Church of the Living Word

Appropriate Child-like Faith
By Jonathan Mickelson   October 7th, 2018

In recent months we’ve been focusing on returning every aspect of our lives to the Lord. It’s a process that each of us must do for ourselves, because we’re responsible only to Him and He wants a personal relationship with us.

Faith is the foundation of every believer’s life, and it’s important that we understand how to have effective faith. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is the assurance, the substance and very reality of the things we hope for. If we don’t hope for the things of God then there can’t be faith, just human wishes.

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God (Hebrews 11:3a). We cannot rely on the mind for faith; it’s the other way around, faith brings the understanding and reality of the truth of God’s word. We will be tossed around if we rely on our mind or some other human convincing.

In the Scriptures, it tells us to “hold fast the confession of our hope” (Hebrews 10:23). This is not referring to confession as a religious rite, but rather acknowledging that we only confess things that are real to us, as an expression of the faith that exists in us. This confession is a barometer of the state of our faith. Effective prophecy is another expression of this confession of hope, since we are to prophesy “according to the proportion of our faith” (Romans 12:6).  If we have this faith, it won’t matter whether we see it yet; it’s as good as done.

An example of this faith can be found in a story about Jesus as a young boy. After a feast in Jerusalem, He remained behind at the Temple while His parents franticly searched for Him. When they found him in the Temple they were upset, but He told them, “Did you not know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Matthew 2:49).  Even though He was not yet moving in His ministry, He knew that He was God’s son. He had faith because God had spoken it to Mary, and she had told Him who He was, and He believed it. That is child-like faith; simply believing that the word of God is true and then acting accordingly.

There is a child-like faith that God wants in His believers. Jesus explained something miraculous when He rebuked the disciples for holding back the children, “for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14). God is not looking for more sophisticated Christians. This simple faith is something God will provide, and it will build upon itself by the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

Jesus said, “…if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it shall move” (Matthew 17:20b). This effective faith does not manifest because we work it up or try to have more faith; but rather, it depends upon what our faith is built upon. If it is rooted in the reality that He is faithful and able to do what He’s said, we will move mountains.

If we can honestly confess with our mouth that everything He says, and has said, is the truth and walk in that reality—then we will be walking in the child-like faith He is seeking from us.

Scriptures: Hebrews 11:1-3; Hebrews 10:22-23; Luke 2:49-50; (Matthew 2:49); (Matthew 17:20); Luke 11:9-10

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