A little Bible word study today of nouns and verbs. To put a word in one those categories is to begin to define it. The 2 words we are going to categorize today, are….Faith and Believing. We hear those alot, but what do they mean for me and you?
Faith is a noun; believing is a verb. Since believing is a verb, it is an action word. It really means “taking.” To believe in the sense that it is written in the Word, is “to take“, or “to you.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Take what you’ve received in prayer and you will have. To believe in Jesus means to take Jesus for all that the scriptures declared Him to be. To believe on Christ as a savior, is to take Him as your savior. To believe in Christ as a healer means to take Him as your healer.
Believing is an action, it is intentional and lands somewhere. Believing is an act of the will. When I believe, I have acted and I have reached what is called Faith.
Faith is a noun. Faith is where you’ve arrived after you have believed. After you have “taken”. Faith is the place that you are in. The opposite of faith is doubt and doubt is just refusal to act on truth.
There are 2 kinds of doubt:
1. Refusing to act on the knowledge of the Word we have.
2. Doubt that comes from lack of knowledge of the Word.
We do not know, therefore we do not act. We do not understand so we are afraid to act. We would act, but we don’t know how.
The 1st kind of doubt is cured by obedience, the 2nd by knowledge.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word.
When we understand what Faith and Believing are we can exercise them properly. The Word always works where it is properly administered. When I believe something in the Word enough to act on it, I receive what I have acted on, according to Mark 11. You have it after you have taken it in prayer. Not you take what you have. If I’m holding a pen, I’m not “taking” a pen. We take, (action of believing) what we do not currently have. We believe,even though we do not see (have) it.
Believing is a verb, faith is a noun.