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FAITH

And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.

And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.

Key Scripture:
- And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.
TITLE OF MESSAGE: I HAVE REAL FAITH
Talk about your week (Faith Theme)
I started feeling a little bad last Sunday (13 January 2019)
Monday - My throat started hurting really bad
My wife got me some cough drops, orange juice, etc
Tuesday - My throat continued to hurt and I started feeling worse.....
I spoke with Elder Wooten and he shared some information about this scripture he and I were studying.
Wednesday - Still feeling bad....
I had a teleconference with Elder Miller and she immediately began to pray for me.
Wednesday night bible study
Elder Smith texted me earlier that day and said he probably wasn’t going to make it to bible study that night
Elder Smith texted me earlier that day and said he probably wasn’t going to make it to bible study that night
Elder Chiles facilitated bible study and she was sick
Thursday - Sore throat and congestion...
The brothers prayed a prayer for healing for me
My wife woke up at 2:30 am to give me more medicine and to take care of me
Friday - I felt so bad; I had to lay down in the supply room during my lunch hour and prep hour
I asked Lord; why would you not take this sickness away from me?
You know that I have to minister on Sunday and I need to be at my best.....
The Lord showed me this:
When a baby is born; the babe has to be Vaccinated
A Vaccine prepares the body to fight disease without exposing it to the disease symptoms.
When a virus enters the body, your immune cells (created from the vaccine) respond by producing antibodies that destroy the virus
WATCH THIS
When we are confronted with trials or a tribulation like sickness; the activation of your Faith is a Vaccine.
The Vaccine (your faith) creates antibodies (stronger faith) to fight the trial or tribulation
I’m able to have enough Faith to trust God through the situation without being exposed to the real symptoms.
Now I can say - Lord thank you for the sickness
I trust you or (have enough Faith) in you to believe you well keep me through my sickness
to believe you well keep me through my sickness
Lord - Thank you for the congestion..... Because you made sure I continued to breath
Lord - Thank you for the sore throat.... Because I can still talk
Lord - Thank you for the headache..... Because I can still think and I am in my right mind
When I saw Elder Smith - That increased my Faith
When I saw Elder Chiles - That increased my Faith
With my wife - My faith was increased because the Lord have me someone that Loved me and will take care of me
Because the truth of the matter is - People die from Pneumonia or a Cold
Because of you Lord; I can stand in-front of your people
physically weak but spiritually strong
Repeat to the congregation: I HAVE REAL FAITH
The FOLHOW vision for 2019 has the theme of: A TIME TO BUILD IN THIS SEASON OF SIGNS, WONDERS & MIRACLES.
The FOLHOW vision for 2019 has the theme of: A TIME TO BUILD IN THIS SEASON OF SIGNS, WONDERS & MIRACLES.
And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.
We have 4 focuses for 2019....
We are building in the areas of FAITH; FINANCES; FAMILIES; and FUTURE
Bishop Russell has told us that our first quarter focus is on “Faith”
Bishop Russell has told us that our first quarter focus is on Faith
So he has been ministering to us out of the book of : Title of message: I am doing a great work (I ain’t coming down)
Then Bishop Russell took us to -Title of message: I have a “NOW” Faith

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

He he said:
He he said:
He he said:
Faith is confidence in God
Substance is spiritual
Your not really walking in Faith until you can shout on the substance
We hear the word Faith all of the time....
People have written books about Faith
Preachers and teachers talk about and teach Faith
But I have come across a few people in my life that have: New Year’s Faith
But I have come across a few people in my life that have: New Year’s Faith
Every year, people all over the world make these new year resolutions.
This year:
I’m going to start working out - I have to get up to early
I’m going to start eating better or go on a diet - The heather food cost to much
I’m going to start reading my bible more - The bible is to boring and I don’t understand it
I’m going to start going to church more consistently -
And they treat their Faith the same way....
I believe As long as I:
My Faith is strong as long as I:
Get this new job
Get this new car
Healed from this sickness
So what do you do when your Faith starts to wavier?
What do you do when your Faith starts to fail?
We should be honest and admit that we have these thoughts; as Christians...
We are counted as sheep for the slaughter
We see in our core scripture of - The apostles asked the Lord..... Increase our Faith.
Why were the apostles asking the Lord to increase there Faith?
Jesus was teaching them about Forgiveness and he told them....

3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

I’m paraphrasing:
They said, Lord… Pleaseeeeeeeeeee increase our Faith
We see in our core scripture of - The apostles asked the Lord..... Increase our Faith.
So that let’s me know that there are times when “WE” need our Faith to be increased....
If we are honest with ourselves, sometimes we just don’t believe for whatever reason...
I was talking with Elder Wooten recently and we were discussing Faith and what Faith looked like in our lives.
What happens when you say; Lord I believe and have Faith in you…?
And your praying for a particular job and don’t get the job
What happens when you say; Lord I believe and have Faith in you…?
And your praying for a sick loved one and they die
There are 2 scriptures that jump out at me immediately when I think about answering questions like this....
The first is this:

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

- 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Right before this passage of scripture; Paul says… For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., ). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., ). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
Right before this passage of scripture; Paul says… For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Then in verse 17; Paul says, the righteousness of God is revealed from Faith to Faith
What am I saying?
What am I saying?
You must know who God is and you must know what his will is for your life....
Trusting God and having Faith in his will for your life; might reveal......
If you know the Lord an
That if you had of gotten that job, the company was going to close in a year and you would have lost your house.
Trusting God and having Faith in his will for your life; might reveal......
That the healing you were praying for in regard to your love one was actually given through their death.
That the healing you were praying for in regard to your love one was actually given through their death.

If You Don’t Know what God’s plan or will is for your life.... Start with this.....

-- 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
3 John 2:2

2 Beloved, I cwish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

The more you see God working in your life; the more your Faith should be increased.
-- 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
The more you see God working in your life; the more your Faith should be increased.
The more you see God working in other peoples lives; the more your Faith should be increased.
From Faith, to Faith
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
A river, clear as crystal, will flow from the throne of God and of the Lamb [Jesus] down the middle of the city.
This is our reward ----This is a depiction of heaven:
A river, clear as crystal, will flow from the throne of God and of the Lamb [Jesus] down the middle of the city.
This is a depiction of heaven:
A river, clear as crystal, will flow from the throne of God and of the Lamb [Jesus] down the middle of the city.
On each side of the river there will be a tree of life, yielding twelve kinds of fruit every month.
The streets will be pure gold, like transparent glass.
The walls of the city will be adorned with every kind of jewel, emerald, onyx, topaz, etc.
There will be no need for a sun or moon, and no need for a temple or church.

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The presence of the Lord will be its light.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.

The second scripture that helps us answer the questions about increasing our Faith is:
- 7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Dictionary of Bible Themes 8023 faith, necessity of

Faith is necessary to receive God’s blessing Heb 11:6 See also Ps 40:4; Jer 17:7-8; Jn 5:24

- 7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
- 7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD… That’s FAITH
It takes Faith to trust and believe in the Lord
Then the scripture says; whose hope the LORD is....
HOPE
We also see the word hope in… Now, Faith is the substance of things HOPED for......
What Is Faith? Faith Is the Substance of Hope

let me address the biblical idea of hope, because the word hope functions somewhat differently in the New Testament than it does in Western countries today.

Let’s address the biblical idea of hope
The word hope functions somewhat differently in the New Testament than it does in the world today.
What Is Faith? Faith Is the Substance of Hope

When we use the word hope, we usually are referring to an emotional state of desire in our hearts regarding what we would like to happen in the future but are not sure will come to pass.

When we use the word hope, we usually are referring to an emotional state of desire in our hearts
We look at this like; this is what I would like to happen in the future but are not sure will come to pass.
We may hope that our favorite teams will win football or basketball games, but that hope may never materialize.
What Is Faith? Faith Is the Substance of Hope

We may hope that our favorite teams will win football or basketball games, but that hope may never materialize.

We may hope that our favorite teams will win football or basketball games, but that hope may never materialize.
For instance, I am from Ohio; so I show my support for the Cleveland Browns.
This may be a vain and futile hope because it’s anything but a certainty.
What Is Faith? Faith Is the Substance of Hope

For instance, I am a perennial fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and I regularly hope that the Steelers will win their football games. This may be a vain and futile hope because it’s anything but a certainty. There is a kind of hope that does not make us ashamed (cf. Rom. 5:5), but I’m constantly afraid that my hopes for the Steelers may make me ashamed, for while they regularly win championships, they lose games, too.

In reality, the Cleveland Browns did not win a game for 2 years and were the laughing stock of the NFL.
This actually made me ashamed to be a Browns fan
But for every game… There was a hope none-the-less
We do not want that kind of hope
I am talking about a spiritual hope
There is a kind of hope that does not make us ashamed (cf. ),
There is a kind of hope that does not make us ashamed (cf. ), but I’m constantly afraid that my hopes for the Steelers may make me ashamed, for while they regularly win championships, they lose games, too.
What does Say?
What does Say?
What does Say?
: 1-5 - Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
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.
When the Bible speaks of hope, it is not referring to a desire for a future outcome that is uncertain,
but rather a desire for a future outcome that is absolutely sure.
Based on our trust in the promises of God, we can be fully confident about the outcome.
- This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.
When God gives His people a promise for the future, and the church grasps it, this hope is said to be the “anchor of the soul” ().
- This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil

- This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil
Repeat to the congregation: I HAVE REAL FAITH
Repeat to the congregation: I HAVE REAL FAITH
What Is Faith? Faith Is the Substance of Hope

However, when the Bible speaks of hope, it is not referring to a desire for a future outcome that is uncertain, but rather a desire for a future outcome that is absolutely sure. Based on our trust in the promises of God, we can be fully confident about the outcome. When God gives His people a promise for the future, and the church grasps it, this hope is said to be the “anchor of the soul” (Heb. 6:19).

I want to remind you about the Vision for us in 2019
Bishop Russell said that in the spirit realm, he has seen:
Doors opening that no one can shut
Rivers flowing that no one can stop
Dams breaking that no one can prevent
A young man can purpose in his heart that he is going to build a landscaping empire.
Bishop Russell is not just prophesying to the church corporately;
This also applies to us individually

5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 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.

REMEMBER THIS:
REMEMBER THIS:
Hope says I can see it;
Faith says I can be it
Think about this...
A young man can purpose in his heart that he is going to build a landscaping empire.
He gets up early in the morning
Starts out cutting grass in the local area and cuts about 7 yards a week
Then he soon buys more equipment and starts cutting 10 to 12 yards a week
He then gets a few contracts for landscaping work for 3 or 4 business around the city
He then begins to hire more people to help him, etc
Ho
Within 15 years, he is a millionaire with thriving landscaping business
How can this man who hasn’t involved God in any of his plans be successful?
Understand that the principals of God WORK....
Faith is a principal....
In this example, the young man had FAITH in himself....

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

- 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Remember the principal: Now, Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
Where else in the bible do we see something like this?
- The tower of Babel

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.

4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

What Is Faith? Abel: Giving Honor to God

The hall of fame of faith begins with one of the earliest men of God:

The hall of fame of faith begins with one of the earliest men of God: ABEL
The hall of fame of faith begins with one of the earliest men of God:
What Is Faith? Abel: Giving Honor to God

Here we see that faith is not simply trusting God for the future or trusting the Word of God for the truth about things that are invisible to our eyes, even things that happened in the past, such as the creation. Faith is also the means by which we live in response to the commands of God.

Watch this: Here lies the mistake of the young man
Here we see that faith is not simply trusting God for the future or trusting the Word of God for the truth about things that are invisible to our eyes, even things that happened in the past, such as the creation. Faith is also the means by which we live in response to the commands of God.
Hebrew 11:4 - “By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks” ().
- 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.
What Is Faith? Abel: Giving Honor to God

“By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks” (Heb. 11:4).

What Is Faith? Abel: Giving Honor to God

“By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks” (Heb. 11:4).

So even though it looks like the young man is successful and has achieved his dreams
Ultimately he will be unfulfilled and lost without salvation from the Lord
THE HALL OF FAME OF FAITH
Let’s look in the book of Hebrews
God was very concerned, as we see throughout the Old Testament, with the heart attitude of the person who brought a sacrifice to the altar.
The hall of fame of faith begins with one of the earliest men of God: ABEL
What Is Faith? Abel: Giving Honor to God

God was very concerned, as we see throughout the Old Testament, with the heart attitude of the person who brought a sacrifice to the altar. Very often in the Old Testament era, people simply went through the motions, offering their sacrifices in a perfunctory way, for which they were hypocrites. God said, “I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies” (Amos 5:21).

Hebrew 11:4 - “By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks” ().
Here we see that faith is not simply trusting God for the future
What Is Faith? Abel: Giving Honor to God

People go to church every Sunday and go through the motions of religion while their hearts are far from God. They act out their religion, as actors in a play, but without faith, without any real personal commitment to God.

or trusting the Word of God for the truth about things that are invisible to our eyes
What Is Faith? Abel: Giving Honor to God

God was displeased by the faithlessness of the people as they went through their religious practices.

Faith is also the means by which we live in response to the commands of God.
What Is Faith? Enoch: Pleasing God

Enoch

But when Abel brought his sacrifice, he brought it with the sacrifice of praise.
What Is Faith? Abel: Giving Honor to God

But when Abel brought his sacrifice, he brought it with the sacrifice of praise. He wanted to honor God. He was trying to be obedient and to manifest his love for God and trust in Him. It was a genuine act of worship.

Very often in the Old Testament era, people simply went through the motions, offering their sacrifices in a per-func-to-ry way, for which they were hypocrites.
God said, “I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies” ().
God was displeased by the faithlessness of the people as they went through their religious practices.
People go to church every Sunday and go through the motions of religion while their hearts are far from God.
They act out their religion, as actors in a play, but without faith, without any real personal commitment to God.
But when Abel brought his sacrifice, he brought it with the sacrifice of praise.
He wanted to honor God.
What Is Faith? Noah: A Fool for Christ

Noah

He was trying to be obedient and to manifest his love for God and trust in Him.
It was a genuine act of worship.
Repeat to the congregation: I HAVE REAL FAITH
What Is Faith? Noah: A Fool for Christ

The next hero of faith cited in Hebrews 11 is Noah: “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith” (v. 7).

What Is Faith? Enoch: Pleasing God

In Hebrews 11:5 we read, “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.” This vignette builds on that of Abel. Enoch was translated (bypassing physical death) because he pleased God. The author of Hebrews then explains the connection to faith: “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (v. 6).

We cannot come to God if we don’t believe there is a God. That’s simple, isn’t it? We cannot seek to please God if we don’t believe that God exists and rewards those who seek after Him. Enoch demonstrated his faith by seeking to please God, just as all faithful people do. So faith is central to the motivation of the human heart to live in a way that honors God.

Enoch
Building an ark in a desert is certainly ludicrous in and of itself. But Noah believed God, and he was willing to be what the New Testament speaks of as a “fool for Christ” (). He put his confidence not in the judgments of this world but in the judgment of God. He built the ark, through which the human race survived, because he lived by faith.
Enoch
In we read, “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him.
Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.
Enoch was translated (bypassing physical death) because he pleased God.
What did we read earlier in the scriptures?
What Is Faith? Noah: A Fool for Christ

We know that it took Noah many years to build the ark, and many Bible scholars have made the point that Noah must have been ridiculed by the people of his time. Many years ago, I heard a comedy routine in which Bill Cosby played the role of Noah. As he was building the ark in the middle of the desert, his friends would come by and ask, “Noah, what are you doing?” He would reply, “Building a boat.” “Why?” “Well, because there’s going to be a flood.” Cosby captured the ridicule that Noah likely experienced when he gave the response of the people: “Yeah, sure.”

Building an ark in a desert is certainly ludicrous in and of itself. But Noah believed God, and he was willing to be what the New Testament speaks of as a “fool for Christ” (1 Cor. 4:10). He put his confidence not in the judgments of this world but in the judgment of God. He built the ark, through which the human race survived, because he lived by faith.

“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (v. 6).
We cannot come to God if we don’t believe there is a God.
We cannot seek to please God if we don’t believe that God exists and rewards those who seek after Him.
Enoch demonstrated his faith by seeking to please God, just as all faithful people do.
What Is Faith? Abraham: Faith and Obedience

As I mentioned in the previous chapter, this man has been called “the father of the faithful.” We read: “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance” (Heb. 11:8). Notice that the word faith is conjoined here with the word obeyed. Living in submission to what God commands is the essence of faith.

Faith is central to the motivation of the human heart to live in a way that honors God.
What Is Faith? Abraham: Faith and Obedience

We can sensationalize it and make it more pious than real, but the reality was that Abraham was an old man. He had his roots firmly established in Mesopotamia. That’s where his family was. That’s where his possessions were. That’s where his heritage was. But then, in his old age, God came to him and said: “I want you to get out of this land. Get out of your place where you’re culturally comfortable. I am going to make you an alien in a strange and foreign land. I’ll show you where it is.”

The author of Hebrews goes on to speak of Abraham’s wife, Sarah: “By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore” (11:11–12).
Noah
The next hero of faith cited in is Noah:
What Is Faith? Sarah: Judging God to Be Faithful

The author of Hebrews goes on to speak of Abraham’s wife, Sarah: “By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore” (11:11–12).

Like her husband, Sarah judged God to be faithful.

“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.
By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith” (v. 7).
We know that it took Noah many years to build the ark, and we know that Noah must have been ridiculed by the people of his time.
Building an ark in a desert is certainly ludicrous in and of itself.
But Noah believed God, and he was willing to be what the New Testament speaks of as a “fool for Christ” ().
He put his confidence not in the judgments of this world but in the judgment of God.
He built the ark, through which the human race survived, because he lived by faith.
Abraham
Abraham has been called “the father of the faithful.”
Abraham has been called “the father of the faithful.”
We read: “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance” ().
Notice that the word faith is conjoined here with the word obeyed.
Living in submission to what God commands is the essence of faith.
The reality was that Abraham was an old man. He had his roots firmly established in Ma-sa-pa-tain-ne-ya Mesopotamia.
That’s where his family was. That’s where his possessions were.
That’s where his heritage was.
But then, in his old age, God came to him and said: “I want you to get out of this land.
Get out of your place where you’re culturally comfortable.
I am going to make you an alien in a strange and foreign land. I’ll show you where it is.”
Abraham had Faith in God and did as God had said
Sarah
The author of Hebrews goes on to speak of Abraham’s wife, Sarah: “By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.
Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore” (11:11–12).
Like her husband, Sarah judged God to be faithful.
FAMILY
Faith is necessary to receive God’s blessing See also ; ;
Faith is necessary to receive God’s blessing See also ; ;
Repeat to the congregation: I HAVE REAL FAITH
 - So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
What is another way that Faith comes to us?
 - So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
 - So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Studying and knowing the word of God is Paramount for our Faith to grow.
Each week; you read and study the word of God in your home
Every Sunday; you hear the word of God being preached
Every Wednesday; you hear the word of God being preached
CONTINUE TO ALLOW THE LORD TO..... Increase Your Faith

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

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