Have the Faith of God
Articles - Christian Growth
by Lyn Packer
God is offering us a divine exchange. He wants to give us His faith in exchange for ours! How is that possible, when at times it even seems hard to have faith 'in' God let alone have the faith 'of' God? Read on and find out.
In the world at this time we see mankind in a season that has caused many to become fearful. Our eyes see and our ears hear the things that are happening and if we are not careful a seed of fear plants itself in our heart and mind. Yet in the middle of all this God says to us "Have the faith of God." How is that possible, when at times it even seems hard to have faith 'in' God let alone have the faith 'of' God?
For some of us things may be okay, but many people are in a season of warfare and are contending for a breakthrough. A little word of encouragement to remember in this season is that it is Christ in us who fights the battle. We are not left to fight on our own with no resources. More about that later.
Faith – what works for and against faith is reason. Reason – it's a great faculty to be able to reason, to think things through and come to a conclusion. Sometimes it's a logical conclusion, sometimes illogical. Reason can cause us to walk in faith or it can work against faith.
Hope – what works for and against hope is memory. Memory is a powerful thing. It can give or kill hope. When we come into a situation one of the first things that happens is that our memory kicks in and we automatically begin to look at this new situation through the eyes of memory. I'll explain more later about how that works.
When we come to a situation our mind automatically searches for something similar in our memories. It will then bring up all the emotion and feelings surrounding these memories. Our mind will assess the new situation through those memories and feelings and tell us how we will approach the new situation. If our memories are negative then we will feel panic, fear and an inability to move forward, and we will retreat. If our memories are positive then we will feel confident to go forward.
Look at the disciples on the road after the crucifixion – Jesus draws on their memory (of Scripture) and reminds them what was said about Him to help them deal with the situation.
Often we fail to accomplish things for God through fear. Sometimes the fear comes from our negative memories. We can easily lose sight of the times God has come through for us, and that is why we need to deliberately bring to mind positive experiences of God's deliverance and help in our life.
We overcome Fear with Love which is infused with trust. Trust is not something we hear a lot about. We hear about faith, and sometimes hope, but hope, like trust, can seem to us something very passive. We don't do trust, rest and confidence well, sometimes. We want action. Yet any action must come from these things or else it becomes self effort.
Isa 30:15 says, "In quietness and confidence (trust) shall be your strength."
Smith Wigglesworth is quoted as having said something close to this: "When my faith comes to an end, His is just beginning!"
'Have the faith of God'. Think about that for a minute. God has gifted us His faith and He waits to see if we will take hold of it and use it. It's a divine exchange that He's offering - He wants to give us His faith in exchange for ours! Wow!
Remember: "Do not throw away your confidence which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what was promised." Heb 10:35-36
We can have that confidence and the reward that goes with it. We have hope and faith and we can only have them because we know that God is Truth – truth and love; love that is good, trustworthy, faithful, and many other things that are part of who He is.
Do not let fear dictate your present or your future; make reason and memory work for you, causing you to trust in God. Then, ask Him for that divine exchange and step into the reality of His faith. It's yours to walk in.