The Faith that is of God and not man
Written by Joseph Ho, December 5th 2014
Our emotions and desires are often mistaken for faith and it is so easy to blame God when there are no results from something that has been purely of the mind and not of the heart. This was a sentence from a long forgotten book by Kathryn Kuhlman that truly struck a significant cord in my heart when I searched for the true reason why many Christians do not get their healing. They thought by doing those things which the church has preached that they will receive the desires of their hearts. Faith by reading the bible, by hearing the Gospel, by human works will not develop true overcoming faith. Faith comes by asking God for the power to believe in him. That is the kind of faith that Jesus preached unmanufactured by human efforts. Faith is given by God to those whom he receives as a son or daughter. Faith is given by the grace of God. That is why it is called Amazing Grace.
Faith will enter your heart when you open it to God. Faith comes by hearing the truth which Jesus preaches; it is not the same kind of faith which the church today teaches. The divinity and the power of the Word of God is Spirit. It is life unto all that receive the gift of faith. You cannot cultivate faith, and many instances people have mistaken their own ability to believe for the faith which only God can give. Faith is not a condition of the mind. It is a divinely imparted Grace to the heart. For our righteousness is as filthy rags to God. In truth, when one does not experience the power of God or an answer to any prayers, they tend not to believe. So why did God make it so difficult to see this hidden truth? He wants us to Ask, Seek and Knock before he opens the door to the keys of knowledge and wisdom.
Isaiah 6:10New International Version (NIV)
10 Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull
and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
Romans 10:10King James Version (KJV)
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
So how is it possible to believe in God not by sight but by faith? By sight, I mean to believe in a God we can experience. Too much theoretical truth does not produce faith that can overcome the world’s most serious problems like: diseases that kill, sickness that causes years of sufferings, broken relationship that torments the hearts of many people, and the financial bankruptcy of broken dreams and lost business endeavours.
The type of faith that can overcome such disaster can only be real faith given and imparted by a supernatural father God to his adopted sons and daughters. It is not human faith, nor imagined faith. Faith that be of God is not carnal man-made or developed through years of practice. For such power of faith is not normal in this world, it has tremendous manifested latent power to change lives. Faith in God cannot be manufactured. No one say he has the faith until he is tested at the lowest point in their lives, then when God comes, deliverance occurs. It is God who gives us the power to be his sons and daughters thereby drawing the kingdom of God down to earth and manifest goodness and mercy, setting captives free from demonic bondages removing countless years of sufferings and pain.
John 1:12King James Version (KJV)
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Hebrews 12:2King James Version (KJV)
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
To many people, faith still is their own ability to believe a truth, and is often based on their struggles and their ability to drive away doubt and unbelief through a process of continued affirmations. This sentence from the Book by Kathryn “Not too late” is a very penetrating statement of someone who is deep in God. Not many Christians know that their faith is a product of their own effort and imagination, that is why when testing comes, they all struggle and they start to blame God for not honouring his words and promises in the bible. For the mustard seed faith was self-induced faith not of God but of the human mind. In this kind of righteousness that God is not pleased. So since their prayers were not offered in Godly faith thus it produces no manifestation of power to do anything. Faith that pleases God is a gift from him as well. We need this true Godly faith which only He can give unto us.
Isaiah 64:6New International Version (NIV)
6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
2 Timothy 1:7New International Version (NIV)
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
So whoever is a true Christian, God gives them power. But do you see power in any Christians today? Not really impressive power if you ask me? You see wealth in other religious devotees being blessed materially more than most Christians. So what is this power of God that he gives to us then? For wealth can also be acquired by using illegal means.
Psalm 20:6New International Version (NIV)
6 Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand.
Deuteronomy 8:18King James Version (KJV)
18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
If you ask most wealthy person, they would tell you, that you need foresight, timing, strong conviction, courage and perseverance, manipulation of conditions and other qualities in order to achieve a goal. This in itself is power, for unless God ordains something it cannot come to past or happen. Wealth belongs to those who have set a purpose in their life and chased it with extreme focus; they have each an extra strong compelling driving force.
Psalm 75:6-7King James Version (KJV)
6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another
James 1:17New International Version (NIV)
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
So since it is a gift, we need to ask in order to receive this faith. But if we try to cultivate grow and build this faith than we fail. So then God didn’t give us the gift of salvation, for faith is one of the powers to believe in him. His gift is the Grace given unto us to believe.
James 5:15New International Version (NIV)
15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
The prayers of a man or woman of faith can heal the sick. This prayer is to be offered in faith, so the faith provided to heal comes from the person praying for the sick. It therefore does not require faith to be produced by the person, unless God has already given that sick person faith to believe in his healing offered through a prayer. Jesus called forth Lazarus, from the dead; Lazarus was already dead for 4 days. When Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead, how could Lazarus exercise his faith? No, a dead man can do nothing, it was Jesus full of Holy Spirit and faith that he could wroth those miracles. The prayers that Jesus made or the words he said was made manifest by the Holy Spirit full of Faith.
Why some preachers have faith that can heal why others have nothing except bible verses to share? The difference is one was given the gift of Godly faith and his prayers was always heard by God. While, the others are man-made wisdom from personal studies of scriptures and invoking the same prayer from the carnal mind; therefore no healing was possible since it glories man and not God. Good intentions and kindness may not align with the will of God.
Thus some pastors are envious of others ministries showing signs and wonders while in their own it shows nothing; thus they should not blame God. It’s the story of Cain and Abel all over again. God only authenticates his chosen ones. He gave them power or talent to do his work since he called them, he himself should equip them with power. Church can only equip you with scripture and whatever they think they need to know. Church cannot give you the Holy Spirit or faith if it has none of the above. It is then necessary to go to seek the man whom God has deposited this gift of faith to heal the sick or the gift of faith to prophecy for a word in season. We know Men of Faith are hard to come by, that is why true apostles are few but the counterfeits are many.
All of us need God to show up sometime in our life to solve some serious problems when we encounter our Red Sea. It has to part to let us move forward. This is not a small thing to ask God to show himself in our lives. It has to produce power to manifest and not just the Logos and scripture word quoted from memory. It has to manifest unsolicited miracle and mercy of God. It cannot be dead useless words.
So far many sick churches are run by many sick pastors. They have no relationship with God, and so have no gift of faith to manifest any power to ministry to the sick, blind, disease ridden, broken hearted, and those in dire need for a true miracle healing God. If God wanted to grow his church in anyways he like, he would not have required this God given faith to do his work. He would have simply answered all kinds of prayers and pleading from anyone who is called a Christian who prays for the sick, yet we do not see this happening.
God can only manifest his will according to his kingdom truth and principle. God manages a strong integrity and uncompromising true church of power; he does not authenticate imposters, self-promoting, self-idolizing, self-gratifying clergy masquerading as His Servants. He has no obligation to answer the prayers of anyone who calls on his name, and he is not affected if anyone should be offended at his lack of actions. God is not worried of being misunderstood by men; he would rather send his son to die on the cross than to defend him. God does not think like a man, so if we try to imagine what God is like using our own values than he is truly not a God which you can call upon, since many suffers for years before they got their healing. Some died while they pleaded with God for their healing, and they were Christians, attending church, sang good godly songs, paid their tithes regularly, yet God sent them no healing. They even sang, “God I gave you my everything,”; but not mine life or money or wife or children or my Mercedes Benz. They thought this song singing was just a song, they didn’t know when you sang you are actually confessing with your mouth. Thus, they say things they don’t mean, so how can God answers the prayers of insincerity.
So Jeremiah 29:11 does not come true for everyone as we cannot use scripture any how we feel as it is not for everyone and anyone in the moment of time and season. Wielding the sword (Word of God) without the Spirit is witchcraft; for Satan also quoted scriptures when he spoke to Jesus. We must not follow Satan and his ways, for he did not have the Holy Spirit in him and he used scripture to lead Jesus to commit the sin of disobedience. Similarly, God didn’t give Jeremiah 29:11 to Ahab the king, God had plans to kill him, the same with Saul. So is it true that all Christians will have Jeremiah 29:11. I think not. Quoting the wrong scripture at the wrong time can bring false hope and cause people to move in a wrong direction. It’s always repentance and forgiveness before healing, always.
Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
How can a good God not healed a diseased man who cries for mercy? How can a good God not healed the broken heart when he cried for mercy? How can a good God not help those in extreme poverty? Because they do not acknowledge that the true God is alive, and they themselves don’t have faith yet worst those who prayed also don’t have the God given faith; that is why he does not answer their prayers. It is also not the will of God to give to all who ask. The faith that pleases God has to be given by God himself to the believer. It cannot be cultivated, developed or manufactured in some 10 steps to godly faith through any church programs run by men for a fee. It has to be faith with Godly power to minister to those in need of help; an iota of mountain moving faith. When you seek God earnestly, he will give you that faith, but you have to ask in order to receive his Gift of Faith. This requires a moment of truth, one instance of clarity, a time of commitment; one encounter for a change in your heart to want this faith. We make this petition and then we wait for his gift.
Hebrews 11:6New International Version (NIV)
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Isaiah 42:8King James Version (KJV)
8 I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Isaiah 42:8New International Version (NIV)
8 “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.
By this scripture itself, God will not share his glory with men or any false gods. No men shall share or claim power to heal or making prayers that has any power except that it came from God, his will be done when it pleases him to do it. Only those who have faith can pray and receive from God whatever they petition. These are the prayers of incense that comes before the throne of God daily. Not all can pray for the sick and get healing from heaven.
Revelation 5:8New International Version (NIV)
8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.
Revelation 8:4New International Version (NIV)
4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.
Ezekiel 18:31New International Version (NIV)
31 Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel?
Ezekiel 11:19King James Version (KJV)
19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
Ezekiel 36:26New International Version (NIV)
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Oh, pray to the Lord God to give you a new heart and spirit, for only then the faith will arise within your spirit and God then will answers your prayers when you prayed unto him in the name of Jesus, the son of the living God. Those who prays in faith, their prayers will come before the throne of God as an incense, and God sees it on his throne, thereby he will answers their prayers made in faith. God cannot lie. This is his kingdom principle and his kingdom works in this manner. He does not work as a man but as a Righteous God, for his ways are higher than our ways. Blessed is the one who stands daily at my doors, for whoever finds me finds favour and life; you either need to read the bible and keep asking or keep praying until he decides what to you for you. God bless you all, and may the truth set you free.
Let God be God and let him show you who he really is, don’t let men tell you what he is, they don’t know him that well. If they did, then they would have been like God since they think they know God. No one can ever give advice to God; he needed no counsel from men. He is Sovereign. Jesus is the only trustworthy Vine that this world can count on, not man, not organization, not titles and not a church if they do not obey the teachings of Jesus; they are not of God. Jesus does not work for money or even the praises of men, he is untouchable; no amount of temptation can move the heart of Jesus except sincerity, love and compassion. We have about 41,000 denominations to show that Jesus is not the only way but many ways. In truth, we have 41,000 permutations of Jesus’s way, so how did it get that way? It’s all 41,000 man-made ways, they all think they know the truth and they think that their church is the only true church. So we need to return back to THE ONE AND ONLY WAY, THE ONLY ONE TRUE ALMIGHTY GOD’S WAY.