SOMEONE HAS ASKED:
What is Faith really, how are we to truly know, many have done wrong things because they were acting in faith? Does that make them innocent?
Romans 10:17 (KJV)
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
Faith comes by hearing. The Word of God is the conduit through which faith flows. We know that faith is not possible without God giving faith to us.
When we come to Jesus, with hope in Him, looking to Him for salvation,
looking to repent of our sins, and make Him our Lord, God will then give us the ‘gift of faith’ to believe for salvation.
Faith’s source is God. The Word of God that gave us hope, is the conduit through which God lets faith flow to us. We turn our eyes on Jesus, and look to Him in hope. We claim His Word that He has spoken in the Bible, we hear His words of love to us in our hearts. Faith grows.
It is like asking ‘what is electricity?’ Many likewise ask ‘what is faith?’
Some answer the question about ‘electricity’ with answers like, ‘electricity makes the lightbulb burn brightly’, or ‘electricity makes the mixer mix’
or ‘electricity makes the lightning powerful enough to split that tree’.
Those are definitions of electricity that tell us what it does, not what it is. The same way, we find many defining ‘faith’. They say it is ‘that which heals’.
Or that it is ‘faith that saves’. Faith does miracles. Faith makes us joyful.
Those define faith by what it does. But what is it?
Some say ‘faith comes from God’. Yes, it does, still, that defines faith by telling its Source, not by telling what it is.
Electricity is a flow of electrons creating power. Faith is the flow of God’s rhema Words creating power. We get faith from the Word of God. ‘Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God’. We get faith from God on the conduit of His Word. It is a power that does many things.
When we put our ‘eyes on Him’ and listen with our spiritual ears’ faith flows to us and through us. The power is not us, it is ‘faith in God’. Paul learned that, for he had faith flowing through him when he was weak, beaten, imprisoned. The circumstances of his, nor of our, body can take away
faith. In fact, the weaker we are, the more we look to Jesus, and there, in His sight, we find faith flows. Faith is the flowing of God’s power, into us, through us, as we gaze upon Jesus. Jesus is therefore the Author of our faith.
Hebrews 12:2 (KJV)
2 Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus, authors faith in us. With His faith, He endured the cross, despising the shame of it, but still strong enough to conquer sin, death, and the devil.
We need Jesus to Author faith in us. We need ‘eyes of faith to be ‘looking unto Jesus’. Eyes of faith are eyes that are looking to Jesus, letting His Word speak to us, and with that ‘faith’ that flows to us, we can let it flow through us, for miracles.
Electricity is a power that does wondrous things. We would have a hard time without controlled electricity flowing into our homes for light, power for our appliances, etc. Faith is necessary too.
Without faith, ‘no man will see God.’ For faith is the ‘seeing of God.’ The blind man was healed, trusting Jesus. When he saw Jesus, he had a faith that made him able to stand up to the sceptics.
We may be ‘weak’ like Paul. We need to ‘glory in our infirmities’, for ‘when weak, then we are strong’, for then the faith can flow unhindered by pride, unstopped by doubt. For in looking at Jesus, we find He is ‘Authoring’ our faith.
Like the blind man, sometimes, Jesus needs to mix the dirt with His spittle, and rub it on the eyes of doubt, and sickness. The washing of our eyes, then, will bring healing and faith.
When God starts flowing faith into the child of God, He has a plan, His own plan, and wants to save souls, and do mighty acts. The child of God is often in the way. We need to get out of God’s way, and let His ways work. It is God’s power, not ours. It is God’s plan that will succeed, not ours. Our ways are not His ways, our thoughts are not His.
The electricity flows through the wire, reaching the light bulb. The light bulb is illuminated. It is not the bulb that has any power, other than the electricity flowing to it. The source of the electricity is not the light bulb, the generator at the power plant is the source of power. In the same way, faith flows into the saint. The saint is not the source of the faith. The saint of God is being used, and can do miracles, because the ‘conduit’ of transmission (the Word of God) is delivering the faith of God, from God, to the saint.
Too many Christian light bulbs are unhooking themselves from the lamp in which God placed them, and going off on their own ideas, their own goals,
and wanting to shine light, illumine new areas, on their own. Unattached to the conduit of electricity, they have no chance to illuminate anything.
In having God’s healing, in being used in a healing ministry, we need to realize, we are not possessors of healing, nor of healing power. It is the flow of faith from God to us, and through us, that brings healing.
Jesus did not have ‘electricity’ to use then as an example, they were burning lamps with oil, then. Still, He used the example of the vine, the branches, and fruit.
John 15:1-5 (KJV)
1 I am the true vine, and My Father is the Husbandman.
2 Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.
Unless the sap of the vine is flowing into the branches, the branch cannot bear fruit. God is the Husbandman, and is the source of the plant growing, and only attached to His garden, through Jesus, can we have life, fruit, and success. We want ot see lives saved, and healed. We want healing power ourselves. God is flowing life and faith into us, and through us, so that we ourselves find healing, and healing can flow through us, to bear great fruit.