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The Authority of Faith

By N. P. Grubb

    "And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto Me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea" (Ex. 14:15-16).

    God wants us to use the power He has given us. "Wherefore criest thou unto Me?...stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it." Speak out the word of faith. Exercise the authority of God.

    Christ spoke such words of authority. He spoke it once to a fig tree. "No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever" (Mark 11:14). Next day Peter noted that it had withered, and he commented, "Master, behold, the fig tree which Thou cursedst is withered away." Note what Christ said, in effect: "Go and do the same. I spoke the word of authority with which I am equipped by the indwelling Father (cf. John 14:10). Now in My Name, you speak it also."

    His actual words were, "Have the faith of God. For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; …he shall have whatsoever he saith."

    "Have the faith of God" is the literal rendering, as in the margin of the Authorized Version. To "have the faith of God" means to recognize an indwelling, omnipotent God, and to realize that we have His mind, and that by the inspiration of His Spirit we speak forth with our human lips the word of believing faith, of authority, just as He did when He said, "Let there be light: and there was light," or as the Lord Jesus did in the above incident.

    And we are told in Romans 4:17 the characteristic of the faith of God, who "calleth those things which be not as though they were." We are to do the same.

    Thus Christ said, "Say unto this mountain." "SAY," not "PRAY." The word is most significant.

    The thought is not that prayer should be omitted – for the Word counsels us to pray. PRAYER is the attitude of one who has not and needs. SAYING the word of faith is the attitude of one who has and dispenses what he has.

    Such is the "throne life" as we speak of it. A throne is occupied by a king. A king is a possessor and dispenser of gifts. Thus as we who are believers are joined to Christ, He the head, we the members of one Body, physically on earth, spiritually enthroned, we are told that we are "kings…unto God," and He "hath made us sit together in heavenly places" (Rev. 1:6; Eph. 2:6).

    Examine the men of God through the Bible – prophets, apostles – and you will find this conscious attitude of authoritative faith to be theirs.

    The principle involved cannot be applied arbitrarily to just any need but rather to the sphere for which God in His grace has made you responsible.

    Then, according to the needs of your calling and service, speak forth the word of faith. Call the things that be not as though they were. Carry out Mark 11:24:  "What things soever ye desire, WHEN ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."