Tim Cole: Are you operating in true faith?

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How do we know we are operating in real faith?

Sometimes we think we are acting in faith, when instead we are acting in doubt, fear and unbelief. Sometimes we are trying to use our mental powers to get answers to our prayers.

One way to know we are actually operating in faith is that we are acting on the Word of God. Faith has substance, faith has evidence. That substance and evidence is the Word of God itself. Faith is being fully persuaded that what God has promised He will do. Faith comes by hearing. Hearing what? Hearing the Word of God. True faith is founded on the Word of God. Where there is no Word, there is no faith.

Paul tells us that all the promises in the Bible are yes and Amen in Christ Jesus, to the glory of God. Scripture tells us that the Word of God did not profit the Children of Israel in the wilderness because they didn’t mix it with faith. A person that is saved lives by faith in God and His Word.

The second way we can tell we are walking in real faith is that there is a rest and peace inside. Scripture tells us that a person who believes has entered into rest. The minute we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we begin to experience a rest

and peace inside we never knew before. The striving is over. The rest of faith has come. The scripture says to labor to enter into that rest. Confusing? Rest and labor.

When we decide to trust God for something in prayer, the devil comes with thoughts to destroy our faith. We must cast those thoughts down and replace them with the Word of God. That brings us to the place of rest where faith becomes productive.

A third way to know you are operating in true faith is that you can see it. Elisha’s servant was troubled to no end when he saw enemy armies all around them. Elisha prayed for God to open his eyes so he could see in the spiritual world. He saw angels and chariots of fire all around them and decided there are more with us than there are with them.

John said, God wanted to build Abraham’s faith so he took him outside and had him look at the night sky. Count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have. Count the grains of sand on the seashore. God was teaching him to see past the natural world and see with the eyes of faith. God promised him and Sarah a son in their old age. They had never been able to have children and now at about a hundred years, God promised them a son. There was no way for that to happen, but their faith in God’s Word, abiding in that place of peace and rest knowing that God was bringing it to pass, and seeing with eye of faith, gave them the last laugh.

People laughed at them for their faith, but sure enough Isaac, which means Laughter, showed up because they were operating in faith.