Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1
We have been studying "What Faith Is." Understanding this concept of faith opens to you the treasure house of the full blessings of God.
We can often learn what something is by studying what it isn't. In using the law of contrast, we can become better at analysis. Contrast is actually a study tool.
For example, I could just say to you: black is a very dark color. Believe me, black is a dark color! But to get you to see how dark black really is, I could show you how to contrastblack with white. When you use the law of contrast, you see how really dark the color is in contrast with white. So, the first thing we said faith was not is not hope. Hope is "future," confident expectation; FAITH IS NOT MENTAL ASSENT.
FAITH IS NOT MENTAL ASSENT
I want to continue to use the law of contrast to show you the second thing that faith is not, to help you in your understanding of faith. My goal is to make faith as simple as possible so that you can start enjoying what God has already provided for you in His Word. Here is the second thing that faith is not: Faith is not mental assent or mentally agreeing with the Bible.
Mental assent is a tricky one that we need to analyze. It sounds so much like faith that many are deceived into thinking they are operating in faith. Most Christians today are operating in mental assent. Mental assent would have never rolled the stone away at the tomb of Lazarus, which took faith! I think you got it!
Mental assent agrees 100% that the Bible is true (like most Americans).
Mental assent agrees that Jesus was raised from the dead (even celebrates Easter and Christmas).
Mental assenters will say I believe the Bible from Genesis to Revolution! LOL—Revelation
Mental assent is beautiful, BUT IT WILL NOT ACT ON THE WORD.
The ENEMY agrees that God is God and shakes in his boots, but he will not serve Him.
FAITH IS ACTING
Faith is really a verb and not a noun. Remember what you learned on your little painted chair in elementary school (especially, you baby boomers), a verb is an action word. Mental assent looks so much like faith that you will not recognize it if you do not have keen spiritual discernment.
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.