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What is the Measure of Faith?

Updated on March 7, 2012

God, through the writer of Hebrews gives us His definition of faith. In Hebrews 11:1 we read, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." He goes on in verse 6 to explain that it is impossible to please God without faith, but notice He does not stop there. "... for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." A promise is given to those who come to God believing, and to them He will reward with the desires of their hearts.

It goes without saying that it is God Himself that places His desires within our hearts. Throughout Hebrews chapter 11 we find a list of those who by faith had won the victory by having their hearts in tune with God. When our heart is in tune with God's heart, He will reward us. Did not Noah by faith do exploits for God although he was mocked and ridiculed for 120 years. Yet the substance of things hoped for became evidence of what was not previously seen. His century-long ministry ended with the salvation of only eight people. Yet he was a huge success for God. How much faith do you suppose it took Noah to accomplish his goal?

What about Abraham as he offered up his only son? How much faith did it take for him to stretch Isaac upon the altar? I believe that had to have taken powerful faith.

And then what about Moses as he withstood Pharoah? My guess is that it took tremendous faith.

The great revivals of the past--how much faith did it take D. L. Moody, or Charles Finney, or C. H. Spurgeon to call from nothingness the evidence of things not seen? Again, I think we would be correct to say that it took great faith.

But wait a minute!

In Romans 12:3 we are told, "...to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." Please notice that the key word here is the. It does not say a measure of faith, but the measure of faith. In other words, God has given to each of us the same measure of faith. We have all been given the same amount of faith. You and I have the same amount of faith that Noah, Abraham, Moses, Finney, and others possessed.

If it truly is God's heart to save the lost and call this country back to revival (and it is), then might we simply learn to exercise the faith that we have been given and let the windows of Heaven be poured out on America once again. In other words, could we for once just claim God's promises?

Let me list three promises, but there are many others. Psalm 2:8--"Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession." My friend, America is for the most part a heathen nation. I understand that this verse, as are the others, is Old Testament. I understand the prophetic meaning behind it, but we can still apply it to today. Yes we can.

Isaiah 44:3--"For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring." America is so thirsty we do not even know it. But yet God promises. Might we just claim it today.

II Chronicles 7:14--"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." There is no need to rationalize these verses. They are what they are.

God is just waiting for someone to stand up and say, "I'll exercise my God-given faith and reach out to a nation that has forsaken her God. I will claim the promises and will watch and expect God to work." Someone needs to step up and to step up now! If not you, then who?

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    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thanks Sky. You're quite welcome!

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      Sky321 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Great hub! Thanks for sharing.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Michael,

      King David is an excellent example of faith. I think it really takes faith at times to encourage and strengthen ourselves in the Lord. All too often there's no one else to do it, but with God I still have a majority. Thanks for the visit and your input!

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      michael rivers1 

      6 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

      Great insight and teaching! I appreicate the clarity of Romans 12:3, knowing how we are all given the same measure of faith. Good job.

      Whenever I consider a man of faith, I think of King David. He possesed the ability to change his perspective and encourage and strengthen himself by remembering God's faithfulness and claiming God's Word. Thanks for sharing.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      drpastorcarlotta,

      Thanks for the visit and the vote. Truly faith is the key to everything in the Christian life.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      FAITH! Hebrews, my favor Book! Without faith, I would not be where I am at today! GREAT well written Hub. Glad I stopped by. Voted-Up! Stay Blessed...

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thanks for stopping by, Cristina. Yes, I certainly believe revival is possible for America. God is always true to His Word. My prayer for America is that the great men and women of faith will step up and stand.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      6 years ago from Manila

      Great hub which presented a nice food for thought regarding faith. God truly honors men and women of great faith.America now needs great men and women of faith to lead this nation to a great revival. I believe revival for America is still possible.There is no impossible to those who believe. Blessings to you always. Best regards.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Dave,

      I think it's time to plant some mustard. But it's so true, like you said, "He's right of course." Who can argue with that. Thanks for the visit.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      einron,

      You're absolutely right! God gives grace to the humble. But I'm not mourning the loss of prestige and power in the world. I'm mourning the absence of the presence of God. Oh, for the glory of the Lord to return to America--and that begins with humility! Thanks for stopping by.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      FD,

      Good to hear from you! Not only are God's promises to the faithful, but He is faithful. What a wonderful thing to rest in!

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      GodTalk,

      Thanks for checking in. I really do believe God is at work. I'm looking forward to the outcome.

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      Dave Mathews 

      6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      lifegate: Jesus compares faith to a mustard seed telling us if we have even that little of faith, we can move mountains. He's right of course.

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      einron 

      6 years ago

      lifegate

      Isaiah 2:9 says, "And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself:"

      America has been very proud all this while and therefore it is time to be humble before God and He would listen to the cry of the citizens.

      It takes not just one person, but the whole country to mourn for its loss of prestige and power in the world. God would listen to the prayers of the humble.

      Humble yourselfin the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up (James 4:10). God bless.

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      Evie Lopez 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks for the words of encouragement. Even as we are surrounded by unfaithfulness and iniquity, we have to remember the promises of God to the faithful.

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      Jeff Shirley 

      6 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks for the challenge Lifegate. We see throughout history that God has used a few faithful people to make a great impact on the world. Each of us, as Christians, needs to step up in faith and say: "Lord, here am I, send me! I want to stand with you and be among the faithful remnant in our generation...God bless

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