Faith is the fundamental driver of human thought. And our thoughts determine our words, our deeds and our relationships.
Given that man has no capacity for absolute thought, we are each forced (by a Law Of Faith instituted by GOD – see Rom 3:27c) to develop frameworks of thought, word, deed and relationship based on choices we make through faith.
And, this framework of faith expressed in thought, word, deed and relationship, is based on the fact that every man has been given a measure of faith.
Romans 12:3c (KJV) reads: < … God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. >
Faith flows according to two prophetic realities that were presented in the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:9,15-17): (i) The Tree Of Life; and, (ii) The Tree Of The Knowledge Of Good And Evil.
Faith that flows out of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which Adam opened in his fall, is basically a self-denominated faith form based on self and self-denominated perceptions. And, everything based on self dies. As YHWH declared to Adam, eat of this Tree and you will surely die.
The Tree Of Life (foreshadowed in several portions of OT Scripture) on the other hand is opened into the human heart through the Seed Of CHRIST.
The Seed of MESSIAH (CHRIST) is the Seed birthed in YHWH’s faith to give expression to eternal life. This faith form opens the reality of the eternal and the abiding into our lives. This faith form grows as it is watered through the hearing of the Word Of GOD (Rom 10:17, NKJV).
Self-denominated faith forms, both secular and religious, will always be opposed to faith realities in YHWH, opened through the Seed of CHRIST, and developed in the Testimony of JESUS (see Matt 17:20; Rev 19:10c; 2 Cor 3:3, NKJV).
And, the reason for this opposition is definitively described in Isaiah 55:8-9 < “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” >
Believing in ourselves for anything will only open man-centered realities to us. Man-centered realities will always exclude GOD and His abundance from our lives. Man-centered realities will perish with time.
A Christian cannot say I believe in GOD and then believe in himself for something. Faith in self contradicts faith in GOD.
Our faith must always declare that through CHRIST who strengthens me, I can do all things (Phil 4:13, NKJV). Our faith must always operate in the understanding that by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS, I have been set free from the Law of Sin and Death (Rom 8:2).
Walking by faith in self is to have faith in the flesh. And, the flesh is death; but walking by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS is life in the power of the ALL-SUFFICIENT GOD (EL SHADDAI).
This is why we are baptized (wholly immersed): in the Name of the FATHER, the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT (Matt 28:19), into CHRIST JESUS (MASHIAH YESHUA) and into His death (Rom 6:3).
From being baptized into CHRIST JESUS and His death, we arise, through faith in YESHUA, to actualize the power released in His resurrection, so as to actualize all that YHWH has decreed in His Word by Promise, through the finished work of the Cross.
The Scriptures declare:
o in Him (YESHUA) you have been made complete (Col 2:10)
o in Him (YESHUA) we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Eph 1:3-6)
By faith in Him, put on CHRIST brethren, and you will turn every form of failure into victory – in time, as GOD opens His plans into your being and into your life.
Faith in JESUS CHRIST will open the indestructible faith of CHRIST JESUS into our inward parts, as YESHUA Authors and Perfects our faith (Heb 12:2a), so that nothing will be impossible to us (Matt 17:20). Amen!