It is vitally important we live by faith in the Living God and His Word, the Bible, for this is the victory that overcomes everything in this world even our faith in Him and His written and spoken Word to us.  Certain things can contaminate our faith in Him and His Word so that faith cannot work for us as it is supposed to work. We are going to look at many contaminates to our faith so that we will be able to avoid contamination of our faith.

What is contamination?  The act or process of contaminating or the state of being contaminated, something that contaminates, one that contaminates, a substance that contaminates, the act of contaminating or polluting including either intentionally or a unwanted substances or factors, the act of soiling something,  tainted, the condition of being impure, pollution, infect, infection, corruption and poisoning defilement.

We hear a lot today about contamination of the environment and restrictions by the Environmental Protection Agency to keep the environment safe.  So there are pollutions and poisonings that need to be restricted in order for people to live safely in areas of a country and work safely.

Christians need to realize there are spiritual contaminates, contaminates that can contaminate, pollute, infect their faith so that it can’t work.  These contaminates destroy our faith.  So Christians need to be even more persistent than the Environmental Protection Agency to make sure that their faith is not contaminated by things that destroy their faith in God, in His Word, their faith in the promises of God to them, their faith needed to receive all their spiritual inheritance, their faith that manifests everything contained in their salvation package through Christ, their every day victories produced by faith, etc.

First of all we see one of the definitions I gave you above for contamination was “one who contaminates”.  Christians think of the devil as being the worst enemy of their faith but if they actually looked real closely they would find that it is themselves who have contaminated their faith most often so that it didn’t work.  Yes, there are devils that tempt us and try our faith such as common to man but as we look closely we will see that we have contaminated our faith more often than demons.  So let’s look at contaminates of faith so that we familiarize ourselves with them and recognize them readily and then avoid faith contamination.

Certainly religion and its teachings, theologies, philosophies, human theories, humanistic beliefs can contaminate our faith. We can easily recognize them if we study the Word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to witness to our spirit whether or not what we see or hear or read is according to the Word of God.  Religious teachings always make a person strive to get what Christ has already provided for them and number one area is concerning a person’s right standing with God.  All religions of the world strive for this right standing with God their whole life but Christians are the only ones who believe their right standing with God comes only through their faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.   If what you hear taught or preached or what you read isn’t in the bible and doesn’t bear witness to your spirit, then it is something you should avoid or it will contaminate your faith.

A real dangerous contamination to our faith is our past, our past experiences using faith that seemed to not work.  We all are learning to live by faith.  You just don’t become a faith giant overnight.  Using faith is a process and so we have to leave past faith failures in the past and continue to exercise faith every single day.  Faith needs to be used daily in order for us to go from small faith to great faith and from weak faith to strong faith or faith that grows exceedingly.  So practice using faith daily. Faith has to be used daily just as body muscles have to be used daily in order for them to be strong.  Faith does not fail us but we fail faith by not sticking with it when the pressures of life and natural evidence look so convincing that nothing has changed.  We must know that with faith we never, ever consider what the natural looks like.  Faith is working in another realm that we can’t pick up with our natural senses.

Lots of times we observe the outcome of others and we think that if they didn’t get healed and they died then we can’t get healed either.  While standing in faith for an illness or whatever we never, ever should look at what happened to someone else.  Maybe that person just didn’t know enough about faith.  Maybe they had religious ideas that kept them from receiving healing, like they believed that God had put this sickness on them to teach them something which is against the Word of God.  Maybe this individual was so overcome by the diagnosis of the doctor they just couldn’t shake it and the diagnosis contaminated their faith.  Another thing that medical professionals have to deal with that contaminates their faith is they know the stages of certain diseases and they have to work through that head knowledge that tries to contaminate their faith.  So using our faith we cannot, we must never consider our outcome to be what others have experienced.

Here’s a real BIG CONTAMINATOR to our faith and it is just plan carnal, natural thinking how things will turn out.  Some people are so full of natural knowledge and they depend so much on natural reasoning that they never get over this kind of self-contamination of their faith.  Human reasoning and human intellect destroy faith for faith is not of the head but of the heart.  You don’t believe with your head but with your heart.  The five physical senses play a BIG part in contaminating our faith.  The five physical senses have nothing to do with faith.  The bible tells us we live by faith and not by sight.  We live by faith and not by feelings and emotions as well.  All these natural sources of information are contaminators of faith and they can never be considered when using faith.

Being worldly minded, carnally minded, and naturally minded can cause you to think like one who is not in the Kingdom of God.  These people are always talking about the bad economy, which if you are born again you are of another economy, the Kingdom of God economy where there are no recessions or depressions or financial famines.  Faith is your currency in the Kingdom of God.  The Word of God is your medicine in this Kingdom.  So you have a whole other mindset in the Kingdom of God.

Thoughts and speech are other contaminators of our faith.  The bible tells us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  Natural, carnal thoughts steal the power of the Word of God and make you think that you can only have what you naturally can expect. Natural carnal thinking destroys faith and keeps the supernatural intervention from our lives.  We must renew our minds to the new man in Christ Jesus and that is why it is important that we know who we are in Christ Jesus, what we have in Christ Jesus and what we can do in Christ Jesus.  On my website, www.godswordalive.com, I have listed scriptures that can help you in this area. Thinking and speaking contrary to God’s Word about you will keep you from experiencing the promises of God’s Word and experiencing the benefits of your salvation package. Hanging around people who are generally negative and their conversation is filled with natural words that are contrary to the Word of God and contrary to what Jesus has purchased for you will contaminate your thinking and thus contaminate your faith.  Even the diagnosis of a doctor can contaminate your faith if he/she is speaking contrary to the Word of God that tells you, you are already healed and made whole by the stripes of Jesus even though you may at the present moment have some lying symptoms on your body.

Wrong image is another faith contaminator.  If we have an image of being poor or sick then poverty and sickness will be the results we have in our lives because our imagination is the movie screen for what we believe and it keeps playing the same thing all the time.  The bible tells us that “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”.  This is talking about the images in our imagination which is what we believe. Think about it, would we want God to have those images of us being poor and sick?  Certainly not and He doesn’t.  Thank the Lord Jesus.  And He above everyone doesn’t want us to think and imagine those kinds of things that destroy our faith, destroy faith in what Jesus has made us to be in Him.  We can get a new image from the Word of God and experience greater prosperity in our finances and experience divine health and change any other wrong image that contradicts who Jesus has made us to be in Him.  So go to the Word of God, especially the New Testament and get for yourself the image of this New Man you are in Christ Jesus.

What others will think of us if we act in faith is another contaminate to faith.  We have to remember that we have an audience of One and that is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Jesus never let others’ opinions of Him affect what He did by faith.  When He cursed the fig tree Jesus didn’t whisper to the tree.  No, He spoke to the fig tree and cursed it out loud for all to hear.  We should never be embarrassed when we are using our faith and especially when we speak our faith.  Abraham called himself Abraham which meant “father of a multitude” before he even had the son God promised him.  Don’t let others’ opinions of you steal your faith.

Pressures of life are another contaminator of faith.  We can’t allow the pressures of limited time in which to do something or the pressure of unpaid bills contaminate our faith.  If there was ever a time when we need to meditate and speak our faith in the Word of God more than ever, it is when we are under the pressure of  limited time and unpaid bills.  See, the Word will create a new image inside of you during those times and you can get so intoxicated with the Word of God during those times that you don’t have a care in the world just like a person intoxicated with alcohol.  Intoxicated with faith is what the bible meant when it said that Abraham became “fully persuaded”.  And let me tell you, if you get intoxicated on faith in God and His Word; that is when the Lord is working for you and you will see results real soon!  Until Abraham became “fully persuaded” or “intoxicated with faith”, he never had the son of promise but once God told him to count the sand of the sea and the stars in the sky and he could count the number of his descendants; that’s when Abraham got a new image and became fully persuaded or intoxicated with faith and he and Sarah had the son of promise.  The imagination plays a key role in faith because it is with the heart or our imagination we believe and where faith in what God has promised is played out and thus making it real to us, reality.

The worst contaminators of our faith are facts, circumstantial evidence and all other natural evidence including the figures of what is in our bank account and the amount of money bills we have or don’t have in our pocketbook or billfold.  All facts and all natural, circumstantial evidence cannot be considered if they are opposite of what the Word of God proclaims as truth about us in Christ Jesus.  We have to remember that the Word of God is The Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but The Truth about us.  Facts and all natural, circumstantial evidence can deceive us and make us think contrary to The Truth and thus contaminate our faith.  Never, ever look to the facts and natural evidence while using your faith in the Word of God.  Focus on the Word only.  What we focus on expands so we don’t want the problems to expand but we want the truths of God’s Word to change all the facts and natural evidence.  Every single day we have to make the choice between facts or truth.  I have written an article on my website, www.godswordalive.com, you will want to check out entitled, “Facts or Truth, Which Will You Choose” that can greatly help you keep the facts and natural evidence from contaminating your faith.  Remember, the devil uses only what is common to man to tempt and test our faith, so don’t get caught considering the facts and natural evidence when using your faith.

Fear and worry are contaminates of faith.  When you allow fear thoughts in your thinking and you allow yourself to worry then you never will make right decisions, have right actions and get the right results.  Fear and worry are destructive and deadly not only to your faith but they also produce death, destruction, calamity, etc. in your life. Fear is what caused Lot, in the bible, to lose all of his children and all of his possessions.  Job 3:25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. KJV  You can define “fear” as “false evidence that appears to be real”.  And remember that no fear is good for you, not even a little bit because fear is not of God but of the devil.  Worry is a companion of fear and worry is meditation or playing out in the mind what is feared.  Fear is faith in what is bad or evil that can happen to you.  And worry assists fear and plays the fear out in the mind so that it becomes so real that as with Job, it will eventually, if you meditate or worry about it long enough, will play out in a person’s life.  Fear and worry are deadly.  Fear and worry contaminate people’s faith every single day.

Sin is another contaminator of faith.  Sin or sins will cause us to walk around in darkness so that we don’t know what to do when we need answers and even cause us to make wrong decisions and we will not know the will of God and sin condemns our heart so that we can’t believe we will receive anything of the Lord.  Confession to the Lord that we have sinned and asking for a cleansing of our heart with the blood of Jesus is what will restore us to walking in the light and then we will be able to believe and receive what has been promised.  Here’s a scripture that can be of help if you find yourself habitually sinning in a particular area, like anger or bitterness, resentment, hatefulness, etc.  Heb 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. KJV   We know the Word of God has power to change anything and this scripture is very powerful to lay aside the sin that has become habitual.  You can confess:  I lay aside every sin and every weight that does so easily take control of me and I look unto Jesus the author and the finisher of my faith.

Focus on the negative things in our lives is another contaminator of our faith.  What we focus on expands whether we realize it or not.  If we don’t want negative things to produce more and more of the same in our lives then we have to lose our focus of  that negativity and focus on positive things found in the Word of God that spoken out of our mouth creates positive things in our lives.

Another major thing that contaminates our faith is when we magnify the problems or needs we have in our mind and with our speech.  Instead of magnifying the problems we need to magnify the Lord and His presence and His greatness and power and His glory in our lives.  Ps 34:1-3 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. KJV  When we magnify the LORD and His Name is when problems and needs will look solvable and will bring His presence and glory on the scene and it is in His presence, His glory that miracles take place.  So magnify the LORD in your thoughts and speech and the enemy will run and hide in the presence of Jehovah, your God.

Time is another contaminator of faith. God created time but He never created time to dominate or control mankind.  God gave mankind dominion over every created thing and time is a created thing.  Faith is the way out of having to wait on time because in faith there is no time.  Remember Hebrews 11:1 tells us,  Heb 11:1 Now faith… KJV  In other words, when you use faith, there is no time in faith, there is no future in faith for faith is always now.  When you speak in faith you always speak that something is already done.  “I am healed.”  “I am rich.”  That’s why Jesus always spoke, “I am the resurrection.”  “I am the light of the world.”  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”  So we should never think and speak in time that something is going to happen, it is going to take time to fix or mend, etc.  In faith there is no more time!  So stop thinking and talking in time that something is going to happen otherwise you will contaminate your faith and be controlled by time.

Corrupt communication is another contaminator of faith.  Corrupt communication is speaking about yourself and your situation or other people and other things contrary to the Word of God and what the Spirit of God has spoken to you.  The bible tells us, Eph 4:29-30 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. KJV   You will immediately know if you have spoken contrary to the Word of God because you will not feel just right inside your spirit man.  You are grieving the Holy Spirit and He is letting you know it.  And the more you study and meditate the Word of God and find out who you are as this New Man in Christ Jesus, you will be easily corrected by your spirit and you can nullify those negative words you have spoken so they don’t produce in your life by speaking something to the effect, “I bind those words I have spoken against the Word of God and against me and I render them powerless in my life.”  Watch your words for the enemy knows that as the new man in Christ Jesus you reign in life by one Jesus Christ through your words.  The bible tells us we can decree a thing and it will be established good or bad.  So choose your words carefully to make sure they line up with the Word of God.

Faith is the victory that overcomes this world and the world’s systems and demons and fear, doubt, unbelief, all sickness and all disease and poverty, lack and debt, all financial failures, anything that is contrary to the purpose and will of God for your life. Faith is the receiver for everything Jesus has already given us through His redemptive work and in faith there is no time in receiving it.

With this information I pray you readily and clearly recognize what contaminates your faith and you immediately let go of these contaminators in your life.    Of course there are other contaminators I did not mention in this blog and so you can and must be sensitive to the Spirit of God living inside of your spirit who will teach you all other faith contaminators.

After reading this blog, you need to listen to my audios, “Get Yourself Some Hope” & “God Kind of Hope”.  You can download the PDF transcription to study with the audios.