatever you need and God has promised, you will receive in God’s timing.


 Picture God’s blessings and promises streaming

to you from heaven on the River of life


Faith permits a person to see beyond what they see to what they want. See yourself with the answer.  If you see yourself sick, you will be sick. The devil tries to change our picture so that we fear rather than believe. Fear is unbelief and doubt, and it kills faith. In faith, we take possession of God’s promises by picturing the desired results.


Speaking in Tongues and Faith

We want the guidance of the Holy Spirit in every area of our life. The gift of tongues is a priceless treasure. Speaking in a Holy Spirit language is always a source of spiritual edification and building of our confidence and faith.  But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20).

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God will perform His Word by faith

God says, I will hasten my word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). God stands behind His Word with all the power in heaven. The God who spoke this world into existence and hung it in the sky, says that He will hasten to perform His Word. He will stand behind His promises and perform them in His perfect timing.  That’s God’s part, but we must also do our part with faith and without doubting.


God's Word should never be doubted, because God cannot lie. Whatever God says He is able to make good. God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19).


I love God’s guarantee.  If we ask anything according to His will … we know that we have what we asked of him (1Jn 5:14-15), if you have the faith to believe within God’s conditions, you will receive in God’s timing.


This is not positive thinking.  Positive confession says, “If you believe hard enough, it will come true.” Christianity says, “This is the Word of God, it is true; therefore I believe it.”


Why is meditation important to faith

Meditating on the Word is much more than just reading, as reading gets the Word into our mind, but meditating permits God to provide additional understanding through revelation and for the Word to grow in our heart.  The Word in our heart is not as susceptible to doubt as when the Word is only in our mind.  Paul said, I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:12).  By spending time in the Word, prayer, praise and meditation, revelation will come.  Revelation exposes faith and moves knowledge from “I believe” to “I know.”   


Real faith is taking God at His Word.  We are relying on God’s Word to work in answer to our request.  The more of God's Word you have hidden in your heart, the easier it is to believe and exercise faith in God and in His Word.  


Faith can be difficult because we are not willing to relinquish our will, and rely solely on God. Complete trust in God demands that we quit trying to "make it happen" and trust God "to make it happen," in His way and His timing.


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