In Mark 11:22, Jesus tells his disciples to, …. “Have faith in God.” Another translation of that verse says to have the God kind of faith. In Hebrews 10:38 the Word instructs us to “…live by faith…” Then in chapter 11 and verse 6 of that same book it says that, “… without faith it is impossible to please Him. …”
From these three verses one can see that faith is important in the life of a believer and that it involves more than our just believing that there is a God. Jesus said we are to have the faith of God. In Hebrews we see we are to live by this faith and in so doing be pleasing to Him. Then it is important to me as a believer to know three things. One, what is the God kind of faith? Two, how do I obtain this faith? and three, how do I use this faith so that I can live by it and be pleasing to God? Let’s look at each one of these from the scriptures.
First, in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus went on to explain what the God kind of faith was in verses 23 and 24 of the eleventh chapter. From the New King James version it says, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them.” Jesus was teaching his disciples here that this kind of faith says with the mouth what is believed in the heart. This is done both by speaking to a situation or circumstance in our lives (represented by the word mountain in this verse) or as we pray to believe that we receive from God that which we are praying for and we shall have it. Again, it is by saying or praying what we believe in our hearts and this is the God kind of faith. Second, the Word tells us that faith, the God kind, comes to us by hearing and hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Thirdly, faith is an act. It is always released in the life of a believer by what we say and what we do. James 2:20 reads “…that faith without works is dead.” The word works here means corresponding action and the word dead means useless. So faith in God is useless in my life unless I have actions that are in line with what I say I believe. When I live in this way then I am pleasing to God and I have the Faith of God operating in my life.