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.
Jesus was a man of great faith who taught His disciples what faith is and how faith works. So much of Jesus’ ministry was teaching and bringing people into the faith realm of receiving from God. Even Jesus could do no “mighty works” where there was no faith.
Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. Mark 6:1-6 NKJV
When Jesus ran into the “wall of unbelief”, He resorted to teaching people because “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).
Whenever He saw faith in action, He would always point it out to His followers so that they could have a living example.
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.
The disciples became men of great faith after Jesus departed to Heaven and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. They continued to do and teach all that Jesus had done and taught the people with the same supernatural signs and wonders. This resulted from having been with Jesus for three and one-half years where they continually lived in an atmosphere of the God kind of faith.
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 NKJV
Jesus knew that “the spirit of faith” could be transferred through association, so He called these men into a close relationship with Himself.
And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: Mark 3:13-15 NKJV
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, 2 Corinthians 4:13 NKJV
The Bible tells us to choose our companions carefully because of the “transfer of spirits” that can occur. Listen to this verse,
He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20 NKJV
The spirit of the fool was transferred to one, and the spirit of wisdom was transferred to the other. Where will we find people with strong faith? We will find them in the community of believers that are associating together according to the New Testament.
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.. Acts 2:42-47 NKJV
how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, Acts 20:20
Early believers left us a pattern to follow in the modern day church where we meet regularly in both the corporate gatherings and in smaller intimate fellowship groups to encourage and strengthen one another in faith. You won’t find people of strong faith sitting in a nightclub or causally on the street; you must look for them in the community of believers.
The Apostles role-modeled the need to remain in company with other believers. After they were beaten and threatened for preaching in Jesus’ name, they sought out their companions in faith.
And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. Acts 4:23 NKJV
To have strong faith, we must company with those who also have strong faith.
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.