NOVEMBER 2020 WORD OF THE MONTH
A common misconception among many Christians, is that they assume because they have heard the Faith Message, they have it! But to know about it just not enough. We must have a revelation of God’s Word to put it to work in our lives. Unless you have a revelation of the Word, someone may talk you out of it before you get it to work in your life. You must also have a revelation of faith and how to apply it in the situations and circumstances of your life. There seems to be three spiritual components of Real Bible Faith: knowledge, understanding , and wisdom.
If you bring these three ingredients together, you can actually make difficult circumstances work in your behalf. For example, the Apostle Paul said, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
The implications are clear. God’s Word is eternal. You afflictions and problems are temporary, but they can work and eternal value in you while—and only while—you are looking at the unseen. The eternal value comes from looking at and giving preeminence to God’s Promises rather than the circumstances. What you say and do about your situation will be governed by what you believe. Your faith in action gives preeminence to God’s Word instead of your circumstances.
The first ingredient of faith is Knowledge. You can’t believe any further than your knowledge. To have knowledge of God and His ways, you must know what God has already done for you. Many Christians spend their time praying for God to do something He has already done. An example is when we try to persuade God to heal us, when the Scripture says that by Jesus’ stripes, you “Were” healed! (1 Peter 2:24)
The second ingredient of faith is Understanding. In the Parable of the sower, Jesus said, “When anyone hears the Word of the Kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the Wicked One, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.” (Matthew 13:19)
When you hear God’s Word and don’t understand it, Satan comes to take away the Word which was sown in your heart. Generally speaking, the Devil, and sometimes even well-meaning Christians will talk you out of believing God’s Word if you don’t understand it.
The third ingredient of faith is Wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to apply the accumulated knowledge and understanding of God’s Word to you situation. Proverbs 4:7 states, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.”
Proverbs 9:10 tells us, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding.” This reveals all three ingredients of faith—wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
And lastly, Proverbs 2:6, God gives us the origin of these three ingredients. “For the LORD gives wisdom: out of His Mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” These verses give us a classic illustration of faith being in three parts. These three come together to form faith, much the same as a brick layer would mix mortar by using sand, water, and cement. If he used sand and cement only, he would have dusty sand. If he used sand and water only, he would have wet sand. But when all three ingredients are mixed together thoroughly, they become one component called mortar which is used to hold building blocks together. In like manner, there are three parts of faith—wisdom, which begins with a reverential fear of God. Then gaining knowledge of God through His Word gives you understanding of how to operate in the faith of God (Mark 11:23-24).
We know that Jesus was the Word of God personified. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. Our faith begins by hearing God’s Word. And it is developed by continually mixing the three parts by hearing ourselves speak what God has said in His Word. Doing it this way is God’s way of bringing us into the walk of faith He has for and changing our situations and circumstances.
The Apostle Paul says it this way in Hebrews 11:2, “For unto us was the Gospel preached, as well as unto them, but the Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
As always, I want to encourage to stay in faith, stay in prayer, stay in the Word; and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and remember “God loves you; we love you and JESUS IS LORD!”