SOM-019 The Basics of Faith “Faith Is Action” I. Faith is Action A. How Faith Comes - Rom 10:17. Two things required. It must be the Word and you must “hear” it. B. How Faith Acts - Jas 2:15-23. Faith + Action = Results. Mk 11:23. Faith + Words = Results. Corresponding Words and Actions are the natural result of faith. Don’t force it, just believe it. Examples: Attachment, Math proof, Joshua at Jericho (Josh 6:2); Naaman washing in Jordan (2K 5:1) C. What Faith Is - Heb 11:1. Heart agreement with Word Evidence as to the “yes” of the thing hoped for. It’s outward manifestation is word & action that naturally proceed when the Word heard is believed. D. Faith always gives precedence to the “not seen” (2 Cor 4:18). Two kinds of “seen” for two different worlds. When they contradict, go with “not seen”. 2K 6:8-17 E. Why are things this way? Why couldn’t we just hope and be done with it? God is a spirit being living in a spirit world. He created this physical world out of spiritual matter (Heb 11:3). The physical world is the temporary world, not the spirit world (2Cor 4:18) and Faith is the prime mover in the spirit world. In Mk 11:23 Jesus tells us how it is used to move things between the two worlds. II. The Past Tense Of God’s Promises. A. God made 2 Covenants to seal His agreements with Abraham. First on land, then on Isaac. As each Covenant was made, God changed the tense on the promise from future to past and sealed the agreement with shedding of blood. Gen. 15:18, Gen. 17:5. B. Jesus sealed the New Covenant by shedding His Blood. Mt 26:28. C. Therefore, God considers the promises that came through Jesus, past tense (1Jn5:13, Gal 3:13, 1P2:24) D. Rule: When God says “I gave”, we can say “I have”. We then can claim it and tell Satan, “hands off!” E. Marianne’s battle with migraine headaches. III. Faith Is Now. A. Since God’s promises that came with salvation are past tense, a statement like “I know God is going to heal me” or “God is going to provide the money”, will go unanswered - at least by faith. Here’s why: 1. Mk 11:23 - what we believe in our heart and say with our mouth will come to pass. 2. If we say, “I believe God is going to heal me”, then that statement can never come to pass through faith, because that day never comes. Each time we confess “going to” we put off the healing (or salvation, or baptism in the Holy Spirit, or prosperity) to sometime in the future. In other words, I have put into motion a scenario where I am causing to come to pass a situation where the thing I’m believing for can never come to pass. “Going to” is always future tense allowing God no room to heal you now. C. Since the promises that came with salvation are now an accomplished fact (already fulfilled), Faith in these promises can be NOW. If it’s not NOW, it’s not faith - it’s hope, and it won’t work. D. My experience confessing Mal 3:10. Don’t cut Satan any slack through wrong words. Rev 12:10. HOMEWORK SOM-019 1 What is faith? __________________________________________________________.Scripture? _______. What is the way to get faith? ______________________________________________. Scripture? _______. Write the faith equation: __________________________________________________________________. Corresponding ________ and ______________ are the natural result of faith. ___. God’s Word came to Joshua giving him specific directions on how to make the walls to fall down, What else came to Joshua with God’s Word? __________________________________________________. ___. Joshua’s faith was sufficient in itself to cause the walls to fall down. What else was necessary to complete the faith equation? _________________________________________. ___. When Elisha told Naaman to wash in the Jordan river, it was the same as God telling him. Thus __________ was produced in Naaman’s heart when he received this Word from _______ thru Elisha. The purpose of this ____________ was to cause Naaman to _________ by _________ in the river so the ______________ equation would be complete. Jas 2:17 says ____________ without _____________ is _______________, being alone. Describe in your own words what this scripture means. _________________________________________. The natural outward manifestation of faith is __________ & _________that naturally proceed when the Word heard is believed in the ________________. ___. Faith is now. Hint: Mk 11:24. ___. Mk 11:23 essentially says that what we believe in our heart and say with our mouth will come to pass. ___. A faith statement like “I know God is going to heal me” or “God is going to provide the money”, is a sure way to bring healing or finances to pass in my life. ___. Since the promises in God’s Word that came with our salvation are now an accomplished fact (already fulfilled), Faith in these promises can be NOW. Hint: 2Cor1:20. ___. If it’s not NOW, it’s not faith - it’s hope, and hope alone is not enough. ___. In Lk 6:46-49. Jesus equates His being our Lord with our doing what He says. ___. In this passage, Jesus makes the point that if we faithfully hear and meditate on God’s Word, we will be able to stand when the storms of life come. Read Lk 5:4-6 and apply the Faith Equation: Faith came when ___________________________________. Results came when ______________________________________________________________________. For Naaman faith came when ________________________. Results came when_____________________. For Joshua, faith came when _________________________. Results came when_____________________. Write down in your own words what you believe the point of this lesson was. ________________________ ________________________________________________________________________.
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