“’If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23, NASB).
Faith is simply the assurance that the things God said in His word are true. God will do exactly what He has said He will do. We too must believe in, and rely upon, the Word of God. God has given us a measure of faith and that measure will increase as we exercise it (Romans 12:3). Barnabas was a man “full of the Holy Ghost and of faith” (Acts 11:24, KJV). Stephen was a man “full of faith and of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 6:5). The words “full of faith” refer to “a full course of faith.” The words “full of the Holy Ghost” refer to being full of, and being controlled by, the Holy Spirit. There was a full course of faith working in these men; they were led by the Holy Spirit. There are five New Testament words which describe a full course of faith…
a) Faith… pistis… This word is used 243 times in the New Testament. This is what God put in you (Romans 12:3). It’s the power that God implanted in you, and the authority of God in you that performs the will of God. It’s the force that brings things into existence. It’s the faith that believes that what God has said, He is able to perform. This faith works as you speak out, as you speak out the word of God (Romans 10:8, Mark 11:22-26).
b) Faith… pepoithesis… This word means “confidence.” Confidence comes into you when you see the evidence, when you see something visible. This word is used only six times in the New Testament, and yet this is the type of faith people use most often (2 Corinthians 8:22, Ephesians 3:12). This is faith by sight: you see and then you believe.
c) Faith… pisteuo… This word is used 244 times in the New Testament. It means “to believe, to put your faith to action, to release your faith to do its work.” Mark 11:24 puts it like this: “When you pray, believe.” Faith resides in your spirit. If doubt is there, it prevents the releasing of your faith. When you pray, you will either put doubt to work or faith to work.
d) Faith… peitho… is used 53 times in the New Testament. This word means “to persuade or convince.” You heard something and are persuaded to believe. In Acts 28:23-24, many came to Paul, he persuaded them concerning Jesus, and many believed.
e) Faith… pistos… is used 67 times in the New Testament. This word means “to be faithful or trustworthy in believing.” 2 Corinthians 6:15 says, “He that believeth“; i.e., is faithful in believing. This person is going to keep on believing in spite of circumstances that may block his progress. Jesus said, “These signs shall follow them that believe” (Mark 16:17, here pisteuo, KJV); i.e., that who are faithful in believing.
The man or woman who has a “full course of faith” working will have all five. They use the faith which God puts in them by speaking out the word God gives them. They have confidence. They release faith, and not doubt, when they pray. They are convinced that faith works. They keep believing even if they see no evidence. We need a full course of faith working in us if we want to be part of what God is saying and doing today. You can tell if a full course of faith is working in you. Hebrews 11 shows that the Old Testament believers had a full course of faith working in their lives. Here are a few examples…
Hebrews 11:4… Abel… Faith makes a man offer his best to God.
Hebrews 11:5… Enoch… Faith makes a man know that walking with God is the most important thing in his life.
Hebrews 11:7… Noah… Faith makes a man concerned with the saving of his household.
Hebrews 11:8… Abraham… Faith makes a man believe God, even blindly sometimes, not knowing exactly where God is leading him.
Hebrews 11:9-10, 13-16… Abraham and his descendants… Faith makes a man obey God to live a lonely life if necessary and wait for his descendants to inherit the promises.
Hebrews 11:11-12… Abraham and Sarah… Faith makes a man change his mind about things thought impossible. (See also Romans 4:18-25.)
Hebrews 11:17-19… Abraham offering Isaac… Faith makes a man obey God no matter what God demands.
Hebrews 11:20… Isaac blessing both Jacob and Esau… Faith makes a man concerned for the well-being of his children regardless of their spiritual condition.
Hebrews 11:21-22… Joseph… Faith gives a man confidence when threatened with death or prison.
Hebrews 11:23… Moses’ parents… Faith makes a man or woman cooperate with the purposes of God even if the political world says otherwise.
Hebrews 11:24-27… Moses… Faith makes a man live a lifestyle that is different from that of the world. That man or woman will separate themselves from the world’s standards and follow the standards of conduct God has set down.
Hebrews 11:27… Moses confronting Pharaoh… Faith takes away the fear of man.
Hebrews 11:28-29… Israel crossing the Red Sea… Faith can make a man or woman overcome impossible situations.
Hebrews 11:30-40… Rahab, Samson, David, Gideon, and a host of others… Faith gave people great courage to overcome a great host of things that came against them.
Pray for a full course of faith–there is a need. Faith brings victory and success in your life. The Spirit wants you to believe for the awakening that is coming. Have faith for your success. Have faith for the quieting of your turmoil and distresses. Have faith for rest in your life. Have faith to be whole again. Have faith in the talents and creativity and the gifts the Holy Spirit put into your life. Ask God for a full course of faith.
Pastor George Belobaba
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