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Faith# 4

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     So many times, we face adverse situation, weather it’s a direct attack of the enemy or it’s something else. We need to get the victory. God never intended for us to walk in defeat. God's plan is for us to live a victorious life. I’m not saying that life is going to be a bed of roses, and everything is going to be perfect. There are going to be attacks of the enemy and there are going to be those things that happen, but we can have the victory over them all.

I.        If we’re living right and living for God, 1 of the most important things we can do is to walk by faith.

A.  (2 Corinthians 5:7) Tells us, “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”.

1.   Turn to 1JOHN 5:4.

a)    Kenneth Wuest Translation says, “(The believer) is constantly coming off victorious over the world. And this is the victory that has come off victorious over the world, our faith. Who is he who is constantly coming off victorious over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” [1] (V. 4-5)

b)    The Weymouth translation says, "For every child of God overcomes the world; and the victorious principle which has overcome the world is our faith.”[2]

c)     The word “overcomes, or overcometh” in this V means, “overcome, conquer, prevail, and get the victory.”[3]

d)    And the word “World” κόσμος [kosmos /kos·mos/] means “the world, the universe, the circle of the earth, the earth, the inhabitants of the earth, men, the human race, the ungodly multitude, the whole mass of men alienated from God, world affairs, the whole circle of earthly goods, endowments, riches, advantages, pleasures, etc.” [4]

e)   In other words this V is saying that “it is our faith that is enabling us to conquer the world” or have victory over all that the world throws at us.

(1)  Victorious over all the demons and demon activity.
(2)   Victory over all the ungodly, and victory over our finances.

B.   (1JOHN 5:4) told us that it is through our faith that we have VICTORY.

1.    But there is more to it than that.

a)     We are instructed by God to live by faith.

(1)   (Romans 1:17) Says, “The just shall live by faith.”

b)    Look at HEB 11:6 “But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

c)     This is more of a commandment that we walk by faith.

(1)   Can’t please Him without it.
(2)  That means, all of our good works don’t please Him without it being done by faith.
(3)   I’m not saying, “Don’t do good works.” I’m saysing, do them in faith.

II.       ROM 12:1-3. (the measure of faith.)

A.  V2 “conformed and transformed” Present Imperative denotes Continuous action 

B.   Sometimes people feel that God has given a large portion of faith to the Kenneth Hagin’s and Kenneth Copeland’s, but a little portion to them.

1.    Peter said (Acts 10:34) “that God is no respecter of persons.”

2.   He gives ever person the same measure of faith.

a)    There is a gift of the spirit that is a special gift of faith, but that’s not really for a private individual.

(1)   God has given us all the same measure of faith.

3.   Look at (Mark 11:12-14, 20-22)Mark 11:22.

a)    Once again we have the present imperative verb (mood), which means Continuous Action.

b)     The KJV says, “Have faith in God.”

c)      The Worrell translation says, “Have the faith of God.” Or “Have the God kind of Faith.”

4.   The literal translation to this verse is “Be constantly having the Faith of God.”

a)    He is trying to tell us that we are to have the same kind of Faith.

(1)  We are to operate in faith the same way that God operates in faith.

b)     It’s this same faith that led 3 million Israelites out of bondage in Egypt and made a path of dry ground so they could cross the red sea.

c)      It’s this same faith that raised Jesus from the dead, and it has worked in the lives of the great men of faith through the ages.

5.    These men used the measure of faith that God dealt them and they followed His instructions.

a)     Faith will be of no use to anyone that lets it lie dormant.

C.  Now God expects you to grow in Christ.

1.   Grow in our trust, grow in faith.

a)    (Col. 3:16) Says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

b)  Turn over to COL 1:23

2.   AMP [And this He will do] <salvation> provided that you continue to stay with and in the faith [in Christ], well-grounded and settled and steadfast, not shifting or moving away from the hope [which rests on and is inspired by] the glad tidings (the Gospel), which you heard and which has been preached [as being designed for and offered without restrictions] to every person under heaven[5]

a)     

b)    The Bible says, “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

3.   When God speaks to you, to your heart or through His written Word, that causes faith to come. When you listen and take heed, obey, believe what He said, trust Him, that causes faith to grow.

a)    It’s that simple. Don’t make it harder then what He said.

(1)   Sure we need to guard our heart from ungodly things.

4.   Look at PRO 4:20-23

a)   Notice that in Verse 23 he says that “My words” or “God’s Word” “ARE LIFE.”

b)  ***The word “LIFE” means, “חָיָה ( ḥāyâ ) live, have life, remain alive, sustain life, live prosperously, live forever. Also be quickened, revive from sickness, discouragement, or even death . [6]

c)     The word “HEALTH” also means “MEDICINE.”.

5.   Listen to verse 23 from the AMP “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.”[7]

a)   How do you guard and keep your heart? Stay away from the negative, but that’s not enough, fill it with the positive, the WORD.

b)  At the end of verse 23 the AMP says, “Out of the heart flow the springs of life.” What flows from your heart? WORDS

(1)  Jesus said in (Matt 12:34) “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”
(2)       Out of your mouth will flow springs of life.
(3)       Here is that your LIFE again. ***

c)     But He said, “Faith comes by hearing and meditating on His Word. (Rom 10:17)

d)    Joshua said in (Joshua 1:8) “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

(1)  He’s saying the same thing that Paul is saying.
(2)   If we hear God’s Word and meditate on it, it will produce faith, and if were obedient to His Word our faith will grow. And then we’ll have the victory in our lives.

D.  2COR 10:15. (Faith increases)

1.    The phrases “Faith cometh,”(ROM 10:17) and “When your faith is increased” (2COR 10:15) shows that the measure of faith God deals to believers can grow

2.   2 Cor 10:15-16 Notice “Faith increases ministry written   increase (Holman).

3.   I have heard people criticize the WORD OF FAITH teaching by saying that it is mean and cruel to say to someone that they did not have enough faith to receive.

a)    And I would agree. You don’t want to slap someone when they’re down.

b)    But the statement is basically true.

(1)  Eph 4:15 Tells us to tell the truth in love.
(2)  It may not have been that they lacked faith, but rather their faith was not developed.
(a)   (ROM 4:20-21) Says that Abraham was strong in faith.
(b)   V21 in the KJV says “Persuaded” the NKJV says “Convinced”

c)     Our faith has to grow and develop.

d)    I remember a woman when I was pastoring in Mich. She started coming to our church when she had cancer.

(1)  She heard that we believed in healing, so she thought she would give it a try.
(2)  I tried to give her the Word and build up her faith, but she would never rise to a level of real faith. She always hoped she would receive her healing, but never had faith that she was healed.
(a)   You would never say to her or her family that she didn’t have enough faith.
(b)   You don’t dwell on the negative, but lead them to the answer.

e)     But it’s true, (I don’t care what the critics say), she didn’t have her faith developed yet. IT TAKES TIME TO DEVELOP YOUR FAITH for it to be strong.

4.   Let me ask you this, Ladies, if you were pregnant, would you prefer to go to a doctor that has never delivered a baby, or one that has delivered 100’s?

a)    What about a dentist? If you need some major work done on your teeth, do you want the dentist to have some experience or are you just fine that you are his 1st patient. (What if he never went to medical school?)

b)    Why is this important to you? Because it takes time and experience for the person to become good.

c)     It’s not any different in the area of faith.

(1)  It takes time of sitting under the Word; it takes experience, the exercising of your faith, for your faith to be strong. (Strong in that skill.)
(a)   I could probably treat the common cold just about as good as a doctor, but when it comes to cancer, I don’t have a clue on what to do.
(b)   It takes time to develop.   

d)    If you compare your faith level today to what it was a year ago, you will probably find that it has grown.

(1)   Why? Because you've heard the Word of God and you've acted on it.

E.       ISA 7:9.

1.   Let me read it to you from the NIV translation. (Isa. 7:9b) “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.”

2.   But, listen to it from the New Century Version, “If your faith is not strong, you will not have strength enough to last.” [8]

a)    That is so true for us today. It’s time for us to be strong in faith.

F.        ISA 28:16

1.   Today’s English Version says, ‘Faith that is firm is also patient.’

2.   That sounds a lot like Heb 6:12 which says, “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”[9]

a)     When we go to the Word of God and find a scripture that is the answer to the problem we’re facing, we're faced with an option.

b)    Either to believe it or reject it. If we believe it our faith grows, and now it's time to put it into action.

3.   Great faith gets great results, Little faith get little results.

a)    Don’t wait until you have an serious attack of the enemy to get great faith.

4.    Start using your faith now in the small areas so that you will strengthen your faith through the Word of God.

a)    It does take some time to build your faith or strengthen your faith. If you wait, you may have waited too long.

III.     How do you determine how much faith you have?

A.   How do you know if you’re at the point to where your faith will get you the victory?

B.  MATT 9:27-30.

C.  This was something interesting that took place.

1.   These 2 men were calling Jesus “Son of David.”

a)    This was a term that was to be used for the Messiah.

b)    These 2 men had some spiritual insight.

c)     Not only did they see Jesus as the Messiah but they also knew that part of the Messiah’s calling card was to give sight to the blind.

2.   Isa. 61:1 Says, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”

a)    The literal translation from the Septuaginta is, “And the blind the recovery of sight.”

b)    Jesus choose to quote the Septuaginta version.

(1)  Luke 4:18 says, “Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”

3.   Notice what Jesus said to these 2 blind men (here in Matt 9:29), “According to your faith be it unto you.”

4.   Jesus asked these 2 men a question. Notice their response.

a)    Jesus said, “Believe ye that I am able to do this?” The 2 men said without hesitation, “Yea, Lord.”

b)    The 1st thing you need to ask yourself is, “Do I believe God is able?”

(1)  If you can answer, “Yes” without hesitation, you’re ready for the next step.
(2)  But if there is some hesitation, get back in the Word, which will feed your spirit and build your faith.

D.  For the 2nd step turn to MARK 5:25-28.

1.   1st you ask yourself, “Is God able to do it.”

2.   2nd you ask “Will God do it.” (This not a confession of faith as we know it. This is what she knew.)(V 34)

a)    Again, if there is any hesitation, go back to the Word and meditate on it.

b)    I just want to add this 1 point. Don’t try to fool yourself, just because you know what the answers should be.

(1)   The only 1 that you’re fooling would be is yourself.
(2)  If you’re not truthful with yourself, you’re not going to receive, and you’re doing yourself more harm. (Especially if it’s something serious.)

c)     It’s easy to believe God for the small things, but it takes more faith for the larger things.

(1)   Ask yourself will God do it?

d)    If you know He will, you’re ready.

E.  Now, if you’re a person that meditates on the Word day and night, you will wake up Praising God for what He is doing. There will be a joy in your heart.

1.    Instead of looking at the problem, you will be looking toward the promise and knowing that it belongs to you.

2.   You’ll know that your faith in God and in His Word has given you the victory.

a)    You will see yourself as an overcomer.

IV.    Jesus talked about different levels of faith and during those times He reveals to us how we can measure our faith.

A.  Jesus used a spiritual device to measure faith.

1.   He did it by judging words and actions.

B.  Let’s look at a few of these examples in the Word.

1.   MARK 4 In these Vs notice what the disciples say and do when adversity comes.

2.   MARK 4:35-40

a)    In (V 35) Jesus said to the disciples “Let us pass over unto the other side.”

(1)  Then the storm arose.
(2)  When Jesus told them to go to the other side, He was giving them authority over any obstacle so they could go to the other side.
(3)  But they reacted negatively to the storm.

b)    After Jesus arose from His sleep, He rebuked the wind, and said, “Peace, be still.” And there was a great calm.

(1)  Then He turned to His disciples and Said to them, “I’m going to teach you about faith, I’m going to show you your level of faith.”

c)     1st you came to Me and said, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” (Mark 4:38)

(1)  In other words, “Don’t you care that we’re going to die?”

d)    Then, He said, “You're so fearful.”

(1)  Their words and their action determined their level of faith.
(2)  Jesus said they have no faith.

e)   The disciples were going by what they saw and what their feelings were telling them, more than the Word of God.

(1)  The disciples should have known by now that when Jesus said something, it was going to come to pass.

3.   Look at MARK 4:39-40 again.

a)    Notice that Jesus said, “Why are ye so fearful?”

(1)  This V is in the present tense. (In the original Greek it’s in the present tense.)
(2)  The storm had already stopped, and Jesus said, “Why are you still so fearful?” (He didn’t say, “Why were you so fearful?”)

b)    He had to measure their level of faith as “No faith.”

V.     Let’s look at a different example. MATT 14:22-29

A.  When Jesus speaks, either through a spoken word or His written Word, and you hear it, faith comes.

1.   Notice that when Jesus said, “Come,” Peter heard Him and immediately received that Word into his heart. Faith came and he started walking on the water.

a)    At this point, Peter had great faith.

2.   Let’s go on reading in MATT 14:30-31.

a)   The word “WHEREFORE” literally means “AGAINST WHAT.”

(1)       Jesus was really asking, “What did you doubt, me or my word.”

b)    As long as Peter had his eyes on the Word, his faith was great.

c)     But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he started to sink.

(1)  When you get your eyes on the circumstances, you can’t see the Word, which will limit God from working in your life.

B.  Jesus taught Peter something about faith.

1.   Jesus said to Peter, “Wherefore didst thou doubt?”

a)    He’s saying “Peter you were walking on the water. This is great faith, but when you saw the wind, you started considering the circumstances. You got your eyes off the Word and began to sink.”

b)    Jesus measured the level of Peter’s faith as “Little faith.”

(1)  He started in faith, but ended in doubt.
(2)  That’s little faith.

VI.    Let’s go on and look at another example that Jesus gave. MATT 8:5-10

a)     A centurion in the Roman army was a commander of a century, a group of 100 soldiers.[10]

B.  Jesus was saying that what the centurion said and did, revealed that he had “great faith.”

1.   Jesus even said that this was the greatest faith that He had ever seen in any one.

a)    What was it that the man said and did that caused Jesus to measure this his faith as great faith.

2.   1st  he understood the authority in the Word of God.

a)    (2nd) Then He said, “Just speak the Word.”

(1)  In other word he said, I need the Word of God that my servant will be healed.
(2)  That is the only way to have faith, to have God’s Word of the subject.

b)    How do we know that He had to have faith in God’s Word for his servant to be healed?

c)     That brings us to the 3rd thing that he did.

(1)    MAT 8:13
(2)  Jesus said according to your faith it’s going to be done, and his servant was healed.

C.  Later, after Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to the disciples, all were there except Thomas.

1.   (John 20:25) “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

a)    Later Jesus appeared to Thomas (John 20:27) and said to him, “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust [it] into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.”

b)    He said this level of faith is “Faithless” or having no faith.

(1)  If we have to see the answer to the promise with our natural eyes before we’ll believe. We don’t have the faith that is needed to receive

D.  If you will react to felling sick by saying: “The Word is my final authority. It says that I am healed by Jesus stripes, and that’s all the evidence I need. I’m am healed and that settles it.”

1.   And you really mean it from your heart. Jesus will marvel at your faith.

Faith # 4

WOLCC Sun AM 10/22/94 & WOLCC Sunday, June 29, 2003


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