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Chapter 16
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WALKING BY FAITH


There is something mysterious about faith.

Paul refers to this mystery:

1 Timothy 3:9

"Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience."

The Greek word for "holding" is "echontas".

It means to be told a secret .

Holding a mystery means receiving, believing and using exclusive information. We therefore can receive special information about faith and apply it in our life. All over the world, Believers have an intense desire to find out more about faith. Many thousand of books and articles have been written on this subject.

What money is to our natural world faith is to our spiritual world.

Faith is the spiritual currency that obtains things in the spiritual realm. When believers hear about faith for the first time, they wonder if they have faith. Paul assures us that every believer has faith.

Romans 12:3

"According as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."

Even if that measure of faith is the size of a little mustard seed, it has the power to remove mountains and do impossibilities.

Matthew 17:20

"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."

Faith is our God given currency to do anything!

Paul advises us to use faith for our personal benefit.

Romans 14:22

"Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God."

It pleases God when we have faith in Him.

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."

Our Christian life is a life of faith.

Romans 1:17

"The just shall live by faith."



A Biblical definition of Faith:

Romans 4:21

"And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform."

We therefore believe, that what God has promised us in the Bible, he can and will do.

Faith is therefore taking God at His word.

If we are sick, we believe God promise to heal us and claim our healing.

Exodus 15:26

"For I am the LORD that healeth thee."

If we have a financial need, we believe God promise and claim financial supply.

Philippians 4:19

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

Faith is the substance of all needs:

Hebrews 11:1

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

The need could be healing.

The need could be money .

The need could be help.

The need could be deliverance.

Faith is the underlying substance of healing, supply, help and deliverance.

The Greek word "substance" is "hypostasis."

It means "the essence or basic composition that things are made of."

Faith is therefore the unseen material our needs are made of.

The moment our faith is released, the invisible substance of our need actually manifests itself in a visible form of:

Faith is that healing.

Faith is that miracle.

Faith is that financial supply.

Faith is that help.

Faith is that deliverance.

The intangible becomes the tangible.

Jesus said -

Mark 5:36

"Be not afraid, only believe."

He really was saying - "Don't be afraid, I will keep my promise, so trust me."

There are three things about faith that are important:

These different levels of faith start with a measure of a little faith.

1. Little faith:

Matthew 6:30

"Shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?"

Faith can increase to a greater measure.

2. Great faith:

Matthew 8:10

"Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."

3. God kind of faith:

Mark 11:22

"And Jesus answering saith unto them, have faith in God. (The God kind of faith)

It was with God kind of faith, that God created the Universe. He called the things that did not exist into existence.

Romans 4:17

"God calleth those things which be not as though they were."

Our walk of faith.

2 Corinthians 5:7

"For we walk by faith, not by sight:"

Those who walk by sight walk according to the five physical senses of their body.

When we are born again into Gods Kingdom we walk in a new dimension.

It is the dimension of faith and we obtain and achieve all things by faith.

Romans 1:17

"For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:"

The two Greek words for faith used here are "Pisteo" and "Pistin".

Pisteo means "the first experience of faith".

Pistin means "the highest experience of faith".

Our walk of faith is a journey from the first experience of faith to the highest experience of faith.

This walk of faith in each situation is made up of seven steps:

1. Clearly identify your need.

Mark 10:36

"And he said unto them, what would ye that I should do for you?"

Faith is the substance of what you need and therefore you must identify your need.

2. Receive Gods' promise for that specific need.

We are children of promise and were created by God to experience His promises.

Romans 9:8

"But the children of the promise are counted for the seed."

2 Peter 1:4

"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature."

These promises are priceless and are greater than any need we ever may experience.

How do we receive these promises for our needs?

The Bible is the Word of promise and it reveals a promise for every specific need.

Romans 9:9

"For this is the word of promise."

As we read or hear the Bible, we discover these amazing promises of God for our needs.

If we have a financial need, there is a promise for that need.

Philippians 4:19

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

3. Visualize receiving Gods' promise for that need.

God helped Abraham by letting him visualize His promise.

Genesis 15:5

"And He brought him forth abroad, and said, look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, so shall thy seed be ."

God promised to give Abraham a son and multiply his descendants as the stars of the heaven. Every night Abraham looked at the sky, he saw the millions of stars and could visualize Gods promise to him.

Whatever your need is, visualize your need being supplied. If you need healing, see yourself being healed and enjoying health. If you need financial supply, see your billfold full of money and money being deposited into your bank account. See your self getting a raise in salary, a new job or signing a business contract. See your situation change!

4. Believe Gods' promise.

By faith we believe Gods promise and wait for it.

Hebrews 6:12

"Who through faith and patience inherit the promises."

We know that God cannot lie.

Numbers 23:19

"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?"

We also know that He is able to perform His promise.

Romans 4:21

"And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform."

5. We then act upon Gods' promise.

Our faith is a verb and not a noun.  A verb is a doing word.

Our faith should be an action, acting upon Gods promise.

Hebrews 11:7

"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark."

Noah believed God would save him and his family from the flood and went to action building an ark.

Peter believed Jesus, climbed over the side of the boat and started walking on the water.

Matthew 14:29

"And he said, come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus."

6. Speak Gods promise.

Confess it with your mouth.

Romans 10:10

"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

We receive Gods promises through His Word into our heart. Within our mind we meditate the promise. Then we act upon it by confessing and speaking it.

Every time we speak Gods promise, our tongue becomes a pen that writes the promise in our hearts.

The more we speak Gods promises, the more they are processed in our heart.

Psalm 45:1

"My heart is processing a good matter: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer."

2 Corinthians 4:13

"We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;"

Psalm 35:27

"Let them say continually; Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

An example of this is seen in the life of Abraham, when God changed his name.

Genesis 17:4-5

"As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee."

Abram was given a new name Abraham, which means "father of a multitude."

Although he had no children at that time, every time Abraham spoke his name, he was confessing to be a father of a multitude. This was a confession of faith. It wasn't long after he began doing this, that God fulfilled this promise and gave him a son, Isaac.

Why is it so important to speak Gods promises?

It is important because Jesus as our High Priest works with these confessions, to help us to receive from God what we need. He is the High priest of our profession (confession.)

Hebrews 3:1

"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;"

In the Old Testament the High Priest worked with the sacrifices the Israelites brought to God.

In the New Testament Jesus our High Priest works with the confessions of the Saints of God.

Our walk of faith is a spiritual walk of confessions:

We confess sin and receive Jesus Christ as our Savior.

We confess healing and we are healed.

We confess financial supply and our need is met.

With our mouth we confess what we believe and Jesus Christ our High Priest works with the confessions on our behalf.

7. Obtain Gods promise.

The great men of faith are mentioned in Hebrews chapter eleven.

All of them by faith obtained Gods promises.

Heb 11:33

"Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises."

They not only believed Gods promises, they obtained them.

2 Corinthians 1:20

"For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen."

Therefore the promises of God in Jesus are yea which means Yes.

When we confess these promises, God says yes and we obtain them.

Then by faith we say "Amen."

The word amen is the closing word of our prayers. Like a computer, it is our log-off or completion key.

The word amen concludes the promise of God as completed and done.

It is important to understand that faith is a powerful force in action:

Romans 3:27

"By the law of faith."

The Greek word for law is "Nomon".

It means a powerful force in action.

It is a powerful force of the spoken word completing its full course.

2 Thessalonians 3:1

"Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:"

This course could be better described in six parts:

1. A promise of Gods Word received in a Christian's heart.

2. The promise meditated upon and understood.

3. A Christian believing God will perform the promise.

4. Acting in faith and confessing the promise.

5. The faith then becomes tangible. It becomes substance. It becomes the

    thing we believed for.

6. The active force of faith brings about the completion and fulfillment of

    the promises of God.

The test of faith.

1 Peter 1:7

"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:"

There are many situations that arise in our lives to test our faith.

These are situations of sickness, hurt, loss, lack, need, crises, fear and danger.

They are never easy because they burn like fire, but there results are more precious than gold.

Any manufactured product, coming off the production line must undergo a quality test. Pipes that are welded at the seams must be air pressure tested, to ensure that they do not leak. A leaking pipe is a worthless pipe if it cannot process water, oil or gas pumped through it. New trucks and cars must be driven and tested before they are sold.

Your faith will be tested.

How can we develop our faith?

There are three ways to develop faith and ensure its growth:

1. We develop our faith by hearing Gods word and His promises.

Romans 10:17

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

As we hear Gods word and embrace these promises in our heart our faith is stimulated.

It is important to search the Bible for Gods promises and read them over and over again.

If we retain them within our hearts they will be available to use in the time of need.

2. Our faith grows as we see that confessing these promises really works.

We will see results in our own personal life and that of others. We will see healings, deliverance and the supply of needs and our faith will grow.

3. Our faith will become a natural part of everyday living.

Speaking these promises will become a part of our conversation. We will continually experience miracles, healing, supply, answers to prayer and the supernatural.

We will walk by faith, never speak or react negatively and only speak positively.

Our faith will experience completion:

Hebrews 12:2

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;"

Jesus will complete our faith!

Our Lord Jesus Christ wants our faith to rise up within us and be demonstrated. He wants our faith to grow from a small measure to a great measure, finally becoming the God kind of faith.

By faith Christians do great exploits:

Hebrews 11:33-39

"Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. 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.

Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

Of whom the world was not worthy: they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith."

We are challenged to fight for and keep the faith delivered to the saints:

Jude 3

"That ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."

Faith is valuable!

It is worth contending for!

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