I consider my fellowship with God to be perhaps the most valuable gift God has given me as a son of God. Over the last 25 years, I have endeavored with all my heart to walk by faith and not by sight, and Scripture teaches us “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb.11:6a).
In the context of our mutual fellowship, God will often speak to me via simple but profound statements. A few months ago, He told me, “Abner, when I speak to you, it is not theory.” I want to share four biblical keys that will allow you to walk in the God-designed lifestyle of faith. While not exhaustive, they provide a biblical blueprint to understand the call of every believer to walk by faith.
God’s recent words to me served as a beautiful encouragement that the lifestyle of faith into which He invites every believer does not occur by happenstance. In fact, our faith in God gives us the privilege of defining our world according to His divine design. Regardless of culture or nation, humanity longs to live in the security only found in daily surrender to God and a lifestyle of faith. In the life of faith that God designed humanity to live, He supplies every area of our lives and we release everything He freely gives us by faith in Him. It is as though God has provided a credit card with unlimited spending power for eternity. A lifestyle of faith allows for the possibility that every word and promise God has ever given to humanity can find fulfillment through faith in God.
Believers bear the responsibility of living lifestyles of faith, particularly in these unprecedented times. God wants us to present an invitation to the world of everything He provides to humanity when they choose complete surrender. This is the greatest time to be alive and God is now releasing an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that cannot be stopped except by the body of Christ’s inability to agree with His purposes.
At the heart of this unprecedented release of God’s Spirit across the globe are believers who know how to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). As we entered 2021, God spoke to me and said, “In this season, I will teach my people how to walk by faith and not by sight as never before.”
Modeling Kingdom Faith
Jesus came to earth as the second Adam. By placing Himself under limitations, He modeled God’s original intent for Adam. Jesus, the Son of Man, would have complete faith in the Father and the Holy Spirit. The power of Jesus’ life and ministry rested upon His faith in the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not come to earth with His own agenda; He came to fulfill the will of the Father.
God would display everything He desired for humanity through the life and ministry of Jesus. The Bible leaves us a clear record. Jesus, as the second Adam, lived and fulfilled all God had planned for the first Adam. Jesus lived a completely sinless life. Completely governed by the voice of God, he overcame every temptation of the evil one. He was a living and breathing expression of the Father-heart of God to humanity. He came preaching and demonstrating the Good News.
Jesus healed all manner of sickness and disease because it was never God’s intention for those evils to be part of man’s existence in the first place. God’s passion to redeem humanity and the earth consumed Jesus; this was His divine mission. As the second Adam, He succeeded in reestablishing God’s original plan so we could be free in Him. Preaching and demonstrating the kingdom of God were essential to Jesus’ mission, but God’s plan could not find fulfillment without His death and resurrection. Only through this divine purpose could God’s full desire for humanity be realized. The first Adam was not created to take care of himself, and neither was this new race of people created to take care of themselves.
For humanity to become born again, God Himself would give them the key that would unlock the door into a new identity and a new way of living. He used this new way of living as a reintroduction of what He desired at the beginning of time: a people who lived as citizens of His kingdom, representing His interests in the earth. Jesus taught, modeled and fully demonstrated this kingdom (God’s rule and reign) in His life on earth.
Humanity would no longer have to live under the disastrous effects of the demonic “Babylonian system,” in which believers are exiled from God’s blessings. The key to unlocking this new identity and way of life is the gift of faith. Through the life and ministry of Jesus, the Son of Man, God reintroduced humanity to His original intention: a life built on a foundation of faith.
Defining Biblical Faith
Faith is an ability God possesses within Himself to achieve His divine purpose. Faith is God’s enduring confidence in His own attributes to fulfill that which His mind and heart have deemed desirable and good. The community of the Trinity known as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, though distinct persons, is one God in complete unity. Therefore, when the Godhead operates in faith, He always achieves the desired result. Amazingly, God makes this same confidence available to all of us as well!
God has this faith within Himself and in His own attributes. The faith God offers us has the power to take us out of ourselves and into complete dependence upon Him. Faith is not simply an agreement or an intellectual acceptance that certain things are true. I can believe something exists but never place my “faith” in that truth. People might agree that Jesus Christ walked this earth, taught like no other prophet, performed miracles like no other man and even died and rose from the dead on the third day, but still never place their faith in that reality.
God’s revelation of Himself underlies our faith in Him. A believer and citizen of the kingdom of God is one who responds by faith to God through trusting God’s revelation of Himself found in Scripture as the basis of his or her existence. Jesus revealed Himself to all humanity as the way, the truth and the life. God’s love, His standards and all His attributes are found in His Word and in the person of Jesus Christ.
When the Good News of the gospel is presented, individuals receive a choice between life and death. Adam and Eve, though created perfect and made to trust God in every way, also received a choice, and God continues to honor people’s choices today. He entrusts us all with a measure of faith in the gospel message, and He gives each of us the ability to respond to Him, but we must decide to say yes.
God gave humanity the gift of faith to release His ability to work on our behalf. We can only receive faith through complete surrender and trust; we cannot earn it through good works or performance. Faith in God precedes good works, and good works are the fruit of genuine faith; however, true faith comes by simple trust. The apostle Paul writes:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:8-10, NKJV).
Walking in Supernatural Faith
- Daily surrender: Even before conception, God’s grace is already working to orchestrate our lives according to His divine design. However, God’s purpose for our lives cannot take full effect until we make the choice to intentionally surrender our lives to Him. That choice opens the door to walking in the power of God’s faith. We do not base our surrender to God on blind trust, but on God’s integrity—who He has declared Himself to be and the love and kindness He extends to us. The enemy—through lies, propaganda and inaccurate representation by the body of Christ—has sought to keep mankind from discovering God’s true nature and beauty. His primary intention for humanity is that the goodness He extends to us would lead us to repentance.
- Fellowship with God: Faith begins with the call to build our lives on the Great Commandment. When asked which was the greatest commandment, Jesus answered: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment” (Matt. 22:37-38).
Jesus designated the call to know God as “the first and great commandment” because it would define our existence for eternity. The invitation to love God with our whole heart was not a casual one. In it, He invited us to walk with Him, talk with Him and hear the deep things the Father wanted to reveal through Him to them.
- Hearing the Word of God: One of the primary methods Jesus used to communicate the message of the kingdom was teaching the Word of God. He taught the multitudes from the mountaintop, in the synagogue and in people’s homes. The disciples He first chose had the great privilege of receiving deeper explanations and insights into what He was proclaiming publicly. Jesus declared that “the words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63b). Hearing the Word of God is essential to growing as a Christian and living a life of faith. Paul wrote: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17).
Hearing the Word of God comes as a byproduct of a life of fellowship and communion with God. Jesus taught us that every citizen of the kingdom has the ability to hear and know the voice of God. We also hear the Word of God in the teaching, preaching and proclamations of the Word through the gifts Jesus has given to the church.
Jesus gave gifts to men as one of the fruits of His victory over hell, death and the grave. He gave people the offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher. During His earthly ministry, Jesus functioned in all five of these ministry offices, but He now gave them to the church as gifts, operating through divinely chosen men and women to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.
If we are being properly taught and equipped for the work of the ministry, then we have the opportunity to become strong in our faith. God desires that our teaching and training take place within the context of a community. He invites us to a diverse community known as the church to hear the Word of God continually. As we do this, faith will rise within us and grow us into maturity.
- Obedience: A posture of surrender unlocks our heart to hear the Word of God. When we hear it, we must be intentional to receive it. When we receive it, God wants us to respond in quick obedience. Often, our obedience to the Word requires us to move in ways we would never have considered or thought possible. Yet God longs for us to realize that our faith in Him brings supernatural provision for accomplishing the impossible. He wants to routinely display the impossible through our lives.
A critical juncture in the disciples’ training occurred when Jesus released them to replicate His ministry. The physician Luke recorded this: “Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. And He said to them, ‘Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece'” (Luke 9:1-3).
The only qualifications and experience the disciples had for this mission was the calling they had from the Father and Jesus’ word, which authorized them to go! Their mission became a beautiful walk of faith, since Jesus specifically commanded them not to bring a supply of food or money.
As these weak, flawed men obeyed God, they reproduced and multiplied the ministry of Jesus in their generation. The same reality exists today. God fulfills His purpose through weak people who make the continual choice to simply obey and trust Him. Our trust in God allows us to reproduce the ministry of Jesus on the earth through our individual assignments—His cornerstone goal for our lives.
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Abner Suarez is the founder and president of For Such A Time As This Inc. His ministry is marked with the ability to call forth the destiny of individuals, churches, cities and nations of the world. Learn more about his ministry and how to attend a Faith Summit in person at abnersuarez.com.
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