1. Weak Faith
Everyone begins here. Weak faith considers circumstances. It constantly limits God and His benefits. Wrong teachings are an influence here. It cannot see the Spirit, the power of God, or that God can do all things.
2. Temporary Faith
As we grow stronger, we receive the Word of God for awhile, and believe, but then fail when tests come. (Luke 8:15)
3. Active Faith
Faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26) We need to do more than just believe, since even the demons believe and tremble. The apostles acted on their faith, preached the gospel, and did good works.
4. Strong Faith
This is a faith that staggers not at God’s promises. One refuses defeat, and will not take no for an answer. The person speaks out loud to the devil, rebuking him, and releases God into action.
5. Great Faith
Has a great expectation, that just hearing the word is enough for the request to be granted. As in the centurion, who said “you only need to speak the word, and my servant will be healed.” He did not even ask Jesus to come. His words were enough. (Matt 8:10)
6. Unfeigned Faith – (genuine)
It knows no hypocrisy. It does not brag or put on a show. (2 Tim 1:5) Very childlike, trusting and innocent, and is well founded in the Word of God.
7. Perfect (Divine) Faith
Absolute confidence in God’s own Word and Being.
This will be tested with fiery trials.
While other levels of faith receive some support, and encouragement from God, this level takes what is learned from earlier levels, and endures to the end without apparent support.
Tribulation will come. Suffering will come.
Good works continue, in spite of persecutions.
We no longer care about our own needs. We forget who we are, and only desire to serve His purpose, and have His needs met.
Prayers are spoken, but there is no answer, yet one continues to hold on and believe.
There are wars, and one loses the war.
There is sickness, and there is no healing.
There are problems, and they are never resolved.
One does good, and it is called evil, and is punished for it.
One is faithful, and is betrayed by others.
One is generous, and loses everything.
One is alone, and no one comes to comfort.
One blesses, and is cursed and rejected in return.
One calls out to God, and does not receive an answer. One feels abandoned.
You are afflicted, but there is no deliverance.
Where are the promises, and the answers we have been waiting for?
But will that person respond by abandoning God?
This is the level of “the cross.”
There is no reward in this life at this point. Suffering seems to be around every corner. Will we endure to the end? Will we be faithful, without helps, and rewards, and interventions from God?
This is the point where we could lose our lives for the gospel.
Are we ready? Will we die for Him?
Is our love enough? Is our faith great enough? Have we died to ourselves yet, where HE is the only One that matters any more?
Have we forgotten who we are yet, and can only think of Him?
The faith God is looking for is NOT the faith that comes, because he helped us, or rewarded us, to encourage us.
The faith he is looking for is the faith that continues to trust and love, when God has seemed to turn away, and there is NO reward coming at all.
What the Bible says about faith
WOW! Who is the blessed author of this article? This article describes my experience of faith to the tee and I needed to read it at this crucial moment that I am going through! Perhaps an excerpt from my journal is appropriate here,
My trust and confidence are set on You period!
Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 1:29 PM
O my Father, how much more I must take? Hours go by without any change in my situation—alone in Your Presence even when You tell me that I am not alone.
You tell me that You have joined me to my brother but my brother is hardly available for communication. How can I endure? I look to redeem the time but I have run out of whatever incentive I need to work—I am back at the same old ‘What is the use?’
Unless You intervene even sleep has evaded me! I guess I just sit here and wait. Wait? Wait for what? Wait for who?
Sometimes it seems that I know these things, but, at the moment I just don’t know anymore! But You do, so, I wait on You to come to my rescue at this present moment.
Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 3:10 PM
These are treacherous days and only You know what is to be done to accomplish Your will. It seems to me that there is nothing that can be trusted—nothing at all, not even the words that I sense to be inspired by You because perhaps such words are just wishful thinking in my part!
Human beings are a miserable lot and that’s all there is to it! Even when I am a human being, truth is truth! Everybody is out for their own self! What is the use for this miserable existence?
One injustice after another without ceasing! Yes, I turn the other cheek and I will not return evil for evil but that does not mean that I do not feel the unbearable pain that these human beings are inflicting upon me without any remorse whatsoever!
And my list of the horrendous acts of the people can go on for pages, but, what is the use?
All the insight I recorded earlier seems to be null & void—there is no such thing as two are better than one—there is no two for me—in essence I continue to be alone for hours and for days and weeks and months sometimes!
That’s the bleak reality and I might as well shape up and accept it! There is no comfort in this world! And though that I know that my brother have good intentions to stand up for me in reality it is as if there is no one to stand up for me because I cannot understand my brother’s absurd behavior!
So be it! For You, my Father are in control and You know what You are doing and why. I refuse to act on the evidence of all that I am suffering! My trust & confidence are set on You period!
Laura, you have a very, very, very strong anointing for communicating God’s truth in a beautiful, heart-felt way, yet simple way… I’m serious about that. I’m sure you’ve explored it but these articles need to be in the hands of millions of Christians out there….