Thus far we’ve discussed why faith is important and what the God-kind of faith is. I realize that these are just short, cliff notes about faith but it’s a start. Each of these subjects can be expanded in greater depth which I would like to do in an in-person teaching setting, but for now, let’s do what we can.
Even though there aren’t different kinds of faith, faith can be divide into different areas of development: faith for salvation, faith for healing, faith for deliverance, provision, protection. Just because you have faith to get saved, doesn’t mean you have developed your faith to be healed or developed it in the other areas I just mentioned. It’s the same faith but it must be developed in those areas.
Faith for salvation comes from hearing anointed teaching on salvation. It’s the same with healing, deliverance, provision, protection, etc. It’s the same faith but it must be develop if you want results.
And, of course, the way you develop your faith is by getting God’s Word into you, particularly the New Testament, where we live. There’s no God-kind of faith outside of the Word of God. To the degree you get God’s Word into you and believe it and exercise it, to that degree you develop your faith. In other words, more Word, more faith.
So, having said all that, let’s get into how we actually get the God-kind of faith. We’ll use Romans 10:17 as our foundational scripture.
Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
I want you to notice that faith comes from hearing God’s Word! Not from having heard! It’s a progressive, on-going way of life. Just like you can’t say you ate a meal yesterday so you’re good for the next week!
Now about hearing God’s Word… It’s not just hearing with your physical ears what someone reads or shares about God’s Word. Any unbeliever can quote the Bible if they want to. What is referred to in verse 17 is the Rhema Christos – the anointed spoken Word of God.
It’s the anointing of God on the Word that is spoken that really ministers to the hearts of the hearers. We are to hear with our hearts. That’s why it’s so important that you filter who you listen to and check out everything you hear someone say. Does it line up with the Word of God or is it someone’s opinion or theory?
That’s why I use scriptures when teaching so that I can show what God has actually said. It’s not about what I say, or what you say but what God says. That’s what counts and that’s what will work. And again I exhort you to check out against the Word of God everything you hear and believe. Where is it in the Bible? If it doesn’t line up or even contradicts the Word of God, throw it out! You’ll never get God’s answers believing anything that’s opposed to His Word.
Continued next time — Pamela