We have talked in depth in this series about what faith is by looking at "what faith is not," by using what I call the law of contrast. Now, I want to sum it up by telling you what the foundation for Bible faith is.
First, understanding Bible faith is the real key to happiness and success in life. Jesus Himself said, "all things are possible to he who believes." If all things are possible, success and prosperity are possible, but, the key is to believe.
Here is the foundation of, or essence of, what Bible faith is: Faith is accepting the integrity of the Word of God. The first thing we need to know if we are going to live by faith is that the Word of God is actually what it declares itself to be—the Word of Almighty God. If you see the Bible as just a book written by men, you will never have any faith. I remember back in the day when I was a full-time musician, we would stay up late and share our religious philosophies while drawing on a "blunt" (you know what I mean, if not, let he that is ignorant be...LOL).
We would solve the problems of the United Nations and the whole world when we got high enough. We discussed everything from politics to—of course—religion. We would say, “we know that man wrote the Bible, because it contradicts itself.” I had actually started to believe that. Have you ever listened to young college students discuss philosophy? I have occasionally, while sitting in a coffee shop and working on my laptop. Wow, they can get deep...too deep (LOL).
Written By Men; Inspired By God
The Bible was written by men but inspired by God! It is a revelation from God to us. It is God speaking to us now. Not only is it a book of the past and a book of the future, it is also a book of now. This book is a God-breathed, God indwelt, and a God-inspired message. Get that straight and faith will be no problem.
Hebrews 4:12 says: "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Moffatt's translation of this verse reads, "For the logos of God is a living thing ..." The word "quick" actually means "alive, living." (James Moffatt translation 1913; once called "the original modern-language Bible.)
The Logos of God is a Living thing. But it will only come alive to you as you accept it and act upon it, which is faith. Faith is acting on the integrity of the Word. So we see that the first step is to accept and understand the integrity of God's Word. The Word is of foremost importance.
The Word Is God Speaking To Us
Sometimes folks think God hasn't spoken to them unless they have a message in tongues or prophecy. That's why we often get imbalanced with spiritual gifts, or, so-called spiritual gifts. We want something spectacular before we will believe that God has spoken to us. THE WORD IS GOD SPEAKING TO US!
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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.