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“Passing the Faith Test”

Romans 1:17 - “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

Romans 12:3- “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

St. Mark 4:37-41 - “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

St. Luke 17:5-6 - “And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. 6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.”


To my fellow students, co-laborers in the Gospel, students of hungry hearts, and spiritual dreamers that have visions in their eyes, I was awaken at 1:54 am February 23rd given the assignment of can I pass the faith test. The Spirit of the Lord spoke into my spirit how often we fail the test of faith. Many times (no distinguishing of years of being in ministry or being saved) in our walk we fail to pass the simple test of faith and we have to re-do the test over again. Our awareness of each dispensation is foggy and un-noticed that we walk into an area of testing and before we know it, we fail. Let us start with the Amplified Bible reading of Romans 1:17; “For in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribe is revealed, both springing from the faith and leading to faith {disclosed through the way of faith that arouses to more faith}. As it is written, the man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith.” Faith is an “ongoing” and on-growing” gift of the spirit and fruit of the spirit that the child of God has. For in Romans 12:3, it is a “measure of faith.” In Romans, 1:17 it is transforms and carries from one level to another. In St. Matt. 6:30, 8:26, 14:31, 16:8 and St. Luke 12:28 it’s “little faith.”

“Where Does Our Faith Comes From”

Simple question, right? Yes, the word tells us in Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” but you have to be assured through the word of God that Faith also comes through actions, works, experience, and prayer. We have heard that faith without works is dead from the book of James. Then we have heard that speaking things and doubting what you speak is a lack of faith. So, our actions, our works, experience, and prayer life are vital and on-going and on-growing. Drawing your faith from situations and experience is to be “studied” and “remembered.” Because the lessons learnt, is a springing board for levels of increased faith. Notice the word of God instructs us to hear, “he that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.” Emotional excitement can have one missing the mark of what the Spirit is saying. Have you not seen people in church receiving a word from the prophet and they are so excited that they are praising God while the prophecy is being given? They are praising the Lord so much they return to their seats and ask their friends what did the prophet say to me, I didn’t hear the man of God at all. When we are too busy praising God, we a more to forget to hear what the Spirit is speaking. There are times also that the “words of the prophet” are not to our likings and we operate out of anger, frustration, dislike, and error. Let’s study Naaman who almost missed his blessing of healing because he fails to hear what the prophet was instructing him to do. 2nd Kings 5:10-15 “And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. 11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? 14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.” When we consider our pride, disobedience and our position, status in life to be so important we can become complacent and fail the test of faith.

Here is question, how many times have you believed the Lord for something and you became distracted and spoke out of turn, went against the assignment God gave you, doubted the out-come, and just walked in your flesh, and still the mercy of God (favor) was granted to you. And you felt very bad (afterward) because you got it in the way of God. Abraham and Sara got in God’s way when the Lord told Abraham that he was going to have a son. Now I am not implying that Abraham totally disbelieve the Lord, but God gave the word to Abraham when he was 75 years old, and he received the son around 99. Romans 4:16  “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.”

Faith come when we release our intellect, our own thinking, our small minds into the word of God, and operate in the spiritual natural to obtain an impossible task before our eyes. Remember this: Believe the unbelievable, receive the impossible, because it’s durable by Christ. It’s like closing your eyes and walking on nothing but expecting to get to the place you desire. Wouldn’t it be awesome if everything you and I went through we just closed our eyes and counted seven seconds and open them again and it was so? Well faith comes when you give God a second of you blocking out your physical mind, close out your intellect, and submit your heart and ears to what the Spirit is speaking. Here’s Peter who felt bad after hearing instructions from Christ, doubted Him but reluctantly obeyed Him. Question, did he pass the test of faith?

St. Luke 5:1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people out of the ship. 4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless, at thy word I will let down the net. 6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9  For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken.”


Let’s study the main text: Romans 1:17 “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

· A teacher will explain knowledge to you what he/she has learnt, but God will reveal to you what He knows. 

· A coach will explain a play to you in order to defeat the opponent, but God reveals to you to fight is not yours but His and He will reveal a miracle right before your eyes.

· The baker shows you how to bake a cake, but God reveals before you the cake already made

· The weatherman tells you not to sail today the storm is on the ocean, but God reveals to you that we’re going to the other side.

· Man teaches you how to grow grapes for wine, Jesus reveals you to fill water pots and see a miracle.

Each level of faith we obtain is growth through experience that we might walk in the gifts of the Spirit. I desire to pass every test of faith, I desire to grow in the image of Christ but that cannot be achieved until I study the enemy’s ways. There are levels of faith such as coming into the knowledge of Christ, coming into the knowledge of God written word, coming into the knowledge of gifts and fruits, coming into the knowledge of the supernatural operating in your life, coming into trusting in the Lord to handle every situation you encounter by faith. These are levels of (faith to faith) brings assurance of knowing the power of God. We won’t experience “greater works” until we learn a level where we are right now. Simple test of faith on this level are must be seen through experience, but our problem is recognizing it before our flesh reacts the wrong way.When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken.”

  1.  Peter recognize that Jesus knows what He is doing and speaking if for his good and that He was teaching him to walk by faith
  2.  The centurion at the cross recognized that it was Christ after He had died on the cross
  3.  You and I feel bad after we failed to believe God for that situation, but God still turned that situation around that seemed hopeless.

Oh, yes we fail! So, the question is why have we doubted the Spirit of God? Is it because we have “no faith or little faith?” Is it because we didn’t hear what the Spirit was saying to us? Is it because we walked in error or in the flesh? Is it because we have not studied before the test was given?  I believe that “fear” is the opposite of faith. Fear brings doubt into our minds, we become scared, frighten, unsure, and bewildered. Not knowing the movement of the Spirit is just as bad as not knowing the works of Satan in a situation. (not sure: “is this God” you questioned yourself). Not knowing or remembering the power of God that He has given us will cause us to fail the test of faith. It’s not always what you see, it’s what you know to pass the test of faith. The Hebrew boys said: our God is able to keep us from the fire that’s in the furnace, but if He doesn’t we still believe in Him. IN ORDER TO PASS, YOU HAVE GOT TO LAST!!!!! We must learn to follow the Lord with extremely in the faith.

· St. Matthews 28:17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

· St. John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. 30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.


If God reveals faith (revealed from faith to faith) then there is a measure that is needed for every situation in our lives (measure of faith.) when I fail the test of faith, I must question myself did I walk in this test with fear, doubt, unbelief (how is it that ye have no faith) as I learn and experience the causes of the enemy messing with me, I should be determined more to defeat the enemy so I must ask the Lord for more of the word (Lord, Increase our faith.) Yes faith cometh by hearing and hearing the word of God, but if I don’t apply what I hear to my daily walk I become only a hearer and not a doer of the word of God. faith without works is truly dead.

Jesus can see your faith through your actions that anticipates a mighty more of God. We must walk in assurance that we know that the impossible is made possible through Christ. St. Matthews 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

Last note: When we as leaders of the body of Christ operates in the full capacity of the faith we know that God gets the glory out of our lives. We need not think highly of ourselves because it is not I that doeth the work, but Christ is us, He gets the glory. 2nd Corinthians 3:5 “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”

Whether our faith is revealed from faith to faith, whether it is a measure of faith, whether I come to a point where I feel I have no faith, or that I ask God to increase my faith, it’s my responsibility as a child of God to open to trust God in everything so I won’t fail the next test of faith!

“Here Comes the Next Test of Faith”

You were chosen to read and study this lesson, because you’re about to go through a testing of your faith, not tempted by God, because God doesn’t tempt man. But Satan is one that seeks to kill, steal and destroy the believer. Remember Satan tempted Jesus three times after Christ came out of the wilderness. Your test of faith will be brief, quick but important. The test of faith will awaken you and give you awareness of simple things that require your faith to overcome. Be of good cheer saith the Lord Jesus, I have overcome the world that you might overcome too.

1st Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.


James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

 I would be lacking the responsibility of a minister of Jesus Christ if I didn’t bring knowledge of what’s about to take place in your life as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. Faith is measured by the ability to seek Him more in your life, faith is stretched through the experiences of our lives, faith is developed through the actions of our lives, and faith is matured through the success of our lives! Child of God walk by faith and you and I will pass the test of faith!

2nd Corinthians 4:16-18

“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Spiritual things are eternal!!!!!! What God has given to the believer through divine revelation is eternal and is not seen through the natural eyes but revealed through the Spirit so the devil can’t touch it!!!!! We are a vessel with an important and powerful treasure on the inside which cannot be touched by the enemy. We are sealed with righteousness, clothed with the armor of God, standing steadfast in the liberty of God.