Knowing is one thing. But believing is another thing. Discover how to increase we faith in this kingdom principle. For how we perceive things affects how we believe or vice versa. And what we believe declares what we receive.
Let us first see what faith is and its importance.
Faith – it is believing things to come that was not yet seen but is convinced that it will happen and you will receive it because you believe you will.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Now faith has two aspects; the expectation or hope and the assurance or conviction.
- Expectation or hope is perceiving the possibility of an event to happen. We expect because we gain the weight of possibility of its occurrence. It is a hope to which a future brings to us.
- Next aspect is the assurance or conviction on an event expected to happen. We are assured. There is a stirring inside of us that we are convinced that such can happen.
Therefore, faith in itself has an expectation and an assurance. There is a hope and a conviction. We expect because we are convinced. We have hope because we hold unto the assurance.
Nowadays, some people think of faith as just expecting from God; expecting from God without God’s assurance; expecting God to move in their own selfish ways; expecting God to give what they think is for them without considering His opinion. This kind of faith is misleading. God is alive and He can affirm or explain if things expected are in the path of righteousness or not. Thus, we need to hear His thoughts and will.
Others also think of faith as just the assurance of what they believe without any expectation. It’s “come what may” principle that they express their faith. If you do not expect from God, He can’t give you anything although everything is ready for distribution of what belongs to us.
Faith is expecting from God and knowing His assurance making you convinced that what is hoped to happen will happen. That should be the way we exercise our faith in believing.
But why do we need to have faith? Why do we need to act in faith, live in faith, declare in faith and pray in faith?
We need faith because without it, it is impossible to please God. Without it, it is impossible draw near to God. Without it, it is impossible to receive from God.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Faith in itself is prayer in action. God hears it. God sees that faith. And God will move in our behalf because of faith.
But how do we get the assurance that God will honor this faith? As we have learned in previous session, A Man Greatly Love, God will honor the faith of His people just like Daniel. If we set our hearts in understanding His thoughts and ways, and humble ourselves by asking His mind to be our mind and His heart to be our heart, God is very much convinced and pleased to do what we asked because what we think and pray is what God already thought of and hoped for. If we are in this position, we and God have the same mind and heart. Therefore He cannot negate His own thoughts.
And in this state the we have the mind and heart of God, we are living in Galatians 2:20.
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Now who wants to receive what he declared and prayed for? Who wants to live in authority? Two things combined into one.
Divine understanding and humility is living in faith!
Let us live in this powerful faith!