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Chapter Thirteen

Belief
What is faith? Strong’s Concordance defines faith as, “persuasion, i.e. credence; moral
conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance
upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of
religious (Gospel) truth itself:--assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.”
“Faith in God” is the same as saying “Belief and trust in God that He exists and that He will
do what He said He would do”. That’s my definition, anyway.
Mark 11:22-26
"And Jesus answering said unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That
whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea;
and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he said
shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he said.
Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you desire, when you pray,
believe that you will receive them, and you shall have them.
And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any: that your Father
also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses."
Why is it so important for Faith to be an element in the process?
If we Break down what Jesus said in this case, He stated...
"... whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea;"
It would be nice if we could just stop right there, and not have to read the rest of the verse.
There are people who even accuse some ministers of saying this very thing.
They say that people who believe in faith think that we can just say "abracadabra", and stuff
happens. But that's not what the Bible says.
That scripture goes on to say,
" ... and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he said shall come to
pass; he shall have whatsoever he said"
One reason that Faith must be part of the process is that God can not violate His Law of
FreeWill. If God were to allow to come to pass the things that you said, the things that you did not
deep down believe, then that would be going against your will.
This can be a good thing, as well as a problem. What if saying something like “I’m just
dying to go see that movie”, was something you believed? You would be putting spiritual forces
into motion that would be trying to bring your words to pass.
This is something that has been said by many faith preachers, and it is partially true. The
main reason they bring it up is because as you constantly repeat things, subliminally your soul is
affected, and saying things like that eventually builds spiritual cancer cells in our soul. The more

you say something, the more you are encouraged to believe it. The more you believe it, the more
you allow the spiritual forces at work to bring to pass that belief, for good, or bad.
If we refuse to receive, in our subconcious, what God has for us, He will never force us to
take it, against our will.
Sometimes we aren’t even aware that we don’t believe things, and that we are trying to
believe, or trying not to believe. This can be the cause for grief, and is the cause of some forms of
mental disease.
Many of us are trying so hard to not accept what we deep down know to be true, and this can
cause an imbalance of reality in our minds sometimes.
The Bible says it another way. Mark 7.13 says that we can make "the word of God of none
effect through" our "traditions".
I believe what this scripture is saying is that by our traditions, that is... by the way we
believe and act, we can make the will of God completely useless in our lives.
God is trying to do things for us, but He can not go against our will.
Scripture tells us that in Nazareth, Jesus "did not many mighty works there because of their
unbelief". (Matthew 13:58)
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Your will is completely attached, and inseparable from your believing.
God refuses to violate your will, and will not do anything that goes against your belief. We
can know this by many other scriptures that speak about believing. In addition it must be
understood that “trying to believe”, is not the same as actual belief, or in other words “faith”. God
will not force anything upon you, against your will, including heaven.
You must believe it, before He has an open door. God respects you, and your will, so much
that He will not violate that will. We don’t realize sometimes that we believe the way we think we
do. When you do believe though, you empower all the powers of heaven to bring to pass your
desire. God wants you to have everything you can dream and desire, but he can't give it to you until
you allow yourself to have it, and until you are mature enough to receive it, without it destroying
you.
It should be stated, quickly, (how exactly do you state something quickly?) that God cannot,
and will not, give you something just because you desire it. God can not give you things that are
destructive to you, so, if you desire things that are destructive to yourself or to others, you can be
sure that He is not going to be the one providing it.
If you believe you don't deserve something, then for God to give it to you would be going
against your will. He would be forcing something on you, rather than giving you something. A
gift must be received, never forced, upon someone.
Please understand, that when I say that God is waiting for us to believe, that is not truly an
accurate statement. God's will is already known, and Jesus purchased that will on our behalf.
Technically, asking God for anything is a waste of time, because He has already provided

“all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his
own glory and virtue;" (2 Peter 1:3)
The reason we are not receiving is because satan is stealing our blessings, and
it is our believing, or in other words our "faith in God", that stops the evil one from being able to
continue his theft. Belief is not something we can really “try” to do. It is something that we either
do, or do not do. We can work towards becoming convinced, by adding evidence, but ultimately
there comes that moment when we stop trying to believe something, and we step into actual belief.
That stage of trying to believe, is generally known as “hope”.

Faith and Works
If you believe something, then action is given to that belief.
This is what James is talking about, when he says “faith without works is dead”.
(James 2.20)
If someone comes into the room and says, “the building is on fire”, then if you believe them,
you will have the “works” of getting up and leaving the building.
This work is a fruit of your believing. It does not help you believe, it is an action, predicated
upon your belief.
If you believe God has healed you, then what things look like on the outside really don’t
matter, because you are convinced that the outside will change.
Some people would say this is a form of denial, but I disagree. Denial is a form of trying to
believe, by pretending to believe, when deep down, you really don’t.
Belief is characteristic by it’s absence of effort. Your works, when you believe, are
instinctive. You are at rest, because you are thoroughly convinced.
The secret to walking with God is to recognize that He is like a shepherd, and that you are
like a sheep. You can’t figure it all out, and so, because you trust Him, you are able to rest in that
truth.
Hebrews 4:9-11 “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from
his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of
unbelief.”
Let’s enter into that place where we can recognize God’s nature. Realizing that He loves
us, and will guide us, as we surrender to His will, but not being deceived into thinking that God is a
manipulator, or puppet master.
Trusting God, and believing that He can use circumstances to bring good out of evil, is far
different from believing that He is controlling evil people and circumstances.
Let’s recognize that every person we meet, is precious, and that they have a God given right
to choose. If we can remember these things, we will be able to avoid being tempted into being
tyrants, and manipulators, because we will desire to treat others the same way we have been treated.