Our needs touch God, but our faith is what moves God. Consider that Jesus could do no mighty work in His hometown because of their lack of faith (Mark 6). But saying that we need to have faith without explaining what that means from the Word of God, doesn’t help anyone. Faith is a process. Below I will list how faith is received, activated, released and consummated.
1. Faith Comes by Hearing: This is what Romans 10:17 says, “faith comes by hearing.” But let’s look closer. Hearing is in the present, continual tense, meaning that faith comes by “hearing and hearing and hearing…” Not from “having heard.” If you want faith in your heart and life, you need to get into the Word of God and understand its promises for your life. Get in a church where the Word of God is taught and surround yourself with friends who speak the Word.
2. Faith is Activated by Seeing: I’m not talking about the natural eyes, but your spiritual eyes. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). You have to begin seeing your situation changed and seeing your prayers answered. Looking at everything in a negative light all the time will crush your faith. Begin to see your children, your job, your marriage through the promises of God.
3. Faith is Released by Speaking: Mark 11:23-24 says, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Notice how Jesus keeps emphasizing saying? Make what you say out of your mouth line up to the Word of God.
4. Faith is Consummated by Doing: Here’s where the rubber meets the road! Faith ultimately requires action on our part. Consider some of these quotes from Jesus:
“Take up your bed and walk”
“Stretch forth your hand”
“Go wash in the pool of Soloam”
“Go show yourself to the priests”
Jesus required one to act in faith in order to receive.
This point is made no clearer than in James chapter 2:
17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
Are you trying to have faith, but skipping one or more of the Biblical components of faith? Maybe it’s time to reset and start over. Or perhaps all that’s left is for you to finally “take up your bed and walk.” Be aware though, the above is not a formula that can simply be outwardly followed. Faith is a matter of the heart. Grab your Bible and get alone with God.