Many of us have been praying that God would increase our faith or give us more faith, and then expecting God to miraculously dump a huge truck load of faith in our hearts. Of course this is possible with God, for nothing is impossible with God for those who believe. However, God does not answer our prayers according to our needs. If God answers prayers according to people’s needs, then the world does not need medical facilities or medications, because anyone who is sick needs to be healed right away. And God is obligated to heal each and every one of them without exceptions, because they need to be well. However, that is not the case with God.
It is true that God wants us to pray for our needs, but our need is not the basis for God to answer our prayers. It is by faith that the attention of God is caught, and it is by faith that God fulfills His covenant with us. We know that our God is good, merciful, and gracious. But He is also a just God. Because we have been justified through faith, He is bound to fulfill His covenant and His promises to us. He will forever fulfill His covenant with His children.
God is also a faith God. Everything in this creation was made by faith. The life we have at the very present is the result of faith. Keep in mind that faith is the key to an answered prayer, for without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). And faith will work effectively when the perfect will of God is known. Paul wrote in his epistle to learn or seek the will of God.
God and His Word are one. When God promised to do something, He fulfilled it. He is not a man who lies. God’s covenant with us is His word. He will never violate His Word, because He cannot violate Himself. The victorious and successful Old Testament men of God had one thing in common. They were obedient to God’s words. Back then, they never use the word faith in relation to God’s dealing with them. What they did is simply believe His Word and then obey God’s directions.
In Matthew 6:32-33, Jesus said, “For after these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” God is not ignorant of the things we needed in life. As a matter of fact He knows everything what we needed even before we ask for His provision. Also, Jesus told us not to worry of anything. Jesus’ statement is an indication that God requires us to use our faith in order to receive His blessings. Faith is the opposite of worry, because when you worry, your faith stops fighting the good fight of faith.
During His earthly ministry, there was a time when Jesus was unable to perform miracles except for a little here and there. There was no big time miracles going on in that little village. Jesus didn’t blame the Father God for not performing healings, deliverance, and miracles in order to meet the villagers’ need at the time. But Jesus blamed the culprit: lack of people’s faith. He was amazed of their unbelief. So what did Jesus do to remedy their unbelief? Jesus then began to teach the word of God. Jesus preached the word of faith throughout the village (Mark 6:5-6). Jesus knew that faith can only come through the hearing of the word of God, nothing else.
The Spirit of the Lord wants us to have a continuous feeding of the word of God in our spirits or in our hearts. The seed of the word has to be planted deep in a good ground of our hearts. As the word grows and increases, faith arises. And when faith arises, the power of God to heal the sick, deliverance from the oppression of the devil, signs and wonders of miracles will manifest without any difficulty.
The apostle Paul rebuked the Galatians when he said, “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” (Galatians 3:5). According to this scripture, the works of the Spirit and the workings of miracles become possible by the hearing of faith. It is by faith that the mighty power of the Holy Spirit and His miracles had manifested in the midst of the Galatians church. In our present generation, signs and wonders and miracles are here to stay. Actually, they never left us. Only the faithless generations (the previous generations, not us today) had determined in their hearts and in their minds that they were gone. This act of unbelief was a blatant disregard of the truth of God’s Word and that God is the Healer, the God of miracles, and the God of all possibilities.
Nowhere in the Bible says that God has ceased from healing the sick, or performing signs, wonders and miracles. There is not a single word in the Bible that indicates that healings and miracles have done away with. God never stopped being the Healer. The Church, the body of Christ, has never stopped being led and indwelled by the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Holy Spirit and the power of the Spirit manifest when there is faith.
Even when the power of God is present in our midst, if our faith is absent and doubt is in our hearts, then we remain powerless and we are still in our needs. It takes faith to receive from God. Faith is built in our spirit as we learn and have a clear understanding of our covenant rights in Christ. Our covenant with God through Christ is the new covenant which is founded in the blood of Christ, in His death and resurrection. As we feed on this covenant rights, we are educating our spirit and subsequently renewing the way we think, and we become wise in claiming our blessings and as we enjoy the things we have in Christ.
Faith is based on knowing your rights and privileges as a believer. It is your obligation, however, to find out and discover through the Word of God what belongs to you. As you already know, the new covenant is the perfect will of God for you. It has been executed for your benefit when Christ rose from the dead and gave you the everlasting life. His will for you is not for heavenly blessings only, but earthly blessings as well.
The more you know about your covenant rights with God, the more powerful you are in Christian life. The more you know of the grace of God, the more intimate you are in fellowship with Him. The more you know of His love and His mercies, the more you become merciful and forgiving. Faith works by love. The more you know His love, the more you love even the unlovable.
Faith comes by a continuous feeding on the uncompromised Word of God. The unadulterated Word is what we need to feed our spirits. The Word of God that never bends backwards to justify the hardness of hearts. Let the living word of God, not the dead words of a mere man, saturate your spirit, soul and body. Let the Word of God be magnified in your life. A faithless soul rationalizes and justifies his actions, his motives and desires always. He never listens to the pure word of God, rather, he tries to bend the Word to suit and cover his faithless spirit. However, when bad things happen in his life, he then questions God. When can he be able to learn and understand that God is a JUST God? Didn’t we know that there is justice in very thing we do and say? And justice has to be served?
This present generation of Christianity must learn to seek the uncompromised and the unadulterated truths of the Word of God. Today’s negative faith, negative behavior, and negative attitude of believers are the result of unbelief. This unbelief is also orchestrated by the previous generations of Christians who operated in unbelief. Majority of them have been feeding us with philosophical, psychological, sociological, and theological teachings that is directly opposite of the principles and teachings of the Word of God.
Since when did the Holy Spirit ceased from His manifestations of His gifts? Well, it’s a no brainer. The previous generations of unbelief operatives have maliciously preached this evil lies from hell. God never ceased from healing, doing good, and performing signs and wonders and miracles.
Faith comes from hearing and hearing of the uncompromising, unadulterated, and never bending true word of God. Not lies from an unbeliever.