Hebrews 11:1-6 [Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 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.]
Genesis 12:1-4 [The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.]
The story of a gentleman. He was pulling a wheel barrow down a river by tying ropes at the ends of the river. People were watching – and he kept at it. They all saw he was successful at it. Yet when he called people to enter in, they didn’t go in for fear.
Many of us think we have faith even when we do not have. We like what we hear but when it comes to the actual thing, we cower away.
What is faith? Faith is complete confidence & trust in God & the Lord Jesus Christ.
Faith is the commitment of man to Jesus Christ – implicit confidence and absolute trust. It is through faith that God deals with man. What is the object of faith – Jesus Christ – not man, not our intellect, not our knowledge, not our physique, not our understanding, not our material possession?
The object our faith should be the Lord Jesus Christ. It is when you focus on him that you talk about the type of faith that pleases God. The object of our faith is very important. In the story of the Titanic – the trust was in mechanics and intellect.
Jesus never fails.
How does faith come? Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God.
Romans 10:17 [So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.]
When we hear the word of God, it grows our faith. In Acts 2, when Peter was preaching on the day of Pentecost and people were gathered. The power was so much that the people responded with and in faith.
Acts 2:37 [Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?]
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God. And what is the amount of faith required to please God? – Faith as small as a mustard seed.
How do we access faith?
- Doctrine: What we believe. If I believe in you, I will trust you.
- Worship: How we reverence and worship God. When you see a person worshipping God, it shows complete confidence in God.
- Morality: The way we live and behave. Your lifestyle tells of the person you believe in. People are watching you and it’s through your attitude and lifestyle that they will get to know what type of faith you possess.
With faith you cannot please God. When God is satisfied and delighted with you, you will be richly blessed. Living in righteousness, walking according to his will, will please God. Serving Him diligently is also pleasing to Him – serving Him without complaints et al. When you exude the faith you have in God, He is blessed. Irrespective of David’s weaknesses, God declared him a man after His own heart.
Without faith you can’t obey, be loyal or reverence God.
Our faith is to lead us to do what God commands. Your faith is to lead you to do what God expects you to do. Faith accepts no impossibility – through faith, every impossibility can be made possible.
Rahab was a gentile and a prostitute, yet faith made her a force to be reckoned with. She moved and acted by faith and it pleased God.
Faith pleases God more than anything else. For us to have faith, we must have the knowledge of God. That’s why it is important you and I to study the word of God and not skip fellowship. The word of God is actually what increases and expands your faith.
Faith goes with emotions.
Proverbs 1:7 [The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.]
2 Corinthians 5:14 [For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead.]
Reverential fear and Love for God are key to faith. When you have these two you are bound to exhibit faith, and when you have faith, you will have reverential fear and love. Faith does not stand alone, it is backed with emotions.
Our faith must continue to grow. And it can only do so with continually word study, tarry in the place of prayer and fellowshipping with brethren.
Faith is never static – it is growing or receding.
Challenges, trials and battles strengthen your faith. You can’t remain a baby Christian dwelling on milk alone. Rather, the Christian should grow in faith to be able to tackle bones.
When you give your life to Christ, don’t keep memorabilia of your past. Destroy all links to your past life to avoid temptations.
Faith helps us accomplish extraordinary things. Through Noah’s faith, the human race was saved.
In the early 50s Jeremiah Lahora invited friends over to pray. Within a week he had 40 persons come in. Within 2 years, 1 million Americans had given their lives through that movement.
Israelites incurred the wrath of God because of their faithlessness.
Exodus 17:1-7 [And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the Lord, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink. Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the Lord? And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, what shall I do unto this people? They be almost ready to stone me. And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, Is the Lord among us, or not?]
God provided for the Israelites every time but still, they exhibited faithlessness and they perished as a result of it. Faith helps us to be calm in the middle of troubled waters. When situations are unfavourable and when others are running Helter skelter, your faith in the unshakable God grounds you.