In the teaching of the Way certain spiritual attributes are associated. Belief and faith are two of these attributes. If you believe, you will at some point develop faith. If you demonstrate faith then the foundation of belief is revealed. Belief and faith are never separate.
As discussed in part three concerning Nimrod, if one cannot rule over God by man’s own works, then faith in God must replace man’s rule. The faith provision requires that God must come first. Faith then becomes the most basic and available conduit unto God. Without this provision, faith in man’s workings must come first, an expression of the working-mind, or purely intellectual mind which may not be spirit directed. For all of man’s earthly knowledge man may still remain unenlightened.
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus explains that a person should start with faith and a certain confidence as a foundation before starting his day, expressed in v. 32-34:
“For the pagans run after these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (niv).
In the above scripture Jesus gives us basic steps concerning walking in the Way. God observes the pagans and knows how they pursue their lives. Jesus separates the pagan life from a righteous life. “Seek ye first the kingdom and His righteousness,” Jesus tells us, and asserts the supremacy of God. Jesus establishes order, which is God first. This order is almost like an initiation into faithfully following, or walking in faith. Followed by, “do not worry about tomorrow.” Even though in this scripture Jesus does not directly mention faith, the underlying message propels the person toward faith and trust, and builds an active faith foundation.
A person can pray for more faith, and they may name faith into themselves. The praying part most people understand, but the naming part is sometimes elusive. Basically it means to speak faith, “I speak faith into me as God has shown me.” This kind of speaking alerts the spirit to your wishes, and in that sense is similar to prayer. The difference between the two is that prayer supplicates by the word of God, and speaking pronounces by the word of God. Jesus prays in faith, but also pronounces faith, if even as small as a mustard seed.
By observing speech a person would discover how often they name things and people, and name their circumstances. Their speech, or naming, rises and falls with every emotional reaction, and often contains mixed naming directed at themselves. For these reasons their faith walk is diminished. They seek to have greater faith, and they pray for greater faith, which is good, but they neither name themselves into faith, nor faith into themselves. They do not step into the fulness of the faith message.
With the example of faith as small as the mustard seed man may remove mountains into the sea (Matt. 17:20), meaning to essentially accomplish great feats. This scripture is intended to explain how a person removes spiritual obstruction (mountains) from his pathway. These obstructions may be worry, guilt or any number of other attributes, and this obstruction may include people who are unrighteously coming against you, or those who hold you back. Jesus teaches that if you have faith and do not doubt, that faith will remove obstruction. “…whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Mt. 21.21-22).
Everyone is so concerned about renaming their circumstances, such as a lack of money or lack of a spouse, that they forget to start with themselves— rename yourself before you start renaming everything else! Make your soul-nourishment your first priority. Get within yourself and get with God, speak from the kingdom within and establish pathway, it is then you begin the journey in a proper manner. Since most people are familiar with using their mouth which ended by causing trouble, there is nothing wrong or embarrassing about using your mouth to bring about rectification.
When Eve named Cain after ‘gain’ (Who Is Cain?), she talked about what she had gotten, instead of what God had given her. Eve mentioned herself first, instead of mentioning God first, and thus named in reverse order. Frankly, this is what most people do. Remember, the naming you give becomes the journey you travel. There is an old saying, and it goes like this, “Let me observe how a man speaks today, and I will tell you what his life will be like five years from now.”
This sowing of good seed and renaming the mind after righteous attributes is a key enlightenment practice to which Jesus often alludes. The illumination provided by faith now gives rise within the soul— the city on the hill shines forth as love, compassion, charity, knowledge and wisdom, but without faith as a first step none of the above may be discovered, nor maintained. Likewise, without faith that which you name will remain lifeless, ineffective.
Jesus addresses the subject of judging in Matt. 7.1: “Pass no judgment, and you will not be judged. For as you judge others, so you will yourselves be judged, and whatever measures you deal out to others will be dealt back to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye, with never a thought for the great plank in your own.”
Judging another is naming another. You name them after your judgment. Judging attaches your naming to that individual. Because you have named and you have spoken the naming, it also attaches you to the other person as well as the judgment or the naming itself. The judging you exhibit must reside in you first before you speak it, and thus, even at the moment, you judge yourself.
The prescription for judging is to judge righteously, not religiously or by your own personal values, but by the higher standard– to see as God sees. There are a number of scriptures which describe righteous judgment. John 5.20 states, “For the Father loves the son, and shows him all things that He Himself does.” John 6.45, “It is written in the prophets, ‘… And they shall be taught by God.‘ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.” This infers Jesus and God are of the same spirit, as in, “I and the Father are one” (Jn. 10.30).
There is the judgment of the critic, related in Lk. 18.1-8, which argues from the lesser judge of the city, who was ungodly, to the greater judge which is God. Judging with discernment is what God wishes to develop in each person. In Ezekiel 7.3, Ezekiel speaks to a judgment on Israel, “I will judge you according to your ways,” and in v. 27, “I will do to them according to their way, and according to what they deserve I will judge them.” This kind of judgment is given within context, and therefore is not critical, but fair. “Whatever measure you deal out to others will be dealt back to you” held true in the Hebrew Bible as well as in the new testimony Jesus gives us.
You will be judged after your own fashion of judgment, whether out of vitriol or out of love, or whether by your own personal standards. This form of judgment will then be returned unto you. Thus the prohibition when Jesus says, “By with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged; and with the same measure (nature) you use, it will be measured back to you,” Matt. 7.2
Matt. 7.2 tells us much about the nature of judgment, for you may not know what the spirit is trying to work out in that person, and so by improperly judging you usurp another soul’s integrity. Constantly judging others leads a person into distraction from their own soul progression, always pointing out the faults of others, but only rarely seeing his own. Judging may also lead to gossip and slander as one voices these opinions as if they are fact, and then others take them up as truth.
To judge righteously and to walk in faith are both important components of the Way. At some point both will require confirmation through the spoken word, or to name. To understand that the power of naming comes by the spirit of God, Jesus has brought to us an astounding revelation. The enlightened power to name, which can give birth to faith— this great power lends unity and wholeness with God.