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What is Faith?

Post  ChristianLady on Tue 21 Sep 2010, 5:48 pm

The very first thing you will need to know is exactly what faith is – and one major power verse alone will give you that perfect definition. Here is the very first foundational verse you must have underneath your belt on the topic of faith. It would also be my strong recommendation that you commit this verse to full memorization.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
The first word to key in on is the word “substance,” – that “faith is the substance” of things hoped for. Some believe that the word “substance” should be interpreted literally. If that assumption is correct, then this means that faith is a “spiritual substance” that is literally on the inside of each one of us.

However, other Bible scholars do not agree with this interpretation. Their reasoning is based off of the Greek word for “substance.” The Greek word for “substance” is the word “hypostasis,” and this word means the following:
“A setting under or support (foundation), assurance, confidence, confident expectation, an assured impression and a mental realizing.”
But whether faith is a spiritual substance on the inside of you, or more of a mental quality that operates more in your mind and possibly your heart, it has the ability to grow on the inside of you as will be shown in the next set of verses.

How Faith Comes To Us
These next three verses should also be committed to full memorization, as they will all set the stage as to exactly how God has the faith game set up with all of us.

Even though these verses are very short one-liners, do not let that fool you. When you put these three verses together like pieces to a jigsaw puzzle, the revelation will come through loud and clear. Here they are, one right after the other:
1. “… as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith …” (Romans 12:3)

2. “… because your faith grows exceedingly.” (2 Thessalonians 1:3)

3. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
a) You first have to look at these verses in the above chronological order as they are being presented. The very first verse sets the entire stage on what faith is all about with the Lord. This very first verse will tell you that God Himself will give each person a certain “measure of faith.”

Why would God want to give each person a certain measure of faith? The main reason being is that you cannot get saved in the Lord without a certain measure of faith operating in you, as the Bible tells us that we are saved by grace through our “faith” in Jesus. So God has no other alternative but to give each person a certain measure of faith, otherwise we would never be able to get saved through His Son Jesus.

b) The next verse will now add more revelation to this first verse. This second verse will now tell us that not only do we all get a certain measure of faith to start off with from the Lord, but this faith is now capable of actually growing on the inside of us.

I remember when I first saw these two verses strung together, the very first analogy that came to my mind was the scale of 1-10, with 1 being the least amount of faith you could have in the Lord, and 10 being the most amount of faith you could have in the Lord. I then saw on that scale how our faith could not only grow over the years in the Lord, but also how it could dip or decrease if you got hit with a real nasty storm cloud, and you then start to question God as to whether or not He can actually help you handle this type of heavier storm cloud.

It is very easy to have high levels of faith in the Lord when everything is going good and great, but let someone face a heaver type of storm cloud, and all of a sudden their high levels of faith in the Lord could take a major nosedive, as they then start yelling at God as to how He could have allowed this kind of heavy storm cloud to come into their life in the first place. This is why the apostle Paul says we have to fight the good fight of faith. Sometimes we have to “fight” to keep our faith levels up in the Lord, especially when we are going through very trying circumstances in our own personal life.

c) But now to the third verse. With the first two verses telling us that we have all been given a certain measure of faith by the Lord, and that this faith is now actually capable of growing on the inside of us, this next verse will now tell us exactly how we can get that faith to start growing on the inside of us.

Bottom line – faith “comes’ by hearing the Word of God. And what does the Bible mean by “hearing” the Word of God? “Hearing” the Word of God means that you are reading the Bible for yourself, trying to understand and assimilate it all as best as you can. If you will be willing to spend some good, regular, quality time in reading the Bible and trying to understand it as best as you can with the help of the Holy Spirit, then your faith levels will start to grow and increase on the inside of you. Why?

Because you are now starting to “believe” what you are reading about the Lord from His Word. You are now finding out who God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit really are. And not only are you getting to more more about Them as far as Their actual personality qualities, but you are also getting to see how They interacted with the human race, and how much They really do love and care for all of us. Once you start to see how much God really does love and care for all of the people He has dealt with in the past in the Bible, then you will see and realize that He will care just as much for you, since the Bible tells us that He is no respecter of persons.

As a result of this new kind of spiritual knowledge entering into your mind and spirit, your faith in the Lord will start to increase, especially when you start reading of the powerful miracles that God did for people back in both the OT and NT. And if God can heal and supernaturally help people back then, then He can still do the exact same thing for all of us in this day and age, since the Bible tells us that God cannot and will not change, and that He is the same today as He was yesterday. This means the God of the Bible is the same God in this day and age, and what you have read about Him from the past in the Bible will also apply to all of us in this current day and age.

However, if you do not continue to stay in the Bible to increase your knowledge levels about the Lord, then your faith can actually stop growing in Him. In other words, it can stagnate, like someone turning off a light switch.

I believe it is the Holy Spirit Himself who will cause your faith levels to increase with God over time. All of a sudden your faith has just gone from a 3 to a 4. And then further on down the road, your faith has just gone from a 4 to a 5. As I will show you below, the Bible tells us that we can go from “faith to faith” and “strength to strength,” which again, are two more good verses showing us that our faith levels in the Lord can actually increase over time.

But the Holy Spirit will not cause your faith levels to increase over time with the Lord unless you first do your part, and your first part is to get into the Word on some kind of regular basis and try to acquire as much knowledge as you possibly can about the Lord. The key is knowledge.

The Bible tells us that God wants us to “grow” in His “knowledge” and grace. And if you will be willing to grow in the knowledge of God through the study of Scripture, then the Holy Spirit Himself will start to supernaturally move to increase your faith levels in the Lord over time. But He first needs something to work with and that something is knowledge. The Holy Spirit will not do this kind of work for you free of charge. You have to be willing to show God that you mean serious business with Him, and that You want to learn all you can about Him and all of His ways by studying the Bible.

Do your part by trying to learn as much about God as you possibly can by studying the Bible, and then the Holy Spirit will do His part and He will then start to gradually increase your faith levels in the Lord over time. And then once your faith levels start to increase over time with the Lord, then God will be able to do greater and mightier things either for you or through you to help other people out.
You can sum all of this up in one simple little statement – as you grow in the knowledge of God through your study of the Bible, then your faith will start to grow right along with it. But stop growing in the knowledge of God and your faith will stop growing right along with it. I believe there is a direct correlation between these two. Greater increase in knowledge will lead to a greater increase in faith.
We Are Saved Through Faith
1. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

2. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2)
Notice three key phrases – that we are “saved through FAITH,” that we have been “justified by FAITH,” and that we “have access by FAITH into this grace.”

This is why God has to give each person a certain measure of faith, for without it, none of us would be able to get saved in the Lord.

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Re: What is Faith?

Post  ChristianLady on Tue 21 Sep 2010, 5:53 pm

Faith Without Works Is DeadFaith Without Works is Dead

This next verse is a major power verse, and I mean a major power verse. Though we can only be saved by grace through our faith in Jesus, and works has absolutely nothing to do with us being able to receive our eternal salvation in Jesus, this still does not take works out of our walk with the Lord.

This next verse will tell us in no uncertain terms that our faith in the Lord has to be backed up with good works, and if it is not, then our faith will be considered “dead” in the eyes of God. In other words, faith without works is dead. Here is the verse:
“Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead … Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? … You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only … For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:17-26)
This verse is flat out telling us that we can have high levels of faith in the Lord, but if we do not back up that strong faith with some type of good works for Him, then our faith will be considered dead in His eyes.

Look what it says about Abraham. Abraham obviously had great faith in the Lord, but he still had to back up that great faith with good works. When Abraham was willing to put his one and only son Isaac on altar to sacrifice him because God was asking him to do this for Him, Abraham had to show God that he was now willing to put his faith into major action with Him. If Abraham would not have done this, his faith would have been considered dead in the eyes of God, since he would not have been willing to back up his faith in the Lord with a specific type of action and work.

Faith all by itself with the Lord will not get the job done. You have to be willing to put your faith into major action with the Lord, and the only way you can do this is by being willing to do specific types of works for Him down here in this life.

The last line of the above verse really sums all of this up very nicely. It says that just as the body would be dead without the spirit, so our faith without any type of works to back it up will also be considered dead in the eyes of the Lord.

Once you get saved through your faith in Jesus, God will now expect you to come and “work” for Him. He now has a perfect plan and destiny all set up for your life. And in that perfect plan and destiny for your life will be all of the “good works” you will be doing for the Lord. And if you are willing to do these types of good works for the Lord, then your faith will not be considered dead in His eyes, but fully alive, and He will then appropriately reward
you for those good works once you enter into heaven to be with Him for all of eternity.

Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed Will Move Mountains
The next thing you will need to grab a hold of with the Lord is that you do not have to have great or large amounts of faith to get the show going with Him. On a scale of 1-10, you do not need your faith up in the 8-10 levels to get Him to move in your life.

As these next two powerful verses will tell you, all you need is faith the size of a mustard seed to get God to become very active in your life. And everyone has at least a mustard seed size of faith, since God has to give each person a certain measure of faith to get the ball rolling with Him.

The mustard seed is supposed to be one of the smallest, if not the smallest of all of the seeds – and yet Jesus is telling us in the following verses that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, then we will be able to move mountains in Him when we have too. This is an extremely powerful revelation being given to us by the Lord.

What I believe God is trying to tell us is that though He will give each person a certain measure of faith to start out with, for most of us, that certain measure will be probably be on the lower end of the scale. In other words, it might only be faith in the 1-3 category. But over time, that faith can start to increase on the inside of you as you read and study the Bible for yourself.

But even though you might have low levels of faith in the Lord to start out with, do not let that discourage you or set you back, as all you need is a very small amount of faith in Him to get the show going with Him. In other words, God will take whatever small amount of faith you may have in Him, and from there, He will then start to work in your life to build it up in the specific directions that He will want it to go in.

All God needs is your full consent and a little bit of faith mixed in with it to get it all going with Him. And these next two verses will spell all of that out for you. Here are two extremely powerful verses giving all of us this revelation from the Lord.
1. So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:6)

2. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast him out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:19-20)
So the next time you feel that your faith is not strong enough or high enough in the Lord, remember what these two verses are telling you. If you have been hit by a very nasty storm cloud and you feel that your faith levels might have been knocked down from a “6″ to a “4″, do not let that bother you. God will still continue to work with that “4″ level of faith – and then once you see God start to actually deliver you from this bad storm could, then your faith levels will raise back up into that “6″ level again.

Faith to Faith – Strength to Strength
These next two verses are going to be the ones where it tells us that we can go from “faith to faith” and from “strength to strength” in our walk with the Lord. When this first verse will tell you that you can go to “faith to faith,” I believe it is telling us that we can go from one level of faith to the next level of faith. And again, I go back to the scale of 1-10 to try and understand this principle.

And I then believe this second verse will perfectly hook up to this first verse where it tells us that we can actually go from one level of strength to the next level of strength with the Lord – which means we can actually get stronger in our both our faith levels and our strength levels in the Lord.

One time I felt the Lord give me a direct word on all of this years ago. This little one-liner came out of the blue one day.

He said to me, “You’re only as strong as your faith.” And when He said “faith,” He was talking about my faith in Him, not my faith in my faith.

I knew then what He was trying to tell me – that the stronger and higher my faith levels would become in Him, the stronger person I would then become in Him. And the reason for that is because once you know that God has you fully covered and fully taken care of, you will then become much more confident and much more relaxed in your walk with the Lord. And once your confidence levels to start to increase in the Lord, then your strength levels will follow right along with it.

As you will see in some of the other verses below, if nothing is impossible with God, then nothing will impossible for you in your walk with God, since you now have higher levels of faith in Him as compared to the lower levels of faith you had when you first started to walk with Him.

Again, here are these two powerful verses giving us this specific revelation:
1. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “the just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)

2. “Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage … They go from strength to strength.” (Psalm 84:5-7)
So not only does God give each person a certain measure of faith to start out with, but this faith is actually capable of growing and increasing in Him, where you can then start to get to the point of where you are starting to go from faith to faith and strength to strength in your own personal walk with Him. This is extremely powerful stuff!!

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Re: What is Faith?

Post  ChristianLady on Tue 21 Sep 2010, 5:56 pm

We Walk By Faith – Not By Sight
These next five verses are now going to add some more meat to all of the above revelation. These next set of verses are going to tell us that we walk in this life by our faith in the Lord, not by our sight or by our other senses. Here they are, and then I will point out some of the key phrases you will really need to hone in on.
1. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

2. “But the just shall live by his faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4)

3. “Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” (Hebrews 10:38)

4. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

5. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
a) The very first verse says it all when it says we walk by faith and not by sight. In other words, we walk by our faith in the Lord and we do what He tells us to do in this life. We do not walk by our sight, our wisdom, or what the world is trying to tell us is the right thing to do.

Example – say you have just lost your job. The economy is in a bad recession. Almost 20% of people are now unemployed. This is where you will now have to put this verse into major action. If you depend on what you “see” with how bad the economy is right now, you will then start to get very upset and discouraged, and from there, you will then start to doubt that even God Himself will be able to overcome this hurdle for you and lead you to the next new job He will want you to have.

What you are now doing is depending on what you are seeing with your natural eye. What you are seeing with your natural eye is a 20% unemployment rate, and the chances are very poor on you getting a new job anytime soon. However, this is where you have to back off with what you are seeing with your natural eye and then start to try and see all of this through the eyes of God.

If nothing is impossible with God, then this means that God can obviously bring your next new job to you very quickly. You now have to put all of your faith and trust in God, not putting your faith in what you are seeing with your natural eye and your natural mind.

b) The next two verses then further drive this point home in that the just shall live by their faith in God, once more emphasizing the point that our faith has to be directly in God, not with what we are seeing in the natural realm with our natural eyes.

And then notice an additional little phrase that God puts in the 3rd verse above, where He says that if a person starts to pull back from Him, that His soul will have no pleasure in him. And if God is no longer going to have any more pleasure with you, then you are now going to be in big trouble with Him. Once you enter into a true faith walk with the Lord, you can never pull back, draw back, or bail out on Him. If you do, the consequences could be extreme and severe, as will be shown to you in some of the additional verses that will be listed at the end of this article.
Bottom line – once you have fully surrendered your entire being and your entire life into the Lord’s hands for His full direction and handling, from this point on you have to live this life as a life of faith directly in the Lord – not a life of faith in yourself, your parents, your best friends, or any part of this world.

God is now your Lord and Master and all of your faith now has to be directly in Him. And the sooner you can learn this principle and get it worked into your own personal walk with the Lord, the better your life is going to be in the Lord.
Do Not Doubt or Waver in Your Faith
hese next 6 verses are now going to really turn up the heat on this topic. Now that you know that God wants you to totally walk this life out with a very strong faith in Him, these next 6 verses are going to add one more very intense warning to all of this. Here they are, and then I will again point out several key phrases to really grab a hold of.
1. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:5-8)

2. “My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.” (James 2:1)

3. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)

4. So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And all things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:21-22)

5. “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast in to the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:23-24)

6. And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught Him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:28-31)
a) The very first verse is an absolute classic on this next topic. Once you enter into a true, faith walk with the Lord, the next thing you will want to concentrate on is to not let your faith ever start to waver on you or let any kind of doubt start to creep in on you.

As I said at the top of this article, it is very easy to have high levels of faith in the Lord when everything is going good and great – but let any kind of a vicious storm cloud come knocking on your door, and all of a sudden your high levels of faith in the Lord can actually start to waver and drop on you. And then notice what this verse says if that should ever happen to you – that you will then become like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind, and from there, you will become a double-minded man who will become unstable in all of his ways.

The reason you will become unstable in all of your ways is because you will have lost direct contact with the one Person who could get you through this vicious storm cloud in the first place, and that one Person is the Lord Himself. That is why you can never lose your faith in the Lord, or let it start to waver and drop on you. If you do, you will then become like a ping-pong ball, constantly going back and forth between your faith in God, and your faith in yourself and with what you are seeing with your own natural eyes. This is why you always have to keep your eyes on Jesus, especially when you are having to face a heavier type of storm cloud.

If you jump to the very last verse, this is exactly what happened with Peter when he started to walk on water with Jesus. As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he was just fine and he had no problems in being able to walk on that water. But as soon as he takes his eyes off of Jesus and puts them on the boisterous winds all around him, that is when he starts to sink. And from there, Jesus tells him that he is of little faith and why did he start to doubt to begin with.

b) The second verse then adds more to this when it tells us that we should not hold our faith in the Lord with any kind of partiality. The word “partiality” means “favoritism, tendency to favor unfairly, bias.”

These first two verses alone are telling us that God wants all of our faith to be totally in Him and then once we do that, not to let our faith start to waver or let any kind of doubt start to creep in. I have learned over the years that it is much easier to keep my faith up in the Lord and let Him work out any personal problems I may encounter instead of getting all bent out of shape.

c) Verses 4 and 5 are once more Jesus telling us that we can remove mountains if we have enough faith in Him and do not doubt. In the verses above on Jesus telling us that we can move mountains if we have faith the size of a mustard seed – now He is adding one other factor into all of this – and that one other factor is to have a type of faith in Him that will not waver. And once you start to let any type of doubt creep in, then your faith will start to waver and drop on you.

You can really tell by how all of these verses are being worded, that not only does God want all of us to have a very strong type of faith in Him, but He wants this faith to be the type that will not waver or drop on Him.

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Re: What is Faith?

Post  ChristianLady on Tue 21 Sep 2010, 6:03 pm

All Things Are Possible to Him Who Believes

These next 6 verses are going to be the ones you will really have to ground on and believe on once you start to face any kind of serious adversity in your life. No matter how hopeless things may start to appear to you in the natural, you have to believe what these next set of verses are trying to tell you. If you can do that, then God will move to solve your dilemma and He will then get you through the trial with a victory.

These next set of verses will tell you the following:
1. All things are possible to him who believes
2. With God all things are possible
3. For with God nothing will be impossible
4. The things which are impossible with men are possible with God
Just chew and meditate on those four, short, one-liners. They are all a real mouthful. Notice God says that “all things” are possible to those who will believe in Him – and if all things are possible with God, then that will also include Him being able to handle any type of storm cloud that may have just come into your life.

The above 4 phrases should be committed to full memorization so you do not ever forget how powerful our God really is. If our God is all-powerful, then there will be absolutely nothing that He cannot handle on our behalf. And these next 6 verses are going tell us exactly that! Here are these additional verses showing us how powerful our God really is:
1. Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)

2. As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” (Mark 5:36)

3. “With God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

4. “For with God nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37)

5. But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)

6. “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.” (1 John 5:4)
These are the types of verses that will really help increase your faith in the Lord. Once you fully understand that God is all-powerful and that there is absolutely nothing that He cannot do, then you will be able to put all of your faith and trust in Him because you will realize there is no one else you can do this with in your life. You cannot do it with yourself, your parents, or your best friends. Only God is all-perfect and all-powerful, and He thus is the only One you can put all of your faith and trust in.

God Will Test Your Faith Levels From Time to Time
As we have pointed out to you in our article, “Trials and Tribulations – The Testing of Your Faith,” from time to time, God will arrange for circumstances to occur in your personal life where He will purposely test your faith levels in Him. And when He does start to do this with you, it is very important that you take these faith tests very seriously and do your best to pass them so you can be kept on the divine path and destiny that He already has set up for you and your life.

Once again, here are two of these key verses that will show you that from time to time God will personally test your faith levels in Him.
1. “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuiness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ … receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:6-9)

2. “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)
For those of you who want a real good, detailed article on why God will allow trials and tribulations to occur with all of us in this life, it would be our strong recommendation that you read the above article, as we cover all of the different angles on this part of our walk with the Lord.

Acts of Strong Faith From the Bible

So you can see how big of a thing it is that you try to get your faith operating at these higher levels with the Lord, here are 11 major power verses from the Bible giving you specific examples of people who did have these higher levels of faith in the Lord and what happened to them as a result.

As you will see in all of these examples, God will be able to do greater and mightier things either for you or through you to help other people out if you will just believe that He can do these types of heavier things for you.

Really study and meditate on these next set of verses, as they are all showing you what can happen to a person if they will just fully believe on the Lord with no doubting or wavering on their end. Here they are:
1. Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” (Numbers 13:30)

2. “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people … And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.” (Acts 6:8-10)

3. “And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong … Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3:16)

4. And when He came into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened. (Matthew 9:28-30)

5. Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” (Matthew 15:28)

6. And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment; for she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” (Matthew 9:21-22)

7. Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done to you.” And his servant was healed that same hour. (Matthew 8:13)

8. And Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way, your faith has made you well.” And immediately He received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mark 10:51-52)

9. “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me … So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.” (Daniel 6:22-23)

10. “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household … By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would afterward receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going … By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son …” (Hebrews 11:7-17)

11. “… and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” (Hebrews 11:32-34)
Notice how many times Jesus would ask someone if they had enough faith to believe that He could heal them. And then once they said they had enough faith in Him to do this, then Jesus would immediately heal them. He then goes as far as to tell them that what got them healed was their faith, even though it was really the Holy Spirit Himself who actually healed them. But it was the person’s faith and belief in Jesus that got the Holy Spirit to move on them to do the actual healing.

Again, your faith is your lifeline to the Lord, and in that lifeline God can manifest His healing power to you if you would ever need it in this life.

The last two verses show you how many of these great men of God did what they did because they had these higher levels of faith in the Lord. The last verse is another major power verse in that it starts out with the wording, “who through faith,” and from there, it spells out exactly what many of these great men of God ended up doing for Him – and it was all done as a result of their strong faith in the Lord.

This is why it is extremely important for each and every Christian to try and increase their faith levels in the Lord over time. If you do, then God will be able to use you in mightier and stronger ways just like He did with many of the great men and women of the Bible.

Be Faithful Until Death

These next set of verses are now going to add some real serious revelation to all of the above verses. These verses will flat out tell you that once you enter in on a true faith walk with the Lord, then there will be no bailing out on the Lord – ever! This has be a faith walk to your last dying breath. In other words, it has to be a faith to the death.

As one of the verses below will tell you, you have to be willing to be “faithful until death.”

Notice these 4 key phrases as you are studying these next set of verses:
1. Be faithful until death
2. Fight the good fight of faith
3. Continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast
4. Stand fast in the faith – be brave, be strong
These 4 key phrases should also be committed to full memorization so you never forget how important of a thing it really is that you be faithful until death with the Lord, and that once you start it up with Him, that you continue in it, always remaining grounded and steadfast in it. These 4 key phrases are real boosters for your actual faith, as they are adding in some more strong revelation as to what God is looking for in this type of faith walk with Him.

Here are 12 very powerful verses showing us the extreme importance that once we start up this faith walk with the Lord, that we continue in it to the day we die. And also notice some of the incredible benefits and blessings we will receive from the Lord if we can stay true, loyal and faithful to Him for the long run.
1. “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer … Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10)

2. “… let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith …” (Hebrews 12:2)

3. “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called …” (1 Timothy 6:12)

4. “If indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast …” (Colossians 1:23)

5. “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)

6. “For the Lord preserves the faithful …” (Psalm 31:23)

7. “Therefore do not cast away your confidence which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” (Hebrews 10:35)

8. “… but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.” ((Hebrews 3:6)

9. “And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations.” (Revelation 2:26)

10. “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” (Revelation 3:21)

11. “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” (Revelation 3:5)

12. “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:10-12)
As we have shown you in our article titled, “Rewards in Heaven,” God will be rewarding us up in heaven according to all of our good labors down here on this earth. And if you can keep your personal faith levels up in the Lord during your entire lifetime, then you will fully complete all of your divine assignments for Him, and from there, you will then be appropriately and highly rewarded once you enter into heaven.

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Re: What is Faith?

Post  ChristianLady on Tue 21 Sep 2010, 6:07 pm

Do Not Ever Lose Your Faith in the Lord

These last set of verses are now going to drive home one more major point. And that one major point is – that we never, ever lose our faith in the Lord, and then bail out on Him and with what He wants to do with our lives. As the last set of verses showed you, this has to be a faith walk to the death.

The very last verse below has some very specific wording in there that is just bone-chilling to read. This last verse is using the vine and the branch analogy, with us being the branches and Jesus being the vine.

This last verse tells us that if we ever lose our faith in the Lord, that we as the branches could then be totally cut off from the Lord. And you know what happens to a branch once it falls off from the tree. It will then fall straight to the ground, and from there, it will wither and die.

The branch of a tree cannot live if it is not connected to the trunk of that tree. And in the same way, we cannot live in the Lord unless we stay fully connected to the vine, which is Jesus. And what keeps us fully connected to Jesus like the branch is with the vine? It is our faith in Him. This is why I call our faith in the Lord our “lifeline” to Him, for without it, we will never be able to connect to the Lord.

This last verse specifically uses the wording that because of their “unbelief,” they were broken off, just like the branch of a tree breaking off from the tree. The second last verse then adds more bone-chilling revelation to all of this when it tells us that God will be calling any type of unbelief in Him and any kind of departing from Him an “evil heart.”
In other words, if you ever lose your faith and belief in the Lord, and from there, start to depart from Him, God will see this as an evil type of heart and from there, you will then be cut off from Him just like a branch can be cut off from the tree.

You cannot get any more of a serious warning than what is in these last two verses. This is why each and very Christian has got to get it settled in their minds and their hearts, that once they start on this true, faith walk with the Lord, that they never, ever change their minds and attempt to pull away from the Lord. If they do, I would not even want to try and fathom what the consequences could be with the way these last two verses are being worded.
Here are these last set of verses:
1. “And He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” (Matthew 13:58)

2. “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” (Hebrews 3:19)

3. “… but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest …” (Hebrews 4:2-3)

4. “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.” (Hebrews 3:12-14)

5. You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you will also be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.” (Romans 11:19-23)
Notice in the very first verse that Jesus Himself could not do many miracles in His own home town as a result of their “unbelief.” What this tells you is that if you want God and Jesus to do any type of supernatural miracles for you in this life, then you have to start believing and having faith that They can do these types of heavier works for you. You saw how many times in one of the above captions how often Jesus would ask those who needed a healing from Him if they had enough faith and belief in Him that He could actually heal them.

The third verse above is another real classic. It tells us that you have to mix your faith in with the Word. If you do not, then the Word will have no effect on you and your life. You have to believe what the Bible is telling you before anything will start to happen with the Lord.

The Word of God will give you the knowledge of God for your life, but if you do not mix in some level of faith with the knowledge that the Word is trying to give to you, then nothing is ever going to happen in your life with the Lord.

CONCLUSION
When you put all of these verses together on faith, you can see very clearly what the Lord is trying to show all of us. If you ever find yourself having to go through any kind of real adversity in this life, and you then start to feel your faith levels in the Lord start to shake a bit, and from there, some doubt starts to creep in, sit down with this article in hand and study very carefully all of these specific verses on faith.

These verses will be your lifesaver if you ever find yourself having to face a trial that is on the heavier side. Remember who we serve and who we are connected too in this life. We are not connected to the world, our friends, or our parents. We are directly connected to God Almighty Himself, and within His being is maximum power to be able to handle any type of extreme situation that could ever come our way in this life. And if God has maximum power, then He will be able to easily handle any type of heavier storm cloud that may attempt to come against you in this life.

Again, stand on the verses in the 9th caption above, where these verses are telling us that with God, all things are possible – and with God, nothing will be impossible. These two statements all by themselves are showing us how powerful and awesome our God really is.

And to be able to make this kind of a direct connection to the Lord will only require one simple little thing from you, and that one simple little thing is that you be willing to have some measure of faith in this great and awesome God of ours. Your faith direct to God is the lifeline that will get you plugged into Him. Faith is what connects the branch to the vine when the Bible uses the analogy to show how we are directly connected to Jesus.

We as the branches connected to Jesus are able to directly connect to Him just like a branch is to a tree trunk. And what is connecting us direct to Jesus is simply our faith and belief in Him. Keep your faith up and alive in the Lord and you will stay forever “branched into Jesus” for all of eternity.

Get it settled in your mind and your spirit that you will forever keep your faith in the Lord fully intact and fully alive – and that you will never, ever let it waver on you or cause you to want to pull away from Him. If you do, you see what the last set of verses are trying to tell you.

If you ever start to lose your faith in the Lord and you then start to pull back on Him for any extended length of time, you could end up disconnecting from Him just like a branch can get fully disconnected from a tree. And just like a natural branch will wither and die once it is fully disconnected from the tree, in the same way you could lose everything and literally die in the Lord if you ever fully disconnect from Him.
1. Your faith is your one and only connection to the Lord down here on this earth

2. Your faith in the Lord is what will keep God moving and working on your behalf

3. Your faith in the Lord is what will get God to fight some of your battles for you

4. Your faith in the Lord is what will move mountains out of your way in this life

5. Your faith in the Lord is what will lead you to your divine destiny in the Lord

6. Your faith in the Lord is what will get God to lead you to the person He will want you to marry in this life

7. Your faith in the Lord is what will get God to release His anointing on your life so you can then become very good at whatever He will be calling you to do for Him in this life

8. Your faith in the Lord is what will release His healing power into any situation where you may need it

9. Your faith in the Lord is what will get you through every single storm cloud you will ever have to face in this life
As you can see, I could literally go on and on with these types of examples. Over and over again, Jesus Himself would ask many of the people that He wanted to heal if they first had enough faith and belief in Him that He could actually heal them. And then once they said they did, then Jesus would immediately move in to heal them.
I will leave you with one last thought on all of these extremely powerful verses from our Bible on the subject of faith.

You only have one of two options you can take in this life. You can either put all of your faith, trust and belief in the Lord and then fully follow Him to your last dying breath – or you can put all of your faith in either yourself, your parents, your best friends, or the world in general.

With God being the only One who is all-perfect and all-powerful, I do not think it takes a rocket scientist to see who you should be following in this life and who you should be putting all of your faith and trust in.
Article copied from Bible Verses on Faith

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Post  Informer on Tue 01 Feb 2011, 6:33 am

Faith comes (only) by hearing (i.e.accepting and relying upon) the Word of God, and by accepting and relying upon none other. We must needs understand faith as a marriage: We belive in marriage, but are we faithful to the marriage? We know that God is faithful, but then we must also be faithful. It is indeed a matter of not merely saying so, but moreover, being faithful.

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