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MODULE 7
SESSION 3 & 4

Principles of Faith
Foundation Scriptures for this session:
Habbakuk 2:4
Hebrews 11:6
Supplementary Scriptures
for further study and meditation
Mark 16:22-25
Hebrews 11:1-3
2 Corinthians 5:7
Romans 10:9-17
Romans Ch 3-4
James Ch 2

Purpose of these sessions


The Bible declares four times that the just shall live by faith. We are also
informed that it is impossible to please God without faith. Clearly faith is a
subject that is essential if we are to please God and really live the life He
has prepared for us. In these sessions we will explore the Scriptural
teaching concerning the development and exercise of faith.
Matthew 6:33 says:
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His
righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these
things taken together will be given you besides.
(Matthew 6:33 AMP)
There are ways of being and of doing that release the resources of heaven
and earth into our lives. Faith and its operation is not an optional lesson for
the sincere disciple. The Bible declares that without faith it is impossible to
please God (Heb 11:6), but that He richly rewards those who choose to do
things His way.
Student Goals

To grasp the principles of faith as taught in the Bible.

To apply these principles in their life.

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LESSON OUTLINE:
In the following lessons we will consider the following:
1. What faith is
2. Levels of faith
3. The enemies of faith
4. How faith works
5. Releasing faith through confession
6. Becoming doers of the Word

1. What Faith Is
a. Gods character is the foundation for faith
To begin we will first define faith. We will consider both what faith IS and what
it IS NOT.
To lay a foundation for all that follows in these sessions, which will deal much
with principles and practical application of those principles, we must first
stress that the doctrine of faith cannot be divorced from relationship with God.
Many of the principles we speak of over the following sessions can be
exercised with some results apart from a vital union with God. The New Age
and the Motivational world of humanism is replete with books and teachings
concerning positive confession for example, with testimonies of amazing
results. Biblical faith and its exercise however is rooted first and foremost in a
love relationship with our Father in Heaven through Jesus Christ.
The first definition we will give for faith then is simply this:
TRUST in another, or anothers Word.
The Greek word, pistes, translated faith in the New Testament simply
means: Trust, assurance, confidence in another and anothers word. To
have faith in God means to trust Him, to trust His Word, and have confidence
that He will keep it.
Faith works by love (Galatians 5:6). It is our love relationship with a God
whom we know and trust which provides the seedbed for fearless confidence
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in His Word. We trust and act on His Word, because we trust Him, and know
that His thoughts and intentions toward us are entirely good.
Andrew Murray in his exposition of Hebrews, The Holiest
of All exhorts believers to go beyond the mechanics of
faith to discover its Source: Faith is much more than trust
in the word of another, he says, That trust is of extreme
importance as its initial exercise, but the word must only be
the servant leading into the divine truth it contains, the
living person from whom it comes. To deal too exclusively
with the word as the ground of faith will lead to a faith that
is more intellectual than spiritual, a faith that, as the Church so
universally shows, rests more in the wisdom of men, in the power of
reason, than in the power of God. We need to be persuaded very
deeply that faith is not only a dealing with certain promises, but an
unceasing spiritual intercourse with the unseen world around us.
Andrew Murray, The Holiest of All, KCM publications, ISBN 0-8010-5763-9

Gods own character is the very bedrock for every other action of faith. The
Bible says that He is the faithful one, and that He cannot deny Himself (2 Tim
2:13). He is the God of Faith, the very Source!
This truth is important to remember to prevent us from unwittingly entering a
religion of works where we merely apply spiritual principles in order to get
desired results, and forget that God did not send His Son merely so we could
be healed and prosperous He sent His Son for something far greater than
that, that we could know Him:
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true
God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17:3 NKJV)
Many philosophies today, even some which purport to be Christian, do not
believe that God is a Person. They consider God as the perfect Mind, or the
Universal Consciousness, yet they refuse to locate Him. They have a faith in
certain principles or concepts, ones which undoubtedly have wrought great
changes in their lives, yet they cannot bring anyone into fellowship with the
Father, or produce a New Creation. True faith is first and foremost in a Person
the Person of God.

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b. What faith is not


In order to better comprehend what faith is we will first consider what faith is
not.
Two kinds of faith
Essentially there are two kinds of faith:

Sense knowledge faith

and Revelation faith.

Biblical faith is Revelation faith.


Sense Knowledge Faith:
Sense knowledge faith is natural faith based upon
the evidence of the five senses or upon experience.
It believes what it can see or touch.
For example, each time we sit upon a chair we
exercise sense knowledge faith. Our past
experience tells us that if we place our weight upon
the piece of furniture it will hold us. We can see and
touch the chair and so place our faith in its ability to
hold us.
This is the kind of faith displayed by Thomas in John chapter 20 verse 25:

The other disciples therefore said to


him, We have seen the Lord.
So he said to them, Unless I see in
His hands the print of the nails, and
put my finger into the print of the
nails, and put my hand into His side,
I will not believe.
(John 20:25 NKJV)
He was willing to believe, but only if he had evidence for his natural senses. In
verse 29 Jesus speaks of another kind of faith, one which believes even if we
do not see, hear, smell or touch. Peter rejoices when he witnesses this kind of
faith in his disciples:
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whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see
Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
(1Pet 1:8)

As the Scriptures say:


For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2Cor 5:7 NKJV)
E W Kenyon in his excellent book, Two Kinds of Faith says:
Sense knowledge will fight every step of the way to hold us in the
realm of things seen, felt and heard, but we persistently drive
ourselves into the Word until the Word is part of our being, the
Word is real.
Another great teacher of the faith message, the late Kenneth Hagin, says this
in his Bible Faith Study Course (p39):
Many people are trying to believe God with their
physical senses or with natural, human faith. And if
their physical senses tell them their prayer hasn't been
answered, then they believe their physical senses,
instead of the Word of God.
But what do your physical senses have to do with the
Bible? God's Word is so whether you feel like it is or
not. God's Word is so whether it looks like it is so or
not. God's Word is true all the time regardless of your
feelings. No matter what the circumstances, God's
Word is still true.
I can't teach faith any plainer than that. That's as plain
as faith gets: put your faith in what the Word says rather than in what
your senses tell you. If you can't understand faith yet, you just keep
reading these lessons and studying God's Word. As you do, eventually
your mind will be renewed with the Word and the light will come to
you.
Kevin Conner in his book, Foundations of Christian Doctrine also defines
faith as:
The spiritual sense that touches and reaches things beyond the
natural senses, and which the natural senses cannot lay hold of.
Andrew Murray also speaks of this in The Holiest of All:
Faith is the spiritual faculty of the soul which deals with the spiritual
realities of the future and the unseen. Just as we have our senses,
through which we hold communication with the physical universe, so
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faith is the spiritual sense or organ through which the soul comes into
contact with and is affected by the spiritual world.
Faith is not Mental Assent
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church, warned that many people
in the church are not really saved. They have merely mentally subscribed to
certain truths. They have believed with the mind but not the heart. He called
such faith mental assent.
Mental Assent at times looks like faith. Often it sounds like faith. It agrees that
the Bible is true; that it is the revelation of God and that every Word is
inspired. Yet, when crisis comes, it does not act upon the Word, it relies upon
sense knowledge, and leans upon natural means. It recognises the
truthfulness of the Bible, but refuses to act upon it.
This is not the kind of faith God speak of when He says:
So Jesus answered and said to them, Have faith in God. (Mark 11:22)
It is not just a faith that God exists, but a faith that literally takes you into
God. It engages with Him personally.
Faith is not hope
Natural hope can be the greatest enemy of faith. The reason being, hope is
always a future thing; I hope one day to be healed, I hope to have the
money to pay my bills.
Faith on the other hand is a present reality, By His stripes I am healed. As
Paul says in Hebrews 11:1; NOW, faith is
The Scriptures say of Abraham in Romans 4:
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father
of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed
be. (Rom 4:18)
Abraham, against all natural hope, believed in another hope based upon the
Word of promise he had received from God. An inner image was built on the
inside of Abraham through the Word of God, his faith then took hold of the
image that had developed and brought substance and reality to it. Isaac was
born.

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Biblical hope
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning,
that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might
have hope Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy
Spirit. (Romans 15:4, 13 NKJV)
Biblical hope is not a whimsical desire for a nice outcome, it is a deep
confidence, an earnest expectation of good, and a sure knowledge that Gods
promise will come to pass. It is not just positive expectation with no
foundation, it is a vision founded upon Gods Word.
For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for
why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we
do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. (Rom 8:24-25)
Hope essentially is a VISION FROM GOD. We see and receive a promise
from Gods Word, and this becomes the blueprint for our faith.
Hebrews 6:19 tells us that hope in Gods Word anchors the soul. When
contrary circumstances or evidence seeks to move us away from our
confident trust in Gods faithfulness, the picture that hope has painted upon
our inner man keeps us steady and takes us into the eternal realm, where
such things no longer move us.
As our vision is filled with the new picture of Gods promise, and as we focus
upon it and begin to confess its reality in our lives (despite any contrary
evidence), we move over from hope to faith.
What was once an earnest expectation of future manifestation becomes
substance in our inner man, and we possess that which we have seen and
perceived in the spiritual realm.
Faith is laying hold of the unrealities of hope and bringing
them into the realm of reality by acting on the Word.
The blueprint becomes the building!
God utilised such visionary tactics with Abraham. He caused him to see the
stars and dust as children that would be born to him (Gen 13:16; 15:5), and
even changed his name so Abrahams constant confession became I am the
father of a multitude (the meaning of the name Abraham).

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In this way we move from hope to faith to manifestation.


1. We hear (Gods Promise)

2. We see (what the promise would look like if


it were true in our lives)

3. Hope develops a confident and earnest expectation


for this to come to pass in our lives

4. We believe & speak (hope gives way to faith and we


possess the promise as a present reality)

5. We Act (upon the present reality in the spiritual realm)

6. the results are manifest in the natural realm.

Confession (speaking out) of the Word of promise


helps us to progress from hope to faith.

Faith is not confidence in oneself


Much is taught nowadays encouraging people to believe in themselves, and
to recognise their own latent powers and abilities. This is not the faith that the
Scriptures teach. The foundation of faith teaching is found in the foundational
teachings of the church as listed in Hebrews 6; Faith toward God, not faith
in oneself. True faith comes through Christ alone, who is the Author and
Perfecter of faith in the Believer (Heb 12:2).

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C. Faith defined
In this section we will define faith as described in the Bible.
I. Faith is SUBSTANCE and EVIDENCE
The primary text describing the nature of faith is found in Hebrews 11:1:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)
We here discover that revelation faith is two things:
i.

Substance (of things hoped for)

ii.

Evidence (of the unseen)

The Amplified Bible expands on this definition:


NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the
things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the
conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not
revealed to the senses]. (Hebrews 11:1 AMP)

Just as someone might be given an overseas property


and receive the title deed for the said building. Even
though they may not have seen the actual bricks and
mortar building, they nevertheless own the property.
The title deed is the evidence that the unseen property
belongs to that person right now.
Similarly, Gods specific Word is the title deed (a legal and binding document)
for those things we believe for. It is the absolute evidence of their reality, and
faith is the spiritual currency that makes the deed personally ours. We may
not see the provision we need in the physical right now, but we have the deed
and it is just a matter of time before the physical reality manifests.
Faith provides proof for that which cannot be perceived by the senses. Faith
convinces us of the reality of the unseen. It is a spiritual substance, as real as
any natural substance, and in fact more enduring.
E W Kenyon interprets these verses:
Faith is grasping the unrealities of hope and bringing them into the
realm of reality.
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This section of Hebrews expands upon this definition in verse 3:


By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages]
were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended
purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of
things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:3 AMP)
All that we see and perceive with the senses was framed or pictured first in
the heart of God, and then spoken into existence (Gen 1). Those faith-filled
Words were the creative substance that brought all matter into being.
We discover the powerful truth that the visible world proceeded from the
invisible world of the spirit. The spiritual reality is the parent reality, coming
before and being more substantial in importance and durability than the
physical world around us.
Paul the Apostle says of this:
while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary,
but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2Corinthians 4:18)
The seen realm is temporal, subject to change, but the unseen is eternal. The
seen realm is subject to the unseen, and faith is the substance which affects
these changes.
Our world, as believers, is supposed to be framed in the same way by Gods
Word. The picture we see of ourselves and our destiny should be painted not
by present circumstance or past failures or successes, but by the ever living
Word of God. We, as children and imitators of our Father, should then be
speaking what we see into existence.
Whereas Sense Knowledge faith seeks physical evidence for the reality of
that which it is believing for (I see it or feel it therefore I have it), Revelation
Knowledge faith believes even when it does not see its object (although I do
not yet see or feel it with my natural senses it is mine right now in the spiritual
realm. That realm is superior to the natural, and the manifestation of what is
already real in the spirit will follow). Faith perceives and grasps its objective in
the unseen realm before ever possessing it in the natural.
So in conclusion:
1. FAITH is the SUBSTANCE of that which we hope for. It gives reality
to it.
2. FAITH is the EVIDENCE of those things we perceive in the spiritual
realm.

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II. Faith is a LAW.


Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No,
but by the law of faith. (Romans 3:27 NKJV)
Faith is a law or a inviolable principle. In the same way that there are natural
laws which are constant and work the same way every time they are invoked,
so the law of faith will work every time it is put into action. It is not a subjective
reality; it will work the same way for anyone who acts according to its
principles of operation.
In the section which follows we will consider these principles of the operation
of faith.

2. The Principles of faith and how they operate


a. The just shall live by faith
Four times the Scriptures overtly declare:
Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall
live by his faith. (Habakkuk 2:4 NKJV)
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is
written, The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:17 NKJV)
But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for
the just shall live by faith. (Galatians 3:11 NKJV)
Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul
has no pleasure in him. (Hebrews 10:38 NKJV)
One version translates the verse in Habbakuk, But it is the righteous man
who will really live. Similarly the Message paraphrase tells us:
Look at that man, bloated by self-importance full of himself but soulempty. But the person in right standing before God through loyal and
steady believing is fully alive, really alive. (Hab 2:4 MESSAGE)
Truly, the man who lives by faith is the one who really lives because he is
connecting to the One who is the Giver of Life in a vital way.

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The Bible declares we are the just or righteous ones that these Scriptures
refer to:
It was to demonstrate and prove at the present time (in the now
season) that He Himself is righteous and that He justifies and accepts
as righteous him who has [true] faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:26 AMP)

See Module 5: The Atonement for a full exposition of this


amazing truth.

Through our faith in Christ we are delivered from the power of sin and have
indeed become the very righteousness of God:
For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so
that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as
being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to
be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His
goodness]. (2Corinthians 5:21 AMP)
As such the Bible declares that we are to live by faith. It is not something we
are trying to do, it is how we are created to live and operate.

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b. Growing Faith
i. Where does faith come from?
The only Source of true faith is God Himself, and His Word. The Bible says
that Jesus is the author of our faith:
Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader
and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief]
and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for
the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the
cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right
hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 AMP)
Romans 10:17 is a key verse to understand the operation of faith:
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word (Gk:
Rhema) of God. (Romans 10:17 NKJV)
To hear the Word with our spirit is to hear Jesus Himself speak to us. The
Source of true faith is Jesus, the Living Word, and the Bible, the written Word.
The Holy Spirit takes what is written in the Scriptures and makes it alive to our
understanding. This is where faith comes from.
It is the seed of Gods Word entering our heart that is the active ingredient in
the New Birth:
having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible,
through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
(1Peter 1:23 NKJV)
This is why it is so important to speak to others from Gods Word. Without the
seed being planted there can be no harvest and no salvation (Rom 10:13-17).
The Word of salvation through Christ carries the spiritual potential to bring
someone to new birth if it is received in a willing heart. Gods grace works
together with His Word to bring a person to Himself.
Jesus said in Luke 8:11:
The seed is the word of God. (Luke 8:11)
This He says in relation to the parable of the sower. The ground into which the
seed is sown is likened to the human heart:
But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and
good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with
patience. (Luke 8:15 KJV)
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Paul says something similar in Romans 10:


But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in
your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 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. For with the
heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession
is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:8-10 NKJV)
This is the first and fundamental part in the operation of faith. The Word of
faith must be received in the heart. The heart of man is the spirit of man. Man
is a three part being: He is a spirit, he has a soul (mind, will and emotions),
and he lives in a body (1Thess 5:23). It is not enough to give mental assent to
the Word, it must be received in the spirit. We cannot believe with the intellect.
As Andrew Murray states in The Holiest of all, his exposition of the book of
Hebrews:
When man speaks it is the revelation of himself, to make known the
otherwise hidden thoughts and dispositions of his heart. When God,
who dwells in light that is inaccessible, speaks out of the heights of His
glory, it is that He may reveal HimselfGod speaks to that which is
deeper than all, to the heart, that central depth within us whence are
the issues of life.
Romans 2:29 uses the word heart and spirit interchangeably, speaking of
the same thing. The heart of man is the spirit of man. Elsewhere the spirit of
man is also referred to as the hidden man of the heart (1 Pet 3:4) and the
inward man (Rom 7:22). It is here that the supernatural seed is received and
believed.
The seed principle works in every area of life. If we want healing we plant the
Word of healing; if we want to develop love, the Word of love is what we plant
in the heart.
Just as a natural seed has the capacity within it to produce a tree or fruit
(reproducing after its own nature) so the Divine Word has the capacity to
release the nature of God in our lives when we receive it in our spirit:
as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and
godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and
virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious
promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine
nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
(2Peter 1:3-4 NKJV)
Our job is not to make the seed grow. Only God can do that:
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. (1Cor 3:6)
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Our part in the process is to plant the seed.

Discuss as a class what it means to plant the seed of Gods


Word? What are some of the ways we can plant the seed?

The farmer who plants the seed does not necessarily need to understand the
intricate physics and biology behind the growth of the seed. He just knows
that if he does his part the seed itself will do the rest. Jesus spoke about this
in respect to faith in Mark chapter 4, verses 26 :
And He said, The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed
on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed
should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth
yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full
grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the
sickle, because the harvest has come. (Mark 4:26-29 NKJV)
We also, as believers, do not need to know how increase will come, or the
details of Gods supernatural working. We just know and trust that Gods
Word is a supernatural seed that, when planted, releases supernatural power.
ii. Growing faith
The Bible says all men do not have faith, (2 Thess 3:2)
When we were alienated from God we were cut off from the Source, so we
had no faith. The gift of saving faith is imparted through the Word in order to
bring us to God (NB: This is different to the gift of faith spoken of in
1Corinthians 12:9, which speaks of a specific endowment of divine faith for a
particular task, granted to an individual by the Holy Spirit). Boasting is
excluded because we cannot even believe to be saved without God first
extending the gift of saving faith to us in the first place:
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of
yourselves; it is the gift of God, (Ephesians 2:8 NKJV)
Once we are born again the Bible shows that the substance of faith is
deposited in our heart. Romans calls this the (or a) measure of faith:
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among
you (believers), 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. (Romans 12:3 NKJV)
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Having received this measure it is now the believers responsibility to develop


and increase their faith through the principles taught in the Scriptures. Each
believer is expected to go from faith to ever increasing faith (Romans 1:17).
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting,
because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of
you all abounds toward each other, (2Thessalonians 1:3 NKJV)
as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in
our sphere, (2Corinthians 10:15 NKJV)
Measures of faith described in the bible include:

The Scriptures also speak of qualities of faith such as steadfast faith (Col
2:5), rich faith (James 2:5), unfeigned faith (1 Tim 1:5; 2 Tim 1:5), vain faith (1
Cor 15:14) and even dead faith (James 2:17).

Consider together these different Scripture references concerning


measures of faith. Look them up in small groups and see what
characteristics are displayed when that particular measure is
displayed. For example, great faith is spoken of as believing in the
Word alone to accomplish that for which it is sent (Luke 7:7-9; Matt 8:8).
What kind of faith do you generally display?
What principles and practices do you exercise to increase your faith?

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Developing a strong faith


To go to great faith from no faith youve got to sow faith to grow faith.
Having received the measure of faith from God we now must develop it. There
is only one true way to develop and grow faith; The Word of God.
E W Kenyon relates this to our covenant in The Two Kind so Faith when he
says:
Get to know your place, your rights, your privileges, and your
authority. There will be no problem about faith then. Faith is a problem
only when we do not know the Lord and we do not know His Word.
The great faith Apostle Smith Wigglesworth likewise said in his book 'Faith
that Prevails' :
"There is where men lack. All lack of faith is due to not feeding on
God's Word. You need it every day. How can you enter into the life of
faith? Feed on the living Christ of whom this Word is- full. As you get
taken up with the glorious fact and the wondrous presence of the living
Christ, the faith of God will spring up within you. 'Faith cometh by
hearing, and hearing by the Word of God

DEVELOP FAITH KEY 1: HEARING GODS


WORD
Put simply, Gods given method to develop our faith is
hearing His Word and receiving it in our heart:
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
(Romans 10:17 NKJV)
Faith comes to the heart when we hear God speak to us; He speaks through
His Word. If we honour His Word, and hear it, as it really is, His divine
utterance to us personally, our faith will grow. The humble and reverent
attitude of our heart is key:
For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,
Says the LORD. But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of
a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word. (Isaiah 66:2 NKJV)
Make note that this Scripture does not say, faith comes by the Word of God.
Faith comes by hearing. Hearing whom? Hearing God speak. The Word
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sensitises our heart to hear Him speak to us personally, and quicken what we
are reading or listening to.
We quote again from Andrew Murray:
The external words of Christ, just like the words of the prophets, are to
prepare us for, and point us to, that inner speaking in the heart by the
Holy Spirit, which alone is life and power. This is Gods true speaking in
His Son
It is through the Son the living, mighty, divine Son, direct that God
speaks: it is only in direct living contact with the Son that the words can
profit
The great work of God in heaven, the chief thought and longing of His
heart is, in His Son, to reach your heart and speak to you. Oh, let it be
the great work of your life, and the great longing of your heart, to know
this Jesus; as a humble, meek disciple to bow at His feet, and let Him
teach you of God and eternal life
[Remember] that angels and prophets could only point to Him who was
to come, that the words of Scripture, and even of Christ Himself, only
profit as they waken the expectancy of something higher, let us wait on
God to speak in His Son to us. Gods speaking in us will be a mighty
act of creative power, a birth of His love within us.
Andrew Murray, The Holiest of All, KCM publications, ISBN 0-8010-5763-9

In order to develop strong faith we must constantly look to the Word of God,
and listen with an expectant heart for Gods voice speaking through it.
Proverbs says:
My son, give attention (attend) to my words; Incline your ear to my
sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst
of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all
their flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-22 NKJV)
When we give attention and attend to something we actively engage with the
task. It is not a frivolous or accidental thing. It is deliberate and purposeful.
Jesus said to take care what we are hearing:
And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure
[of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the
measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to youand more
[besides] will be given to you who hear. (Mark 4:24 AMP)
Just as Abraham allowed the Promise to fill His vision, not the problem, centre
your attention not on circumstance but on what the Word of Promise declares.

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It is good to remember that we are called to live by faith. Faith is a lifestyle,


not an event. We must hear, and hear and hear again, until the heart takes
hold of the reality of the promise and the substance of faith is born in the
spirit. Too often we magnify the problem, the weakness, or the reasons why
not, rather than magnify the Lord and His Word:
He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was
strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, (Romans 4:20 NKJV)
We must magnify the Lord and His Word. We must allow the promise to paint
the picture for us, not the problem. To magnify something means it will
eventually fill our vision. Our vision must be filled with what God has
purposed, not the obstacles that stand in the way. Faith is designed to remove
the obstacles, however large they appear:
So Jesus answered and said to them, Have faith in God. For
assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed
and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes
that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
(Mark 11:22-23 NKJV)
As we give our attention to the Word, leaning into it, we develop capacity for
faith. Meditation on the Word develops capacity for faith.
This is what God told Joshua to do when he stood on the banks of the Jordon,
preparing for the greatest faith exploit of his life; possessing the promised
land:
Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do
according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do
not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper
wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your
mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe
to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your
way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:7-8)
Notice that the process was to first give full attention to the Word, meditating
in it day and night. Meditate means to mutter or speak to oneself. Joshua was
encouraged to speak the Word to himself continually, thinking upon it all the
time. In this way he would observe (see how) to do it. A picture was drawn
on Joshuas imagination, he observed what the Word promised, and faith
came to act upon it and do what it said. The results were prosperity and
success in his endeavours. The same is true for you and I.

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DEVELOP FAITH KEY 2: BELIEVE IN THE


HEART
We have already discussed this earlier in this session. It is
not enough to give intellectual assent to a truth. It must be
received in the heart. The heart person is the real you, your spirit. To believe
in the heart means to receive the Word personally in the very depth of who
you are. No longer is the Word a general statement of truth, it is a personal
promise, a covenant reality, upon which to stand.
Romans 10 verses 6-10 speak to this area.
First Paul establishes that our righteousness is through Christ, not the law. As
we established at the outset of this session, we are the righteousness of God
in Christ Jesus.
He continues to explain how faith operates in the most awesome miracle of
all, salvation:
But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, Do not say in your
heart, Who will ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down
from above) (Romans 10:6 NKJV)
Faith does not call God to come and do what He has given us authority to
accomplish. He does not need to come down to save us, or provide for us etc.
He has already provided all that is necessary and freely given it to us. What is
needed is for us to receive it by faith.
or, Who will descend into the abyss? (that is, to bring Christ up
from the dead). (Romans 10:7 NKJV)
Nor does righteousness say, If only Jesus were here today. If Jesus were
here this person would be healed or whatever. Jesus is here. Jesus lives in
each believer. We must accept the testimony of Scripture and act as if it is so.
Paul then asks the rhetorical question, What does righteousness say, then?
But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in
your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach): (Romans
10:8)
The Word is right here in your mouth and heart. That is where it will become
supernaturally powerful to affect the impossible.
He continues:
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. For
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with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10 NKJV)
With the heart a person believes unto righteousness. A spiritual transaction
takes place in the heart (the spirit) of a person when the Word is heard and
received and accepted as present truth. Faith comes, and this immediately
aligns the believer with God. This is what righteousness means, right standing
with God. Now there is agreement; the Believer and God are one in respect to
the promise that has been received.
This powerful substance called faith is then released from the heart through
the mouth. Faith filled words proceeding from a heart in vital connection with
God are released into the spiritual world, and demand that the natural
circumstance align itself with Gods purpose, just as the heart has. The inner
change affects and outer transformation. Through confession of the believed
Word, the inner reality becomes an outward reality also.
All of this begins in the heart.
The doorways to the heart
There are several doorways, which provided
entrance to the Spirit. The primary entry points
are the eyes and ears. This is why we must be
careful what we watch and what we listen to.
Paul says in Galatians:
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows,
that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh
reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap
everlasting life. (Galatians 6:7-8 NKJV)
If we sow words and images of fear, violence, doubt, perversion, worldliness
etc, this is precisely the harvest we will bring forth; words of fear, violence,
doubt etc. Those will then become the words which determine our future
outcome.

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DEVELOP FAITH KEY 3: CONFESS WITH THE


MOUTH
Following the heart being filled and believing the next major
part in the process is confession: Speaking out what is in the
heart.
The Bible speaks of four kinds of confession:
i.
The Jews confession of sin under John the Baptist (Matthew
3:5-6)
ii.
The confession of the sinner under the New Covenant (John
16:9; Rom 10:9)
iii.
The believers confession of his sins (1John 1:9; James 5:16)
iv.
The believers confession of faith
It is this fourth kind of confession that we are considering here. It is the
believers confession of our faith in Gods Word, in Christ and in the Father.
The Greek word translated in the KJV as confession (and
sometimes profession) is (Strongs #3671 oJmologia) homologia.
It means to assent or covenant, to agree. It is best translated: To
agree; To say the same thing as
New Testament confession means simply this; we say the same thing as God
says in His Word.
Quoting again from E W Kenyons Two Kinds of Faith:
When the confession of our lips perfectly harmonizes with the
confession of our hearts, and these two confessions confirm Gods
Word, then we become mighty in our prayer life.
We must make the quality decision to side with Gods Word. God will only
work with His Word, and it His Word that He confirms, not just our good
intentions:
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with
them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.
Amen. (Mark 16:20 NKJV)
He watches over His Word to perform it:
Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and
active, watching over My word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12 AMP)

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Words determine our life


The Scriptures teach that there are two distinct operations essential to the
working of faith in the believers life:
1. Believe with the heart
2. Speak with the mouth
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the
mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:10 NKJV)
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed
and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes
that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
(Mark 11:23 NKJV)
Faith must have a voice. Paul explained how the spirit of faith operates in
2Corinthians 4:13:
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I
believed and therefore I spoke, we also believe and therefore speak,
(2Corinthians 4:13 NKJV)
Romans 10:10 says that we believe with the heart, but confession of what is
believed must be made with the mouth to bring forth the manifestation. Faith
filled speaking is a creative act. It could be said that to live by faith is to
live by our believing and speaking.
FF Bosworth says in his book, Christ the Healer:
The Word is lifeless until faith is breathed into it on your lips. Then it
becomes a supernatural force.
Kenneth Hagin states the Following:
Believing Plus Confessing Equals Activated Faith. Notice the
latter part of Romans 10:10: " ... with the mouth confession is made
UNTO. . . ." The text says that with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation. But that's not only true concerning salvation, it is true
concerning anything else you receive from God. Everything you receive
from God comes the same way - through faith.
For example, it's with the heart that man believes when it comes to
receiving healing, and it's with the mouth that confession is made unto
healing.

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It is with the heart that man believes when it comes to receiving the
baptism of the Holy Spirit, and it is with the mouth that confession is
made unto this Pentecostal experience.
Whatever it is that you receive from God, it is done the same way through faith. Faith is activated by believing with your heart and
confessing with your mouth.
Kenneth Hagin, Bible Faith Study Course, Faith Publications, ISBN 0-89276-083-4

The Power of The Tongue


There is so much in the Scriptures concerning the words that we speak. We
need to realise their importance and significance. Solomon says in Proverbs:
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge
in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]. (Proverbs 18:21 AMP)

The tongue carries the power of:


1. Death
2. Life
The words we choose to speak will determine the nature of what is released
in our lives, either for life or for death.
Ed Cole, the founder of Promise Keepers, says:
Your life today is the result of the words you spoke yesterday, your life
tomorrow will be the result of the words you speak today.
Jesus again explains the key in some interesting conversations with the
Pharisees, recorded in Matthew 12:
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out
of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of
the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man
out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for
every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day
of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your
words you will be condemned. (Matthew 12:34-37 NKJV)
Now, there are some laws of the Spirit that are as basic to our faith as
[the laws of gravity and lift] are to flight. And just like the laws of flight,
they will keep you moving upward and forward when circumstances are
trying to take you down and back! The same One who made the
physical realm created the spiritual realm, and He guarantees the laws
to work. They work for the believer and non-believer alike.
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One of these basic spiritual laws has to do with words. Its called the
Law of Confession
In these verses [Matthew 12:34-37], Jesus teaches that the Law of
Confession works for everyone. Whatever is in our hearts in
abundance is destined to come out of our mouths and establish every
aspect of our lives. Thats the law. Thats how God designed it
The law of confession, like the laws of flight, has the power to take you
where you want to be. The laws of flight can take you in the air and
then land you safely. They are designed to work every time.
The Law of Confession works the same. It has the power to change
things in your life taking you to the places and the things God has for
you.
Bill Winston, Believers Voice of Victory magazine, KCM Publications, September 2007

Using a similar analogy, E W Kenyon states:


Faith will never rise above its confessioninvariably [people] will go to
the level of their confession.
Jesus said that from the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak.
Whatever we fill our heart with will spill from our mouth in overflow. This
overflow of the heart then brings forth. It causes things to happen, either for
good or evil. This is the Law of Faith at work.
We have the ability to determine what goes in, and thus what flows out from
our heart. This is why Solomon advised:
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of
life. (Proverbs 4:23 NKJV)
Todays NIV says:
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
(Proverbs 4:23 TNIV)
There is a powerful connected system within our human makeup. It is
designed by God to direct us into his best for our lives, yet often it is hijacked
by the enemy through our own ignorance or neglect. We must be vigilant, and
keep a guard over our lips, speaking only those things we desire to see come
to pass (Psalm 141:3; Prov 13:3).
Right Thinking is essential to Right Believing
We considered this subject in Module 1: The Importance of
Doctrine, but will now focus more on the application of the
truth in the operation of faith.
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As we have seen, there is a process involved in developing and releasing


faith. This process begins with the believer receiving the word in their heart.
The entrance of the Word into the heart involves it passing through the mind.
The mind is like a filter, allowing and disallowing certain thoughts. God has
given us His Word to get our thinking straightened out. When we think in line
with His Word, our believing will be right, because what we meditate on will
eventually get down into our heart.
To meditate means to fix your mind, to mutter or speak to oneself.
Carefully ponder how the Word youve read applies to your life. Ask yourself,
What does that Word from God mean for me? How can it change my
situation? Allow the Holy Spirit to make it a reality to your heart. Then place
yourself in agreement with what God says about you in His Word. Make up
your mind that you are all that God says you are, that you have all He says
you have, and that you can do all He says you can do. Agree with Him and
receive it by faith.
The Bible says in Proverbs 23:7, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Our
thinking affects our whole being. If we think we are defeated, we will believe
that we are defeated and speak accordingly. This will lead to a cycle where
we actually bring to pass exactly what we fear. This is why each believer must
make the quality decision to accept and believe the Word concerning their life
as true, regardless of any contrary evidence that would try to convince us
otherwise.
The Bible tells us:
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for
pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high
thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every
thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (2Corinthians 10:4-5)
God has empowered us by the Word and Spirit to cast down imaginations and
reasonings within our own mind and heart, and to bring them in line with His
Word.
What we consistently expose ourselves to will eventually possess our
imaginations. If we choose to meditate upon the Word, casting down
thoughts, arguments and pictures that are contrary to what the Word says,
over a period of time our internal makeup will be transformed and we will
begin to think, believe, speak and act differently. We will always act according
to what is most prevalent in our inner man.
We must make it our quest to renew our mind to the truth of Gods Word, and
devise ways in which we can expose ourselves to its teachings on a continual
basis.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is
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your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be


transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove (and
demonstrate) what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of
God. (Romans 12:1-2 NKJV)
We will be conformed to either the image of this world, together with its
limitations, or to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). Through consistent
meditation and acceptance and confession of His Word we will step into our
God-given inheritance, and have the mind of Christ fully at work in our lives:
For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and
purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him
knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do
hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.
(1Corinthians 2:16 AMP)
For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its
unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify
the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled
by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things
which gratify the [Holy] Spirit. Now the mind of the flesh [which is
sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that
comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter].
But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now
and forever]. (Romans 8:5-6 AMP)
The more we train in this way, the less we have to take captive and the
stronger our faith becomes:
For everyone who continues to feed on milk is obviously
inexperienced and unskilled in the doctrine of righteousness (of
conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action), for he is a
mere infant [not able to talk yet]! But solid food is for full-grown men, for
those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to
discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble
and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.
(Hebrews 5:13-14 AMP)
Philippians provides us with a rod to measure our thought life by:
For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of
reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is
pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome
and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything
worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things
[fix your minds on them].
(Philippians 4:8 AMP)

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What are we to confess?


Just as Jesus spoke only what His Father said (John 12:49) we are to speak
only what the Father, Son and Holy Ghost say. Our confession needs to
centre around these principal truths:
1. What God has done for us through Christ in salvation.
2. What God has done in us by His Word and the Holy Spirit in the New
Birth and Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
3. Who we are in Christ Jesus.
4. What Jesus is presently doing for us at the right hand of the Father
where He ever lives to make intercession for us.
5. What God and His Word can accomplish in and through us as we act
upon it.
When our confession lines up with Gods Word and will for our lives, the Holy
Spirit and Jesus Christ will have spiritual substance to work with. The Bible
says that the Word of God, as spoken by believers in prayer, is the sword that
the Spirit wields in the spiritual realm:
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields,
which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:17 AMP)
Just as He hovered over the waters in Genesis chapter one awaiting the Word
of God, and then creatively acting upon it, so He now waits for the Word on
our lips, eager to bring it to pass in our lives and the lives of those we pray for.
Jesus too awaits our words to act upon them:
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through
the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our
confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize
with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as
we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to
the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to
help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16 NASB)
We are encouraged to hold fast our confession (continue to say the same
thing as the Word), knowing that He understands our weaknesses and the
challenges we face. Our words of faith provide substance for the necessary
grace and power to be released to overcome, whatever our circumstance.
Colossians 2:5 (Amplified) speaks of the church presenting a solid front of
faith. This solid front means a continual confession of victory in Christ.

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The language of the Senses is: "I can't, I haven't the ability, I haven't the
strength, I don't have the opportunity, I have no education, I have been
limited."
- The language of faith says, "I can do all things in Him who strengtheneth
me,"
Who is it that strengthens me? It is my Father God.
I can do all things through Him. I cannot be conquered. I cannot be defeated.
There isn't force enough in all the world to conquer Him who dwells in me.
Not only am I born of God, a partaker of God's nature and life, but I have God
dwelling in me, and I have the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead
dwelling in me.
I have God's wisdom, God's strength, God's ability.
I am learning how to let Him govern my intellect, letting Him think through me,
use my vocal faculties. I am daring to think His thoughts after Him.
I am daring to believe that it is God who is at work within me and that He will
work His own good pleasure.
I am daring to say in the presence of my oId enemies: failure, weakness,
want, lack of opportunity, lack of knowledge, lack of strong friends, and a
thousand others, "God is my ability."
God has made me greater than my enemies. God has made me put my heel
on the neck of weakness, of fear, of inability, and I stand and declare that
whosoever believeth in Him shall not be put to shame.
I cannot be put to shame. My weaknesses are routed. The strength of God is
mine.
The ability of God has taken me captive and I revel in this captivity.
E W Kenyon, The Two Kinds of Faith, Kenyons Gospel Publishing Society

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DEVELOP FAITH KEY 4:


CORRESPONDING ACTIONS

When you are in faith there will always be some action you can take to
demonstrate your faith.
Kenneth Hagin, Bible Faith Study Course, Faith Publications, ISBN 0-89276-083-4

We believe, we speak and then we act.


This action may simply be to stay true to your confession of faith, or it may be
some physical action prompted by the Holy Spirit. There will always be some
behaviour inspired by your faith, some corresponding action.
James says in chapter 2:14-22:
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and
have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked,
and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in
peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not
those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so
FAITH, IF IT HATH NOT WORKS, IS DEAD, being alone. Yea, a man
may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without
thy works, and I WILL SHEW THEE MY FAITH BY MY WORKS. Thou
believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe,
and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that FAITH WITHOUT
WORKS IS DEAD? Was not Abraham our father justified by works,
when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith
wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
(James 2:14-22 KJV)
I like Matthew Henrys commentary on these verses:
Those are wrong who put a mere notional belief of the gospel for the
whole of evangelical religion, as many now do. No doubt, true faith
alone, whereby men have part in Christs righteousness, atonement,
and grace, saves their souls; but it produces holy fruits, and is shown
to be real by its effect on their works; while mere assent to any form of
doctrine, or mere historical belief of any facts, wholly differs from this
saving faith. A bare profession may gain the good opinion of pious
people; and it may procure, in some cases, worldly good things; but
what profit will it be, for any to gain the whole world, and to lose their
souls? Can this faith save him? This place of Scripture plainly shows
that an opinion, or assent to the gospel, without works, is not faith.
There is no way to show we really believe in Christ, but by being
diligent in good works, from gospel motives, and for gospel purposes.
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There is not only to be assent in faith, but consent; not only an assent
to the truth of the word, but a consent to take Christ. True believing is
not an act of the understanding only, but a work of the whole heart.
A bare religious profession, without a lifestyle of good works which
correspond with that profession, is as distasteful as a putrid and decaying
body. Our faith must be clothed with the lively works which spring from its
reality in our lives. Dry, bare bones of lifeless doctrine are not the faith of
Christ, they are something entirely different, and foreign to the vibrant and
vital reality of Christ in the life of a born-again believing saint.
Weymouths New Testament reads:
What good is it, my brethren, if a man professes to have faith, and yet
his actions do not correspond? Can such faith save him? (James 2:14
WEYMTH)
and verse 22:
You notice that his faith was co-operating with his actions, and that by
his actions his faith was perfected; (James 2:22 WEYMTH)
Just as there must be agreement between the Word and the believers
thoughts and beliefs. Just as there must be agreement between the believers
faith in his/her heart and the words of their mouth. So there must finally be cooperation or agreement in the form of corresponding actions. Our actions
must be in perfect fellowship with our confession.
Hagin gives the following example:
For example, we may say that we are trusting God to provide
finances, but at the same time we are worrying and fretting about how
we are going to pay our bills. There is no corresponding action there.
One minute we confess that the Word of God is true, and the very next
moment we repudiate everything we say by wrong actions. Your
actions must correspond with your believing if you are going to receive
from God.
Kenneth Hagin, Bible Faith Study Course, Faith Publications, ISBN 0-89276-083-4

The epistle of James calls those who say one thing and do another,
deceived. They are double-minded.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
(James 1:22 NKJV)
It is not enough to merely hear the Word, we must act on it if we are to see
results. Believing is acting upon the Word. If we really believe it, we will act
upon it. It is the doers of the Word who are blessed and empowered:
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But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and
abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual
doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25 NASB)
Again, Jesus Himself spoke to this. He drew attention to those who obey
(those who do what He says) His Word as the ones whom He would manifest
Himself in, to and through:
At that time [when that day comes] you will know [for yourselves] that I
am in My Father, and you [are] in Me, and I [am] in you.
The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who
[really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My
Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself
to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to
him.]
Judas, not Iscariot, asked Him, Lord, how is it that You will reveal
Yourself [make Yourself real] to us and not to the world?
Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word
[obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to
him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.
(John 14:20-23 AMP)
Works confirm and cooperate with the substance of faith in the inner man. Our
actions in line with our believing and speaking release the faith to manifest
what is already real in the spiritual realm.
Faith coupled with obedient action is the very foundation of our life with God.
Jesus spoke of this in Matthew 7:24-27. It is one who hears and obeys whose
house will stand the trials of life, not the hearer only.
Our works are not the key. We are not saved, nor do we receive from God
because of our works. We receive because of our faith, but our works will
clearly be displayed if that faith is real. Our works correspond and co-operate
with our faith.

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In Conclusion
We will conclude with a simple diagram outlining the process we have here
described:
The mind
is renewed
to the
Word of
God,
becoming
fully
persuaded

The
heart
receives
and
believes
the
Word

From the
abundance
of the heart,
the mouth
confesses
the
believed
Word

We act in
accordance
with our
faith and
confession,
adding
Action to
our faith

That which
we are
believing
for is
manifest in
the natural
realm

This diagram simply outlines the process involved in what the Bible calls the
Law of Faith.

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Recommended Reading
There are many excellent books on the subject of faith. The
following are recommended to every student who wants to
study this subject in greater depth:

The Bible Faith Study Course, Kenneth E Hagin, Faith Publications

Faith and Confession, Charles Capps, Harrison House

The Two Kinds of Faith, E W Kenyon, Kenyons Gospel Publishing


Society

The Fourth Dimension, Paul Yonggi Cho, Bridge-Logos Publishers

The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind, Bill Johnson, Destiny


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This lesson can be further explored by studying the preceding lesson


on covenant, the lesson concerning words in Module 4 called
Operating in the Spiritual Realm, and Module 5 concerning the
Atonement.

NEXT LESSON: Finance and the Kingdom


The Scriptures have much to say about money and our attitude towards it. We
will explore areas such prosperity in the atonement, and principles for
partnering with God financially.

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