LOVE TABERNACLE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
BOOK: The Dynamics of Hope, Faith, and Love
Chapter 3: Faith
What is it:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
Faith is the basic
building block in the spiritual realm. Like energy, which cannot
be destroyed, but only changes forms1, and like electrons, which are
not destroyed but only change atoms and effect - so faith is the basic
building block in the spiritual realm. It comes out of your
spirit man, and goes forth to perform whatever work you desire.
How do I get it:
So then faith cometh by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God.
The only way to get faith
into your heart is by hearing the Word of God. And hearing, and
hearing, and hearing... not just once, but continually. The
hearing is internal and is in your spirit man. The hearing can
come from reading the Word, confessing the Word, meditating on the Word
in your mind, etc.... The physical confession is the strongest
because it forces all of you1 to line up at one time.
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain
of mustard seed,
ye might say unto this
Be thou plucked up by the root,
and be thou planted in the sea;
and it should obey you.
First of all, you cannot
get faith by someone praying it into you! Jesus did not pray for
them to have faith! Second, Jesus did answer their request for an
increase of faith. He spoke the Word to them, and by hearing and
hearing and hearing, their faith increased. Notice faith comes in
by hearing "words", and goes out by speaking "words". Jesus said
if you had faith, you would "say"!
A good man out of the good treasure of his
heart bringeth forth that which is good;
and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil:
for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Once you have faith built
up in your heart, then you will be able "speak" forth a thing,
believing, and it will to pass. Why? Because of the
abundance of the Word of God in your heart!
How do I use it:
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
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.
Again, notice that Jesus
said "say"! He instructed us to (1) ask and receive and (2) speak
to the "mountain". Whatever is the obstacle in your life, speak
to it! That is how you use your faith! Jesus said so!
When you confess the Word of God, speaking to the mountain, your spirit
man starts doing what is necessary to produce that result. Your
angels start working to produce that result. And your God watches
over His Word, which you spoke, to perform it! Hallelujah!
The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth,
and addeth learning to his lips.
But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise,
Say not in thine heart,
Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:
that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Notice that the
righteousness which is of faith "speaketh"! What does the
righteousness of faith "speak"? The Word of God! Which is
in your mouth and your heart! Amen!
A good man out of the good treasure of the
heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil
man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
But I say unto you, That every idle word that
men shall speak, they shall give account
thereof in the day of judgment.
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and
by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
How many words will be
judged? Every! How are you justified? By your
words! Life and death, victory and defeat, are in the
tongue! You choose your words. They are creative in
force. You choose what you will have!
Continue in your faith:
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.
Faithfulness, being "full"
of faith, that means continually believing and confessing for a "long"
period of time. You must believe God is, and you must believe He
is a rewarder of those who "diligently" seek Him. Remember
Abraham? God promised him a child. Abraham was 75 years of
age. He believed God and continued in faith for 25 more years
before receiving that promise. He continued confessing the
promise of God, convinced of God's love toward him, for 25 years before
he got the reward! Full of faith! Fully persuaded!
Are you? Not without continually renewing your mind, refreshing
your spirit man, increasing your hope hold, and building up your faith!
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any
man draw back,
my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
But we are not of them who draw back unto
but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
As he spake these words, many believed on him.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him,
If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
How did Jesus say you
would get free? By knowing the truth. How did Jesus say you
would know the truth? By continuing in His Word. Not only
hearing it, but doing it. That is what makes a disciple.