The following is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, HOW TO OBTAIN STRONG FAITH. Follow this link to obtain your copy of HOW TO OBTAIN STRONG FAITH today.
Every believer receives the same “measure of faith” when we are born again. That measure can be increased by exercising it regularly and following the principles of increase the Bible teaches us.
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. Romans 12:3 NKJV
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, 2 Thessalonians 1:3 NKJV
You may have heard someone say in a religious tone of voice, “All you need is a little bit of faith in a great big God.” But did Jesus teach that “little faith” can obtain “big results?” Let’s look at an example of “little faith” and see the outcome from an incidence in the life of Apostle Peter as he tried to obtain a “big result” with “little faith.”
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:22-31 NKJV
Notice in vs.31 how Jesus identifies the measure of Peter’s faith, “Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
We see that “little faith” may start out well but doesn’t finish the job of receiving the answer or miracle because of not continuing to observe the Word of God. Peter took his eye off the Word from Jesus to “come” to Him on the water and began to observe the “wind and waves” which brought fear to his heart and he lost the miracle. Anytime we give the knowledge of the five senses precedence over the Word of God, we will leave the faith realm and go down in doubt, “But when he saw the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink…”
We also find that Jesus commends “great faith” in the two examples recorded in the Gospels of individuals who possessed great faith. Great faith is faith that can believe and act upon God’s Word before seeing the results, faith being “the substance of things hoped for and the evidence (proof) of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
THE CENTURION’S FAITH
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! Matthew 8:5-10 NKJV
Jesus marveled at the faith of this Roman soldier who understood how authority works in the natural realm, himself being a commander of 100 soldiers who would obey his every command. The Centurion recognized that Jesus had authority in the spiritual realm and that His Spoken Word would be obeyed by the sickness in his servant. Jesus made a teaching example of the situation right away so that His disciples would have a good example of “great faith.” Note verse 10, When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed (disciples), “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel.”
It appears that Jesus had been looking for “great faith” among the Jewish people who had received the Word of God, but instead, He found it in a Gentile with no biblical background but who understood how authority works. He found great faith in another Gentile who was a woman of Canaan.
THE CANAANITE WOMEN’S FAITH
And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. Matthew 15:22-28 NKJV
Again we see Jesus “measured” her faith in the “great faith” category because she believed the Word of Jesus without seeing any physical evidence, her daughter being in another place, she went her way as soon as Jesus spoke the Word of Faith and found her daughter had been delivered.
This Gentile woman had no “covenant rights” to healing, not being a Jew, but she was willing to take Jesus at His word and she could not be denied.
Jesus is still looking for “great faith” in His followers today, a faith that has grown from “little to great” by taking God at His Word.
I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8 NKJV
What you just read is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, HOW TO OBTAIN STRONG FAITH. Follow this link to obtain your copy of HOW TO OBTAIN STRONG FAITH today.