FAITH: WHAT IS IT II (March 17, 2019)

Heb. 11:1 – 2

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Faith in God will produce good report.

This why the bible emphasized in four different places

Habakkuk 2:4, the just shall live by his faith,

Ro 1:17 the just shall live by faith.

Ga 3:11 the just shall live by faith.

Heb 10:38 the just shall live by faith:.

True Bible Faith is a practical expression of confidence in God and His Word.

James 2:18

“Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works; shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.”

Faith is a reflective act: It shows

If it is true that you believe in divine healing, it should show by the evidence of your continual healthy life.

If it is true that you believe in prosperity, it should show by the evidence of your continual giving.

If it is true that you believe that God cares for you, then it should show by the evidence of you being continual joyful.

Faith is in the doing; doing what He commands.

There is no evidence of faith without an act.

Joyful Action

Your joyful action and not just action is the authentic evidence of faith.

Why joyful action? God said

De 28:47 – 48

47 Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; 48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.

See it in David in 2Sa 6:12

And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.

Ps 100:2

Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Back to action, look at Noah

Heb. 11:7

“Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the in which he condemned the world.”

When you refuse to move by the Word, faith is not in place.

God spoke and Noah moved.

“By faith Noah … moved”

Faith compels action.

Faith is an act.

Faith is reflective. It shows!

Hebrews 11:13 – 16 Steps of faith

Seen them afar off,

Were persuaded of them,

Embraced them,

Confessed; say such things declaring plainly

God is not ashamed to be called their God:

He hath prepared for them a city.

Faith is committing yourself to your persuasions and convictions.

Faith is an affirmation.

Faith is an act:

 Not only do we believe what God says, our convictions lead us to take action.

It is a show!

When you stop showing it, then it’s no longer there.

You can’t have it and not show it.

When it stops reflecting in your lifestyle, then it’s no longer there.

When you stop showing it, then it’s no longer there.

You can’t have it and not show it.

Faith is acting on what you believe.

If you don’t act on it though what you believe, it will not change your circumstance.

When you act upon what God’s Word says, results are sure to answer.

Faith, is acting on God’s Word.

It is doing whatever God says to do in His Word.

Faith begins with hearing God’s Word for a situation.

It continues with you believing that Word.

Then you fight with it despising the contradictions and circumstances.

By which you begin to act on it giving praise and glory to God for it.

That is faith!

The basis for faith

Tit 1:1 – 2

Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

According to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness.

Faith is acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness.

What is the truth?

Joh 17:17

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

God and His Word are one.

Get acquainted with God through His Word.

He is everything the Word says He is.

He can do everything the Word say He can.

He will do everything the Word says He will.

God is back of every Word that He promises.

He watches over His Word to perform it.

The strength of faith is the integrity of His Word.

Too many are only acquainted with God through feelings.

Relying on Feelings to know whether God heard us or not.

If we don’t feel well, then we think He’s not hearing us.

Most have our faith based on our feelings.

The basis of faith is that God cannot lie.

True faith is based on God’s Word: on the integrity of His word.

What He says, He does.

Nu 23:19

God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

The basis for faith is that God always make good His word.

That is why the source of faith is the word of God Himself.

Rom. 10:17

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

It comes by hearing, and it works by acting on what you have heard.

You keep hearing the Word, till it becomes part of you through under­standing.

As you become one with the Word in your ac­tions, then your faith begins to manifest.

If you wish faith to grow and become strong in it, then stay on the Word, feed on it and medi­tate on it, until you become one with it.

Get to know who and what you are in Christ

Get to know what your privileges are for you in Christ.

Get to know what He thinks of you,

Get to know what He says of you.

All these you will find in the Word.

They are the nuggets in His word, go find them

Go find them

Jer 15:16

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

As you find them, eat them up and fill your belly with them

We have what the bible says we have.

We can do what the word says we can do.

So start acting like it.

Whatever you are saying you believe God for, stop speaking and acting contrary to it, or you disqualify yourself of the answer.

All through this week start rejoicing in your breakthroughs!

God is about to change your position through the instrument of faith!

Guard your faith with joy and gladness.

Stop lamenting and crying saying what is not working.

Don’t let your faith fail.

Until your faith fails, you don’t become a failure.

Until your faith fails, Satan cannot harm you.

Don’t become a victim.

Your faith will not fail in Jesus precious name.

It’s time to rise up and begin to put your faith to work.

This year you will go forward

Jesus is Lord

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