Faith. It is such a simple word, but yet sometimes, it is the most complex thing to grasp. However, in Hebrews 11:6 (KJV), the writer states, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Therefore, in order to please and be right with God, we must have faith. To have faith in something, is to believe in that thing. For example, if we didn’t have faith that our vehicle would get us to work, we would never get behind the wheel. It is the same way with God. As the writer stated, we must first believe that He exists and not only that, but that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. What is faith? Faith not only is the belief in things we can see or feel, but it goes beyond that. Faith sees what we cannot see, and causes us to feel inside things we cannot explain or see with the naked eye. In Hebrews 11:1 (KJV), it says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith takes the place of what we hope for and what we do not see yet. Faith is the placeholder and the reservation card at the table of miracles. For faith will be there waiting on the miracle to come. However, if faith is not there, there will be no place for miracles to come. Faith has power and ushers in God’s providence. It is the open invitation for God to work in our lives. If we did not have faith for God to save us, we would never ask for His forgiveness, and believe that He shed is blood for our salvation. If we did not have faith for God to heal us, we would never ask for His healing touch or believe that His stripes were for our healing. If we did not have faith for God to work in our finances, jobs, homes, families, ect, we would not even ask.
When we ask in faith believing, all things are possible. Like in Mark 9:23, when a man brought his son that was possessed with a dumb spirit that was torturing him to Jesus, “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” Faith opens the door of opportunities wide open. Don’t be afraid to have faith and believe, and dare to step out on God’s promises. In Luke 7, we find a woman who had faith and acted upon it. While Jesus was eating at a Pharisee’s house, she came with an alabaster box of ointment. In verse 38, it says, “And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.” Then the story goes on to say that the Pharisee judged and criticized the woman for her sincere efforts. Jesus promptly rebuked the Pharisee and told him a parable of forgiveness, and pointed out the Pharisee’s own lack of action. But, the main point I want to bring out, is what Jesus told the woman in verses 48 and 50, (especially, verse 50). Luke 7:48, “And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.” Verse 50, “And he said to the woman, “Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.” Her faith is what set in motion the events that would change her life and save her soul! If we don’t have faith we have nothing. No salvation, no healing, no miracles! If we do not have faith, we do not have our life preserver and our life boat that will carry us through the storms of life. Our faith and the Spirit of God is what carries us directly to His presence, and takes us to the place where miracles happen!
One last thing, I want to point out, if we have faith we will not only ask God for things, but we will praise God in advance for the things that He will do. Why? Because we have faith and know that He will do it, and we are thanking Him early. Just as I put in an email so many times, “thank you in advance for your time and consideration”, we should thank Him for taking the time to consider us and for the things that he will do for us!
Psalm 103 King James Version (KJV) 103 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. 6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; 18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. 19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. 20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.