“Faith can rewrite your story, any day, any time.”
Bishop David Oyedepo
Faith works! Faith is not concerned with your current situation, it is not intimidated by the circumstances that surround you, nor is it profiling you to determine your worthiness of its working.
Faith works…if you work it. Faith is the great equalizer of life; it levels the playing field for everyone willing to engage it. “Without faith it is impossible to please God,” (Hebrews 11:6 NIV) but with faith anything is possible (Mark 9:23).
Before we go any further it is important to get a biblical understanding of the depth of the word faith. Faith is not simply believing or confessing something. It is not just a mental idea that one holds. In the Greek, faith has a threefold definition, each aspect incomplete without the working of the others. It is defined as:
1. A firm conviction, producing a full acknowledgement of God’s revelation. (Belief)
2. A personal surrender to Him based on that revelation. (Trust)
3. A conduct inspired by such surrender. (Obedience)
Faith must be employed in your life in order to receive the desired result. You must put your faith to work. When faith is at work nothing is impossible for you. The contrary is also true, without faith, many things, if not all things become impossible. God has called us to live a life of great exploits (Matthew 5:16), to demonstrate His power here on earth but it only works by faith. The Apostle James has much to say about the working of your faith. In writing to the twelve tribes he declared, “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?” (James 2:14-22 emphasis mine).
Do you see that? Faith without corresponding actions is not faith at all. If I say I believe but do not demonstrate that belief by putting it to work through absolute obedience then my belief is dead. How then does faith work? True faith is at work when we choose radical and raw obedience to the Word of God regardless of the cost. Abraham’s faith was made perfect (complete) by his works. His works were a demonstration of his faith. His works were an absolute and instant act of obedience to the Word of God. Notice Abraham did not spend hours in prayer pleading for more faith, nor did he walk around just merely confessing his faith…he simply obeyed. It was his obedience (his works) that made his faith perfect (complete). Let us work our faith until the desired result is made complete.
Let’s examine a few accounts from the Bible in which faith was worked to produce a supernatural result. I think these accounts are so powerful because they demonstrate that the power of faith works even for those who are not experts in the realm of spirituality. You do not have to be a preacher or an expert in Hebrew and Greek text to work your faith. Faith works…if you work it.
First let’s look at the Roman Centurion, his story is found in the Gospel of Matthew; “Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel…Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.” (Matthew 8:5-13 emphasis mine) The centurion’s faith was so great that it caused Jesus to marvel and declare that among the religious experts He had never seen such great faith. His servant was healed that same hour because of his belief (faith). Do you see how his understanding of obedience was in direct correlation to the level of his faith? The Centurion’s understanding of authority and obedience is what Jesus marveled at and Jesus called that great faith! When you get understanding of God’s Word and the authority that lies within your faith will begin to work greatly in your life!
Let’s also look at the Gentile woman, her story is also found in the Gospel of Matthew; “Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” (Matthew 15:21-28 emphasis mine) It is amazing to me that this woman from Canaan was not even a woman of the covenant (Israelite) and yet she got the attention of Jesus by her faith. Again note, she had an understanding that was expressed by faith to produce a supernatural result. Had she not had the understanding, the moment Jesus referenced her and her people as “dogs” she would have given up, but because of her understanding she responded in faith and that caught Jesus’ attention. The manifestation of her hope was released by her faith and understanding. Her great faith released her desire. May your great faith release all you desire!
Faith works…so work your faith! Do not let anything stand in the way of what God has ordained for you…work your faith and watch it produce all that you desire. All the faith you need is found in God’s Word…in the revelation and understanding of Jesus (The Word). “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:1-2a)