Last week I talked about how the kingdom of God is run by faith and that we need to have faith to be able to see the manifestation of healings. The incredible news, however, is that God through Jesus has already supplied us with all the faith we need.
We aren’t trying to get more faith, but rather we just need to know what we have been given and learn how to release this faith that is already inside of us. Knowing that should take the intimidation out of faith and give us hope.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
I have used that scripture many times in talking about grace being a gift from God and not of ourselves and how faith receives what God has provided by grace. But I believe this verse also is talking about both grace and faith being gifts from God.
Grace is God’s unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor that came through Jesus, which is completely a gift and not because of anything we have done, but God also gives us the faith to be able to receive that grace.
Isn’t that amazing? He supplies us everything we need through Jesus by grace and then gives us the gift of faith through his spirit in us to be able to receive everything that grace has made available. See how good God is and how easy he is trying to make it for us to receive?
He has given us the tools. We just need to learn how to operate them by reading the owner’s manual, which is his word, and following the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Another verse emphasizing the faith we have been given is Romans 12:3, which in the KJV states, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
Many translations say “a measure of faith,” but I believe the King James Version most accurately interprets this when it says “the measure of faith.” I believe that God has placed in our spirits the same faith as Jesus because he now lives in our spirits. We have the fullness of the godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9) and that includes faith.
Faith also is a fruit of the spirit. Faith is in the spirit of every born again believer because we have the very spirit of Christ living in us (Galatians 4:6). It is already there, and it isn’t a matter of obtaining more faith but releasing the amazing faith we have already been given. We now have the faith in us to take what grace has supplied to us.
We are not the originators of our faith. Jesus is.
It says in Hebrews 12:2 that Jesus is the “author and finisher of our faith.” We need to start changing our mind-sets from thinking we can’t have faith to believing we already have it because faith is in us through Christ.
We can believe what the word says. We can exercise our faith like Jesus did because he lives in us and makes it possible for us to believe. We should stop thinking we have to work to manufacture something we don’t have but rather realize that we have been given “the measure of faith.”
God has given us the ability to believe and has given us all the faith we need. We just need to learn to release what we have been given. Yes, it does take effort on our part to draw it out but be conscious of Jesus giving you the strength to have faith and to receive what he has provided for you. It is all because of Jesus, and we are powerless without him.
Be conscious that the very spirit of Christ lives on the inside of you and with God all things are possible. Look beyond your own natural abilities and look to the one who lives in you, making it possible. We need to start thanking God for what he has already placed inside of each of us.
Stick with me as next week I will expand on how to release this faith that is already inside of us.
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Published: October 31, 2016