Posted by: Nito | August 12, 2017

Mathematics of Faith – Part 6 (Your Will Plays a Part)

Velocity, which is the speed of something in a given direction, can be expressed as a function of displacement and time:

Remembering that the expression for power is:

We can see that power could be also expressed as a function of velocity (speed):

This brings us to another expression for the ‘power of faith’, but this time as a function of the velocity or the ‘speed of change’:

When Bible talks about works of faith it talks about miracles, healings, signs and wonders. Difference between a progressive miracle and an instantaneous one is in speed. Speed of change reflects the power used to exact that change, so instantaneous miracles seem so much powerful as compared to the similar miracles that occur over a longer time period.

Our bodies are wired to heal themselves over time, so when healings occur over a normal, natural, timeframe we don’t consider it a supernatural miracle. We say that’s just nature taking its normal course. Healing miracles follow the same course as natural healings, but occur in a much shorter timeframe. We could say miracles are time-compressed healings, where a much greater power has been applied to the process. We can say that the power of faith is proportional to the speed of change.

Now velocity could be also expressed as:

Therefore, power is:

So, what would this mean in relation to the power of faith?

Acceleration is by definition a capacity to gain speed. Human faculty that corresponds to this definition is will power. Substituting faith for force and will power for acceleration, we get the following expression for the ‘power of faith’:

Where the speed at which a change is happening could be defined as:

And the will power could be expressed as:

If we include the expression for the effective faith into the above formula for the power of faith, we would get:

This is why some people are confused about faith and think it’s all about them willing themselves better, about self-help or sarcastically, it’s all about a placebo effect. They intuitively know that will power plays a part in getting what they want, as everybody learned that while they were little babes, hence they can’t grasp that faith plays any part.

Formulas like this, showing that the power of faith is directly proportional to one’s will power may completely confuse the uninitiated. Like, what is required: faith or will power? Both? Doh!

Unbelieving people look at faith as abandonment of their own will, in order to rely on the will of the One they cannot see, touch, and feel or otherwise experience. So, abandoning one’s own will doesn’t make sense to them—their universe narrowly includes only them, their own and their thinkalikes, people whose will aligns with theirs.

But to the born again person, the universe includes everybody that God is willing to include, which is all the people—”and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:15, NKJV, underlining mine).

This same Bible verse calls us to live for God and no longer for ourselves. This means that we should abandon our own desires and embrace His; we should submit our own will to God’s will. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (KJV).

This verse is often explained as, “if you love God, He will fulfil all your desires.” But, the literal reading is, “if you love God, He will place (His) desires into your heart.” In other words, if you love God, you will want what He wants and His desires will become yours. Then “your” desires are bound to materialize, because who can stop God’s desires from being fulfilled?

Now let’s go back to the above equation and examine what happens when our will aligns with God’s. What’s God’s will for Faith? To be fulfilled. What’s His will for the unbelief? To be removed. Does that encourage your will? Is your will power stronger now when you know that God is with you and nothing can stand against you (Romans 8:31)? Of course it is! When you know that God is on your side your determination and focus will skyrocket.

This equation simply confirms what James 4:7 says, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (NKJV). With our effective faith we submit to God and His plan for us, and by applying consistent will power over a period of time we resist the devil. The power of our faith depends on both the effectiveness of our faith as well as on our own will power to resist the devil.

For example, if we fight for our healing, we could miss it through unbelief, but also if we give up. The same is true for every blessing that Jesus paid for. By His sacrifice He already made a provision for us, and all those blessings are made readily available in the spiritual realm (Ephesians 1:3). However, we have to reach out with our faith and pull them down into the material world (see part 1).

As devil is always trying to sabotage our efforts, we have to stayed focused and determined and don’t give up. It’s easy to connect focus, determination and discipline with one’s will power, but did you know that the “hardness of heart” also connects with the same thing?

In his article “Hardness of Heart: A Condition You May Have and Not Even Know it…” Andrew Wommack writes about the Bible account when Jesus walked on water (Mark 6:45-52) and how disciples were “greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened” (Mark 6:51-52, NKJV, underlining mine).

Andrew realized that being shocked, amazed or surprised at a miracle was an indication of a hard heart, or in other words, when somebody relates to the natural more that to the supernatural he or she has a hard heart. The dictionary defines ‘hardened’ as “cold, insensitive, unfeeling and unyielding”, so hard heart represents an inability to perceive spiritually. But, in the case that a person is able to somewhat perceive spiritually, a hard heart would stop them from fully grasping what the Lord is trying to show them, so they cannot get it in a way they could apply to their lives.

Based on Mark 6:52 Andrew argues, “Whatever you consider, your heart becomes softened toward. Conversely, whatever you fail to consider, your heart becomes hardened to.” The word ‘consider’ could be replaced with the word ‘focus’ and that’s what ties this discussion about the hardened heart with the above discussion about the will power.

Andrew explains, “It wasn’t sin that caused the disciples’ hearts to be hard—it was their focus on things other than the miracle Jesus had just performed… If they had been thinking spiritually instead of naturally, they would have known that Jesus would take care of them. Instead of being surprised to see Jesus walking on the water, they would have expected it.

Looking at our equation for the power of faith, the power to choose what we focus on and what we consider is represented by the “will power”. In his article Andrew concludes, “One of the benefits of understanding what causes hardheartedness is that you can reverse this process and use it to become hardened against the devil. That is absolutely true. You have the power to determine what your heart accepts or rejects.

I heard a story about an older woman that was healed from a debilitating disease that kept her bound to a wheelchair for several years. She went back home rejoicing, walking on her own two feet. But her husband didn’t join in the celebratory mood; he rather pointed out that now they would loose her disability pension and then expressed his worry about their financial support from one end of the month to another. The woman sat down and never walked again. Her husband’s remarks killed her will to stay healed.

This is a drastic example, but there are other more subtle hearthardening cases. What about a person that is using their sickness to receive sympathy and other favours? Would they want to be healed? How about a lazy person who thinks it’s too much effort to exercise, discipline oneself or otherwise invest effort into resisting the devil of the lifestyle disease? Will they receive their healing and deliverance? Not if their will is not into it!

This concludes the Mathematics of Faith series. There is more that could be said, but it goes outside of scope of a general discussion (unless integral equations are your cup of tea 🙂 ) Perhaps I’ll write a book one day, if the Lord tarries.

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