“When you’re believing God for something and the devil tries to convince you that faith doesn’t work, here’s something you can do; God outside and point out to the devil all the things you see around you.”
Tell him to take a good look at the grass, the trees, the birds, the sun, the sky and everything else. Then ask him a few questions.
Say, “Mr. Devil, do you know what all these things are made of? Do you know what the basic substance is that produced them? I do. They’re made of a supernatural substance called faith! Everything in this universe was produced by that substance. It’s the spiritual force that brought into existence every divinely created thing. As Hebrews 11 say, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Through faith…the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Verse 1, 3).
I can pretty much guarantee you, before you even get finished quoting those verses, the devil will have heard enough. He’ll be out of there, and you’ll have preached yourself happy. Instead of being discouraged and tempted to doubt, you’ll be ready to double down on your believing. You’ll be thinking, Whoo-boy! I’m surrounded by living proof of what the God king of faith can do!
“That sounds great, but there’s a big difference between my faith and the force God released at Creation. I do the best I know how but I certainly can’t operate in God’s kind of faith.” You might say.
Yes, you can! Jesus confirmed it in Mark 11:22 when He commanded us as His disciples to “have faith in God.” According to Greek scholars, what He said there can be literally be translated, Have the God kind of faith.
“What?! How on earth am I supposed to do that?” you might ask.
It’s actually very simple. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). So, you can get as much of God’s faith as you want just by availing yourself of His WORD.
God’s WORD has His faith in it! That’s why it’s called “the word of faith” (Romans 10:8). When you read it, hear it, meditate on it and speak it, it empowers you to believe. It creates in you God’s very own faith because He filled it with that faith when He released it.
Just as your physical body is designed by God to feed on certain natural substances, your spirit, which is created in God’s likeness and image, is designed by Him to feed on His WORD. His WORD is spirit food! It strengthens and nourishes your inner man with the very life of God.
Matthew 4:4 says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” So, if God said it, you can feed on it. You can receive it and it will produce in you the force of diving faith. Then you can release that force to go to work in your life.
“is the releasing part hard?” you might ask.
No, I’m happy to say it’s quite simple. You just follow the example Jesus set in Mark 11 when He released His faith in the situation with the fig tree. You’ve probably read about that. Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem when He got hungry; “And seeing a fig tree…he came, if haply he might find anything thereon; and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever. And his disciples heard it” (Verses 13:14).
Notice, all Jesus did to put His faith into operation there was speak the desired end result. He didn’t say anything about how it was going to happen. He didn’t talk about the tree drying up from the roots or anything like that. He just released His faith by saying what He heard the Father say in His spirit. Then He walked away and left it up to the Father who dwelt within Him to do the work. (See John 14:10-12)
Operating as an Inside-Out Person
What happened as a result?
For a while it didn’t look like anything happened. That’s apparent because later that evening, when Jesus and His disciples passed that way again, the disciples didn’t say anything. You know they must have looked at the tree as they went by.
Having heard what Jesus said to it, they probably expected it to be gone, or at least appear to be sickly. But even after 12 hours had gone by, it showed no visible signs of change.
That’s often the way it is when the force of faith goes into operation. It usually takes some time for the visible effects to show up because faith goes to work first in the unseen realm of the spirit. It works from the inside out. This inside-out way of operating can seem strange when you’re first learning to walk by faith because in the natural you were raised to be an outside-in person.
From the time you were born, everything you needed was outside you and someone else had it.
At first, it was your mother and father who had it and you depended on them to get it. Then you grew up and it was your employer who had it, or the government or some other outside source.
When you received Jesus as your LORD, however, you became an inside-out person. You were born into the kingdom of God, and Jesus said that kingdom is within you. So now you increase and deal with the situations you face in life in an entirely different way. Rather than depending on outside sources, you draw on the spiritual resources of God’s kingdom by speaking words of faith.
That’s what Jesus did in Mark 11. He understands that words are the most powerful things that exist. He knows they govern everything because this is a word-created universe. So, He got rid of the unfruitful fig tree by speaking words of faith. He essentially said it, “You’re done. It’s over for you.” And, as a result, roughly 24 hours later when He and His disciples passed by the tree the third time, it was dead – dried up from the roots – from the inside.
Or course, Jesus wasn’t surprised but His disciples were astonished. Mark 11:21 says, “And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto Him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.”
What did Jesus say in response? Something that most likely astonished the disciples even further. He told them if they’d do what He did, they’d get the same result.
Jesus didn’t say to His disciples, like religious tradition does today, that He was the only One who could release that kind of power with His words. He didn’t say, “Now boys, this worked for Me because I’m the Son of God. But I don’t want you to try it. You don’t have what it takes.”
No, He said the exact opposite.
Have faith in God. [Or, “Have the God kind of faith.”] For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive…(verses 22-25).
Those verses contain the most detailed teaching on faith in the Bible, and one of the first things they say is that it will work for “whosoever.” It will work for anyone because it’s spiritual law. Like the laws of physics, it functions the exact way every time and it can be depended upon. What you believe in your heart and say with your mouth without doubting, will come to pass.
In 2 Corinthians 4:13, the Apostle Paul, who not only understood the law of faith but lived by it, taught it this way: “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.”
The Secret to Having Confidence
“Well,” someone might say, “certainly Jesus and Paul could operate in that kind of faith! Jesus is the Messiah and Paul was a mighty apostle. Of course, they could be confident their words would come to pass. But what about me? I’m just an ordinary believer. How can I have that kind of confidence in my words?”
Make sure you’re saying what God says in the Bible!
The Bible is His written WORD and His WORD contains His creative power. It is within it the ability to do anything He can do. It doesn’t matter who you are, His WORD spoken by faith out of your mouth will do the same thing it does when it comes out of His mouth: It will come to pass.
You’ve already proven this in your own life. It’s how you got saved! You heard the WORD about Jesus dying for your sins and reconciling you to God, you believed that WORD in your heart and confessed it with your mouth (Romans 10:10), and it made you a new creation. You were “born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1Peter 1:23).
You can do the same thing with any other Bible fact or promise. All the promises in God’s WORD are yes and amen in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20). Therefore, you can believe and speak any one of them and confidently expect them to produce for you just like they would for Jesus Himself.
You won’t have that kind of confidence if you just make up something on your own. The secret to it is basing what you say on the Scriptures. When you do that, you can be certain you’re on solid ground and that He’s going to back you. You can be sure that the things you’re praying and saying are in line with God’s will because His WORD IS His will!
And 1 John 5:14-15 says; “This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
“But sometimes even when I pray according to The WORD, I don’t feel like God hears me. Sometimes I don’t feel like I have any faith.” You might say.
Feelings don’t have anything to do with this. You can’t feel faith! It’s a spiritual force. There are times when that force becomes perceptible (as it does when the anointing manifests in a tangible way), but you don’t judge it by feelings or any other kind of natural evidence. You base your judgments on God’s WORD. You simply believe what He said.
This is where Jesus’ disciple, Thomas, missed it. He’s often referred to as “doubting Thomas” because he refused to believe Jesus had risen from the dead after the other disciples told him about it. “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails,” Thomas said, “ and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25).
That’s the attitude a lot of Christians have today when it comes to the Bible. They can see in 1 Peter 2:24, for example, that by Jesus’ stripes we were healed, but they won’t believe they’ve received healing until they can feel or see some outward manifestation of it.
As a result, they keep pushing their healing away. They pray…and pray… and pray for it, but they keep waiting for tomorrow to see if God’s WORD is going to work, and tomorrow never comes.
You don’t want to do that! You want to believe you receive, as Jesus said, when you pray! You want to be like Abraham. He believed God’s WORD before he saw any evidence of it in the natural. He called “those things which be not as though they were. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform” (Romans 4:17, 20-21)
You can’t walk in THE BLESSING of God by acting like a doubting Thomas! You do it by following the faith of Abraham. You do it by having the God kind of faith.
Romans 12:3 says God has already dealt to you the measure of that faith. The instant you got born again, He deposited it in your reborn spirit. He put on the inside of you the same kind of faith He used to create the heavens and the earth. So, go ahead and do something with it: Feed it. Increase it. Release it!
Open your Bible and read and meditate on the promises of God. Say about yourself and your life what He said and believe that what you say comes to pass. Then stay with it. Don’t be on again and off again about it. Keep believing and confessing, and don’t ever give up.
“have the God kind of faith!”
It will create a whole new world of BLESSING for you!
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