Today we’re going to continue on the subject of faith. As we read last time in (Hebrews 11:6) It says, “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.”
I. From this V we can see that we can’t please God without faith.
A. In (Romans 12:3) It says that “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
1. But God does not want us to just live by “the measure of faith.”
a. He expects us to grow in faith. He wants our faith to grow.
b. In (Romans 10:17) it says, “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
c. And in (2 Corinthians 10:15) it says, “When your faith is increased.”
2. These 2 phrases “Faith cometh,”(ROM 10:17) and “When your faith is increased” (2COR 10:15) shows that the measure of faith God deals to believers can grow.
II. Jesus talked about different levels of faith and during those times He reveals to us how we can measure our faith.
A. Jesus used a spiritual device to measure faith.
1. He did it by judging words and actions.
B. Let’s look at a few of these examples in the Word.
1. MARK 4 In these Vs notice what the disciples say and do when adversity comes.
2. MARK 4:35-40
a. In (V 35) Jesus said to the disciples “Let us pass over unto the other side.”
i. Then the storm arose.
ii. When Jesus told them to go to the other side, He was giving them authority over any obstacle so they could go to the other side.
iii. But they reacted negatively to the storm.
b. After Jesus arose from His sleep, He rebuked the wind, and said, “Peace, be still.” And there was a great calm.
i. Then He turned to His disciples and Said to them, “I’m going to teach you about faith, I’m going to show you your level of faith.”
c. 1st you came to Me and said, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” (Mark 4:38)
i. In other words, “Don’t you care that we’re going to die?”
d. Then, He said, “You're so fearful.”
i. Their words and their action determined their level of faith.
ii. Jesus said they have no faith.
e. The disciples were going by what they saw and what their feelings were telling them, more than the Word of God.
i. The disciples should have known by now that when Jesus said something, it was going to come to pass.
3. Look at MARK 4:39-40 again.
a. Notice that Jesus said, “Why are ye so fearful?”
i. This V is in the present tense. (In the original Greek it’s in the present tense.)
ii. The storm had already stooped, and Jesus said, “Why are you still so fearful?” (He didn’t say, “Why were you so fearful?”)
b. He had to measure their level of faith as “No faith.”
III. Let’s look at a different example. MATT 14:22-29
A. When Jesus speaks, either through a spoken word or His written Word, and you hear it, faith comes.
1. Notice that when Jesus said, “Come,” Peter heard Him and immediately received that Word into his heart. Faith came and he started walking on the water.
a. At this point, Peter had great faith.
2. Let’s go on reading in MATT 14:30-31.
a. As long as Peter had his eyes on the Word, his faith was great.
b. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he started to sink.
i. When you get your eyes on the circumstances, you can’t see the Word, which will limit God from working in your life.
B. Jesus taught Peter something about faith.
1. Jesus said to Peter, “Wherefore didst thou doubt?”
a. He’s saying “Peter you were walking on the water. This is great faith, but when you saw the wind, you started considering the circumstances. You got your eyes off the Word and began to sink.”
b. Jesus measured the level of Peter’s faith as “Little faith.”
i. He started in faith, but ended in doubt.
ii. That’s little faith.
IV. Let’s go on and look at another example that Jesus gave. MATT 8:5-10
A. Jesus was saying that what the centurion said and did revealed that he had “great faith.”
1. Jesus even said that this was the greatest faith that He had ever seen in any one.
a. What was it that man said and did that caused Jesus to measure this his faith as great faith.
2. 1st he understood the authority in the Word of God.
(2nd) a. Then He said, “Just speak the Word.”
i. In other word he said, I need the Word of God that my servant will be healed.
ii. That is the only way to have faith, to have God’s Word of the subject.
b. How do we know that He had to have faith in God’s Word for his servant to be healed?
c. That brings us to the 3rd thing that he did.
i. MAT 8:13
ii. Jesus said according to your faith it’s going to be done, and he servant was healed.
B. Later, after Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to the disciples, all were there except Thomas.
1. (John 20:25) “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
a. Later Jesus appeared to Thomas (John 20:27) and said to him, “In Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust [it] into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.”
b. He said this level of faith is “Faithless” or having no faith.
i. If we have to see the answer to the promise with our natural eyes before we’ll believe. We don’t have the faith that is needed to receive.
C. If you will react to felling sick by saying: “The Word is my final authority. It says that I am healed by Jesus stripes, and that’s all the evidence I need. I’m am healed and that settles it.”
1. And you really mean it from your heart. Jesus will marvel at your faith.
V. Let’s look at 1 more level of faith.
A. 2THES 1:2-3 (Paul said)
1. The word “Exceedingly” comes from the Greek word meaning “To increase beyond measure.”
a. Look at 1THES 1:8
b. Their faith was so great that Paul could say, “Your faith is known wherever I go.”
2. The only way that we can develop our faith to an Immeasurable level is by applying the spiritual law that says, “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
B. Wherever your level of faith is as you meditate on God’s Word, your faith will increase and the limitations will decrease.
1. Remember Jesus said in (Matthew 9:29) “According to your faith be it unto you.”
2. But you might say, “Pastor, may faith is not at the level that it should be, but I have a need now.”
a. Thank God for His mercy, the Bible says that we can call for the elder of the church and the Prayer of faith will save the sick.
i. And we can come together and prayer the prayer of agreement.
b. Jesus said in (Matthew 18:19) “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”
i. God’s best is that grow in faith, and that only comes through our time spent in the Word of God.
WOLCC Sun Am 10/30/94 & Sunday July 3, 2005