We all have freedom of will, we can believe the Word of God, or we can reject it. The bridge that spans the chasm between the ‘natural man’ and God is ‘Faith’. The natural man does not have faith, he only has the five senses – hearing, seeing, smelling, feeling and tasting. The natural man has to use the five senses to ‘Believe’.
Now faith is an inside job, God cannot communicate with your senses – your mind and reason, for God is Spirit and can communicate only with what He is, which will have to be spirit. Faith is an inside job and believing is of the category of the mind.
Romans 10:17 NKJV
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The natural mind must believe what he hears, and hearing comes by the word of God.
The only way to get ‘faith’ is to get it from the Word of God. To ‘tap’ into God you got to get ‘faith’, so how do we get it? God gives it to you, by His grace, love and mercy. It is not earned by our own works
Galatians 3:22 KJV
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
So, if we believe, who’s faith do we get? The ‘faith of Jesus Christ’, that is what it says in this properly translated Scriptural statement, and that is a pretty good amount isn’t it. Then how in the world can people say ‘if only I had more faith then I will get more prayers answered’- isn’t the faith of Jesus Christ big enough!
Every believer gets the same amount of faith when we are ‘born again’. Let’s read Galatians 3: 23-26
Galatians 3: 23-26 NKJV
But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
But children of God by faith in Christ Jesus! Children of God when you are born again, because of the ‘seed of promise’ that is now within you.
The Greek word ‘Pistis’ can be translated as ‘believing’ or as ‘faith’. Before the time of Pentecost ‘Pistis’ should be translated as ‘believe’. This is why Jesus Christ had to be born, this is why the written word had to be given, because there is no other way whereby we can receive faith. Did you know that the word ‘faith’ is not used more than 2 times in the Old Testament.
In the book of Hebrews we get the idea that there was so much faith in the Old Testament, but is all a mistranslation – could they’ve had so much faith? No. Why not? Because faith was not available then, it came with Jesus Christ.
That’s why in the Old Testament it says that Abraham ‘believed’ God, and God reckoned it unto him for righteousness.
The incidents described in, for example, Matthew 8:10 and Mark 2:5 are also mistranslated, in most versions it reads as having ‘faith’, but should read ‘believing’, as it happened before the time of Pentecost.
The ‘natural man’ can only believe what he sees.
John 6:30 NKJV
Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do?
In Romans 3:22 we see that God accepts all those of having the faith of Jesus Christ, and also all those of the O.T. whom believed: for there is no difference.
even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;
Reading Romans 12:3, what do we see?
Rom 12:3 NKJV
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
What is that measure of faith that God deals to every man? The faith of what? The faith of Jesus Christ, when that man believes.
The unsaved must receive faith to be saved, but the saved individual must operate believing to bring into manifestation the power of God, because believing is receiving.
So we’ve got to get around to believing, believing the Word of God.
Gal 2:16 NKJV
knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
Gal 2:20 NKJV
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
This is the walk of the renewed mind, the walk of victory, the walk of glory, the walk of alignment and harmony. The life I now live in the senses realm, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and died for me. Hallelujah!
Eph 2:8 NKJV
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
We are of the household of faith:
Gal 6:10 NKJV
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Tit 1:4 NKJV
To Titus, a true son in our common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
It’s all about confessing Romans 10:9 –
Rom 10:9 NKJV
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Believing from your heart:
Rom 10:10 NKJV
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Believing through faith is receiving..