The thought is the faith of God does impossible things. It’s faith of God when you believe God will do something huge for you or others. FAITH OF GOD will stretch you spiritually. FAITH OF GOD will cause you to say, do, and believe seemingly crazy things like curse disease, and command demons to come out of people. You know, sort of act like Jesus.
By Pastor Delbert Young
Faith Of God
Faith OF God
Mark 11:22; John 5:19; John 8:28; Mark 11:22-23; Romans 8:7-8; Hebrews 11:7; Hebrews 11:8; Hebrews 11:23
I want to open our series today about FAITH. I know most Christ followers received teaching, or read books, some place along the way about faith. We usually end up with the idea of gritting our teeth and stirring up our emotions saying, “I need to believe better and believe harder and believe more. I need to develop more faith.” It’s a mentality of, “I need more faith in my faith.” Today, I want to try and give us a fresh look and fresh thought about FAITH.
We say we want so much from life. Do we? I don’t think we expect enough from life. I don’t think we get enough from life. I think each of us, if honest, would say, “I want more.” A reason, if not the reason, we never get all life has for us is we never tap into the FAITH OF GOD.
Remember, when Jesus cursed the unfruitful fig tree causing the fig tree to die? The disciples questioned Jesus about things responding to his words. The answer: Have faith in God, or better, HAVE FAITH OF GOD.
Mark 11:22 “HAVE FAITH IN GOD,” Jesus answered. (NIV)
Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering said to them, `HAVE FAITH OF GOD (Revised Young’s Literal Translation)
The actual Greek is “have faith God,” which is literally “have faith God.” Contextually, no one doubts God could make a fig tree dry up and die, or do anything. Having faith in God is no problem. However, tohave faith of God is a new thought. If you have faith of God, you ALLOW GOD TO BELIEVE THROUGH YOU.
Probably all of us experienced a time when a thought, idea, or dream came from nowhere. You were not thinking anything connected with the thought. You were not praying, at least not along those lines. You were simply doing life when, “Bam!” and you said, “From where did that come?” The thought or idea wasn’t from your mind because you were not thinking anything connected with the thought. It was full of vision and you could actually see yourself doing it and would love to do it. However, it was way out there and seemed impossible. So, you most likely passed it off as daydreaming or something, but what was it and from where did it come? Most likely, it was God trying to believe through you and give you the FAITH OF GOD. This is exactly what Jesus did.
John 5:19 …I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
John 8:28 So Jesus said, …I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.
Jesus heard Father God within from his spirit and saw from within his spirit what Father wanted said and done.
Faith of God is when you hear or see something within. It often sounds crazy. Remember when Jesus mixed his own spit with dirt making mud to heal a blind man? From where did that idea come? Jesus said he didn’t do anything except what he sees his Father do? Let’s read more of what Jesus said in Mark 11.
Mark 11:22-23 And Jesus answering said to them, `HAVE FAITH OF GOD; for verily I say to you, that whoever may say to this mount, Be taken up, and be cast into the sea, and may not doubt IN HIS HEART, but may believe that the things that he says do come to pass, it shall be to him whatever he may say. (Revised Young’s Literal Translation)
Something came from the HEART – from within. The mount is, of course, symbolic. It’s speaking about moving the seemingly impossible obstacles we encounter in life. It’s about removing huge difficulties. The thought is FAITH OF GOD does impossible things.
It’s FAITH OF GOD when you believe God will do something huge for you or others. FAITH OF GOD will stretch you spiritually. FAITH OF GOD will cause you to say, do, and believe seemingly crazy things like curse disease, and command demons to come out of people. You know, sort of act like Jesus.
Not a lot of people live in the arena of “crazy” FAITH OF GOD. Jesus did and he invites you and me to live there too. If you will, you will experience a supernatural life and you will do some miraculous things.
Years ago there was a car crash. I got the call about the crash and felt (explain “felt”) immediately to go to the hospital. When I arrived, the young woman was in surgery and the family was waiting. I went into a separate room alone to seek the Lord. The Lord showed me a horrible site. I knew what I saw was not something I thought up. I was praying for life. That is not what I saw. However, I felt the Lord told me if I would pray for her, go see her every day, pray and speak healing over her, she would live and not die. A few minutes later, the doctor came to the waiting area. He gave the family a very bad and very hopeless report. They opened her and found her liver terminally damaged, so damaged they filled her full of gauze and sowed her up, which was exactly what the Lord showed me in prayer. He basically said they would make her comfortable to die. I told the family that God already showed me that, but the Lord said he was going to heal her. Her dad was a basket case and couldn’t pray, but I could and I did every day. She didn’t die. God raised her up and she is here in church today. She is now a nurse and living a very productive life.That’s FAITH OF GOD. God believes through us to move mountains and do huge impossible things.
Here is how faith of God works. Out of seemingly nowhere a thought, idea, dream, etc comes. You see yourself doing it and you would love to do it. Next (this always happens), your mind attempts to talk you out of it. Your mind tells you all the reasons it can never happen. “You are going to make a fool of yourself.” “You are too old.” “You are too young”. “You made too many mess-ups.” “God’s mad at you and he will never do anything like that for or with you.” No. When you move in FAITH OF GOD, you must turn off every negative thought and every negative voice. You kick your hope into high gear. You fight every ounce of doubt. Turn off your mind. You’ve got to know this:
Romans 8:7-8 THE SINFUL MIND IS HOSTILE TO GOD. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so…
GOD CANNOT WORK THROUGH AN UNBELIEVING MIND. He works through your spirit. You say, “God, I am bold enough to believe you spoke to me. I know this looks crazy. I know it sounds crazy, but I am putting myself in position for you to believe through me.”
The “tip off” your mind is trying to talk you out of it when you hear, “You can’t. It’s too difficult.” Have you ever heard God say, “I can’t. It’s too difficult”? No. God says nothing is too difficult for the Lord.About you he says, “You are well able. You can do it. All things are possible.” Nothing is out of bounds when it comes to FAITH OF GOD. Nothing is too big or impossible.
God speaks to us from within our spirit. We see/hear something usually WAY OUT THERE. It’s something that if it happened, it would have to be God. We usually discount it and never experience the supernatural life God called us to have. Let me show you a few Biblical examples of which we are all familiar showing FAITH OF GOD. Hebrews chapter 11 is called the “Hall of Faith.” It’s where people experienced FAITH OF GOD. Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen…The Bible doesn’t say Noah was praying or doing anything “spiritual.” From nowhere, BAM! God spoke to Noah telling him to do the most ridiculous thing. You realize Noah had to wonder, “From where did that come? Rain? What’s rain? What’s an ark? And I am supposed to believe God will send animals????” But, Noah did it saving himself, his family, and humanity. Think of all of those people in Hebrews 11 and you will see similar situations. Abraham, just doing life, BAM! Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place… he went. – age 75, leave everything, start walking, go to some place in a land far away, live in tents, I will show you when you get there. Abraham, if you will, I will bless you and make you great. Oh, and by the way, I will give you your hearts desire, a son. Abraham had to think, “Do what? From where did that come?” Can you imagine Abraham trying to tell his wife, Sarah, about what he “felt” God said to him? Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses… Moses was to go with a stick and tell the most powerful man in the world to let God’s people go. Moses’ mind did all sorts of things to him. Talking about hostile – “Moses, who do you think you are? You can’t do that. You will make a fool of yourself. Who are you going to say sent you? No one will believe you Moses! Moses, remember, you can’t talk well. Moses, you know that problem you always have communicating. Hey Moses, remember the Egyptian you killed?”
What I am wanting us to see is FAITH OF GOD comes from within. It’s crazy faith. It accomplishes the impossible, but your mind will fight you every step of the way.
God wants to bless you and make you successful. How many believe God wants you to be healed, prosper, have a great occupation, have a great marriage, perhaps own your own business, have a great family, live debt free, etc? If you truly believe that then you have the beginning of the FAITH OF GOD. Many people say, “Well, if it’s his will…” Show me in the Bible where anything, I just said is not his will. Do you want your children healed, to prosper, have great occupations, great marriages…? God wants that for his children too.
Life Gate Church came from FAITH OF GOD. When I came to town, there were no successful non-denominational churches in this town. Yet, here we are now going on 25 years and we are as successful as any church in this town. We are not where I want to see Life Gate go and I believe God has much more, but how did Life Gate happen? I believed I heard God say stay here in this town and do it. No one knows what my mind was saying. It said, “You are going to fail. You left a great paying job to do this? Delbert, this is a little bitty town. You can’t make any difference here. If you are going to do this, you should move to a larger town.” I had to turn my mind off. If I listened to the voice in my head, I heard it was a mistake. If I listened to God, I heard “Do it! If you will, I will bless your life and your family.” I did and God did.
God is constantly trying to plant new seeds of dreams, ideas, and hopes in your heart and spirit.Seeds of FAITH OF GOD for healing. Seeds of FAITH OF GOD to get you out of debt. Seeds of FAITH OF GOD to increase your income or begin your business. Seeds of FAITH OF GOD to end an addiction. The first thought you have after God drops the seed into your heart and spirit is, “That’s impossible.” No. That’s God trying to believe through you.
What do you desire to see happen in your life that seems impossible? The secret is to allow God to speak to your spirit and show you. Your job is to shut off your mind and do it. He has a plan to restore your marriage and make it fulfilling. He has a plan to fix your finances and get you out of debt and prospering. He has a plan to bring you healing and restore your energy. He has a plan to bring you to the right place at the right time to meet divine connections. GOD HAD THE SOLUTION BEFORE YOU EVER HAD THE PROBLEM. He would not give you the desires in your heart if he didn’t already have the plan to bring it to pass.
Years ago, I shared a message about Samuel’s birth. Samuel’s mother, Hanna, could not conceive, but after allowing God to speak to her, she did. After I shared, a woman came to Judy and me. She was taking fertility pills and doing everything she could to become pregnant, but without success. She said, “If God did that for Hanna, won’t he do that for me?” We said of course and prayed for her. She stopped taking the pills. She not only became pregnant, but quickly had three more children. What was that? She heard God down inside of her and allowed God to believe through her giving her the desires of her heart. She named one of her children Hannah.
A man in our church, a leader, was told by doctors he was incapable of producing children. I preached a lesson about generations and he got a little aggravated and hurt with me because he could leave no generation. He came to my house to talk. I told him we would believe together with them that he would leave a generation. About a month later, his wife was pregnant and now they have a beautiful teenage child. What was that? Something inside of him rose up. He allowed God to believe the impossible through him. That’s FAITH OF GOD.
I could go on and on telling you of times I know the FAITH OF GOD rose in people moving mountains, doing miraculous things, and making huge differences. What I need to ask you is what are you hearing down within? What’s God wanting to believe huge and supernaturally through you? I’ll give you a hint. It’s connected with your dream for life. Will you dare to be bold enough to allow the “crazy” FAITH OF GOD to work in your life? What do you want to birth? Does it sound impossible in your mind? GREAT! It must be God. This is a moment for you. Say, “Lord God, I receive what you are saying to me. I’ve taken all of my mind’s fertility answers. They didn’t work. Today, I will listen to God and allow him to believe through me. I can be healed. I can be free from addiction. I can be debt free. I can begin that business. I can be successful. I openly declare this minute, I am a candidate for the FAITH OF GOD.”
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