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,
The Douay and the Geneva Translations of the Bible renders Mark 11:22 as, “And Jesus answering, saith to them: Have the faith of God.” The Bible In Basic English (BBE) translation says, “Have God’s faith.”
While most translations agree with the King James, “Have faith in God.”, some translators have brought out the idea of actually possessing and using “the faith of God”, or “God’s faith”, in the meaning of Jesus’ words. It is certainly true that we are to put our trust in Jesus and make Him the object of our faith. But it’s also correct to say that we are to use faith that HE GAVE US with which to do that. In other words, God expects us to use the faith which he has supplied us with, when it comes to believing Him for His promises. For everyone who has ever had trouble believing God for His provision, whatever it is, THIS is something you NEED to hear!
You cannot receive the promises of God’s Word, and benefits of the Covenant, with your own humanly devised faith. You must use faith that originates with God Himself, which He Himself has given you to use!
Consider these verses in light of the previous statement:
Rom. 12:3 …according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Gal. 2:20 …And that I live now in the flesh: I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and delivered himself for me.
Heb. 12:2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leaderand the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection].
Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing”.
If faith “comes”, where does it come from? From God. Romans 12:3 is clear: God gives to each one “the measure of faith” with which to believe.
Now believing isn’t so difficult when you learn to develop and use the “faith of God”. Our human ability to believe is overrun and swamped by the staggering promises of God’s covenant with us. Yet, if you learn to look to Jesus and His Word, HE will “develop” and hone the faith He has blessed you with (Hebrews 12:2). His faith operating in you, has no problem believing the Word. Helping you to believe and act upon God’s Word is exactly why the Holy Spirit gave it to you.
Jesus is called the High Priest of your profession of faith, in Hebrews 3:1.
Heb. 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
Heb. 3:1 …give thought to Jesus the representative and high priest of our faith; (Douay)
Jesus is active, as your High Priest, according to the words of your mouth. What you say from your heart is very important to God. Jesus is the source of your faith, your heart is the home of your faith and your tongue is the tool of your faith. We either create access or resistance to Jesus’ ministry as our High Priest, by what comes out of our mouth. He is the “High Priest of our confession of our faith”. Think about it; you open or close the door to the Lord’s ability to bless and help you with your tongue. No wonder the Psalmist said:
Psa. 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
True faith will ALWAYS declare the reality of a situation as God sees it rather than just reporting on the circumstances. In order to get Abraham to agree with Him, God not only gave him a Word and vision promising that He would make him the father of many nations, but He also changed his name to “Abraham, Father of many nations”. This way, Abraham would have to confess what God had told him, every time he gave his own name: “I am Abraham, Father of many nations”. In describing this, Paul said of God in Romans 10:17,
“…(God) calls those things that be not as though they were.”
The fact that Jesus is Lord will never be successfully disputed ever, anywhere. Yet whether or not He is able to exercise all the benefits of His Lordship, on your behalf; blessing you with healing, comfort and provision; will all be determined by the flow of faith or unbelief from your lips. Declaring that Jesus is Lord is one thing, but letting His faith fill your heart and overflow your lips will lead to demonstrating His Lordship.
Another step of faith tomorrow, so…
Stay On The Path!