The Word of God—The Bible
Second, having faith in God involves knowing what
God says. Romans 10:17: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the
Word of God.”
Having faith in God involves the Word of Truth, the
Bible rightly divided. Second Timothy 2:15 (KJV) says, “Study to shew thyself approved
unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing
the word of truth.” Rightly dividing God’s Word has nothing
to do with segmenting it. It means to rightly discern its truth by
capturing the spirit of the Word.
We must not lean to our own understanding in
studying God’s Word but, rather, depend on the Holy Spirit to
open our hearts and minds to receive the Word in truth according to the
intent of the Holy Spirit.
First Corinthians 2:13-14 (NIV) explains: “This is what we speak, not
in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit,
expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the
Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for
they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because
they are spiritually discerned.”
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh
profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are
life” (John 6:63).
The Word of God tells us that in order to have
faith in God constantly, we must constantly walk in the Spirit so that
we are able to hear what God is saying to us.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful,
and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of
soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the
thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The Word of God judges us, in that it exposes to us
our own sin and unrighteousness, much as a mirror will do. A two-edged
sword cuts on both sides. It separates the good from the bad coming in
and going out. It divides the unredeemed soul—the mind, the human
will, and the emotions—from the born-again spirit of man so there
is no doubt who’s doing the ruling in our life. It will show us
if we are walking in the Spirit or walking in the flesh—the
natural man, usually the mind of reason. It’s impossible to have
faith in God if you are walking in the flesh.
The Word of God not only reveals the sinfulness of
the human heart in order to bring conviction and repentance, it reveals
the Person, character, works, and the will of God. It makes known His
eternal purposes in creation and His divine will for man. It records
the history of man—his successes and failures, past, present, and
future. It is our guidebook and our compass in the life that now is,
and in things eternal.
Ephesians 6:17 says the Word of God is the sword of the Spirit.
That’s weaponry! It is to be used both defensively and
The Amplified Bible says the Word of God is the sword “that the Spirit
wields.” When we speak or stand on the Word of God, in faith, in
full armor, the Holy Spirit wields the sword for us.
The Collins English Dictionary (HarperCollins Publishers) says “wields” means: 1)
to handle or use (a weapon, tool, etc.); 2) to exert or
maintain (power or authority); 3) (obsolete) to rule.
The Holy Spirit handles the sword, bringing to our
remembrance the Scriptures we need when we need them (if we have
planted them in our hearts). He exerts the power and maintains the
authority of the Word. In other words, He rules! (This idea has become
rather obsolete in our politically correct society!) I don’t know
about you, but I want to be on His side!
As I meditated on this concept of the Holy Spirit
reserving the right to wield the sword of the Word of God, I could see
the wisdom of God, because there are times when we, with the sword in
our hand, might use it wrongly to harm, to literally cut people. Thank
You, Holy Spirit, for protecting us from ourselves!
This is another example of how the Lord uses His
Word to teach us to trust Him. Studying, learning, and knowing God's
Word is vital to Christian growth and to having faith in God.
Third, understanding how to have faith in God
involves understanding what Jesus accomplished when He gave His life on
Many Christians have not studied and meditated on
the scriptures enough to begin to understand what all Jesus did for us
on the cross. They have not learned, and sadly, most have not even been
taught, the wealth of the gifts and the rights that Jesus provided for
us on the cross when we believe on His name and take Him as our Savior
and Lord. And the devil—the enemy of our souls—loves
keeping us in our disadvantaged, ignorant state.
Jesus Christ took upon Himself the sins of
humanity, and hanging on Calvary’s cross, He gave His life to pay
the penalty for them all—past, present, and future—when we
repent and accept Him as our Savior. But what God accomplished through
Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death doesn’t stop there.
God provided the sacrificial Lamb, as He did when
Abraham had bound his son Isaac on the altar. Only this Spotless Lamb
of God satisfied the righteous requirements of God's Lawand justice
once for all and rent the veil that separated God and man, as a result
of Adam’s sin in the Garden, and gave all believers access to
God’s covenant promises (see Romans 3).
In Christ's suffering and death, He accomplished
much more than atonement for the sins of man. Christ suffered in His
body a suffering that was not necessary in providing atonement. He
suffered in order to bear our griefs and to carry our sorrows. He
suffered for our peace and for our healing. He suffered for our
Isaiah 53:4-5 (NKJV) says, “Surely He has born our griefs and
carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and
afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised
for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by
His stripes we are healed.” (For a
more comprehensive teaching on the subject of healing, see my article
called “The Healing Provision.”)
I believe we have only just begun to tap the
surface of the many benefits and resources Jesus bought for us on the
cross of Calvary and in the resurrection.
Ephesians 1 has become one of my all-time favorite chapters in the
Bible. It is full of promises to the believer in the Beloved. In the
Amplified version, we see such words and phrases as
“blessing,” “favor and mercy,”
“deliverance and salvation,” “the riches and
the generosity of His gracious favor which He lavished upon us,”
“we obtained an inheritance,” “the guarantee of our
The more I meditate on verses 17 through 21, the more I am blessed by it. If this doesn’t
thrill your soul, maybe you should check your pulse: “[For
I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of
insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate]
knowledge of Him, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light,
so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called
you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His
set-apart ones), and [so that you can know and understand] what is the
immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and
for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty
strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead
and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], far
above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that
is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this
age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to
When the revelation, the rhema, of scriptures like these
settle into our hearts and minds, our eyes are opened to the love God
has for us, and our faith in Him and our love for Him will grow in
leaps and bounds. He wants us to know and understand the hope to which
He has called us—that we are joint heirs with Jesus, that the
things He did we will do and greater, that we can speak to the
mountains in our lives and they will be cast into the sea.
As my heart and mind were being opened to the
understanding of how to “have faith in God, constantly,” He
began showing me that my faith had often been based on my own
righteousness, or where I felt I stood with God at the moment. Let's
face it, that's faith based on a fickle feeling. It will waver and
accomplish nothing. Our righteousness is from the Lord, according to
However, I can have great faith in God, constantly,
when it is based on the Person of God, on what the Bible says, and on
the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Our sin penalty was PAID IN
FULL on the cross, and our righteousness is in Christ Jesus when we
believe, in faith, and accept Him as our Savior. We can have faith in
What does this mean for the believer? It means that
no weapon (no matter what it is) that is formed against us shall
prosper (Isaish 54:17). It means that when you or your loved ones
become ill, you can stand in faith and speak to the mountain of
sickness to be removed and cast into the sea. It means that you have
the authority to speak to all of the circumstances in your life to come
under the authority of the name of Jesus.
We sing about “standing on the
promises.” Isn’t it about time we actually do start
standing on them because we have faith in God constantly?