Faith is a Spiritual Treasure

This is our second lesson in a series of faith teachings designed to encourage the body of Christ to step out in faith to evangelize.  The umbrella title of the entire series is called:  “Faith is the Key.”  As I mentioned in the first lesson, a key is an instrument that provides access to something that those without it cannot access.  Faith is the key that gives us access to the grace of God.   Faith is so valuable that brother Peter said in 1 Peter 1:7 that faith is more precious than gold.  Hence, the focus of this lesson:  Faith is a Spiritual Treasure.

 When it comes to faith, we often see faith as the vessel or vehicle to obtain the worldly treasures we desire. What I want to get us to focus on is that the most valuable treasure we have is our faith!  The things we ask for with our faith are merely the things that come by faith.  We can never place a higher value on the things that come by faith than the value of faith itself.

If there is a delay in the manifestation of our prayer requests, Satan tells us to give up on our faith because God did not give us that treasure we were hoping for.  He says you need to abandon your faith so you won’t be disappointed when the negative thoughts and imaginations of your mind starts happening to you.  What he is trying to do is to relieve us of our most valued possession, which is our faith.

Hebrews 11:1 says, faith is the substance of things hoped for.  Webster’s dictionary defines substance as the material of which anything is made.  However, Webster also defines substance as material possessions and wealth.  Certain passages of the bible also depict substance as wealth.  Luke 15:13 says the prodigal son wasted his substance with riotous living (KJV).  The description of substance as wealth or something of value falls in line with faith being a spiritual treasure.

As a spiritual treasure, faith is the spiritual medium of exchange that allows the believer to transact business in the Kingdom of God.  Without faith, there is no salvation.  Without faith there is no deliverance.  Without faith, prayers are not answered.  Faith is the substance we come to the throne of grace with to lay hold of the things we are hoping for.  In the natural, we acquire things with worldly treasure (e.g, money) that we use as a medium of exchange to acquire the things we desire.  In the Spirit, money won’t work.  If you want to acquire the things of God, you must come with the treasure of faith.

The bible says the woman with the issue of blood spent all of her natural substance going from doctor to doctor to get healed and did not get better.  In fact, she grew worse.  However, when she heard that Jesus was in town, she put aside her natural substance and decided to make a transaction in the Kingdom of God using the substance (or treasure) of faith.  She said if I can just touch Him, I know I can be made whole.  When she touched Him, Jesus turned and said, who touched Me?  The disciples said, Master there are a whole bunch of people touching You.  Jesus said you don’t understand.  Someone touched Me with the touch of faith.  Someone just transacted business in the Kingdom of God.  When the woman explained that the touch of faith came from her, Jesus said your faith has made you well.  Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.  The woman discovered that faith is the greatest treasure available to man.

Like any thief, Satan wants to steal this treasure from you.  It may appear as if he wants your natural treasures.  What he really wants is to steal your spiritual treasure – your faith.  The most common tactic he uses to steal our faith is to bring adverse circumstances our way. When the adverse circumstances become worse, he says throw away your faith as it is no good.  It will not help you in these circumstances.  He stole Peter’s faith.  Peter had faith to walk on water but when the circumstances changed and brought about a storm, Peter’s faith was nowhere to be found.

No matter what happens to you in the natural, don’t let him take your faith.  It is the one treasure that can’t be taken without our permission.  Without our permission, someone can take our money, car, house, health, and job.  But without our permission, they can’t take our faith.  Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust cannot destroy and where thieves cannot break in and steal.  Lay up the treasure of faith.  It is the spiritual treasure given to you by God to gain access to Him in your time of need.  The book of Hebrews tells us that men and women of God gave up their very lives instead of giving up their faith.  In Philippians, Paul said I gave up some things that were gained to me but coming to the end of his life, Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have kept the faith.”  My brothers and sisters, faith is a spiritual treasure that if kept, will result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  It’s yours, don’t give it up – ever!

Bro. Robert Myers

“Be a witness and witness God move!”

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