May our message and preaching be not with wise words or persuasive speech but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power. In this way your faith will not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. (1 Corinthians 2:4-5)
In the Kingdom of God thar be three types of faith:
- Inactive Faith
- Reactive Faith
- Proactive Faith
Inactive Faith be the heart of a feller or lass who believes the Son died fer thar sins and confessed such with thar lips. Beyond that they live mostly like the rest of folks. Ter be sure, they may go ter chapel once in a while, read some of thar Bible, and pray a little. They be what the Son called “ye of little faith.” The seed of great faith be in ’em but they do little ter make it grow. Worse, they hardly sow any seeds of faith fer others.
Reactive Faith be the heart of a feller or lass who responds ter an event with earnest belief. Circumstances prompt ’em ter put all thar trust in the Son. If the Son don’ come through, they be doomed.
And when the Son does come through, their faith be strengthened fer a bit. No amount of explaining from others kin remove thar conviction that only the Son could ‘ave done such a miraculous thing.
During the days when the Son walked on land and water this be the sort of faith them who flocked ter the Son showed. They liked his preaching and teaching well enough, fer he spake with authority. But what most like best of all was when he done ’em a good turn — when he healed, helped, and fed ’em. Fer this they praised him all the more. In return some demonstrated a larger measure of faith, a faith that grew inter Proactive Faith.
Proactive Faith be faith that relies on spiritual eyes and ears. The circumstances we see with our eyes matters only as a means of framing the mighty acts which take place after our lips ‘ave declared ter be what is not yet.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Proactive Faith be the sort of faith Elisha had when he prayed:
“’Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.'” the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:17-20)
Proactive Faith comes by witnessing the powerful hand of Skipper moving in yer life, or the life of another. Proactive Faith begins ter grow when the Holy Spirit comes upon us in power. Saul Paul went about preaching in the demonstration of the Spirit’s power. Though he spoke Skipper’s words, Skip’s actions carried the day. Folks whar healed, demons cast out, lives changed. Such power kin only flow from a feller or lass who be fully righteous in the Lord — someone so convinced thar sins be fergiven that they kin stand befer Skipper without guilt and befer the devil without fear.
Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (James 5:14-16)
Any among you sick? In need of healing and help? Got an evil, unclean, spirit in you? Call some righteous folks ter pray over you. The prayers of Proactive Faith ‘ill heal the sick. The prayers of Proactive Faith ‘ill fergive the sins of the lost.
The key ter Proactive Faith be getting up, getting out, and getting fully doused with Skipper’s Holy Spirit and knowing with all conviction that you ‘ave the righteousness of the Son in you. When you know that you be fully righteous, holy, and pure because of the blood of Jesus, you will do even greater things than the Christ did. (John 14:12-14)