Sense knowledge faith is based upon physical evidence. One believes in what they can see, hear or feel. “We know we have the Holy Spirit because we have had physical evidences to prove it.”
One form of trusting in man, is trusting in the faith of some other person. This is dangerous. We must trust in the Word of God ourselves.
Most people who are untaught in the word are seeking for someone who can pray the prayer of faith for them. The prayer of faith may deliver temporarily, but unbelief will annul the effect of the prayer eventually.
It is when you yourself have faith, trusting in the Word of God for yourself, that you will be saved, healed, be delivered, be protected receive finance, or receive other blessings.
It is not talking about faith, or the need of faith, but it is resting implicitly in the Living Word.
The prayer for faith will necessarily be a prayer of unbelief. Consequently, there can be no answer for it.
Praying for faith is simply unbelief trying to get what the Word alone can give.
Simple confidence in the Word is never sensible, practical, prudent, to the man who lives in the realm of the senses. He only believes what he can see, hear, or understand.
Faith is giving substance to things that sense knowledge cannot understand or see. It lifts one out of the realm of th senses into the realm of the recreated human spirit.
Faith of such people is a limited faith. Martha and Thomas are good examples. Martha said, “His body decayeth.”
Thomas said, “Unless I can see the wounds and put my fingers into His side, I will not believe.”
This is the kind of faith commended by modern religious leaders, but this is not the faith mentioned by Jesus or by the writers of the New Testament.
We have been trained to believe in the skill of men. We have more confidence in the surgeon than we have in the Word. Because of that, we see little manifestations of the real faith in the Living Word. For the skill of man, and “science”, have taken the place of the Word in the hearts of the people. Their faith is in man and they honor man with their lips.
Their confession is not that the Word of God is true, but that man and his words are true. They honor God with their lips, but they trust in the arm of flesh with their heart.
This assenting to the fact that God cannot fail to help us at a crisis period, and yet turning to the world for assistance, is a symptom of mental assent, an enemy to the life of faith. It looks and sounds so religous. It will go so far as to say, “I believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible. I am contending for the faith once delivered to the saints.”
Believing is an act of the will. When I believe, I have acted. Having acted I have reached what is called Faith. Faith is a noun. I take a step. Having taken the step, I have arrived. Arriving is Faith.
To believe, then, is to act on the Word of God. Doubting is refusing to act on the Word.
There are two kinds of Unbelief:
First, a refusing to act on the knowledge of the Word that we have. This can be called unpersuadableness – we refuse to be persuaded to act on what we know to be true; we refuse to act in the light of knowledge.
The other kind of Unbelief arises from lack of knowledge of the Word. We do not know, hence we cannot act. We do not understand, hence we are afraid to act. We would act, but we do not know how to act.
The cure for the second kind of Unbelief is knowledge.
The cure for the first is obedience.