Real faith or not?
Faith is one of the absolute cornerstones of the Christian faith. Faith can and will change your life. It is as simple as that. Faith is what pleases God and it moves God(Hebrews 11:16). It is, therefore, necessary for us as believers to learn how to use it properly. This is understood by most believers. But sometimes we want this kind of faith so much that we start pretending to have it when in actual fact we don’t have it. The result: so-called “faith-failures”, which is not real faith, to begin with. What we should realize is that only real faith will get the job done. Real faith gets results.
I’m believing God…
As believers, we have come to sometimes overuse and even sometimes abuse the phrase: “I am believing God for ….” when in actual fact you might just be wishing for or hoping for something to manifest. This is not real faith.
We know that there is power in our words so we have come to substitute the words “I wish” or “I hope” or “I want” for “I’m believing God for”, but that does not turn it into real faith. Just by saying “I’m believing God” doesn’t mean that you really are in faith and it doesn’t actually work if real faith is not in your heart.
Real faith has to come out of your heart in overflow so that it will come out of your mouth as faith-filled words. The way to get it into our heats is by spending time with God and in God’s word. That is what will get the job done, not fake faith.
According to 2 Corinthians 13:5(NKJV), we need to examine ourselves as to whether we are in faith. The NLT says: “Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves.” If you have asked yourself if you really are in faith and in your spirit, you are sure that you are not, then you need to wait. Wait for faith to come, before saying “I’m believing for..”
How does faith come? The Word of God tells us that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. That is why we need to get in the Word every single day. Spend time reading, studying and listening to the preached word of God – that is how it will get into your heart. Once it is in your heart, it will overflow and spill over as faith-filled words. Then you are ready to say: “I’m believing God…”.
Standing on the Word
When you say that you are believing God for something it has to have a base otherwise it will surely result in a so-called “faith-failure”. True faith is based on either a Word from God or a scripture/s in the Word of God.
God can speak directly to our spirits and in order to hear Him, we must know His voice. The only way to learn to hear His voice is to spend time with Him in prayer and in studying His Word. The Bible says: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”(John 10:27). So when you walk closely with God you will learn to recognize His voice.
Sometimes God speaks to us through the scriptures. If you are standing on the scriptures, then it must be one that has been quickened to your spirit. It also has to be within the context of the whole Word of God. We can’t just take random scriptures and act on them in isolation. No, all scripture is related to one another – and with good reason.
So until you hear from God – either in your spirit or through the scriptures- you are not ready to take a stand of faith to be able to say: “I am believing God for …” Once you hear from God and faith is in your heart and in your mouth(“I’m believing God for..”), then it’s time to take the next step: acting on the Word that you’ve received from God.
Act on your faith
When God speaks to you, you will know what to do. The key is to follow through and to do what He says to do. Do nothing else. That is where the “magic” happens. James 2:17 says, “Faith by itself if it does not have works, is dead”(NKJV). If you have real, genuine faith then you will feel propelled to act on what God has told you to do, even if you don’t quite understand it.
Think of Noah and Abraham. They probably also didn’t quite understand everything God told them to do, but they acted in faith on the word that they have received from the Lord.
Now some people know that they should “do” something (act on their faith) and so they just randomly go out and do what they think they should do. But they are not led by the spirit, they have not heard from God and so they are not doing what God has told them to do. The result: failure.
They are not in true faith and so don’t carry out God’s specific instruction. In John 2:5, Mary told the servants to “do whatever he tells you”. She was speaking of Jesus. What happened when the servants followed the specific instructions given by Jesus? A miracle happened – water turned into wine. Always follow God’s specific instructions. Success will be the results – guaranteed every time.
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Also, see more teachings on faith from Brother Keith Moore.
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