For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Ephesians 2:8
LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
But the just shall live by faith [My righteous servant shall live by his conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it]; and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight or pleasure in him. Hebrews 10:38
WALK BY FAITH
For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance. 2 Corinthians 5:7
GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH
Fight the good fight of the faith; lay hold of the eternal life to which you were summoned and [for which] you confessed the good confession [of faith] before many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12
But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. Hebrews 11:6
NO FAITH NO GRACE
Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor), to make it stable and valid and guaranteed to all his descendants—not only to the devotees and adherents of the Law, but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, who is [thus] the father of us all. Romans 4:16
GRACE: FAITH WORKS BY LOVE
For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love. Galatians 5:6
*All Scriptures from Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
Receive is not a passive word. God always shows up where there is a willingness to receive.
Each of us has a part to play in receiving healing or anything else we need from God. We can’t just hope He will touch us. That’s not what the Bible teaches. What you receive depends on your faith, and the faith is not passive. Faith is a receiver, an appropriator, a taker. It reaches out and takes what God offers.
Mark 11:24NKJV says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
The Amplified Bible says, “For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.”
Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon says the word translated receive in Mark 11:24 means “to take, to lay hold of, to take in order to carry away, to take what is one’s own, to take to one’s self, to claim or procure for one’s self, of that which when taken is not let go, to seize, to apprehend, to get possession of, to obtain a thing, to appropriate to one’s self, to obtain, to collect, to gather, not to refuse or reject.”
Whether or not you receive is not entirely up to God. For example if you desire to walk in divine health, you have to take what God has for you. Your responsibility is to believe and say what God says. You can do that when you obey the instructions in:
Proverbs 4:20-21: “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.”
Consistently put the Word in your eyes and ears so it gets down into your heart in abundance and becomes a part of you. Then it can come out your mouth by the Spirit of God as words of faith with the power to change your circumstances.
Second Corinthians 4:13 says the spirit of faith believes and therefore speaks. Bible believing is not just mental agreement with the Word. Bible believing acts.
The measure of faith that was imparted to you at the new birth is powerful. It must be nurtured and cultivated by God’s Word. As you grow in the knowledge of God, you develop in faith.
Romans 10:17 tells us , “… faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Make yourself strong on the promises of the Word of God. Release your faith in those promises and activate them in your life. The results you desire will surely come to pass. It is a fact, God’s Word will work for you. Allow the faith of God in you to work for you in every area of life!
-James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Four Fishermen Called as Disciples
So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
-1 Kings 17:2-6
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.
-Use wisdom, excellence, integrity
-Details are important
-Don’t be distracted
-Know the Word of God
-Know why you believe
-Sift and receive
Faith, hope, and love are a team. Faith works by love and it is the substance of things hoped for. But love is the power charge behind faith. It is impossible to please God without faith, and since it works by love, without love faith can’t function. Why? Because God has faith, but He is love. (1 John 4:7-8). First Corinthians 13:13 says, “So now abide faith, hope, and love, these three. But the greatest of these is love.” Abide means “to stay, dwell, or remain.” Faith, hope, and love are living spiritual forces. They are the forces by which God operates.
Hope is the blueprint of faith. It is the picture or vision of the thing promised in God’s WORD that is earnestly desired or needed, like healing or the finances to pay a debt. Without hope, faith has nothing to work with to bring the things desired from the unseen into the seen world of the five physical senses.
See Part 2 at the LOVE BLOG
Matthew 8:13 “Go your way, and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.”
Miracles never happen just through meditation – but with mighty action! Read carefully in the Gospels the words of Jesus and notice the verbs. Follow, go, seek, ask, knock. The walk of faith is not merely the serene, silent, spiritual, unspeaking stroll of a holy man in the stillness of the sunrise or the secret silence of the sunset.
Faith is the mental activity that draws God into our mind and imagination until a passion begins to inflame our wills, motivating us to action!
It is then that the commitment is made. What is a commitment? It is entering into an honorable contract, pledging oneself before the problems are solved. Every commitment generates a new set of problems. And if we waited until we saw solutions to problems before we made the commitment, we would obviously not be walking the walk of faith!
It is for that reason that commitment - in the things of God, in marriage, interpersonal relationships, devotion and dedication to career goals, or the fulfillment of a project - becomes self-inspiring.
Walk the walk of faith. Make a fresh commitment to God that you are ready to take the plunge. Ask Him to give you the push that you need. Trust Him and together you’ll be successful.
Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
This is what one preacher wrote:
“I would love to be a believer, if I knew it was the truth,” an intelligent young man said to me. “Prove it to me.” That’s what the unbelieving world is waiting for. We’re scientific. We want proof before we believe.”
“But that’s a contradiction.” The preacher answered. “If there is proof, there no longer is room for belief. For faith believes in that which cannot be proven. Let me sum it up in this sentence:
“When proof is possible, faith becomes impossible.”
The young man asked, “But if God wants us to be believers, why didn’t He prove Himself to us?” I quoted Hebrews 11:6. “Without faith it is impossible to please [God].”
The same is true in human relationships. When somebody believes in you before you’ve earned their trust, you have been honored! When they trust you even though you didn’t display your credentials, faith is born.
"I remember the people who believed in me, when I started our ministry. I was unknown. I had no reputation. Yet they believed in me before I could prove myself to them. To this day I have deep affection for and gratitude to those special persons.
God knew what He was doing when He established the belief system. When you strip away all mystery and leave the truth naked and mathematically scientific, something sweet and attractive is lost.
There will always be the unknown. There will always be the unprovable. But faith confronts those frontiers with a thrilling leap. The life becomes vibrant with adventure!”
Let faith be all eye and ear, the surrender to let God make His full impression and reveal Himself fully in the soul. Count it one of the chief blessings of prayer to exercise faith in God, as the Living Mighty God. The God Who waits to fulfill in us all the good pleasure of His will and the work of faith with power. See in Him the God of Love, whose delight it is to bless and impart Himself. In such worship of faith in God the power will speedily come to believe the promise, too: “ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER YE ASK, BELIEVE THAT YE RECEIVE.” Yes, see to it that, in faith make God your own; the promise will be yours, too.
Another precious lesson that Jesus has to teach us. We seek God’s gifts: God wants to give us HIMSELF first. We think of prayer as the power to draw down good gifts from heaven; Jesus thinks of prayer as the means to draw ourselves up to God. We want to stand at the door and cry; Jesus would have us first enter in and realize that we are friends and children. Let us accept the teaching. Let every experience of the littleness of our faith in prayer urge us first to have and exercise more faith in the living God, and in such faith to yield ourselves to Him. A heart full of God has power for the prayer of faith. Faith in God begets faith in the promise, and also in the promise of an answer to prayer.
-One of the chief blessings of prayer is to exercise faith in God, as the Living Mighty God.
-See in Him the God of Love, whose delight it is to bless and impart Himself.
-In faith, see to it that you make God your own; the promise will be yours, too.
Therefore, child of God, take time, take time, to bow before God, to wait on Him to reveal Himself. Take time, and let your soul in holy awe and worship exercise and express its faith in the Infinite One. As He imparts Himself and takes possession of you, the prayer of faith will crown your faith in God.
Lord Teach Us to Pray
O my God! I do believe in You. I believe in You:
-as the Father, Infinite in Your Love and Power,
-as the Son, my Redeemer and my Life,
-as the Holy Spirit, my Comforter and Guide and Strength.
Three-In-One God, I have faith in You. I know and am sure that all that You are You are to me, that all You have promised You will perform.
Lord Jesus! Increase my faith. Teach me to take time and wait and worship in the Holy Presence until my faith takes in all there is in my God for me.
He that knows and trusts God finds it easy to trust the promise, too. Notice how distinctly evident this comes out in the saints of old. Every special exhibition of the power of faith was the fruit of a special revelation of God. See it in Abraham: “And the word of the Lord came unto Abram, saying, Fear not, Abram; I am thy shield. And He brought him forth abroad, and said…AND HE BELIEVED THE LORD.” And later again: “The Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, I am God Almighty. And Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him saying, As for me, behold my covenant is with thee.” It was the revelation of God Himself that gave the promise its living power to enter the heart and work the faith. Saints of old knew God, these men of faith could not do anything but trust His promise.
God’s promise will be to us what God Himself is. It is the man who walks before the Lord and falls upon his face to listen while the living God speaks to him, who will really receive the promise. Though we have God’s promises in the Bible, with full liberty to take them, the spiritual power is lacking, except as God Himself speaks them to us. He speaks to those who walk and live with Him.
-Revelation of God Himself gives the promise its living power.
-Spiritual power is lacking in promises except God Himself speaks them to us.
-The man who listens to God speaking to him receives the promise.
By way of review, let’s start with HIGHLIGHTS of the previous parts of this Lesson:
-Power to believe a promise depends entirely on faith in the promiser.
-Trust in a person begets trust in his word.
-The capacity for believing that He gives whatsoever we ask, is developed through personal, loving intimacy with God.
-The value of the promise depends on the promiser.
-Faith is the ear by which I hear what is promised.
-Faith is the eye by which I see what if offered.
-Believing God is looking to God and what He is as God.
-Jesus promised that God would answer believing prayer.
-Faith is surrender and is fellowship.
-Faith that prays effectually is a gift of God. It is the blessed habit of soul which grows up in us in a life of intimacy. One who knows his Father well, lives in constant close intimacy with Him.
Continuing now, listen to the lesson Jesus teaches us: HAVE FAITH IN GOD, the Living God: Let faith look to God more than the thing promised. It is His love, His power, His Living presence that will waken and work the faith.
A physician would say to one asking how to get more strength in his arms and hands, that his whole constitution must be built up and strengthened. So the cure of a feeble faith is alone to be found in the invigoration of our whole spiritual life by intimacy with God. Learn to believe in God, to take hold of God, to let God take possession of your life, and it will be easy to take hold of the promise.
-Experiencing of the power of prayer depends on understanding the connection between the life of faith and the prayer of faith.
-Look to God (the Promiser) more than the thing promised.
-God’s love, God’s power, and His living presence wakens and works the faith.
-Cure of feeble faith comes by intimacy with God.
The power of reception, receiving from God, will depend entirely on the power of spiritual perception. For this reason Jesus gave the promise that God would answer believing prayer; “HAVE FAITH IN GOD.”
Faith is simply surrender: I yield myself to the impression that the Words of God I hear make on me. By faith I yield myself to the living God. His glory and love fill my heart and have the mastery over my life. Faith is fellowship; I give myself up to the influence of the Friend Who makes me a promise. I become linked to Him by it.
It is when we enter into this living fellowship with God Himself, in a faith that always sees and hears Him, that it becomes easy and natural to believe His promise of prayer. Faith in the promise is the fruit of faith in the promiser: The prayer of faith is rooted in the life of faith. In this way the faith that prays effectually is indeed a gift of God. Not as something that bestows or infuses at once, but in a far deeper and truer sense, as the blessed disposition or habit of soul which is wrought and grows up in us in a life of intimacy with Him. Surely for one who knows his Father well and lives in constant close intimacy with Him, it is a simple thing to believe the promise that He will do the will of His child who lives in union with Himself.
Many of God’s children do not understand this connection between the life of faith and the prayer of faith. Therefore their experience of the power of prayer is very limited. When they desire earnestly to obtain an answer from God, they fix their whole heart upon the promise and try their utmost to grasp that promise in faith. When they do not succeed, they are ready to give up hope. The promise is true, but it is beyond their power to take hold of it in faith.
-Jesus promised that God would answer believing prayer.
-Faith is surrender and is fellowship.
-Faith that prays effectually is a gift of God. It is the blessed habit of soul which grows up in us in a life of intimacy. One who knows his Father well and lives in constant close intimacy with Him