Mark 9:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
All things are possible with faith! Faith can move mountains, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers and even forgive those who have wronged you and love them unconditionally. You may feel that you don’t have enough faith, or that you aren’t all that strong in faith but I want to show you how easy faith is. There’s a good reason we’re called “believers”; faith is actually pretty simple. Faith is not difficult nor is it complicated. In many Christian circles faith has been made out to be extremely difficult and something mystical that only “super-saints” can attain to.
Romans 12:3 King James Version (KJV)
“…God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
Galatians 2:20 King James Version (KJV)
“…the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Faith isn’t difficult and it isn’t something that you have to strive to get. In fact, you’ve been given faith as a gift – you’ve been given the measure of faith and you have “the faith of” Jesus in you. As a believer, you cannot try to obtain faith because you already have all the faith you need – you have the faith of Jesus in you! All you need to do is use it – and even just a little bit of that faith will move mountains!
Matthew 17:20 New International Version (NIV)
“…Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Faith is as natural to the believer as breathing should be to every human being! The problem is that some human beings are on life support because they cannot breathe by themselves. Many Christians are on life support and are not living by faith, instead, they are living according to their carnal senses. Why? Because they are deficient in the Words of God. The Word of God is what births and strengthens faith and yet, sadly, many are basing their belief on presumption or tradition and not on the Word of God. Only the Word of God can produce, strengthen and enable faith! Are you living by faith, or by sense knowledge? If we want to live by faith we need to saturate ourselves in the Word of God; we need to keep looking to Jesus and what He’s done for us!
Hebrews 12:2 King James Version (KJV)
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…”
Faith is a natural response to God’s grace as you focus in on Jesus the Author and Perfecter of faith! As you focus on Him and His grace (what He’s freely done for us and is freely offering us) the natural result will be faith!
John 20:24-25 King James Version (KJV)
“24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Faith is a choice. Unbelief is a choice. You choose to believe or you choose not to believe. Some people just feel like they can’t help that they don’t believe – but yes you can! It’s a choice. You’re choosing to believe or not to believe. “Thomas… was not with them when Jesus came.” Thomas missed out big time because he wasn’t gathering when the others were gathering! When you’re not gathering when the believers are gathering, you should expect to miss out! So many people are struggling with faith and they’re struggling to believe and yet they’re not hanging out with the believers, they’re not in church!
“The other disciples, therefore, said unto him, We have seen the Lord…” Those that gathered experienced something. Thomas didn’t. Thomas also chose not to believe the testimony of those that gathered, “But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.” He made a conscious decision not to believe. He was basing his faith on sense knowledge in that he wanted to touch the scars of Jesus and then he would believe. Unbelief is a choice. Faith is also a choice. Unbelief is really the fruit (or result) of not being spiritually minded, and faith is the fruit (or result) of being carnally minded. If we are spiritually minded (Word of God minded) we will increasingly live the life of the believer; we will rise up and see the supernatural power of God at work in our lives.