THE UNBEATABLE SPIRIT OF FAITH – Gloria Copeland

No matter how difficult a situation you may be facing today, God can turn it around! The doctors may have told you there’s no hope. Your bank account may be empty and the creditors knocking on the door. There may be trouble in your family or on your job. Your problems may be stacked so high, you feel you can never overcome them. But don’t let the devil fool you. He has never devised a problem that faith in God can’t fix.

 

Nothing intimidates God. It’s just as easy for Him to heal cancer as it is for Him to heal a headache. It’s as easy for Him to buy you a new home as it is for Him to pay your rent.

Even in times like these when the whole world seems to be in trouble, God can bring you through in triumph. He can do for you what He did for the Israelites. Exodus 10:23 says when darkness covered the land of Egypt where the Israelites lived—a darkness so thick the Egyptians couldn’t see each other or move for three days—“all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.”

 

Think about that! If you’ll dare to believe God’s Word, like the Israelites, you too can have light in the middle of a dark world. You can have protection in the midst of a dangerous world. You can live healed in a sick world. You can live prosperously in an impoverished world. You can live free in the middle of a captive world. But you can’t do it by dragging around in an attitude of defeat. If you want to walk in constant victory, you must develop a spirit of faith and persevere in that spirit even when the devil is putting pressure on you. People with the spirit of faith always receive the blessings of God. They may go through tests and trials but they come out supernaturally every time.

I like those odds, don’t you? I like to beat the devil every time. And, glory to God, you and I can do that if we’ll walk continually in the spirit of faith. The Apostle Paul gives us powerful insight into how to cultivate that spirit in 2 Corinthians 4:

“We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak…. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (verses 13, 18).

 

Open the Window – The first and most fundamental fact these verses reveal about the spirit of faith is that it believes. What does it believe? The Word of God. What’s more, faith believes God’s

Word just because God said it—whether natural circumstances seem to agree or not.

That means if you want to maintain a spirit of faith in the area of healing, for example, you must start by getting your Bible and finding out what God has said about healing. Then you must choose to receive that Word as the truth. Don’t shut your heart to it by saying, “Well, that’s not the way my church teaches it,” or, “That’s not what my grandmother taught me.” Just say, “The Word says healing belongs to me and I believe it!” Then keep putting the Word in your heart day after day until faith rises up within you and your body begins to line up with that Word.

 

“Well, Gloria, I tried that one timenand it didn’t work for me. I guess I just don’t have as much faith as you do.” Certainly you do! Romans 12:3 says, “…God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Since that scripture was written to born-again people, you can be sure that if you’ve made Jesus the Lord of your life, you have faith within you. You may not be acting on it. You may not be speaking it. But it’s in there and the more you hear the Word of God, the more it will develop and grow, because “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).

 

Why is it so important to develop your faith? Because faith is what connects you to the blessings of God. It’s the force that gives those blessings substance in your life (see Hebrews 11:1). And besides all that, faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6). It’s faith that reaches into the realm of the spirit, grasps the promises of God and brings forth a tangible, physical fulfillment of those promises. It brings spiritual blessings. It brings the car you need, or healing for your body. Faith brings action in this earth. Romans 5:2 says we have access by faith into the grace of God. Therefore, if you want grace for the new birth, you must receive it by faith. If you want God’s grace for healing, you must receive it by faith. If you want God’s grace in your finances or any other area of your life, you must get it by faith.

I like to think of it this way: When you believe the Word of God, you open the window of your life to give God the opportunity to move there. Oddly enough, that bothers some people. They can’t understand why God needs an opportunity. After all, He is God. Can’t He do anything He wants to? Yes, He can. And He wants to respond to our faith. You see, He is not like the devil. He doesn’t force Himself on you. He waits for you to give Him an opening by believing His Word.

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