We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed and therefore have I spoken; we also believe and therefore speak.
(2 Cor. 4:13)

As I meditated on this verse, I got these words, "The principles of faith are taught, but the spirit of faith is caught." Jesus spent much of His time teaching. The teaching ministry of Jesus was valuable and necessary.

If people automatically knew how to receive form God and walk with Him, why did Jesus spend so much time teaching? The fact is, we must have the teaching of the Word of God. Jesus' teaching were so plain and simple, anone could understand exactly what He meant. He said what He meant, and He meant what He said.

In fact, His illustrations are so clear, you would need a theologian to misunderstand them!

Catch It And Pass It On
The great thing about Jesus is that He will stay with you until you understand it. However, there is more to faith than principles. Remember Paul said, "We having the same spirit of faith..." (2 Cor. 4:13). You must catch the spirit of faith.

The spirit of faith must be imparted. You can catch it by associatiing with people who have it. The spirit of faith is contagious! When you have it, you pass it on to others.

Abraham passed it on to his children and grandchildren. Joshua caught it form Moses. Elisha caught it from Elijah and doubled it. David's mighty men in the cave of Adullam were not so mighty until they caught the spirit of faith from David.

The disciples caught it form Jesus. Timothy caught it from Paul. These are just a few examples in the Word of God. Many are still catching the spirit of faith today. Even if you already have it, you can have more and double it, as Elisha did.

Faith Has No Limits
The spirit of faith is unlimited. Jesus said in Mark 9:23, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." The spirit of faith takes the limits off God. God is not only a big, big, big God; but He is also a good, good, good God!

Take the limits off of His ability and His goodness. God can do and wants to do things for you that are so glorious, there will be no doubt that He did it. I have found that God is so good, He will do things for you that you wouldn't do for yourself.

The spirit of faith believes and speaks the unlimited possibilities of God. "For with God nothing shall be impossible, " (Luke 1:37). The spirit of faith will make a tadpole sap a whale. It will make you swing out over hell on a corn stalk and spit in the devil's eye.

You can never achieve the impossible if you never attempt the impossible. The spirit of faith will position you to possess God's best blessings

Summary Points:
  • The principles of faith are taught, but the spirit of faith is caught
  • You can catch the spirit of faith by associating with people who have it
  • The spirit of faith takes the limits off God

Source: The Spirit of Faith by Mark Hankins
Excerpt permission granded by Mark Hankins Publications