Don’t Struggle for Faith – Receive It From God

sisyphus2-webAccording to the Bible, growing faith is not a struggle. Faith is a grace, a gift from God. The gift of faith comes freely when we meet the conditions of the promise.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

We struggle when we try to work up our own faith outside of God’s grace. This kind of faith is no substitute for real Bible faith. Human natural faith is weak and temporary. It is emotional and intellectual. It is of the mind. It is usually referred to as ‘mental assent.’ This is when a person ‘mentally assents’ to something as believable but not yet fully believing it or receiving it. It is a mental faith and not a heart faith. It will not receive anything from God.

God’s faith is supernatural. It is spiritual, personal, and vital. It is alive and it is active. Its power is irresistible because it has the backing of Almighty God Himself. The Bible says that, “It is with the heart that man believes unto righteousness.” Faith comes to the heart when the answer to the promise is spoken to us by the Lord.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the (spoken) word of Christ. Romans 10:17

We simply cannot receive through mental assent. Faith alone is God’s currency. Faith comes alive when the word on the page drops from our head down into our heart. We must meditate on His word and seek Him until we know that we know that we know that we have heard from Him. Faith is not make-believe. It is not a hope so or a wish so. It is an imparted knowing from God. Faith begins when the will of God is known. To receive, we must determine whether we have a head faith or a heart faith.

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. II Corinthians 13:5a

For many of us the confusion on how one receives faith has resulted in countless vain attempts to believe. Not to mention the added disappointment of not receiving. Let us stop struggling. We cannot manufacture our own faith. Faith cannot be worked it up. Let us go to His word and into His presence and receive from Him. It will take time, discipline, and focused seeking but it will be worth it.

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

It is worth it because when faith comes the answer comes. For faith, the Bible says, is the victory.

For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. I John 5:4

5 comments to Don’t Struggle for Faith – Receive It From God

  • gary

    No, God doesn’t need your help to save you. Baptists and evangelicals are correct: sinners MUST believe to be saved. But you will not find one passage of Scripture that states that the sinner must make a “decision” to believe. The sinner must believe, but it is God who makes the decision for him to believe.

    Acts 13:48 (ESV)
    48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.

    This passage of Scripture points out the great fallacy of (Arminian/Free Will) Baptist and evangelical theology: The sinner does not assist or even cooperate in his salvation. The sinner is a passive participant in his salvation. Yes, he believes, but he believes because he was appointed before the world existed to believe, not because HE makes a free will decision to do so.

    God chooses who will believe…the sinner chooses to reject Christ and send himself to hell. Christ died for all and desires all to be saved. God has predestined NO ONE to hell.

    The Arminians and the Calvinists are both wrong.

    http://www.lutherwasnotbornagain.com/2013/10/salvation-is-much-simpler-than.html

  • Bsp Mwaniki Samuel

    Sure faith comes from God we should not struggle for it, but just to believe in God without doubt.

    • Sure, but the whole issue is how does one get to a place where you can ‘believe in God without doubt.’ How do you get there? Do you choose to do it, or is it received as a graced ability from God? And, if it is grace received, is there anything that you must do to receive it? Are there conditions?

      Is there an actual moment when one receives faith? A moment when you have it but a moment before you did not. I believe there is such a moment. It is the moment you ‘hear’ from God concerning the thing for which you are hoping – Romans 10:17.

      The Church has been vague and confusing on these issues and because of that there is a huge misunderstanding about when someone truly is in faith. Most people, I think, if they are honest, just assume that they are in faith, or hope that they are in faith, and they have no idea if they really are in faith. The woman with the issue of blood knew that she would be healed (Mark 5:28). We also need to ‘know.’ It is the basis of faith.

  • Awesome piece, I tell my kids all the time have faith and their reply is always “I do mom but….” with that they get a lecture from me, there is no “buts” in faith, saying it doesn’t mean your believing it, there’s a huge difference.

  • Mwila Mwila

    Now this, is Good!!!!!!!
    :-)

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