THE FAITH SERIES 2
THREE KINDS OF FAITH
And Jesus answering saith to them, 'Have faith of God' (Mark 11:22 YLT)
In the first capsule of this series I started by emphasising the importance of faith and to be fair majority of Christians do appreciate this fact, unfortunately this has led to another set of problems.
1John 5:4 says 'For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith'
The scripture above says faith always guarantee your victory, however this is not the experience of the vast majority. We try everything we know to do and if it does not work we become confused because our experiences have not matched the scripture. The question is, which kind of faith?
In Mark 11:22 Christ answered the question by saying 'have faith in God' or in the literal Hebrew 'have faith of God' that is the God kind of faith. In my study of the word, personal experience and interaction with other Christians, I have come to identify three entities that on the surface might look alike but are vastly different when people talk about faith.
The first of this is what I call the Natural Human Faith or faith based on the five physical senses. This comes from knowledge accumulated through the physical senses and experience, if we are not careful we can confuse it with the God kind of faith. An expression of this is seen in the way we interact with things and people based on our previous experience. For instance we buy a flight ticket expecting to get to our destination once we board the plane. We drive through the traffic light when it turns green believing that others will stop, we sit on a four legged chair putting all our weight on it believing it will not collapse, the examples are endless. At the root of it all is the knowledge we have gathered from experiences based on physical senses. This faith is based on sense knowledge and limited, it will get you some things but not a miracle or the supernatural. Everybody have access to this faith even non-Christians.
The second type of faith is Mental Assent. This is where a vast majority of Christians find themselves. This faith give assent to the power of the gospel, agrees with all the promises mentally, all outward actions and confession suggest total agreement but in their heart there is a persistent nagging question that invalidates and disqualifies. The question is 'will God do it for me?' This question might never be spoken out, but it's there deep seated in the heart causing paralysing fear. This kind of faith is empty and non productive, it is full of empty confessions. Romans 10:10 'for with the heart we believe unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation '
Lastly, the God kind of faith. This is the real deal, this is the faith the Just must live by, it is the faith that Christ is referring to in Mark 11:22. Unlike the natural human faith, this faith 'call things that be not as if they were or in modern English, it acknowledges the existence of what the physical sense cannot perceive. Everything exist in two forms, the spiritual and the physical. God kind of faith have access to the spiritual form and is able to bring it into the physical realm, that is what we call the 'supernatural or miracle'. For the purpose of our blog, healing is already available in the spiritual form or realm. God kind of faith transfers it from the spiritual realm into your body which is in the physical realm. The natural human faith stays in the physical realm, mental assent peeps into the spiritual realm but is too timid to go in. If you want to enjoy the supernatural (that is outside of the natural) you will have to reach for it beyond the physical realm into the spiritual realm and bring it into the physical where you are, You can only do this with the God kind of Faith.
Let me encourage you with this, there is nothing wrong with the natural human faith as long as you appreciate it's limitations , in fact you can't do without it. God has given you your five physical senses for a reason, what we need to appreciate is that they constitute half the story, there is a spiritual world and it is more superior.
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18 KJV)
IF YOU ARE NOT REACHING FOR THE SUPERNATURAL, YOU ARE SUPERFICIAL.
Watch out for Capsule 32......