THE NECESSITY OF FAITH

Faith can make all the difference between something happening and not happening. Jesus could do no mighty work in His hometown because of unbelief. The Lord is sovereign. He can do whatever He wants whenever He wants with whomever He wants. He doesn't need our opinion. He doesn't need us to vote on it. He just does it.

However, He has chosen to primarily accomplish His purposes through human instruments. Now if I were God, I would not have made that selection. If I were God, I would just do things myself. Why put trust in humanity? We have proved to be absolutely undependable. But God has primarily chosen to do His work through people.

When God wanted to part the Red Sea, He didn't need Moses to hold up his rod. God was doing the work. But He commanded Moses to stretch out his rod over the sea, and it parted. God didn't need Elijah to pray for fire to come down from heaven. God didn't need Noah to build an ark. He could have created His own ocean craft for the animals, Noah, and his family. But God worked through human instruments to accomplish His purposes.

It is interesting to note that Jesus did not heal everyone. But He did heal those who called out to Him in faith. An example is the blind man who heard that Jesus was coming his way. He cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Someone told him to be quiet, but that made him yell even more. So Jesus heard his cry, stopped, and he received his healing.









The bible defines faith as the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. It is evidential and substantial

Hebrews 11:1-2 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Faith is a spiritual force that commits God’s integrity to make good His promise. In other words, if God has said anything to you and you have faith, you therefore have committed His integrity. Faith is a guaranteed access to all your inheritance in life; it is a bridge that connects you to your destination.

As a child of God you are supposed to have faith and believe in your prayers and also the word of God – Romans 12:3b. As a believer, you should learn to understand the need to develop and strengthen your faith. Faith has only one source and grows through only that source according to Romans 10:17. The source of faith is the word of God.

Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The prayer of faith is making decrees based on His words with deep conviction and settled assurance (James 5:13-15) There is a prayer called prayer of faith; not just prayer alone. In the kingdom of God, it is not just prayer that works; it is prayer wrapped in faith that produces good and desired results -Acts 20:9-12.

As a Christian, there are procedures to achieve a prayer of faith in order to achieve good results. God will not hear a prayer that is not backed up with his words – 1 John 5:14. Hosea 14:2. Faith works with believing; it is the assurance that the prayers are answered and it is done even before you see a physical manifestation.

Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

The prayer of faith is not seeing the physical before believing; it is believing before seeing physical manifestations. As you begin to pray with faith, so shall all your expectation that are in accordance with God’s word come to pass in your life in the name of Jesus –Amen!

God responds to faith. Unbelief hinders His work. It is through faith we unleash His power on our behalf.

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25

The Bible defines faith this way: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). Another translation puts it this way: "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see". The fact that we have faith in God, in spite of dreadful circumstances, is a testimony of God. Our faith is our title deed. It is our proof; our confident assurance. It is instilled in us by God himself. And that is a powerful witness to a lost world that doesn't believe in God.


We know from the stories of the early church how many of these courageous men and women, and sometimes even children, were martyred for their faith. Even as they were being executed, suffering horrible deaths, we read of them calling on the Lord and asking God to forgive the people who were doing this to them. And there are many accounts of their executioners coming to faith as a result of seeing their faith in God as they went into His presence.


The story of Paul and Silas, who sang praises to God at midnight after being beaten and thrown into prison, is another evidence of faith. It resulted in the conversion of heir jailers. Theirs wasn’t a case of mind over matter. It was faith over circumstances. Paul and Silas didn't have the guaranteed assurance they ever would get out of that prison. But they were able to see things in perspective and demonstrated great faith in the bleakest of circumstances.
Can you still trust God even in the bleakest of circumstances?

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