God: The First Exerciser of Faith


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Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

From the moment I had my encounter with God my greatest desires were to serve Him, please Him and be used by Him. I’ve applied the bible’s principles to my life as much as I can and I earnestly strive for that life of holiness as I genuinely wish to please this amazing God that I serve. I want so badly to see great miracles manifested by Him through me and I stand on His promise that we; the church, will be able to do greater works than even Christ did while on earth John 14:12. These of course will only happen if we activate our faith in Him.

I’ve been focusing on Hebrews 11 for the past couple days and in an effort to further understand what true faith is I’ve begun reading the old testament to see how great men of old exercised their faith in God. I’ll be honest, I started at the beginning of Genesis only because God led me to start there. What I really wanted to do was skip past the creation of the earth (because I’ve heard and read it so many times) and go directly to where Noah started building the ark. Thankfully I was obedient, because I didn’t get past the first four verses of chapter one when God revealed he was the first person to exercise an act of faith in the bible.

Genesis 1:1-4 

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

The highlighted portions of the scripture above is the epitome of faith. God exercised faith from the beginning of creation!  Here we have God, looking upon the earth, seeing nothing with which he could make light out of and he exercises faith by speaking that light into being. God didn’t command the light to come forth from any particular place neither did he go into the dynamics of how that light would be engineered. He simply knew that he needed light and called it forth. Whether that light would please Him or not was still to be established.

So imagine God; all powerful, creator of everything, calling forth light from an empty space, believing it to come into existence because He understood the power he had and then waiting for that light to be created to determine whether it was good and pleasing to Him or not. That in essence is what faith is about. Faith is acting and believing that something will occur when there is no evidence of how it’s occurrence will come to pass.  Activation of faith will be sending out a resume when people everywhere are being laid off and the economy is at it’s worst and expecting to get a call because the favor of God is upon you. Faith is choosing to dance and praise God when the bills have piled up, you’ve received an eviction letter from the bank and your children’s school tuition is due simply because you believe that God is your provider and He will make a way.

When we can follow the example God set from the beginning of time and understand the power that works in us through the Holy spirit, we can then exercise our belief in that power by speaking to those things that are not in existence believing them to be manifested because of the promise given to us in God’s word.  This, I believe is the secret to living a life pleasing to God.

Faith goes past belief, you have to do something to activate it. God didn’t sit back and imagine what the world would be like and waited for it to be manifested he activated His faith in the power he had by speaking to a dark, void space and expecting what he asked for to come into being.  After he received what he asked for he then examined it and found that it was good.

If we are to see the promises of God come to pass in these end times we need to move past begging and petitioning God for miracles and start exercising and activating our faith. We need to speak and expect what we ask for to come into being understanding that it is for the honor and glory of God. We have the power to change those things that affect us. We have the power to heal the sick and bring change to the atmosphere around us. As believers in Christ we all have the power to do great works in Jesus’ name if we’d only activate our faith.

God gave us the perfect example of what it means to activate our faith. The question is, will you harness that power and activate yours?

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