How Do We Get Faith? – Kenneth Hagin

Central Truth: God has provided the way whereby everyone can have faith.

We read in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

We see from this that “without faith it is impossible to please him …” Therefore, if God demands that we have faith when it is impossible for us to have faith, then we have a right to challenge His justice. But if He places within our hands the means whereby faith can be produced, then the responsibility rests with us whether we have faith. God has told us that without faith it is impossible to please Him. But He has also told us how to get faith. If we don’t have faith, it is not God’s fault. To blame God for our lack of faith is nothing but ignorance. God has provided the way whereby everyone can have faith.

Faith for Salvation

The Apostle Paul said that we are saved by faith. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8). But how do you get faith to be saved?

Romans 10:8-10, 13, 14, 17
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

After studying the passage of Scripture quoted above, what three steps does man take in order to receive salvation? (1. Confess, 2. Believe, 3. Accept) To whom is this salvation available, according to verse 13? (Whosoever) According to verse 17, where does faith come from? (By hearing the Word of God)

Acts 11:13, 14
13 And he shewed us how he (Cornelius) had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;
14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.

God instructed Cornelius to send for Peter in order to learn the plan of salvation. In the Great Commission, recorded in Mark 16:15-18, Jesus told His disciples, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature …” As Cornelius had not as yet heard this glorious gospel, he was not saved. God told Cornelius to send for Peter in order to learn the plan of salvation. Why did Cornelius have to send for Peter? Why couldn’t the angel have explained the plan of salvation to Cornelius just as well? (Angels cannot preach the gospel. God has given this task to man.)

The verse, “Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved,” shows us that men are saved by hearing words. The reason for this is that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Faith for Healing

Acts 14:7-10
7 And there they (Paul and Barnabas) preached the gospel.
8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked;
9 The same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,
10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

A casual reader of the Word once said concerning this passage of Scripture, “Isn’t it wonderful how Paul healed that man?” However, Paul did not heal the man. The man was not healed because Paul was an apostle. He was not healed through Paul’s faith. The man himself had the faith.

Paul did three things:

1. He preached the gospel (verse 7).
2. He perceived that the man had faith to be healed (verse 9).
3. He told the man to stand up and walk (verse 10).

The man did three things:

1. He heard Paul preach (verse 9).
2. He had faith to be healed (verse 9).
3. He leaped and walked (verse 10).

The man was not healed by some power that Paul had. The man himself had faith to be healed.

Where did the man get the faith to be healed? (By hearing Paul speak [verse 9]). What did Paul speak? (He preached the gospel [verse 7]). Paul preached a gospel of salvation and a gospel of healing. “For I not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Rom. 1:16). A footnote in the Scofield Bible referring to this verse says, “The Greek and Hebrew word for salvation implies the ideas of deliverance, safety, healing, and soundness.” Therefore, Paul was saying, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. It is the power of God unto deliverance, safety, healing, and soundness.” Paul preached the full gospel, not just part of it.

Acts 8:5-8
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.
The great miracles recorded in the above verses came about as the result of Philip’s preaching Christ. The New Testament knows no Christ without Christ the Healer. Physical healing is part of the gospel. If there is no gospel of healing today, then neither is there a gospel of salvation.

Faith in Action

P.C. Nelson, who was for many years a noted Baptist minister, said, “Healing is part and parcel of the gospel.” While he was pastoring a church in Detroit, Michigan, in 1921, he was run over by an automobile. The doctors said that his right leg would probably have to be taken off at the knee. Even if they didn’t have to take it off, it would be stiff. As he lay in his hospital bed the verses of scripture in James 5:14,15 came to him. “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”

He tried to excuse himself to the Lord by saying that they didn’t practice this in his church. The Lord reminded him of a certain man and his wife who believed in it and told him to call them to come pray for him. He did so and they came, anointed him with oil, and prayed the prayer of faith. He was healed and his leg didn’t have to be removed, neither was his knee stiff. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Many years ago, as a young denominational boy I lay on the bed of affliction. As I lay there reading Grandma’s Bible, the more I read the more I learned. I soon realized that I had never heard the full gospel, but just part of it. The more I read the more I saw that I didn’t have to die. The more I studied the Word the more I realized that I could be healed.

The devil was right there, of course, bringing to my remembrance all the doubt and unbelief I had ever heard. He told me that healing had been done away with. (Fortunately, I couldn’t remember ever hearing that faith had been done away with.) Also, I had been taught that God would heal if He wanted to do so. This, however, was an even bigger insult than saying that He couldn’t.

I read in Mark 5:34 where Jesus spoke to the woman with the issue of blood, saying, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” Jesus didn’t say that His power had made her whole. He said, “Daughter, thy faith …” When I saw this I knew then that if her faith had made her whole, my faith could make me whole. And, thank God, it did. My paralysis disappeared, my heart condition became normal, and I’ve been going at a hop, skip, and a jump ever since then, preaching the gospel in its fullness. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Memory Text: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).

Faith in Action: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only ….” (James 1:22).

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  1. Praise Okore

    These few minutes i have spent on the net has been a great blessing to my life.Sir Hagin i know up in heaven u’ll really expect us to do better than u did…WE will not fail u and JESUS,cos we are building on what u left 4 us.THANKS 4 BEING A BLESSING TO OUR LIFE nd one day i will thank u specially FACE 2 FACE.

  2. Peggy Johnson

    This is my first time visiting your website and it was by accident I pulled it up. I have truly been enlightened by what I read and will be visiting regular so please your website open. Thank you.

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  3. Jim C

    Dr. Hagin,

    I have faith. I publicly profess belief in my Lord and Savior. I believe he forgives, heals and will save me. I have seen, experienced and received great miracles, including healings of other people. But I have also been saddled for my entire adult life with chronic, still undiagnosed health problems. (I’m 57 now.) Is this just a test from God?

    On another matter.. A friend just admitted to me that he is an atheist. I’ve believed in God since I was a very young child, and can’t imagine how anyone can look at the wonders of life and the universe, and not think a supreme being is responsible. I also don’t know why someone would CHOOSE to believe there is nothing in the afterlife. It seems to me that God would give the spark, that motivated me to learn more about Him, and not give it to my friend. The only conclusions I keep coming to, is that atheists DO know God, but due to pride or disobedience, they won’t acknowledge Him. Or maybe they think by refusing to acknowledge God, they will not be judged?

    What are your thoughts on this?

  4. gerard

    i think the cross that we are to take up daily and we must remember that the cross was a method of death is to daily CRUCIFY the flesh. We do this by staying in touch with the holy Spirit throughout the day.As we practice the presence of God our natural desires fade away and we become aware of something far better than our piddly wants as they are consumed by Gods wonderful plan for our lives.
    thank you gerard

  5. Shvonne

    THANK YOU JESUS THIS SITE IS A BLESSING TO ME! I have just been struggling spiritually and this has given me something to read to increase my faith that is backed by the word! I don’t know who you are but I AM INDEED BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE! Continue what you are doing because I will be reading! Amen!

  6. Ken

    How Do We Get Faith?

    I would say simply and of course obvious we get faith by doing what scriptures say on how we get faith. What does scripture say on how we get faith? First I want to share two types of faith.
    A. I can look at every situation and refuse to believe anything that I have concerns about and have faith God will correct it.
    B. I can look at every situation and refuse to believe anything that I have concerns about and let Gods faith live in me.

    I believe answer B is how God wants faith to live in one. When Gods faith does not live on one what is the reason? Scripture says the Holy Spirit lives in Christians then faith should live in one and searching about the Holy Spirit living in one should be viewed. The Holy Spirit will lives in Christians if they do what is necessary for the Holy Spirit to live in one. If a Christian lives a selfless life then they are an empty Vessel and the Holy Spirit will live in them and faith will live in them. Please see below thoughts I posted on many Christian forums and Apologetic forums and received very good responses. Please review and share your thoughts.
    Denial of oneself and the Cross

    Mt 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
    Strongs definition of deny: …to forget one’s self, lose sight of one’s self and one’s own interests…
    The KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon
    http://classicbst.crosswalk.com/Lexicons/Greek/grk.cgi?number=533&version=kjv
    What is ‘his cross’? No where does other scriptures say what is ‘his cross’. Many teachings refer to ‘his cross’ as the physical suffering one goes thru but there is no scriptural backup even though scripture show physical suffering will happened to believers but in no cases are these sufferings called a believers cross. Jesus died on the cross for us and it would go against His salvation to believe ‘his cross’ is our suffering on a tree cross. Because suffering physically or on a tree cross is not scripturally backed up for the definition of ‘his cross’ a believer must look for a real scriptural backup for ‘his cross’. We must have scriptural backup for any conclusion and there is only one type scriptural backup for the definition of ‘his cross’. Actually four in the Gospels and they are similar scriptures to the Mt 16:24. This scripture simply defines ‘his cross’ and it is exclusively defined by its reference ‘deny’. Denying our self is the exclusive definition of ‘his cross’ not physical suffering even though physical suffering may be a result of picking up our cross of denying our self. Why so much interest by me? Because deny our self is what scripture defines as ‘his cross’ then we will focus on the true meaning of the Mathew scripture ’deny our self’ as Jesus wish for us. Any result of physical suffering, persecution, or death etc. is not part of ‘his cross’ but the definition of ‘his cross’ is exclusively denying our self. Concluding, I believe, ‘his cross’ is physical suffering, persecution, or death etc…is not scriptural.
    I have been amazed by this scripture for 30 years and realize it is one of the most important scriptures and seek to understand it. I seem strong about it but really am relaxed about it. Just trying to get as much input as possible and hopefully my approach will challenge others to show me incorrect or not. If I am incorrect I want to know it and I need my brothers and sisters to share their knowledge and I can be directed by their knowledge.
    A few other thoughts I posted an another forum:
    When we deny our self then we are an empty vessel that He can dwell in. I believe Jesus cross was denying Himself and giving of himself with the results of being crucified coming to pass leading to the salvation of mankind. By us denying of our self daily then we are crucified with Him and He lives in us and we are led by His Spirit. I believe the key denial of self is following in Jesus footsteps because denying of Himself is how Jesus saved mankind. In other words would Jesus have went thru with being crucified if He did not deny Himself first? I believe Jesus denying Himself is the source where His love for mankind was expressed by being crucified. And for Christians denial of our self is the flowing river of life where we can enter His kingdom.
    Ga 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 Bless
    Ken
    Other Thoughts:
    I believe Jesus is referring to one’s cross because ‘his’ is a Greek reference to himself or herself (REF. 1 below). Because Jesus says ‘cross’ concerning a human being then what does Jesus mean? I believe Jesus could be referring to Jesus cross. What is Jesus cross? Because Jesus suffered before He died on the cross seems like Jesus cross is Him giving of Himself unto death on the cross. If this is true then the moment billions of years in the past when Jesus decided to die for us was the beginning of His cross. The spark of self denial that was finished at His death on the cross. Could it be Jesus cross happened at the instant He decided to deny Himself and denying Himself was His cross? And the result of denying Himself gave way for Him to die on the cross. If this is true then the Mathew scripture comes alive. Our cross is very similar to Jesus cross which is to deny our self. Jesus defines ‘his cross’ in the scripture with the word deny, then our cross is denying our self. When we deny our self then Jesus can live in us because we are an empty vessel for the Holy Spirit to live in and guide.
    Example:
    If I am going to a movie and my neighbor calls needing help, I deny myself and do not go to the movie and help my neighbor.

  7. William

    Hello, I am sitting here in Afghan with the army early in the am, just looking at pictures of DR. Kenneth E Hagin, a man I truly believe to be a wonderful man of God. Run across your site, and have to say what a wonderful job you have done to example what the “Word of Faith movement” is all about. Thanks for posting some of his lesson, I miss his teaching for sure. Have a bless and wonderful Day

    William L

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