Hold On to Your Faith
Did you know that everything in the kingdom of God operates by faith? Everything from our prayers to our declarations from God’s Word must be made in faith, or else they will not work. Faith begins where the will of God is known, and the will of God is the Word of God. Therefore, in order to have faith, you must have God’s Word in your heart. It comes from your times spent reading the Bible, meditating on and speaking the Scriptures, and hearing the Word preached. Every time the Word is heard, it is deposited into your spirit, which causes your faith levels to rise.
According to Hebrews 11:1, faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is substance because the Word of God is substance. The Bible says that everything that was ever created was created through the Word of God, and since the Word of God contains the faith of God, we know that all things were created through faith.
Just as all things were created through faith, which is the Word of God, we also have the ability to release our faith to bring the promises of God into manifestation in our lives. The key is, not letting our faith go when it is tried. Our faith will be put to the test, but it is during those times that we have the opportunity to remain steadfast. Though it may be a challenge in those moments, if we refuse to let our faith go, we will see the final results of what we are believing God for.
One of the most difficult tests that we face when we are in the midst of a trial is the temptation to speak words that do not line up with the Word of God. This is where the battle takes place. Because words are so powerful and creative, and they have the ability to bring things to pass, we must avoid the temptation to speak negatively about the situation, at all costs. Matthew chapter 6 discusses how to deal with anxiety over natural circumstances. Often, the enemy hits us the hardest where provision is concerned. Things such as food, clothing, and financial resources should not be our concern, according to verses 25-27, which say, “…Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on…Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
When we “take” thoughts, we speak words that contradict our faith. For example, if you are standing on the Word for financial provision where your bills are concerned, taking a negative thought would be saying, “It doesn’t look like these bills will ever get paid!” This declaration started out as a thought the enemy put in your mind, but the moment you give voice to it, it has the potential to become a reality. Taking thoughts happens when we speak what Satan says rather than what God says.
Holding on to your faith means refusing to say anything contrary to the Word, even when the pressure is on. At the same time, it means speaking what God says to reinforce the reality you want to see come to pass. The more you speak God’s Word, the more faith will come. As you hear yourself saying the scriptures, it will bolster your faith and give you the spiritual strength to continue believing God until you see the manifestation of your faith in the natural realm.
In addition to speaking the Word of God, you must avoid saying the wrong things, because it is important to act in such a way that reinforces your faith. For example, if you are believing God to get out of debt, don’t continue to use credit cards to make purchases. Either the Word is going to be the final authority or it isn’t. Your faith must have corresponding action in order to be complete. When the spiritual and the practical merge, manifestation takes place.
As Christians, we will have plenty of opportunities to exercise our faith in the face of difficult circumstances. We live by faith, and we don’t govern our lives by what we see. We live by the Word of God, which is all the proof we need. No matter what, hold on to your faith. It won’t fail you when you consistently feed it into your spirit.
— Creflo A. Dollar