– by Dr. Siva Moodley
In this series, I want to teach you how to have great faith. These are principles I have learnt and applied in my life. It has taken me from one miracle to the next and I know you too will see God do mighty things in your life. Many struggle with the concept of faith, yet it is not as complex as some would want us to believe. “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak…” – 2 Cor 4:13
Every person has faith
Paul says here that we have the same spirit of faith. That means every person has faith inside them, the same spirit of faith that the great patriarchs of faith had (Heb 11) and in this particular Scripture, David had this faith when he faced Goliath. So, if we have the same spirit of faith that they had, which worked so well in their lives, why do some of us still struggle?
Faith relies on our ability
If I were to give the same new car to five different people, instructing them to drive to a particular location 10 hours away, the success of the journey would depend largely on the drivers. Assuming road conditions are the same, the novice (learner driver) would start off on a bumpy trip. The person who has never driven before might not even get the vehicle started. The experienced driver would most likely be the most successful. So, the success of the journey does not depend on the vehicle (they all have the same), but on the ability of the driver to operate the vehicle. Faith is that vehicle God uses to get us to a place He has for us. We all have the same spirit of faith (same vehicle). It’s our ability to use faith that is the problem.
Unbelief is the opposite of faith
When driving North, it’s possible to put the vehicle in reverse and to move South. Likewise, unbelief is faith operating in reverse. The greater the unbelief, the greater the faith that it will not happen. When someone stubbornly declares – “I will not get healed”, they are expressing faith, but the vehicle is in reverse.
You can’t live without faith
What about those who say – we don’t have this vehicle, called faith? Impossible! No one can live or function on the earth without faith. Just sitting is an act of faith (we believe the chair will support our weight); just going to a mall is faith (we believe the mall will have what we need); just driving on the road is faith (we believe the vehicle in the opposite lane will stick to their side of the white line). So yes, every single one of us are full of faith. This is why Scripture declares we all have the same spirit of faith.
How to drive the vehicle of faith
In this series of articles, we will discuss how to drive this vehicle of faith. Paul continues in 2 Cor 4:13, explaining a very important key. Quoting David, he says, “I believed, therefore have I spoken.” This means faith cannot be cranked up. I have met many folks who believe that by continuously confessing, they will eventually believe what they are saying, and kickstart their faith. “I believe I am healed”, “I believe I am healed”. “Say it long enough and it will become real to you” – that’s not how faith works.
Faith is not hope
Faith speaks when it knows – not while it is hoping. David had fought the lion and the bear. He defeated both these extremely dangerous, life threatening enemies with God’s ability. When David saw Goliath, he fully knew he would defeat him. David did not hope he would have victory – he knew he would have victory. In other words, he believed first, then he operated faith by speaking what he knew. Paul says this is how we too must operate faith – real faith – not wishing something will happen. It is confidently knowing already it will happen. When people take a chance with God, they do not operate in faith.
Faith requires preparation
Before speaking (I call this the key that starts the vehicle), we must know that God will do it. This means faith requires much preparation for the novice. In the next article we will discuss some of this preparation. We will also discuss what presumption is and how dangerous it can be for a believer. I want to leave you with this powerful Scripture, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” – Rom 10:17
Siva Moodley is a pastor and author. He hosts a daily TV show. Call 011 792 2266 or visit sivamoodley.com for info on upcoming conferences, prayer requests, bookshop details, TV schedules, and more. For a very detailed teaching, purchase his CD ‘How To Have Great Faith’.
Article source: JOY! Magazine