Daily Archives: November 19, 2013

Faith In God


When it comes to faith in God we must always remember that He has an eternal plan that He is working to accomplish. He has a purpose, and everything in the universe, even our requests, are subject to His will. He will do nothing that is not part of His plan. He will not do everything we ask, just because we ask it. He will do those things that He wills to do, and He will accomplish all things that He has willed to do. ( Isa. 46:10; Eph. 1:9-11; Pro. 19:21)

A lot of people believe that they can ask for anything they want and that God has to do what they want Him to do. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Prayer is never about getting what we want from Heaven. Prayer is always about aligning our will with God’s will so that His will is done on earth.There are so many situations in life that appear hopeless. There are people that seem so lost that they will never be saved. There are needs so great that it appears they will never be met. There are problems so big it appears they will never be overcome.

Faith in God and in the promises found in His Word, allows us to believe God in the impossible situations of life. I can believe God for the salvation of that lost soul because of what He said in His Word, 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 Tim. 2:4. I can have faith that God will meet that need which seems impossible, because that is His promise, Matt. 6:25-34; Phil. 4:19. I can have faith that I am saved, Rom. 10:13; 10:9. I can have faith that I am secure in Jesus, John 6:37; 10:28. I can have faith in a place called Heaven, John 14:1-3. I can have faith that He will never leave me alone, Heb. 13:5.

The list could go on and on. Faith in God and His promises allows us to believe Him for those things that appear impossible to us.

Jesus said that, if we could believe Him, we could have what we ask for. Faith has the remarkable ability to enable us to hold in our hands things that have yet to be seen, Heb. 11:1. The word “substance” in that verse means “foundation, or that which stands under something.” Faith is the guarantee, the assurance that we will have the things God has promised to us. Faith allows us to hold in our hearts things that have yet to appear.

The faith described in that amazing verse is the absolute, God-given, present confidence in a future reality. It is the conviction that what we have believed by faith is already ours, even though we cannot yet see it. This kind of faith is not based on what the eye can see, but it is based on what God has promised!

The faith mentioned here gives substance to the promises of God for our future. We hope for: Christ’s Return – Titus 2:13, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”

The Resurrection Of The Dead – 1 Pet. 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

That We will Reign With Jesus – 2 Tim. 2:12, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him:”; Rev. 22:5, “they shall reign for ever and ever.”

Heaven is real to me today. The resurrection is real to me today. These things are real, not because I have seen or experienced any of them, but because God has promised them to me and He has given me the faith to believe them.

All the things I mentioned, and many more seem impossible to our minds. Yet, they are real, because God has given them to us by faith!

Thank God for the power of genuine, biblical faith. Some people here are holding the unseen things of tomorrow in your hands today through the awesome power of faith. God has confirmed His promises in your heart and you are merely waiting for Him to fulfill them all in His time! Others don’t believe it, but God has assured you through faith. Trust Him friend! Hold onto His promise and in His time, He will bring it to pass.

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Faith in God Part 1

ReferenceScripture: Mark 11:20-26

Consider the following:
Joshua 10:12-14 – Joshua commanded the sun to stand still so Israel could defeat the
Amorites.

Isaiah 38:1-6 – King Hezekiah was told that he would die. He prayed to the Lord and
God added 15 years to his life.

Genesis 22:1-14 – Abraham was told to sacrifice his son Isaac, who was the son of
promise. He obeyed by faith and God spared Isaac, providing a ram in his place.

Joshua 14:6-16 – 85 year old Caleb believed God for the power to defeat a mountain
infested with giants. God gave him that mountain.

1 Samuel 17:1-54 – A teenage boy named David believed God for the power to defeat
a giant named Goliath. God gave him the victory.

Daniel 3:1-30 – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego believed God to keep them from the
power of a pagan king and a fiery furnace. God met them in the furnace and
protected them there.

Many, many more examples could be given, Heb. 11:32-35, but these are enough to teach
about the power of biblical faith in God.

As Jesus and his disciples walked toward Jerusalem, Jesus cursed a fig tree,
11:12-14. When they passed by the next day, the fig tree was dried up. Jesus
uses this experience to teach His disciples a lesson about Faith.

When we exercise biblical faith in God and His promises, we can expect amazing
results. The key to that statement is the phrase “biblical faith”. A lot of
people think that faith is a blank check. They believe they can ask for
anything they desire and that God is obligated to do all they ask Him to. That
is not exactly what the Bible teaches.

If you are saved, God is your Father. As your Father, He cares about every need in
your life, 1 Pet. 5:7. As your Father He invites you to bring your needs,
burdens and concerns to Him, Phil. 4:6-7; Heb. 4:16. As your Father He desires
to open the resources of His kingdom and give them to you, Luke 12:32.

Our God loves His children and He wants them to come to Him on the basis of simple,
childlike faith. Like a child trusts its parents for every need, the child of
God can trust the Heavenly Father.

God invites us to pray to Him – Phil. 4:6; Matt. 11:28; 1 Pet. 5:7.

God promises to hear us when we pray – Jer. 33:3; Psa. 10:17; 65:2.

God promises to answer our prayers – Matt. 7:7-11; Isa. 58:9.

When it comes to the promises of God, we have the Lord’s guarantee that He will keep
every one of them, Rom. 4:21; Heb. 6:18; Num. 23:19. God will not back away
from a single promise He has given His people!

Prayer and faith are an opportunity for God’s people to demonstrate their confidence
in the written Word of God.

When God says something in the Word of God, we can have absolute faith that He will
do what we ask. When we pray outside of the Word of God, we cannot pray in
absolute faith because we do not know what God’s will is in that matter. Faith
is always based on a clear word from the Lord, Rom. 10:17.

So,while it is right to pray about every matter in your life, it is wrong to
expect God to do everything you want Him to do. God honors faith, but
genuine, biblical faith is always based on the Word of God. Always

The children of God can have absolute confidence in God’s power to do everything He
has promised to do. He has the power to do anything we ask Him to do. He has
the ability to do anything He pleases to do. We serve an awesome God who
possesses all power in Heaven and earth, Matt. 28:18; Eph. 3:20; Jer. 32:17;
Job 42:2; Luke 1:37; Isa. 40:12. All I am trying to say is that our heavenly
Father can do anything!

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