Faith's Divine Order #4
We’re going to continue teaching on the “The Divine Order of Faith” last week we were on step 2 and step 3 of the divine order of faith. Step 1 was to identify the problem, step 2 was to make a decision to stand in faith, and step 3 was to get the evidence from God's Word. We’re going to pick up were left off last week and continue teaching on “Getting the Evidence from Gods Word.”
I) Turn with me to Hebrews 11:1
A) As we can see from this verse, faith is the evidence of things.
1) If faith is the evidence and faith is only based on the Word of God: then really you can say that the Word of God or, more specifically that the promise of God is the evidence.
2) If you make a reservation for a car or for a hotel suite many times they will give you a confirmation No. that confirmation No. is your guarantee, or you could say it is the evidence that the car or hotel suite is yours.
3) That’s the very thing Hebrew’s 11:1 is trying to say to you.
a) If you’ve been told that you have cancer, you need to go to the Word and find the verse that says, “By His stripes you were healed.”
(i) That’s your confirmation No. your title deed to health and healing.
4) When the doctor tells you that you have three weeks to live, you can hold up your title deed and say with confidence, “I will live and not die because I’m healed by the stripes of Jesus!”
a) And every Devil in hell has to bow its knee to the strength of your evidence, the Word of God.
(i) If you’re in a situation and your bills need to be paid, you can stand up and say, “Hold it! I’m a tither and a giver and (Philippians 4:19) says, “My God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
5) No matter what you need, no matter how bad the situation, regardless of how serious your circumstances are, if you hold on to that title deed, the Word of God, you will receive the answer. The power of that kind of faith will never let you down.
6) Let me ask you this, how do prosecuting attorney’s find the evidence they need to present in court?
a) They depend on detectives who snoop and search until they find what they’re looking for.
(i) You’ll have to do this same thing if you’re going to win your case against the Devil.
(a) You need specific evidence from the Bible to bring faith’s power on the scene.
(b) And it’s entirely up to you to find it; no one you.
b) (2Timothy 2:15) says, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a Workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”
II) There is the key. “Study, study, study, study!”
A) And that’s not easy. It takes commitment and concentration. But it’s the only way you’re going to get the evidence you need to win.
a) When you find the promise of God, it energizes your prayers and gives power to your faith.
III) Turn with me to 1JOHN 5:14,15
A) Notice it didn’t say, “We know we’re going to have the petitions we desire.” It didn’t say that someday we’d have it. It said, “when we ask, we know that we have the petitions we desired of him.”
1) That’s present tense, its now.
a) Notice that (John 5:15) says, “If we ask according to his will.”
b) Gods Word is His will. And His will is His Word.
(i) If you can see it in your Bible, you can know that that is the expressed perfect will of God for your life.
c) If you’re new to the Bible you have to get into it and start reading it. The place I tell people to begin is in the book of John and read it all way through.
(i) You have to find the promises of God for yourself, if you can afford if, get a concordance, or one of those small books entitled “Gods Promises” to help you along the way.
(a) Once you’ve found the title deed in Gods Word, you should pray and consider the matter settled. In fact, you should start acting as if you possess the thing you’ve prayed for, because you do!
B) You can’t dabble in the Word and expect to get results. You can’t just try it out for a while to see if it will work.
1) Effective faith is a commitment to live by the Word; it’s a lifestyle. The Bible says the just shall live by faith.
2) Once you’ve found your title deed, the promise of God, hold on to it and don’t let it go.
a) At first it may seem like nothing is happening. Sometimes things even get worse. No matter what happens, don’t let go of your evidence.
C) Turn with me to Hebrews 10:35
1) I don’t care how hard things get or how bad your situation appears, hold on to your title Deed, which is, the promise of God. God will come through.
a) If you’re sick, get the evidence of healing from God’s Word. If you’re lacking finances, get your evidence. In bondage to habits, get your evidence. Depressed, get your evidence.
(i) No matter what you’re facing today, there’s a promise in the God’s Word that addresses your need.
b) Find it, and let’s go on to the next step.
2) So far, I’ve giving you the first three steps of God’s divine order of faith. They are: (1) Identify the problem, (2) Make a quality decision to overcome the problem, and (3) Find your title deed, the answer in God’s Word.
IV) The next step in getting victory involves understanding the importance of “HEARING God’s Word.”
A) Hearing God’s Word is so vitally important to your spiritual life.
1) Your ears are one of the only two natural gateways to your spirit. Your eyes are the other.
a) But as far as the Word of God is concerned, there is no receiving without hearing.
(i) Jesus illustrated to us just how serious it is to hear God’s Word. In the book of revelation, chapters 2 and 3, Jesus said seven times, “He that hath and ear, let him here with the spirit saith unto the churches.”
(a) I think that shows us pretty clearly that Jesus places a great deal of importance on us hearing what he has to say.
2) Many can hear the Word being preached, but the Bible kind of hearing involves more than just mere listening. It requires attentiveness, believe, and obedience, too.
B) Turn to Proverbs 4:10
1) Notice how the promise of long life, the good life is for those who both hear and receive God’s saying.
a) Actually, the Word “HERE” means hear and obey.
(i) If you’re not determined to obey what God has spoken, you haven’t really received it. James tells us to be: “doers of the Word and not hearers only.”
b) But notice that in this Verse (Pro 4 10), the result of hearing and receiving is long live.
(i) The end result to you hearing and receiving means a harvest.
C) Turn with me to Proverbs 8:34
1) The Word “blessed” means receiving God’s best. Receiving God’s best comes by hearing his Word.
a) Hearing God’s Word opens the door for victory. You control the circumstances instead of your circumstances controlling you. Hearing God’s Word gives you that kind of power.
2) But on the other hand, if you’re listening to the doctor’s negative reports and all the negative reports of people around you, saying that you’re going to die, you had better get your affairs in order. You’re not empowered to do anything.
a) You need to be careful about what you permit yourself to hear. Whatever you hear goes inside you.
(i) “Oh, but pastor, I just let that stuff go in one ear and out the other.” There’s no such thing.
(ii) Have you ever listened to a song and that song stays with you all day, even if it’s an ungodly song. Sometimes it takes hours for you to get rid of it.
(iii) You simply have to guard your ears.
(a) Sometimes you’re at work and people say things or the music is being played and you can’t get away from it. The best thing you can do is to rebuke that under your breath and speak the Word.
b) One of the most frequently cited Vs. of scripture concerning faith is found in Romans chapter 10, but I want to look at the whole thing in context. Turn with me to Romans 10:14-17
(i) “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”
(a) We’ve heard this said so many times, it’s almost become a cliche.
c) But V 14 introduces a very important spiritual truth. It says they can’t believe in him of whom they have never heard.
d) You can’t believe in or ask for something that you never heard preached. That shows us the importance of hearing God’s Word.
(i) But on the other hand, you just don’t want to hear any old thing. (Proverbs 4:23) says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
(ii) The NIV translation says, “Above all else, guard your heart.”
e) If you’re still there in (Romans 10) look with me one more time to verse 17. Romans 10:17
(i) If your sick and need faith to get healed, Faith comes by hearing the Word of God concerning healing.
(a) It does you no good to hear the Word concerning finances if you have cancer.
(ii) Faith for what you need comes by hearing and acting on the Word for that specific area. (Whatever promise you hear that is what you’ll have faith for.
D) It’s also important understand that faith doesn’t come from having heard. It comes from “HEARING”--- present tense.
1) Sometimes people think just because they have heard “by His stripes you were healed” that they have the faith today to be healed. But it doesn’t work that way.
a) Just because you put gas in your car last month doesn’t mean you have fuel to get you where you need to go. Just because you ate something yesterday doesn’t mean you have nourishment for today.
(i) The same is true with the Word of God. You need a fresh hearing to receive faith for today’s needs.
b) Receiving faith is not a onetime event; it is a life process that we do over and over again.
(i) You can’t win your battle on the shells you fired in the last war. When the enemy comes at you again, it’s time to re-load. Reloading the gun of faith only comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
V) Not only is it vitally important that hear the Word when your facing it problem, but it’s also important how you hear.
A) The way you hear can make an enormous difference in the results you see.
1) Turn to MARK 4:24 and listen to what Jesus said.
a) First of all Jesus is giving us a warning again to “Take heed WHAT you hear.”
(i) If your believing God for healing you do not want people sitting around your bed telling you how bad you look. Sometimes it’s better not telling anyone that you’re sick. Don’t tell people who are not going to pray and believe God with you.
b) But notice something else Jesus said in this Verse, “with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.”
B) Jesus is telling us here the way you hear the Word and the importance that you put on the Word of God, is going to cause more of God’s blessings to come to you.
1) We need to take heed to how we hear the Word of God and to give it more diligence.
2) There is no way to over emphasize the importance of hearing, and hearing, and hearing the Word of God.
a) There are few things in your Christian walk that will benefit you as much as the Word of God.
(i) If your going through something in your life go to the Word of God and find a promise that correctly answers the problem. Then hear it, here it, and hear it some more.
(a) The Word of God is powerful and it’s an absolutely necessary step in God’s plan from getting you out of the problem to the answer.
WOLCC Sunday 10/19/1997 & WOLCC Sunday, January 05, 2003