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August 5, 2015

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FAITH

We promised to talk more about faith this month, so here we go

 

We all have faith in something. It may be in self, money, heritage, family, a religious system, etc. But unless our faith is in God and is growing, we have an unfulfilled life on earth and no hope of heaven.

BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE

God requires that we have faith in him and he even gives us that faith (Heb. 11:6; Rom. 10:17).

 

Faith is necessary in the Christian life:

We have to  have faith to be made right with God and to have peace (Rom. 1:17;5:1).

It takes faith To receive eternal life (John 3:16; Eph. 2:8,9).

It takes faith to be assured that our prayers will be answered (Matt. 17:20; James 1:5-8).

To please God (Heb. 11:6).

Faith comes from God:

God gives each person a certain amount of faith (Rom. 12:3).

God gives some Christians the gift of extraordinary faith (1 Cor. 12:9).

God give more faith to those who listen to the Good News about Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:17).


FAITH or the Lack of;

 

Inquirers often express the need for more faith.

We could define faith as “blind commitment to what God is, does, and says.” It is staking our life on the reality of His trustworthiness. But unless faith becomes operative in our own life, it is only a word. The most well-known definition of faith in Scripture is a functional one; it does not tell us what faith actually is, but what it will do for us: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for a certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV).

The Gospel is a way of faith. The Christian life is a walk of faith. Faith pleases God and He rewards it. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6, NIV).

  1. A life of faith doesn’t develop instantaneously through some mysterious process. It is spiritual discipline that leads to a deeper faith.

  2. We might need to confess lack of faith to God as sin.” . . .for whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23, KJV). “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12, KJV).

  3. go to the source book on faith, the Bible. There are approximately 500 references to “faith,” “belief,” etc., in the New Testament alone. We need to read it and study it! Encourage yourself by writing down every reference to faith, then study each one its context to determine what God is saying about faith and how you can apply it to his life.

  4. exercise faith through your prayer life. There are references relating faith to prayer: for example, Matthew 17:20 and James 5:15. Faith will grow as victories in prayer are experienced.

  5. use what you learn about faith, putting it to the test in your life and experiences. For example: in Proverbs 3:5,6, God promises His guidance if we meet certain conditions.

  6. begin to challenge faith by daring to believe God more and more and act on that belief. True faith is dynamic; it results in action! The great heroes of faith (Hebrews 11) were on the move for God! Get involved in Christian service. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58, KJV).

Scripture

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

            Romans 5:1, KJV

“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, through now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trail of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perished, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

            1 Peter 1:6-9, KJV

“. . . I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain. Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”(most commentators who specialize in Aramaic believe Jesus was talking about the Sanhedrin Counsel, slow to make decisions and if you were not of their ilk you could never convince them to change their minds).

            Matthew 17:20, NIV

“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.”

            Mark 11:22, KJV

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