The Fundamentals Of Faith

Lesson 1

What is Faith?

Hebrews 11:1  


We are going to study Faith and how to operate it in your life, starting with what I consider the "Faith Chapter",  Hebrews 11. It starts out with the definition of Faith

Hebrews 11:1 NOW Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Now is a present tense word and so is Faith. Faith deals with the present as God sees it and how he wants us to see it. Discarding the circumstances and how things may look and feel. God always sees things as done. He wants us to see things the same way. We can’t be moved by what we see in the physical, but be moved by what we see in the Spirit realm. God always spoke what He wanted into existence.

If you read in Genesis 1 it says "And God said....and it was so." He was looking at an earth that was without form and void. But He spoke faith words, and this earth we know came into existence. He had faith in His words that they would accomplish what He sent them to do.

Faith is such a vast subject that we couldn’t do justice with it in one lesson. But we are going to touch some important points that will help us understand how to get it to operate in our lives.

The Bible puts it this way.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith, it is impossible to please him, for he that comes to God, must believe that he is, and that he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

So basically Faith is believing in God and believing he will do what he says he will do. Hebrews chapter 11 is a great faith chapter. It talks about faith in God and great people of faith that trusted God.

If you can see the end result like God does, no matter what the circumstances around you look like, then you have real faith.

How do you do that?

Look it up and see what the word of God says.
Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing" How do you hear the word of God? You read it out loud. You speak it. You repeat what it says until you have faith in your heart for whatever you need.

God will honour faith, not unbelief. Remember, God is a rewarder of those that "Diligently seek him" Not just off handed and leafing through, but studying. The word is full of rich truths, but we need to dig them out. God won’t do it for us.

So to get faith, we must know the word. If you have no knowledge about something, how can you understand it and how can you have it operate in your life. God’s word is the resource for faith. It will tell you everything you need to know.

Hosea 4:6 says that "My people perish for a lack of knowledge."

It is possible to have faith for some things and not others. You can have faith in God for healing, but have no faith in the area of finances. Why is that? Because you need to study the word in every area. I know God heals, but will he heal me? I know God will prosper, but will he prosper me?

Luke 17:5-6 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

So it's not the amount of Faith you have...it is what you do with the Faith that God gave you.

We each have been given that Mustard Seed size Faith...it is up to us to use it correctly and watch it grow!

2 Timothy 2:15
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

1 Peter 2:2-3
as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

The disciples were with Jesus every day, and saw the miracles and yet they still asked the Lord to increase their faith. He answered them with the story of the mustard seed. Now the mustard seed is a very small seed but when planted will grow to be a huge tree. But the key is the planting. If you looked at it all day long and expected it to grow nothing would happen to it. But by planting it and watering it everyday, eventually you would have the tree. The same applies to our faith. We must exercise it and feed it every day for it to grow. If you believed for a dollar today, believe for two tomorrow. Stretch it! Jesus told the disciples that just a grain of faith the size of a mustard seed would be able to move mountains. He believed it, we must too.

Matthew 17:19-20
New International Version
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Faith will save you. When you gained knowledge of salvation, you obtained faith in it if you believed it. Then you acted on it. The same faith will heal you and set you free. Jesus was always impressed when he saw faith in action. There was a centurion that came to Jesus about his servant that was sick. Jesus was going to come to his house and heal the servant, but the man felt unworthy of him entering his house

Luke 7:6-10 NIV
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.

Whatever you see in the Word of God, regarding your situation, is God speaking to you. Believe it and it will happen. This man was not a Jew. He was a Roman soldier. He was not under the promise of God. He belonged to a race that did not believe in God, but he recognized the authority in Jesus and he believed what he said would come to pass. Can we as believers do any less?

Hebrews 11:6 NIV
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Jesus had a concern in that day. He wondered if when he returned to earth, would he find faith?

Luke 18:8 However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

What a question! Will he find faith? So much is happening in the earth today to break down the truth of the Bible. People take the word of God and change it anyway they want and some have even taken God right out of the picture, and Jesus is no more then a figure who lived a long time ago. There is no faith in God, some doubt if He even exists. So is this to be what Jesus will find when he gets back? I hope not! I pray that He is not disappointed in me. I want God to find faith in me. I believe in Him. I believe in His word, and I believe in Jesus. I know He will do what he says he will do! I have proved Him over and over again.

James 2:20-23
New International Version
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.

We prove that we have Faith...by acting on the Word, no matter what things look like. We must show our faith by our actions. What actions? By acting like it is already done...because in God's eyes...it is...it was done at Calvary.

If you need healing...act like you are healed by saying "I am healed" according to 1 Peter 2:24 that says...By His Stripes I am HEALED!

If you need finances...Say...My God supplies all my needs according to His riches in Glory!

Phil. 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Matt. 7:7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Instead of talking about what is...talk about what you are believing for...believe and say what you want to come to pass.

Jesus gave us an example of speaking Faith in Mark 11
He was looking for something to eat...because he was hungry...
13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.

That's all he said...and walked on. He didn't stand there and wait for the tree to die...he just left...I am sure His disciples were confused...because nothing happened...perhaps they thought that Jesus had missed it this time...But...

20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Some of the key words in this passage are in verse 20
"The fig tree was withered from the roots". If we speak words of Faith...we have to believe that whatever we need...whatever we want to change...has to be dealt with at the "Roots".

Say it...believe it...be sure you have a clean slate before God...and then don't let anything come out of your mouth that is contrary to what you are believing.

That is what Faith is and how you make Faith work in your life!
 

By Judy Warren

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