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Table of Contents
The Lord says
If I am love, does it matter what happens to you?
Does it matter how dark it is, if all is working for your good?
Does it matter if you have to give your life for me; it serves my purposes which are best for you?
Faith must believe I am love and that all I do is out of my perfect Love you so that it is best for you!
I am love, mercy and acceptance.
I do not punish in anger but correct in love, to remove that which will eternally hurt you.
The trial I allow to occur to you is sourced in this love that desires only what is best for you.
Relationships are built on respect, love and trust of the other person. Until these attitudes are how you relate to me you will not have any real faith in me.
According to your degree of respect, for my Love and your trust in me will be the degree of faith you have for me. When you trust in me fully then I can use you as I desire to use you. Until then, you will not reach your potential as a citizen of The Kingdom of God and serve me as you should.
“Hebrews 11:1. Now faith is the conviction concerning those things that are in hope, as if it were these things in action*, and the revelation of those things that are unseen;”
Faith is an active belief, based on the belief that what you are believing in exists or will occur.
Strong’s concordance defines faith as follows”
From a compound of G5259 and G2476; a setting under (support), that is, (figuratively) concretely essence, or abstractly assurance (objectively or subjectively): - confidence, confident, person, substance.
Webster defines Faith (in regard to the Christian faith) in his 1825 Dictionary as follows:
FAITH, n. [L. fides, fido, to trust; Gr. to persuade, to draw towards anything, to conciliate; to believe, to obey.
3. In theology, the assent of the mind or understanding to the truth of what God has revealed. Simple belief of the scriptures, of the being and perfections of God, and of the existence, character and doctrines of Christ, founded on the testimony of the sacred writers, is called historical or speculative faith; a faith little distinguished from the belief of the existence and achievements of Alexander or of Cesar.
4. Evangelical, justifying, or saving faith, is the assent of the mind to the truth of divine revelation, on the authority of God's testimony, accompanied with a cordial assent of the will or approbation of the heart; an entire confidence or trust in God's character and declarations, and in the character and doctrines of Christ, with an unreserved surrender of the will to his guidance, and dependence on his merits for salvation. In other words, that firm belief of God's testimony, and of the truth of the gospel, which influences the will, and leads to an entire reliance on Christ for salvation.
Being justified by faith. Rom 5.
Without faith it is impossible to please God. Heb 11.
For we walk by faith, and not by sight. 2 Cor 5.
With the heart man believeth to righteousness. Rom 10.
The faith of the gospel is that emotion of the mind, which is called trust or confidence, exercised towards the moral character of God, and particularly of the Savior.
Faith is an affectionate practical confidence in the testimony of God.
Faith is an affectionate practical confidence in the testimony of God.
Faith is a firm, cordial belief in the veracity of God, in all the declarations of his word; or a full and affectionate confidence in the certainty of those things which God has declared, and because he has declared them.
5. The object of belief; a doctrine or system of doctrines believed; a system of revealed truths received by Christians.
They heard only, that he who persecuted us in times past, now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. Gal 1.
6. The promises of God, or his truth and faithfulness.
shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? Rom 3.
7. An open profession of gospel truth.
Your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. Rom 1.
8. A persuasion or belief of the lawfulness of things indifferent.
Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Rom 14.
9. Faithfulness; fidelity; a strict adherence to duty and fulfillment of promises.
Her failing, while her faith to me remains, I would conceal.
Children in whom is no faith. Deu 32.
10. Word or honor pledged; promise given; fidelity. He violated his plighted faith.
For you alone I broke my faith with injured Palamon.
11. Sincerity; honesty; veracity; faithfulness. We ought in good faith, to fulfill all our engagements.
12. Credibility or truth. Unusual.]
The faith of the foregoing narrative.
It can be seen that faith is an active expression of an attitude of trust in something that is believable but is not necessarily seen. It is like a support that is placed there on which everything else is built on. Without this supporting structure of faith nothing can be built up. Without this assurance in our belief we will not believe in God and all He has done in the way in which we should.
A belief is an attitude about something. It is:
About whether it exists or has occurred
Will exist or will occur
A hope that it will occur and that it will exist
Until it is actually acted on by a decision to do something about the belief, even if only to wait for it to occur, it is not faith. Faith is a belief that has been acted on, even if only by deliberate inactivity and hoping or waiting for something to happen and not by just ignoring it.
It is a belief that has conviction about what is believed and not just an acknowledgment that the subject matter of the belief exists.
How is faith used in The Bible?
There are two uses of it in The Bible:
A conviction about something (Faith is more than just a belief)
A hope in something
A conviction believes it has happened, will happen or is happening
A hope believes it may happen and will be for their best interests.
So we either have faith (a conviction) in something that it will occur or a hope it will occur because we cannot definitely say it will occur. We have faith that some prayers will be answered because they align with The Bible and the needs of The Kingdom of God but must hope others will be answered as they are purely personal.
If we know something is going to happen then faith is not required except to wait for it to happen.
Our Christian life is a life of faith and hope otherwise we are just going through the motions. Faith in what God said, which is why we obey Him or hope in His promises.
Behind faith is a hope it is worth believing in that in which we have faith in. We have an expectation of what will happen as a result of our faith and hope it does occur and that it will be worthwhile believing or doing. If we do not have this hope in God and His promises we will not have faith and we will direct our actions elsewhere from that which God desires us to have faith in.
It is when our image of God is wrong so that we lose hope in His promises and Love that our faith declines in Him and is directed elsewhere. This is why Satan must make us doubt God’s Love for us so that we lose our hope in God and end up doing what we think is best for us and turn to other people, guided of course by Satan.
This is why our understanding of who God is and His Love for us needs to be correct or we will not endure suffering as we should, as we will not believe it is worth enduring. We must have faith in that it is worth enduring because of the rewards that follow as a result of suffering correctly. And of course all our hope is in Jesus and what He has promised us after we die which is why we need to have faith in who He is and what He has said He will do for us now and after death.
If we have faith in whom Jesus is we will do His work and not just recognise He has work for us to do.
Our faith is increased by Reading and hearing The Bible to see what God has done as well as the testimony of others on how God has dealt with them in their life (Rom 10:17).
The object of faith cannot be seen
Rom 8:24-25 …If we can see what we are waiting for, that is not really hope. People don't hope for something they already have. But we are hoping for something we don't have yet, and we are waiting for it patiently.
Behind faith is our hope and belief in whom God is or we would not desire it enough to patiently wait for Him to bring the event to occur in His timing.
God has faith in us or He would control us to do things and not allow us (out of faith in us) to do things out of our free will. God is definitely a risks taker trusting us at times.
What is faith.
Faith is an expectation that something will not change or will work as it always has because God’s laws of physics do not change. It is also an expectation or belief that what God has promised or says, will actually happen, because God is able to make it happen.
In a way faith is involved in everything and we take for granted many things, because of faith.
We believe that we will wake up in the morning on earth. That the sun moon and stars will still be there where they should be. That machines will operate as they should. In other words, in our daily life we believe that things will stay as they always have. This is a faith we have hundred percent confidence in as it is part of everyday life.
Faith in spiritual things, is the one people have problems with. You cannot see God or His angels, not many can hear Him as they should and to believe on the spiritual level is a problem for many.
This is the type of faith this booklet will deal with.
Faith in God.
Faith in God requires a belief that He exists, that He Loves you, that He is in control of all things, keep the promises He has made to His followers and that He will do what is best for you so that it is worthwhile obeying him.
The Holy Spirit once gave the following teaching to me:
What is faith?
It is an attitude of trusting God is circumstances you cannot see the results of
It is trusting in God that He has control of the situation and that all He does for you has your best interests at heart
All trials are trials of faith. It is just that in some trials He shows you the end quickly, so you that can bear them
Faith has no fear in what God does, but endures in the situation out of love for and trust in God.
Faith believes God is a rewarder of those to trust Him, and believes that at the end of the trial there will be a reward
It is through your faith and trust in God as you endure in your trials that you bring Him Glory and Worship and allow Him to mature you more to His image.
Be faithful and obedient in your trials and endure to the end for then great will be your reward in heaven.
If we believe the God of The Bible we will accept:
Who He says He is
His Nature and Character
What He says and teaches us
His works and control over all things
What he requires of us in obedience to Him
Perspective of Faith
Faith sees in the spiritual what has been prophesied or promised by God to occur in the natural but it is not to hope or trust in that but in God’s Love and Control over all their circumstances. In the physical faith cannot see the circumstances necessary for the event to occur and can get depressed unless it trust’s God’s promise in Mat 6:33, that as long as you seek the furtherance of His Kingdom and seek to be in a proper righteous relationship with God (through obedience to His Will out of Love for Him) He will be able to provide all you need to obey Him and walk in the path He has prepared for you on which are all the good things He has promised to and for you.
Faith can only be certain if we walk in the path of Mat 6:33 and it is not faith in what is prophesied or promised by God but in His Love and Control of all circumstances so that no matter what happens Rom 8:28 is true and all works for our good.
Faith requires you to do things and not know the reasons for doing it. What you do may have an immediate effect in the spiritual or be needed by God in the future but may appear to do nothing in the physical realm. His plans are so vast we do not understand how what we do fits into them. So we obediently do what He asks us to do and leave the consequences to Him.
We declare things by faith, a sign and witness to God’s Will. He then blesses that faith with carrying out the declaration we have made of His Will. He will carry it out in His perfect timing. So once we have declared the matter we patiently wait for him to bring it to pass and to meanwhile get on with what He wants us to do at that time.
We need to be sure of following:
That it is His Will to make the declaration of faith we are making
That our faith is unwavering
That all glory for it goes to Jesus
This shows the importance of being led by His Spirit:
So we know it is His Will
So our faith is strengthened so that it will not waiver
So that is used for the purposes of expanding God's Kingdom
The life of faith is a life of not knowing what is going to happen in the future. God might give us a hint, but the less we know about what is to happen the more the stranger or unusual things He can get us to do because we cannot see or know what is coming to prevent it, try to help it or develop fear about doing it. This allows God to mature us more quickly as apprehension, anxiety, habit or fear do not have time to raise their ugly heads and inhibit our maturing.
Faith might see no alternative to what appears to be ahead of them but then faith does not need alternatives as it trusts in God to do what is necessary when it is necessary.
The cycle of faith
God gives you a promise
You believe God can do anything
You may not believe what is prophesied until it occurs but you believe God can do it if He wants to so you do not doubt His power to do it.
You are afraid to help the promise occur in case you get hurt and you were wrong or you get in the road of it being fulfilled and it does not come true.
This is not doubt in God’s abilities but in your own to hear correctly which has been affected by hurts of the past and wrong desires so Satan was able to give you prophecy that have not come true.
So you do what God says, which is to do His Will and to develop the relationship you have with Him and do not dwell on prophecy for the future, trusting in the principles of Matt 6:33 that whatever happens is best for you and the Kingdom and God is able to fulfill all He desires for you.
God is God of the impossible.
Because the event is impossible or appears impossible we cannot see it eventuating except through faith.
Only as you have complete faith in whom God is will you believe He can do the impossible here on earth.
Meanwhile you live according to Matt 6:33, the only way to live if one has faith.
Faith is or is not
You either have it or you don’t. There is no in between as by nature it can only be complete and not half and half.
According to your faith will God be able to use you.
According to your perception of God will be your faith.
If you want to be a person of faith trust God in whatever He puts you through. You do not need to trust Him for future events as He promises to bring these to pass if you seek Him and His righteousness by doing what He gives you each day. This is how you grow your faith as you see God do things for you from apparently out of nothing.
You want faith then get closer to God and trust Him completely in all He asks you to do no matter how silly it may seem as God will never humiliate you or cause you embarrassment because He is a Gentleman.
The process of obtaining faith
Like all things, faith is a choice and you alone are in charge of the final decision
in regard to matters of your faith. You alone will be held accountable by God for what you believed.
The phases of faith
In the first phase you have promises from God in the form of prophecy, words or knowledge, dreams or similar.
In the next phase these appear to dry up and you are left with no way of these promises appearing to be possible and God is very quiet so you do not get much in the way of prophecy etc.
This second stage is important as you must survive this for God to be really able to use you and it is designed to have you trust in God’s Love, Control, Purposes and Plans for you that as you walk according to the principles of Mat 6:33 all will work out for your best and the promises of God that He has for you will occur as a natural part of your walk.
The natural tendency to handle this second phase is to get depressed or give up when the walls are there to the promises occurring and there is no way apparently around or through them.
There are five principles that you need to apply in part or whole:
You hold onto the promises of God while waiting for the crystallizing event that will release them.
You do not dwell on the promises or to help them along but let God bring them to you as you walk in accordance with Mat 6:33.
You will not see these promises as a possibility until God releases them so you must trust His Love, Control, Purposes, and Plans for you trusting that what He gives you to do each day will be best for you and will bring into fruition the promises He has made to you.
Declare your trust in His Love, Control, Purposes, and Plans for you and that what He allows to happen is best for you, even if they are not what was promised because all He does works for your best.
Be thankful He has prepared this path to walk in and you to walk in it and that it is a sign of His Love to you and that you are a recipient of this Love and that it is helping Him prepare you for heaven to be with Him in eternity.
Faith and Knowing Spiritual things
Because spiritual things are invisible to us they can only be known to us when God reveals them to us and will only be believed by us if we have the faith to accept these truths.
If we do not believe them or are afraid to believe them we will not have faith in them but have reasoned or fearful ignorance of them and will not know the truths He wants to teach us through the patient waiting for the promises He has given us.
God will ensure we will know the spiritual truths we need to know (Duet 29:29, Jn 16/;13). It is up to us to accept them, try to understand them, make their part of our life and apply them as best we are able too!
In everything give thanks as this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Because it is the best for you and a sign of God’s Love you should be content in what He allows to happen to you because God does not make mistakes and to say you are not content implies that He has.
How does ones get ‘saving’ faith?
Rom 10:17 states “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
As people hear about God and what He has done the Holy Spirit gives understanding to those who would follow Jesus so that they can then have sufficient faith to follow through on their decision to follow Jesus.
There is a rhyme goes as follow Forsaking All I Trust Him. The other phrase used is “blind faith”. These are both rubbish. Faith is not blind and you do not forsake all when you trust Jesus. It should really be “Forget about it! Trust Him!” We reject the things that Satan offers but cling to that which God has given us that draws us to Him.
How can you forsake (reject) that you do not own or should not be involved in and which God is trying to remove so He can give you better? Jesus is King and you do not forsake and give up things as He alone has right to them! You obey Him so are being obedient in being a good steward of what He wants you to be in charge of at that moment!
Faith requires a belief in things which are unbelievable or unreasonable but which are not ridiculously fantastic or non scriptural. Thus we can believe in these as long as it is for the purposes of The Kingdom and not our lusts. To replace self with the desires of Jesus is the purposes of our trials and tests of faith.
Faith is reasonable on the basis that God exists, what He asks is His Will and that He rewards those obeying Him and that He is working for your best. It is a requirement of faith that these aspects of faith exist (Heb 11:6). You are a fool not to trust Him! As for rejecting all, all you are doing is giving up those things that hold you back, which you do not own and are only stewards of which stop you from knowing and serving God as you should! Faith does not ‘reject all’. It embraces only what God desires it to embrace.
Everything you have belongs to God and is given for you to use and you can really make no claim to anything as your own. So what have you rejected? You have rejected that which Satan desires you to have to sidetrack your faith.
This is a proper understanding of stewardship: that God owns all and you are just stewards of it. However, God has given us free will and we voluntarily give any personal desires over to the sovereignty of God. This is the true rejecting of all and is what makes this so special to God, that we hold onto nothing but what He desires us to be steward of for Him. It is also the fast that God requires of us (Is 58:5-7) and is a requirement of holiness (without which no one can see God)
There are many benefits for having faith (trust) in God. Apart from salvation and eternal life in heaven with Jesus there is also the maturing process that occurs when we trust God for His promises in spite of all else seeming contrary to them. Paul Says:
Rom 5:3-5 …but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Or as The Bible is Basic English says:
Rom 5:3-5 And not only so, but let us have joy in our troubles: in the knowledge that trouble gives us the power of waiting; And waiting gives experience; and experience, hope: And hope does not put to shame; because our hearts are full of the love of God through the Holy Spirit which is given to us.
Faith without its expression in a life, is a dead faith, because the person is spiritually dead and not expressing the love of God in their life. You cannot be spiritually alive and not express faith and God’s Love (James 2:20).
There is no grey area in faith, it is either black or white. Either you trust God’s Control of and Love in your life or you do not in which case He is not your God you are.
Something that requires faith cannot be seen in the natural and will appear to be contrary to all that is visible or possible in the physical realm as Satan uses his world system to try and destroy your faith and the thing God is doing in your life through it.
God does not reveal what He is doing so Satan does not know what to attack, and there is this feeling that God has forgotten you or is doing nothing. So Satan is used in this period by God to attack your faith in God’s Love and raise doubts about His Love, Control, Plans and Purposes for your life. He tries to make you feel forgotten or abandoned by God so you will be depressed and feel rejected by God.
He also tries to isolate you from other Christians so that they cannot encourage you to have faith through their personal experience.
Faith does not try to work out what God is doing. It carries out its duties knowing God is working for its best. Faith does not complain or become impatient about God’s timing as it trusts His Love and Control. Faith does not belittle or qualify what it receives from God as being inadequate as it trusts God to supply its needs not its greeds that would cause it to stumble. Faith appreciates the small things as well as the big things God does and rejoice in His Love of them and doing these things for them out of His Love.
In this is the peace of those who have faith, that in God they trust completely. This is where you need to declare God’s Love, Control, Purposes and perfect plan for your life and just rest in knowing all that is occurring is working for your best.
Faith must be based on something God has told you is His will for you otherwise it is wasted.
So remember, by definition and the workings of Satan, faith will always be hard as you believe what God has said in the spiritual and wait for it to manifest in the physical.
God is a rewarder (Heb 11:6). If He is not The Bible is in error and God is a hypocrite writing that which is not true. You cannot trust what He says or His Bible and there is then no way to be certain of Salvation. So we know God is a rewarder and will reward us.
The problem is that we are impatient and want the reward now and not when the requirement (service or trial) for receiving the reward has been fulfilled.
You must also believe the reward is appropriate to the effort put into obtaining it or you will give up and not bother to get it.
If God did not reward commensurate to the trial He would not be a God of Love but a hypocrite using people for His own gain or advantage. The Bible would be in error then in saying He was a God of Love with all the consequences following.
We are told to look for rewards in heaven and not on earth and at times, on earth we will see no reward but will know there is one waiting for us in heaven.
As part of our faith we must believe God is a rewarder
(Heb 11:6) We must believe he is
That He is a rewarder
If we do not believe faith is worth the effort (there is a reward) we will not continue in it.
We must believe God exists, but if He is indifferent and does not reward either service or disobedience He is not worth following. Heaven is a reward and if we do not believe this then we will not strive to get there. We also need to believe there are rewards here as well as in heaven.
We must believe that when He says He will provide all our need He will do it otherwise he is not worth following as He is not a God or Love or of His Word. We must believe that if we fulfill His conditions through faith in Him He will bless us with the subsequent rewards.
We are sustained in suffering by four things:
That we will never be tempted above we are able to bear (1 Cor 10:13)
God uses it to mould us or bring us back to Him
There is a reward worthwhile going through the suffering for
God is using it to show Satan we are worthy of the ministry He is giving us.
This is apart from other benefits such as the fellowship of suffering believers and with those that help you through it and the intimacy with Jesus that often results from trials.
If you believe God is God then certain things become necessary:
You would not ignore His requirements
You would try and please Him
You would worship only Him and ensure nothing was placed before Him as an idol.
You would be careful what you did as by His nature He would know everything you did
You would have to look to Him for justice and purpose in this life
You would expect to give an account to Him for the way you have used your life and the things He had trusted to your care.
You would expect either punishment or reward after you faced His judgments
You would not be able to compromise on anything you did that He was going to examine
You would expect Him to take an active interest in the affairs of His subjects
You would have to accept what He said about himself so if He says He is love then you would have to accept that all he did was in this Love
Our example of Faith trusting in Rewards
See Heb 12:1-13
Jesus spent the last 3-4 years of His life training people in how God wanted them to live so they could teach others. He then died a terrible death on a cross to make the lifestyle and belief system He had taught, possible.
Looking at His life from a worldly point of view it would have appeared to be failure. But spiritually it was a success. Jesus did not profit from His labours on earth in a worldly way as He looked to His spiritual rewards in heaven. To have pursued worldly rewards would not have served the purposes of God or The Kingdom of God.
Faith must look to heavenly rewards, which are eternal and to spiritual rewards on earth.
The Kingdom of God on consists of people not possessions and it is these that are the treasure God seeks. You may have little in this world but the spiritual fruit may be immeasurable on earth and the rewards for these unimaginable. But as they are spiritual things they will not be seen on earth!
Let everyone be content with what God gives them to live and seek His fruit in the spiritual. God promises to provide all you need to serve Him and faith accepts that what they are given by God on earth will be sufficient so that they do not need to earn extra and take time from God and His things that they are to serve Him in to maintain these unnecessary things.
How is faith developed and maintained?
Faith is encouraged through:
Reading The Bible and seeing what God has done in the past (Rom 10:17)
Through seeing God’s Kingdom in action working in your life and the lives of others (Mark 16:17-18)
The latter encourages you to have faith in what God promises in the future as you know He exists and is still active in the world.
Many of the converts of the early church were gentiles and did not know the Old Testament so had little scripture background or scripture to read. So how was their faith developed?
It was developed through seeing God at work in their life and the lives of others. As the Kingdom of God manifested in and around them their faith was encouraged to believe more.
The essence of encouraging faith is to see that God is still an active, personal God and not someone distant who does little in your life.
Can you have faith knowing something will happen?
Yes, you must still believe it will happen up to when it happens. After that faith is not required to believe in it.
We know what God has said will happen in the future and that we will be forever in heaven with Him if we obey Him. But as solid as that belief is, it is still only faith until it actually happens.
What is faith (A Recapitulation)
It is a belief something you cannot see is real or is going to happen.
Can there be any doubt about the matter?
No! Otherwise is it just a supposition that it exists or will happen and not a conviction as to the reality of the event.
In regards to the matters of God you cannot doubt them otherwise you are not convicted that they are true and real and that God does not exist in the way He says He does which means you do not believe in the God of The Bible.
Whatever is not of faith is sin - it falls short of God’s requirements and is not necessarily rebellion against God as moral sin is but is a lack of trust in His Love, Plans, Purposes and Control towards you.
Faith is really a trust in God’s control of all circumstances and that what He has said will occur. There will be eventual victory, there will be eventual rewards and that whatever happens is for our best.
Faith does not question God and ask Him what He is doing.
Faith accepts God is getting on with the job even though nothing seems to be happening from God and all things seem to be completely against His control.
Faith knows that in the end the good guys win and get their reward.
Faith is an extension of the belief that Jesus is The Saviour and that He has prepared a place for us in heaven with our rewards. It cannot divorce these from the fact that God has control over everything in the universe and that everything is happening for our best. He cannot divorce present day living from our future hope.
Faith is the belief in things that have not occurred yet on the assumption that God is able to deliver them and thus it is worth all the effort involved in following Him and doing His work. It is a belief that everything Jesus said is true and that His teachings as declared in The New Testament are also true and that The Bible, which is God’s guidance to mankind, is also true and has no error.
Faith may not know what is there but it knows it is there waiting for its happening.
Whatever happened to you has been ordered or allowed to occur to you by God. So it is for all your best and must be meeting a need of yours as God promises to meet all your needs. You may not understand or know the reason why as God may not tell you and you will not be able to fathom it out as His ways as they are far beyond anything which we can reason so it is useless to stay awake to try and figure it out. After all, He gives his beloveds sleep for a reason. So all you can really do it trust His love, purposes, plane and control of your circumstances and get on with His Will who you knowing all He does you is perfect for you.
God is in Control!
Events and circumstances do not happen in isolation of God’s Will! All can be related back to His perfect plans for you. All can be related back to the path He has prepared for you from before creation for you to walk in (Matt 6:33,Eph 2:10 path).
God is everywhere so knows what is happening to you as well as the best way for you to escape the trial. Usually this is to learn what He wants you to learn and to put into practice in your life. At times the trial will be given so you will repent and come back to where you should be in your Christian walk.
All trials are designed to conform you to the Character of Jesus and to draw you closer to Him into a more intimate relationship with Him.
When all hope seems to be gone in regard to the promises of God remember He has better in store and in this you need to trust Him and His control of your life. You must trust that the suffering done for his sake will be rewarded and that He is able to give the reward to you.
The reward is usually spiritual as he already has promised to provide all your needs on earth and in heaven if you obey him.
The earthly reward is usually more service on a higher level of authority, more spiritual maturity and a more closer walk with He and The Holy Spirit. Remember these will be in The Kingdom of God on earth and not necessarily in a denomination or church which might not be part of The Kingdom.
God is in control, doing all for your good and you need to be live (have faith) in that understanding so you will endure to the end. Suffering without hope leads to failure or unhappiness and discontentment and even depression. It is when we look at Jesus as our reward that all will pale in insignificance compares to that and suffering will be a joy as it will bring us closer to Him.
Jesus has the answer
Is working towards it
Whatever we are going through is for our best
The answer is what is best for us and the purposes of the Kingdom of Heaven
He who believes this waits patiently, trusting God’s Love Control, Purposes and Purposes
Faith is really a trust in God’s Love which is why Satan tries to destroy our appreciation of God’s Love and replace it with fear.
If we trust God’s Love, we will never worry about anything - either past, current or future, for to do so impl ies God does not Love you fully, which is impossible because of His perfect nature.
So often we want to know the future or be guided as to what to do next when really God is saying to trust His Love and do what you have been given to do and let Him deal with the details and consequences of obeying Him.
He who worries does not trust God
He who tries to know the future so they will feel secure does not trust God
He who worries about the past and what they have done does not trust God
He who wants to leave this world and get to heaven to escape the dangers here does not trust God
He who tries to help God by helping God’s plans for them do not trust God
He who controls others to feel secure does not trust God. God is Love
He that dwelleth in God Dwelleth in His Love
For the person who trusts God fully there are no anxieties or worries as God has them in His Perfect Love and whatever happens to them is for their best.
There are no grey areas in faith - It is either black or white. Either you trust God’s Control, Purposes of and Love in your life - or you do not, in which case He is not your god. You are!
Faith must be based on something God has told you is His will for you otherwise it is wasted.
So remember, by definition and the workings of Satan, faith will always be hard as you believe what God has said in the spiritual and wait for it to manifest in the physical while Satan tries to stop you believing or to side track your believe so it becomes incorrect in some way.
In the midst of circumstances and situations that you do not understand, God is still in control. If He is not in control of everything then He is not God.
The life of faith is a life trusting God and doing what he says without questioning it and is done out of love for Jesus and complete trust in His will
This is why you can have peace and contentment in all circumstances.
Faith and suffering
Faith is tested in at trials when we cannot see the purpose for trial or resolution of it. God does not give you trials to prove yourself worthy, but gives them to you to take you further along the path of Christians maturity because you have shown yourself to be worthy of the next stage of your Christian growth. The more mature He desires you to be, the darker will be the trial and the more hopeless it will appear to be for a change to occur so it will end.
There are four reasons for trials:
To bring you back to where you should be in your Christian walk
To mature you for greater service
To remove things in you that are not of His Kingdom
To show that you are worthy of what He is going to ask you to do for Him or of the reward He is going to give you
If God is God then you have no real choice but to trust that His best purpose for you is in that trial. If you trust God you will have no fear about what He does or does not let happen to you. The trial may be painful but in the end you will have peace and Joy, even if you die in the process. But then you must belief your death is the best thing that can happen to you at that time.
You will also not need to know the answer to the trial as you know God has it all in his hands and it will be for your best whatever happens. You might pray for deliverance from it, but you know you will never be tested above what you can bear (1 Cor 10:13) and will continue to endure out of trust in and love for Him.
In the garden Jesus asked to be delivered from the Cross but then said God's Will was more important than Him being delivered from the trial and accepted the suffering associated with His Crucifixion.
If God did not allow you adversity, then you would not grow or you would grow very slowly. Trials are God’s way for you to mature quickly, and are a sign of His love.
God will appear to remove every promise made to you through prophecy or words of knowledge while He prepares you to receive them as He removed all in you that hinders them occurring. Then he restores them in a better way that is more suitable to the purposes of His Kingdom and as you overcome the trial. He also shows Satan you are worthy of receiving these things.
One of the hardest parts of faith is be patient waiting for God to work while nothing seems to be happening. Either God is God, and we can trust him or He is not God and we have to work out and do things for ourselves.
Any doubt in God’s love and control results in a lack of peace, anxiety, worry, fear and the feeling we must do things to make it happen and not wait for God to make it a occur. This allows Satan to do what he wants to do to stop God’s plan for you and impose his own plans that he has for you so that the benefit of any faith and suffering is not obtained.
Because of the emotional stress in faith it will drive you to focus on Jesus and His Lordship and by this place your situation in His Kingdom so He can deal with it all.
As you endure these trials, patiently waiting for God to release you from them He changes you. It is the constant giving the trial and the parts of it that trouble you to Jesus that changes you spiritually from the inside and out.
Once you accept something through faith you do not need to relearn it again. God will build on this experience with the next step of faith. It is only as we mature through completing each step of faith can He is able to use us more and more. This is because each step of faith results in a change in us that matures us more and more to the image of God.
If you wholeheartedly do what God desires you to do then you do not have to be concerned about the results of any failure. With God, there is no such things as failure for those who serve Him with their whole heart (Rom 8:28).
God may even ask you to do things knowing you will fail because He desires to show the evil in another person or organisation and by the way they prevent you doing His work they expose their evil heart and show that God is righteous in judging them.
Failure will only affect you if you do not trust God for the consequences of the failure because you obtain self-esteem from the success and not from the fact that God deems you worthy of being used by Him.
This incorrect attitude shows a need for deliverance.
The life of faith
The life of faith is a life of not knowing what is going to happen and the more we do not know the weirder or more unusual the things God gets us to do because we do not know it’s coming and cannot stop it. If it was not faith it would not mature us and develop us. Also if we knew what was coming we might not go and do it.
So a major aspect of the Christian life is to believe in the spiritual side of things that happen when we work in this physical realm towards obtaining them here or in heaven (2 Cor: 5:7).
We will live with one eye on the heavenly, spiritual perspective of what we are doing out of faith that it exists, otherwise the eternal will be of little consequence in our daily life.
Faith will have expression. According to your faith will be its expression for or against Jesus. Either doing His Will or doing your own will.
If you have faith you will please God as it is impossible to please Him without it (Heb 11:6).
Because faith comes from hearing what Jesus and God has done (Rom 10:17)it is necessary to read The Bible and listen to the testimony of what Jesus has done in the life of others.
Faith will be a natural expression of The Holy Spirit in you as it is one of His fruits, the natural expression of God being in your character, beliefs and desires.
It will also involve a belief that it will be all worth it in the end (Heb 11:6)
So the life of faith will be one that believes what God says, learns all it can about Him and His workings and tries to express His character and nature in all they do, guided by The Holy Spirit, believing it will be all worth it in the end in eternity.
The resolution of faith
I was shown a while ago that faith is resolved almost instantaneously. One minute you are in the trial the next you are free.
He reminded me that Israel had the red sea before them and the pharaoh behind them with no apparent hope of escape and all of a sudden a way was clear before them to deliver them.
Then he pointed out Joseph was in prison with no hope of rescue and in came the jailer and said, you are free.
When Abraham was about to raise the knife and kill Isaac and all that was promised in the future. Suddenly an angel appeared and said to offer a ram that was nearby which had been prepared by God for the sacrifice.
In our patience are we matured so remember the trial continues until suddenly God removes it. He that endures to the end, the same shall be saved from the trial.
Faith cannot see what is coming to release it from the trial or how it may happen but may have some idea of what is needed. God is innovative so cannot be bound to what He has done in the past so that what happens may be unexpected and unusual.
Jesus told a person once that the saddest part of faith was the many who gave up just before their faith would have been answered. It is well said the reward is only given to those who finish the race. How many have lost a reward because they gave up only a little distance short of the race finishing.
Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
The resolution of faith is like a crystal
A crystal forms because all that is necessary for it to form is present. It just requires an even to make them appear. The same with a trial. The resolution of the trial is there in place. It just requires God to cause an event to reveal it (resolve the situation).
The trial of faith is over when the crystallizing event occurs that turns all that was hidden (the rewards of the trial and its end) into a reality.
Waiting on The Lord in trials
You do not wait on The Lord by just sitting there or worshiping Him. To wait on the Lord is to seek His will and not just waiting for Him to do something. Waiting is an activity of obedient service to Jesus and as you do this you are worshipping Him and doing what He requires of you to enable Him to end the trial.
You must work through what God has given you to do during the trial for Him to be able to end it and mature you to where He wants you to be as well as reward you for your faithfulness.
We must persevere through to the end of the trial or it will stop and we will not have achieved what God wants and we will have to go through it again to be where He wants us to be for His purposes.
Matt 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
1 or 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Heb 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of right- eousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Trials are not pleasant but the rewards are worth it and if you love Jesus you will do it for His purposes and not for the reward but rewards are a nice icing on the cake.
1 Cor 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
It is this patient waiting in faith as you face an unknown future trusting God’s Love, Control, Purposes and Plans for your life while disciplining the anxiety and fear of the flesh that Satan stirs up that you mature in faith.
As you faithfully obey all he asks of you, as you patiently wait for the crystallizing of your faith, He is able to prepare you for what is to happen as well as also prepare the event that is to happen so that all preparation is complete and in order when your faith is to crystallize.
At the right time He will bring both strands of preparation together, crystallizing your faith and rewarding you beyond your wildest imagination (not necessarily in the physical but at times only in the spiritual) for the faithful obedience and trust you have shown in Him as He has prepared you and the event for the appointed time when your faith is to Crystallize and the trial is over releasing the reward He has for you.
There is a danger that you will try and help God along to try and speed up the progress of events so that the time appointed for your faith to crystallize will occur sooner that God desires it to be. This will mean that God has not prepared you sufficiently to do what God wants you to do after the appointed time of crystallization (because your faith was not as matured as it should have been if you had waited) or He was not able to prepare events as well as He could so that you do not have all you need to do what He desires you to do.
This results in a less effective activity or ministry as you are not completely ready and God has not prepared things as He wanted to because you lacked the faith to patiently wait for Him to work. At times your ‘helping ‘God may even cause what God wanted to do to be aborted. This lack of faith will only cause you problems and allow Satan to attack you more. He has already successfully attacked you to get you to ‘help God’ speed up things and now will build on this further.
You will need to repent and give the situation to Jesus and He will do what He can to place things in the order He wanted them to be in originally.
God has a habit of creating a crisis that changes your world. How you respond to it is the important thing. It usually means a loss of something valuable that devastates you. This crisis usually happens as you have not been obeying or listening to God so He has to act.
Through this sudden crisis He will remove that which hinders you doing His Will or which may even be taking you to hell!
Usually this crisis is for growth and change of direction in our life as well, so when a crisis happens do not react emotionally, seek God and His purposes in it and trust His Love, Control, Purposes and Plans for your life.
Remember! Never react, get angry, assume or reason out something as Satan can use these against you, but ask The Holy Spirit what to do so Satan cannot interfere with it in your mind.
To be faithful to God is more important than doing things for Him.
He is faithful in all He does for us and expects us to be faithful and obedient in all we do for Him. Our degree of faithfulness is shown by our degree of obedience.
His Love for and in us is the basis for all we do.
God has been talking to me about His faithfulness and that whether I trust it or not He does not change or lie, so I can rely on His being faithful in all He said He would do through Jesus.
All the promises of God must come true. The challenge is whether I believe them or not!
The faithful follower of Jesus is obedient unto death and tries to do the work of Jesus - regardless of the cost to him.
Faithfulness requires our complete committal to God and His purposes. (Rev 12:11)
The Expression of Faith
James 2: 14-18 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Faith must express itself or it is dead faith and of no use to God but Satan will gladly encourage you in it as it serves his purposes. Remember that whenever you are not doing God’s Will you are helping Satan.
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
We are told to walk away from the teaching of people who claim to be godly but do not demonstrate God’s authority and power. This verse is in reference to people who a hypocrites but also refers to those who say they believe in the God of the Bible but do not do or believe in all Jesus said. Their life does not have the authority that backs up their words.
We should also walk away from people who do not believe in creation or the miracles of The Bible as they do not believe in a God who is capable of doing these things so do not believe in the God of The Bible but a lesser being and the only lesser beings who try to imitate God are demons.
Jesus said the following about those that believed He was God:
Mark 16: 17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
If you believe in the God of The Bible and Jesus as God these signs will follow you in the ministry God has given you and if you do not believe in the God of the Bible these signs will not follow you.
Jesus did not say they would all be in the ministry He has given you but there will be sufficient to mark you as believing in whom He is and His authority delegated to you over the natural and supernatural.
What then of churches that do not believe in the gifts and miracles or who say they are not for today? How can they say they believe in Jesus when they only accept the part of believing in Him that they are able to accept?
Remember that God will only judge you on what you know and not what you do not know, so if you do not know God is a God of miracles or are taught He is not then He will show you mercy and so should we. However once you read about His delegation to do miracles or are taught about it and reject it then you in the category of people one should not listen to in regard to teaching about God as you do not know what is the truth and what is what they want to believe unless you go to the Bible and check everything they say (Acts 17:11).
What about Jesus
What about those that do not believe is Jesus is divine (God)?
They do not have a New Testament as the New Testament is all about Jesus, what He did, said and promised and how it affects us. They cannot preach from that as they believe Jesus is not divine and the New Testament cannot be preached unless you believe that.
So what are they preaching from? It cannot be The Bible.
Better to go and be taught by people who believe the Bible completely, from cover to cover, rather they go to one who compromises what is says through their own reasonings and what they want to believe it says.
A Christian should always be positive.
God is in complete control and His nature is Love so whatever happens is for our best as God is using it to conform us to the image of Jesus.
The Bible tells us to be positive (Rom 8:28, Gen 50:20)
Job 3:25 (NCV) For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me and what I dreaded has happened to me.
If you believe something will happen to you it may. Satan is always happy to fulfill someting if it is against the Will of Jesus and thus help Christians be harmed. If you trust by faith in God’s providence and control of all you will not be concerned about anything that happens to you as it is best for you (Rom 8:28).
The Christian life is a life of positives based on trust in God’s Love! Not on negativism or fear that takes away hope and binds the person in ritual and legalism (2 Tim 1:7).
This positive attitude of faith needs to be cultivated through the Will of the person affirming God’s positives in regard to all negative situations.
Job and Faith
God describes Job as follows:
1::8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Because of this description Job is considered to be without sin and not to deserve what Satan does him in this book. So to find a reason for this book being in the Bible, they say it shows how God tests people to prove their worth and that trials are not a result of any kind of sin
The problem with this approach is that God does to Job things that are considered punishments in contravention of these principles in Galatians 6:7-8. So does the Bible contradict itself? The short answer is no!
In Job we read the following:
3:25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
You can say that Job did not trust God to preserve that which God had given him but was afraid it could be taken away from him. In this statement Job actually admits to sin, but does not realize it.
His three friends have been maligned for centuries being criticized for telling Job to repent because everyone considers he was sinless. Job does eventually repent and everything is restored to him, but it takes God actually appearing to him before he realizes he was being self-righteous and had sinned.
So we see that the principles in Galatians 6:7-8 has not been contravened and that all that happened to Job was deserved. God shows in this book that sin leads to loss and illness but that repentance allows God to restore that which was lost or damaged.
Job did not believe fully that God could protect what he had. As a result, Satan had every right to go to God and complain that God was protecting Job. In accordance with Job’s lack of faith God had to remove some of the protections he had around Job. This resulted in Job losing all God had given him. Job’s response is recorded in chapter 2:1`-22. He himself was not affected personally by the loss and still praised God in spite what happened.
However, he did not repent. Satan then had a right to get back to God and complain that God was still protecting Job. Job was still not trusting God, still could not see anything he had done wrong, and God was still protecting him. So Satan was allowed to afflict Job with sores. Job’s response was to accept what God had done (2:10). However, he was still righteous in his eyes and did not believe he had any sin (2:9).
Job’s first problem was he was told to repent and saw no need too. This attack on his self-righteousness was not appreciated by him. Afterward, three of his friends came along to comfort him. They did not recognize him, because of the sores all over his body. They were so overcome by his appearance that they could not say anything for quite a while. They have been called Job’s comforters, and derogatory term for people who are discouraging or saddening while seemingly offering sympathy or comfort. This is because they called Job to repent when everyone considers he had not done anything wrong to have this apparent punishment imposed on him. As it can be seen, the three friends were correct in calling Job to repent of his self- righteous stance.
Job’s response in regard to his body being afflicted was to wish he had never being born. Instead of asking God if he had sin in his life, he wallowed in self-pity looking to his situation rather than seeing God’s perspective on the situation. Job must have thought he had being unjustly dealt with and by this implied God had made a mistake. He was judging his righteousness with God by his own opinion of what it should be and could not see his sin. It took God himself to appear to Job for Job to realize how self-righteous he had been.
It appears Job suffered from the sin of pride, which is why his righteousness was based on what he thought it was. Job was a wealthy, powerful, man so it was easy for him to become proud and use his reason to evaluate things and not what God said things were.
Pride stops faith as faith will usually make the person look ridiculous in the eyes of those around them. Faith has no pride as it loves God so much it does not care what happens to it as long as their beloved Jesus is obeyed and served. Faith is thankful and grateful for all Jesus has done for it and rests in His Love trusting Him for whatever happens to it.
Faith is perhaps the greatest worship you can do so that the life of faith is one of continual worship.
If God is God
You must live by this principles,
You must do what he says
You must know what He wants you to do
What people say will not be as important as what He says
You will focus on Him and Is requirements of you
And not what anyone says you should do
All you do will be for his purposes
You will do nothing that goes against his will
His love will be in you and ensure your obedience is done out of love for Him
What he says and teaches will be more important than your own reasonings
You will trust what He says regardless of what man says
And in spite of what God allows to happen to you
Unless you trust Him completely
And desire to do all He wants you to do
You will not live as He desires you too
What is the life of faith?
The life of faith is one of continual trust in God for all that happens to a you as well as one of continual obedience to what Jesus desires you to do because you trust (have faith) in Him. It is the walk of Mat 6:33. A walk of loving and thankful service out of gratitude for what Jesus has done for you and a life of continual worship of Him as a result of this.
This life can only be led as you walk in continual fellowship with The Holy Spirit being led by Him in all you do so that you are a son of God expressing fully the Will of your Father in heaven.
Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
The rewards of faith are great and faith may cost you everything, even your life. But if you really love Jesus the price is nothing compared to the rewards you believe He will give you in heaven.
Deliverance - how Jesus taught me to do it
Faith, Hope and Love
Calvary, Sin and Redemption
Our Father and The Trinity
Who is Jesus The Christ and Jesus my Love
The Humanising of Jesus
The Holy Spirit
Jesus, Satan and You
The Silent War
Judgment on the Nations
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