In this scripture we see the three elements of faith in operation. The conviction of Abraham that God had spoken to him was a necessity. On his conviction, he obeyed the voice of God to leave the Ur of the Chaldees and went to Haran. (Gen 11:27-32). Moreover, the substance of truth was in existence! Abraham had an intimate relationship with God! In this verse of scripture the Holy Spirit notes: “he cometh to God” and he rewards those that: “diligently seek him.” In other words, Abrahams’ blessings were conditional on his relationship with God; as well as his obedience to God. Here we see that faith is mandatory for those who approach Him. Moreover, his intimate relationship with God, gave him the conviction to act out his faith in the form of obedience.
Verse 16: God’s promises to Abraham were founded on his faith so that it would be acknowledged that salvation was through grace, that is, God favor. Abraham’s blessing was not conditioned by any law, but simply on his faith.
Verse 18: Although Abraham knew that his body was physically beyond having a child, he based his hope on God’s promises instead of what he felt. He believed that his offspring would be as numerous as the stars of heaven, because God had promised it.
Verse 20: Abraham, by his faith, acknowledges God’s faithfulness and power to keep His promise.
The formation of faith in a leader is based on a number of critical factors; but first and foremost having an intimate relationship with God. Simply put, a leader must come to know God! This level of knowledge comes only through personal experiences with God; that supernaturally builds faith. The WD4 of faith alluded to by Dr. Michael Mitchell in “Let’s Talk about Faith” is very consistent with my personal faith development. These four W’s are critical to a leader’s faith development:
They work in tandem! The leader must consistently imbibe the Word of God in his or her spirit, fervently pray, be led by the Holy Spirit, and wait patiently on God simultaneously. Faith and obedience are symbiotic! In other words, faith cannot be established, while a leader continues to operate in disobedience. Moreover, obedience must be swift; since delayed obedience equates to disobedience. Ultimately, faith is activated only when action is taken in obedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. This action (release of faith) brings the hand of God into action; because our faith has pleased Him. (James 2:14-17; Hebrews 11:6).