I have recently been thinking about faith, and the affect that it has on our lives, and I have come to realise that it is much bigger than I thought. I used to read scripture like where Jesus tells the disciples that they can use faith to move a mountain, and I used to think, “Yes, in theory it can”. No, it does. This is what I am trying to get my head around, because we know faith is important, but if we don’t ACTUALLY believe, then we don’t have faith. I need to build my faith and eliminate any unbelief, so I can see my faith move some mountains. This passage is just as much for me as it is for you.
Read Hebrews 11. Don’t just continue reading this post, actually go and read Hebrews 11. The Bible mentions 18 different people or people groups, who use faith. This excludes the very first, God, when He created the world. This whole chapter is showing us how important faith is, but do we really get it? I don’t think so, because if we did, we would see more mountains move. Let’s take a look at some key points.
Verse 3. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. What does this mean? Simply, you couldn’t see the universe, God commanded it to be formed through faith, and it was formed. Wow. Now obviously evolutionists will counter this, but I believe the Bible, and I believe that God spoke the universe into being. God spoke it, He believed it, and it happened. Where have I heard that before? Oh yes, Jesus told us to speak to the mountain, believe that it will move, and it will move. Simple. Speak it, believe it, see it.
The chapter them goes on to list story after story of people in the Bible who had faith, and what they managed to achieve by putting it into practice. I am not going to list them here, because you have just read about them. How many times does the Bible use so many examples to make a point? I can’t think of any like this, so it must be important. So what is faith? Verse 1. Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. I need to get my head around this. I need to start seeing what I believe for as a reality. This is the hard part. We all believe that miracles happen, and we all believe that God CAN do things. We don’t always believe that something WILL happen, or even HAS happened and just needs to manifest in the physical. What I mean by that is that it has already happened in the spiritual, it just needs to happen in the physical. We are lead to believe that what we hope for is a possibility, but do we believe that it is a reality? Can you believe that before you see it as a reality? Can you see something in your mind and believe it to be real, before you see it with your eyes? That is faith. That is what I need to get my head around. That is what I need to start doing. How about you?
After reading about all of the people who had faith, you may be thinking that this is something of the past and no longer applies today. This is not the case, in fact, I think it applies even more today. Take a look at verses 39 and 40. All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us. We have the Holy Spirit helping us, we have a new, pure, righteous, born-again, spirit. We should be doing even more than the people mentioned. If we can get our heads around this passage of scripture, and actually start doing it, the sky is no limit. We need to use our faith, eliminate unbelief, and start to see what we believe as reality. Is this easy? No. If it were I would be doing it. I need to do it. I need to make what I believe, what scripture teaches me, a reality. If you are not seeing what scripture teaches in your life, then maybe you don’t believe it as a reality? Maybe you need to join me in getting serious about this.
Let’s move some mountains.