What Is Faith? Part 3

This is Part 3 of a series on Faith. Read Part 1

No conversation about Faith is complete until Gratitude is discussed so let’s talk about Gratitude a bit.

As you add to your Faith from Christ consciousness, you will feel Gratitude arising in your heart. Magnify that Gratitude and express it. Indeed, you won’t be able to contain it!

Take a look at the scripture where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead:

John 11:41-44
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

Notice how Jesus expressed Gratitude to his heavenly Father before he called Lazarus out of the tomb.

This process of adding to your Faith works because it’s God’s way and you are one with God. This is the Christ consciousness that Jesus lived from. As you grow into this consciousness, Gratitude flows forth from within you because you begin to see the amazing connection you have with God. You grow into that oneness with God and you know that your prayers are answered even before you ask.

You cannot have true Gratitude any other way. It comes from Christ awareness, Christ consciousness. It comes from having this Faith born out of the consciousness that whatever you ask is given.

Here’s another scripture:

I John 5:14-15
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Asking according to God’s will is asking in Faith – Without Faith it is impossible to please God as it tells us in Hebrews. This pleasing is all about being in alignment with God. Being in Christ consciousness, aware of your Oneness with God. From this awareness, anything we ask is given.

That is what Jesus the Christ demonstrated so perfectly for us. And stated that we could do the same.

John 14:12-14
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Believing on Jesus IS having the Christ consciousness. It is the only Way. It is the Way, the Truth and the Life. It is the way to the Father. It is the path whereby you receive the kingdom of Heaven. This is having Faith unwavering. It is having Gratitude because you know your prayers are answered even before you ask.

If you struggle with anything in your life, know that your Faith in that area is still based on appearances.

Acknowledge it and begin the daily process of spending time in stillness, waiting on God and getting in touch with the Christ consciousness.

Allow that new awareness to fill your mind with thoughts of lavish abundance, joy, peace, harmony and blessing. The storehouses of our God are full of everything you could ask or think. Get into that consciousness.

Tune in to your oneness with God. Celebrate with Gratitude that your requests are heard and given. Add to your Faith the thoughts that come, feed them, and allow them to replace your old way of thinking and being.

As you change your Faith, your life will change.

According to your Faith be it unto you!

If you’ve made it to the end, congratulations! I hope you benefit from these ideas as I have and that you’ll share your thoughts and comments below!

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  • Marissa Elliott Jun 11, 2013, 10:46 am

    This was awesome! I struggle with having Faith in a few areas of my life, mostly in my singleness, because I’m looking at the appearance of it all, and what I seem to lack now, but God has already told me he will give me the desires of my heart, but I must wait on Him. As I continue to grow in my Faith I realize the importance of waiting and being still; because a sudden move right now can move me off the path that God has created for me, and along that path is the spouse he has for me. So I’m learning to wait on the Lord, some days its easy and some days its not, but when its not, I have to remind myself of what God has already promised me. Than I become at peace again about his promises, and I am able to relax and be still. God is not the author of confusion, so whenever I feel myself worrying and panicking about where my life is headed I know its a trick of the enemy! I’m training myself so that whenever I feel those feelings arise, I instantly STOP and rebuke them, and turn away! Thank you so much for this! It really helped me a lot!

  • Robert Jun 11, 2013, 2:06 pm

    Hi Marissa,

    I’m glad you enjoyed this post.

    It sounds like you are really on the right track!

    You might entertain the idea of your desire showing up NOW while you’re waiting in stillness. In other words, God’s time is now and if we think in terms of our heart’s desire showing up sometime in the future, then it will always be ahead of us somewhere!

    Blessings,

    Robert

  • Olanipekun Oduwole Jun 25, 2013, 3:00 am

    This is great Robert, ” for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee , but my father which is in heaven” This statement of Jesus to Simon Peter in Mathew 16:17 is what has happened concerning your write up on what is faith. More of this in Jesus name.

  • Robert Jun 25, 2013, 10:51 am

    Olanipekun,

    Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it and I hope it inspired you as it has me!

    Blessings,

    Robert

  • Rick Jul 12, 2013, 10:15 am

    While I get an optimistic attitude and gratitude, prayers are always answered? I’m fascinated by your outlook versus reality. This seems like the paradoxical circular philosophy where the argument always wins because when this fantasy does not happen it’s always the fault of the person; not enough faith, etc. I guess my anxiety is lower when I just accept the reality of life; “you don’t always get what you want, but if you try real hard you might get what you need.”

  • Robert Jul 13, 2013, 6:25 pm

    Hey Rick,

    You miss my point. Whether or not you get an optimistic attitude and gratitude, your faith creates your reality.

    You will be much happier if your consciousness, or habitual way of thinking is gratitude and your reality will reflect that.

    If your habitual way of looking at life is “You don’t always get what you want, but if you try real hard you might get what you need”, then you can be sure that your experience will reflect that and prove it to be true in your life.

    And again, you have all the faith you need. It’s not quantity, it’s what your faith is that makes the difference.

    Robert

  • Karen Jul 14, 2013, 3:48 am

    Robert, thank you so much for this 3-part article you have written on Faith. For some reason trusting God seem to give me a feeling that somehow i will end up “shortchanged” by God. Now I am understanding that trusting God “being still and knowing that God is God” will always give me “equal or better.” This has been so enlightening and insightful. Somehow this way feels so right and natural; makes so much sense. i relate much to Melissa’s comment for my my struggle with faith has also been in the same area. I also appreciate your response to her comment. Both very helpful. I see now that my main mistake has been “judging by appearance” and realizing that I don’t see the whole picture is very freeing. This is what i believe the scriptures refers to as the “transformation and renewal of our minds.” I have already started to put these techniques to practice and looking forward to see my life change. I am so grateful that God lead me to find your site. It happen at a time in my life when I feel ready to understand this new way of thinking and feeling that aligns with God’s love for each of us.
    Thanks again,
    Karen

  • Robert Jul 14, 2013, 6:58 am

    You’re welcome Karen!
    I’m so grateful that you have truly received the message.
    And thank you for sharing!

    Blessings,

    Robert

  • Karen Jul 14, 2013, 8:35 pm

    Thank you Robert… You response to my comment is very encouraging. Sometimes I feel so lost and off track. You are helping me ground myself in God’s truth. And as the scripture says, “the Truth shall set us free.”

    So grateful for your help…
    Karen

  • Jacob Sep 14, 2013, 12:35 am

    I don’t understand. Am I just ignoring what my life is really like and daydreaming about what it could be like? Am I supposed to think motivational thoughts? Do I recite scriptures over and over again in my head? I can’t follow what it is I’m supposed to do; I want to try this, but I don’t understand.

  • Robert Oct 1, 2013, 10:06 pm

    Jacob,

    First off I apologize for taking so long to respond to your comment.

    I would encourage you to go back and read all three parts of the article more carefully. I really think I made myself clear but…

    Ignore? No. Notice your life and notice your thoughts about it. Notice your predominant way of thinking. This stream of thought is creating your life. Reciting and thinking motivational thoughts won’t help either. You’ve probably already tried those things, right?

    You really have to get your head around the idea that your faith is creating your life and really believe it. Then as you notice these thoughts that are creating unwanted circumstances you can begin to adjust them, change them and gradually shift your stream of thoughts to ways of thinking that are in alignment with what you want your life to be.

    I hope this helps, and I hope you will read again the article.

    I also suggest that you get your hands on “The Abundance Book” by John Randolph Price. There’s a link in the sidebar if you wait for it to come up.

    Blessings,

    Robert

  • Tshepiso Nov 16, 2013, 2:31 pm

    Thank you very much for bringing the subject before me. I never thought of my thoughts contribute to my lack of faith. I pray to Lord God to delete all ungodly thought that I have. Sometimes I feel so lost and off track, so empty and needing Lord Jesus to hear my requests.

    Thank you for opening the door to my heart. Now I know I am blessed.

    May the good Lord God richly bless you and family.

    Amen

  • Robert Nov 16, 2013, 9:01 pm

    Tshepiso,

    I’m thankful that you feel blessed.

    We truly are!

    Robert

  • Timothy Mar 5, 2014, 4:47 pm

    Robert,
    Thank you for allowing me to post a few comments here.

    You stated, “Asking according to God’s will is asking in faith.” I agree. This is why I always pray that God’s will be done – just as Jesus said, “Not my will, but Thy will be done.” I rarely ask for anything according to my own desires. I believe that is putting myself and my own will first before God’s will for me. God knows us better than we know ourselves. God knows better than we do what is best for us, since He sees all things and considers all things, whereas, we do not have that capacity.
    Of course, it’s okay to ask God for things, but it must always be subject to a greater desire that His will be done. So, if I do ask for anything, I always include, “if it be Thy will.” For it’s always possible that what I ask of Him from my own selfish will is not what is best for me. He knows what is best for me. I don’t, because I don’t see everything and know everything like He does. This is precisely why we are told in the Bible not to lean upon our own understanding, because not only can anyone of us be deceived by the world, you can easily deceive yourself.

    Judging by appearance comes from our own self will, and thus it’s not righteous judgment – for we have no righteousness of our own, anyway. I am only counted worthy to enter into the Kingdom via the righteousness of Christ within me. The whole world is deceived, so the world continues to judge by appearance – which only serves to perpetuate more deception. This is why we must diligently seek God and His truth so that we will not participate in the deception, but instead become partakers of the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world.

    For me it comes down to a simple choice: my own will, or God’s will. The world is corrupt, because human beings are naturally selfish. We put our “self” at the center of our reality instead of putting God and His will first. Someone stated that God told them He would give them the desires of their heart. I would like to issue a caution. Yes, God will give them whatever desires of their heart are in harmony with His desire for them according to His perfect will. However, if any desire of the heart is not according to God’s will, and that desire is fulfilled, it did not come from God. He will not act contrary to His own will. So, I strongly caution everyone to always put God’s will first by adding, “if it by Thy will.”
    God is the Creator. We are the created. God is not our servant. We are His servants. Life is not about us and our desires. Life is all about God – His will and His desires – for nothing would exist without Him. So, instead of telling Him what my will and my desires are (which He already knows before I tell Him), I pray that His perfect will be done in my life, then fully trust that it will be so.
    Always put God first! Always seek the Kingdom of God first – then everything will be added unto you that is best for you. Die to your “self” – stop putting yourself first – live in the true Spiritual reality – in the Kingdom which is not of this world – in Spiritual oneness with God and with Jesus Christ (John 17). The key to it all begins with being humble – for God gives Grace to the humble and resists the proud.

    Timothy

  • Robert Mar 5, 2014, 8:25 pm

    My view of God’s will probably isn’t in alignment with yours but here it is: http://www.bestillknowgod.com/gods-will/

    Thanks for commenting!

    Blessings,

    Robert

  • Timothy Mar 7, 2014, 5:35 pm

    Robert, thanks for your reply.

    Actually, our view of God’s will is very similar. You said: God’s will is to live in grateful acceptance of your life and that will bring peace, power, joy, love. Every good thing we could ever ask for or think about comes from living within God’s will. God’s will is about a way of being, not something to do.

    I agree! The problem is, however, that God’s will is Perfect, Pure, Holy, Righteous, Good and He is Infinite and Eternal. On the other hand, human beings are inherently selfish, and as a result, sinful. Unlike God, we are flawed, imperfect creatures. Unlike God, our own will is not perfect. When we follow our own will we will always fall short of the glory of God, and that is sin. We cannot be good on our own, thus, we cannot live within God’s will by following our own will. That’s why I totally agree that God’s will is about a way of being, and not something to do. If it was about being able to live within God’s will on our own, then it would be about doing something – trying to be good on our own when we can’t – instead of living in the Spirit and experiencing the power of God in our lives to transform us.

    That is why we must surrender our own will to His will, i.e., focus on living in the Spirit. That’s why I agree that God’s will is about a way of being – being like Christ! Just as someone p0sted Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” So, you see, this tells us how to know the will of God. It is by not being conformed to the world, following our own selfish will, but instead by the renewing of our mind. Every day we must renew our mind to be conformed to the mind that was in Christ Jesus. We must live in the Spirit of God, having the mind of Christ, living in oneness with the Spirit of our Father and Jesus Christ, our Savior.

    Don’t get me wrong. I do not worship the Bible, but look, there is enough of God’s truth in the Bible that we have no excuse for not knowing the will of God. We know that God is Love and Truth, full of Mercy and Grace, and quick to forgive. We know the fruit of the Spirit. Again, I do not worship the Bible. I do not conform to any organized religious group’s doctrine. I worship the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, and God, his Father and our Father – staying focused on living in oneness with the Spirit by renewing my mind daily. I let no man teach me. I talk with my Savior and my Father daily and they talk to me – not audibly, but via my conscience when I am focused on having my being in the Spirit.

    We may, however, have a disagreement. I’m not sure. Yes, absolutely we should live in grateful acceptance of our life. We should continuously thank God for everything good in our lives, for everything good comes from God, our Father. Nevertheless, it is not this life for which we should be the most thankful. This life is only temporary. It is the gift of salvation, everlasting life in the age to come, for which we should be the most thankful. Do you disagree? If so, please explain why. Thanks.

    Again, I really appreciate you letting me post on your website!

  • Robert Mar 10, 2014, 8:40 am

    Hi Timothy,

    It’s mostly semantics, and guess what?…. we don’t have to agree on every minute detail!

    I don’t agree that we’re flawed creations, inherently selfish, sinful, etc. But that’s just me.

    No problem.

    I appreciate your thoughtful comments shared.

    Blessings,

    Robert

  • Timothy Mar 14, 2014, 1:35 pm

    Hi Robert,

    Yes, semantics is often a problem when trying to communicate, and no, we do not have to agree on every detail. No one has a perfect understanding of the Truth – which, of course, includes you and me. The most important thing is that we are always diligently seeking the Truth, and God will reward us by revealing more Truth to us for our spiritual growth. When anyone thinks they have it all figured out, they are deceiving themselves and are self-deluded. There is always more to learn.

    That’s why your website is so appealing to me. It seems to me that you are a genuine Truth seeker like myself not willing to settle for believing whatever other men tell us we should believe, but rather going directly to the Infinite Source of all Truth. I am just interested in what you have learned and believe. I have no desire to debate. If we disagree on anything, I have no desire to prove myself right or prove you wrong. That’s just nonsense. That is not seeking the Truth.

    Anyway, in regards to being flawed creatures, please allow me to expound just a bit. First, I do not believe in the doctrine of Original Sin created by the catholic church. I do not believe we are created “guilty” of sin. Our spirit, i.e., the essence of our being, is the offspring of God, our Creator, and as such is created perfect just as God is perfect. However, no one can live up to that state of perfection and we all inevitably fall short of the glory of God, which is sin, i.e., “missing the mark.”

    So, we were not created as flawed creatures, but we all become flawed and that is precisely why we need a Savior, Jesus Christ, and why we need to put God first – not ourselves. Yes, on our own we can do morally good things, but that only makes us better human beings. The goal, however, is not to just become better human beings but to experience the power of God in our lives as His children by living according to His Perfect will and not following our own imperfect will.

    By staying focused on the Real Presence of God and on living according to His will we can experience Him and His power and realize there is so much more to life than the material world that we behold with our physical eyes. We can experience the True Spiritual Reality of God by having the Spirit of Christ in our hearts – having the same mind that was in Christ, thus realizing our own Christ-hood as children of God. Do we earn this? No, it is nothing we do of ourselves, but we can have it and live it by the Grace of God if we will just put Jesus Christ, our Savior, and God, our Father, first – before ourselves and our own selfish desires – live, move, and have your being in the Spirit. Let the Spirit guide you into all Truth!

    Thank you!

    Timothy

  • Robert Mar 15, 2014, 1:46 am

    Hi Timothy,

    I think we can live in that state of perfection that we were created in. But that’s just me.

    I think I’ve written about it somewhere on here but I can’t remember where.

    Thanks for sharing once again!

    Robert

  • Timothy Mar 17, 2014, 12:38 pm

    I agree, I also think we can live in that state of perfection that we were created in – but not on our own! We must learn to live in the Spirit to experience the Power of the Spirit and that is possible only by having the mind of Christ and realizing our own Christ-hood. That means always putting Christ, our Savior, and God, our Father, FIRST, before ourselves and our own worldly desires. Seek the Kingdom FIRST and all things will be added unto you so that you can live life abundantly – in the Spirit.

    It is by nothing that we ourselves can do. Of ourselves we can do nothing – just like Christ! It is only by the power of God that we can live in that state of perfection as an individual manifestation of the Spirit. As Jesus said, Be ye therefore perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.

    Thanks!
    Timothy

  • Jaci Jun 13, 2014, 3:45 pm

    Thank you for this article. I have always been thankful to God for his blessings. I am going trough a very, very difficult trial. I have thank The Lord for this trial, hoping He will help me, and He has in many ways. Several years ago, more than 30, some Christians counselors told me to thank God for the “bad” and pray the answer and thank Him for the it, but a strong Christian told me that this is not right because we do not know God’s will. Thank you again

  • Helen Mar 4, 2016, 3:35 pm

    So based on the title of your article, does stating to God when praying that we understand and acknowledge our request must first of all be within His Will to begin with, will that in anyway hasten God’s response to us? Not necessarily resulting
    In any action or change we desired from him, but at least an answer of yes or no? Sometimes a simple answer from Him would be such a great anxiety reliever. Or does praying in His Will have no bearing on response time as the wait time the same
    either way. So many sermons interpret the scriptures literally so that it make you think God will be deliberate and not delay. I have prayed for a husband for 3 years as am a divorced lady. Have had no initiating or pursuing Christian men, therefore have had no dates and no prospects. Since no response from God, should I take this as a No from him? Have I just not discerned an answer he has already given? Am I supposed to be doing the seeking myself?

  • Robert Mar 4, 2016, 11:51 pm

    Hi Helen,

    Thanks for your question!

    Questions about God’s will get a little sticky because… well… no one seems to know exactly what God’s will is. I invite you to read my post about it here: http://www.bestillknowgod.com/gods-will/.

    I believe that our requests CAN manifest very quickly when we’ve got absolutely NO resistance in any form. When we want something so desperately for a long time, it’s a pretty good indication that we’ve got some sort of blockage to receiving that particular desire.

    Usually we hold some sense of unworthiness, a story about why we don’t deserve. These stories keep us right where we are. They are the filter that only allows through what we can accept. God isn’t withholding. We’re just not allowing. And it doesn’t help that we’ve been taught a lot of baloney about God.

    I suspect that as a divorced woman you may have some idea that you have failed or sinned in your last relationship and that may be filtering your relationship receptors! Some Christians also believe that once divorced it’s against God’s will to EVER marry again. I don’t know if you’ve ever been exposed to this idea or not, but even if you haven’t divorce can carry such a stigma within religion, you may have some deep issues around that experience.

    If you desire a husband, then you haven’t gotten a “No” from God. I would encourage you think differently about God. To say you’ve gotten no response isn’t accurate to my way of thinking because the man of your dreams may be right in front of your nose and you can’t see him because of the filters you’ve got in place.

    So… open to the possibilities. A little seeking yourself wouldn’t hurt anything! Create an account on eHarmony or one of the online dating sites. Get out and look! And let go of any resistance. Ask for exactly what you want – spend some time with this. Think about the kind of person you want. Don’t just ask for a husband. Then place your order. Once. Then be on the lookout. You don’t need to ask again. All you need to do from now on is clear away the resistance to receiving!

    I hope this helps!

    Please return here and share your experience when the man of your dreams shows up!

    Blessings,

    Robert

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