The Fundamentals Of Faith
What is Faith?
Since we have studied the hindrances to Faith, we
know are going to study Faith and how to operate it
in your life. What I consider as the "Faith Chapter"
is Hebrews 11. It starts out with the definition of
NOW Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen.
Now is a present tense word and so is Faith. Faith
deals with the present as God sees it and how he
wants us to see it. Discarding the circumstances and
how things may look and feel. God always sees things
as done. He wants us to see things the same way. We
canít be moved by what we see in the physical, but
be moved by what we see in the Spirit realm. God
always spoke what He wanted into existence. If you
read in Genesis 1 it says "And God said........and
it was so." He was looking at an earth that was
without form and void. But he spoke faith words, and
this earth we know came into existence. He had faith
in His words that they would accomplish what He sent
them to do.
Through out the Bible you will see Godís emphasis on
Jesus when He was tempted in the wilderness, said to
the devil. "It is written"
Satan canít come against what is written. He hates
the word of God, because he knows it is powerful. He
knows that if God said it, it is so. That is why he
tries to keep the word out of our mouth. Because if
we speak Godís word, God will make it so. We just
have to believe it. Do we have less faith then the
devil? I should hope not. But sometimes we believe
what he says, before we believe what God says.
Instead of speaking Godís word out of our mouth, we
speak what the devil feeds to us.
"I donít feel well" "I am sick" "I donít have enough
money to pay my bills"
Can you see God saying any of those things. No He
"Iím not moved by what I feel, I am moved by what I
believe" Mark 11:23-24
"By His stripes, I am healed" 1 Peter 2:24
"My God shall supply all my needs according to his
riches in glory" Phil 4:19
We need to put His words in our mouth and speak them
out. It isnít lying, it is speaking Faith. "Now
Here we see a man that was caught up looking at the
He had been crippled for 38 years. He lay by the
pool every day on the chance that an Angel would
come down and touch the water and he could be the
first in to be healed.
Then the Son of God, the divine healer came up to
him one day and asked
"Will you be made whole?" I believe Jesus wanted to
see whether he was really believing or not. He
didnít ask him, "Do you want to be?" He asked if he
"Willed" to be made whole. He wanted to know what
the manís will was.
Now he had been sitting there for a long time. Did
he really expect to be made whole? Did he have
anyone to help him down into the pool when the Angel
came? Did he have faith to get himself there? This
is how he answered Jesus.
"I have no man when the water is troubled to put me
into the pool, but while I am coming, another steps
down before me" That is not what Jesus asked him. So
we see that he was not really expecting healing, he
wasnít prepared and he had a loser mentality. Man
could do nothing for him, and there stood Jesus,
offering him healing, and he was giving him excuses.
Jesus decided that this man needed stimulation. So
he said "Rise, take up your bed and walk!" He must
have spoken with the authority and tone that the man
needed, because all excuses fell aside and he got up
on his feet. He believed the words of Jesus, instead
of what he had known as "fact" for years. All the
circumstances melted away when he heard the words of
Jesus, and he obeyed.
If he had decided that he couldnít rise up, he
wouldnít have. He changed his will. He not only
wanted to be healed, he was willing to be healed.
We have to change our will, to the will of God. We
can want something all we want, but until we change
to what the word says, nothing will change.
Another story we can look at is the story of the
woman with the issue of blood.
Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:43-48
Here was a woman that had been plagued with a
disease for 12 years. She had been to many doctors
and had no money left and was not any better for it.
But she heard of Jesus. She just knew that if she
could get to him, she would be healed. Now did she
stay in her house and keep wishing that if she could
only get to Jesus? No she SAID
"If I could but touch his garments, I will be
healed" Then she did something, she went to Jesus.
She pushed her way through the crowd and even
crawled to get to him, because it said she touched
the hem of his garment. And she was immediately
healed. Then something strange happened. Jesus
stopped and wanted to know who had touched him. His
disciples thought this was strange because he was in
a crowd of people and everyone was touching him. But
Jesus knew that someone had touched him with the
touch of FAITH, and healing had gone out of him to
that person. So the woman fell at his feet and
confessed all to him. Then Jesus said to her
"Daughter, your FAITH has made you whole. Go in
peace and be whole of your plague." Her FAITH! She
believed, she said, and she did something about it.
"NOW Faith is"
Continuing on in these chapters we see the story of
Jairusí daughter. He comes to Jesus and says to him
"My little daughter lies at the point of death, I
pray you come and lay your hands on her, that she
may be headed and that she might live." Again, he
spoke his faith and Jesus responded. Of course along
the way, he meets the woman. He stops and talks to
her and along comes Jairusí servant and says.
"Trouble not the master any more, your daughter is
dead." Now this was an opportunity for him to react
in several ways. He could have been angry at the
woman for stopping Jesus, angry that Jesus had
stopped to talk to her, and given up his faith,
because it was too late. But Jesus looked at him and
said "Be not afraid, only believe." He stomped out
the opportunity for doubt and unbelief to come in,
or anger or anything. He spoke FAITH to the man.
When circumstances come along to steal our faith,
the Word is there to stomp it out.
Jesus continued on with the man and came to the
house. He saw and heard the mourners and wasnít
moved by what they were saying, but made them all
get out. They were filled with unbelief, because of
the circumstances and he didnít want that in the
room. He took the father, mother and his disciples
in with him only. He had seen Jairusí faith and knew
he wouldnít be a hindrance. Then he spoke to the
little girl and she came to life.
Faith moved Jesus and miracles happened. Yes He is
the Son of God, but He gave us His Faith and His
Word. We need to be moved by Faith, not
circumstances. God will move mountains to strengthen
your faith and answer your prayers, if you would
And Jesus answering said to them "Have faith in God.
For verily I say unto you, that whoever SAYS to the
mountain, ĎBe removed and cast into the seaí and
does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those
things he says will come to pass, he will have
whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever
things you ask when you pray, believe that you
receive them, and you will have them."
Mountain moving Faith is what God is looking for. If
it were not possible, Jesus wouldnít have said it.
Our words are powerful and will work for us or
against us. If we are constantly speaking the
circumstances, it will never change. If we start
speaking Godís Word, it will. We donít deny that the
circumstances exist, we just donít allow them to
stay the same. We speak Faith and change the
circumstances. Speak to the mountains in your life
and watch them move. Whatever it is, God has an
A song that David Ingles wrote says this.
"The Word is working mightily in me,
The Word is working mightily in me,
No matter what the circumstance, of what I feel or
The Word is working mightily in me."
The Word is always working. We just need to have
Faith and give it a chance to complete itís work.
Donít give up, things will change, if we only