Faith is a central component to our walk in Christ. We are told that faith is the currency of the Kingdom of God — for without faith, it is impossible to please God. We are to walk by faith and not by sight. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. We are saved by Grace through Faith — that Grace is God reaching down to us and Faith is us reaching up to God.
I think we have a good working understanding of WHAT Faith is. Today I want to talk about WHOSE Faith is it we’re dealing with. I believe there is a greater illumination on this truth than what we’ve been taught. Let’s examine the Scriptures:
Ephesians 2:8 (ESV) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
This really smacked me in the face when I saw this. Paul wrote, “And this is not of your own doing…”
If it isn’t your doing, whose is it?
We couldn’t even have Faith if it weren’t for God!
Romans 12:3 (ESV) For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
God has given all of us THE measure of Faith. Not some faith. Not part of faith. Not faith for us to squander…
…Let me segue here — faith squandered is nothing but fear. Because faith is confidence in the truth that God is Good and He will do good things on your behalf. Here’s an example, putting faith in modern medicine is to say that you have fear and doubt about God’s ability or willingness to heal you.
God can give us faith because HE IS FAITHFUL. That means, brothers and sisters, that HE IS FULL OF FAITH.
1 Corinthians 1:9 (ESV) God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Hebrews 1:3 tells us that all things are upheld by the Word of His power. John 1:3 tells us that Everything was created by the Word. You can’t even start your car without faith! So the creation and maintenance of the universe took and takes faith.
In Mark 11, we see Jesus hungry and happens upon a fig tree (that He created). He sees leaves and expects fruit. When He finds none, he curses the tree. Now, in v.14 (in the KJV), it says “Jesus answered…”
Whom did He answer? The tree! The tree said something to Him and Jesus responded by cursing it. The next day when they passed the tree on the return trip, the disciples marveled that the tree was dead from the roots up! Then, in v.23, Jesus is recorded as having said, “Have faith in God.” However, many Bible scholars translate Jesus’ actual words to be “Have God’s Faith.” It’s a big difference having faith in God and having God’s Faith. Our faith can merely acknowledge a mountain but God’s Faith can move it!
I’ve said before that God didn’t need to create anything — He created because He wanted to. 1 John 4:7-8 tells us that He is Love — and that’s what Love does. Love is creative. Love builds up. Love liberates. Love is content in itself but seeks to express itself. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God. Galatians 5:6 tells us that faith works by love.
I humbly submit that God is pleased with Himself because He IS Love and He IS full of faith. And, thanks to Jesus, He is pleased with you, too! He is so pleased with you that He chooses to impart His Holy Spirit to you! Through Jesus, Papa has placed His DNA inside of you:
1 Corinthians 13:1-10 (ESV) 1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
And He placed His DNA in you so you will manifest His fruit in the world:
Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Do you catch that? His Nature. His Attributes. To be like Him. To reflect or look like God.
Like He intended from creation (Genesis 1:26-28)!
Contrary to popular belief, being fruitful and multiplying has very little to do with sex and procreation. It has everything to do with reproducing God’s Nature, Character, Will, and Intent in the earth.
2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us to walk by faith and not by sight If we walk by our own faith, we might as well be walking by our own sight! If we walk by our own sight, we are the blind leading the blind.
For everyone that has ever been told that you didn’t have enough faith, let me give you a word of encouragement — YOU CAN’T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH! But the Good News is that you don’t need enough Faith — because God has more than enough to supply every need!
© 2017 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)