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Faith 2012

by Erik Momsen

When faith dies we stop hoping.  We stop trying.  We stop having dreams and visions.  We stop living.  Dying faith says; ”I give up”.

Faith is not easy to understand and for many not easy to attain BUT Jesus said little children have it.  We all have faith, but not all have faith in the God of heaven.  We can have faith in our abilities, money and power to achieve our desired outcome or we can look to God.  “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God”. (Psalm 20:7)

FAITH LOOKS UP – IT'S NOT ABOUT US BUT HIM

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)

“Now faith means putting our full confidence in the things we hope for, it means being certain of things we cannot see. (JB Phillips )

“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living.” (Message Bible)

How can we be certain of the things we hope for?
How can we be certain of the thing we cannot see?

There can be false faith and false hope.  Faith and hope (and by the way Love) can be false and selfish.  True faith does not start with what I want, but with what God wants and says.  When I let go of my wants and ME and start looking to God – a great burden – a great LIE is lifted off my shoulders.

“True faith is simply the recognition of the One in whom we believe. … True faith is the ability to see eternity, an ability that delivers us from the cares and worries of this world which are passing away.” (Rick Joyner)

SEEING IS BELIEVING

Only after we get a better view of God do we get a better faith.  People have so little faith because we see so little of God.  Get a better picture & get a better faith.

We therefore need a better revelation of God.  We need Him to be revealed.

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:17-19)

We can get a better revelation of God through;
 -  Hearing (Romans 10:17) - “faith comes by hearing”
 -  Reading (2 Timothy 3:16) - “All scripture is inspired by God”
 -  Seeking (Acts 17:27) - “He is never far from any one of us”
 -  Impartation (Romans 1:11) - “I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong”

FAITH = PATIENCE

Remember the “faith movement”?  Why was there not a “patience movement”?  Faith and patience CANNOT be separated.

“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.... And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.” (Hebrews 6:12,15)
Faith is tenacious – it hangs on – it does not stop – it will not let go
We can become lazy, weary, punch drunk and give up

Many of us have realized that we do not have faith in the systems of the world and hence have no other hope but a greater faith in God.  We will focus on this saving God and not the storm.  We will hang in there and pray continually. We will be concerned for nothing ....

Faith sees the Kingdom Come and dares to believe that God is able.

Date Added: 2012-01-04

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