The Measure of Faith

by Kenneth Copeland

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)

 
God has dealt to every man THE measure of faith. Be very honest as you ask yourself this question: How much faith do I have in the measure of faith God dealt to me? Do you think maybe God gave you a smaller measure of His faith than He gave anyone else? God is no respecter of persons. The measure you were given when you received Jesus as Lord was enough to cause you to be born again. It is enough to bring victory over anything the world can throw at you.
 
When you made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life the faith of God took up residence in your heart.It is the gift of God. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” Everything in this verse is the gift of God. The grace is the gift of God, the salvation is the gift of God and the faith to receive salvation is the gift of God. It is not human or psychological faith. The faith that was imparted to you when you became a new creation is God's own brand of faith.
 
What we are talking about is the gift of God's faith that was given to you to keep. It is yours. It resides within your spirit. It is in there to be developed and used in your daily life. Hebrews 10:38 says, “Now the just shall live by faith.” God has given you this powerful faith to sustain you in this life. It is so powerful that even a measure as big as a mustard seed can pluck up a mountain and cast it into the sea.
 
Hebrews 12:2 tells us Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. This faith has the power to make all things possible to the believer. Faith is born in the heart at the time of conversion. If you have received Jesus as your Lord then the faith of God is in you now. The measure of faith you received is enough to do whatever it is called upon to do. And Jesus is the author and finisher of it. Let's look at I John 5:1-5:
 
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
 
Notice in verse 1 the word whosoever. This means you and me as believers. Now notice in verse 4 the word whatsoever. These two words mean the same person. These verses tell that whosoever believes Jesus is the Christ has enough faith in him to overcome the world. Just so there is no mistake about it, verse 5 asks the question, “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”The Word has already said the power used to overcome the world is our faith. Think of it! There is enough of God's very own faith residing on the inside of you right now to overcome anything Satan attempts to throw at you. Praise God! The faith of God in you is more than enough to put you over!
 
God is a faith being. You are born of Him. You are a faith being. God does not do anything outside of faith. With His faith living in you, you are to operate the same way. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
 
Faith-Filled Words
 
“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:22-23).
           
In the account of the fig tree, today's language would read something like this: "Jesus spoke to the fig tree and it dried up from the roots." In explaining this, Jesus said, "This is the way you operate the faith of God. You speak the desired result and do not doubt in your heart. In other words, you believe your words carry power and the things you say will come to pass. The result is that you have what you say when you believe."
           
Jesus made it clear that as we speak faith-filled words, believing, they will come to pass.All our words should be words of faith.We must speak only words we want to come to pass and believe they all will produce results. By meditating in the Word and continually feeding on that Word so faith controls your vocabulary, you will come to the place where all your words will come to pass. When your words are words of faith, God will trust you with His power in the words of your mouth.
           
In Matthew 12, Jesus said, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” For your words to be so powerful they cause things to come to pass, they must have the force of faith behind them—you must believe in your heart. Your mouth will speak what is in your heart. If faith-filled words are put in there, faith-filled words will come out. Words bring things to pass. Your words work for you or they work against you. You release the force of faith with your words. They put the law of the Spirit of life into operation. Words filled with faith dominate the law of sin and death and its forces ruled by Satan since the fall of Adam.
 
The Source of Faith
           
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”(Romans 10:17). The Word of God produces faith in your heart. There is no other source of faith.Faith is developed in your spirit by hearing the Word. The more Word you hear and put in your heart, the more your faith is developed.
           
Your confession responds to the level of the Word of God that is working in you. When you are filled with God's Word, faith comes up working in you. When you are filled with God's Word, faith comes up strong. When you neglect your study and meditation time and take on the cares of this life, you stop the force of faith from coming out of your spirit. In the same way the physical body needs food for strength, the spirit of man needs spiritual food for strength. The Word of God is life to you. The more Word you have going into your spirit, the more life is coming out.
                          
“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:20-23).
           
God's words are spirit and they are life. The force of faith that comes from the Word in your heart brings life and health to your flesh.The Word not only brings healing, it keeps you healthy. Above all that you do, keep your heart full of the Word because out of the heart are the forces or issues necessary to live this life successfully. In other words, diligently protect and nourish your spirit. Feed your heart with God's Word and the force of faith will issue out of your heart and work whenever it is needed.
           
Faith, like any other force, must be applied in order to gain any benefit from it. As we eat physical food, our bodies turn that food into strength. The strength in the body, then, must be applied. It must be released. It must be activated. The same is true with faith. The spirit man consumes spirit food (God's Word) and that spirit food produces spiritual power which is called faith. This faith, then, must be applied. It must be activated. Faith is released two ways: by our words and by our actions. James 1:22 says to be a doer of the Word. Jesus said in John 3:21, “He that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” James 2:17 says, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead.” One translation says, "faith without corresponding action will not work."
           
You begin by putting God's Word in your heart. As an act of your will you believe it. You say it with your mouth and act accordingly. Do not continue to talk doubt and unbelief. Act and speak what you know is true. The Word is true. It works every time. Begin to talk and act strong. The Bible says you are healed. Begin to talk healed. Begin to act healed. The Word tells us that our God meets our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Begin to talk as though it is true. Begin to act as though it is true because it is true! This is faith receiving what God has already provided for us in Christ Jesus.Praise God! It is already ours. We must release our faith in the Word and talk and act like that Word is true. We will see the desired results.
           
“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove...” (Matthew 17:20).
 
Patience Undergirds Faith
           
Almost everywhere you find faith mentioned in the Bible, you will also find patience. Without faith, patience has no power to call into reality the thing desired. Without patience, faith many times will fail to stand firm on God's Word and will fall short of the goal.
           
Hebrews 10:35-36 is an excellent example of the power of patience at work: “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
           
After you have done the will of God, after you have released your faith in the Word of God and acted on it, patience comes into play to see that you receive the answer. For instance, if you need healing, you go to God's Word and find out that it is His will for you to be healed. Then you follow Jesus' instructions in Mark 11:22-24:
 
            1. You speak to the sickness and command it in Jesus' Name to leave your body.
            2. You doubt not in your heart, but believe it will come to pass.
             3. You receive your healing by faith.
                        
Now, it is time for patience to get involved. Patience will cause you to stand steadfast on God's Word until healing comes. It is the power of patience that causes you to hold fast to the Word and not be moved by the physical circumstances you can see with your natural eye.
                       
Patience is the force that keeps you operating in faith, standing strong until the manifestation comes, without acting or speaking in doubt or unbelief. The definition of patience is "being constant or the sameway at all times." You must learn to act the same way in every circumstance of life.That comes only as a result of being single-minded on God's Word—doing what the Word says, not what feelings or circumstances tell you. Jesus always responded in faith, giving no thought to feelings or the things around Him.
                       
Faith and patience are two very distinct and separate forces that work in conjunction with each other. They work together the way faith and hope work together. For example, Hebrews 11:1 says faith is the substance of things hoped for. Without faith, hope has no substance; without hope, faith is useless. Hope forms the image in your heart of the desired result, then faith brings that image into reality.
                       
By being sound in patience, you will be able to stand against every doubt or fear that may come, regardless of how you feel or what you see. Patience will enable you to say in firm assurance, "My Father's Word is true. No matter what storm comes my way, I stand stable and fixed on the Word of God. No work of Satan against me will be successful." By operating in that level of patience, your faith will be free to stand—forever, if necessary.
                       
The measure of faith that was imparted to you at the new birth is powerful. It must be nurtured and cultivated by God's Word. As you grow in the knowledge of God, you develop in faith. Make yourself strong on the promises of the Word of God. Release your faith in those promises and activate them in your life. The results you desire will surely come to pass. It is a fact. God's Word will work for you. Allow the faith of God in you to work for you in every area of life. It is yours for the using!