When we have a crisis or are in a trial, we tend to forget all of the good things God has done for us. We cannot have unbelief in Him or take Him for granted. We need to know the Word and operate in that authority. We need to know our Covenant rights. The Word needs to be our final authority.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1, KJV).
“Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes in what he says, shall have whatsoever he says” (Mark 11:22-24, KJV).
Since we are created in God’s image, and after His likeness (Gen 1:26), then we need to operate in faith as He did. Jesus demonstrated the God kind of faith. The God kind of faith is when someone believes something in their heart and speaks it with their mouth, then it will come to pass. This is the same kind of faith that brought the world into existence. God used the God kind of faith to bring the world into existence. God believed it and spoke it with His mouth. God had faith, believed it in His heart and spoke it into existence. That is so awesome to contemplate! God had to have faith to bring the world into existence. He believed for all of it – the sun, moon, stars, Earth, the land and sea, all of the vegetation, all of the reptiles, birds and mammals, the bugs and the microbes. God believed it in His heart and spoke it into existence. God said, “Light be!” and there was light. And then He believed for and created man. That’s the God kind of faith.
How do we get the god kind of faith? Do we pray for it? No, that is not scriptural. The reason we don’t pray for it is because every believer – every believer – has been given a measure of the God kind of faith when he or she got saved. In Rom 12:3 we learn, “For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith”. The measure of faith each believer has been given is all we need to be healed or to believe for other covenant promises.
It is not our faith, but God’s faith that He gifted to us when we were saved. This faith was given to the sinner by God. You may ask, how did God give the sinner faith? Romans 10:17 tells us exactly: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. Look at Rom 10:8: “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart-that is, the word of faith which we are preaching”. The Bible is called the Word of faith. Why? Because when the Word from the Bible is preached, it causes faith to come even to the heart of the unsaved. It causes the measure of the faith that spoke the universe into existence to be dealt to our hearts. Faith is given to us through the Word because it is the measure of faith.
See Rom 10:8 again – The Word is in your mouth and your heart which is exactly what Jesus told us to do in Mark 11:23: believe in our hearts and speak it with our mouths; then we will have what we have believed.
This works for all of what we say with our mouths. Have you been guilty of saying the following? “I always get the flu.” “I lose every job I get for some reason.” “That tornado will skip every house but mine.” “I’m so tired all of the time.” Have you noticed these things coming into existence? We need to be conscious of what we are confessing out loud all of the time. We need to speak out loud the positive things that line up with the Word that we are believing God will give us.
Steps for Developing the God Kind of Faith in Your Life
- Study and meditate on the Word. Spend time every day reading, meditating and communing with God.
- Understand that whatever God says He will do for you, you will have to confess it first.
- Find the scripture that covers your need or desire. Meditate on it. Chew on it. If God did it for someone else in the Bible, He will do it for you. God is only moved by His Word. Confess His Word for your situation.
- Be sure that you are walking in forgiveness. God cannot bless you if you have unforgiveness, anger, bitterness and/or resentment in your heart.
- Be sure that you are walking in love. A good thing to do is to read I Cor 13:4-8 in the Amplified every day, out loud, to get the walk of love down into your spirit man. If you will do this for at least 6 months, you will truly learn how to walk in love. God cannot bless us if we are not walking in love.
- Believe you receive what you have asked and said when you have prayed. You receive it in the spiritual realm when you pray. It may manifest in the physical at some future time, but it manifested in the spiritual realm when you prayed. Therefore, you praise and thank God for it right after you prayed for it. Your confession from the time you prayed until the time it manifests in the physical is “Thanks, Lord for _____________”. It’s never, God is going to heal me or God is going to pay my bills or God is going to give me a car. Those kind of confessions cancel out your prayer because God always operates in the now, not the future. He answers your prayer when you pray, not at a future date. You must stand in faith believing you have received until it manifests physically.