Steps of Faith To look into this matter of how a man grows in faith and comes to the place of real genuine faith, let us go back to the basic area of where faith is initiated. God is concerned about His Will being done on earth as it is done in Heaven. We will talk about the concept of need and provision. When a child of God has a need, the supply is already there. God provides for the need even before the person knows he will need it. This is how God works. This is a divine law and can be substantiated by the Word of God, and it can be demonstrated with our personal experiences. If you are going to live by faith and walk with God, you must establish in your heart that a need is evidence that God has the supply. Put this in your heart, every time a need arises, you should be able to turn immediately, because of your discipline mind and concept of God’s economy, and say “God has already the supply.”
Now, we reached the point in which the Word of God is the basis of our faith. The Bible says, “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” There are only three things which are necessary for a man to practice faith: first, is that he has a need; second, that he has a promise from God to stand on, and the third, that he simply makes the choice for faith. This puts your need by the provision God made. When you act, you see the results. After a man comes to see his need, he will turn to the Word of God, and he will find promises, and in these promises he will find the revelation. The revelation is when the Holy Spirit speaks for God, until the person can say, God is speaking to me, and this applies to my need. The average person will ponder on these promises because it is challenging to consider the supernatural. On some occasions, it feels completely ridiculous to the rational mind to act on the Word of God.
Then we come to the matter of persuasion. Somehow, some way, through the desires of the heart, the pressure of need, the Holy Spirit, the warfare of Satan, the person would come to the place where he feels that, regardless, he must take God at His Word. Not to take God at His Word is to deny God and to refuse Him entrance to the scene. Not to act on the Word is to say that God is inadequate. In this area, you will have a real struggle. This struggle will war until you come to the place that, sink or swim, live or die; you are going to take God at His Word. You may even come to the place like I did once, where I said “Lord, what happens if I fail?” I got the answer back shortly: “It is not a matter of you failing. You are already a failure.”
To be persuaded means, that we reached the point in which we are going to act. Be a doer of the Word; so we act. When we act, there is a choice of the will. Faith is acting on the revealed Truth “Be ye doers of the Word.” We come to the place where we make that choice. It is usually a struggle, but when we make that choice, something happens. Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” When a man believes with his heart and acts from his heart, he then confesses with his mouth. So, this brings us to confession, the declaration. We confess to God with our mouths and with our actions. It is also a confession to man.
We have promises from the Word of God whereby we can anchor our decisions. we are to hold fast to these promises. In the economy of God, what man has a need of, God has already supplied and given him a promise for that need. When man embraces it, and confesses it, God brings it into reality from the invisible and intangible world. It is just as simple as that. The thought of confession holds through the entire Word of God. Jesus Christ used the method of confession to deliver people. God Himself used the method of confession to bring this world into being. Men that followed Jesus Christ were taught, “I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. “ Mark 11: 23.
Once he makes this confession of what he really has embraced, then man gets in what is called conflict, or the fight of faith. Jesus Christ told Peter that He was going to pray for him that his faith fail not. So, I believe that there is a conflict, because man has entered into a real, active, genuine faith. A faith that is anchored in the Lord, on the Word of God. In fact, God has placed man in such a position that He needs to work a miracle to keep His word, or His Word is a lie, and man is a fool for believing. The strategy for a man in this particular conflict is simply to refuse to doubt. Simply keep taking God at His Word. In my own experience, I found that this conflict brought on all sorts of doubts, but if we ask our Lord Jesus Christ for help, there will come a real rest. The conflict brings us to the rest of faith. Now this rest does not mean that we sit down passively. It means that there is a real rest, a real peace within the spirit, even though outside there may be a raging battle. The victory is yours.
We now move to the praise of faith, where we praise the Lord for our victories. It is not long. In fact, sooner than we expect, we begin to enjoy the spoils of the faith. That means that we have come to the place where God convert the Truth of His Word into reality, into tangible reality.
How to Come to the Place of Faith -- Mark 11:23-24 says, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” I want you to notice that it says here, “but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Many will progress in the life of faith until they face the warfare. Many in the warfare, in the fight of faith, doubt because they feel like they do not have enough faith. The issue is not the amount of faith you have, it is the choice of faith you make. The most important thing is in whom is your faith placed. Beloved, it is the choice of faith that you make. When you are at the end of your strength, you can make the right choice and choose to believe God, and refuse to doubt. The way I do this is audibly, I verbalize it, or I write it down. I say “I refuse to doubt You, Lord. I refuse to doubt. I chose to believe.” Then, comes the fight of faith, and then the rest. In that rest, you get the assurance that it is settled. That does not mean that you have gotten the answer in your hands physically, that it is tangible.
You must continually act in faith to remind yourself, and I don’t know that you need to remind God, but He surely does enjoy your praising Him while you are going along. The Bible say: “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5: 14-15. This is a great passage on prayer and faith. When do we have? When we believe we have. Anybody can believe they have after they have. You must believe you have it, before you have it.
I pray that somehow these few thoughts will get into your heart and help you to realize that once you step out and believe God for something, to never quit until you see it as reality in your hands, and if you die, die confessing your trust in God. In the days ahead, the devil is going to do everything he can to make you doubt. Remember, Jesus Christ said, “Peter, I am praying that your faith fail not.” Jesus is praying today your faith will not fail. If you fail, do not let the devil keep you down. Confess it, and come back to the place of faith as soon as possible, because without faith, it is impossible to please God. Keep affirming that act of faith, while you feel in doubt, until you gain certainty. Fix your eyes upon Jesus Christ until you become strong. You will see the victory much sooner than you expect.