We are learning about faith this week. We are going to look to the Scriptures to gain more understanding of just how important faith is.
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Let’s again at our focus Scriptures on faith.
Jesus said these words about faith.
“According to your faith be it done to you.” – Matthew 9:29
“Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed.” Matthew 8:13
“Your faith has made you well.” – Matthew 9:22
You’ve probably heard about the advantages of goal setting and how it keeps you focused, motivated and improves your level of success. In fact, almost every teacher on personal development and success will talk about setting goals.
2 Corinthians 5:9 (ERV)
“Our only goal is to always please the Lord, whether we are living here in this body or there with him.”
For the Christian, there is one goal that stands far above all others and that is to always please the Lord.
The only way please to God is by faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.”
If we are to please the Lord, how is it going to be done? It will be done by faith.
Let’s break that down a little bit.
If we are going to please God and we know it’s impossible to please God without faith, then how must we live our lives? By faith of course.
Romans 1:17 (ESV) For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Galatians 3:11 (ESV) Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Hebrews 10:38 (ESV) “but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”
So here we have seen verse after verse that all say, “The righteous shall live by faith”. It’s very clear that this is God’s will for his children isn’t it. This is God’s will for YOU, as his child isn’t it. So it would do us good to look at what it means to live by faith, wouldn’t you agree?
Let’s get some truth about faith, a foundation about faith and then we can build on that.
If we are to live by faith, we must have faith to live by. If I’m going to live by food and water then I need to have food and water. If we are going to live by faith, then we need have to have faith.
We know faith comes to us from God. It comes to us through God’s Word.
Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. The Word of God is our focus. It’s our connection to God. It’s through the Word which God’s faith comes to us.
Now let’s look at another verse.
Romans 10:8 says, “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth, and in your heart;” that is, the word of faith, which we preach:”
God’s Word is referred to as the Word of Faith. Let that sink in for a moment. Faith comes to us by the hearing of the Word of Faith. His Word produces faith in us!
Now here is another truth we must know. Faith that God wants us to have, always acts in obedience to the Word which produced faith. It’s obedient to the Word. Because we believe, we obey.
Now let’s look at more Scripture.
“By faith, Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out to the place which he was to receive for an inheritance. He went out, not knowing where he went.”
Abraham heard the Word of the Lord and he obeyed. His life was directed and determined by the Word of the Lord. He believed, obeyed which led to him receiving what God wanted him to have.
To live by faith is to believe and act in according to the Word of God with the result being, receiving what God has for you. You could say it this way, before faith produces results, it produces obedience and then it produces God’s provision.
As a Christian, our life consist of knowing, believing and living according to the Word of God in what we think, in what we believe and in what we do. It’s this kind of life, living by the Word, that pleases God.
Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'”
Here we see again how we are to live. We need the basics of food and water but that alone is not enough to live the life God has called you to. The only way to live and walk in God’s will for you is to live by faith, to live believing and submitting to the Word of God, honoring his Word as truth and the revealed will of God.
Our most asked question should by this, “What does the Word say?” In every circumstance, what the Word says must be our guide and authority in life.
So how do we apply this. We determine to know God’s Word through study, prayer and meditation on his Word. We also determine to believe it and act on it immediately.
I was counseling with someone recently and we were discussing God’s truth and how his truth called for changes in their life. I said, “This is to be done now.”
We can wait once we know the truth. Once we know his will, we yield to it right then. We change our minds. We change our thoughts. We change our attitudes. We change our actions. We change our direction. We change everything and bring it into submission to the Word of God.
We will never know how much we have missed out on because we have not fully submitted to the authority of God’s Word and lived by faith.
Now this is true too! We can’t operate as a Christian in the authority God has given us as a believer if we ourselves are not submitting to his authority, the authority of His Word, in our lives.
Believe God for his grace and commit yourself to knowing his Word and immediately yielding to it in thought, attitude and deed. Amen!
Let’s make a confession right now.
“The Word of God is the Word of Faith. I live by faith so I live by the Word. What the Word says, I believe and I do. God’s Word is what I live by. I live by faith.”