What Is Faith?
From ‘Did God Do this to Me? by Barry Bennett
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. —Hebrews 11:1
Everyone believes something, and our words, thoughts and actions reveal our faith. We will live by what we hear. Those that listen to the world will believe what the world believes. That is their faith.
Fallen man has turned the capacity to believe inside out to believe something other than God’s Word. But when God’s Word finds a place in our hearts, our faith comes alive to its Source and begins to think, act and speak in agreement with God’s revelation to man.
The faith we have is the same that the apostles had.
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us…. 2 Peter 1:1
We are told in Romans 12:3 to not think more highly of ourselves than others because we have all received the same measure of faith. Some didn’t get more and others less.
Luke 17:6 compares our faith to a seed. Jesus taught a lot about the power of the seed. The kingdom of God functions according to the principle of the seed. The seed must be sown, and the result will be a harvest of like kind, and more seed! (Mark 4:26-29)
The point is, while all believers have the same measure and quality of faith, if it is not sown it won’t develop. As we sow our faith by speaking and acting on the Word, that faith can develop enough to move mountains! (Mark 11:22-23)
This faith has only one source. We cannot pray for more or fast or worship for faith. Faith is only activated by hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17).
As we hear the Word of God concerning our redemption, forgiveness, healing, victory, etc., that Word contains the faith of God. The Word is a seed, and faith is a seed. The seed of divine faith is contained in the seed of the Word.
The faith that we released to be saved is the same faith that we must release to be healed. We appropriate all of the promises of God by that same faith! We simply must hear the Word in our spirits to know what has been deposited in us. Once we know, we speak.
As we learn the power of the faith that is in us, and as we are made aware by the Word of all the potential of that faith, we begin to sow that measure in every area of our lives, and we see the resulting harvest of blessings!