“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Faith is the believers sixth sense. It is the believer’s ability to see what cannot be seen with the natural eye, to hear what cannot be heard with the natural ear, and to taste what cannot be tasted with the natural taste. Faith, a supernatural manifestation of the Holy Ghost, is the supernatural sense that is birthed in the human heart when Gods word is heard, received, believed, and acted on.
It enabled Elijah to hear, the sound of “an abundance of rain,” when not one drop had fallen from the sky in over three years. Faith sustained a widow woman through the famine, her meal barrel wasted not, and the cruse of oil did not fail until the Lord sent rain according to the word of the Lord by Elijah. By faith a widow woman went from nothing but a small pot of oil, to an abundance that satisfied her creditors, fed her family, and blessed her community.
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after they were compassed about seven days.
Notice the action words connected with faith in those sentences: Moses moved, the walls of Jericho were compassed, or walked around for seven days. Faith is not a generic mental assent to the truthfulness of the word of God. Anyone can say: I believe in the strength and the ability of that bridge to support the weight of my car and myself, but it’s not faith on your part until you are driving across yourself.
Mark 16:15-18: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
If we believe that God’s Word is true, why do we not see more of the power of God manifested in our lives? I believe the answer is in understanding what Jesus meant when he said, “Believe.”
Are we really believers? I look around today and I get a sense that we’re raising a generation of mental assenters. Christians that are not true believers, they do not have true Bible believing faith, they agree in their mind that the word is true, but they take no action to show that they truly believe. The Apostle James said, “Faith without works is dead.”
Jesus was teaching His disciple here in Mark 16, that faith turns into people of action. ‘Believers,” are more than simply those that agree with the Word, they act upon what they hear, and receive, and become doers.
The Apostle James tells in James 2:19, that devils believe and tremble, but they don’t do any righteous works of faith. The plague that has infected the church world is that of calling the agreement of the mind a vital and living faith, calling it believing, but it is not believing without corresponding actions. That weak mental assent makes one no better than a devil.
According to the scripture faith has corresponding works, and without works it is dead. That means that a believer is a doer. For example, to agree that tithing is a biblical principle, that transcends both old and new covenants, does not make you a believer, it just makes you an assenter, and you can assent and not be a doer. But the minute you act on what you agree with, you have become a biblical believer.
The same with Prayer, to agree to the great need of prayer in your life does not make you a praying person.
To merely agree to Jesus words, does not give you power over demons, but a relationship with Jesus through prayer and the baptism of the Holy Ghost makes you a threat to hell!
To agree to liberty of the Spirit to worship the Lord by praising, clapping the hands, shouting, dancing, does not make you a liberated worshiper, unless you begin to enter in and truly worship the One True God.
To agree to Jesus words concerning self-denial and taking up the cross brings us no closer to resurrection power, unless you die to yourself and begin to live for Him!
Believers are Doers. And Doers are Seers. In other words, we will see the manifestation of God’s power in the doing, not the agreeing. The reason so many haven’t seen more of the power and the glory of God in their lives, is because they have mistakenly accepted a mental assent, an agreement of the mind for Bible believing.
Many people will say they believe the Bible, but if they are not living according to its principles, they don’t believe they just agree. When we Believe we will do, and when we do or become doers of what we are agreeing with we will see the power of God .
At the tomb of Lazarus Jesus says to Take away the stone
“Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?”
What was between the believing and the seeing? The doing, removing the stone.
We can talk about prayer, sing about prayer, write songs about prayer, preach about prayer, teach about prayer, but we will not experience the benefits and the power of prayer until we pray. The same with fasting: We can preach and teach about the need for fasting, and how Jesus and his disciples fasted, and the great benefits of fasting according to the bible, but until we actually push the plate away, and deny ourselves, there will be no release of power.
The will be no signs: no one will be healed, no one will be set free from addictions, no families will be restored, no chains will be broken, and no one will be filled with the Holy Ghost – no one will be saved until the church demonstrates true belief. None of the things Jesus said will follow them that believe, will follow us, until we believe!