Four kinds of faith

Jrose-419079_640ames 1:6: But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. (ESV)

Faith is change, action, a perspective and trust.

Faith as catalyst for change

Faith changes us from the ordinary to the supernatural. That was what Jesus said will help us to be able to cast our devil, heal the sick raise the dead. It makes us into people who express dominion in our lives.

Faith is the link between God and humanity. The bible says that those who come to God must know that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6). To seek him is to become like him, because as we behold the face of Jesus we are transformed to the same image from glory to glory (2Corinthians 3:17-18).

When the disciples were amazed that Jesus was able to still the storm and calm the wind, they said he was strange, but he pointed out the difference, he told them they had little faith.

Jesus told someone that if she believes he will see the glory of God. There was one thing that Jesus expressed in the bible- it was the glory of God.

Before the grave of Lazarus we see the basis his faith. It was his relationship with the father which made it possible for him to fully represent him on the earth. There, he said: I thank you father that you have heard me (John 11). That shows a man who had an ongoing relationship with the father. And that was what delivered the supernatural through his life.

Faith that changes you into a supernatural being in the results in your life is not separate from a deep relationship with God. We need to have faith in Jesus as we use his name, and our tangible faith on the long run will not be greater than the depth of our connection is with God.

It takes faith to receive the gift of salvation. Paul wrote that by grace we are saved (changing us from sinner to saint) through faith and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8). Faith is about looking unto Jesus, who is described as the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). He is the length breath depth and breadth of it.

Faith is the key to supernatural change. And when it comes to receiving the Holy Spirit, what we read is that it is also by faith (Galatians 3:1-5). Paul asked the Galatian church: did you receive the Holy Spirit by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?

The works of the law represent what is earthly, while the Holy Spirit represent the heavenly and what takes you there is faith which translates our earthly experience to the supernatural.

It is the door we take into the experience of oneness with God in the now and bring others into the same reality. Faith is not just for ourselves but also to be of help to others. To help them gain what we have gained.

Faith that changes is about acting on the word, and it is also linked with service, the bible says that we should use our gift in proportion to our faith (Romans 12:1-7).

Faith as action

It is what James refers to when he said that faith without works is dead, he wants whatever you profess as faith to translate to love-actions to help others and life alignment (James 2).

Faith as perspective

In this regard faith is belief. When you believe the wrong thing, you will have the wrong perspective. The right perspective is the divine perspective.

The bible says that in time past God spoke to the fathers through the prophet and now he has spoken to us through his son whom he has made the heir of all things (Hebrews 1:1-3). Do you believe in him?

Faith affects our sense of judgement. It was what Jude referred to when he said that we should contend earnestly for the faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:1-3). This is an important dimension of the faith. We should contend, fight, for the truth.

You can fake the right action but you cannot fake the right concept, the right thought about God and his Christ, in you.

The faith that saves us is also a concept of faith. We are asked: do you believe in Jesus, and when you say yes, reflective of what is going on in your heart then, you are saved (Romans 10).

Paul said those who call upon the lord will be saved, but you cannot call upon the one whom you have no concept of his existence. The bible says in the book of Hebrews where it says: without faith it is impossible to please God because he who comes to God must know that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6). You cannot seek the one you have no concept or wrong concept of. So to know God rightly is to seek him rightly.

Faith as trust

We are told the just shall live by faith and not by sight (Romans 1:17). This is the daily faith, in which we believe we will receive what we ask God and also receive guidance.

When we worry it shows we are deficit in trust and therefore limit ourselves in what we can receive from God (James 1:3-8). Worry is an expression of doubt. And the book of James said that if anyone lacks wisdom he should ask from God and he will be given but he should not doubt. The doubter should not think he will receive anything from God.

Difficult situation comes to test our trust in God. Are you going to stand in trust or go to “Egypt” seeking for solution (Isaiah 31:1)?

Conclusion

Though the four kinds of faith are derived from the word of God (Romans 10:17), faith as catalyst for change is to get supernatural result, and to serve others with our spiritual gifts.

Faith as action is behavioural, relationship and giving to others.

Faith as perspective is hinged on the right understanding.

Faith as trust is linked with our prayer life. This is a fair view of the multi-sided faith as used in the different bible contexts.

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