What is Faith ?
- Hearing God's Word
Two kinds of knowledge
- Sense Knowledge – all
knowlege to natural man comes through 5 senses – seeing, hearing
tasting smelling and touching. This is lilited knowlege described as
Man's Knowledge or wisdom.
- Revelation Knowledge –
not based on 5 senses, nor natural reasoning but on alternative
source – the TRUTH of the Word of God. It is recieved through
man's spirit, and descibed as 'God's Wisdom'
The Basis of Faith
- The Nature of God:
For example, there was God’s promise to Abraham. Since there was
no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name.
- He cannot change: Mal
3:6 I am the Lord,
and I do not change (NLT)
- He cannot fail: Job
42:2 I know that you
can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work.
Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord
God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He
will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord
is finished correctly.
cannot lie: Num
23:19 God is not a
man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change
his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever
promised and not carried it through?
- He cannot change: Mal 3:6 I am the Lord, and I do not change (NLT)
Redemptive Work of the Son of God
: Heb 12:2
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates
and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured
the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of
honor beside God’s throne. 1Cor1:30
God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him
to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure
and holy, and he freed us from sin.
- The Word of God :
Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.
Jer 1:12 Then
the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over
my word to perform it.” His
Word stands true forever.
How Faith Works
gives us faith:
This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is
accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say,
“It is through faith that a righteous person has life. The
righteous live by HIS faith, i. e. He gives us faith as a gift. Eph
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is
not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
Comes by A word From God: GOd encourages us by speraking a “word”
relevant to our circumstances. This may come as you read the Bible
or hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit inside your spirit. Rom
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about
to The Word: For faith to operate in our situation, we must obey
that word. Faith is active not passive. Most of God's Promises are
conditional – He will do his part if we do ours – Jams
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good
deeds, it is dead and useless.
Crisis, Or “Trial of Our Faith”: This is a period of testing.
Everything happening around us appears contrary to what God has
said, and there seemsto be no natural evidence for our believing. At
this point, our faith rests completely on God' s word (what he has
spoken to us) 1Pet
So be truly glad.There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have
to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show
that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and
purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere
gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will
bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus
Christ is revealed to the whole world.