Faith comes by hearing God’s word. If you need faith for finances, meditate on scriptures pertaining to wealth. If you need faith for healing, meditate on scriptures that talk about God’s healing power. Meditating on God’s word causes faith to build up on the inside, in our spirit beings. But this is just the first step; simply having faith will not manifest the promises of God.
In the book of James we read that faith without works is dead. In other words, true faith will always produce some sort of corresponding action. In order for faith to work, faith must be released. Faith is released by our words and by our actions, The Bible often stresses the power of words.
Faith is released by our words. It is often not enough to pray about our problems, we must speak God’s word into our circumstances. Mark 11:22-25 is one of the most powerful passages found in the Bible on the topic of faith. In these 4 scriptures, Jesus instructs his disciples to speak to their situations. In Luke 17:5,6, Jesus again tells his followers that miracles would result from the power of their words. And we see from Romans 10:8-10 that we are saved by the faith in our heart and the words of our mouth. All of these passages teach about the power of words that are energized by the faith that comes from God. Words are not the only way that faith is released.
Faith is released by our actions. In 2 Kings 4:1-7 we read of a widow who was in serious debt. The only thing that she had of value was a small jar of olive oil. She was instructed by the prophet Elisha to borrow empty jars from her neighbors. God did a miracle for this woman. From her small jar of oil, she was able to fill all of the empty borrowed jars with oil. In fact, she had so much oil that she ran out of jars. She was able to sell the oil and pay off all of her debts. And she even had enough oil left over for herself and her two sons to live on. We do not read that this widow simply sat around praying. She was obedient to the voice of God, and she released her faith by her actions. God tells us what actions to take in order to release our faith.
In 2 Kings 5:1-15 we read of the leper Naaman. He went to the prophet Elisha to receive healing, and he was told to wash himself 7 times in the Jordan river. Although these instructions came from God, Naaman at first rejected them. Naaman had a preconceived idea of how Elisha should heal him. Naaman’s servants later convinced him to follow Elisha’s instructions. Naaman did as the Lord commanded, and he was healed. If Naaman would have not followed God’s instructions, he would have died a leper. From this account we learn that we must follow God’s commands no matter how unusual they may seem.
Effective faith is faith that is released by our words or by our actions. We must continually speak God’s word to our problems and situations. And we must discern from God what actions to take. If faith simply abides in us, and is not released, then that faith is dead and is of no value.