Have Faith in God! (Biblical Perspectives)
Mark 11:22-24 (NKJV)
"And Jesus answering saith unto them 'Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever, he saith. Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire; when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.'"
What did Jesus mean when he advised his disciples to have faith in God? It is easier said than done. He made this statement following his cursing of the fig tree. Remember the one with broad green glossy leaves that suggested the abundance of fruit? Much to the surprise of the disciples, by the following day, the same tree had withered and died. Jesus’ response not only contained a rebuke to those, who like the fig tree, were all show and no substance -hearers and not doers of the word (James 1:22), but also the keys to having "faith in God" as follows:
It is interesting that prayer is the essential component in developing faith in God. Jesus’ example of the fig tree being destroyed within a day was a visual illustration for the disciples, who like us, were doubtful, timid and fickle. Here, we see how the exercise of faith was the catalyst that released the power of God in answer to prayer.
- A need that cannot be met by human means.
- Boldness to approach God in prayer to seek his help.
- Strong belief that you have received the answer from God.
(You may recognise them as the ABC’s of prayer Ask, Believe and Claim. Based upon my own experience, I would like to add:)
- Patience to be still and wait upon the Lord.
The destruction of the tree is also a warning to those who do not produce the fruit of righteousness. Remember we are known by our fruit? (Matthew 7:20). If we do not please God, we will be counted as unrighteous and like the tree, will receive our just reward. The deeper lesson in this example is that faith in God is critical to the development of a righteous character. In 2 Peter 1:5 we are counselled to "diligently" add to our faith the qualities of virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love.
God requires us to "walk by faith and not sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). We cannot develop faith without it being exercised through our experience. God often places us in impossible situations (trials and tribulations) where we have no visible human source of help and we have no choice but to turn to him. The testing of our faith is God’s way of training us in righteousness (our sanctification) which according to James 1:3 will enable us to "be perfect and entire, wanting nothing".
Faith in God has to be developed and exercised. By building a relationship of love, obedience and trust in God, our faith becomes stronger. The purpose of faith is to enable us to reconnect with God, as we do his righteous character is imparted to us. When we have faith in God we are no longer strangers to him, but his children. Like any loving father- God longs give us what he considers to be best for us- according to the scriptures, it is eternal life.
Collection of Biblical Perspectives
The Lifesaving Good News The gospel, otherwise known as the "good news", is described by Paul in Romans 1:16 as the "power of God unto salvation to all who believes"...more
Happiness; a much-sought after state of mind is, according to the bible, what all Christians need to be striving for...more
Nothing of Himself It’s interesting in the scriptures above that an important aspect of Christ’s mission was to reveal the character of God...more
Peace When placed in context of the scriptural passage, we find Jesus describing his mission on earth as God's spiritual peace envoy...more
My Faith Faith is intangible and invisible and yet it is an essential element in the Christian walk...more
Salvation: The Ark of God! We need not question any further; God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit work in partnership to execute the mystery of salvation...more
The Anatomy of Repentance Paradoxically, when we are engaged in it, it is "sin" that feels like height and "repentance" that seems like depths...more
The Purpose of Joy Joy therefore is the natural response to the transformation brought about by divine intervention...more
Be Still And Know God Stillness is a state of mind- not moving or making a sound (adjective) deep silence and calm...more
Finding Our Purpose If we are made in the image and likeness of God, he expects us to have his character as well...more
Suffering to Learn from What is clear however is that God has designed suffering for us to learn from, praise Him for and gain righteousness in...more
Forgiveness God is the king who mercifully forgave the debt of ten thousand talents which was owed to him by one of his servants...more
Prayer In the parable prayer is characterised as an impossible activity: an exchange between the lowest of the low in society with the most inaccessible authority of the land...more
Weariness We need not succumb to fear when we have God on our side. If we exchange human fear with "fear of the Lord" we have wisdom...more
Have Faith in God! It is interesting that prayer is the essential component in developing faith in God...more
Thanksgiving He was a model intercessor whose primary motivation was God's glory (see Nehemiah 1:4-11)...more