When we ask the question what is faith, many of us probably think of Hebrews 11:1. My mind always goes to the Amplified Classic, “NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].”
We will look at Hebrews 11:1 a little latter but faith is first mentioned twice in the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 32:20 NKJV “And He said, ‘I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end will be, for they are a perverse generation, Children in whom there is no faith’.
Well, that was Israel. Yes, and many times that is us also. The other place faith is used is Habakkuk 2:4 NKJV “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright within him; but the just shall live by his Faith.”
Faith is not just a salvation thing. Abraham believed God (had faith) concerning leaving his father’s house, having a son, inheriting land, and much more. Everyone mentioned in Hebrews eleven had faith for many different things and different journeys with God.
Faith is the Hebrew word, Emunah (Strong’s 529/530) means to believe and trust, it is where we get Amen. It also has a meaning of firmness, security and stability.
With this definition in mind look at James 1:2-8 NKJV “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
We are all very quick to say we have faith, sometimes our understanding of faith doesn’t leave the area of salvation. Throughout His ministry, Jesus said things like; according to your faith be it done unto you and your faith has made you whole. Faith is something that is part of every area of our lives. Paul told us to examine ourselves to see if we are truly in faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).
Before we dive into what faith is, we have to acknowledge that knowing a definition is not the same as living in faith, being saved does not mean we have come to the ability to trust God concerning our family, finances, health and relationships. All these areas require faith and we may be on different levels of faith in all these areas.
Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the Word of God. We can only have faith if we are hearing the Word of God. If we are hearing negativity, sickness and lack we will have ‘faith’ for those things instead of what God’s Word says we can have.
This year I want us to build our faith to walk in and receive the promises of God in our lives. Yesterday I was watching a broadcast with Pastors George and Terri Pearsons and Pastor Terri said the following, “You have to believe against the Word for it to not automatically begin to produce in your life. When you’re seeking the Kingdom and putting the Word in your life, there are certain things it will do for you just because you are seeking God. But if you set yourself against it, to believe against it, if you don’t believe you are supposed to prosper, you have set yourself against the Word concerning prosperity. It will shut it down, it won’t work for you. It’s a reverse faith. You set yourself against the production of the Word.” She went on to say and I’m not quoting here because I didn’t get it all down word for word. You can understand God wants you blessed but you hear the Word like, God would like you to be blessed, He would like you to be debt free, He would like you to be healed. At that point our faith needs to come up. Turn your faith to the Word and on purpose agree with it. It will produce for you. It will release the activity and productivity for you.
Isaiah 55:11 NKJV “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Psalm 107:20 says, He sent His Word and healed them and delivered them from destruction. God’s Word is healing. Debt and lack destroy, the Word delivers from that. addiction destroys, the Word delivers from that.
As we go through this series we will look at no faith, weak faith, little faith and great faith. Determine right now that you are going to grow in faith this year. Determine right now that you will immerse yourself in the Word concerning what you are believing for. Determine right now you are not going to talk and think contrary to what the Word says about your situation. Say 2019 is my year to walk in the spirit of faith. My faith is going higher this year as I become immersed in the Word and build my faith. I am a believer, I am a receiver and 2019 is my year to live in the spirit of faith and receive my abundant harvest and see signs, marvels and manifestations of the greatness of my God. I am leaving the past season, I am leaving wrong thinking and I am moving forward in faith.
Now, let’s look at Hebrews 11:1 AMPC “NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].”
Faith is Strong’s #4102: persuasion, credence, conviction, assurance and belief. It has a root of #3982: to agree, have confidence, to obey and to make friend.
With that in mind, read the verse again and ask Holy Spirit to speak to your heart. Ask to have a deep conviction of the truth, reality and integrity of the Word of God. Ask that each time you read, you become more convinced of the Word than the world. God’s truth can override any fact of the world on any day of the week.
What is faith? The assurance, our confirmation and title deed that every promise in the Word of God belongs to us!
Romans 4:17-21 NKJV “(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”
What do we see about faith from this passage?
1. We call those things that are not as though they are. If you’re sick you declare your healing. If you’re family member is not saved you declare they are coming to the Lord. (V.17)
2. He believed what he heard God speak. (V.18)
3. His faith wasn’t weak because he didn’t look at the facts, he kept his mind on what God said. (V.19)
4. He did not waiver through unbelief but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. (V.20)
5. He was fully convinced that God could and would do what He said. (V.21)
Faith is not something haphazard, we have to be consistent in our thinking and in our speaking and if we fall off our faith, we repent and get back to the Word.
Faith is not easy or automatic, most of us probably think negative before we go positive. We need to get in the Word and change that. We must renew our minds with the Word of God.
Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the proof of things we do not see. This is key to our development in our faith walk. Like Abraham we must become more convinced by the Word of God than our circumstances.
Take time this week to read Romans four and Hebrews eleven. Read it over and over and begin to build your faith. One of the biggest pitfalls in our faith walk is that we can think because we have already heard something that we are good in that area. Faith comes by hearing, not having heard. We must continually feed on the Word to keep our faith levels high.
Make confessing the Word a daily priority. Find Scriptures on what you are believing for and mark them in your Bible. Read them and declare them daily. Study them out and get them down deep in your spirit so that you will not waiver.
I am believing for great things this year as we not only grow in faith but begin receiving the promises by faith. Be expectant everyday. Declare the prophetic words of 2019 everyday. Declare the Scriptures everyday. And everyday, thank God that what you are believing for is manifesting in your life.