JULY 2012 NUGGETS OF TRUTH
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NECESSITY

 

A car must have gas to transport us.  Cakes and biscuits must contain flour.  A shower necessitates water.  Doors have handles.  Electricity must have a switch.  A shade tree will have leaves. A vibrant spiritual life must have faith.

 

What is Faith?  Faith is simply believing what God has already done and responding and acting upon it in a positive way!

 

Without faith we cannot please God.  In fact, it is impossible to please Him without faith.  This is very strong statement. Why?  Because we must believe that HE IS and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).  Hebrews 11 is the great faith chapter that lists former saints of God who demonstrated their faith in obedience to their Lord.  It is an encouraging chapter to read.

 

God gave us all faith (Romans 12:3).  It originates from Him.  We received faith in order to place our trust and belief in Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9).  It was essential to our salvation.  We are not capable of saving ourselves from our sin for it is a transaction that originates from faith and grace given by God.

 

Faith is a gift!  It is the work of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22; John 20:29).

 

How does our faith grow?  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God(Romans 10:17).  Faith does not stand or rest in man’s wisdom or human philosophy but comes by the power of God.  Therefore we can say that God gives wisdom which is a principle attribute to obtain. Faith enables us to put our trust in the wisdom of the Word  (2 Corinthians 2:5).

 

Faith activates the power of God in our life.  Faith moves “mountains,” brings healing and miracles!  We want to plead and beg with God, thinking that our much crying moves His hand. When in reality, everything has already been accomplished on the Cross of Calvary by Jesus, our Savior.  Jesus paid it all by His precious blood so that our every need is already been supplied by Grace.  Our faith should rest in what Jesus already accomplished.  There is nothing more Jesus needs to do for our victorious living.

 

 Listen to this powerful passage of Scripture in Mark 11:22-24: 

 

“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

In this passage of Scripture we learn three things: 1) the requirement is faith, believing what God says.  2) The admonition is NOT TO DOUBT.  3) The promise: we will receive the answer according to our faith.

 

ISN’T GOD GOOD!

 

Faith is not “seeing” in the physical realm before believing.  No, my friend, it is “seeing” it take place in the spiritual realm by believing Scripture, calling it out, and knowing it will come to pass (Romans 4:17).  It is not an emotion; rather it is trusting in the absolute authority of God.

 

Faith works by love.  Love and faith are “companions” in our Christian walk (Galatians 5:6 and Ephesians 3:17).  Again, isn’t Jesus so good to give us everything we need?  We could say that faith activates our love.  The proof of our Christianity is in the demonstration of our love.  Where would we be without the love of Jesus?  I can tell you: a mess!

 

Opposites of faith: Doubt is the opposite of faith.  I call doubt dangerous.  Why?  It’s because doubt is operating in our own belief system and self thinking.  It will lead to deception, discouragement, depression, defeat and a host of troubles.

 

Doubt will lead us to a hard heart so that we are unable to receive from God.  Doubt will cause us to think and work out situations in our own ways that are contrary to God’s ways. A hard heart will exchange God’s truth for words and actions of other’s that are not coming from God. A hard heart and doubt leads to thanklessness and selfishness.

 

Another opposite of faith is fear.  Fear thoughts will not only lead us into negativity but it is a contributor to sickness in our body and soul.

 

Faith will be tested (but we come through stronger): James 1:2-5; 1 Peter 1:7; Psalms 18:30.

 

A powerful work of faith: Our personal worship and praise to our awesome and marvelous Savior and Lord. We will never be truly used in our faith walk, to the extent God desires, until we put into practice this daily attitude of gratitude and worship.

 

FAITH = BELIEVING, RECEIVING AND DOING GOD’S WORD.

 

Let’s put up our Shield of Faith (Ephesians 6:17), as commanded, and stand strong in the Lord and the power of His might.  As Christians, we are not to be conformed to this world but we are to be salt and light as well as love and hope in this troubled and chaotic world. 

 

Reflection before sending out this Nuggets of Truth:  The life of faith and revelation knowledge of the Word comes one way.  It comes by absolute surrender to the Lord and His way.  I can tell you, from personal experience, it is a life of beautiful peace, love and joy, which is quite easy when Jesus is in control.  It is truly worth the surrender.

 

When we begin to understand how much God loves us with an unconditional, unfailing, and never-ending love and that Jesus paid the price for ALL our sins, past, present and future, this love will propel us to love the Lord more and we have the desire, from the peace within us, to love Him back. We do not want to hurt Him or His Gospel.  We do not want to sin. It is a work of the Holy Spirit in our behalf.

 

Faith is the victory that overcomes the World!

 

Be blessed,

 

Jan