So the faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God... Romans 10:17
In this lesson I want to start a study the "B" of the ABCs of faith with you. We started out these lessons by giving you three things you must know about faith, which I call the ABCs of faith.
A = WHAT FAITH IS
B = HOW FAITH COMES
C = HOW TO RELEASE YOUR FAITH
Now let's analyze the "B" which is, HOW FAITH COMES.
God Demands Faith
God demands that we have faith. If He were to demand that we have faith when it is impossible for us to have faith, He would be unjust. He is not un-just, so He has provided
the means whereby faith can be produced. How faith is obtained is simple. Romans 10:17says, so then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
Faith Is Always Now
But before we get into how we get faith, let's refresh and strengthen our understanding of principle number one, which is WHAT FAITH IS.
First, remember that faith is always now. Faith says, "I receive the answer right now. I have it now." Hope says, “I believe I will receive my healing—sometime." That's not faith, that's hope, because it is looking to some indefinite future time. Faith says, "I receive my healing— now!" In one modern translation of the New Testament, Hebrews 11:1 reads: "Faith is giving substance to things hoped for."
When Paul, writing to the Corinthian church, said, "And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (I Corinthians 13:13), he was not inferring that hope and faith are not important. Each has its place, and one cannot be substituted for another. We cannot substitute love for hope. Neither can we substitute hope for faith. Yet so
many people try to receive things from God on the basis of hope rather than faith.
If you need healing, you don't want it in the future—you want it right now, especially if you're in pain, don’t you?
If you need salvation, you cannot put it off to the future, for that may be too late. I like the amplified translation of Hebrews 11:1. It says,NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. Hebrews 11:1 (Amplified Bible).
Faith is "the evidence of things not seen," as we read in Hebrews 11:1. To illustrate the difference between faith and hope, you might hope for finances to meet a certain obligation, but faith gives you the assurance that you will have the money when you need it. You might hope for physical strength to do a job that you must do, but faith says, "The Lord is the strength of my life" (Psalm 27:1). In other words, faith says the same thing that the Word of God says.
God Demands Faith Of Us
Hebrews 11:6 shows that God demands faith of us. Let's look at it in the King James and the Amplified Bibles:
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 (King James Version)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. Hebrews 11:6 (Amplified Bible)
God is a faith God.
We must have faith to be well-pleasing or satisfactory to God. He did not say He would not love us if we did not have faith; He said that He would not be pleased. You can love someone and not be pleased with their behavior. God loves even the sinner, but He is not pleased with the sin. God loved the children of Israel, but many times he was not pleased with them or their disobedience.
5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 1 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)
We are faith children of a faith God. The just lives by faith!
How Faith Comes
You don't get faith by praying for it.
You don't get faith by fasting for it.
You don't get faith by going out into nature, meditating.
You DO get faith by hearing the Word of God.
Faith, we know, grows out of the Word of God. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17
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As you pray this you are praying God’s perfect will, because you are praying the Word back to God. Do it in faith and you will see phenomenal results.
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of our understanding being enlightened; that we may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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