Faith

  This is where most people have a problem, People are so wrapped up in trying to run their own lives, they won't allow God in it, unless it's convenient to do so. If you worry about anything then that's having no faith. Faith is nothing more than trust.
  • Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 
  • Hebrews 13:6: So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Think of the power you will have if you had this kind of faith. You would be righteous, you will never stumble, God will protect you from the evil one. You will have gifts from the Holy Ghost, You will have power to move mountains.
  • Matthew 17:20: And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. So if by having faith you can have this kind of power to overcome the world and satan, Why is it, i don't see this kind of faith anywhere? Too many people do not trust God and worry (Matt 6:25-30) . If you believe in Jesus and God, how can you worry about food, clothes, bills, family, etc.... when He will take care of you, That's faith. If you have kids, answer me this. Does you kids worry every day if they are going to eat? No, because they know without doubt you will provide food for them. Likewise we are children of God. He will take care of you, so why do you insult God and worry?
  • Hebrews 11:6: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
  • Romans 1:17: For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

  The next 3 verses pay close attention to the words PURSUE and HOPE, because this is why you have to prepare (II Peter 1:10) yourself to be Saved and it don't happen over night.

  • I Thessalonians 5:8: But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the HOPE of salvation.
  • I Timothy 6:11: But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and PURSUE righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
  • II Timothy 2:22: Flee also youthful lusts: but PURSUE righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

  So we are to pursue righteousness and faith, pursue - that's chase after, look for, follow after, find it. That reminds me of Matthew 7:13-14 where it says Because narrow and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. That means search for it, find out how to get on that narrow path, read the Bible, pursue righteousness, faith, knowledge of the Word of God, and then only a few will find it. Woe to the people of this generation who found Jesus and Heaven the easy way, by getting Saved and yet not having the knowledge of what you MUST do once you are Truly Saved. This is to the churches shame.(II Corinthians 13:5, Hebrews 10:38 , I Timothy 1:19 , James 1:6 , James 2:14-17 , Romans 14:23 , I Corinthians 2:5)

  Along with faith is prayer. You have to believe before you are heard.

  Now i want to talk a little bit about Faith and Works, You cannot have one without the other and think you are going to Heaven, It takes both, not one or the other. (click HERE for that Article) The Disciples of Jesus Christ did not have Faith the whole time they were with Jesus, But they did have works. After Jesus was crucified, they all hid themselves for fear of being killed also, But after they seen Jesus alive, They received faith, because now they Truly believed that Jesus was the Son of God, and that there was an after life, and that there was a Heaven to go to. The Disciples then went out into the streets preaching what Jesus had taught them, because they knew where they were going if they were to die, (ten of the twelve Disciples were killed). The Disciples were Truly Saved,  after they saw Christ rise from the dead. Because they had Faith and works. Nowhere in the Bible does it state that after the Disciples saw Jesus Christ alive did they knowingly and willingly sin. But there is one incident Where a couple did sin after Jesus Christ had risen.

  • Acts 5:1: But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2: And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. 3: But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4: While it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5: And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6: And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7: And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8: And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9: Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10: Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. 11: And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

  A question for the typical Christian, Why was it that the husband and the wife were not given the opportunity to ask for forgiveness, This was after Christ was crucified and risen, So why did they die straightway because of one little lie. i will tell you why, They had accepted Christ as their Savior and Lord, They received the Holy Ghost, But because they knowingly and willingly lied, after they have received the knowledge of the Truth, They fell down dead. (see also Chapter Liars). Today's Christians say that it's OK to sin, just ask for forgiveness of your sins every night, However, nowhere, NOWHERE is that written in the Bible. And the paragraph above is a perfect example of how we are suppose to live for Christ, And it is absolutely true, The wages of sin is death, you are not excluded because you claim to be a Christian and claim to be Saved.

  But works and Faith must go hand in hand, But i assure you, if you knowingly and willingly sin, you do not have good works. i will also tell you if you fear death, you do not have faith and will not enter into the Kingdom of God (Rev 21:8) . For if you Truly believed you were going to Heaven you would welcome it, not fear it. It is also known that those who fear death love life and love the world, and it is written those who love life and/or love the world do not have God (John 12:25) . i am not telling you this to anger anyone, i am telling you this because it is the Truth.

  A person who says "I have faith" and yet worries, is a liar and the truth is not in that person.

AMEN




In His Holy and Precious Name, Jesus Christ