For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.(Romans 12:3 KJV)
In this series we have discussed the importance of faith in the life of a Christian and gone further to identify the kind of faith we are talking about specifically. Probably one of the greatest challenge we have is believing that we have the God kind of faith (GKF), faith that is able to reach into the invisible and bring things into the physical realm. I hear people all the time say 'if only I have faith to do this or that..' This is an unfortunate statement because it goes counter to the word of God. To start with no man can become born again without the God kind of faith (Ephesians 2:8).
See Romans 12:3, this verse ends by saying that 'God hath dealt to everyone the measure of faith'. This is pretty straight forward, at the new birth it took the faith imparted by God to everyone of us to become born again. In fact being born again is the greatest miracle that would happen to you and it would have been impossible without you reaching for it without the God Kind of faith (GKF). The issue we have is that once we become born again we forget how we got here in the first place.
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving (Colossians 2:6-7 KJV)
Colossians 2:6-7, explains it, that the same way we received Christ through faith is the same way we should continue, subsequently your faith will become established. In other words we should develop the faith habit. The tendency is to revert to the old ways once we become born again.
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? ((Galatians 3:1-3)
This problem is so prevalent and longstanding that the Apostle Paul devoted a whole epistle to counter it. In fact he likened it to operating under a spell. This is probably one of the greatest deception of Satan, if he cannot stop you from the new birth , he would keep you under the deception that you have no faith, that is the reason Paul described it as 'spell' or bewitchment'
So how do we overcome this great challenge? You can only deploy your faith for what you know has been made available by grace. That is why Romans 10:7 says 'So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.' The word of God is the mirror of the spiritual world, it acquaints you with what is provided in the new covenant. You can't physically see, touch, smell, feel or taste the spiritual world but the word of God presents a perfect representation so that faith (GKF) the sense organ of your spirit can see (Read capsule 30).
Lastly, there is nothing inferior about your faith, this ought to be obvious, we were all born again through the same process. In fact the Apostle Peter said we all have the same precious faith (2 Peter 1:1), what more do you want ? What we lack is the faith habit.
YES FAITH COMES, SO USE IT
In capsule 33, you will see that faith is a two way street , Amos 3:3