The Faith Factor In Voting
A few passages of Scripture about faith:
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17
“Without faith it is impossible to please God for they that come to Him must believe that He is and that He is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
“Faith without works (corresponding action) is dead.” James 2:26
“The just shall live by his faith…”Galatians 3:11
“…the righteousness of faith speaks…” Romans 10:6
“…If you have faith as a mustard seed…” Luke 17:6
“Have faith in God.” Mark 11:22
“Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” Matthew 9:22
“When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” Matthew 9:2
“According to your faith let it be to you.” Matthew 9:29
“Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” Luke 7:50
“…O you of little faith?” Matthew 8:26
“…when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8
“But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:32
Faith is the active, dynamic, speakable, seeable, centered in God, measurable, profitable, powerful, life sustainable, essential for pleasing God means by which all that is good from God comes to the believer through prayer.
“Faith is the substance,” means faith has tangibility. Faith is not an ethereal mist residing somewhere above the exosphere and is only accessible by God and Jesus and a few really, really, really, really pure and spiritually elite people.
In prayer faith is measured by the passionate, fervent expression of God’s Word (His covenant promises, His revealed purpose), nature and will, His character and integrity. Faith is perceivable. To pray effectual fervent prayer in faith is to pray with an unwavering trust and certainty of the things prayed for coming to pass. Moreover, to trust the outcome to God’s sovereignty and love for us.
When we prayer effectually and fervently we pray what we know about God. And that absolute, confident knowing is the work of the Holy Spirit in us. Whether we have ever seen a manifestation of what we know about God’s promises or not does not change the absolute truth of those promises.
Do you have faith to believe you are saved? If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead then you are saved. So, the answer is, “Yes!” You have faith to believe you are saved.
If then, you are saved, and you are, can you see your salvation? Can you touch it? Can you measure it? Can you hold any part of it in your hand? No. And yet you firmly believe in something you cannot see, touch, measure, or hold in your hand. Why? Because you trust the Word of the One Who said you are saved by virtue of your confession and belief.
Faith in everything is received the same way. First, you believe in your heart that what God says, what His Word says is higher and more true than anything in the natural world to the contrary. Having faith in God is fundamental to prayer at every dimension.
Faith in God would not say. “There’re just some things you can do nothing about. That’s just the way they are.” Oh, really!? Then tell that to Elijah who stopped rain on the earth for three and half years and to Joshua who prayed and God stopped the Sun in its course for a Day.
“Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.” Josh. 10:12
Or to Hezekiah who prayed and God answered his prayer adding 15 years to his life and gave him a sign turning back the Sun ten degrees from when it had gone down.
“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city. And this shall be a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken; Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.” Isaiah 38:1
They were individuals — one man in one situation, praying and believing God for something they were absolutely convinced would happen and it did.
Faith can move mountains. The prayer of faith can change a life forever.
Likewise, the faithful, prayerful vote of one person can change the course of a nation.
That person could be you.