Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Who Is the Author and Finisher of Your Faith?

A few years ago if someone had asked me how to increase their faith, I would have immediately rattled off several things. You know like, faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17), so you better read your bible and get your word of faith tapes and get that word in you. Wait a minute hear me out, Romans 10:17 does say that but I want you to catch the spirit of where we are going with this. Apart from the whole counsel of God, this scripture might imply that we must feed on the word of God as an exercise of discipline for our faith to be able to achieve increase. But what if you're a prisoner of war somewhere and you forgot your bible and tapes, what do you do then? Or what if your a child in a foreign country where you may only have one page torn from a bible? Or what if you were one of the early church who didn't have a bible at all? Well then I'd confess that one scripture I do know over and over until it got in my spirit. Please.... No, I believe we need more insight in this area from the whole counsel of God.
Hebrews 12:2 says: looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Wait, you mean we don't need to study scripture, that Jesus is just gonna come down here and increase my faith? That's not what I'm saying. What the writer of Hebrews is saying is that my faith has to be in Jesus alone to be the finisher of my faith. That inspite of what I'm seeing with my natural eye, He is able to finish my faith just like He said He would if we are looking to Him to do it. And the study of scripture should be for the purpose of getting to Him. Galatians 5:6 says that faith worketh by love. He is Love! So we need to increase in love as well as faith.
It is good to study and walk in faith principles, but don't short change yourselves by having a relationship with God's principles when you can have a relationship with God the one who gave those principles. His principles were not nailed to the cross. And everything in scripture is for the purpose of getting us to the 'one' who 'is', Jesus. And it's when we get to Him that faith comes. It was when the woman with the issue of blood touched His garment that virtue went out. He alone is the author and finisher of our faith. There are so many people who are cramming the word in and confessing and missing Jesus by a mile. Wait a minute mister those are the words of life your talking about... I feel your pain! I would like to refer you to John 5:39. Jesus is talking to the Pharisees and He tells them, "You search the scriptures for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they that testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life". You see, the Pharisees studied the scriptures thinking that was the way to receive eternal life but they were missing the fact that Jesus was life and He alone is the author and finisher of our faith and we must go to Him. Being proud of how much time you stay in the word can be just as self-righteous as a long public prayer. Knowledge puffs up eventually if you lose sight of why you study scripture. If you've been doing this, it's a dead work that needs to be repented of.
I don't mean you have to groan and tear your clothes here unless you want to. I think it's turning from one mindset that's been sown into the Body of Christ, to finding His heart in this matter. I am not trying to go against another's teaching but I think this; If we tweak our hearts to what Jesus is saying, He will fulfill this doctrine of faith. We have to trust Him to finish us. He is able to change me from faith to faith and glory to glory.
I hope this helps to reconcile those who worship in deep intercession to God seeking His face, and those who are from some of the word of faith camps. The reconciliation of revelation must take place if we are going to be the Church without spot or blemish. We need to the wisdom of God in the integration of revelation from different groups and fit them together so that 'all' get the increase in our walk with God.

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