Mark 11:22 GNV; And Jesus answered, and said unto them, Have [a]the faith of God. Footnotes: The faith of God is that assured faith and trust which we have in him.
All day yesterday, this verse kept circling my mind. Most translations say, “Have faith in God,” but I chose this translation simply because there are two lines of thoughts attached to it. 1. We must have the God kind of faith. That is faith that everything He speaks will come to pass. How many of us really believe that what we speak with our mouth will happen? If we did, we would pay closer attention to the things we say, for sure. But the God who created the universe, did so with his words. I’ve never heard anywhere in the bible where God was ‘only kidding’, or ‘don’t be so serious all the time!’ No, God has purpose for every word that comes out of His mouth. Matthew 12:37 says, “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
2. Have faith IN God. I believe that this 2nd line of thinking is that we are not to be overly confident in ourselves or our abilities. We are to firmly place our confidence in God, in His ability and not our own. We must remember that we are His servants, His ambassadors, sent to represent God in the world. We must know the powerful God who has sent us, that He is well able to back us up and provide for us everything we need, including the power behind His words. We speak the Word with confidence in HIM. HE backs up His Word. We don’t get credit; He does.
So we are to have the God kind of faith and faith in God all rolled up together. If we deviate from that path and place our confidence in anyone or anything other than Him, we lose our power and ability to be successful in the things He sent us to do. Shoot, I can’t even love others without Him. I have to pray daily for His love, His compassion, His mercy because I wasn’t born with nearly enough to make it through my day, let alone my life. God never created us to be self-sufficient but to know He is sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul wrote; And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
He created us to rely on His grace (undeserved and unearned favor) for everything. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. That right there is the reason we must have faith in God, so that His strength, the strength of His mighty right hand shows the world who’s in control of us. No wonder Paul boasted in his weakness, he was showing the world that man holds no power to heal or deliver, save or set free. That alone comes through faith in God.
Father, I place my trust in you today. I thank you that you’ve tested me and tried me and that you continue to test and try me everyday. Each time I begin to trust in myself and my own abilities, you remind me to place my faith in the God who split the Red Sea and made a way where there was no way. You remind me that nothing is impossible to me if I have faith in You. I take one look at who I am in the mirror and know that everything you do through me is not me, it’s because I’ve chosen to have faith in You. I give you glory and praise, I honor you and all that you are in me. Let’s do this together, Lord. Give me this day what I need to your will in the earth. To You, oh Holy God, be the glory and praise. Amen