slowing down just a bit a couple of days off to redo the bathroom…
the outreach last few weeks went well…over 200 people served, cared and reached out to the people of dayton…
next few sunday’s i’ll continue the idea of having faith…
God does nothing except through believing prayer. John Wesley
Luke 18:8 When the Son of Man returns will he find faith on the earth.
He didn’t ask will there be love, or will there be hope, he mentioned faith…is it possible people will become so jaded that having faith will a rarity?
Heb 11:6 and without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He is and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
Faith believes that He exsists and that He is a good God who rewards those who seek Him.
With faith, all things are possible. Jesus
Five Facets of Faith
1. Faith is now…
Heb 11:1 Now faith is… (faith is not future, hope is future, faith is activated in the now of life) the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. NAS
Faith enables the believing soul to treat the future as present
and the invisible as seen.
Faith by definition is: assurance, confidence to act. A strong conviction that moves a person to action. Faith is complete trust, dependence, sureness, and certainty. Faith is a reliance based on God’s word and acted upon, a confidence based on the nature and character of God.
Belief is to take at one’s word, to rest assured, to know.
Faith is based on our continuing and current relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Faith flows out of our relationship with Jesus as we discover God and embrace his promises.
Rom 5:1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
If our relationship with Jesus is current and growing we will have a tendency to live in harmony with others and our faith will grow.
Every man has been given a measure of faith. James
There are degrees of faith:
Jesus saw their faith…three friends had great faith, they tore the roof off to bring their friend to Jesus.
Your faith has made you whole…a blind man was healed by his persistent call to Jesus…a woman just touched the hem of His garment and was made whole
Disciples asked Lord ‘increase our faith’after being told how many times should we forgive? ’70X7’ Jesus replied…the disciples response was ‘O Lord increase our faith’…you’d think they’d ask ‘increase our love’… the reality forgiveness is a faith issue.
Disciples were rebuked for their lack of faith… Jesus said ‘o you of little faith’
He marveled at a towns unbelief
Others were commended for their great faith… Canaanite woman who’s daughter needed emotional and spiritual healing…and the Centurion ‘just say the word and my servant will be healed’
Faith can grow with use, or wither through neglect.
Having faith in a Good God is essential to a life of faith.