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When Faith Cometh, You Knoweth
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). When faith cometh, you knoweth (that’s not good English, but you get the message)! It is not a great secret where faith comes from. Faith is the by-product of the Word of God. Notice it says by “hearing and hearing“ the Word of God. Sometimes we don’t understand it the first time around, so God will repeat it.

Has God ever told you anything more than once? He has told me some things many times. Sometimes He will say the same thing exactly, and sometimes He will use someone else to say it a little differently so I can understand it. The Word of God is faith food!

When Faith Cometh, Fear Goeth
When faith cometh, fear goeth! Fear leaveth when faith cometh. God is a faith God (Hebrews 11:6). God works by faith. The devil is a fear devil. The devil works by fear. There are 365 times in the Bible where we are told to “fear not.” Jesus said, “Fear not: believe only, “ Luke 8:50.
We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we believe, and therefore speak.
(2 Cor. 4:13)
The Apostle Paul quotes the psalmist David, “I believed, Therefore have I spoken…, Psalms 116:10. There can be no doubt that David had a spirit of faith. He killed a lion, a bear, the giant Goliath, and more than 10,000 philistines. Case closed – the man had a spirit of faith!

However, in Psalms, we see David dealing with an overcoming fear. In Psalms 27:1, David declared, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Here we see David believing and speaking. The spirit of faith requires both.

Faith Determines Your Destiny
In the midst of adversity, David was overcoming fear. The Spirit of faith is necessary to do the will of God. Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and the He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Faith is absolutely necessary to please God and do the will of God.

Dr. Lilian B. Yeomans said, “God has tied Himself irrevocably to human cooperation in the execution of divine purposes. He has made man’s faith a determining factor in the work of redemption.

Although God is sovereign, he has tied Himself to human cooperation to work out His divine purposes. Jesus said, “…according to your faith be it unto you” (Matt. 9:29). As you know, the first ingredient in the spirit of faith is to believe. In Mark 5, when the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus, she got healed. Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has made you whole.” Brother Kenneth E. Hagin (Dad Hagin) said the Lord told him, “If her faith made her whole, then your faith will make you whole.”

Fear Not, Only Believe
At the time the woman was healed, Jesus was on the way to the house of Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue, to pray for his daughter, who was dying. When Jesus told the woman, “Your faith has made you whole,” Jairus’ servants came from his house, saying, “Don’t trouble Jesus any longer. Your daughter is already dead.” When Jesus heard them say that to Jairus, He gave him some vital information, “Fear not, only believe.”

There is fight to faith. At that moment, Jairus could have believed the bad report, gotten in fear, and given up on his miracle. But Jesus said, “Let Me tell you what to do in this situation, fear not, only believe.”

It is impossible to have a spirit of faith and spirit of fear at the same time!

When the doctors told us that my wife, Trina, had a brain tumor, all the specialists and neurosurgeons gave their opinions and bad reports for seven day. Friends called and asked, “What are you going to do? All I said was, “I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I know what I’m not going to do.” I decided to resist the spirit of fear and “fear not”; that means I remained in faith and continued to believe God. I believed the Word of God. I choose to fear not, only believe. Believing is a choice.

Fear has several relatives and companion: doubt, anxiety, stress, and worry. These all stem from the same fear. It is impossible to have a spirit of faith and spirit of fear at the same time. When you have a spirit of faith, you don’t have a spirit of fear.

The Bible says that in the last days, people’s hearts will fall them because of fear (Luke 21:26). In 2 Timothy 1:7, Paul writes, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” If God didn’t give you a spirit of fear, where did you get it?

Fear comes from the devil. The devil is a fear devil. God is a faith God. Jesus said in Mark 9:23, “…if you can believe’ all things are possible to him (her) that believeth.” This means, “Fear not, only believe.”

You Choose Faith or Fear
Not only do you believe, but you also have to say what you believe! There will be a fight in the worst of your circumstances. There will be a moment when you must choose to either be full of fear or believe God. Jesus grabbed Jairus right in the middle of his choice and gave him a word. Jesus will give you a word right in the middle of your crisis, too. He knows what others are telling you; He knows the doubts that are flooding your mind and the way the devil is attacking you. Jesus hears and says, “I’d like to interrupt the fear and doubt and give you a word from heaven; fear not only believe.

You can’t control everything in life but you can control yourself.

Jairus might have told Jesus, “I don’t know what is going on. I don’t know how all this happened; but if you told me to fear not and believe only, that is where my responsibility ends. That is all I have to do, and I’ll let You take care of the rest.” You don’t have to change the whole situation. You only have to do your part, and your part is to fear not, only believe. Jesus said, ”If you can stay in faith, I’ll come to your house. I’ll bring my faith friends Peter, James and John.”

Jairus relatives and friends were already planning his daughter’s funeral, when Jesus told them, “Get out! It’s not over. She’s not dead; she’s just sleeping.” When the devil says it is all over, Jesus says it is not all over; it has just been delayed for a little while. Would you like Jesus to visit your house, bring some of His disciples, and throw out doubt, fear, confusion, stress, and anxiety and breathe new life into dead things?

Jesus said to fear not, only believe, when you have a spirit of faith, you say what you believe!

Some people feed their bodies three hot meals a day and their spirits one cold snack a week, and wonder why they’re weak in faith.

God can take care of you, He can work in your life and undo everything the devil has done. God has power. He has angels on assignment to watch over you. He is able to raise the dead, heal the sick, cast out devils, and turn your whole life around. When He speaks, faith comes, and when faith comes fear goes. Glory to God!

Source: The Spirit Of Faith by Mark Hankins
Excerpt permission granted by Mark Hankins Ministries

Author Biography

Mark Hankins
Web site: Mark Hankins Ministries
Mark and Trina Hankins travel nationally and internationally preaching the Word of God with the power of the Holy Spirit. The vision of MHM is to take the spirit of faith, the message of who the believer is in Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit to every generation and to every nation. Mark and Trina Hankins have been in full-time ministry for over thirty five years. Through church services, leadership conferences, mission trips, publications, radio, television, Bible schools, and the internet, MHM is reaching the world with the Word of God. Mark is known widely for his unique anointing to minister on the subjects of faith and the believer’s identification in Christ.

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