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"Levels of Faith"
As Recorded in the Bible

The Bible has a lot to say about different levels of faith. While some types of faith are somewhat related, others are distinctly different, with names such as common, great, genuine, and one we all hope to avoid, wavering. 

Christian faith is based on God's promises, rather than feelings, or things visible. Great faith holds fast regardless of outward appearances.

"And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform," 
(Rom 4:18-22).

Faith connects the Believer with the Power of God. The one who truly believes and has faith will act on God's Word with perfect assurance that his request will be granted.

(Definition of Faith)

These fifteen Levels of Faith are found in Scripture at random. They are listed here in this order only for practicality.

"Measure of  Faith"

We begin with the measure of faith because without it none of the succeeding steps of faith would be possible.

A measure of faith is given by God to all men. 

It is a faith that has not grown but is sufficient for belief in God and salvation.

In Romans 12:3 it is referred to as "The Measure of Faith."

The Measure of Faith is from God.

"Growing Faith"

A growing faith steadily progresses from the measure of faith to a great strong faith.

A growing faith is pleasing to God:

"We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly..." 
(2 Thes 1:3, 

As nutritious milk helps a baby to grow strong and healthy; Spiritual food will help a baby Christian grow into a deeper level of faith.

"Great Faith"

An unrelenting totally persuaded type of faith, that does not give up until the request is granted.

A Centurion who had asked Jesus to heal his sick child, and whose faith was so great that he said, 

“Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed." "When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!"
(Matt 8:8-10)

And there was the woman from Canaan, a Gentile, (not a Jew). The Gentiles, as a rule, had very little, if any, faith in God.

This woman requested Jesus to heal her severely demon-possessed daughter. When Jesus refused, saying that He had only been sent to the Jews, she persisted, and demonstrated a level of faith so great that it brought the following response from Jesus:

“...O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire..." (Matt 15:21-28).
Great faith will always move God to answer.

"Unwavering Faith"

Sincere, Unbendable - (opposite of wavering) - To believe God without question.

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful."
(Heb. 10:23). 

Unwavering faith is to count those things that be not as though they are, (Rom.4:17; Mark 11:22-24). 

There is no need for God's Children to be trapped in fear, weakness, poverty, or despair.

To receive from God we must believe and hold to our faith without wavering, (Heb 10:23).

All things are possible with God, and nothing is beyond His power. Unwavering faith gives thanks for the answer from the moment it asks, then looks forward to its fulfillment with child-like expectation.

When you genuinely believe, you have acted. The act of believing is a necessary step in getting what you want from God.

"He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform"
(Rom 4:20-21).

"Strong Faith"

"He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God,"(Rom 4:20). 

Abraham had a strong faith that refused to surrender or be defeated. Following the faith of Abraham is the way to receive what might be considered impossible and unprecedented. 

Strong faith will not be turned away. Regardless of the situation or outlook, it digs in and holds fast until it receives what has been asked of God. 

Most Christians desire this level of faith, but it seems that only a few can maintain faith, while thanking God for the answer in advance.

I believe another term for strong faith might be, "Ruthless Faith." The kind that refuses to doubt and waver when things do not seem to be going as requested of God. This is the way to get tangible answers from God. 

"Historical Faith"

Jesus used Scripture as one of four witnesses, to prove that He was the Messiah, the "Son of God:"

1. The witness of John the Baptist

2. The witness of His works (Signs)

3. The witness of God the Father

4. The witness of the Scriptures

"You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me," 
(John 5:39).

The Scriptures Jesus used to persuade the Jews will also speak to modern day man. Fulfilled prophecy and manuscripts, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, provide proof that Jesus was who He claimed to be.

Historical levels of faith are bound to the records contained in Gods Word. The proof is there for anyone willing to do the research.

"Active Faith"

"Doer of the Word," (James 2:14-26; Heb. 10:19-38). 

Active faith takes action as soon as the Word of God is understood. It is actively doing and living in faith as if the things requested of God although not yet seen, are a reality. Active faith is a requirement for receiving from God.

Answered prayer is perhaps the greatest faith-building experience possible. How great to pray to Almighty God, and to have Him answer. This is God's plan, and it can happen to every child of God.

"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you," 
(John 15:7).

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5).

According to 2 Cor 5:17, anyone in Christ is a new creation; old things have passed away; all things have become new. 

You must become aware of your new life in Christ.

You have the Spirit of Jesus within you, as well as His love and nature. His power flows through you to bear much fruit. Jesus died to make this possible. Cling to His promises, allow His Words to give you the faith to ask and receive.

Do not waste these benefits, be a doer and not a hearer only. Being in Christ gives you the right to act on the Word to bear fruit in obedience to Jesus. Faith is a mighty force that knows no defeat.

Faith is action, in counting those things that be not as though they were (Rom 4:17; Mark 11:22-24).

  • Jesus told the woman with the issue of blood that she had been healed by her faith. He did not command her healing or lay His healing hands upon her.

    The healing power of God was already available.  She unleashed this power and actively exercised her faith by secretly touching the hem of His clothing. (Mark 5:25-34).

"Genuine Faith"

This type of faith permits no deception, pretense, charlatans, or braggarts. It is a genuine and sincere faith that flows from a true heart, with the desire to do what is right. 

"when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also." 
(2 Tim 1:5)

"Common Faith"

A faith commonly or mutually shared by all Christians who believe humanity can find salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ the Messiah, Savior of the world, and that He hears and answers prayers.

In Titus 1:4, it is referred to as, "common faith;" in God shared by all Christians that makes it possible to Obtain Eternal Life.

"Titus, a true son in our common faith..."

In Romans 1:12, The Apostle Paul uses the word, "mutual faith." 

"That is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me."

"Human Level of Faith"

Human Level of Faith Is the exercise and determination of man to have confidence in any object or person, as he chooses, including the Word of God. He can choose to have faith that a chair will support him, that which another person tells him is true, or, that the sun will continue to rise each morning.

The devil caused mankind to fall in the Garden of Eden and is the one who brings doubt and unbelief today. He doesn't mind if you chose to believe in a chair or the word of another person, but will do all in his power to destroy your faith in God's Word.

"Faith Without Root"

Jesus spoke of having faith without root. It is the type of faith that springs up quickly, and beautifully, but because it has no depth, fails just as quickly when temptation and trials come along. For the most part, this is because the soil has not been adequately prepared by digging and searching for knowledge, guidance, and truth, in God's Word. 

"...the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away" (Luke 8:13).

"Little Faith"

"Fearful, displaying a lack of total trust;" was used by the Lord as a tender rebuke for anxiety and fear." (Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary)

"if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?"
(Matt 6:30)

"But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm, (Matt 8:26).

"Weak Faith"

"And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb," (Rom.4:19.

"Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. 2 For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables," (Rom 14:1-3). 

Examples from the Bible of weakness in faith were of those who considered it a sin to eat meat. In our day, a person weak in faith might continually argue over areas of the Bible he/she does not correctly understand but has formed a personal opinion.

For someone to forbid and condemn the things he considers to be sin, when there is no clear leading in scripture, would be a sin. 

"But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin," (Rom 14:23).

A person of little faith will find limited opportunities to benefit from the Gospel, and very little of the peace and joy that should accompany the Christian life.

Those who are strong in faith are told to accept the weak: 

"We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves," (Rom 15:1).

"Faith Without Works"

"But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works," (James 2:18). 

Faith without works passively believes and accepts the Bible literally, but without action.  Many people believe and have faith that God can do all His Word says. They believe in miracles, yet fail to act on His Word.

"Wavering Faith"

"To bend," "to be insincere," 

James encourages believers to put their faith into action:

"But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed," For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord." he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways, (James 1:5-7, KJV).

A wavering faith is one that doubts and is unstable in all his ways.  Unbelief is either refusing to act or ignorance of the Word of God. Regardless of how impossible the situation the answer is unwavering faith.

A wavering level of faith is also double-mindedness, which means, "two-souled," a constant changing of the mind, (Vines).

A double-minded person cannot maintain a consistent course of action, but wavers back and forth, both in faith and in their actual requests of God. Their double-mindedness prevents them from holding tightly to their requests until they have received the answer. 

Samuel L. Mills 

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Newman: Nigeria
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Also, carnal faith (as opposed to godly faith) might be better descriptive of the Human Level Faith.

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Definition of Faith:

  • "The nearest the New Testament comes to presenting a definition of “faith” is in Hebrews 11:1 . Here faith is called “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (RSV) - Holman Bible Dictionary.

  • "In Acts faith is made the medium for healing, cleansing, and salvation." - Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament

  • "Faith is the sincere and hearty assent and consent of the mind to the belief of the being and promises of God," The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary

  • "In the New Testament “faith” is used primarily with the meaning “trust” or “confidence” in God." - Holman Bible Dictionary

  • "In other words, that firm belief of God's testimony, and of the truth of the gospel, which influences the will, and leads to an entire reliance on Christ for salvation." - King James Dictionary
  • "Primarily, "firm persuasion," a conviction based upon hearing (akin to peitho, "to persuade"), is used in the NT always of "faith in God or Christ, or things spiritual." - Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

  • "The system of truth taught by Christ; as, the Christian faith..." - Webster's Dictionary

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