Matthew 21:21-22. “Truly I say to you, if you have faith, and do not doubt, you shall not only do what we done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, be taken up and cast into the sea, It shall happen. And everything you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive”.
What is faith? Faith is both a force and a feeling. As a force, it moves Christians to action.
As a feeling it gives a deep sense of assurance. When force and assurance moves one to act in the direction of God’s leading, mountains of difficulty will move out of the way.
It is faith that gives substance or reality to that we hope to get from God. We may not immediately witness the manifestation of that for which we pray, but until the manifestation comes, FAITH gives our request substance. If we could immediately witness the manifestation there would be no further need for faith. When we ask according to God’s will our faith becomes the evidence that we have what we ask for. The following scripture assures us that this is how faith operates in moving the hand of God:
Now faith is the substance of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
The new Christian must ever keep in mind that faith operates within the framework of God’s timetable. Faith is not a push button operation. Too many new Christians lose the battle in the exercise of their faith, because they lack endurance. The bible presents a picture gallery of those who endured, and because they endured their faith was rewarded. The following scripture gives emphasis to the need for patient endurance:
Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of
God, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:35-36
Patient endurance is also seen in that great hero of faith, Abraham, who became the head of a faith race of people, and whose example of faith makes every believer a spiritual seed of Abraham. Remember, faith makes things happen!
Because He Is – I am