How to Activate Overcoming Faith
Act upon to Activate
This article is about faith, how to walk in it, how to activate it, and how to use it to do God’s will on the Earth. In other words I’m gonna teach a simple bible principal, You’ve got to act upon your faith in order to activate your faith.
In order to do that first I’ve got to take you back in time a little. All the way back to the day you got saved.
Do you remember that saving faith? The day that you decided to believe the gospel and let it change you. Well that day you did something to get saved. I know, I know, you don’t have to do anything to get saved right? That’s what many in the church believe and teach. But there is a problem with that. Because even though every one who believes that, won’t admit it, they all did something to get saved. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying they all earned salvation, salvation is a gift, I’m just saying that they all did something.
Everyone who is saved had to believe the Gospel. That’s something. Then they all had to act on that belief and respond to an altar call, or if they were alone at the time (like I was) they responded to the Spirit’s calling to repentance. That’s another thing. Then they all confessed what they believed before men. That’s a third thing.
So why do so many teach that you don’t have to do anything when they themselves all did several things? I don’t really know the answer to that. I think it’s partly a Calvinistic predestination theology and a number of other things. But that’s not really what I’m trying to write about right now. I’m just trying to clear up some things about faith, about your faith. .
Salvation is a Gift but you have to take it. It is a gift that comes through a door, and that door is called faith.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
That verse just said that salvation is a gift and that is, I think, one of the reasons people say you don’t have to do anything. In other words you don’t earn a gift. Therefore you don’t earn salvation. Well they’re right about one thing. You can’t earn salvation. But like any other gift, in order to get it you do have to reach out and take it.
Faith is another gift just like salvation, and it is given to all men.
Romans 12:3 according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
But we know that although faith is given to all men not all men are walking in that faith. Not all men are saved. That is because not all men have received faith. First it has to come to them through hearing God’s Word.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
So like I just said, faith itself according to the Word is a Gift, just like salvation. But that gift (just like salvation) has to come to you. Then faith must be activated and brought to life by works.
James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
What I’m trying to teach is that all men have been given faith, but not all men have received faith. IE through the Word, and of those that have received it, some have dead faith because they didn’t act on it when they received it. How do you act on it? You act on it with your mouth. You have to open the door of faith through confession.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Break down: Faith comes to us by the Gospel which is the Word,Works give life to the faith which is the door God gave us all, our words are the key that opens the door through which grace,which is the means by which we receive the gift of salvation, can enter.
Example: You hear the gospel and believe it. You are able to believe it by the faith that God gave you and every man. That doesn’t mean every man will believe, it simply means every man can believe it. You respond to an altar call which is the work that activates your faith and brings it to life. You open the door by confessing Jesus Christ before men as Lord. Then the Grace of God comes through that door and redeems your soul.
Now I said all that to say this. I am not teaching anyone how to get saved I believe that most of the people who will end up reading this are in fact already saved. By saved I don’t just mean Christian, I mean a soldier of the Most High God. I believe that all Christians are soldiers fully prepared to walk in power through faith. So I’m not trying to make you into a soldier, I’m trying to prove to you that you already are one. If you’re saved, or that you can be one if you’re not saved. I’m not trying to get you saved, if you already are. I’m not even trying to get you to walk in faith. What I’m trying to do is demonstrate by reminding you of how you got saved that you are already walking in Faith.
What do I mean? Many Christians want to have the faith they need to heal the sick, to cast out demons and even to raise the dead. Some of you just want enough faith to make it through whatever financial crisis you might be facing. Maybe even some of you think you need more faith in order to be filled with the Holy Ghost. But what you don’t realize is the tremendous amount of Faith it took for you to get saved!
If you didn’t have all the faith you’ll ever need in life for anything you’ll ever need it for, you would not be saved! I mean think about it. You had to believe in a Man you’ve never seen before. “Jesus Christ.” Not only that, but you had to believe that, that man had the power of God and was in fact God Himself come in the flesh. Then you had to believe He conquered Death, Hell and the Grave, by raising himself from the Dead! And now some of you only wish you had enough faith to heal the sick?
My God wake up church, we’re soldiers! We have all the faith we need and Our God has all the power we need! That’s what I’m trying to teach you!
Now some of you have tried to heal the sick and it didn’t work. I just told you that if you have enough faith to get saved then you have enough faith to heal the sick. So what am I saying? I hope you don’t think that I’m saying if you can’t heal the sick you’re not saved, because I’m not. But I am saying something along that line. (Bear with me.)
Let me get back to saving Faith. What were we saved from when we were saved? Well of course we were saved from a number of things. We were saved most importantly I think from the Wrath of God. Hell, and all of the curses listed in the Old Testament. What was it that brought all of this on us?
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Sin, ultimately we were saved from the consequences of our sin. And not just the consequences we were freed from the bondage of sin itself.
Romans 6:1-2 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
So then when we were saved, we were totally freed from sin. Sin was no longer in our lives. We were totally righteous and absolutely discontinued any and all sins! Don’t you remember that? When you stopped sinning altogether? You don’t do you? Could it be that when you got saved you didn’t immediately stop sinning? Well guess what, neither did I! I’m willing to bet that all of you, Like me didn’t give up when that happened. No, you kept walking in faith, you kept confessing that you were saved (even though you didn’t act like it) and you still marvel at how far you’ve come since then, and how far you have yet to go.
So what is happening? Why weren’t we immediately freed from all sin the moment we got saved? Doesn’t the Bible say something about being free indeed?
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
If we were free indeed why weren’t we free in “deed” Well the same reason that even though Mark 16 says we shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover, yet they don’t always recover when Christians lay hands on the sick!
Let me tell you a little bit about myself. Before I got saved I was into hero worship a little. Stars like “Al Pacino,” and “Robert Dinero” I wanted to be like them. Then I got saved. After that I wasn’t into hero worship a little anymore. I was into it big time! Only I had new heroes. Men and women of faith like “Smith Wigglesworth,” “William Seymour,” “Catherine Kulman,” the list goes on.
For those of you that don’t know who I’m talking about, these men and women actually walked in the power of God! They did heal the sick, they did cast out demons, and they even (some of them) raised the dead! I’m talkin recently within the last century!
Since I’m into these guys and want to be like them, naturally I start to study them. Doing that, I learn first of all that they all had two things in common. One, they didn’t study each other they studied Jesus Christ! Two, they all came to a time in there lives when they realized they had to give up sin. I’m talking pure holiness. They worked with all there might to totally repent of all sin! By faith, some even succeeded for years at a time.
I thought they were heroes before I learned that about them. Afterward I really started to think they were heroes. Because I didn’t think holiness was possible. So I started to make excuses because I knew I couldn’t do that. I couldn’t repent of all of my sins. I’d tried and I didn’t even come close. Not only that, they must’ve had some special power anyway because I had always been taught that total holiness wasn’t possible in this life time.
How many of you have been taught that? That we won’t “arrive, until we’ve arrived,” as in Heaven. That we have to just accept that we’re all “sinners saved by grace” and just be thankful that we have such a merciful God that will overlook our sins.
We are not sinners saved by Grace! We are saints of the Most High God! We were sinners and we were saved by grace but now we have been adopted!
But that was something I believed (sinners saved by grace) until a man of God once told me to start reading the Word afresh. He meant clear your mind of everything you’ve ever been taught and read the Word for what it says. Not what you’ve been taught that it says. When I did that I found out that according to the Word, you can be free now! In this lifetime! I’m talking totally free from the boundaries and the curses of sin in your life. But it doesn’t come easy.
Then another man of God that I trusted got up before a church of 1000 and testified that he had not knowingly (that’s important) knowingly committed any sins for several months. He also testified that there was a time in his life that he went for five years straight without knowingly sinning. There is a difference between knowingly sinning and falling or stumbling. For example if I see a pretty woman that I’m not married too dressed inappropriately and lust suddenly comes into my mind, but I rebuke it immediately and refuse to entertain the thought anymore. Then I fell in sin. But if I see that same girl and continue to entertain those thoughts. Maybe even pursue her. Then I didn’t fall in sin, I knowingly walked right into it.
The Bible says in proverbs 24:16 that a righteous man falls seven times and will rise up again. But that’s not an excuse to sin. Oh we as a church need to get into our spirit the difference between sinning and falling.
I think I’ll give some bible explanation to that before I continue.
1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Very clearly John is saying that Christians can’t sin, but check this out from the same book.
1 John 1:7-10, 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Very clearly here John is saying that all Christians do sin! Now, is that a contradiction? No!
This time lets go back to 1John 3 and read 4-8
1 John 3:4-8, 4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
To me this verse makes it clear what he means by sin, he says “sins” as in continues to sin! Or someone who commits sins. Meaning you commit yourself to it.
Sometimes people who are of the devil do righteous things. Sometimes righteous people do sinful things. It’s he who practices! We will all fall occasionally whoever says different is a liar according to 1:8. The difference is our response to the falling.
Proverbs 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
The righteous falls seven times and rises but the wicked stay down there. In other words if I saw some money that wasn’t mine unguarded before I was saved I would have not only been tempted to take it, I would have taken it. That’s falling and staying, or committing myself to sin. But now if the same thing happens today, I may still be tempted to take it. But I immediately rebuke the devil and I don’t follow through with that temptation. That’s falling and rising. In other words sin was in me but I didn’t commit myself to it.
Some may say but you didn’t fall. Yes I did. Don’t you know that sin is not in your action it’s in your heart? Jesus said if you lust after a woman you’ve already committed adultery. Now the wicked will use that very verse to get into more trouble. IE will say I’ve already committed adultery I might as well follow through. But the righteous will fall and rise. IE will think I’ve already committed adultery just by thinking about it, I might as well repent now before I defile myself even further before the Lord. Do you see the difference between falling and rising, and outright sinning?
Some of you may want to ask why am I talking about sin. This is supposed to be about activating faith. Well hold on I’m getting to that.
Back to the heroes of faith I was talking about earlier. Like I said they all came to a conclusion that they needed to be Holy in order to activate the faith they needed in order to heal the sick. But that’s not really scriptural.
According to my studies, all you need to heal the sick is faith. You can’t earn that power by being good. Because if you could it wouldn’t be God healing them it would be you healing them. Not only that, but you could never be good enough anyway. Even if you never knowingly sinned again, you would still fall in sin occasionally. So then why did they come to the conclusion that they needed holiness in order to have the power of God in there lives? Not because Holiness brings the power of God, but because Holiness grows the measure of faith in your lives that God has already given you. It took me a long time to figure this one out but I believe I did. There are two very simple reasons that obeying God activates your faith.
1. It’s hard to come before God and ask him for anything especially anointing, when you know what you did last night. It’s hard to convince yourself that God will do anything good for you, when you know what you just did to Him last week.
You see James 1 says that if you have any doubt when you ask something from God you are a being double minded. It says double minded men will receive nothing from God!
Sin in your life allows the Devil to sow doubt in your life!
2. The second reason is this. You didn’t immediately stop all sin for the same reason some of you have tried to lay hands on the sick yet you did not watch them recover! Faith is alive, it is a force that has to come to you. Just as you cleansed yourself by the renewing of your mind, how did you renew your mind by reading the word, by meditating on it. Where does the Bible say that faith comes by? By the Word. You were able to come as far as you have not by willpower, but by word power. You called those things that are not as though they were. You told all of your friends and all of your family that you were a Christian. That means that as a Christian you followed Christ. But you knew you weren’t always following Christ. But you continued to call yourself a Christian because the Bible said that you were. In other words you believed you were righteous because the Bible said that you were righteous! You believed that despite the fact that your actions said that you weren’t.
In other words by repenting of sin you teach yourself to walk by faith and not by sight. You see there won’t always be sick people or demon possessed people around for you to practice your faith on. And if you did try to work your faith that way it would be dangerous not only to your own faith but to the people around you. When you didn’t see outward appearance of your faith IE the sick recovering you would get discouraged the people you tried to heal would think God didn’t want to heal them and you would give up altogether. But when you commit your faith toward your own sickness at first (sin in your life) even though you can’t see the outward appearance right away you can feel it inside. You know that sin is losing its’ grip over you. It’s almost like you can feel faith growing inside of you. And when you have been walking in holiness by faith long enough, holiness will start to manifest in your life. When that happens, you will know faith, you won’t be asking Jesus to increase your faith anymore like the disciples did in Luke 17:5. Instead you’ll know the power of the faith that you do have. You’ll know what Jesus meant when he said to them that if they had just a little faith, enough to fill a mustard seed, they could move mountains!
You’ll know that you can move mountains! I dare a demon to possess someone around you when that happens. I dare sickness to show its’ ugly face around you then. Because you will not only have the measure of faith that God gave to you, it will be alive in you. You will have purified yourself to the point of one mindedness.
In other words Jesus wasn’t trying to tell the disciples that all they needed was a little faith, (enough to fill a mustard seed) he was trying to tell them the same thing I’m trying to tell you now, that they already had enough faith. Don’t you think the measure of faith God gave you is enough to fill a mustard seed?
We don’t need more faith we merely need to activate the faith that we already have! By giving yourself to a life of holiness, you find out you can’t do it by yourself, you have to totally rely on God. And the more you rely on God the more you need your faith to do it! So you’re not really growing your faith you’re growing in the faith God has given you. When you repent of your sins you are acting upon your faith. When that happens you give life to your faith, you activate your faith.
You have all the faith you need and our God has all the power we need! All we have to do is act on it and that will activate it!
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