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FAITH

All Bible verses are King James 1611 and they will be highlighted in BLUE.
And all bold and underlining highlights are mine. An example can be found in our first Bible verse Hebrews 11:6

Hebrews 11:6
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

Faith is what makes the difference between Christian soldiers and the lackluster Laodicean nominal “Christian” who fears man more than God.
Faith is vital because it moves the heart of God.
Faith will determine how important the Bible is to you.
Faith is crucial in the life of a believer.

We find, in Matthew 15:21-28, a woman who had great perseverance.
Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. 22And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

This woman wasn’t a Jew she was a Canaanite.
Her daughter was vexed with a devil and she knew her daughter’s only hope was Jesus.
The word vexed used here in Matthew 15:21 means to bring physical distress.
Most of us are familiar with movies like Rosemary’s Baby, 1968, only this wasn’t play acting, and this mother was determined to do all she could to help her daughter.

Jesus ignored her.
Matthew 15:23
But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, send her away; for she crieth after us.

This mother’s love for her daughter was greater than her being humiliated. She would not take no for an answer.  She believed Jesus to be sent by God and she worshiped Him.
[We also should be interceding with God for our lost loved ones and friends and neighbors]

Matthew 15: 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

Jesus calls her a dog. 
Matt15:24,26 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. …. It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and cast it to dogs.

I don’t know of any women who wouldn’t bristle if you called her a dog, do you?  But she continued to have great perseverance even admitting that if Jesus said she was a dog then she was a dog.

Matthew 15:27And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

Jesus was so moved that He immediately healed her daughter.  But why did He?
Was it her perseverance that moved Him?
Was it that she was humble enough to accept the fact that she was a dog?
No, Jesus healed her because of her faith.

Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Hebrews 11:6
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

  • Without faith
    If you do not have faith then don’t even think about pleasing God.

In Matthew 8:5-13 we find a man with great humility.
He was a centurion who came to Jesus asking Him to heal his servant who was sick beyond human help.

Matthew  8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 6And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. 7And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. 8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

When Jesus heard this he immediately healed the servant, but why?
Did Jesus heal the servant because of the centurion’s great humility?
No.  Jesus healed him because of the centurion’s faith.

Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please him
:

In Mark 10:46-52 we find blind Bartimeus who was a blind man with great earnestness.

Bartimeus was sitting on the side of the road begging when he heard a great commotion from an advancing crowd.

“What’s going on,” he asked.

“Jesus, Jesus is passing by” someone said.

Bartimeus’ heart leaped with hope.
He had long fanaticized about Jesus giving him his eyesight, and now it would happen just as he had imagined it.
Excited, he began yelling “Jesus thou son of David have mercy on me.” Those around him told him to shut-up, they didn’t want to hear his screaming.

Perhaps someone said, “Shut-up you blind fool, Jesus has better things to do then pay attention to a blind beggar like you.”

Bartimeus would not be intimidated and he yelled even louder.Jesus thou son of David have mercy upon me.” and Jesus heard him.

Mark 10:46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. 47And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 48And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 49And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 50And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. 51And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

Jesus, healed him, but why?
Was it because of his earnestness, no.
It was because of his faith. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:

Mark 10:52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

  • WITHOUT FAITH, YOU CAN’T BE SAVED

EPHISIANS 2:8,9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

  • WITHOUT FAITH, YOU CAN’T LIVE VICTORIOUSLY OVER THE WORLD.

1 JOHN 5:4
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

  • WITHOUT FAITH, YOU CAN’T HAVE YOUR PRAYERS ANSWERED
    JAMES 1:6-7
    But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord
  • WITHOUT FAITH, YOU CAN’T HAVE PEACE WITH GOD
    ROMANS 5:1
    Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

WITHOUT FAITH, YOU CAN’T PLEASE GOD

HEBREWS 11:6
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

  • We are justified by faith.

GALATIANS 2:16
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

  • Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

ROMANS 14:23
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Faith is the prime factor and therefore it should be cultivated and nourished in every Christian’s life.
But how are we to do that?

ROMANS 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

You get faith only one way, by believing what God said in the Word of God and that is the BIBLE.  Read it. Study it. Memorize it.
So that you will think as He wants you to thinks, talk like He wants you to talk, and do as He would have you to do.
The verse says hearing but that isn’t just with the ears but with the eyes also.
You hear when you read. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

We SHOULD know
that believing what God says is the way to get faith but what is faith?

We find the answer to what faith is in Hebrews chapter 11

In Hebrews 11:1-2
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2For by it the elders obtained a good report

  • Faith is the substance.
  • Faith is the evidence of things not seen.
  • Faith is the evidence of things hoped for.

The hope in Hebrews 11:1 is an expected end.
Let’s try to get a full understanding by using an example that should make it clear.  I hope I win the lottery.  If this is the hope of Hebrews 11:1 then I will fully expect to win and the evidence will be me spending gobs of money that I don’t yet have.
[Bad example but I hope it will make clear to you what Christian faith is.]
Hope is an expected end.
When a person fully expects something he prepares for it and those around him see the evidence of that hope.
[Again, I’m only using the lottery as an example and in no way am I sanctioning it, a Christian trusts God not the Government. Gambling is wrong no matter who says it is right.]

Hebrews chapter 11 is the faith chapter and throughout the chapter we have many Biblical examples of faith being “the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not yet seen”.
A few examples found in Hebrews 11, are: Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Moses.  Each one believed God and made dramatic changes in his life and that will also happen when someone believes God today.
We read the Bible knowing every word is God’s word and every jot God’s jot and every tittle God’s tittle (Matthew 5:18) and this gives us the confidence of a hope that shows evidence of an expected end – Heaven.

Jesus said, Luke 18:8 Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

FAITH IS THE CONFIDENCE IN THE TESTIMONY OF ANOTHER.

We see this all the time in religion.  Islam must have faith in the Koran and that Mohammed was who he claimed to be.  Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, and Catholics must all have faith that they have been taught the truth and not a lie.
There are a lot of liars around today.

Faith believes God, not man, by believing the Bible.

Here is an example of faith being the confidence in the testimony of another.
When my son Jonathan was about four years old I stood him on a tall table.  Then I stepped back a few feet and told him to jump and I would catch him.  That table must have seemed thirty feet high to him and the gap between us ten feet.
He hesitated.
“Jump”, I told him, “I will catch you”.
His faith in what I said was greater than his fear of falling so he jumped and I caught him.  If I let him fall his confidence in my word would erode until he would no longer have faith or confidence in my words.

I think when people don’t have enough faith that God has preserved His Word in the Bible, a Bible we can hold and read, their faith decomposes.  They become malleable and they never take a spiritual stand for anything because they haven’t any spiritual conviction.
They believe what they want because they have no final authority except themselves.
You go ahead and believe what you want, that’s your right.
I’ll believe what I want.
You may be right, I may be right, or we both may be wrong.  It’s all subjective and therefore nothing can be known for sure.
But when you believe the Bible then it’s two times two equals four, and if you say it equals five then you’re flat out wrong. Do you have that kind of faith in the Bible and if not why not?

We are living in the lukewarm Laodicean church age [Revelation 3: 14-22] when no one wants to question or take a spiritual stand on anything.
Some believe their god is a girl or a higher power, homosexuality and shacking-up are just lifestyles.
Listen, this is important. You don’t have to attend your friendly Laodicean church.  You can find a Bible believing Philadelphia church and enlist in the Lord’s army.

WHY WOULD I WANT TO DO THAT?

BECAUSE

We’re in a spiritual war.  Good against evil, God against the devil, and we are told to “Fight the good fight of faith” 1 Timothy 6:12

This is a spiritual war and Lucifer’s desire is to destroy you.
1st Peter 5:8-9 Be sober be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

The world has done a good job at making the devil look like an imaginary buffoon.
However the Bible paints a very ugly picture of him and tells of his proficiency and intelligence.
The world thinks it can control the devil but the devil is pure evil.
One of the Conan movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, gives a perfect example of that.  In the movie, there is this group of priests who believe they can make alive a statue of a Greek god.  Conan asks them how they expected to control such an evil force? Their reasoning was that this god would be so grateful for them bringing him to life and offering their complete loyalty that he would let them have whatever they desired, (anyway that is what I remember from 20 years ago).

The point is many today also have a faulty concept of the Devil, however he is real, he is vicious, and he is as a lion walking about seeking whom he may devour.
You can see him in action in any prison, dope den, whore house, bars and wherever misery is at its peak. Those priests in the movie were as wrong as liberal theologians are today who believe the Devil a myth. The statue came alive in the movie and turned out to be a grotesque monster incapable of feeling thankful to anyone or being appeased.  Its only desire was to destroy; it was no friend.
I believe that is an accurate description of Satan and devils and demons –complete hatred.

In Ephesians 6:13-17 we read how to fight him.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace
;
verse 16, Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Notice that there isn’t any back protection in the above verses because
we are to fight not run.
Cowards run
while men fight for what is right and true.
There’s a lot in the above verses but notice verse 16. It starts out with “above all.” The preceding verses have covered standing, and breastplates, feet being shod with the gospel, and loins being girt with truth, but when we come to verse 16 we read, “ABOVE ALL” taking the shield of faith. Then, in verse 17, we should take the sword of the spirit which IS THE WORD OF GOD.  Roman soldiers attack with their swords cutting, slashing, and killing.
Spiritually we should be wielding the Word of God like a sword.
Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart

There is only one Bible that meets the above criteria: the KJV 1611 BIBLE.

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