What is the power of faith?



Question: “What is the power of faith and how can I possess this faith power?”



Bible Answers

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).


God is saying that faith is the confident assurance of receiving those things not yet seen based on the evidence of God’s Word.


Two types of Faith

There is human faith that believes in the evidence that is normally perceived by our five senses and there is Bible Faith, believing when the only evidence is the Word of God. Human faith is of the head and spiritual faith is of the heart. As the above verse says, it is the evidence of things not seen, but that are believed. It is the assurance that you will have the answer to your problem.


Faith in God’s Word is faith in God. Our mind is transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:2)


Many people believe God’s Word and agree with it in their mind, intellectually, but they have never truly accepted it into their heart. As Romans 10:10 tells us, it is not faith of the mind but of the heart. For with the Heart man believes.


And Mark 11:23 tells us … and do not doubt in his heart. The Bible never tells us not to doubt in our head or in our mind, but only says, do not doubt in your heart. It is those who believe in their heart that receive from God.


Comparison of mental faith and heart faith

Many mentally agree from afar that the Bible is the true word of God, but they have never gone beyond this point and made the Word an integral part of their life.


Heart faith says “If God’s Word says it, them it is true, the promises are mine, I have it now even if I can’t see it.” As the first verse said, Faith … is the evidence of things not seen. Faith says “I will have the answer in God’s perfect timing.”


Many say “I will believe when I receive,” but then you wouldn’t need faith. Rather, they need to believe they have their petition, that it will manifest, and that they will receive.


Some say, “I hope”, but hope is not faith and God doesn’t answer hope, He answers faith. Hope is always looking to the future, while faith is looking to the now. Others say, “if it is God’s will”, but including an “if” is praying in doubt and such a person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord (James 1:7). Having doubt is very common. The question is not that we may have a doubt, but what will we do with it. We can receive it as our own or we can cast it out in the name of Jesus so that it does not impact our faith.


Faith then is coming to that place where you take the step of believing without seeing, believing in the integrity of the Word of God as your only evidenced.


My faith is not in what I can see, hear or feel,

but in What God says.


When we, by faith, believe God’s Word without seeing anything manifested in the natural realm, then what we are believing God to provide can be provided. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24). Notice that first comes the believe and then comes the receiving.


If you have been standing on the Word but the devil keeps telling you, “You are not healed, or God has not solved your problem.” You have a choice. You can believe God or the problem. But recall Romans 3:4, … let God be true, but every man a liar. For It is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18).


If God cannot lie and the Bible is God’s Word, then the Bible is the absolute pure truth and we can live by its truth. When you act in faith on God’s Word rather than on how you feel, then results will be forthcoming.


Head faith verses Heart faith

Head faith is believing because you saw someone’s problem solved or healed, but heart faith believes because God says so in His Word. A good example was doubting Thomas. Jesus said unto him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed (John 20:29).

 

I do not believe in speaking in tongues because I have heard someone speak in tongues, but I believe because the Word of God says so.


Promise verses statement

Many take Bible verses and call them promises, such as by His stripes you were healed (1 Peter 2:24). But this is not a promise of future healing but a statement of fact that Jesus has already paid for your healing. “Were healed” is past tense? Being past tense, it’s saying you already were healed. It you were already healed, then look to heaven and start praising God because you are healed. Remember Hebrews 11:1 says, faith is the …evidence of things not seen. You may not see it, but faith starts praising God for it.


Feeling faith

There is no such thing as feeling faith. Feeling good does not mean God hears you or will answer you.  It is only a mental conditions.  Rather God hears us because He says He does (1 John 5:14) and He answers us because He says He will when we approach Him correctly.


Similarity of salvation and healing

Salvation, healing, and receiving the Holy Spirits were paid for on the cross and are gifts from God to us. Salvation was just waiting for us to believe and take the action to receive God’s gift, likewise, healing is waiting for us to believe and take the action to receive God’s gift. After receiving salvation, you thank God out loud for it, believing you are saved. Healing is the same, you believe the Word that you are already healed and start thanking God out loud for it, for His gift of healing or whatever you are claiming in prayer.


What if the problem persists

So what do you do when your body is still hurting or your problem still exists? God tells us, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession (Hebrews 3:1). Keep your mind on Jesus and not the problem. Start considering Jesus and all that He has done for you. Start meditation on the promises of the Bible that pertain to your situation. And yes, thank Him for solving your problems.


To many spend all their time focused on their problem. They amplify the problem and minimize the solution.


What are we instructed to do  

Let them [words] not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart.

For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh (Proverbs 4:21-22).


God wants you well, but many fail because they see themselves failing. If you keep God’s Word before your eyes, such as He took our illnesses and bore our diseases (Matthew 8:17), then you will see yourself healthy.  But if you are not cooperating by following the conditions of God’s Word, He is not going to break His Word to heal you. His Word is life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh (Proverbs 4:22).


…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt. 12:34). When you keep saying “I can’t,” then you are confessing you can’t and you will never get what you are hoping for. But when you start confessing and believing you can, you start receiving from God. Praising God is taking action that the Word of God is true. Saying what you believe is an action that turns your faith loose. Faith in your heart must be released by speaking it forth from your mouth (Mark 11:23).


God is the same, He never changes (Heb. 13:8). Prayer doesn’t change God, it changes circumstances.  If you are not getting results from your prayers, then you need to change.


When your faith is such that you see yourself with the answer based on God’s Word, then you know your faith is solidly based on the Word of God and is in alignment with God’s will. In other words, faith is saying the same thing that the Word of God says.


Is this not what Mark 11:24 says? Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. You have to believe you’ve got your answer before you receive your answer. This is believing, having faith in God and His Word.


Another way to look at receiving is believing that as soon as you pray you have it in the spiritual world and it is faith, not hope, that manifests it in the physical world. Faith will eventually bring it into reality. Healing of your problem come through the Holy Spirit that is in you. It starts in the spiritual and works it’s way out to the physical.


Jesus declared God’s Word to the devil

Are you boldly declaring God’s Word like Jesus declared to the devil, “it is written” or are you declaring “I am coming down with the flu, I am whipped, the devil has got hold of me, or I can’t make it.” Nowhere does the Bible ever declare that we are to claim defeat and failure. Rather, as Jesus declared, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper (Hebrews 13:5-6). In faith, claim your victory.


It is with out mouth that we boldly declare “I am not getting the flu, I am not whipped as the Lord is my helper, I break any hold the devil has on me in the name of Jesus, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”


For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved (Romans 10:10).


It is with the words of your mouth that you condemn yourself and it is with the words of your mouth that you bless yourself in Jesus’ name.


God provide us His Word that we would not be ignorant, but may have correct thinking and if our thinking is correct, then our speech will be correct. Jesus died for our salvation and He died for our healing. Receiving is the same for both.


Right faith declares what the Word of God is already declaring about you. “I am a son (or daughter) of God”, “God is my strength”, “God will supply all of my needs.” If God says it, then it is so.  By His stripes, I am healed (1 Peter 2:24), then I am healed.


Thank god, I have what the Word says I have. I am what the Word says I am. If God says I’m strong, I am. If He says I’m healed, I am. If He says He cares for me, then He does. So I just simply rest on the Word, for the Word say, For we which have believed do enter into rest…”(Heb. 4:3).


Quietly rest on the Word regardless of natural evidence that would satisfy the physical senses. Real faith is built on the Word?  We should meditate in the Word and dig deeply into it and feed upon it.  Then the Word will become a part of us just as natural food becomes a part of us.


In other words, what natural food is to the physical man, the Word of God is to the spiritual man.  So this Word builds into me - the real me, the inward man - confidence and assurance.  Remember,  “… faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17)”. (1)


Summary

I hope that you now see that the power of faith is the power of God in over 3,000 promises He has made to us. It is believing in your heart that the word of God is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12), and will produce what is promised when we fully believe and trust God’s Word. If we believe that God’s Word is true, then we will act as if it is true. As you keep acting in faith, you will receive the healing and the fulfillment of the needs you seek.


What is faith?

Faith comes by getting the Word into your heart (Rom 10:17) and faith is released by acting on the Word. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Faith then is acting in confidence on God’s Word.


(1) Bible Faith Study Course by Kenneth E. Hagin, 1991



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