Faith has always been the mark of the Disciple of Jesus Christ
Paul says that it is the “substance” of things not seen
Litterally - the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, especially something abstract, which determines its character.
It’s the “who you areness” of your life - the unseen motivations tht manifest themselves in the outward
So faith is more than just a wish or desire - it the very fabric upon which the promises of God’s word are woven!
It is the sapce between the unseen picture of an afcan brought to life by the croshaing artist
You see the picture is worthless without the action to bring it to life!
In our case, the promises of God’s Word are the unseen pictures and we apply faith and adherence to them which releases the actions for which they have been purposed!
Faith means total dependance on God on not total independence (unbelief) from Him which was basis of Adam’s actions
This why Ep 2:8 tells us that the way back to God is through Faith!
You see faith advances you beyond the 5 senses of your flesh
Faith releases you from the limited to the unlimited!
This is the life to which the believe in Christ is called
So what is faith?
Faith is obedient action in response to what God has said.
True faith is expressed in Hearing, Obedience, Response
Faith means having trust, assurance and confidence, exchanging self-trust for God trust
We abandon our reliance on our limited resources and rely on His unlimited resources!
It “being certain” of His essence!
Our problem is we base everything on our knowledge
Two centers of knowledge Man’s and God’s
Human wisdom - God’s wisdom
Human knowledge comes through the senses and is already tainted by sin
God’s knowledge comes through His Spirit which is untainted and pure Revalation
Our faith is based upon three factors
God’s nature, God’s unchangeableness, God’s truthfulness
God’s nature - Love
Love drove Him to the world, Love sustained His throughout His ministry, Love took Him to the cross
God is unchangeable
God is not tossed too and fro - His word is clear and intentions sure
God cannot lie!
That’s why we can believe:
Freedom is always found in truth!
Christ has now become for us the wisdom from God
His redemptive act says it all
How does it work?
God gives us faith
I believe everyone has saving faith - we are born with faith, we exercise it all the time!
But it is a choice every-time we do
Saving faith is activated by hearing the Word of God
Hearing leads to a choice - obedience or rejection
But Pastor Ken I am going through a crisis that you can’t even imagine!
Maybe so but I know someone who can!
In faith we cast ourselves on His faithfulness!
In doing so the result is always victory!
Everything today tells me that I deserve punishment and damnation for my rebellion against God but His word says…I’m forgiven!
I’ll leave you with one thought - the word faith - pistos - has also been translated faithfulness!
Have you been faithful with what God has placed in your had?
Have you responded to the call of the Father to come home?
Today can be your day see God cannot lie - He sent his Son.....