FaithInFocusLongThe gestation of Faith is the process of hearing, believing, and eventually trusting in God. This is an arduous pilgrimage along a road that passes through hostile lands. This journey requires a warfare of spirit to believe the promises of God, while silencing the enmity of your own doubt. Ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

The pursuit of Faith begins with the hint of God’s presence, that miracle of “hearing” where God first opens a spirit to the knowledge of his existence. How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? When a person is exposed to the awesome reality of a loving, brilliant creator, a liquid joy seeps into that person as cool water into parched ground. Blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. This living word awakens the spirit and brings the opportunity to believe. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Having once heard the word of God, then begins the challenge to believe it. This is far from easy. The truth of God is strange to the mind of man, his ways are contrary to yours. His thinking and behavior cannot be predicted by human experience. Thus even the belief of simple truth can be a difficult task. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Here is where most people fail. Stumbling at the grandeur of God’s plan or at his perplexing methods, they turn back and abandon their own spiritual possibilities. Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Even those who press on in their quest for God frequently cannot endure the strain of a steadfast belief over a long period of time. When they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. Believing in God begins with intellectual assent as you hear his word and profess to yourself that it must be true. But it is not enough to lend airy affirmation to God’s truth, you must assimilate it, absorbing its reality into your thinking and decisions. Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead. His word must be pressed down deep into your spirit, as a seed into soft earth. When belief takes root in your life it will produce a change in behavior, invading all that you do, think, and say. Having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken.

From the germination of this belief comes the power of trust. Believe in and on the Lord Jesus Christ, that is, give yourself up to Him, take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping. Acts 16:31 (Amplified). Trust is reliance on the wisdom, power, and love of God these are the attributes of his illimitable sovereignty. Jesus demonstrated perfect trust, because he knew his Father’s infinite supremacy. Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above. This trust is the substance of Faith.

Faith is trusting God. Faith is a trust in God’s unlimited ability and benevolence. It is a rooted confidence that what God has said, he will in fact do. Faith does not mean trusting God to fulfill the avaricious desires of your carnality. Rather, Faith is a trust that empowers your surrender to his care. Faith is made visible by your actions, by plans and priorities that are based anew on your personal trust in your Heavenly Father. What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust. Faith can be defined by the acronym, F.A.I.T.H., which means, Forsaking All I Trust Him. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Like all living things, Faith is received as a seed. This seed must then be nurtured, strengthened and developed. For all men have not faith. Day-by-day and task-by-task your faith must grow, each day’s increase adding to the previous. And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. Like a net carefully braided of strong ropes, Faith is fashioned as your trust in God is tested and proven. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. Whether your life is in tedium or turmoil, God is looking for the growth of Faith within your spirit. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. Faith must distill in purity and flourish in capacity, reaching through the undulating circumstances of daily life to grasp an unfaltering trust in God. As this trust is born within you, your spirit will unfold toward begotten splendor. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called.

The time required for the birth of Faith is represented in the Bible by the forty days that Elijah fled from the hand of Jezebel. After slaying the prophets of Baal, Elijah’s magnificent success was pursued by his own frailty, which produced a rolling tumble into fearful depression. He requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. While wrestling with this anguish of soul, Elijah traveled forty days without food or water and finally came to Mount Horeb (Sinai). He arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

Elijah passed these days in the fitful confusion that comes from being a mighty prophet one day, and a frightened fugitive the next. By this Elijah’s trust was tested to the extreme, being matured in both victory and defeat. I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts … and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. Finally God explained the nature of Faith to Elijah. God showed Elijah that the winds, quakes, and fires of everyday life are in themselves, meaningless. They are but tools that he has designed to produce the trust of Faith in the spirits of men. Behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind … and after the wind an earthquake … and after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

God could have killed the prophets of Baal without Elijah’s help. Elijah’s involvement was only intended as a generator of Faith. His experience taught him to trust God in spite of his circumstances. Killing Baal or running in fear are but exercises to develop Faith in you. This Faith must grow from an inner hearing, through believing, to become an unmovable trust. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. Faith is developed in your spirit as you ride the rolling swells. Throughout this voyage you will rise to high success, then slide to the troughs of despair. Faith does not grow in a state of steady abundance. It is conceived in the repose of victory, then matured in the distressing guise of defeat. I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not. … I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

Your faith will be tested in the throb of many trials. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering. As steel is prepared in a fiery forge, so your trust must emerge from tumult, to enter the permanence of a living Faith. Ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory. Faith is the multifaceted antidote for carnality it is your vehicle to the Begotten Realm. Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Faith is the avenger of fear. Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? It is the remedy for doubt. O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? It is the requirement for spiritual vision. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened.

Faith is the basis of every healing. He said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole. It is the seat of all authority. He arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? Faith is the foundation of righteousness. That I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. It is the vitality of begotten life. The just shall live by his faith.

The gestation of Faith is your journey to a sinless character. For whatsoever is not of faith is sin. It is the path to Sonship, the door to the Begotten Realm. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. When your hearing of God is pristine, and your belief is found unflawed, then your trust in him will never quiver, and your Faith will be perfected. When this inerrant Faith has permeated your spirit you will have become a sinless being, for it will be impossible for you to displease your Heavenly Father. You will then enter the Begotten Realm and inherit the creation that floats within it. An inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith.

Faith is a character trait of a Begotten Being. Its gestation will lead you to life eternal in an existence of unfailing perfection. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Amen.

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