Activating Faith part 2

There is an interesting verse in Galatians 3:5.  It says, “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”

How does faith come?  Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  Hearing faith, according to the Amplified, means that He is able to do His work in us because of our believing and adhering, and trusting and relying on the message we hear.

What do you hear when you are quoting God’s word?  You hear truth that activates your faith.  Let’s take Philippians 4:13.  It says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Great words when we are facing the impossible.  It is not up to us, it is up to Him.  1 Thessalonians 5:24 says, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”

Let’s take the opposite scene.  Numbers 13.  The twelve spies went in to spy out the promised land.  10 gave a bad report.  2 gave a good report.  Listen.  Verse 30 is Caleb speaking.  He says, “…Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”  Hear his faith?  He was probably thinking back to how the Lord brought them through countless impossible situations, and He would continue to lead them into what He promised.

Numbers 14:9 are Joshua and Caleb’s words.  “Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us.  Do not fear them.”

Our motive for doing things or not doing things comes from our experiences.  Our motives are borne out in our thoughts.  Our thoughts precede our actions.  Our actions and attitude become our habits.  The 10 spies “saw” things differently from Caleb and Joshua.  Numbers 13:33 says, “There we saw the giants…and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”  Wrong.  Their words came from their focus only on the giants.  Joshua and Caleb only saw their God who delivers.

The 10 spies heard doubt, fear, unbelief through their perception of the circumstances.  Joshua and Caleb heard the promises God had given them about their inheritance in the promised land.  Are you hearing what you are saying?  Words such as, “I can’t, I’m overwhelmed, it’s too much, it’s impossible” ~ or overcoming words such as, “He is able, He is with me, His grace is sufficient, He is my Ever Present Help.”  One activates fear, the other activates faith.

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