There’s a twisted belief system rooted in the popular “prosperity gospel” that says if a Believer has enough faith bad things won’t happen to them. I’m not sure where this came from, but part of me used to believe it. A small part of me used to believe that bad things only happened to people who didn’t have enough faith.
Then a cancer diagnosis happened. My world of faith and belief came crashing down upon me. Talk about bad things happening to a woman filled with faith. I was told my larynx would have to be removed. I would lose my ability to breathe, swallow and speak through a laryngectomy. Slowly, over a very long and arduous recovery I would learn how to breathe, swallow and speak again. In that order.
I was beyond bewildered.
I had lived a life for God. All my life. Surrendering to the cross at age 11 and then full surrender to ministry in my early 20’s. I thought I was the epitome of “a faith filled woman.” How could God let this happen to me? How could such a person of faith have such a tragic thing happen to them?
Some of my favorite chapters in the Gospels are toward the end of the book of John. Jesus washes his disciples feet and then sits and enjoys a Passover meal with them. Knowing the cross is coming, he spends time teaching them everything they will need for the upcoming season without him. What I call “the Helper season”. Life as a Believer when Christ is gone and the Holy Spirit has come.
He tells his disciples “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
I’m really not sure where in Christianity some one start teaching this idea what having enough faith will keep you trouble free. Jesus straight up tells his disciples. You will have trouble. It’s going to happen. The level of your faith has nothing to do with it.
The reality is that we all have the same measure of faith given to us. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that we have been saved by grace but through faith. See, when we receive Christ, we are all imparted the same measure of faith. Same measure. All of us. Billy Graham had the same measure of faith as you. If you can wrap your mind around this one, even Jesus holds the same measure of faith as we do. Wow. Think on that for a while. I have no excuses. If you didn’t have “enough faith” you wouldn’t have saving knowledge of Jesus!
If we can start believing this one then John 14:12 can really come true in our life.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
The truth is there aren’t levels of faith. We are all imparted the same measure. All of us. Same faith. We just might exercise it differently.
Faith is also listed as one of the gifts of the spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:9. I believe that in particularly hard times God can impart to us a supernatural amount of faith to get us through. So our measure (fruit) of faith is the same and has no influence over rather or not bad things happen to us. However, when bad things do happen, we can ask for that impartation of the gift of faith to help us get through it.
We will have troubles. They are inevitable. No amount of faith is going to keep them away. But let not your hearts be troubled. For Jesus has overcome the world. And during those seasons of trouble and tragedy, we can ask the Lord for an impartation of His faith. The Faith of God* that Jesus tells us about in Mark 11:22. The Faith of God* that lets us tell the mountain to move.
Now, after having walked through the last 2 years of heart ache and tragedy and after the last 6 months of recovering from surgery, I know this. My faith is the same as yours. People have marveled at my faith saying things like “I just don’t have your faith.” But that’s silly. We all have the same measure. Like Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane I asked the Lord to remove the cup. For whatever reason, He didn’t. And I assure you, that He is faithful. He is a redeeming God.
Whatever troubles you are facing, you have the same faith as Jesus who having asked for the cup to be taken then fully surrendered to Calvary and went to the cross. You too, my brother or sister, can endure it. Your measure of faith did not cause it. Bad things just happen because Jesus said they would. But you can ask the Lord for the gift of faith to help you get through it. The faith of God that will help make the mountain move for you in His time.
So next time you’re tempted to believe that you don’t have enough faith, stop yourself. You have the same faith as Jesus. And that Christian you look up to so much. That Christian that inspires you. Same faith. Your measure of faith didn’t cause the bad things to happen. If you’re walking in troubles, let not your heart be troubled. Jesus overcame the world and He lives inside you. You got this.
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*Many translations of this scripture say “faith in God.” However, a more accurate translation of these Greek words is “faith of God“.
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