The Light Washed Path

FAITH SECRETS-12 “How Faith Operates”

Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,

From “What Do You Believe?”:

There is nothing more essential to the Christian walk than faith. If you can operate in genuine God-like faith, then all Heaven is opened to you. If you can’t seem to get from blind wishing to focused faith, then all the promises of God’s Word will do you little good in this life. To speak with God you must know His language, faith. Every praise, plea, complaint and petition will be heard by God when expressed through faith. But the most brilliantly crafted legal case will fall on deaf ears if it’s argued before God without faith.

The secrets of faith are found in WHAT, WHY and HOW you believe.

We have covered WHAT you believe and WHY you believe it; and now we’re ready to look at HOW to exercise faith. Let’s remember that we’re not talking here about beliefs, but rather, faith. Beliefs are thoughts but faith is action. Faith exists in theNOW. Faith is not something you are going to do or something you did do. But true faith is always validated in the present. What are you believing RIGHT NOW?  THAT is your faith. Consider the statement of Heb. 11:1 “NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

After studying and practicing the secrets of faith that we have shared up to this point, a lot of the HOW TO believe, has already come to light. Let’s review the insights we’ve covered so far:

You must have real desire behind the thing you are believing God for. Half-hearted interest will never sponsor faith.  Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mere beliefs can survive in the regions of the abstract mind, sharing thoughts with doubts and insecurities. But faith requires complete focus and the full commitment of your desires to its goal.

Make glorifying Jesus Christ the reason for your desire. When glorifying Jesus is the main reason for your desire, then your reason will line up with Heaven’s reason and you’ll have a divine connection. God will endorse your faith with His answer, because it agrees with His purpose. God doesn’t heal us just because we need it, or He’d be guilty of ignoring millions of afflicted people. The REASON that moves Heaven is the exaltation of Jesus. And the exaltation of Jesus is the only true help for mankind. In other words, God does want us healed (as well as His other provisions). In fact He sent His Son and already provided it and demonstrated His preference through Jesus’ ministry of Healing. But like every other provision for man’s vast needs, God has made those provisions in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the answer to every need and desire. He is willing to provide it as long as you are willing to receive it in Christ!

Base your faith in the promises of God’s Word. Heb. 1:3 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power…” Jesus exercises all His authority through the power of His Word. He is glorified by the fulfilling of His Word. He is the Word made flesh. Psa. 107:20 “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered themfrom their destructions.” If you base your faith for healing on anything less than God’s Word of promise, your faith will falter and not operate. God will not meet faith that is based in any emotional high, sense of human confidence or self-righteousness. Only His unshakeable promises can support true mountain-moving faith. So anchor your confidence in His Word, not your condition.

Allow your faith to manifest. The true act of faith (unlike beliefs), must express itself. Heb.3:1 “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus…”  Jesus acts in His High Priest capacity towards us, as we furnish Him with our profession of faith from a sincere heart.

Don’t kill your faith with unbelief.  Faith comes from God, and like Him, it is jealous and unwilling to mix itself with fear and unbelief.  So keep your attitude of heart and the profession of your lips fixed on your faith’s objective. Don’t undermine your prayer of faith with double-mindedness, complaining or unbelief.

James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

James 1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Furthermore, no farmer plants seed and then digs it up every couple days to see if it’s growing.

James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

James 3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

So like the wise farmer, don’t be foolish with your tongue. You can’t sow faith with your lips one day and then dig it up with doubt-filled complaining the next, and expect it to grow.

Faith is alive. It has flowed from the risen Jesus into your heart. And when you make request of Him, on the basis of His promised Word, it gives an opportunity for faith to arise from you can carry that request back to God, where He can be glorified in fulfilling His Word. We must live under the influence and discipline of faith, learning its ways, governed by its principles, walking in its victories. It is the way of our Lord Jesus.

Gal. 2:20 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.

Stay On The Path!