Perhaps you don’t walk with God the way you used to and you want to know how to rekindle your faith in God. Jesus said, “According to your faith let it be to you.” Maybe you feel that God does not answer your prayers. And when you pray for something and it does not come to pass, do you make false accusations against God, accusing Him of things He did not do? Do you rationalize your unanswered prayers, saying things like, “God doesn’t always give us what we want,” and “I guess God didn’t want me to have it?” That’s not what the Bible says. The Bible says, “If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-14). So, I ask you, did it ever occur to you that maybe it is being done to you according to your faith?
Faith Comes by Hearing…
The Bible says that faith comes by hearing. If faith comes by hearing, what are you listening to? Who has your ear? The scripture says God has given everyone the measure of faith (Romans 12:3). What that means is everyone has faith to believe in something or someone. So, is your faith in God, or is it in something or someone else?
Whoever has your ear also has your faith. Every day we hear bad news. It bombards us 24/7. We hear bad news about COVID-19, bad news about murders, bad news about carjackings, cancer, social unrest, and death. And it doesn’t stop there. On any given day, what percentage of your hearing is the good news of the gospel of Christ? How much God are you listening to? Remember, whoever has your ear also has your faith.
To develop faith, one must simply believe God in his word. For example, if you’re seeking God for healing, God says in Isaiah 53:5, “He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we are healed?“ Jesus said, “According to your faith let it be to you.” So, when you ask God to heal your body, do you believe God or do you believe the medical report?
…And Hearing by the Word of God
“…And hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
It is possible to listen and not hear God. God speaks to everyone in His word. But hearing the deep things of God only comes by revelation of the hidden mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. And such revelation can only come from God; for God is Spirit and He speaks to our spirit because we are a spirit in a body. What are you hearing in your spirit? Are you hearing God, or are you hearing the world’s bad news and gossip? Whatever has your ear, also has your faith.
Falling in love with God is the beginning of what I call “absolute” faith. Absolute faith comes from hearing the revelation of the hidden mysteries of God. Absolute faith believes God and believing faith speaks as though God is speaking. Listen to what the Spirit of God says about speaking faith: “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13). If your words align with the world’s faith, according to your faith it will be to you. Hear what the Spirit of God is saying. Speak words that are in agreement with your faith in God. According to your faith let it be (allow it to be) to you.
Two Blind Men Healed
“When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, ‘Son of David, have mercy on us!’ And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then He touched their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith let it be to you.’ And their eyes were opened.” (Matthew 9:27-30)
The scriptures tell us that Jesus healed at least six blind men and all six cases were different. The two blind men in this story acknowledged Christ as the Son of David. That means they truly believed He was the Messiah. They persisted in following Him right into the house where He was staying. And because they sought Him in faith, Jesus honored their faith. When the two blind men responded “Yes, Lord” to Jesus’ question, in essence, they were making a declaration of faith. Their confession of faith released the power to manifest their healing and their eyes were opened.
Could We Be Suffering from Blindness?
Blindness is the state or condition of being unable to see because of injury, disease, or a congenital condition; a lack of perception, awareness, or judgment; ignorance. We don’t know why the blind men in this story were blind. We just know they were unable to see. In many ways were are also blind. Our lack of perception has diminished rendering us incapable of distinguishing right from wrong. We have lost the ability to consider one another. We live in ignorance based on baseless conspiracy theories. To sum it up, we have forgotten the true meaning of faith.
Jesus asked the blind men, “Do you believe I am able to do this? What is your this? Do you believe Jesus is able to see you through that dilemma you’re in? Is your faith strong enough to believe Jesus can heal your disease? Maybe it is being done to you according to your faith.
Your Confidence in God Can Deliver Another
In the Book of Mark, four men had a paralyzed friend. When they heard that Jesus was preaching in a house in Capernaum, they brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus so that He might heal him. So many people had come to see Jesus that these men could not get near the door. So, they went up on the roof of the house and uncovered a section of the roof above where Jesus was preaching and lowered their paralytic friend into the room. When Jesus saw their faith He said to the paralyzed man, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And immediately he arose took up the bed and walked out of the house (Mark 2:1-12).
Did you know that your faith has the power to heal or deliver your friend? The Bible says when Jesus saw the faith of the paralyzed man’s friends, He healed him. Is there someone you would like to see healed, or delivered from addiction? Bring that one to Jesus. When you pray for them, close your eyes and see them healed; see them delivered from drugs. Don’t intellectualize your prayer, only believe that Jesus is able to do this. According to your faith let it be (allow it to be) to you.
Faith Anticipates Positive Results
I read a story about a small farming community that had been experiencing a terrible drought. Their crops were dying from a lack of rain, and everyone in the community was worried because farming was their livelihood. The local church pastor asked that everyone in the community gather in front of the church for a special prayer service to agree in faith that God would send rain to save their crops. Everyone in the community came out to pray.
As the pastor prepared to begin the prayer service, he couldn’t help but notice a young girl quietly standing in front with a large umbrella opened beside her. When he saw the umbrella he thought, “What an awesome display of faith. The whole community had come out to pray for rain, but only this young girl brought an umbrella.” The fact that she brought an umbrella was proof that she believed God would send rain.
God has given everyone the measure of faith (Romans 12:3). There are two levels of faith: little faith and great faith. Doubting God will diminish your measure of faith to “little faith.” Trusting God will increase your faith and your measure of faith will become “great faith.”
Since no one has seen God (John 1:18), the only way anyone can know God exists is by faith. We receive from God according to our levels of faith. We can only receive from God that which we have faith to believe Him for. Don’t just hope for things. Believe that God has already given them to you. Believe God for that job promotion, that healing, and the revelation to understand faith. If you do this, according to your faith, it will be done for you.