- Romans 14:23 – “whatever is not from faith is sin.”
- 1John 5:4b – “And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.
- 2Corinthians 5:7 – “We walk (live) by faith, not by sight.”
- Matthew 17:20 – “if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
- Hebrews 11:6 says: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him …”
From a Kingdom perspective, I have learned that faith is much more than merely our belief in something, or in someone; but a provision given by God to empower man to partner with Him in manifesting His heavenly Kingdom in the earth. This original and ultimate purpose of God, is the context and primary pursuit of God throughout scripture. Faith must be seen as a provision, and not simply a belief. It is the authorized means by which the citizens of God’s Kingdom receive in and from His Kingdom. This is why it the victory that overcomes this world (“kosmos”, or system of receiving) (1John 5:4b). God requires faith from every believer (Hebrews 11:6).
There is a law within God’s Kingdom, which requires “God to first provide us that which He requires of us.” This literally means that if God requires anything from us He knows that we already have it to give. Therefore, if God requires us to have faith in order for us to please Him, then He must first give us this faith. In Romans 12:3b, the Bible records that “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” This measure of faith is the prerequisite measure that equips every man with the ability to respond to God in faith. Although this measure comes in “seed form”, we are responsible for growing this seed to enable us to accomplish and receive all that God has planned for us in life, to both enjoy and to do. Therefore, whenever God requires us to do something by faith, it is not an issue of “if” we can do it; but rather “will” we do it! Remember, this: Whatever God is requiring you to do by faith, He is not trying to take anything from you, but trying to get something to you! In Gods’ Kingdom we must receive by faith.
However, the work of growing our faith, so that we can receive greater and more consistent manifestation in our lives is the work of every believer. We all must move beyond having mere belief, manifesting what we believe! Oftentimes, we are called to exercise faith to do that which objectively seems impossible in the natural, but we back up from engaging it because we have not graduated our belief into faith so that we can receive what we believe. There is a difference. Belief is your intellectual acknowledgment that a thing is true. Faith is your taking possession of that which you believe, and your commitment to manifesting that which is believed in your life. I will go into greater detail of this fact in a later installment of this newsletter. However, this is the difference in having a religious revelation of faith religiously and a Kingdom perspective of faith. From a Kingdom perspective our faith is for the purpose of partnering with God to manifest His heavenly Kingdom in the earth, while a religious understanding of faith is confined to doctrine and what we believe. Religiously, faith has become equivalent to having hope of a thing happening. We religiously make statements such as: “I’m believing in faith that this or that will happen.” This religious assertion in actuality is a contradiction of the very definition of faith given us in the
Bible. Hebrews 11:1, defines faith as:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Look at this definition again, and pay attention to the words used by the author in describing faith: “Now”, “is”, “evidence” and “things”. These words communicate to us that we are dealing with “present realities” or “things”; not waiting for the “thing” to come to pass. The thing “now” and “is”! The only issue is that we currently do not see it, but it does not mean that we do not currently legally own it. This is why we are told that we “walk (live) by faith, not by sight” (2Corinthians 5:7). In the Kingdom we live by what we don't’ see, because what we don’t see controls that which is seen. Jesus said, “Man does not live by bread alone, but every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Luke 4:4). In the Kingdom, we deal first and foremost with the substance of things, which are spiritual, not in response to things in the natural. This is a key that we all must embrace for us to begin to see regular manifestation of what we believe and receive by faith.
In God’s Kingdom in the earth, everything must happen twice: first in the spirit, then in the natural. The Word of God reveals that which God has already done and made available to us in the spirit, and when we receive this Word by faith we receive what Has done and provided for us. This is the substance of the thing (See Hebrews 11:1). Now our work is to manifest it in the natural world. The Word of God is the means by which God communicates or delivers that which belongs to us through our hearing. Faith comes by hearing, hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Therefore, when we hear what God says, we are actually receiving that which God has already provided, but is now being revealed to us through His word. Our belief in this Word allows us to receive that which is provided in the Word. It is then our work to mature our faith, so that what we’ve receive in our hearing can be manifested in our lives.
It was never God’s intention that His Word not manifest in our lives! Manifestation is both our right and responsibility, but it requires understanding. Remember this: Every spiritual blessing, gifting, provision or promise of God, He intends to manifest in our lives! For the secret things belong to the Lord, but that which He chooses to reveal to man, belongs to man! (Deuteronomy 29:29). God did not have to reveal it to us! However, since He did, we know that those things revealed belong to us, and we understand that they must be received by faith!