I firmly believe that God is calling His people right now to believe Him for what looks absolutely impossible. He's asking us now, more than ever, to operate in the gift of faith and cling to faith that's big enough to win major victories in heaven and earth.
I've been reading from the book of Romans, and I've been getting a major wake-up call on faith.
We often think of Romans as the book that focuses on salvation, and it certainly does explain salvation well. However, at least in the first five chapters, it focuses even more on FAITH. Faith, faith, and more faith, because:
- It's by faith that Abraham and Sarah conceived Isaac.
- It's by faith that Abraham was counted as righteous.
- It's by faith in Christ Jesus that we are saved also.
Faith, faith, faith.
So what is faith?
Faith is defined by the Greek word “pístis,” which means believing something absolutely AND constantly confessing it.
And that, my friend, is huge. It's huge because we often think (in the Western world, anyway) that faith is intellectual knowledge that something is true. However, that's not what faith is at all. FAITH is believing it and being convicted about it, and at the same time continuously confessing it out of your mouth.
That's why Romans 10:9 says:
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Scripture tells us in that verse that it is both the believing in your heart plus the confessing with your mouth that results in salvation.
And we know that salvation is by FAITH in Christ Jesus, but it makes sense that the apostle Paul would have explained in the passage above that both believing in the heart and confessing with your mouth are required–because anything less is not faith.
Wow. Deep, huh?
So faith requires both believing something with absolute conviction AND confessing it out of your mouth.
And if you are missing either one of those two elements, then what you have is not faith.
Studying this subject really rattles me, because I tend to get complacent. Too often, I neglect the verbal confession of God's Word.
You know how it goes. I believe God's Word, but sometimes I get too lazy, or too busy, or too irritated with the fact that God hasn't done ____ for me yet … and so I stop speaking God's Word out of my mouth. I still hold it in my heart, and I still pray about it. But I stop confessing it verbally.
The problem is that God's own Word says that believing His Word in my heart is not enough. I must also confess His Word constantly and unwaveringly in order for my assent to be considered faith. Anything less is actually doubt and unbelief … and doubt and unbelief are extremely offensive sins to God.
One time, I heard a well-known pastor, who is not part of the formal “Word of Faith” movement, say something like this: “People occasionally accuse me of being ‘word of faith' … well, I'd rather be ‘word of faith' than ‘word of doubt and unbelief.'”
Hahaha. I thought that was hilarious. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Anyhow, make sure you get this much deep in your spirit before moving on:
Faith requires both believing God's Word and confessing it out constantly of our mouth.
So what is the GIFT of faith by the Holy Spirit?
Faith by the Holy Spirit is one of the gifts included in the list of power gifts from 1 Corinthians 12:7-11:
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:
for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills” (emphasis mine).
The absolute best way I can describe the gift of faith by the Holy Spirit is to say this:
We are all commanded to have faith, because whatever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23). But there is a gift of faith by the Holy Spirit that makes faith EASY.
We all have a measure of faith given to us by Christ Jesus. Romans 12:3 says:
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. That faith is the faith He used to draw us with while we were yet sinners, bringing us to Himself and helping us receive salvation by faith in Jesus. We ALL have some measure of faith.
And faith can be grown. Romans 10:17 tells us:
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
If faith comes by hearing, and hearing by God's word (“word” being rhema, the on-time, Spirit-breathed Word of God, not logos, which is the written Word of God without Holy Spirit ministering it to you), then we can increase our faith by hearing more. And we can hear more by tuning our ear and paying attention to what Holy Spirit is speaking.
But that is the measure of faith we all have. Increasing in that kind of faith is what we are all commanded to do.
So where does the gift of faith come in?
Faith that makes believing and confessing EASY. Faith that greases up the process of belief and confession, so that it just FLOWS for us.
I want that gift of faith by the Holy Spirit, don't you?
And the cool thing is …
Holy Spirit will give you this powerful gift of faith if you ask Him for it.
You can't earn this gift. You can't earn it through working hard at believing or confessing. You can't earn it by doing anything. It's not a reward.
But you CAN receive it, because it's a gift. A gift purchased for you by the blood of Jesus.
And how do I know that Holy Spirit will give you this gift of faith if you ask Him for it? Because the Scripture says:
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14).
And 1 Corinthians 12:31 says we should earnestly desire the best gifts. So we are commanded to desire this gift, and we are assured that God will give us anything good we ask for. He will withhold nothing back from us.
So it's time to ask! Pray this with me if you would like to receive the gift of faith from Holy Spirit:
Father God, in Jesus' name, thank You for promising to give me good and perfect gifts. Thank You that You will not withhold any good thing from me, and thank You for promising to give me anything I ask for in Jesus' name. You have already given me so many amazing gifts, and I thank You and praise You for all of them.
Father God, right now–because I know it pleases You when I ask for everything You have for me–I ask that Holy Spirit would give me this gift of faith. Fill me with the gift of faith by Your Holy Spirit–the gift that makes it easy to believe You and confess Your Word constantly.
Thank You, Holy Spirit, for this gift. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for purchasing this gift for me with Your own blood. Thank You, Father God. In the holy and precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Beloved, it's time to believe God for the impossible.
Of course, we can believe God for the impossible without the gift of faith. We are all commanded to operate in faith, with or without the gift of “faith by the Holy Spirit.” We MUST have faith. Not having the gift does not excuse a lack of faith.
But why not make it as easy as possible on ourselves by asking Him for this gift, which will help us?
Holy Spirit will give us the gift of faith freely if we ask, so why not ask? Then, we will find it easier than ever to truly believe Him to do impossible things in our lives!
Holy Spirit has been speaking to me so clearly out of the book of Luke about believing Him to bring life and resurrection where it appears impossible.
He started challenging me to believe Him for the impossible out of Luke 1:35-38, which says:
And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.'
Then Mary said, ‘Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.' And the angel departed from her.”
Holy Spirit started wrecking me out of that passage recently.
I was wrecked because Mary believed so easily when the angel Gabriel prophesied something impossible to her. She basically said, “I am the Lord's servant! Whatever He wants from me, He can have!”
And I had to ask myself this question: I see what the Lord wants for me in His Word all the time. Things that seem difficult. Things that seem impossible. Promises that I see absolutely no human way they can be fulfilled.
But the Lord never asked us to DO the impossible. He only asks us to BELIEVE for the impossible. And if we will just believe, HE will carry out those impossible things.
That's why Luke 1:45 says:
Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
When I meditated on those passages, all of a sudden, faith rose up in me that I could ask God for absolutely anything, no matter how impossible my request seems, and HE WILL DO IT.
Because He is the God of impossible possibilities. (Listen to my prophetic study of mercy, “21 Kisses: The Sure Mercies of David for Your Life,” for more about that.) He absolutely can and will accomplish the outright, downright, ain't-no-stinkin'-way IMPOSSIBLE THINGS in our lives.
If we will believe Him.
If we will find His promise, recorded in His Word, about those impossible things … and believe it and confess it and believe it and confess it and believe it and confess it and believe it and confess it some more.
Because anything less than that is not faith. And Abraham was justified by faith. You and I, if we know Jesus, are saved by faith. And God responds to FAITH.
So will you walk in faith today? Will you ask Him for the gift of faith? Will you believe and confess His Word constantly?
I challenge you to do so. And as you do, I believe you will see more wonderful things happen in your life than you ever could have dreamed.
Is Holy Spirit quickening this word in your heart today? Is He speaking to you? If so, please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear what He's saying!
Read all posts in this series about the power gifts!
- Diverse Tongues (Speaking in Tongues)
- What Is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit (and How To Receive It)
- My Story: How I Received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
- Words of Knowledge
- How I Learned to Use My Prayer Language
- The Gift of Prophecy
- Discernment of Spirits
- How Words of Wisdom Accomplish the Impossible
- How Interpretation of Tongues Helps You Know Father's Heart
- Miracles that Bear Witness for Jesus
- Easy Faith for the Impossible
- Healings That Change the World
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