What Is Faith?

Hebrews 11:1-3

Faith is to believe in and have the assurance of something. Faith is God-centered, not man-centered.


Man-centered faith –

  • The chair I sit in will support me.
  • My car will start.
  • My pen will write.


God-centered faith –

  • Total dependence on God and a willingness to do His will.
  • Complete, humble obedience.
  • The amount of faith is not as important as the right kind of faith.

 

Author of Faith –

  • Hebrews 12:2, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faithwho for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

  

Saving Faith –

  • Ephesians 2:8, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not of yourselves: it is the gift of God"

 

Sanctifying Faith –

  • Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me"

 

Defensive Faith –

  • Ephesians 6:16, "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."

 

Gift of Faith – 

  • 1 Corinthians 12:9, "To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit."

 

Fruit of Faith –

  • Galatians 5:22-23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

 

Level of Faith –

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

 

Increased Faith –

  • Matthew 17:20, "And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of a mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall be removed; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."

 

Faith results in good works –

  • James 2:14, "What doth it profit, my brethren,  a man, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?"
  • James 2:17, "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."
  • James 2:18, "Yea, a man may say, Thou has faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works."
  • James 2:20, "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?"
  • James 2:26, "For the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."

 

Works of Faith –

  • Acts 6:8, "And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people."
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:11, "Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of his calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power."

 

Faith results in God’s Power. A powerless Christian is a defeated Christian, one who has little or no faith.


Our faith can often be proved through persecution –

  • Matthew 5:11-12, "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."


Do you ever feel stagnant in your faith? –

  • Psalms 51:12, "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit."

 

Faith comes alive when we apply Scripture –

Psalms 119:125, "I am thy servant, give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies."

What motivates your faith? Fear or the Love for God?

Faith eliminates pride.

Faith exalts what God has done.

Faith is based on our relationship with God, not our performance for God.

1 Timothy 6:12, "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses."

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