“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.” (Heb. 11:6)
Elisha, the servant of the prophet Elijah, had asked one thing of Elijah before he was to be taken up to heaven. He had asked that he could receive a double portion of the anointing that was upon Elijah.
Elijah told his servant that if he saw him taken up, then his request would be granted. From that point on, Elisha was diligent to always stay by the side of Elijah so that he would not miss the sight.
Elisha had heard the promise. He did what was necessary to receive the promise. Therefore, when Elijah was caught up to heaven by a whirlwind and his mantle fell to the ground, Elisha seeing the sight picked up the mantle knowing that the promise was his.
He struck the waters of the river with the mantle of Elijah and said, “Where is the God of Elijah?” and the waters parted so that he could walk across on dry ground.
Elisha was not surprised by what happened. He didn’t jump up and down and act excited about what he had just seen. He simply knew that the promise had been received, the anointing had been given, and that the parting of the waters was to be expected.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Gal 2:20)
FAITH. The Bible says that it is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Simply put, it is the ability to believe in something or someone without any evidence of the existence. (Heb. 11:1)
No taste, no sight, no sound, not anything to prove the reality, yet you still believe with all of your being, even to the point of eternity. This is real faith. This is the God kind of faith. This is the faith that never doubts.
Just as there is a God kind of love (agape love), there is a God kind of faith. This is the kind of faith that calls those things which be not as though they were, and then they are. This is the kind of faith by which God framed the worlds.
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Heb. 11:3)
Unwavering, unshakeable, undeniable faith.
There are those who think they don’t need it. That if it can’t be seen, or felt, or touched with the senses then it doesn’t exist. Such is a miserable existence.
There are those who think they have it, or who hope they have it, or who work hard to try to get it. Such is an uncertain existence.
And then there are those few in whom it actually dwells. Those who walk with God. Those who, as it says in the book of Daniel, do exploits for their God. These are those who live and walk in real joy, and peace, and the anointing of God.
There is only one way to obtain it, and that is to receive it. And there is only one you can receive it from, and that is from God.
God is the only one who can create it, and He is the only one who can give it away. God is the source of faith, and it is His gift. This ability to believe and never doubt is a gift from God.
And there are few who have it.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Eph. 2:8)
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Mat. 7:14)
“Lord, evermore give us this faith.”