THE TECHNIQUE OF FAITH
BY: NORMAN P. GRUBB
The objective of our H. Q. Morning Meetings is to know and apply the true method, God’s method, of performing our God-appointed task. Now one of the revelations we found in the Scriptures was the method by which God in Himself performed His own first task of creation, and we were quick to realize that the same God indwelling us would use the same eternal principles in completing His new creation. All things were made by the Word, said John. But the spoken Word, the Son, is begotten of the hidden Thought, the Father. “Let there be light:” the Father thought it: the Word said it: “And there was light.” Here is the process and fruition of faith in the Godhead. The thought of faith, expressed in the word of faith, resulting in the substance of faith.
We then applied this analysis of faith to our own situations. We are to have God’s faith, Jesus said (Mark 11: 22, margin). That means first to know God’s thoughts. Many ask, “Is it possible to know God’s will confidently in all situations?” It is. It constitutes the first great aim of our meetings. We do it by a practical, open and detailed examination of the immediate problem, ready to receive any light upon it through any channel. As we do this, maybe immediately, maybe after days or weeks, an inward certainty possesses us, clear, peaceful, indescribable, that “so and so is God’s will in this thing.” Before this comes, we never move, never pray, unless it be merely for light. But now we can arise and shine, for our light is come. The first stage of God’s faith is completed. God has thought in us.
Now God’s word of faith must be brought into action. Is it not at this point that we fail? Was not every one of the men of God in the Scriptures characterized first by inward movings of the Spirit, which then found expression in a “Thus saith the Lord” – the word of faith which was the outcome of the thought of faith? It is the word of the Lord, not merely the thought of the Lord, which the Scriptures testify to be almighty.
Why do we stop short of this? Because we are still so carnal. “O ye of little faith.” “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you and suffer you? “ Carnality is to be under the influence of the visible, tangible and temporal, instead of the invisible, intangible, eternal. We fail to bridge the gap within us between God’s thoughts and God’s word of faith, because we are bound by the domination of the visible. We see the blind eye, the withered arm: Christ saw the will and power of His Father to heal, and spoke the word, “Stretch forth thine arm,” “Receive thy sight.” We see the five loaves and the multitudes, and say, “What are they among so many?” Christ saw His Father’s invisible and unlimited supply, gave thanks for it, acted on the full assurance of it, and faith became substance.
We have learned in the W. E. C. that we have one great enemy – within us, and not in our circumstances… fear of the visible. We know the inward urges of the mind of God to some certain end – the opening of some new area to the Gospel, the going forth of some new number of workers, the salvation of some souls in a hard area, the healing of a sick body. We know the next step: not to ask for faith, but exercise it (why ask for what we already have? If the Author and Finisher of faith is within us, all faith is there already for the using). We must declare that what we desire (His desire in us) will come to pass – add the Word of faith to the Thought of faith. Then the battle is joined. The fear of some visible giant paralyses us. An opposing Government, the need of funds, the hardness of a fanatical people, the grip of an illness: the vision of the flesh lusts against the vision of the Spirit.
But we break through, and by habitually breaking through we learn to live in a realm where we take no further notice of these Goliaths, except to rejoice over them. We declare the word of faith, “That Government will give way,” “That area will be opened,” “That money will come,” “Those souls will be saved.” That word is spoken in the same power and by the same Spirit as made the declaration at the earliest dawn of history, “Let there be light.” It is repeated again and again as occasion arises; not prayer, nor aspiration, nor hope; but praise, declaration, quiet reception of a supply already given, a calling of those things which be not as though they were. And as we do that, what may only start with a word of faith without feeling, becomes suddenly the word of faith with feeling – the inward witness has been given. With this, the faith of God which removes mountains takes full effect, nothing can stand against it, the manifestation of the thing believed comes to pass as surely as the dawn.
God’s thought. God’s word of faith. God’s substance. That is God’s order in Himself at the creation, and in us as His instruments of His new creation.
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