by Eric Dunbar
The dictionary defines faith as strong belief or trust in someone or something. When people say they have faith what they really mean is “I believe” or “I trust”. But having faith is more than just believing or trusting. Everyone believes in or trusts something. For example, when you sit in a chair you believe it is not going to collapse. You trust that it will sustain your weight. But is that really what it means to have faith?
Faith is built into the fabric of humanity. It is the one thing that God says He has given to every human in equal proportions. Romans 12:3 says that God hath dealt every man the measure of faith. It is important that you note that God hath dealt every man “the” measure, and not “a” measure of faith. “A” measure would indicate that some of us have more faith than others. “The” measure is an indication that there is a standard measure for everybody. So no one has more faith than another.
According to God, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews11:1). That means faith is the living ingredient that produces the things we hope for by way of our thought process. Faith is an action word, so faith acts and faith speaks. When we speak positively about something we hope for, our speech is the evidence of our faith. The perfect example is what God did. By faith, God formed the universe at His command (Hebrews 11:3 NIV). You cannot command something without speaking to it. Therefore, God spoke to the emptiness of the universe. The evidence that He had faith was when He spoke to the emptiness.
The spirit of faith believes and faith speaks. “It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’ With that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13 NIV).
Jesus and His disciples were on their way from Jerusalem to Bethany when Jesus became hungry. He saw a fig tree in the distance so he went to it to see if He could find something to eat on it. But when He got to the tree there was nothing but leaves. In response, He said to the tree, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again,” and His disciples heard Him.
The next day they passed by the same tree. His disciples were amazed to see that the tree was dead. When they asked Jesus about the tree, Jesus answered, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22 KJV). The Douay-Rheims Version of the Bible translates this verse, “Have the faith of God.” In essence, Jesus was telling His disciples to have the God kind of faith when they speak to a situation. God spoke the world into existence through faith. “And God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light (Genesis 1:3 NKJV). Jesus spoke to the tree, and it reacted precisely to His words by drying up from the roots.
There is a form of speech that does not require words; it is called an action. I’m sure you have heard the old cliche’ “action speaks louder than words.” Faith also responds to the word of God with action.
Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. (John 5:2-9 NKJV).
What we see here is faith in action. This man used his measure of faith to believe he could do something that he had never done. He stood up.It was not merely enough for him to believe he could stand, he literally had to ignore his inabilities and see himself able. His faith had made him walk.
Activate Your Faith
Knowing that everyone is given the same measure of faith, how do you activate your faith? We know believing is not enough to activate faith. So how do you convert the measure of faith into mountain moving faith?
The lesson of learning how to activate your faith is about teaching you how to respond to a situation the way God would respond to it. You are created in the image of God which means that a little bit of everything that God possesses is in you. That measure of faith that you have is the God kind of faith.To activate your faith all you have to do is feed it.
Feed Your Faith
Believing faith speaks, but you must feed that measure of faith so it can grow and develop into mountain moving, wall busting, body healing faith. If you don’t feed your faith, it will never get any bigger than the original measure that God gave you. God says you are to feed your faith by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). Start feeding your faith by reading your Bible. Read it out loud so it goes from your mouth to your ears.
Exercise Your Faith
Don’t let your faith get big and lazy. Now that you’ve started feeding it, take it t the gym. I mean you’ve got to exercise your faith to make it big and strong. Begin to memorize what you read. Understand that what you’re doing is getting ready for war.. Start off with the light weights: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1). “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him and delivers them” (Psalm 34:7).
Then move up to the big weights: “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). “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
Work Your Faith
You’ve activated your faith, you’ve fed your faith, you’ve exercised your faith, now work your faith. Remember this: Believing faith speaks. When the devil tells you that you’re going to run out of food before you get your check, start speaking. Say, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” When things get thick for you in the board room and your boss is trying to fire you, say, “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him and delivers them.” When the doctor tells you “That knot on your leg is malignant, don’t cry. Look at the knot and begin to say, “Knot, be moved and be cast into the sea,” and it will have to obey you.
When pressure hits you from every side and it seems like you’re going to lose your mind, remember that believing faith speaks. Start saying, “Thank You Lord. You promised to keep me in perfect peace because my mind is stayed on you, and because I trust you.”
I Believe, Therefore I Speak
The devil doesn’t mind you believing in God. After all, the devil believes in God; he even believes he is going to defeat God. If there is one thing the devil does not want you to do it’s speaking. He does not want you speaking to your situation. He knows if you speak to your situation, your faith will come alive, and nothing will be impossible to you. Remember that faith does not just believe, believing faith speaks. Speak to your situation and you will have whatever you say.