|“For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed in a way that awakens more faith]. As it is written and forever remains written, “The just and upright shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17. AMP|
You received a measure of faith when you heard the Gospel of salvation and accepted Jesus as Lord over your life. God does not demand from you what He hasn’t given to you. If He declares that the Just shall live by faith, it is because He knows you have faith in your regenerated spirit. Hebrews 11:1 affirms that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. God’s Word is the only source and substance of faith. That’s why faith is simply saying what God says based on a strong conviction in your heart that what He says is true. Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” This verse clearly tells you that there is a connection between the confessions of your mouth and conviction of your heart. For example, while you were praying, God speaks a Word to you concerning your business or perhaps you were studying the Word and you embraced a verse or two as God’s spoken Word concerning your marriage or academics, you will need to use your faith to make that Word a reality. How? By the HEART-TO-MOUTH principle of faith, that is, aligning your conviction with your confession. In your heart, believe what He says, then with your mouth, keep declaring that same Word. Truly, your confession is a proof of your conviction. If you believe it, you will definitely say it.
Abraham is an example of a man who used his faith to birth His expectations. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform. Romans 4:20-21 KJV. Instead of rehearsing your problems and entertaining fear and its crippling effects into your life, use your faith. Faith doesn’t recognize or magnify the problem, it concentrates on the solution. Jesus teaches in Mark 11:24 to ask for what we need and not to focus on the problem. “Therefore I say unto you, what things so ever you DESIRE, when you pray, believe that you received them, and you shall have them.” Use your faith to receive what has already been given. As far as God is concerned, your desires have been provided for, it’s your responsibility to walk in faith and take what is yours. Giving voice to your faith is the primary corresponding action that faith requires. Any other thing the Holy Spirit may inspire you to do will be secondary to the consistent declaration of your faith. What has God said to you? What is that desire in your heart? It doesn’t matter how long it has persisted, I challenge you to use your faith because all things are possible to anyone who believes!
PRAYER: Thank You Father for the gift of faith, by my faith I live in the realities of Your blessings in Jesus’ name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: Mark 9:23; 2 Corinthians 4:13.