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Lesson on Faith  

Vagn Rasmussen

 

 

Lesson on Faith.  

Faith is closely linked to prayer. Faith is verbal expressed in prayer. Faith honours God. Answer to prayer is conditional on faith.

 

1. Faith and the word of God.

All our faith in our prayer requests should be based on the promises found in the word of God  (someone has said there is more than 3.000 promises in the bible) All the promises will cover every aspect of human life.

 

Rom. 10:17 Faith comes by hearing the word of God.

Matt. 17:20 the mustard seed, the growing faith.

Isaiah 55:10-11  Like the rain and the snow…. So shall my word… it shall accomplish that which I please..

Hosea 6.6 for I desired mercy and not sacrifice, and knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

 

2. Faith and obedience.

Rom 16:26 …the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.

Rom. 1:5   … for obedience to the faith among all nations, for He’s name.

Matt. 17:24-27. The fish and the gold coin.  Peter was obedient here, in spite of his professionalism in fishing with nets.

John 21:6,11 … cast the net on the right side of the ship and ye shall find. V.11 Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land full of grate fishes, an hundred and fifty and three… yet was not the net broken.

Peter again was obedient to the Lords words, cast the net on the ”wrong” side of the ship, and by daylight - very unusual fishing in the lake of Galilee. Peter received his reward.

3. Faith and repenting.

2. Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from there wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their, and will heal their land.

 

4. Faith and reminding God of His own promises in the word.

1.King 8: 25 Therefore now Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promised him, saying…

Rom.4: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.

2.Cor.1: 20 for all the promises of God in Him (Jesus) are yes, and in Him amen, unto the glory of God by us.

 

5. Faith and the fruits of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23. But the fruits of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness goodness, FAITH, meekness, temperance.

The process of being filled with the Spirit of the Lord is also the process of producing fruits of the Spirit. Therefore faith increases when being filled with the Spirit along with all other fruits of the Spirit.

One of the secrets of a fasting lifestyle is, that fasting increases faith because by “subduing the flesh” fasting will invariably cause being more and more filled with the Holy Spirit and faith increases tremendously during a season of fasting.

 

6. Faith contra visible evidence.

Hebr.11: 1 now faith is substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

God created the universe by faith words, by words of faith it came into existence. Sometimes we are taught that God created all things out of nothing just by saying His word. This is not true. Faith is the unseen substance, which is transformed by faith to the things that can be seen.

Hebrews. 11:3 through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things, which are seen, were not made of things, which do appear. (But of substance not seen)

 

7. Faith and victory.

Hebrews11: 33-34. Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped mouths of lions, v.34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

 

8. Faith and the cleansing of the heart.

Acts. 15:9. And put difference between us and them purifying their hearts by faith.

 

9. Faith and the gifts of the Spirit.

1.Corintians 12: 8-10. For one is given by the Spirit, the word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge, by the same Spirit. V.9 To another, faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing, by the same Spirit. V.10 To another the working of miracles, to another prophesies, to another discerning of spirits, to another divers kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

There are different kinds of faith: saving faith, faith as a fruit of the Spirit, this kind of faith as mentioned here in Corinthians 12, is faith as a gift of the Spirit, a portion of faith given to equip the believer for the ministry.

It is faith (as the fruit of the Spirit) that operates all the 9 gifts of the Spirit, 

Then there is natural faith, which is not of the Spirit of God. This is the kind of faith we have when we believe in for example historical records, or the farmer who has sown his seed in the soil and now expects a harvest sometime in the future.

 

 

 

10. Faith works by love.

Galatians 5: 6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availed any thing, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worked by love.

1. Corinthians 13:2 though I have all faith ... but not love.

 

 

 

11. Faith and Gods spiritual laws.

We have to fulfil the demands God has connected to the operation of faith!

Mark 11:25 (Forgiveness first and foremost.) and when ye stand praying – forgive if ye have ought against any, that your Father, which is in heaven, may forgive you your trespasses.

 

Also if you have sin in your heart faith will not work. Even the Pharisees knew that.

John 9: 31 now we know that God heareth not sinners, but if any man be a worshipper of God, and does His will, him He heareth.

 

12. Faith and verbal and public confessing.

Mark 11:23. …But shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Romans 10:9-10. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. V.10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation

 

 

 

13. Faith can grow.

2.Thess. 1:3. We are bound to thank God always for you brethren, as it is meet (right), because that your faith groweth exceedingly. 

Faith as a mustard seed can grow to become a big tree. A mustard tree can reach the height of 4-5 meters.

 

14. Faith and salvation.

Ephesians 2: 8 for by faith are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.

 

15. Faith is given to every born again Christian. Everyone Christian have some faith.

Rom. 12:3  …. But to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

 

16. Faith and prayer and brokenness in tears can change God's plans and will.

2.Kings 20:1-11 Hezekiah was sick to the death, he turned to the wall and cried and prayed. God changed his prophecy and the Kings destiny, because of the prayer of Hezekiah. 15 years were added unto his lifetime.

 

17. Faith and trial.

1.Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perish, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

 

18. Faith and deeds/works.

James 2:17 even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone

Therefore faith is ACTIVE.

 

 

19. Faith and pleasing God.

Hebrews. 11:6 but without faith it is impossible to please God.

 

20. Faith and justification.

Habakkuk. 2:4 …but the just shall live by faith.

 

21. Faith and prayer.

Matthew 21:22 and all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Faith is the uttermost important ingredient in the prayer.

 

 

 

22. Faith and fasting.

Faith is increasing tremendously during a fast and even after the fast.

Fasting faith is producing much more power over evil spirits especially after a protracted fast.

Matthew 17:15-21 the lunatic boy.  V. 20 because of your unbelief… v. 21 howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

 

23. Faith and agreeing in the Spirit.

Matthew 18:19 that two of you shall agree on earth, anything that they shall ask it shall be done for them of my Father in heaven.

We can add our faith to someone else’s faith and have greater results in prayer. Faith will increase.

To agree in the Spirit is not to agree on the mere mental or intellectual level, but this kind of agreeing IN THE SPIRIT.

 

24. Faith is a shield

Ephesians 6:16 taking the shield of Faith... wherewith quench all the fiery darts of the enemy (the wicked)

Faith is an effective defensive weapon.

 

25. Faith is a substance and also evidence.

Hebrew 11:1 Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE of things not seen.

God did not create the world out of nothing but created the visible things out of the invisible things or changed it as such.

 

26. Faith and prayer:

Faith and prayer are inevitably linked together.

Faith has its verbal expression through prayer.

We can ask Jesus for more faith. His disciples did so.

....Lord increase our faith. Luke 17:5.

 

 

 

 

27. Faith and the will of God:

It is a lot easier to have faith if you pray after the will of God!

 

1. John 5:14-15…we know if we pray after the will of God, we know we already have what we prayed for.

 

 

 

 

What faith is not:

 

1)      Faith is not hope.

 An uncertain hope for something, sometime in the future, is not faith at all. Faith knows that it has - now. Faith is assurance in your heart that you already have what you asked for. Mark 11:24. There for I say unto you, what things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

 

2)      Faith is not a feeling.

 But it is peace in your heart; it is rest, and reliance and trust in Gods promises. Faith is absolute trust in Gods Word being eternal, complete and infallible and absolute true.

A strong feeling could never produce a strong faith. Feelings will disappear very quickly, while faith must be standing like a rock, and that rock is faith in Gods promises in His word.

 

3)      Faith is not intelligence, not understanding, not of the brain, but of the heart.

Faith is a heart matter, because the Spirit lives in the centre of the human temple, which is the heart of man. 1.Cor. 3:16 Know ye not ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

We believe with our Spirit, with our heart, not with our understanding.

Mark. 11.23 …. And shall not doubt in his heart.

When it comes to receiving the impossible from God, our intelligence will come short, yea, it will be a great hindrance to faith.

 

4)      The opposite of faith is fear.

Fear is believing the devils word more than God’s word. The devil will come to your mind with fear trying to take away the faith in your heart. Jesus always said, fear not. Fear does not come from God. Fear has punishment in it. The perfect love castes out fear. 1. John. 4:18

 

5)      The opposite of faith is unbelief.

Unbelief is not believing God and what He says in His word, and thus making God a liar. That’s why unbelief is such a dreadful and very dangerous sin. 1.John 5.10… He that believes not God has made Him a liar…

 

6)      Faith is not begging.

The prayer of faith is not a prayer of begging but it is a strong and firm conviction that God already has granted the specific prayer request asked for according to His promises in His word.

7)  Faith is not mere mental power.

It is spiritual power. Faith is an integrated part of the Holy Spirit. If you have the Holy Spirit you also have faith. The more fruits of the Spirit you have in your life, the more faith you have.