Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
It is impossible for mankind to wrap his head around the immutability of God, including His fruit of the Spirit, while sojourning this side of heaven. Faith is fruit of God in that which is spiritually sure. It cannot be seen, touched, or even fully imagined but faith says it is waiting around the next corner or over the next mountain peak. Without the presence of faith being blended together with the action of the supernatural power of God, it would be impossible for salvation to take place, or for mankind to be agreeable to the direction and righteousness of the Spirit of God.
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. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)
Faith placed in the shed blood of Jesus Christ is the spiritual fuel which ushers in God’s reward of eternal life. The divine definition of faith, in a nutshell, is trust placed wholly in the supernatural power of God. It is turning to God and placing sure confidence in His supernatural power, rather than trusting in any unreliable works of man, even when the final outcome cannot be fully grasped or realized this side of Heaven.
Faith in God is absolutely necessary in possessing a proper working relationship with God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. The book of Hebrews in the Bible contains what many refer to as “God’s Hall of Faith.” The lives of many saints are mentioned who had an abundance of great faith in God and were supplanted from adverse times, trials, and troubles to resting confidentially in the power and supernatural strength of God for bringing Him honor and glory.
There is a more contemporary or “fashionably acceptable” faith at work in this world. The world’s “pseudo- faith” involves placing trust in the power and works of man but it is lacking the very presence and supernatural power of God. Satan always has a counterfeit solution for all situations of life and his dark plan at work in this cruel and wicked world may seem similar or equal to that of trusting in God. However, faith placed in anything of this world, rather than the sure work of God, always falls miserably short not being granted access to the unlimited supernatural power source of God. God’s power source can only be tapped through possessing a personal relationship with Him.
The Bible tells us placing trust in anything other than God causes mankind constant spiritual confusion, discomfort and pain, rather than providing eternal peace, lasting rewards and unbeatable confidence as he sojourns in this world and in the heavenly realm to come. Faith placed in anything of this world might temporarily appease a situation or struggle mankind is facing. However, like the constant jabbing of a cracked tooth, any circumstance man attempts to placate by means of involving worldly methods, will only serve to dull any pain and discomfort, rather than defeat it and deaden its power source.
The Bible says:
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint. (Proverbs 25:19 KJV)
The opposite of placing faith in man and things of this world is to eagerly and willingly hand all situations of life over to the power and presence of God at work in the heart of the spiritually quickened alive man. Placing trust in anything other than God is laying up confidence in a person or thing that cannot possibly deliver any results or substantial answers which will pass the test of eternal time. Only things of God will last for all eternity. Relying upon things from the god of this world, rather than God, always leaves a hitch or hiccup in man’s step along the narrow pathway in this world.
The opposite of readily relinquishing control of our lives over to the power and presence of God is to stand in fear of the power at work in this world more than fearing the unlimited supernatural power of God. It is easy for a person who does not personally know God as their Savior to fear tangible things which can be seen, touched, and are widely available in this world. Misplaced fear causes anxiety over many situations of life in this world including succumbing to physical death, harm to the physical body, lack of essential resources, ill physical condition, financial loss, and many other adverse situations found in this world rather than having a healthy fear of the promises and wrath of God to come in the eternal realm.
God’s Word contains promises, including the presence of a personal relationship with Him through faith and also concerning His great anger and wrath to be dished out to anyone who fails to seek and obtain a personal relationship through faith while they sojourn on this earth. After the onset of physical death or the return of Jesus Christ to earth it will no longer be possible for a man to place faith in God through His Son or to be spared from the wrath of God against anyone who chooses to live in opposition to His will and way for their life.
God’s Word clearly denotes the man of God needs a spiritual healthy fear found only in the presence of strong biblical faith. Faith in God always produces a healthy fear of God. It is a delicate balance of placing faith in God and subsequently having a healthy dose of fear in proper alignment according to the power and strength of God. Mankind can create an out-of-order spiritual fear solely controlled by antics of man rather than based upon the solid promises of God. Man can only choose to support, hurt, or diminish others according to whatever power God chooses to give him. Man’s power is always less substantial, weaker, and waffling when properly gauged against the firm presence of an unlimited stock of supernatural power of God.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28 KJV)
There is a healthy and consistent fear based upon placing faith and confidence in things of God. It is having proper fear for the power and presence of God rather than holding onto an abundance of fear which relies upon the fleeting nature of man.
What is of utmost importance is the object of man’s faith? Is man’s faith placed upon the sure foundation of God or placed in the temporary nature of the god of this world? All mankind has placed faith in something. It takes faith outside of himself to do and accomplish anything. Faith is essentially placing trust in God in things which cannot be seen but the presence of is believed, or that it already does exist but cannot yet be seen according to man’s own limited and imperfect vision. God always has a viewpoint of all situations through His unlimited spiritual lens and can see into the future, unlike mankind, who can only see what is visible today.
Man can be a faithful attender of church, a faithful worker giving much time and effort to the church, faithful in giving of money in the offering, he can live what seems to be an authentic Christian, mankind can appear outwardly to be very faithful to God in many ways but can fail to have his faith properly positioned in the sure foundation of God, rather choosing to leave it resting precariously in a sandy underpinning based erroneously in things of man he can see based in this world.
True faith is always choosing to believe what God says, taking Him at His Word, despite what man can see, feel, hear, touch, or know for sure in this world. God has spoken clearly in His Word and The Bible tells us His Word is Truth; therefore, residing at the opposing end of the spiritual spectrum away from God is a compilation of opinions and lies based upon the god of this world. Man’s word is an opinion or belief while the Word of God is Truth.
Being found faithful is a spiritual qualification for the child of God:
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:2 KJV)
Being found faithful by God is bringing honor and glory to Him by administering proper reverence for and stewarding of things for God having a sure eternal mindset, rather than living with a mind set on the temporary things of this world. The most important item to steward, or properly take care of, is the living Word of God. The spiritual man cannot be glib and shallow with his handling and behavior towards the Word of God’. To the genuine man of God, God’s Word is of the utmost importance as he sojourns day to day in this world.
The matter of faith often starts out small and enlarges according to the substance and manner of his faith. The Bible tells us that working faith might be as small as a mustard seed. Man does not have to start out with a great show of confidence in the Lord. Faith necessary for salvation often starts out small and works its way through smaller victories to multiply into bigger and bigger situations in life. The temperature and size of a person’s faith reminds me of a small snowball you begin to roll on the ground through the snow, and as you continue to roll it, the snowball continues to become bigger and bigger. Growing faith works the same way. The more you rely upon faith in the work of God the more it grows and develops in your life. The process of faith starts out small and develops or blossoms into a bountiful harvest of fruit pointing to the power and presence of God living and working in your heart outwardly to affect the lives of others and for giving Him all the honor and glory.
Having faith in God is like having spiritual ornaments adorning the inside of your heart which begin to shine outwardly looking as beautiful as colorful jewelry adorning the outer shell. The more a person allows God to perform spiritual surgery continually improving the inside condition and temperature of his heart the more his burgeoning faith in God will shine and illuminate his outer shell with rich warm colors catching the light which shines down from heaven for lost people to see and desire to have in their own life.
A growing and maturing active relationship with God produces different “flavors” of spiritual faith moving beyond personal saving faith (Ephesians 2:8) to include a more dynamic faith. Faith that is of God is a serving faith and a living faith requiring action by man while allowing God to supernaturally work in the lives of His spiritual family.
People who profess to personally know God but fail miserably in works, serving their own means and motives, rather than actively pursuing the will of God are people who are erroneously trusting in a dead faith. They operate solely in the intellect of their mind and in the fallible emotions of their physical body rather than operating from a rooted presence of God in their heart softened by indwelling nature of God. Sadly, many people know the truth of the existence of God in their mind but fail to allow God to work and accomplish necessary new spiritual life in their heart. Without possessing new life in their heart a person has faith without works. Even demons will profess a belief in God. Empty faith is dead and without spiritual substance, or works, is described in detail in James chapter 2:14-18, 20, 26. Empty faith is a static faith, devoid of action.
A dead faith does not produce a new spiritual life, rather it creates a “re-purposed” life, based upon what man can do for himself, rather than what God can do supernaturally for man through faith bringing Him honor and glory. Man’s work is merely revising and reworking habits and behaviors to bring about temporary change, but not serving to usher in lasting eternal alterations to a softened heart condition. Eternal alterations are only accomplished through the supernatural power of God dwelling in regenerate man.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Hebrews 12:2-3 KJV)
Your daily walk with God is based upon a faith in what is to come according to the promises of God, rather than what is seen in our immediate circumstances, or relying upon what has already happened in the “rear view mirror” of past circumstances. Man deflates his spiritual oomph, or frustrates the supernatural power of God, when he chooses to look upon his immediate or past circumstances, rather than look toward what God has promised us is in store for the future.
Genuine faith in God is resting upon the many promises of God and knowing for sure that He will finish what He started in your life, both on this earth and in the eternal real forevermore. It is knowing that God is already at work in your tomorrows to shape your future according to His will for your life. Mankind can fully rest in faith knowing that God is already at work in his tomorrow, even while it is today. God knows what is best for every person and is not only the Author of our faith but is also the Finisher of our faith and the regenerate man can rest assured that He will bring to pass in our lives whatever is best for us bringing Him all the honor and glory.
Faith in God is fully trusting Him, and not falling back on ourselves. It is viewing our life through His will and way, rather than having our own way, it is resting upon following His will and way.