Moving by faith
By Derrick Johnson
The word “believe” is used over 100 times in the New Testament. Believing is a necessary part of our salvation, and it is a vital part of our relationship with God. The bible says that God gives every man a measure of faith. When you drill down faith, it’s believing God for something you cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) says, “…faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things yet unseen.” So biblical faith is believing.
Smith Wigglesworth was a British evangelist who was considered one of the generals of faith. He had a very successful healing ministry, which included raising 14 people from the dead. When ask the secret to his success he replied, “I am not moved by what I see. I am not moved by what I feel. I am only moved by what I believe.”
In this world, we will be faced with overwhelming situations that will challenge our ability to believe. Some of these challenges could come in the form of physical health, emotional distress, financial hardships, relational issues, etc. Whatever the situation is, God wants us to believe Him for the solution to our problems. Mark 9:23 (NKJV) says, “…all things are possible to him that believes.”
There is no time limit on believing. Sometimes believing involves waiting on God’s perfect plan to evolve. This is true for Joseph who was sold into slavery. God had given Joseph dreams about his future, but there had to be a waiting period. For God knew exactly when these things would come to past, so Joseph had to continue to believe God. Psalms 105:19 (NLT) says, “…until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.”
Testing is often a vital part of believing. Unless God allows us to go through a trying situation, we wouldn’t know if we actually believe. It is easy to say you believe God for financial provision when you have a job. It’s not until you lose your job that God knows if you really believe. As Christians, we will go through trials and tribulations, despite what we go through God’s response is always the same. Only believe.
Derrick and Sarah are married with two beautiful daughters. They serve as leaders at Lighthouse Family Church, and have a desire to see broken people liberated by the truth of God’s Word.