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Easy Faith for the Impossible
Series: The 9 Power Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Would you like to have faith for the impossible? Would you like to see dead things–dead people, dead dreams, dead relationships, dead opportunities–come back to life?
I firmly believe that God is calling His people right now to believe Him for what looks absolutely impossible. He’s asking us now, more than ever, to operate in the gift of faith and cling to faith that’s big enough to win major victories in heaven and earth.
I’ve been reading from the book of Romans, and I’ve been getting a major wake-up call on faith. We often think of Romans as the book that focuses on salvation, and it certainly does explain salvation well. However, at least in the first five chapters, it focuses even more on FAITH. Faith, faith, and more faith, because:
Faith, faith, faith. So what is faith?
The word for “faith” in the New Testament is the Greek word “pístis,” which means believing something absolutely AND constantly confessing it.
And that, my friend, is huge. It’s huge because we often think (in the Western world, anyway) that faith is intellectual knowledge that something is true. However, that’s not what faith is at all. FAITH is believing it and being convicted about it, and at the same time continuously confessing it out of your mouth.
That’s why Romans 10:9 says:
“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.”
Scripture tells us in that verse that it is both the believing in your heart plus the confessing with your mouth that results in salvation. And we know that salvation is by FAITH in Christ Jesus, but it makes sense that the apostle Paul would have explained in the passage above that both believing in the heart and confessing with your mouth are required–because anything less is not faith.
Wow. Deep, huh?
So faith requires both believing something with absolute conviction AND confessing it out of your mouth. And if you are missing either one of those two elements, then what you have is not faith.
Studying this subject really rattles me, because I tend to get complacent. Too often, I neglect the verbal confession of God’s Word.
You know how it goes. I believe God’s Word, but sometimes I get too lazy, or too busy, or too irritated with the fact that God hasn’t done ____ for me yet … and so I stop speaking God’s Word out of my mouth. I still ...
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