The Necessity of Faith

The NECESSITY of Faith

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

  1. INTRODUCTION – FAITH is the currency of the kingdom of god; faith moves the hand of god.  We activate god’s plans & purpose for us by faith.  this includes salvation, healing, the baptism of the holy spirit, receiving the gifts of the spirit AND BECOMING INVOLVED in ministry and kingdom work.
    1. in LUKE 8:43-44 THERE WAS A WOMAN that HAD BEEN HEMORAGING FOR 12 YEARS,  that PRESSED through THE CROWD TO TOUCH THE HEM OF Jesus GARMENT,  BELIEVING THAT IF SHE COULD DO SO SHE WOULD BE HEALED. she was healed. JESUS FELT VIRTUE GO OUT FROM HIM AND ASKED “WHO TOUCHED ME?”  WHEN SHE IDENTIFIED HERSELF HE SAID “THY FAITH HATH MADE THE WHOLE.”  god responds to faith.
    2. in MATT 15: 25 – 28 WE HAVE THE STORY OF THE SAMARITAN WOMAN.  WHO CAME AND WORSHIPED JESUS AND ASKED HIM TO HELP HER, HER DAUGHTER WAS ILL.  BUT HE SAID IT IS NOT RIGHT TO TAKE THE CHILDREN’S BREAD AND GIVE IT TO DOGS.  SHE REPLIED, TRUE LORD, YET THE DOGS EAT THE CRUMBS WHICH FALL FROM THE MASTERS TABLE.  JESUS RESPONDED “O WOMAN, GREAT IIS THY FAITH: BE IT ONTO THEE EVEN AS THOU WILT.”  AND HER DAUGHTER WAS MADE WHOLE.

C. the gospels cite many instances like these where god wrought miracles & and healed in response to faith.

II.            what is faith?

Hebrews chapter 11 is called the faith chapter of the bible: heb 1:1-3

in rom 12:3 we are told that every man is given a measure of faith; but faith is also given as one of the gifts of the spirit made available to the church in 1cor 12, along with healing, miracles, prophecy, TONGUES & interpretation of tongues, discernment and other gifts, nine in all are listed.

C. heb 11:6 “without faith it is impossible to please him (god):  for he that cometh to god must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarded of them that diligently seek him.”

D. kathryn kuhlman “faith is the quality or power by which the things desired become the things possessed.”

but she also kathryn warns that “one of the most common errors is to confuse faith with presumption.”  faith is based upon god’s word, and hearing from god, not trying to use god to fulfill our carnal desires.

III.           we come to god by faith in christ

Rom 10:9-11 (KJV) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  sin brings shame and alienation from god, friends and family but we find forgiveness and restoration in Christ.

Eph 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

 

IV.          we continue OUR JOURNEY WITH CHRIST BY faith

A.     FAITH IS DEMONSTRATED BY LIFE OF OBEDIENCE

heb 11:8says by faith abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as an inheritance obeyed and went.

FAITH PRODUCES HOPE AND HOPE MAKES US UNASHAMED: Rom 5:5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

ROM 16:25-26 CHRIST IS PREACHED & THE SCRIPTURES AND COMMANDMENTS OF GOD WERE MADE MANIFEST FOR THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH.  n.t. examples include:

john 9:11 JESUS TOLD THE MAN BORN BLIND TO GO & WASH IN THE POOL OF SILOAM

john 21:16 PETER & disciples fishing ON THE SEA OF GALILEE HAD FISHED ALL

NIGHT AND NOT CAUGHT ANY FISH.   JESUS TOLD HIM TO CAST DOWN HIS NETS…

luke 24:49: Jesus told his disciples in luke to tarry in jerusalem until they be endued with power from on high, they obeyed and received the baptism of the holy spirit, the power of god to begin preaching the gospel to the world…

FAITH & OBEDIENCE CANNOT BE SEPARATED:  E.M. BOUNDS: “OBEDIENCE HELPS FAITH AND FAITH HELPS OBEDIENCE.”

 

IV.          know for sure that yOUR FAITH WILL BE TESTED

 

1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

JAMES 1:2-4 (AMP)SPEAKS OF THE TRIAL OF OUR FAITH (READ)

1Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings

JESUS TOLD PETER AFTER HE HAD GOTTEN OUT OF THE BOAT AND BEGAN TO SINK:  “O THOU OF LITTLE FAITH, WHEREFORE DIDST THOU DOUBT?”

in JOHN 11 mary & martha’s faith was severely tested (read selectively)

V.           faith & faithfulness is rewarded BY GOD

YOU CANNOT SEPARATE FAITH AND FAITHFULNESS, they are inseparable.

in Gen 15:1 god spoke to abram in a vision SAYING “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great REWARD”.

Heb 10:34-39 CAST not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of REWARD. then Rev 22:12 … behold, I come quickly; and my REWARD is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

conclusion –   LUKE 18:8 JESUS ASKS THE soul searching  QUESTION   “…when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (luke 18:8b)   2Corinthians  13:5 (AMP) TELLS US TO “Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves [[a]not Christ].”   if you find yourself lacking in faith,  romans 10:17 says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

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