C h r i s t i a n  K e y s
F a i t h
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(see also companion subject 'Faith of Jesus Christ')

Faith 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!

The biggest 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.
    Faith can save you from many troubles and afflictions -Matthew 9:18-22; 15:28; Mark 5:25-43; 10:46-52; 11:19-24; Luke 7:50; 17:14-19; 18:42; Ephesians 2:8.
    One obtains 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.
    With 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 is dead.
    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 faith.
    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 the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." 
    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. 
    Hebrews 12:1 paraphrased '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 promises. 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 1:27; 2Thessalonians. 2:13. 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 it rests. 
    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 realization 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
    A few things to know about faith: 
#1: 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; Colossians 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 (Hebrews 11:6).and 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 about salvation.(2Timothy 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 2:18.

#5: Faith far supersedes the righteousness of the Mosaic Law including the ten commandments -2Corinthians 5:7.

#6: Faith makes us want to share.(1Thessalonians 1:8).the great message of the gospel about those who come to believe in Christ 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 2:5,6; Ephesians 2:14.....continue?

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