Walking by Faith

Walking by Faith

(THE CONSEQUENCES AND IMPLICATIONS OF WALKING BY FAITH)

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)     INTRODUCTION –jesus talked a lot about faith and often performed miracles because he saw their faith: in luke 8 there was a woman with an issue of blood who touched the hem of jesus garment and was healed.  jesus said to her “Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole… (Luke 8:48)”.   jesus told the leper who was cleansed and returned to thank him: “…Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”  ( Luk 17:19)    AFTER JESUS CURSED THE FIG TREE THE DISCIPLES ASKED HIM TO INCREASE THEIR FAITH, JESUS RESPONDED “…Verily I say unto you, If ye have FAITH, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.”  (Mat 21:21)

II)     TEXT: Hebrews_11:1-3 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

In order to live by grace of god, we must be willing to walk by faith in god day by day.  this morning we want to talk about the extensive and far reaching consequences of walking by faith.

 III)   1st, let’s consider the significant characteristics of faith.

A)   Now faith is the substance of things hoped for.”

1)    Faith is the assuring confirmation of the wonderful things that we anticipate God will do based upon what he has done.

2)    As faith grows through the word of God, that faith becomes an increasing substantiation of the certainty of god’s plans and purposes for us and all the people of god.

3)    Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

B)   Also, faith is “the evidence of things not seen.”   –  Faith is the convicting verification of realities the human senses cannot observe. Faith convinces us of:

1)    the absolute existence of God, the validity of his word with respect to creation, the flood, his dealings with the children of israel,

2)    jesus christ, son of god, the head of the church, who lived among us without sin, CRUCIFIED, and resurrected by the power of god, setting at the right hand of god, and coming again to judge the living and the dead,

3)    the steadfastness of god’s love, his covenant and his promises to those who believe and walk in obedience to his commandments.

IV)  2nd, let’s consider some of RESULTS OF living results of faith.

A)    “For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.” By faith men and women of generations past established a godly witness concerning their relationship with the Lord. “By faith Abel . . . By faith Enoch . . . By faith Noah . . . By faith Abraham . . . By faith Sarah . . . By faith Isaac . . . By faith Jacob . . . By faith Joseph . . . By faith Moses . . . By faith the harlot Rahab . . . [and others]” (Heb_11:4-5, Heb_11:7-8, Heb_11:11, Heb_11:20-23, Heb_11:31).   we have a great cloud of witnesses including godly parents, grand parents, pastors and teachers who have lived goDly lives.

B)   Their situations unique and their testimonies were exceedingly diverse. Yet, the common elements WAS THEIR trust in the Lord, their PERSEVER-ANCE AND the glory such faith brought to their lord and savior.

C)   A STUDY BY “THE VOICE OF THE MARTYRS” FOUND THAT CHRISTIAN MARTYRS AND PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS SHARE EIGHT DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: 1)THEY ARE ENERGIZED BY ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE,  2) THEY HAVE AN UNCANNY DEPENDENCE UPON GOD, 3) THEY LOVE THE WORD OF GOD, 4) THEY ARE OUTRAGEOUSLY COURAGEOUS, 5) THE ARE LIVING EXAMPLES OF WHAT IT MEANS TO ENDURE, 6) THEY TAKE OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD VERY SERIOUSLY, 7) THEY ARE UNQUESTIONABLY SELF-CONTROLLED, 8) THEY ARE MARKED BY LOVE.

V)   3rd, let’s consider some of the spiritual understanding of faith.

A)   THE BIBLE SAYS IN RomANS 10:17  “…faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”   MANY AN UNBELIEVER BECAME BELIEVERS BY READING AND CAREFULLY CONSIDERING THE WORD OF GOD.

B)   By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”

1)     God has shaped the heart of all humanity so that the observation of creation guarantees a universal conviction of Himself as creator. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead” (Rom_1:20).           WITH THE BENEFIT MODERN SCIENCE, NUCLEAR PHYSICS, ELECTRON MICROSCOPES, ETC. WE NOW KNOW ABOUT MOLECULES, ATOMS, PROTONS, NEUTRONS, ELECTRONS, AND SUB ATOMIC PARTICLES THAT ARE THE INVISIBLE BUILDING BLOCKS OF THINGS THAT ARE SEEN, ANIMATE AND INANIMATE, BUT THE APOSTLE PAUL DID NOT HAVE THIS SCIENCE AT HIS DISPOSAL.  THE LORD GAVE HIM REVELATION OF THESE THINGS nearly 2000 years ago.

2)    CONCERNING THE UNIVERSE, COUNTLESS GALAXIES AND SOLAR SYSTEMS: PsaLMS 19:1 THE heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. 3 THERE is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

3)    holy scriptures DECLARE THAT:By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth” (PsaLM 33:6).

C)   WITHOUT FAITH WE CANNOT PLEASE GOD NOR BENEFIT FROM ALL THAT HE HAS DONE FOR US:  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.

D)   GOD HAS GIVEN TO EVERY PERSON A MEASURE OF FAITH, BUT NOT FOR US TO BOAST:  Rom 12:3  “….every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

 VI)  FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK OF SOME OF WAYS WE CAN TEST OUR FAITH TO SEE WHETHER IT IS GENUINE. 

A)   THE BIBLE TELLS US IN 2CORINITHIANS 13:5 (MSG) Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it.

B)   THE TEST OF A GENUINE DIAMOND IS NOT JUST ITS OUTWARD BEAUTY, ITS ABILITY TO REFRACT LIGHT, BUT ITS INNER STRENGTH, STRENGTH THAT WAS FORMED UNDER TREMENDOUS PRESSURE; IT WILL CUT GLASS; IT WILL EVEN CUT THROUGH METAL.  OIL COMPANIES USE DIAMOND BITS TO DRILL DEEP INTO THE EARTH, CUTTING THROUGH LAYERS AND LAYERS OF ROCK.

C)    A DIAMOND IS pure crystallized carbon. Next thing closest to it…. PENCIL lead or graphite – it is time and pressure that makes the difference.

D)   someone once asked george mueller, a man of great faith, “what is the best way to have strong faith?”  george responded “the oonly way to know strong faith is to endure great trials, i have learned my baith by standing firm through severe testings.”

E)   SOME OF THE ATTRIBUTES OF GENUINE FAITH ARE:

1)    FAITH IS ENDURING:    2Th 1:4 (NIV) the apostle paul said:  “Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.” 

2)    IT IS RESOLUTE; it does not give up or give in.  1John 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

3)    FAITH IS OBEDIENT: Rom 1:5 Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.

4)    FAITH PRODUCES GOOD WORKS:  IT IS ACTIVELY DOING GOD’S WORK.

(a)  James 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.

(b)  Mat 5:16 LET your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

VII) CONCLUSION – FAITH IS A JOURNEY THAT BEGINS HERE UPON THIS EARTH IN THIS LIFE, AND PROVIDES A BRIDGE TO THE NEXT LIFE AND OUR HEAVENLY HOME.  FAITH IS NOT JUST FOR US TO GET TO HEAVEN BUT TO ENABLE US TO LIVE HERE UPON THIS EARTH, TO GIVE US THE ASSURANCE OF SALVATION, FOR THE HEALING OF OUR BODIES, FOR THE HEALING AND MAINTENANCE OF OUR RELATIONSHIPS, BEGINNING WITH OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.  THE APOSTLE PAUL DECLARED IN Rom 1:16, 17:  “FOR I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 FOR therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written. The just shall live by faith.” 

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