The idea of faith is a tough one, especially in the church. If you are a more traditional believer, faith is a generic term that you use to describe religious beliefs, such as, “My faith is something that I like to keep private”. If you are full gospel then you might say that faith is the substantiation (verb) of things hoped for, an active force that is used to appropriate things that God has freely given to you.
Of course, as with anything, the truth is both deeper and wider than our logical compartmentalization. Theologically, we can say that there are three words used in Latin that all mean faith. These three terms are noticia, assentia and fiducia.
To have noticia is to take notice of something, as in, I believe that the object on the floor in front of me is a chair. To have assentia is to assent to the fact, as in, I believe that the chair that sits in front of me could hold me if I sat in it. To have fiducia is to have entrusted yourself to it, as in, I know the chair can hold me and I choose to rest in it.
Now, this has importance because only the last one, fiducia is called “saving faith”. In other words, knowing something to be true will not save you and neither will mentally assenting to its virtue, power or ability to save. The WORD says that even demons assent to there being a God.
The only faith that can save you is the kind that entrusts yourself to God’s ability to save. Make sense?
Well, this is also true when it comes to the kind of faith that procures. Simply knowing that God gave a promise regarding a thing in your life will do nothing for you. Even assenting to the truth of it won’t. You can know that God has given a promise in his WORD regarding healing, you can even assent that God is both willing and able to heal if he so chooses. But neither of those kinds of faith will be enough to cause the application of faith.
And this is where the rubber meets the road, folks.
Both assentia and noticia are sense-knowledge faiths, based on information. Nothing that comes from God operates by information, it operates by revelation. When man fell in the garden, he fell from revelation (what God said to him personally) to information (what he discerned by logic). So, you can say then that information is gathered by logically considering facts. Revelation is gained when God illuminates something to your spirit personally.
You can also say that truth that is based on information is considered objective while truth gained by revelation is subjective. A promise that is known by information is just a promise. A promise that is known by revelation is “My promise”.
And it is here and only here, that we see results to prayer and confession. It is only the personal revelation of a promise that produces the application of faith. Until you know that the promise is made to you, its power remains untapped and it is susceptible to the confiscation of the enemy.
What makes a promise believable and based on fiducia is meditation on God’s WORD. Now by meditation I don’t mean sitting in a lotus position and blanking your mind. What I mean is actively choosing to view your life through the prism of God’s WORD. If you will take the time to imagine life where God’s WORD is true in every way and choose to believe that what God has promised, he is able also to perform, you will begin to see a change take place in your life.
So remember; meditation brings revelation and revelation brings the application of faith.
Information without revelation brings the confiscation of what you need to occur.