Do You Struggle With Faith? (because Conversational Prayer is About Faith).

Find out what biblical faith means.

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In this post, I will show you what biblical faith is NOT and what true faith is from the
Holy Spirit’s perspective, using Scripture.

I will cover:

  • What biblical faith is NOT
  • What’s biblical faith mean
  • A stern warning
  • Hebrews 11:1 explanation

Biblical Faith Is NOT a Leap in the Dark

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Biblical Faith is not Blind

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These two myths are man’s ideas of what faith means and are not biblical and the scriptures do not back up this teaching.

WHAT DOES BIBLICAL FAITH MEAN?

Faith is a noun. It’s information we receive from God for us to act upon. Another way of saying it is, faith is taking seriously what God reveals to you.

We receive this information in different ways: through the Scriptures; prophetic utterance; a dream; a vision; a picture in your mind; a still small voice; spontaneous thoughts; or inner knowing. Very seldom will you hear an audible voice.

Once your eyes are open to see what biblical faith is, you will NEVER go back to believing faith is a leap in the dark or that faith is blind.

 

 

Part 1 – Conversational Prayer (and How Faith Figures In)

Learn today how faith comes.

Conversational Prayer is all about faith.

Biblical faith that is.

 

In this post I’ll cover:
  • What faith is not

  • What biblical faith means

  • Scripture showing you what biblical faith looks like

  • A stern warning in Hebrews 11:1 and

  • How Conversational Prayer and Faith are linked

 What faith is NOT

  • It is not a leap in the dark and

  • It is not blind

Whew, aren’t you glad we got those two myths out of the way?

What Does Faith Mean?

First, faith is a noun. It’s information we receive from God for us to act upon. Another way of saying it is, faith is a course of action revealed to you by God.

You receive this information in different ways: through the Scriptures; prophetic utterance; a dream; a vision; a picture in your mind; a still small voice; spontaneous thoughts; or inner knowing. Very seldom will you hear an audible voice.

Faith is a message from God and it can either be information or instructions describing how something is done. God gives you this message ahead of time, and this information helps you to know what God will do in the future concerning a specific situation or circumstance you are facing.
Once your eyes are open to see what biblical faith is, you will NEVER go back to believing faith is a leap in the dark or that faith is blind.
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Scripture showing you what biblical faith looks like

Once you see what biblical faith is from the Scriptures you wonder how you missed it before. The footprints of biblical faith are all over the Bible. The Scripture that started it all is “Without faith, it’s impossible to please God.”

Who doesn’t want to please God? Like a hound dog on a trail, I’ve been sniffing for glues to what Biblical faith means. I’ve dug up delicious morsels that I want to share with you.

Bible Examples Showing What Faith Means

God warned Noah about the flood long before it happened.  Well before the flood, God talks to Noah and gives him detailed information. God had a plan but He also included Noah. This information also consisted of Noah’s part in God’s plan for the flood.

Did you ever get detailed information? Sometimes you know what it means but other times you need to talk to the person who gave you the detailed information? Imagine the precise detailed information God gave Noah. Do you think he comprehended it all at once? I believe Noah talked to God more than once about the details.

Sounds like Conversational Payer to me. If that’s true what type of faith did Noah have? The “leap in the dark kind of faith?” The “blind kind of faith?” Biblical faith is what Noah had.

You remember Noah didn’t think up this plan all by himself. He wasn’t out to make a name for himself. He received the information directly from God. God had a plan and He included Noah.

I’m not making this up. Look at Hebrews 11:6.

“By faith Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house…” (Hebrews 11:6).

Years ago I the read the Bible for the sake of reading the Bible. Reading the Bible this way is boring, not life-giving. It certainly didn’t feed my soul. I looked like a healthy adult on the outside but my soul was shriveled up on the inside like a raisin.

But since the Holy Spirit set me on this course I now ask him questions about what I read in the Bible because I don’t always know what it means. I no longer what to read the Bible for information but for transformation. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth is who I go to now. I want to know His meaning about what I’m reading.

Holy Spirit, “Did Noah know what was coming upon the earth before the flood came?”  Yes, he did.

Did Noah know what God wanted him to do in this process before the flood came? Yes, he did.

Noah received information from God before the flood. Wow, how your conversations with God would change if you knew He wants to speak to you directly.

The information Noah received, came in the form of a warning. The warning helped  Noah know beforehand exactly what God wanted him to do.  What, then, did Noah do?

He acted upon God’s message. He built the ark to the saving of his house. Noah acted on the information which demonstrates his believing. Because he acted, he “became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (Hebrews 11:6).

Remember faith is a noun.

It’s information we receive from God for us to act upon. Another way of saying it is, faith is a course of action revealed to you by God.

Abraham is another case about biblical faith.

“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out…” (Hebrews 11:8).

I depend on the Holy Spirit again and ask, “Did Abraham receive advance information from God concerning a place he was to inherit before he went out? Yes, he did.

Did Abraham know beforehand what he was to do about it? Yes, he did.

Did Abraham have the “leap in the dark” kind of faith?  No, he didn’t.

Did he have the “blind” kind faith? No, he didn’t. Abraham had Biblical faith.

Advance information from God is what he received and it became his faith. Faith is a noun. It is something you have.

Next, Abraham acted upon that information. He obeyed. He went out. His obedience in going out demonstrated his believing. Believing in the Biblical sense always means acting upon the revealed will and plan of God.

Conversational Prayer then reinforces how critical it is to hear God’s voice. “Without faith it’s impossible to please God.” Whether its God’s people in the Old Testament to believers today it’s still impossible to please God without faith.

I’m embarrassed to say how many times I tried the “leap in the dark” kind and faith and the “blind” kind of faith. The difference between the two is like day and night. Once you abandon the false kind faith your Conversational Prayer is more precious than silver.

Faith is information that you receive from God. Believing is acting upon that information. Abraham knew beforehand about the place of inheritance. His
going out proved He believed the information.

In addition, Moses’ parents walked in biblical faith. Biblical faith is the same today as it was in Moses day.

“By faith Moses’, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a proper child, and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment” (Hebrews 11:23).

Holy Spirit, “Did Moses’ parents receive advance information about the future of their child? Yes, they did.

They “saw he was a proper child”.  How did they respond to the advance information? They acted upon it in two ways.

They hid Moses for the three months. Next, they overcame their fear of the king’s commandment to kill the boy babies in the land. Hiding and overcoming their fear was their believing because they heard God’s voice.

Faith is a noun.  It is something you have. Believing is a verb. It is something you do with the information you receive from God. Are you tired of me saying that yet?

How does this information come to us?

In the examples above, Noah, Abraham, and Moses’ parents obtained the advance information from God in three ways.

  • Noah was warned,
  • Abraham was called and
  • Moses’ parents saw something.

But, in our age,  information from God comes to us in two ways.

  1. we get information from God in scripture.
  2. we get information from God directly into our spirit that reaches our mind so we can understand the information.

Information which comes directly into our spirit may take the form of a warning, calling and seeing like the above Scriptures. It may be an inner knowing or an awareness.

For instance, in the ’70s my husband Dick owned his own sign painting business. But now he sensed God calling him into full-time ministry.

Dick was concerned more about being in the will of God but what was he to do? He felt conflicted because he loved painting signs and He loved doing God’s will.

Dick wanted to own his own business but only if He could know that it was in the will of God for his life. The Bible didn’t state anywhere,  “Dick you shall leave your sign painting business and go to Bible school.”

Dick entered into Conversational Prayer. He simply talked the matter over with the Lord. He did not receive advance information immediately when He prayed. Over a period of several weeks, all the pieces fell into place. He received and acted on the information God gave him.

The effect was perfect peace in Dick’s spirit about the course of action he was taking. Dick closed his business according to the information God gave him and we headed for Elim,  New York all at the direction of God.

It’s now 2019 and Dick and I are still in full-time ministry.

But Dick and I’ve experienced the opposite too. When we’ve moved out without hearing His voice, we experienced anxiety and unrest concerning the course of action that we took. So we repented and went back to where we missed it.

Conversational Prayer is critical if you want to please your heavenly Father. Praying this way is a sign of sonship. You are maturing and pleasing to the Father.

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A stern warning in Hebrew 11:1

A strong word of warning is necessary here. The Holy Spirit will never go contrary to the written word of God. The Spirit of God will never give you information for you to act upon that denies the scriptures.  

If you hear “go and rob a bank” don’t act upon it because it doesn’t line up with the Scriptures.

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How Conversational Prayer and Faith are linkedFinally, I hope your perspective is changed about biblical faith.  God is as relational today as He was in the Old Testament. No wonder God is pleased with those who have faith because conversations with Him is what Conversational Prayer is all about.

Noah, Abraham and Moses’ parent reached their destiny by acting upon the information God gave them. God’s called you by name and desires for you to reach your destiny too.

Come to Him today and listen carefully to Him, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in rich food.  It’s a feast for your soul.

Conversational Prayer (and How Faith Figures In

Is faith a ‘leap in the dark?”

Or, is faith “blind?”

Biblical faith is none of those.

Do you find all the definitions of faith being spouted from the culture and pulpits confusing?

Who do you believe and who is trustworthy?   

Is faith a ‘leap in the dark?”

Or, is faith “blind?”

Biblical faith is none of those.

In this post, I’ll show you:

  • What it means to Live by Faith
  • What walking after the flesh means
  • The true meaning of Hebrews 11:6
  • How doing it God’s way reaps benefits

 

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What It Means To “Live By Faith”

Romans 1:17 declares,

“The just shall live by faith.”

In addition,

Hebrews 10:38 declares,

“The just shall live by faith.”

Remember from the last post I gave the definition of faith. It’s information we receive from God that we must act upon. Using the definition you can read the verse this way,

“The just shall live by faith (the information you receive from God) for you to act upon.”

Every word in the Bible is important even the little word “by.” My dictionary didn’t help much so I searched the Greek.

The just shall live by faith. Holy Spirit what does “by” faith mean. Ever since I’ve grown more in Conversational Prayer I ask the Holy Spirit more questions. I don’t want to make any word in the Bible mean what I want it to mean – I want to know the Holy Spirit’s meaning.

What does the word “by faith ” in these two verses mean? In Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary ek is a “primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out of.”

 “Ek is always used with the Ablative case which, as noted before. describes the “origin” or “source” of something.”

Not until I plugged in the expanded version of the two verses did it begin to make sense. Put together, the above two verses would read, “The just shall live ‘out of’ the advance information they receive from God that they are to act upon”.

It’s clear now that prayer is more than a monolog (me doing all the talking). It’s a dialog between me and God.

The advance information that you receive from God must be the source of your living. Your faith must be the origin of everything you do.  Isaiah 55:1-3 declares,

“If you are thirsty, come here; come, there’s water for all. Whoever is poor and penniless can still come and buy the food I sell.
    

“There’s no cost—here, have some food, hearty and delicious, and beverages, pure and good.

I don’t understand why you spend your money for things that don’t nourish or work so hard for what leaves you empty. Attend to Me and eat what is good; enjoy the richest, most delectable of things.

Listen closely, and come even closer. My words will give life, for I will make a covenant with you that cannot be broken, a promise of My enduring presence and support like I gave to David” (Isaiah 55:1-3).

Isaiah 55:1-3 has the definition of faith written all over it, doesn’t it? “Listen closely, and come even closer. My words will give life. . .” Sounds like Conversational Prayer to me.

 

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What “walking after the flesh” means

But in Romans 8 Paul uses the expressions “walking after the flesh” and “walking after the Spirit,” What does he mean by “walking after the flesh” and “walking after the Spirit”?

“Walking after the flesh” means doing your own thing, your own way without depending on God.

Charting your own course is independent of God. Making your own plans and carrying them out is “walking after the flesh.”  Following your own desires and ambitions is “walking after the flesh” because God’s never consulted. He’s completely on the sidelines of our life.

“Walking after the flesh” is living your life as though God had no claim on it at all.  Some Christians live as though God wound them up like a clock at the moment of their salvation and left them to unwind by themselves.

“Walking after the flesh,” in a nutshell, means to live your life independent of God, even though you are saved. No wonder Paul calls Christians carnal who live this way.

When we “walk after the flesh” that makes us fleshly Christians.

The conclusion is there’s a difference between the way an unsaved person lives his life and the way a carnal Christian lives his life.

The carnal Christian doesn’t base his life upon advance information from God.

Conversational Prayer is a waste of time to him. Don’t get me wrong, the carnal Christian tries to keep the Ten Commandments.  In addition, he thinks he’s able to get God to come into agreement with him and bless what he does as long as God’s not mad with him by breaking any of the Ten Commandments.

But Paul is clear when he said, “The just shall live out of the advance information.” Paul is also clear about “Whatever is not of faith is sin,” (Romans 14:23).

“The word “of” is in Romans 14:23 too. It’s the same Greek preposition in Romans 1:17 and Hebrews 10:38 that I mentioned earlier.  The Greek preposition ek still means “out of” and still points to implies “source” and “origin”.

Paul’s clear, whatever does not start with advance information from God is sin. To expect God to bless sin is foolish. Yet, this is exactly what the carnal Christian does because he doesn’t depend on God’s advance information. 

The carnal Christian thinks he’s the master of his fate, the captain of his soul and Conversational Prayer (living out of the advance information God gives you to act upon) doesn’t make any sense to him.

I lived that way for years thinking I was the master of my fate, the captain of my soul. Stinking pride captures this way of thinking. It was a lie I believed – a stronghold of my mind.

Sure, I depended self-effort because some of the things I did looked good on the outside. I could go only so far because the arm of flesh let me down. Sooner or later, your natural abilities will fail you. Somewhere down the road of life, you will come up against something that the arm of the flesh cannot provide.

When the Doctor tells you, you have cancer what will you do then? How will you solve the problem then?  The answer, of course, is that you will not solve or get rid of it. My doctor told me in 2011, “You have fast-growing breast cancer.” That’s a story for another post.

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The True Meaning of Hebrews 11:6

Now we can fully understand Hebrews 11:6 which states,

“But without faith it is impossible to please him for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him!”

 Look at the word “without” in the verse above.  The Greek word KORIS means “apart from” or “detached from.”

Next, look at the word “impossible.” This translates ADUNATON which combines the Greek negative with DUNAMIS, the Greek word for power.

(Our English word “dynamite” comes from this word.) The combination means
“no power”. In other words, anything, any course of action that is apart from or detached from faith (advance information received from God) has no power to please God. Wow.

The carnal Christian tries to throw God a few good works here and there to satisfy God as the carnal Christian does his own thing. There’s “no power” in good works or anything else when they are disconnected from advance information received from God. No power. No enabling grace.

It’s silly to try to buy God off with a few good works along the way because the only thing that has the power to please God is walking out his advance information that He gives you.

Next, look at the word “must.” The Greek impersonal verb dei means “necessity”. Next, look at the word “believe”. Remember “believe” means acting (obeying) on the advance information that God gives you. Put the words together,  and you see it is positively necessary that you “act” on two things.

First, you must act on the fact that God is. If God is, why wouldn’t you want to listen to his voice? Good question.

Second, you must act on the fact that he not only is, but also that he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him. Notice the word “rewarder.” “Rewarder” translates three Greek words combined into one. The first is a word meaning “to give.”

The second Greek word means “back.” The third Greek word means “wages.”
“Rewarder” now, means “to give back wages.”

Finally, we act on the fact that God is by our coming to him. Remember Isaiah 55.

“Listen closely, and come even closer. My words will give life, for I will make a covenant with you that cannot be broken, a promise of My enduring presence and support like I gave to David”

We wouldn’t come to a non-existent God or any thing else for that matter. Next, we act on the fact that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. Acting on these two things pleases God.  

Disconnected from the information God gives us, there is no power in anything we do that pleases him. Acting on these two things causes the blessings to come your way in the form of wages that God gives us back. Conversational Prayer is coming close to Him, to hear His words that give life instead of doing our own thing.

 

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Do it God’s way and reap the benefits. 

 Finally, living your life detached from this information God gives you absolutely has no power to please God. Neither does it guarantee a successful outcome to anything you do.  

But when you listen closely and come even closer to your heavenly Father His words will give life. You have the promise of God’s enduring presence and support like He gave to David.