Acts 3:1-16, “16 And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all”
Why do we make faith complicated? Many preachers especially those of Word Faith make faith so complicated and so hard to reach. It is so complicated that it sounds like you have to do it right, you have to follow a recipe or a formula to get it right. This is often crowned with sow a seed faith to get your prayers answered. In other words, how you sow indicates what kind of faith you have. It almost sounds like you must have faith in your faith if anything is to happen in your life and many are miserable because they have been told their faith is not strong to receive.
The lame man in Acts 3 believed and was healed, he gave nothing for his faith, if anything, even that faith to believe was a gift as we see later in the same chapter.
Faith in simple definition is trust or confidence in something or someone. If you board a plane, how much faith do you need? The moment I board, I have already entrusted my destiny to the pilot because I have confidence in his ability to fly the plane. I don’t have to see him, interview him, see his credentials etc. I just have to trust that he knows what he is doing. That is the faith that comes from knowing that the pilot’s mission is not to do evil but good and so is with our heavenly Father, Genesis 18:25 tells us “… Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (NIV).
Look at Joseph dealing with two of Pharaoh’s servants in jail with him. One day they both had dreams and believed the dreams had deeper meaning. Joseph seeing them asked why they looked sad, “And they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.” So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.”, Genesis 40:8. Joseph had such confidence, trust, faith in his God to interpret dreams for others even when his was not revealed yet. Nothing could sway or taint his faith in his God.
Peter explained how this faith works, he says vs. “16 And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know…”. Christ name and through faith, indicating that the faith to believe is not something that just happens, it begins with Him and through Him. This is why JESUS IS THE GIVER, AS WELL AS THE OBJECT OF OUR FAITH and “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust…”, Psalm 40:4.
He continues, “…. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all”, Christ is the author and perfecter of our faith. If by and through Him do we have faith to be saved, then by and through Him do we have faith to be healed, to be provided for, to be cared for etc., This is because we have confidence in God and that confidence is demonstrated when we pray to Him.
We therefore must pray by faith and entrust all in the care of our Lord then quit trying to build faith in our faith, robbing ourselves the ability to rest in the Lord because we are constantly wondering whether we are believing right. It was E.M Bound who wrote, “Prayer is simply faith resting in, acting with, leaning on and obeying God”. Pray, have faith, then rest in the Lord. Blessings, Ev