Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Revelation of Faith

The Lord woke me in the night with a perfect way to illustrate faith. Imagine you get a large package delivered to your door. The label on the box indicates that there is a bicycle inside. You open the box but find that there are only pieces in the box. Some are large and definitely look like bicycle parts. Others are smaller and seem like they could be anything. There are also nuts and bolts of various sizes.

Now, put together, these pieces SHOULD be a bicycle. But they are not currently a bicycle - at least, not to my eyes. But, in reality, they ARE the bicycle. When I put the pieces together, a bicycle isn't going to just materialize where the pieces used to be.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." - Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

Think of those bicycle pieces as faith. And think of the end product as the things you hope for.

"Jesus said to them, 'Have faith in God.' For I say to you that whoever says to this mountain, 'Lift up and be thrown into the sea' and is not withdrawn from it in his heart (innermost being where he is honest with himself), but instead has faith that whatever he says shall be brought into being, that 'whatever' exists because that person says it does." - Mark 11:22-23

Now, you can't make those bicycle parts yourself. They have to be delivered to you. God delivers faith to you. You can't muster it up yourself. Therefore, it's not belief. So how do we get it delivered to us?

"Therefore, faith is from hearing. But more specifically, the hearing of the spoken word of God." - Romans 10:17

The Greek word I translated as "spoken word" in that verse is rhema. And that is the literal meaning of the word. But in a Biblical sense, the words logos (written word) and rhema (spoken word) have a deeper meaning, which I covered here, but here's a basic summary.

You read God's Word (logos) and, suddenly, a scripture jumps out at you. You have a new understanding of it. What happened? It "spoke" to you. That logos just became rhema!

Or, you're sitting in church and the preacher brings out a scripture that you'd read many times, but this time - aha! That's rhema.

Anyway you get it, it has to be rhema or it's not going to effective. (Note that I am NOT saying logos has no value. I'm just saying that in order for you to be able to use the Word in an effective way, it has to be rhema.)

So it's not about believing hard enough for a bicycle to manifest. It's about discovering the pieces necessary to make the bicycle.

Or, more literally, it's not about believing hard enough for your loved ones to be saved, or for healing, or for prosperity. It's about asking God what He wants you to do and studying His Word until you find it.

Or, as Jesus put it, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." - Matthew 6:33 (KJV)