Words From The Pastor
by Dr. Stanley Williams, Founder & Senior Pastor
"HAVE FAITH IN GOD"
• In its lowest form faith is simply the ability to believe God:
Our difficulty with trusting God is rooted in the fact that we are physical beings who live in a physical world. The physical realm in which we live is contacted by the five sense gates that were actually given to us by God Himself. What we have to remember is that we are not one dimensional creatures but are rather multi-dimensional in our existence. We were created with the ability to relate to the physical world around us through our five senses, but we were also given the ability to relate to the spiritual world. This process is explained in Genesis chapter 2 verse 7.
Gen 2:7 “Then the LORD God took some soil from the ground and formed a man out of it; he breathed life-giving breath into his nostrils and the man began to live.” (Good News Bible)
In the text of this passage you see two operations taking place:
• The body is formed from the dust of the earth.
• God breathed into the man’s nostrils and the man began to live.
In most translations the term “and the man began to live” would be stated in the following form “and the man became a living soul”. By carefully analyzing Genesis 1:7 it can be seen that the soul of man was never created but simply became. Therefore it is easy to conclude that the soul of man came about as a result of the aforementioned two actions listed above. Because of this man has both the ability to relate to the earth as well as the ability to relate to God. God left nothing up to chance.
It is our makeup therefore which gives us the ability to walk by faith; this ability was programmed into us by God. The difficulty for us then is the fact that we are affected to a great degree by our physical makeup. The environmental as well as circumstantial realities that shape us day-to-day as we live in this world have great impact. We rely so heavily on what we can see, taste, hear, feel and touch until things which exist outside of this reality became difficult to ascertain. Yet we can clearly see that the ability to relate to the world of spirits has been given to us. Note the following passage carefully:
John 4:23, "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him." (KJV)
In John 4:23 Jesus clearly states that true worshippers have the ability to worship and directly relate to the Father. God according to Jesus is a Spirit and can be related to by anyone who will worship Him properly or as stated “in spirit and in truth”. When an individual understands that he or she possesses the ability to transition between the physical and the spiritual realms they then know that they have the ability to walk by faith. Faith then becomes the ability to live above natural circumstances knowing that God can affect and or change natural circumstances whenever He pleases. It is for this reason that the statement is made “we walk by faith and not by sight”.
2 Corinthians 5:7, "(For we walk by faith, not by sight)” (KJV)
Sight as spoken of in the context of 2 Corinthians 5:7 relates directly to our physical world which is ascertained primarily through our five senses. This idea of physical reality could further be defined as the circumstantial, environmental, social and realistic occurrences that we face day to day in this world. These things shape our perceptions and can affect how we relate to God. The physical world holds such a grip on our view of things until if not understood properly the spiritual realm can seem so unrealistic. Yet in the Bible it is clear that the spiritual realm generated the physical realm in which we as physical beings live.
Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
Ephesians 3:9, "And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:"
Revelation 4:11, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."
Everything that we see and everything that our senses relate to in this world came from the spiritual realm where God exists. Because these things originated in that realm it suggests that the spiritual realm is more real than this physical reality that we experience day to day. When we as multi-dimensional beings start utilizing our ability to tap into our original source and relate to Him as we were created to do it is then that we are successfully walking by faith.
P.S.: Until next time this is Dr. Stanley D. Williams saying have faith in God!