Understanding And Unlocking Faith And Miracles

walking-on-water“By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.” – Hebrews 11:29

What is faith? How does faith work? Why do some have a greater measure of faith then others? These are all common questions as one tries to attain a miracle working faith. However most never reach the fullest potential of God’s grace (His power) because they don’t have a true understanding of faith, and grace (which is power) comes by faith.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” – Ephesians 2:8-9

Many believe that all they need is to believe that something will be and it will be. This implies that the power is coming from them, and that they are in control of it. That is not at all the case. Moses sought God, he was obedient to the fullest, sacrificing all to follow God’s every word and instruction. He took time to hear from God and learn His voice. Then, as he walked in obedience to that voice and saw God prove himself time and time agin when His leading was followed, Moses was given a great faith in the Words and Promises of God. Moses’s great faith was not in his ability to make things happen magically by belief that it will simply be, but rather his miracle working faith was in the fact that He trusted the words of a miracle working God, and acted upon them when spoken.

Simply wanting something to happen will not make it happen, nor will simply believing that it will. In our opening verse the Israelites crossed the Red Sea by faith, if faith is simply believing then we have a problem, because the Egyptians saw the Israelites cross and believed they could do the same. Their level of belief in the ability to do this was probably far greater then the Israelites, seeing as how they had just witnessed it happen. Yet when they step out trusting in what they believed to be possible, the miracle stopped and they all drowned. The difference here is that Moses sought God, heard God’s instructions, and acted upon those instructions having full faith in God to “do what He said He would do.” He did not believe for what he wanted done, putting his faith in his own belief, but rather he believed in God’s Words to Him. The Egyptians had no such word, instruction, or promise from God, therefore they acted of their own leading and understanding and no matter how much they may have believed they could cross that sea, they could not.

Let me give you an example, I can want to heal everyone I see. I can even believe that I can heal everyone I see. That does not give me the power to actually heal everyone I see. However, when God tells me, “go pray for that lady over there, she has herniated disk in her back and I’m going to heal her.” Then I have all faith that God will heal her, because He has spoken that to me and I believe His Words! So I then do what He says knowing that faith without works is dead and He does as He promised in either His spoken or written Word. My faith, or trust is in Him and what He has spoken, not in my own hands, actions, prayers, or belief.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17

You see, faith is more then believing, it’s trusting. If our trust is in God more then it is in our own self then miracles signs and wonders will follow. When we just step out trying to make things happen because we want them too, or worse yet because we want to be seen or known for making it happen, then we are putting our trust in our own abilities to make it happen. Our faith is in our self and that’s a very weak faith at best and a very wicked faith at worse. However, when we seek God for His will and instructions, we are showing that we trust Him, His will, and His wisdom more then we trust our own, and that is true faith. When He speaks that word of instruction to us and we trust Him enough to step out in complete obedience to that instruction no matter how impossible it may seem, that is true faith. It is faith in His wisdom, His promises, His righteousness, His omnipotence, and His faithfulness; not in our own belief. True faith is directed outward, not inward.

Yes faith can move mountains, but where is your faith? Is your faith in your own ability to move mountains, because if so then you will be greatly disappointed. Is your faith in your desire to have people see you move a mountain, is your faith in your faith, making it an idol, a form of willpower, or is your faith in God and His will because He told you to move a mountain and you trust Him to do the impossible if you humbly step out in obedience to His Words?

“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” – James 4:3

The reason everyone has a different measure of faith, and therefor grace (or power) is because we all have different measures of humility which leads to different measures of trusting God more then self, which leads to different measures of obedience. We all receive a measure of faith and grace (or power) at salvation, but there is more to be had, yet only some will attain it because only some will fully trust outwardly to God for it, and not inwardly to self. Understand that faith is not something that you have, it is something that you are given as a reward of humility because humility trust God and His plan more then self.

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” – James 4:6

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” – Romans 12:3

“For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;” – 1 Corinthians 12:8-9

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” – Ephesians 2:8-9

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