(see also companion subject
'Faith of Jesus Christ')
is so important -2Corinthians
1:24 ".....for by faith ye stand."
You can equate
faith with fire and enthusiasm.–.l
i f e!.As
opposed to a mundane daily existence,
one now looks onward to an exciting never ending surety..
That's how to know if you have faith. What if you don't have it? It's a
gift and you can get it!
killer of faith is impatience, not depression.
And this impatience is due to programming that demands you must know 'all
the answers' before venturing forth. Don't trust until you know, in total
contradiction to the wisdom of the ancients who knew that, in regard to
spiritual things of the mind, to know you must first trust.
Wanting to take
things into our own hands, your own control, wanting to 'jump right in'
to something you can control, is an open invitation to trouble.
Once one knows
what his deep heart's dreams are.(how),
then risk it to attain them. Better to be a bit patient and wait to see
what God is doing. If you're not sure what God is doing, don't take action;
but to know if you're
'in His will'.
Many have more
faith than they give themselves credit for. Who cooks your meals? Without
faith you wouldn't even eat stew.
Faith is important!
If you have it, it is counted to you for righteousness -Romans
4:3. The gift of the Holy Spirit is by faith -Galatians
3:14. You get things from God by being sure that you already have them.
Chew on that one awhile.
can save you from many troubles and afflictions -Matthew
9:18-22; 15:28; Mark
5:25-43; 10:46-52; 11:19-24;
faith by Christ's righteousness even if he still has sin in his life.
Faith is the
ability God gave you to accept what He believes about you. Faith is conviction,
that is, being sure that what you have accepted is true. You have faith
that a certain direction will take you to the grocery store. You are absolutely
sure about this: examples -Romans 4:18-21.
Faith is being convinced of the things
of God which you know you have conviction
about, which things lead you to a firm belief or a course of action. You
don't act upon that which you are unsure about.
faith you can step out knowing the outcome, albeit,
after going through many valleys and even ruts.(remember
the-Lord Of The
Rings-movies), on your
journey to the object of your quest.-Hebrews
11:1; Galatians 2:20.
Faith is regarding that in which you
have confidence, those things you are sure about. But faith without works
You can have total confidence that
God not only hears you, but will respond, if you are asking for that which
is according to His will. And what is that you should do to
have confidence that you are consistently in the will of God?
Without faith God is not pleased -Hebrews
11:5,6. The faith we have.(thanks
to God's gift of it to us).pleases
Him. In other words, His concern is that we do indeed have
Once a person's mind has been opened
by God, one can increase faith-(by
bringing out more of what's already there)-by
thinking of Himself as God thinks of him: 2Peter
1:1 ".....to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through
righteousness of God and our Saviour
Hebrews the 11th chapter shows that
faith enables one to make choices to do things that without faith, he wouldn't.
It also shows that God does things when we have faith.
'Wherefore seeing we have these examples of such a great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside anything that may cause us to consistently miss the mark
in the struggle to keep the faith of
Jesus uppermost in our hearts.'
God controls absolutely everything.
To know if you have faith one must know first what it is.
Faith is an acceptance of something as true -1Peter
1:8; a trusting
of God with your life, that it can be based upon His
Living faith is using what you have accepted as true in your life.
If you ask for directions from someone to reach a destination, you choose
whether or not to have faith in his instructions or not. If you accept
them as true, you may decide to follow the instructions that he gave you
to proceed to the destination. This then is living faith; faith upon which
actions are taken.
From Easton's Bible Dictionary:
"Faith is, in general, the persuasion
of the mind that a certain statement is true -Philippians
Its primary idea is trust. A
thing is true and therefore worthy of trust. It admits of many degrees
up to full assurance of faith, in accordance with the evidence on which
Faith is the result of teaching, of
learning -Romans 10:14-17. Knowledge
is an essential element in all faith and is sometimes spoken of as an equivalent
to faith -John 10:38; 1John
2:3. Yet the two are distinguished in this respect; that faith includes
in it assent, which is an act of
the will-(a decision to agree and accept)-in
addition to the act of the-understanding.(a
of the meaning of something)."
Regarding Christian faith, its accepting
Jesus Christ's life as true. To do this, one must personally know some
things about Him that is meaningfully important. If you have faith in Christ,
you obviously have accepted the fact as true that He indeed did rise from
the dead -1Corinthians 15:14.
few things to know about faith:
Faith is had by knowing that you are righteous
-2Peter 1:1; Romans
4:13. The words of God must be accepted
as true for them to become effective in your life and produce any fruit
-Hebrews 4:2; Philemon
1:6; 1Thessalonians 2:13;
3:16; Philippians 2:5. Our
confidence must be in Christ.(Philippians
1:6), not in a defunct..law,
in order for spiritual change to occur in our lives. If one is intwo
minds about things, he is in doubt.
#2: Faith is needed for those
wanting to live in a manner pleasing to God, the Universal Intelligence
for having access to God -Ephesians
3:12. It is seeing the outcome in the imagination with a sureness that
what is in the mind is more 'real' that what it is that we see daily with
our eyes. This is because everything that is, and all sustaining of that
which we see and know of, comes out of invisible intelligent energy, that
we most often call God.
#3: It takes faith to learn
3:15).and to hold fast-(keep
uppermost)-the words of God
in one's heart -2Timothy 1:13.
#4: Faith involves believing
in Christ; that He made possible personal resurrection
into eternal life now.-2Timothy
#5: Faith far supersedes
the righteousness of the Mosaic Law including
the ten commandments -2Corinthians
#6: Faith makes us want to
1:8).the great message of
the gospel about those who come to believe in
can have a relationship
with the Father and have no fear of rejection even
if they still sin..That's.how
much God loves you. In Christ we are one with God -Philippians