Faith Makes Way For The Omnipotence Of God!
By A. B. Simpson
“...All things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).
Why should God make all things dependent upon our faith? The pre-eminent reason why God requires faith, is that faith is the only way through which God Himself can have absolute room to work, for faith is that simple attitude by which man ceases from his own works and enters into the work of God. It is the difference between the human and divine, the natural and the supernatural.
The reason therefore why faith is so mighty, and indeed omnipotent, is that it makes way for the omnipotence of God! Therefore the two sentences are exactly parallel – “With God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27), and “All things are possible to him that believeth.” The very same power is possessed by God and by him that believeth.
Faith, surrendering its own insufficiency, links itself with the all-sufficiency of God, and goes forth exclaiming, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil. 4:13), while approving heaven echoes back “All things are possible to him that believeth.”
Hindrances to Faith
Faith is hindered by the unscriptural way many excuse their unbelief and speak of the sin of doubting God. If we would have strong faith, we must see that it is an imperative and sacred obligation that we steadfastly and firmly believe God’s Word, and refuse ever to doubt Him. “Take heed…lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God” (Heb. 3:12).
Faith is hindered by reliance on human wisdom. Self-sufficiency, and dependence on other means or resources – except the naked Word of God, is a hindrance to faith. Faith is crippled by sight, sense, and our foolish dependence upon evidences other than the Word of God. Faith has to do with the Word of God alone, and all faith’s reckonings are on the basis of the Word of God.
Finally, faith is hindered by what we call “our faith” and our desperate trying to trust the Lord. Whereas He will, if we will but let Him, breathe into our hearts the power to believe, as well as the power to love, to obey, or to perform any other exercise of the new life.
“Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22) is His great command. “I live by the faith of the Son of God...” (Gal. 2:20) is the victorious testimony of Paul who proved it true.
A Mighty Engine of Spiritual Power
And now, beloved, faith – this mighty engine of spiritual power, is placed in our hands by Omnipotent Love.
Shall we, by the help of God, rise to faith’s utmost possibilities, and shall we from this very hour turn faith, like a heavenly weapon, upon the field of Christian life and conflict, and use it for all to which God has called us in the great conflicts of the age, and for the glory of the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?