We have heard people speak of their faith as either Christian, Muslim, Hindu, etc. But that is not what Biblical faith is all about.
How important is faith in the eyes of God? In three different places of the Bible, Old Testament and New, the Bible says the just will live by faith. This literally means that the just shall live a life of faith.
Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God. What kind of faith is this? Hebrews 11:6 further explains: for he that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
Biblical faith believes that the Lord, He is God and that He is a good God, rewarding those who diligently seek Him.
Biblical faith believes that the Lord is God, yet we do not see Him. Hebrews 11:1 explains it better: “now faith is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen.
When you hope for something, it is something not yet visible but is seen very clearly in our imagination. What picture do you have in your mind of the Lord? If you base you picture on the God of the Old Testament, remember those people chose to be under the law. If you broke the law, there was a penalty.
Under the New Testament (or new covenant), grace has been extended to the sinner through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Our sins have been forgiven!
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God. Not of works lest any man should boast.”
Faith is the substance, or the material, of what you imagine or picture in your mind. Your imagination paints the picture. It is the evidence of what you may not see in the natural, but it starts in your imagination.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing. What you hear will eventually become what you believe. You will start to paint the picture in your mind. You will start to imagine it. What you imagine will come to pass.
In Genesis 11:1-4, the people decided to build a very large tower. They said in verse 4, “Go to, let us build us a city and a tower who's top may reach unto heaven…”
They saw it first in their imaginations. Then they went to work to fulfill what they saw in their imaginations.
Listen to what the Lord said in vs. 6 “…and now nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do.”
God gave us an imagination so that we could picture things in our minds before they are expressed either in word or in deed. The key for the believer is found in Romans 12:2, “Be not conformed to this world; (its ways of thinking, speaking and doing) but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove (and know) what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God.”
You read the Word of God, and find out the will of God. We read that Jesus died to make us the righteousness of God in Christ. Do you see (imagine) your self in right standing with God?
You read the Word of God, and find out it is the will of God for you to be in good health. Do you see (imagine) yourself free from sickness and disease?
You read the Word of God and find out that Jesus died to give you power and authority over all the power of the thief (the devil) who comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Do you see yourself using that authority against the enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy in your life? Do you see yourself standing in victory as a conqueror?
As believers we need to practice the power of imagination. Faith sees before our senses see. Our imagination sees before it becomes a reality in our flesh (to our senses).
We see things before we think, speak and act. Our imaginations are always at work. Just make sure they are working to the glory of God.
- Pastor Jim