What is the Special Power of Faith?7 min read

Special power of Faith

What is the Special Power of Faith?7 min read

The special power of faith is that is impacts our lives and transcends the purely physical. It is what God has given us, just as He gave us the gift of free will that we might accept His gift of salvation. Faith is not head knowledge but something that is birthed in you. It is firmly related to expectation, like the air we breathe, you can’t see it, but you can’t live without it.

Faith is not of ourselves, or something we can conjure up. For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves. It is a gift of God, not as a result of works, Ephesians 2:8,9.

Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him, Hebrews 11:6. Faith in God is the breath of life for every true follower of Jesus Christ.

What is Faith?

Faith is the opposite of what the law courts of man demand. It is a belief and trust in God based on evidence, but without undeniable proof, for no man can see God and live, Exodus 33:20. However, there is ample proof of a Creator who is the great I Am Who I Am, Exodus 3:14. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible. All things have been created through Him and for Him. In him all things hold together, Colossians 16.

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen, Hebrews 11:1. Faith gives reality to things unseen, treating them as if they were already objects of sight. The fact is that physical sight can easily be proven to not be a reality. What the inner eye sees in the spiritual is the real reality.

Adam’s Lack

Adam was created perfect in the image of God, Genesis 1:27, and was placed in the Garden of Eden and lacked nothing. However, Adam didn’t need faith to believe in God, for Adam and Eve could hear God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, Genesis 3:8.

God commanded Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or he would surely die, Genesis 2:17. Adam had no need to have that kind of knowledge.

Eve was seduced by the Serpent who said, You surely will not die. You will be like God knowing good and evil, Genesis 3:4. Eve saw how good the fruit looked, took it and ate it, for she desired to believe what the serpent said. Then she gave some to her husband who was with her.

Adam used his gift of free will and disobeyed God, choosing instead to go along with his misled wife. The result was total disaster, for sin entered the entire human race. Even creation groans to be free from the curse, Romans 8:22.

Adam and Eve were driven out of the garden and the way was barred by cherubim and a flaming sword, Genesis 3:34. Adam did not have the faith in God such as Abraham would later show. Surely, even if Eve ate of the fruit and failed Adam, God could have provided another wife?

Father of Faith Showed the Special Power of Faith

Abraham, the father of faith, was born with a sin nature and did not walk with God in the cool of the evening in a perfect garden. Yet, he believed the promise God had made when He told Abram to go from his father’s house, Genesis 12:1.

Abraham would undergo many fiery trials, including allowing his wife to talk him into trying to fulfil the promise of God in his own strength. Through this, Ishmael was born to an Egyptian slave, Genesis 16. However, the greatest test of his faith was when God asked Abraham to take his true son, Isaac, to Mount Moriah and offer him up as a burnt offering, Genesis 22:2.

Abraham’s heart must have broken, yet he told his servants, We will worship and return to you, Genesis 22:5. He would obey God, no matter the cost and believe that God would fulfil all the promises God had given him.

Adam was told to multiply and fill the earth. In this Adam failed, but Abraham filled this command, for through his faith his seed would be as the stars of the heaven and as the sand of the seashore, Genesis 22:17. He is known as the father of faith for he had the strength to believe God, Romans 4:9-12.

Different Kinds of Faith

There are various types of faith, but faith is something we use every day of our physical life. You sit down on a chair because you have faith it will hold you. There is the faith that the sun will shine after the rain is over and that season will follow season. You have faith your children will return when they leave home.

There are people who have faith in gods of their own making, but do not have faith in the God who created the universe. For the most part, these people object to the concept of an all-powerful God. Their central focus is always on self and ego-related issues.

Secular and Interpersonal Faith

Others hold to secular faith, such as the power of humanity, progress, science, or even political ideologies. They have faith in human rights, or democracy as guiding principles for society.

Interpersonal faith is where people have faith and trust in other people. This can be seen as family members, a friend’s advice, or a leader’s decision. This kind of faith is essential for personal relationships and social cohesion, but it has limitations and frequently fails.

The only true and lasting faith is faith in a merciful, loving, holy and just God Almighty. The One who knows the end from the beginning, Isaiah 46:10. The  very hairs of your head are numbered, Do not fear for you are more valuable than many sparrows, Luke 12:7, and God watches over them.

The Trials of Faith

Faith that is based on anything other than a holy and righteous God has weaknesses in it. Faith based on humans, human endeavours, or self-works, is faith that will fail. Only faith that is based on a God who is the same yesterday, today and forever, Hebrews 13:8, Malachi 3:6, will never fail.

That kind of faith does not come by head-knowledge or through uncertainty. It is an unshakeable faith that takes us through every fiery trial that can come our way. When our faith is tested it is designed by God, to bring us into a deeper relationship with God.

It is a sad day when we see Christians allow their walk to take them away from God, or even question God as to why He allowed certain trials to come our way 1Peter 4:12. Whatever Satan designs for our destruction, God uses for our good, Genesis 50:20.

The Special Power of Faith

The special power of faith is having unshakable belief in a loving, tender Heavenly Father who only wants the best for His people. No matter what life throws at us, we will survive when we get our eyes off this world onto heavenly things. Come unto Him as little children, Matthew 18:3, with the total faith a child has in a loving parent. That kind of faith will not be moved and it is the faith that will take us into eternity and into the intense presence of God.

In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself. That where I am, there you may be also, John 14:2,3.

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