By Michael Meyers, Senior Pastor of The River Church in southwest England
Listening to so many ‘oh so important’ [not] evangelicals knock the message of faith and the principles of it, they don’t realise that despite their spiritual ignorance they’re actually knocking God because He is a Faith God. When Jesus disciples are awestruck at the fig tree being withered up from the roots by Jesus cursing it the day before, He responds to them with the words, “Have the faith of God”. [ Mark 11:22 original Greek; Youngs Literal Translation]. Jesus calls His disciples to operate on a level of faith that belongs to God’s nature; beyond mere human faith.
God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. Rom 12:3
When you give your life to Christ you are born again. Simultaneously at that very moment that you receive the very nature of God Himself within your spirit you received the same measure of faith that each and every believer gets. No believer is without faith and no believer gets more faith than another. Again, this is because God Himself is a faith God. God operates by faith Himself. Here are some interesting examples:
Rom 4:17 God calls those things which do not exist as though they did. God changed Abram’s name meaning ‘high father’ and called him Abraham, ‘the father of a multitude’ before it ever came to pass.
When God created the heavens and the earth, Genesis 1:3 reveals that He created light on day 1 but didn’t create the sun, moon, and stars until day 4 ( Gen. 1:14-19 ). God called light into existence first and then four days later created a source for the light to come from.
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and 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.
God sets our end from the beginning so He can therefore promise to keep us.
Rom 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Saviour, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25
John 1:42 Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).
Heb 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
Mark 11:22-24 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have the faith of God. 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.
We are told to be ‘imitators of God as dear children’ Eph 5:1 and to do the works that He did and greater works John 14:12. There is no other way to do this than to learn the principles of faith that reside in the nature of our Father and if we are His children then our born again nature.