Part 3: Where Faith Begins

Hebrews 11:6 MEV “And without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.

Believing that God exists is more than believing there is a God. God revealed Himself to Moses as the “I AM” which in Hebrew means; I am who I am, I will be what I will be, and I create whatever I will create. In Exodus 33:18-19 MEV “Then Moses said, “I pray, show me Your glory.” Then He (God) said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy”.

Believing God is the first step of faith. But what exactly are we to believe? Believe in His goodness, believe He is a rewarder, and believe that He is creator.

We can take this further by looking at the “I AM” statements of Jesus found in John.
I AM the bread of life (John 6:35).
I AM the light of the world (John 8:12).
I AM the door (John 10:9).
I AM the true vine (John 15:1).
I AM the good shepherd (John 10:11).
I AM the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).
I AM the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).
This post doesn’t allow for the time to dive deep into those seven sayings but it does give us an overview of the absolute goodness of who God is, the goodness that past before Moses.

Faith begins where the will of God is known. I first heard that statement from Kenneth Copeland and later read it in F. F. Bosworth’s classic book, Christ the healer. I also heard Brother Copeland make this statement, “The will of God is found in the Word of God because the Word of God is the will of God.

The most basic part of faith is knowing what God’s Word says on a subject. Romans 10:17 MEV “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”.

The Word of God is our standard. Jesus told the Pharisees they nullified the power of the Word through traditions. The Church has developed various traditions that don’t stand when out to the Word. Things like God gives or allows sickness to teach us, poverty is a sign of humility, your body and mind weaken with age, no makeup, no movies, etc. Some things started from a desire of holiness and went off into the ditch. Other things were utter lies from the enemy to steal God’s blessing from His people and slow down Kingdom advancement.

We must come to a place where the Word of God is our final authority. Let’s look at a few Scriptures.

Isaiah 53:1, 4-5 MEV “Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? Surely he has borne our grief and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed”.

2 Corinthians 4:18 MEV “while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal (subject to change), but the things which are not seen are eternal”.

2 Chronicles 20:20b NKJV “Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.

Isaiah 55:11 MEV “so shall My word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it”.

Take some time and read Proverbs chapter three and four. Begin flooding your mind and heart with the Word of God. Read it and study it continually. Get some good books to help settle your mind on God’s Word. The Word of God is the will of God for your life. Listen to good teaching that shows you who you are in Christ and teaches you how to claim God’s promises. Spend time reading through the book of Ephesians, read it again and again, meditate on it and get it down on the inside, so it can spring up and bring life.

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About Casey D. Bell

Casey has a passion to see generations come together for the cause of Christ. Casey teaches strongly in the areas of faith, healing, deliverance, applying God's Word to our everyday life, and the benefits of understanding our Jewish roots.
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