Faith is one of those things where you either get it or you don’t. There is no in between with faith. You either have it or you don’t.
The concept of faith can be complicated to some while others have no problem grasping the concept and the very nature of faith.
What is faith? Faith is the unwavering assurance and confidence in God.
With faith, we have complete trust in God. In His existence. In His omnipotence. In His sovereignty. In His unlimited power.
Faith believes that God is who He says He is, and that He can do everything He says He can do – no questions asked.
The Bible tells us that “without faith, it’s impossible to please God.” For they that come to God must first believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
To believe in God requires faith because God is a Spirit (that cannot be seen with the naked eye). We do not need to have faith in the existence of man because we can see him in bodily form with our own eyes. We can touch him. Hear him. Smell him. We know man exists because we can look upon him with our eyes.
But with God being Spirit, natural man cannot see or touch Him with our natural senses. This requires faith. Faith is a sensory thing that happens in the spiritual (unseen) realm. Because man is made up of both a physical body and an internal spiritual component, it’s this spiritual component that reaches outside of us and touches God, and sees Him in the spirit realm.
The things that cannot be seen in the natural can be seen, touched, and heard in the spirit. It’s when we step outside of the limitations of the natural realm, and into the limitless realm of the spiritual, that we can see God. Faith takes us out of the natural realm and into the spiritual realm where our spiritual eyes are opened, and our perception is not blocked to the concept of God. Faith has no limits because God Himself is without limits.
We are living in a time where more and more Christians have no faith in God beyond the basic elementary faith in a God who exists and wants to save His created people from their sins. These are the initial stages of Christianity, which all believers must have and embrace.
But this is not all there is to God. Remember, we said before that God has no limits. Therefore, He is a God who can do more than just save His people. He can also heal them. Deliver them from bondage. Bring them out of demonic oppression and possession. Deliver them from the snares and the traps of the enemy.
Remember how Jesus came to earth proclaiming that He came to do the will of His Father, who had sent Him. Jesus showed us, through His actions, what the will of God was, and is, concerning man.
When you follow the progression of Jesus’ ministry you see that everywhere He went He went preaching and teaching the concept of the kingdom of God – because this was God’s will.
Jesus also healed everyone (who had the faith to be healed) – because this was God’s will.
This is why Jesus was created, to essentially reverse the damage that the curse of the sin of disobedience created in man.
Before man sinned, there was no death, no sickness, no disease, and no demonic possession and oppression to be found on the earth. But after man sinned all of this was unleashed on the earth.
God desired to save man from the curse of the law so He sent His only begotten Son to be a recompense for man’s sins. To die in the place of man so that man wouldn’t have to die.
Jesus came to save us from our sins. This was God’s will. And this is still God’s will today.
This was all initially a natural part of God’s created and sinless world, before the fall. But Jesus came to show us that it is all still possible, today, for man while living in a now sinful world.
Once we begin to rise up (through faith) past the limitations of this natural world and connect with God’s power through the supernatural world then will we begin to see the chains of bondage fall from our lives.
We will begin to experience healing, breakthrough, and deliverance because we are no longer bound by the limits placed on us while living in a sinful world.
We can then start to embrace the limitless power of God – while living in a sinful world, but not being bound by it, because we now belong to God. And as His people, we have rights and an inheritance that belong to us as sons and daughters of God.
It saddens me, and I’m sure it also saddens God, to know that there are those who proclaim to belong to Him who really don’t trust Him. We seem to place more faith and confidence in the doctor and in medical science than we place in God.
As people of God, when we are suddenly faced with an impossible-looking situation (such as a diagnosis of cancer, or any other life-threatening illness) we should instinctively and immediately turn to God. This turning to God should be as natural to us as breathing. We don’t think twice about breathing, we just do it.
But sadly, this is not the case with many Christians today. When an impossible-looking situations suddenly implodes upon our lives, the first thing we usually think to do is go to the doctor for some “magic” cure to heal us.
Can you imagine for a moment how this makes God feel? To know that His people have more faith in the doctor than they have in Him. This does not please God.
I was visiting a church one Sunday when suddenly, in the middle of service, a young woman became ill and passed out. And it was in this instance that you could feel a sense of fear suddenly grip the congregation.
People became shocked, then frightened and alarmed. Some people went into the “Oh, Lord! Oh, Lord!” phase. While this could be perceived by some as a state of prayer, it was mostly rooted in fear. Then someone reached for their cell phone and dialed 9-1-1.
A short time later, there were about two to three paramedics walking through the sanctuary with their medical supplies toward the young woman who was passed out on the floor.
When the paramedics arrived you could start to feel the tension in the church slightly shift. And when the young lady was placed on the stretcher and wheeled through the sanctuary and to the waiting ambulance, there was a feeling of relief that started to sweep over the church, because everyone knew she was now in the hands of medically trained personnel, and would soon be at the hospital with doctors who would eventually help her.
Everyone began to relax as the service slowly began to proceed where it had left off before this unfortunate incident happened.
My question is: Where is our faith in God?
Can you imagine how God must have felt in that moment, that while seated in His house, and when suddenly faced with a medical emergency, His people felt the need to stop the service, walk past the altar, pick up a cell phone, and dial 9-1-1?
This was their first reaction, instead of stopping the service, falling to their knees, and beseeching God to touch and heal the young lady who had fallen ill and passed out.
We say that we believe God is a healer – the Great Master Physician. But when faced with a medical emergency God did not even enter into the equation.
Now keep in mind, I’m not talking about unbelievers. I’m talking about believers! What does this say about us? What does this say about our faith in God? And what does this say about our religion?
And on a side note: I can only imagine what the paramedics must have been thinking when they had to walk into a church, push their stretcher past the frightened congregants, and tend to one who had fallen ill among them.
These poor paramedics must have been thinking, “Why are these people even gathered here if they don’t have faith in the power of the God they claim to serve?” This must have left them (possible unbelievers) feeling awkward and confused.
Needless to say, on this day, we did not do a good job of representing God’s great power to unbelievers. We failed God on this day and left Him looking weak and powerless in the eyes of unbelievers. (God, please forgive us.)
Where is our faith in God? How can we truly say we serve Him when we don’t trust Him?
Our job is to represent Him on the earth. The church should be a visual representation of God’s power and His glory on the earth – the way Jesus was. God’s miracles, signs, and wonders should follow the preaching of the gospel, co-signing that it is His word that is being preached – the way He did with Jesus. The church’s job is to be a light for God in this dark and sinful world.
“But without faith, it is impossible to please God.”
Pray this prayer with me… God, please heal our faith.
I read a good book that you might also be interested in. This book is about the life and ministry of Mother Mildred Boyd. Mother Boyd was a faith-filled woman. She was also a woman of prayer. In this book, He’s The Master Of Every Situation, you read Mother Boyd’s amazing testimony.
God healed her of cancer (twice), restored her 20/20 vision, healed her of multiple strokes and heart attacks, raised her son from the dead, and healed husband’s crushed foot when it was badly mangled and run over by a pickup truck.
I was fortunate to find this book at a church convention I attended a few years ago. You can find the ebook on Amazon.com. Here’s a link to Amazon if you are interested in purchasing “He’s The Master of Every Situation.” (Mother Boyd’s testimony.)
eBook $4.99 on Amazon
I was blessed by Mother Boyd’s story. I know you will be too!