Have you heard of the “God kind of faith?” This is the type of faith Jesus talked about in the Bible. It’s important to study out because there’s power in having faith in God!
“Have faith in God.” Those are the powerful words Jesus spoke to His disciples in Mark 11:22. Other translations quote Him as saying: “Have the faith of God,” and Greek scholars tell us it should be translated, “Have the God kind of faith.” That sheds a little more light on this scripture, doesn’t it? If we are going to have the God kind of faith, we need to know what that means so we can develop it.
The key to understanding and developing the God kind of faith is to study how God and Jesus demonstrated faith. So, let’s take a look at Mark 11:22-23 in context, and see what we can learn:
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” (verses 22-25)
Jesus was teaching His disciples how to live by faith—specifically how God works, how the God kind of faith works and how we should use the God kind of faith.