Faith in God's Kingdom

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					Faith in God’s Kingdom
Faith is not trying to believe something uncertain or even impossible...

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.(Hebrews 11:1)

Faith is being “sure and certain”- When faith operates the impossible becomes possible.

   •   There are many things about which we are sure and certain; faith is a principle by which
       we live every day.

   •   We take certain things for granted:

             When we sit down on a chair, for example, we expect it to support our weight, we
              do not expect it to collapse.

             When we go for a walk we do not anticipate that the ground will give way beneath
              our feet.

   •   In normal circumstances we breathe all day long without even thinking about whether
       there is sufficient oxygen in the air.

   •   So when you are sure and certain about something you do not even give it very much
       thought, you simply know and except that a certain thing is true.

             You can have faith in your feelings, in which case your feelings will govern your

             You can have faith in your fears and be paralysed into inactivity.

             You can have faith in some kind of political philosophy, in which case you will
              devote yourself to such ideology

             You can faith in others and often be disappointed.

             Or you can have faith in God and learn that He is utterly trustworthy in every

The New Testament speaks of different kinds of faith.

There is:

   1. Justifying Faith: This simply faith that brings us into a living relationship with God
      through Jesus Christ justifies us, makes us righteous and acceptable in God’s sight.

   2. Doctrinal Faith: embodies what we believe about God. The Bible reveals God’s nature to
      us: He is Lord. He is Love. He is almighty, He is Holy etc.

   3. Living or Dynamic Faith: The faith we are to live by, day by day- 24/7. Because we
      believe God is the kind of God He is, we therefore expect Him to do certain things,
      honouring the promises He gives us in His Word.

            The bible teaches that if we can get in faith and stay in faith, everything else will

            Whatever needs we face in our daily lives, if we can move into a position of faith
             and stay there, we will walk in victory on a day-to-day basis.

            The Greek word for faith is pistis. It means to have trust or confidence.

            But saying all that: Faith is the Dynamic interaction of our Spirit man with God.
               That’s why a revived spirit is important. When we are spiritually dry we fail to
               believe in vision and promises for ourselves or church, city or nation.

Before we go on one key paradigm or mindset or revelation we need to try and understand...

The Kingdom!

Although it’s so huge and it takes living/dynamic faith to understand or navigate its reality.
Eventually heaven is probably our ultimate realization. Its ramifications are so important to born
again Christians. It’s amazing and only now its teachings are being understood.

CS Lewis alluded to the kingdom through the Chronicles of Narnia. There is a reality, a parallel
universe of God reality that can only be navigated by faith through the Door

   •   "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened
       to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the
       door will be opened. (Mt 7:7 -8)

   •   "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and
       went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise.(Mt 25:1-2)

   •   "But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who
       were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. "Later the
       others also came. `Sir! Sir!' they said. "But he replied, `I tell you the truth, I don't know
       you.' `Open the door for us!' "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or
       the hour. (Mt 25:10-13)

   •   The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases-
       He also drove out many demons,(Mark 1:33-34)
•   He said to them, "When you pray, say:" `Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom
    come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone
    who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. '
    "Then he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight
    and says, `Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey
    has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.' "Then the one inside answers,
    `Don't bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can't
    get up and give you anything.' I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread
    because he is his friend, yet because of the man's boldness (perseverance) he will get up
    and give him as much as he needs. ( it is not going to be easy to get in)
     "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the
    door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to
    him who knocks, the door will be opened.
    "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he
    asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to
    give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy
    Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 11: 2-13)

•   Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them,
    "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to
    enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you
    will stand outside knocking and pleading, `Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer,
    `I don't know you or where you come from.' "Then you will say, `We ate and drank with
    you, and you taught in our streets.' "But he will reply, `I don't know you or where you
    come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!'
    "There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and
    Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. People
    will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in
    the kingdom of God. Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who
    will be last." (Luke 13:23-30)

•   "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to
    destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that
    leads to life, and only a few find it. (Mt 7:13-14)

•   "I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by
    some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd
    of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He
    calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he
    goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they
    will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not
    recognize a stranger's voice." Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not
    understand what he was telling them. Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I
    am the gate (Door) for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers,
    but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate (Door); whoever enters through me
          will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal
          and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (Jn

   •      In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying,
          "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." (Mt 3:1-2)

   •      From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
          (Mt 4:17)

   •      Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father
          except through me.(Jn 14:6)

   •      To have faith in this reality is to: “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of
          God” (Romans 10:17)

In actual fact:

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe
that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.(Hebrews 11:6)

Religion, good works, philosophies of life, even nice Christianity, but especially unbelief, keep
you on the wrong side of the door. Even our kids, teenagers, wives, husbands are struggling with
the reality of the kingdom, and therefore struggle with the Christian life: church attendance,
commitment, giving, serving, building church and worship. But with dynamic faith, we can come
into the Kingdom and live an abundant life! Who wants that?

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will
come in and eat with him, and he with me. (Rev 3:20)

How merciful is our God, He stands at this door at knocks for us to hear and open!

Ps Phil


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