Faith stems from, or grows based on, revelation knowledge which is the “I know that I know down deep in my heart” that a certain promise in God’s Word is for me. While it is important to receive communicated knowledge (information obtained from other sources such as a Bible teacher or a Christian book), it’s also important to recognize that communicated knowledge on its own is not faith.
We receive God’s promises because of grace by our faith. If we act based on communicated knowledge that has not become revelation to our own spirit, we are stepping out without having faith as a foundation. Faith is the connector between us and grace. Many times people will take a “step of faith” based on someone else’s revelation knowledge and then don’t see the promise come to pass. Instead of realizing faith was the missing element, they conclude that the “faith stuff doesn’t work.”
For example, I’ve heard a few different people say that they threw away their glasses once they heard about making confessions or heard about God’s plan for healing. It's possible that this action was not based on personal revelation knowledge, but rather communicated knowledge, and as a result they didn’t see any change in their vision. I also even wonder if some were trying to earn the blessing, without even realizing it, by taking that action. In that case, their faith would be in their efforts and not in grace which is where the answer lies.
I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the areas where you are standing in faith. Are you standing based on revelation or communicated knowledge? Communicated knowledge is still important and a major way that we learn about God's promises. However, the real power comes when that communicated knowledge becomes revelation to us and it's at that point that our faith is positioned to receive what grace has provided.
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