Faith is just believing what GOD says HE will do. I want to share an episode from my life that illustrates what I mean.
The Bible tells us that the faith to believe is received, not conjured up (2 Peter 1:1). It is a gift, but it must be received.
This is how it works… GOD speaks to our hearts (John 10:3, Philippians 2:13) most often through scripture. We either accept what HE says, or refuse and suppress the truth (Romans 1:18-19, 2:8, 2 Thessalonians 2:10).
Initially, we must believe GOD’s testimony of JESUS-HIS SON- to be saved (John 3:15-16). Then, throughout our days, we must receive HIS promises and instructions in the same way. Here is a true story from my life in how faith works.
Nearly twenty years ago, I was talking to the LORD concerning my son. He was heavy on my heart, for he was a young teen and had begun to rebel. As I prayed, JESUS words to Peter came to mind: “Satan desires to have you, to sift you like wheat. But, I have prayed for you that your faith fail not. When you turn back around, strengthen your brethren” (Luke 22:32). My heart was impressed and I knew, without a doubt, I was being directed to pray for my son, the very way JESUS had prayed for Peter (Philippians 2:13).
Ten years went by with me praying that very thing. Then early one morning, as I met with my Maker reading HIS Word, a piece of a verse penetrated my heart. I was impressed that GOD was speaking it directly to me, though it was clearly out of context. HE said, “Sharon, don’t fight against this, for it is from me.” When it happened, I knew it concerned my son, but had no clue to what it referred to. As the sun rose, we got a call and I found out what it was all about. John had been arrested on drug charges. The preparatory word from GOD, allowed me perfect peace. But his dad freaked out and did everything he could to get John out of the situation. But before his dad got him probation, John read the Bible and told others about GOD. That was the beginning- just a glimpse- of the fulfillment of the promise that John would turn around and strengthen his peers. But evil influences distracted and turned him away.
So, I continued to pray. I refused to let this cause me to doubt GOD’s direct word to me. For faith comes from hearing and hearing from the word of GOD (Romans 10:17). When GOD speaks, and you believe HIM it creates faith that does not ever die. That is the kind of faith that moves mountains. It is faith in what GOD says.
Now, it been another ten years down the road. My heart has often wept for my boy but GOD’s word has kept me trusting the plans GOD has for John. Plans that his faith will not fail and that a time will come when he will fulfill his calling and strengthen his peers. The weight of many things and the taunts of the evil one bore heavily on him and he was about to end his life. But GOD stopped him. Days later, in fact, just this past week, I see John reaching out and beginning to strengthen those struggling around him. He has begun a prayer circle and is showing others our LORD. Praise the LORD with me.
PS I want to answer an objection some have voiced to the assurance I have in GOD fulfilling this promise/prophesy. When GOD gives a promise and sets a condition to one able to meet the condition; it is a conditional promise. That is, the condition must be met for the promise to be good. But when a promise is given to one who is not needing to meet any conditions, then the promise will come to be for GOD cannot lie. The only thing GOD required of me, when HE prophesied that John would strengthen his peers, was that I pray his faith fail not. That puts the rest in GOD’s court.
Looking unto JESUS the Author and Perfecter of my faith