You may have heard of Word of Faith and understand the definition of faith.
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for without the evidence of things yet seen”
But, how do you get faith? And once you receive faith, what do you do with it? And what is expected of you once you’ve obtained it?
Countless believers are looking for faith and trying to act on it, but without spiritual guidance, sometimes it comes out all wrong. Occasionally, it turns out false. Many times, it becomes something other than what God intended.
Hebrews 11:6 teaches us that “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.” Too often we get this reversed and think that our faith is supposed to provide us with rewards rather than be used to please God.
Many people claim to live by faith yet are struggling to figure out how to get their finances in order because they are focused on how to live the abundant life. These people say they pray faithfully, but they are whining and crying like little children saying; “Oh Lord, don’t You know I have needs?” “Oh Lord, can’t You see?” “Oh Lord, what are You going to do about it?”
O my, we have misunderstood what prayer truly is and how to go about it.
In prayer, we need to go to the Lord in faith and say, “Lord You know my needs before I ask. Therefore, I come to ask how do I receive?” Don’t expect to hear or receive your answer right away. In fact, it can take a few days before He reveals the answer to your prayer. Every time someone pleaded with Jesus He eventually gave insight on how to obtain their needs. Nothing has changed, it’s still the same today.
Many people try to get around this and memorize scripture, treating it like a genie’s bottle that you can rub three times and chant an ancient word or two and out pops the answer. But what good does it do to memorize scripture if you do not have it in your heart? It doesn’t work that way. But, if you ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what you need, as you read from the Holy Scriptures a word may leap from the pages and come right into your mind, letting you know that God just spoke to you.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”
The “word” in this verse is not “logos”, which is the written word of God but “rhema” which is God’s spoken word.
Only if a spoken word has a measure of faith in it, will it manifest. But how does it manifest? Through prayer and by faith we prophesy as Jesus has taught us; “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10a). We must first hear from Heaven what we are to pray or prophesy before we speak it on Earth.
“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith”
Jesus wants a personal relationship with you. He wants you to hear His voice. When you give Him your problems, He will show you what to do. When faith comes, we receive direction via the Holy Spirit by Grace through faith.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast”
Grace is unmerited favor. We did not earn our salvation. We didn’t do anything to gain it. He gave it to us freely. If you go to someone who is saved, born of God, when they die they go to Heaven, you can’t take that from them. They haven’t seen Heaven, nor have they been to Heaven but they know they are going to Heaven because of their faith. We did not earn our salvation. We do not earn our revelation. But we need to come to Christ as babes, knowing nothing, totally leaning upon Him and His Wisdom in order to obtain our needs.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to bring salvation to everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.'”
(Romans 1:16, 17).
God wants to take us to another level of belief in Him, to go from faith to faith. Or as this scripture is sometimes translated, “from first to last” indicating a graduation from the basic to the greatest. We can experience that maturing of faith when we seek Him first to hear His Voice, follow what He has instructed us to do, and have confidence that He will provide as He has promised. By this trusting in Him fully, and leaning not on our strength or understanding, we shall receive and live by Faith.
(article by, Apostolic Prophet, Kent Simpson)Return to the Newsletter Archives