Monday, January 09, 2012

Two Types of Faith

Hebrews 11:40 (NKJV) 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. 
The Bible says that faith is a gift. The Bible puts it this way in Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,” The faith that comes from God is not the same as faith that comes from man. The Bible says in John 14:27 (Montgomery-NT), “Peace I leave with you. My own peace I give to you. It is not the world’s ‘Peace’ I give you...” Notice that Jesus said, the peace that He gives is not the same as the world's peace. Faith is no different.

Hebrews chapter 11 lists several prominent people of Old Testament times who had amazing faith. The chapter ends on a most precious revelation for New Testament believers. Hebrews 11:39-40 (NKJV) says, “And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.”

This Scripture says that we have something better. The Bible tells us in 1 John 5:4, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” Take notice that it says, our faith, it does not say Abraham's faith or even your faith. That is because we have Jesus' faith.You see these people had a faith of their own, but we have the faith of Jesus. You need to grasp this; we have the same faith that Jesus has. So the big question is, how do we activate this faith?

The Bible gives us a demonstration of Jesus' faith in the Gospel of Luke. This is what it says (Luke 5:4-6), “When He (Jesus) had stopped speaking, He said to Simon (Peter), “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.”

The Bible makes it very clear—Peter had no faith but he knew what Jesus said. If Peter tried to believe, he may not have received his blessing. His own faith definitely was not as powerful as Abraham's faith. The Bible tells us in Matthew 14:29, “So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.” Once again, it was not a display of Peter's faith, the faith was in the words that Jesus said.

Several times in the Gospels Peter continues to exercise a lack of faith.  Even when Jesus was arrested, Peter showed no faith and denied Jesus 3 times (Luke 22:54-62). After Jesus ascended to heaven, Peter demonstrated a mountain moving faith. Now he had Jesus' faith inside of himself.

For several years, I tried to believe for miracles in my life and so many times, they just did not happen. As soon as we put our effort into something, then we are not taking advantage of this gift of faith. You see, faith is a gift given to us by grace (Ephesians 2:8 above). We do not have to work for it. The Bible tells us in Galatians 2:21, “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law (working for it), then Christ died in vain.”

What you really need is a grace revelation. You only need to believe that Jesus said it. When I struggle with believing, I remind myself—it does not even have to make sense to me, Jesus said it and that is all that I need to believe. If you need a miracle, spend time looking to see what the Bible says. To receive a miracle, quote the Bible. Don't try and believe, just quote. If you try to believe, you are setting aside the grace of God. Quote His Word and leave it at that. Stop struggling, move on to other things to think about.

The Bible says in Philippians 4:8-9, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Study the good stuff in the Word of God that brings you peace and let God handle your problems. When you get to a place of peace, you will see the power of God in your situations. Continue to seek peace.

When you find what the Bible says about your circumstances, keep reminding yourself where the Words came from. It doesn't matter if you even believe it, just that you know who said it. Then fix your thoughts on good things and find your God given peace.

We have a better faith; we have the faith of Jesus.

Be Blessed!

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