There are two dimensions of faith:
- Faith towards God.
- Faith of the Son of God.
Faith towards God
This is that faith with which we receive things from God. In heaven, there is provision for creative miracle for people who will ask God and believe God for it. So if you have any need, perhaps of an organ, or whatsoever, it is provided for. Now those things belong to you already. It says, “All things are yours” but you need Faith to unlock the realm of God. And so when you go to God, and say, “Lord, I believe this is what you have given to me. Lord this is my inheritance; I ask you for it, I receive it in Jesus name.” You don’t waver, you don’t shake, and you don’t even think about it. That is the realm of faith that God wants us to come into, to be convinced beyond our reasoning.
When Satan comes to tempt you, your default should be that you are convinced about all that God is to you. Occasionally, you may waver, perhaps because of situations and circumstances, but your status quo should be faith. Your status quo is how you think, so let your thinking be faith. Nothing should be impossible to you. That should be your default. When things become impossible, it should be a shock to you. We are off springs of God. God doesn’t just want to give you things. He wants us to know His ways too. He wants you to become as He is.
Faith of the Son of God
“The life that I now live, I live by the faith of the son…” That means that this life that I live, I live it because I have obtained faith to live like Jesus. So many of us need the burning of new passion. We need to move with the passion of Christ.
When it was evening, his disciples came to Him saying. This is a deserted place and the hour is already lat. Send the multitudes away that they may go into villages, and buy themselves food. But Jesus said to them, ‘They do not need to go away, you give them something to eat.’
He referred to the disciples saying, ‘you give them something to eat.’ That is the test of what you’ve been hearing. So we need to ask ourselves again, ‘what are we hearing?’ We need the word of God to shape us. When the word of God shapes us, our realities will become different. If we allow the word of God to enter into us, and if we open our hearts to it, our lives will become different. Driven by the passion of Christ.
… Now Martha said to Jesus, lord, if you have been here, my brother would not have died. But even now, I know, that whatever you ask of God, he will do it. Jesus said to her, your brother will rise again. Then she said to him, I know that he will rise again in the resurrection and on the last day.
Martha was so contrary. That was her learning process. She had learnt that whatever Jesus asked the Father to do, He does it. But when it concerned her, she couldn’t believe that it would work. So she said, ‘I believe that it will happen on the resurrection morning.’ But Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life. Can we believe Jesus? This is the life, which God has called us to live. We need to think and imagine it. We should dream about it and let that become our possibility. Whenever you are in a difficult place, think like Jesus.
Let God’s word shape your reality
We need to speak to ourselves. It is what you tell the mind that it would believe. We need to check what we tell our minds. Whatever we continue to believe, one day, becomes our reality. We need to check what we are saying to ourselves. Are we allowing the voice of Satan to penetrate more than we allow the word of God to penetrate us? Sometimes this can come by demonstrations like bringing in new music to our doorsteps, or showing us on an idol we should admire. The mind is a very dangerous weapon, if you feed your mind accurately, you will live an accurate life. What we feed into the mind grows. Our minds are supposed to be shaped by the word of God. It is what we hear or allow, that has access into us. Our mind is the gates to our whole life, you can shut your life to some things, and you can open your life to other things. Whatever you open yourself to is what you will become. We should allow the word of God to shape our reality.
We are allowing the word of God to penetrate our minds, we are beholding as in a glass, and then we are becoming what we are beholding.
Pastor Robyn Paul,
CentrePort Apostolic Center.