If the Lord delight in us, then He will bring us into the land, and give it to us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Numbers 14:8
The amazing thing is that so many things seem to stand against The Word.
Key? You have to KNOW it 1st! Claim it, and receive it. Faith is so very much! Have you ever seen faith?
What Is Faith and Where Does It Come From?
What exactly is faith? Is it positive thinking, or determining to believe something even in the face of difficulties? Do some people just have an innate ability to have more faith than others?
The Bible’s definition
Hebrews 11:1 tells us what faith is according to the Bible:
“Now faith is the substantiation of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Note 1 on faith in the New Testament Recovery Version gives us a further explanation:
“Faith is the substantiation of things hoped for. Hence, it is the assurance, the confidence, the confirmation, the reality, the essence, the supporting ground, of things hoped for, the foundation that supports the things hoped for. Faith is also the conviction of things not seen. It convinces us of what we do not see. Hence, it is the evidence, the proof, of things not seen.”
Faith is truly wonderful! For instance, when we were saved, Christ came to live in us. This isn’t something we can verify with our five physical senses, but the Word of God assures us of this fact. It’s also confirmed by our personal experience; we simply can’t deny that He truly does live in us. This is faith operating in us to convince us of something that can’t be seen.
But where does such faith come from? In this post, we’ll explore the source of faith and how we can obtain it.
Where does faith come from?
The first thing we must understand is that faith doesn’t originate from within us. We’re not born with a natural ability to believe. If we try to muster up faith by our own willpower, we’ll be discouraged. This is because we’re not the source of faith. Faith comes from God. God allots, or gives, faith to us. Second Peter 1:1 says:
“To those who have been allotted faith equally precious as ours in the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
God is not only the Giver of faith, but He is also the Author, the Originator, of our faith. Hebrews 12:2 says:
“Looking away unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.”
Note 3 on Author in the New Testament Recovery Version tells us that the Greek word can also be rendered Originator, Inaugurator, Leader, Pioneer, or Forerunner. Jesus is the Originator of our faith! He is the One who inaugurates it in each one of us. He also leads us on the path of faith that He Himself pioneered in His life on earth.
From the above verses, we see clearly that the source of faith is not found within us. Faith is something given to us by God, and Jesus is the Author, the Originator, of faith.
Beloved I pray with you; may The Lord delight in you, may He favor you, may He bring you to your land of destiny. May you possess your mountains and may your land flow with milk and honey and all the riches of God’s glory here on the Earth and for all ways, in Jesus’ name, Amen.