The Culture of Faith (part 1)
By Richard Fiurlow
without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes
to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who
earnestly seek Him." Hebrews 11:6
exploring the culture of faith, it's important to understand that there
are two distinct realms, an invisible and visible. Two different
worlds co-existing at the same time both created and governed by God.
Colossians 1:16-17 says "For by him were all things created, that are
in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they
be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were
created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him
all things consist." Invisible means unseen or imperceptible, but it
does not mean imaginary or unreal. If I became invisible it doesn't
mean I don't exist, it just means you can't see me or I've become
undetectable by the physical eye. Invisibility does not speak of my
existence; it speaks of the ability to perceive my existence. God says
there is another world around us that our natural eyes cannot see,
although it is an invisible world, it's real. The invisible world is
superior to the visible world. Paul said, "So we fix our eyes not on
what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but
what is unseen is eternal." 2 Cor. 4:18. The reality of the invisible
realm dominates the visible or natural world we live in. It actually
affects the cultures of societies depending on whether the society is
anchored in faith in God which lives within the reveal will of God or
anchored in religious beliefs and misconceptions of who God is and how
to approach Him. The nature of the principality (governing demonic
control) in a culture help form tolerances of what is accepted,
especially religious. Just as a side note, true apostolic strategy is
devised to drive out the demonic influence from culture. Jesus and his
apostles worked to undo or drive out the works of the devil. The
preaching and teaching was to drive out demonic influence in the
mindset of that culture, the healings and miracles were to establish
the proper lifestyle of a culture submitted to the Will of God.
Walking in faith under the authority of His Word produces a life in the
miraculous. Anything less is not submission to Gods purpose which is a
life of faith.
A culture is made up of human or natural likes
and dislikes but is also made up of the influences the spirit world has
on man. Cultures are developed through the interaction of the natural
realm and the spirit realm or the invisible with the visible; and the
mindset that is eventually built. It is either holy or demonic
influences that cause attitudes and conducts. In order to be a Kingdom
minded people we must live a culture of faith. Faith lives from the
unseen realm towards the visible. Faith actualizes what it realizes.
Hebrew 11:1 says "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will
actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see."
Confidence and assurance is produced from hearing what God is saying.
"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
(Romans 10:17). As we spend time in fellowship with the Word, it opens
our capacity to hear and perceive a right now Word from God. Faith is
produced by a Word that speaks today.
The atmosphere of the
Kingdom of God is generated by faith in His Word. The natural realm is
generated by what is visible or reasonable. It puts its confidence in
what can be seen. To walk by what you see is not a walk of faith. 2
Corinthians 5:7 says "we walk by faith and not by sight." To be a
Kingdom minded culture is more than catchy clichés and using the right
terminology, it is a lifestyle that lives by the superior realities of
the realm of God regardless of what the visible things speak. The
Kingdom of God is established upon the power of His Word. It's not
mind power or fantasy. Those who walk in faith dare to believe God for
what is impossible for man. If it's within your ability it is not
The culture of faith is not living in denial of what
the natural realm says. Faith tackles the realities of natural realm
when it opposes the will of God with the superior realities of the
spirit realm established on the authority and dominion of the Word of
God. Faith believes with the heart what God has spoken. It's not an
intellectual (or sometimes anti-intellectual) knowledge. It is a life
in the spirit, which walks in the power of God, always ready to bring
the realities of God to what the natural calls unrealistic and
impractical. When the natural realm speaks impossibilities and defeat,
the superior realm of faith has the burning conviction that God has the
answers to all impossibilities.
The centrality of faith is so
important in the life of the believer that God said it is impossible to
please Him without it. Everything we do in the kingdom is by faith.
Praise and worship is by faith, our lifestyle of holiness and
fellowship is by faith. Heaven is moved by faith. I must say it again;
the life of faith says there is a superior reality to all that the seen
realm calls impossible.
To be continued.
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