| Written by Andrew and Jamie Wommack |
All believers recognize the importance of faith. Faith is critical to our relationship with the Lord. The Bible says it’s impossible to please God without faith (Heb. 11:6) and that all things are possible to those who believe (Mark 9:23).
So, the question isn’t “Do we need faith?” The question is “Do we have faith?” and is it enough?
The answer is that you have the same quality and quantity of faith that Jesus had. It’s not your faith in Him, but His faith at work in you. It came as part of your salvation.
Most Christians are constantly trying to increase their faith because they don’t embrace this truth. Jesus’ disciples thought this same way. When they asked the Lord to increase their faith, Jesus answered them with a parable.
And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
This is a remarkable statement. Jesus is saying that faith is so powerful that an amount as small as a mustard seed is enough to pluck up a tree and cast it into the sea. The disciples didn’t need more faith; they just needed to use what they had. The just live by faith (Gal. 3:11). They don’t vacation there.
It’s important to realize that we are born again by the faith of Jesus, not just by faith in Jesus. Before salvation, we were so destitute that we couldn’t even believe the Good News of what Jesus did for us without God giving us His faith to do so. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
It’s true that salvation is a gift of God. But it’s also true that the faith it takes to receive salvation is a gift from God. Think about it. Human faith is based on our five senses—what we see, taste, hear, smell, and feel.
Some say it takes faith to fly in a plane or even sit in a chair. But these are examples of human faith, which everyone has. The airline industry is carefully regulated and bears severe penalties if they don’t follow safety protocols, so you have sensible reasons to trust a commercial flight. And before you sit in a chair, you look to see if it’s solid. These things are sight-based faith.
When it comes to salvation, you’re believing in things that can’t be seen or felt. You’re believing in a God you’ve never seen to forgive your intangible sins. You can’t do that with just human faith. So where does that faith come from?
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
If I was serving soup in a cafeteria line and only had one measure, such as a ladle, then everyone would receive the same measure of soup. But if I used a ladle for some, and a tablespoon for others, and then a teaspoon for someone else, everyone would get different amounts. That’s the concept that many Christians have.
But that is not what Romans 12:3 says. I’m aware that some modern versions of Romans 12:3 say “a measure” instead of “the measure,” but that’s not correct, and “the measure” is verified through other scriptures.
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Galatians 2:16 (emphasis added)
I’ve only scratched the surface of this subject. Knowing that God gives everyone the same measure of faith at salvation is absolutely critical. I encourage you to visit awmi.net for countless hours of free teaching and resources. I guarantee it’ll be a blessing to you. If you need someone to pray with you, you can call our Helpline at 719-635-1111 where our trained prayer ministers are available to you 24/7.
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Andrew and Jamie Wommack