BOOK: The Dynamics of Hope, Faith, and Love
Chapter 3: Faith

What is it:

                Hebrews   11:1
                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:

                Romans    10:17
                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.

                Luke      17:5-6
                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
sycamine tree,
                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"!

                Luke       6:45

                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:

                Mark      11:22-24
                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
                when ye pray, believe that ye receive
                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!

                Proverbs  16:23
                The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth,
and addeth learning to his lips.

                Romans    10:6-10
                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!

                Matthew   12:35-37
                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:

                Hebrews   11:6
                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!

                Hebrews   10:38-39
                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.
                John       8:30-32
                As he spake these words, many believed on him.
                Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on
                 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.