It has come to my attention recently that many Christians are woefully ignorant of their inheritance in the Lord Jesus. What this means is that they are living far below their privileges in Christ. So, I ask you, in what do they believe? In what do you believe?
Let’s examine what God has to say in the Owner’s Manual – the Bible! And as some would say – has it come to that? Yes, it has come to that but it should have always been there. When you got saved, on what did you base your salvation—on how good you were or on how holy, righteous, gracious, and forgiving God was? Your salvation was based solely on what Jesus had already done – His Atonement. So, what happened? Life!
Yes, life happens but God already knew that and that’s why He so graciously provided everything we’ll ever need in this life to be victorious. Which brings me to faith.
As you see in Acts 10:34, Eph. 6:9, and Col. 2:25, God is no respecter of persons. Salvation is the great equalizer and everyone starts out the same. Rom. 12:3 tells us that we’re each given the measure of faith – not more to some and less to others. Unfortunately, some people think that way but it’s not true.
We’re each given the measure of faith and what we do with it to develop it, is our part to do. It’s now in our ball park. According to Rom. 10:17, the God-kind of faith comes by hearing God’s Word. Therefore, we can see that in order to have and walk in the God-kind of faith, we have to know God’s Word because that’s where faith is – in His Word.
We don’t even have to have a truckload of faith – just a mustard seed size will move a mountain and pluck up a tree! [Matt 17:20; Luke17:6] Wow – what a concept!
The point I’m endeavoring to make is that as we get into God’s Word and find out what He has already given us, and then walk in that revelation, our faith will grow exceedingly. [II Thes. 1:3; Philemon 6] You can’t have faith beyond your knowledge of the Word of God because that’s where faith is—in God’s Word. Let me give you some scriptures that will help.
Romans 12:3b (KJV) 3 … according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Since God has given each of us the measure of faith, just what is that measure? It’s the whole Word of God! But what you do with it will determine the results you get. Little word, little results. Much Word, much results. If you want to know how much faith you’re operating in, check your Word level! (Faith is also a fruit of your reborn spirit but I’ll get to that later.)
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6 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.
God would be unjust to require us to please Him with faith if we all had different amounts. Remember, He’s no respecter of persons.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV) 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Here we see that it’s God’s will that we walk by faith and not by sight. The way we do that is to walk by what God has said in His Word. But you can’t do that if you don’t know His Word.
John 1:1 (KJV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 15:5 (KJV) 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Philippians 4:13 (KJV) 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
John 8:31-32 (KJV) 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Since Jesus is the Word, we can say that without the Word (and walking in the Word) we can do nothing of ourselves. Without Jesus and His Word, we are nothing, can do nothing and have nothing. But with Him we can do all things because all things are possible to Him who believes (the Word). Jesus is the Word of God. To walk with Jesus is to walk in His Word.
Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
2 Thessalonians 1:3a (KJV) 3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly…
Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Galatians 2:20 (KJV) 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Faith is a fruit of your reborn spirit and it needs to grow by feeding it the Word of God. We also see that the faith we have is actually the faith of Jesus. How awesome is that!
Philemon 1:6 (KJV) 6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 1:3 (KJV) 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
These awesome scriptures show us that in order for our faith to become effective, we have to acknowledge all the good things in us that have been given by God. That’s a mouthful in itself! But when you do acknowledge those good things, it will build your confidence and strengthen your faith, setting you up to do awesome things for God! Go for it!
The bottom line is that the God-kind of faith is your positive response to what God has already given you through His grace. It’s believing what He’s already done and acting on it. Notice I John 5:14-15:
1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Romans 1:17b (KJV) 17 … The just shall live by faith.
God’s will has always been and will always be His Word!