Faith must never be in faith itself; it always depends upon the object, which is the Word of God. This includes the principles, promises, and provisions for love, healing, forgiveness and restoration. We are simply to believe the Word of God. This emphasis is the object of our faith.
Let us look at the man by the pool of Bethesda in John 5, “which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.” Jesus saw him and asked, “Wilt thou be made whole?” The man answered, “Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool” (John 5:7). Jesus then told him to pick up his bed and walk. This man did not know Jesus or who He was, but he acted upon what was said. He placed his trust in the word Jesus spoke, and not in his own faith. He simply did what he was told according to the Word.
Then there is the woman in Luke 7, who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears. Jesus said that her faith had saved her (2). The words Jesus spoke made her whole. She believed, but the object of her faith performed the healing as the non-meritorious result of trusting in Him. Believing means nothing if Jesus Christ is not the object.