I want to continue a little with where I ended on my last post. I do not know about you but I want the Word of God to be manifested in my life in all areas. I believe that His Word is true and if that be the case we should experience the fullness of it. This is a journey with infinite possibilities through Him.
Galatians 2:20 says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” So my question is….. How ya living? No, not if you are a believer or not. Not if you are saved or a follower of Christ, but how are you living as far as faith is concern? In the past entry I said there is a difference between having faith IN someone and having the faith OF someone.
When I have faith IN someone I look for them to accomplish whatever I might need. When I have the faith OF someone it does not negate my faith in that person but it empowers me to know I can accomplish the same as the one I have faith IN. Yes, we can maybe understand this when we look and have faith in each other, but dare I think I can have the faith OF Christ? Well that question can be answered by your belief of your position. Are you outside of Him, separated from Him? What does Acts 17:28 say? “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being;” We cannot be “in” yet separated “out” at the same time. Not only are we in Him but He is in us. Christ lives in me…wow! So I must always start from a position that I am in Him, and He in me and I then have access to the source, even the source OF faith.
The Apostle Paul after giving credibility to his call says in Ephesians 3:12 that “we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith OF him.”
Ok, maybe some are saying what’s the point, “in or of”? The only important thing is having faith? Hhhmmm… I do not know about that. Let me speak for myself, MY faith has more often fallen short more times than I want to admit. The Father said to me one time, “Douglas… YOUR faith gets in the way.” Go figure.
This might appear simplistic but let’s look at the definition of the 2 words, “in” and “of”.
The definition of “in” is multiple. It is used to indicate inclusion within space, a place, or limits. An example would be John went for a run IN the park. The word “in” is used to indicate inclusion within something abstract or immaterial, such as the trees will blossom IN the spring. “In” can be used to indicate inclusion within an occurrence during a period or limit of time, such as” back in the day” or “I need for you to have that task done IN ten minutes”. Finally, “in” can be used to indicate limitation or qualification, condition, relation, and action, such as to speak IN a whisper or to be similar IN appearance. In all of these definitions of the word “in” what stands out to you? What is the common thread running throughout this definition? You are correct…..LIMITATION and SEPARATION!
The definition prescribed to the word “of” is also multiple. It is used to indicate derivation, origin, or source such as a piece OF cake. “OF” is used to indicate cause, motive, or reason such as to die OF hunger. Finally, “of” is used to indicate material, component parts, substance, or contents such as a scarf made OF silk or a desk made OF mahogany wood. What is the common thread running throughout this definition? You are correct again… SAMENESS and CONNECTION!
When we take a look at the “in faith” versus “of faith” using the above definitions it would appear the “in faith” definition would provoke a question. How long do I have faith “in” someone? What is the limit? Even though I am “in” it, I am not a part of it; in fact I am apart from it. (Hhhmmm, that is good… I need to stop and think on that myself). So, if I only have faith “in” Jesus is there a limit to this faith based upon condition, relation and action? Is there a time limit? You know what I mean. Lord, I am waiting and trusting on You BUT if You do not bring me a mate by January 2014, I might have to go find one myself.
When we are not of Him, or outside of Him, we walk by our own faith, our own precepts, but Paul in Galatians 2:20 says wait a minute, “the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith OF the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” When I am in Him, I must have a “nu mind” to see that I no longer live and no longer walk by my own faith, which vacillates and is EXTREMELY fragile but I live by the faith OF the Son of God, which is of the same substance and component parts of the whole. My “nu mind” faith then says if God never fails and I am a part of Him, then I never fail. All I do is win! (..that is a message I ministered on a few years ago.) My faith says I can’t but the faith OF the Son of God says “I can do ALL things”, on my own… no, through Christ who strengthens me. The original Greek text (Philippians 4:13) says it this way, “ALL I am strong in the one EMPOWERING me.
I think that is what the Apostle Peter understood when he meets the lame man sitting at the temple entrance in Acts chapter 3. Notice Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” What did Peter have? I believe he had the “faith of” Jesus Christ. Again, we must understand that His Name is given to us to use in authority, as representatives, as a source. I notice Peter did not pray to God. He did not ask the Father to do it. He used his authority given to him by Christ. Once we grasp all that Christ has given to us, we will see our mindset change and we will not have a “let’s get Jesus to do it” mentality but we also will walk in a “rise up” faith OF Christ. We will speak to our mountains, our storms, ourselves. 1 John 4:17 “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have BOLDNESS in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.” I pray that the Lord helps us to live by the faith OF the Son of God. So…How ya living?