Accessible by Faith

The contemporary English word FAITH is derived from the Latin, Fides. Today, faith denotes trust. The English noun faithfulness denotes trustworthiness or dependability. The concept of faith has been radically redefined in some philosophical and theological circles during the past century. Those definitions rarely address the complexities of the biblical concept, a concept in which the whole person, the physical world, God’s Word, God Himself play crucial roles. Throughout the Scriptures faith is the trustful human response to God’s self- revelation via His words and His actions. God even initiates the relationship between Himself and human beings. He expects people to trust Him; failure to trust Him was in essence the first sin. Since the fall of humanity God nurtures and inspires trust in Him through what He says and does for the benefit of people who need Him. He provides evidence of this trustworthiness by acting and speaking in the external world to make Himself knowable to people who need Him. Thus, biblical faith is a kind of limited personal knowledge of God. (Holman Bible Dictionary)

Faith is the confidence, the assurance, or, being  sure of the  hope we have in the promises of God. Faith gives substance to things that  God has promised,  yet are unseeen. Sometimes, faith doesn’t make sense to sense. Faith  is believing what you can’t see, until God brings it to fruition. Hebrews 11:1-2 states, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it, The elders obtained a good report.” Faith very often, goes against the grain of logic. The 11th chapter of Hebrews is known as the “HALL of FAITH.” There you will find examples of faithful  followers of our Lord. I won’t list all of the faithful, who are spoken of in this chapter, but it would definitely be a good idea to read this chapter at your leisure. Some of the faithful patriarchs included in this chapter are, Noah, Abraham, Sara, Enoch, and Abel.

In many instances, accessibility is not a right, but a privilege. For example, entering the White House, the Pentagon, Courthouses, and Capitol buildings, etc., require a high level of security clearance. Other buildings such as hospitals, schools, condominiums, and buildings similar to these buildings, require a lower level of security clearance for access. Also, there are places such as malls, restaurants, shops, banks, and other public buildings, that have open-door policies, that allow the general public immediate and unsecured access. Approaching certain individuals, such as the President of the United States, the Queen of England, and other Heads of States, is strictly forbidden! There is always an entourage of Secret Service agents or body guards, whose job it is to protect such individuals from access by the general public. Some professional athletes, entertainers, and the like, may travel with a lower level of security, to prevent being accosted by adoring fans, as well as those who might wish to do them harm.

Just as there are rules of accessibility in the world system, in the world of Christendom, accessibility is by FAITH!!! The first Scripture that comes to mind is, Hebrews 11:6. “But without FAITH, it is impossible to please Him, for he that cometh to God MUST BELIEVE that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”  Another relevant Scripture is, “Therefore  being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord  Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith  into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”  Martin Luther King Jr. once  said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” The Bible explicitly states in Habakkuk 2:4, “But the just shall live by his faith.” II Corinthians says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” In Romans 4:3, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” Romans 1:17 says, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.”

1Abraham believed God could perform what He promised. We are called to believe God has already performed what He promised! When Jesus was resurrected, Thomas, one of the disciples of Jesus, was not in the midst of them, when Jesus presented Himself unto the other disciples. The other disciples told him they had seen the Lord, but Thomas said unto them, “Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and  thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe.” Eight days later, the disciples of Jesus were together, and Thomas was with them. And then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst and said, “Peace be unto you.” Then saith He to Thomas, “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” The wonderful thing about faith is, you don’t need a whole lot, just use what you’ve got! The promises of God are yea and amen. If God promised it, it shall come to pass. As we pray in faith,  according to as the Scripture saith, our faith will grow, and become stronger, as we see the results of praying in faith, and according to the will of God  for  our lives! One might ask, “How might I obtain faith?” The Bible says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) Whatever you need from the Lord, ask of it in faith, according to the Word of God. When you ask in faith, you must ask according to His will, and believe that He  can do anything but fail. When you put your faith in the Lord, you must believe, that He will work things out for your good.

Therefore, I say to the  believers, and to those who have not yet been born of the water and of the spirit, have faith in God. Put your trust in Him. Surrender your lives to Him. The key point here is, that we must remain faithful and steadfast, and abide in God’s Word continually. We must not continue in our worldly ways, but we must walk faithfully, and in obedience to His word! May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day!

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16 comments on “Accessible by Faith

  1. AMEN!! As I read this article I thought immediately of the woman with the issue of blood. The bible tells us that faith without works is dead, and she definitely worked her faith. Once it was established that it was she who had indeed reached out and touched the hem of His garment, Jesus said to her “‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” This was not a unique response that Christ gave this woman. Time and time again Jesus told the person whom He had just healed, delivered, etc “Your faith has made you whole.” These people were not just believing, but exercising what they believed. They sought Jesus out because they believed that if they could get to Him, they would receive what they so desperately stood in need of. It was not enough just to believe, but they had to also put forth some effort to demonstrate that belief. We pray for a new house but fail to begin to pack things and get rid of clutter and things we no longer have use for. We pray for a new job and fail to update our resume’, or go to job fairs, or visit websites to apply for open positions. Too often we wait for things to fall from the sky into our laps, not realizing that the thing we are waiting on, is also waiting on us to come get it! You quoted the scripture that we WALK by faith, which in and of itself denotes motion and productivity. God is not in the business of witholding good things, but He is also not in the business of enabling or “wish granting”. We go to work to earn our pay, but expect things with God to come without requirement or sacrifice. That is naive at best! The benefits that become available to us as believers when we walk in obedience far exceed the salary we earn when we complete our tasks at work. You can’t compare favor to finance, as favor can infiltrate more than just your bank account!

    • Hi Tim,

      You’ve brought a lot to the table, today. “A revised edition of this article, contained the following segment: It is vitally important, that our faith not abide alone.” The related Scripture being, James 2:17 – Even so faith, if it hath not works is dead, being alone. – Faith without works, is like a lifeless carcass, without a soul. An article titled, He Touched Me, is in the archived articles, written in February. The woman knew it would be a difficult task, to get to Jesus, because of the multitude of individuals seeking to be healed by Him. However, she knew that in order to be healed, she needed to “reach out” to touch the hem of His garment. Her actions, were a manifestation of the faith she had, that Jesus was able to touch her body! Upon fulfilling this act, she was healed immediately!

      It’s always a blessing to hear from you! May God continue to bless you, nephew!

      Paulette

  2. Paulette,

    Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as the following: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

    We can believe in something, but we cannot give ourselves the assurance (or promise) of something that we hope for. We also cannot give ourselves the conviction (or evidence) of things not seen. Faith, as used in the context of Hebrews 11:1, is God’s promissory note of guarantee, just as our paper currency represents a guaranteed real value. I can believe that something is true all day long, but unless that belief is founded on faith (our guarantee), that belief is worthless. As a quick test of this, can a Muslim extremist have faith that their Jihad is of God, the One True God? No, they cannot because they do not worship the One True God – their god is Allah the Moon god, hence the moon on their flag. They instead ardently believe, without faith, that their Jihad is of Allah, the god they believe to be the One True God.

    The following Wikipedia article Faith in Christianity says regarding Hebrews 11:1, | “Now faith (pi’stis) is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” This passage concerning the function of faith in relation to the covenant of God is often used as a definition of faith. Υποστασις (hy-po’sta-sis), translated “assurance” here, commonly appears in ancient papyrus business documents, conveying the idea that a covenant is an exchange of assurances which guarantees the future transfer of possessions described in the contract. In view of this, James Hope Moulton and George Milligan suggest the rendering: “Faith is the title deed of things hoped for” (Vocabulary of the Greek Testament, 1963, p. 660). The Greek word e´leg-khos, rendered “conviction” in Hebrews 11:1 (ESV), conveys the idea of bringing forth evidence that demonstrates something, particularly something contrary to what appears to be the case. Thereby this evidence makes clear what has not been discerned before and so refutes what has only appeared to be the case. This evidence for conviction is so positive or powerful that it is described as faith. |

    Faith in this context is not trust or belief, but is a powerful divine gift that we humans are simply incapable of granting ourselves, much less growing it. However, the measure of faith given to us is directly proportionate to our degree of submission and obedience to God. This grows our capacity to receive faith, not grow faith.

    Faith, as defined in Hebrews 11:1 is the God-given guarantee upon which we pray, and contained within that faith is what we are to claim through prayer, as prompted by the Holy Spirit – it may be wisdom, healing for a loved one, increased love for God, understanding of a particular scripture, etc. Whatever the issue we are praying about, if we receive faith regarding that issue, and in turn believe (or trust) the promise contained in that faith, our prayer will be according to God’s will, and therefore answered exactly according to what we pray. Prayer does not need to be a, “I hope this is what I am to pray for”, session. Through faith, as defined in Hebrews 11:1, we know for certain what to pray for, and know for certain that what we pray for will surely manifest according to our prayer.

    This is a more descript version of my comment on your previous post “It’s Time to P.U.S.H.”

    • Todd,

      Surely, we cannot give ourselves the assurance of something we hope for. As Angela stated, “Faith can be nothing of self. Faith demands that everything be of God.” Like you, I believe, that “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for. The conviction of things not seen.”

      Romans 12:3 says, “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.” One commentary states it this way:”such ought to consider that what gifts, abilities, light and knowledge they have, they have not of themselves, but from God; that they have not all faith, and all knowledge, or do not know the whole of the faith of the Gospel, only a measure of it, which is divided and parted to every man; some have a greater degree of evangelical life than others, and all have some, but none all.”

      I am certainly aware, that we humans, are incapable of granting ourselves faith, much less, growing it. The Bible says, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Also, the word of God says, “for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” I did not imply that we “grow our faith”. I’ve never heard of that before. My point was, that our faith can increase, as we follow on to know the Lord, which isn’t very different from what you were saying, when you spoke of, “situation-specific faith.”

      • Well said, Paulette. The reason I brought this up; all too often I hear Christians admonishing each other, “Have faith”, “Increase your faith”, “Just have faith that your prayer will be answered.” These well-meaning individuals don’t realize that the word faith has two different meanings, or usages: trust (our part); and guarantee, or title deed (God’s provision). I may deeply trust in God, but if God has not given me his faith guarantee of what to pray for, my prayer is not according to his will but mine.

        The “grow faith” portion of my comment was addressing the belief of some Christians that we must grow our faith. This belief stems from Jesus words, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed…”, “Oh you of little faith….” They take that to mean we must grow our faith. If we are speaking of the “trust” usage of faith, their assertion is true. However, if we are speaking of the “guarantee” usage of faith, their assertion is mistaken. We grow our capacity to receive faith (the guarantee), but not the guarantee itself.

        My past few comments on faith are meant to share my personal experience and understanding of faith because I see too many Christians struggling with an impotent prayer life – which in turn degrades their trust in Christ. My father became very bitter when his father died of cancer at age 42. Dad deeply trusted God would heal grandpa; there was no doubt in dad’s mind that grandpa would live. When grandpa died, dad rejected God for many years afterward. If only some wise Christian would have counseled dad that he should seek faith of what to pray for, God would have given dad the words to pray – words that would not have included a petition for grandpa’s healing. That whole period in dad’s life could have been a time of drawing closer to God instead of rejecting him.

        I am trying to say through my comments, “And here are some other factors to take into consideration regarding the meaning of faith.” Keep up the good posts.

        • Todd,

          I appreciate you further explaining, your thoughts pertaining to this particular topic and article. I’m very sorry that your dad lost his father, which resulted in him rejecting God, during this very painful time in his life. I agree, an opportunity was definitely missed, for your father to draw much closer to the Lord, and to lean on Him.

  3. Hi Paulette
    I’m sure you know the acrostic given to faith. While not all acrostics carry a true message, I think this one cuts to the core.

    Forsaking
    All
    I
    Trust
    Him

    Faith can be nothing of self. Faith demands that everything is of God.

    I remember one time many years ago that I was faced with a problem. I read “Let your requests be made known unto God” (Phil 4:6) and thought how unnecessary it was to add the “unto God” Of course it was “unto God”.

    Then I was convicted. Yes, sure I trusted God, but in my mind I was busy working out HOW He was going to work. I had to take my hands and my mind out of the equation and let Him take full control – none of self, all of Him. Forsaking all, I trusted Him and the problem was very quickly solved.

    • Hi Angela,

      You’re right! This acrostic does carry a true message. -Forsaking All, I Trust Him-“Faith can be nothing of self. Faith demands that everything is of God.” I agree with you 100 %. If we are going to allow the Lord to control the affairs of our lives, then we must be willing to step back, and watch God work on our behalfs. After all, He does know what is best for us. I believe He has nothing except our best interests at heart! He is our Creator, our Master, and our everything! So, in essence, we need to let go, and let God have His way in our lives! When we are in relationship with God, we must be willing to relinquish all control to Him!

      I enjoyed your comment, as always! I appreciate your input! May God bless you, continually.

      Paulette

  4. Hello Paulette
    I love you,and I’m so glad to know that Faith works period. As long as we continue trusting in God we can be sure he’s going to give us his best,and they may not always jive with what we want. But God promised to supply all of our needs,not our wants. Amen
    Love ya 😀 😀

    • Hello Pat,

      Like you, I am glad I know, that Faith works! It is my desire to please God, and without faith, I will not be able to please Him! Praise God, I’m standing on the promises of Jesus!

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Pat.

      Love,

      Paulette

    • Amen Brother Pat!

      We are the recipients of so many blessings, as a result of exercising our faith! When we don’t exercise naturally, we lose muscle tone, and it can lead to becoming unhealthy, overall. So it is in the spiritual, when we don’t exercise our faith! Thank you Jesus! He’s a wonder in my soul.

      It’s always good to hear from you. Thank you so much for stopping by. God bless!

      Paulette

  5. Hi Paulette,

    God lets us know with certainty, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) ….. We need to be honestly hearing and caring what God Almighty has to say to us in His word…. Then we will better realize what the will of God is in our lives….. This is a great post… Thank you.

    Love,
    Margaret

    • Amen Margaret,

      I agree, that we definitely need to “be honestly hearing and caring what God Almighty has to say to us in His word.” When we surrender our wills and our lives to the Lord, we are trusting Him to handle every situation in our lives, and that things will work out for our good, according to the will of God! He definitely knows what is best for us, and my life is in His hands.

      As always, I appreciate your input. Thank you for your kind words. May the Lord bless you, abundantly!

      Paulette

  6. Thank you, Minister Paulette

    I looked at this yesterday and came back today and I’ve been trying to formulate a proper response. The post and the comments have been cause for much thinking.

    “The key point here is, that we must remain faithful and steadfast, and abide in God’s Word continually.”
    This sums it up, yes? Life throws curve-balls. Sometimes they are painful unkind curve balls that threaten our foundation. Unless we have a secure footing in Him, we’re bound to fall over! Faith is the bridge by which we come to Him. Unless we have the basics right, we’re going nowhere fast.

    Thank you for sharing, Paulette. Faith in Him will never disappoint even though the circumstances tell us otherwise.

    God bless you, my sister. Praying His continuing blessings upon your ministry.

    Walking by faith,
    ann

    • Hi Ann,

      As you said, and was stated at the end of the article, the key to it all, is that we remain faithful, steadfast, and abide in His Word continually! We must seek to know the will of the Lord. Again, I agree, that life throws curveballs, which can threaten our foundations. Most importantly, you said, “Unless we have the basics right, we are going nowhere fast.”

      Thank you so much Ann, for your openness, and for your addition to this discussion. Your input is always appreciated. May God bless you, as well!

      Paulette

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