Faith has such a unique place in the Bible and is so tied in with the whole economy of God, that until a person can come to the place where he knows how to believe and trust God, he will not be able to grow at all. Wouldn’t it change your life today if when a need popped up you could say, “Praise God! The Lord is talking to me, and the answer is here?” God doesn’t have to do anything. It is already done, as far as God is concerned.
The significance of the “place of faith” in the Bible is identified by several different factors. Everything you need must be supplied by faith. If you want to be a just person, the philosophy of the world is, “do the best you can”, but the Bible says to be a just person you must walk by faith. To be pleasing to god you must walk by faith. You read your Bible if your faith is right. You pray if your faith is right. The Word of God. “I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26: 18.
There is only one way to have access to God, and that is by faith. The way to become a steadfast person, according to the Word of God, is by faith. The Christian “walk” is by faith. Paul said the only way he could live was by faith. He went on to say, “And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.” Galatians 2:20b. The way for Christ to dwell in your heart, in His fullness, is by faith. The Bible says we are made whole by faith. Everything we need God has already provided. And there is just one key by which we get God’s provision into life manifestations and that is by faith. But we will do everything; try every little gimmick in the world, to keep us from trusting the Lord. There is not one need that God has not already supplied. But we will never have our needs fulfilled until we appropriate them by faith.
Faith is the only law placed at your disposal, that supersedes the laws of nature. When God finds a man that believes, the laws of nature are superseded. Peter walked on water. Sarah had a baby when she was closed to one hundred years of age. God set the whole universe up on laws, and those laws operate. Faith can supersede every established law. People have the idea that faith is the “right attitude.” But is the right attitude with the right action. Nothing in this world can move God but faith. Every time God moves, is because somebody believed. The greatest significance of faith, is the fact that it was the whole ministry and teaching of Jesus Christ. He taught His disciples to believe. The Lord Jesus desired to teach them that as He lived by the Father, they could also live by Him, and “As the Father has sent me, so send I you.” The Lord Jesus denied Himself on every occasion that He performed a miracle, to the extent that He allowed God to work the miracle through Him.
There are three important things about the life of Jesus Christ. First, He was absolutely submissive. He said “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me.” John 4:34. Second, He worked in conjunction with the Father. He said, “I and the Father are one.” Third, He was a man of faith. Every time Jesus Christ came face to face with a problem, He gave it to the Father. He so acted in that predicament that God had to perform a miracle. If He had not, the whole economy of God would have gone down the drain. There are two principles by which we can work, trusting God, or your own means.
Faith is so acting on the word and the Will of God, that God has to perform a miracle to keep His Word. Jesus Christ walked by faith. He called His disciples to walk by faith. They always “worked it out” until that day they were out in the boat. Peter saw the Lord Jesus walking out across the water and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ So He said, ‘Come.’” Mathew 14: 28-29. This is the first evidence, the first experience in the Bible, where the apostles began to perceive by revelation what God was trying to teach them.
God’s whole economy is centered around faith. The Lord Jesus said, “Come on, Peter.” He didn’t drown. He did walk on water. He did see that the laws of nature can be superseded by the “Law of faith.” He didn’t fail. Peter stepped out, and as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus Christ, he walked. When he took his eyes of Jesus Christ and started sinking, he cried, “Lord, save me!” and walked back. Jesus Christ didn’t pick him up and put him in His arms like a baby and carry him back. They walked. The other disciples on the boat didn’t have the experience because they didn’t act on faith. Jesus Christ walked in conjunction with the Father by faith. He said, “As the Father hath sent me, so send I you.” He was trying to leave the disciples with this Truth in their hearts. They could believe God and see the impossible.
If you want to be a just person, a righteous person, a pure person, a person that is pleasing to God and a person that is actually God’s ambassador in this world, you need to learn to walk by faith. Today 90% of us are doing everything we can, to “secure ourselves” so we won’t have to walk by faith. The Bible says, “The just shall live by faith.”
EMPHASIS ON FAITH IN THE BIBLE -- Without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6. This is an extremely strong statement. I had looked at that statement for many years not realizing its full value. When you notice in the Word of God the emphasis placed on faith, it becomes easier to understand why “without faith it is impossible to please God.”
It was “by faith” that:
… Abel worshipped God
… Enoch walked with God
… Noah worked with God
… Abraham became the Father of many Nations
… Isaac blessed Jacob
… Jacob blessed both the sons of Joseph
… Joseph looked unto his father and blessed the nations
… Moses turned his back on money and power and delivered Israel
It is “by faith” that:
… The just shall live (Heb. 10:38)
… Your heart can be made pure (Acts 15:9)
… We are sanctified (Acts 26:18)
… We are comforted (Romans 1: 12)
… We are justified (Gal. 2:16, 3:24)
… We stand (Rom 11:20, (2 Corinthians 1:24)
… We are firm by grace (Rom. 5:2)
… We live by the faith of the Son of God (Gal. 2:20)
… Through the Spirit we wait for the hope of righteousness(Gal. 5:5)
…We have access with confidence (Eph. 3:12)
… We are children of God (Gal. 3:26)
… We have the promise of eternal life (Gal. 3:22)
… Christ dwells in our hearts (Eph. 3: 17)
It is “by faith” that:
… Kingdoms were subdued
… Righteousness was wrought
… Promises obtained
… Lions’ mouths stopped
… Violence quenched
… The sword’s edge escaped
… Weakness was made strong
… Armies of aliens turned to flight
… Dead were risen to life again
… Men of weakness grew valiant
This is a record of what “was” by faith and what “is” by faith. Faith stands on its own record. Focus your attention to the emphasis placed in the Word of God as to what is attained through faith,
… We understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God (Heb. 11:3)
… God justifies the heathen (Gal. 3:8)
… We are saved by God’s grace (Eph. 2:8)
… Righteousness is attained in Christ (Phil. 3:9)
… We are risen with Him (Col. 2:12, 2 Tim. 3:15)
… We inherit promises (Heb. 6:12)
“Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6. Any true child of God wants to be pleasing to his Lord. By not living the life of faith, the overcoming life, it is impossible to please God.