What do YOU Believe?
Rom 14: 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Whatever is not of faith, is sin!
What is Faith?
1. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
2.Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof
This above definition, is the noun, faith, but faith is a verb! An action word!
What is sin?
266 αμαρτια hamartia ham-ar-tee’-ah
AV-sin 172, sinful 1, offense 1; 174
1) equivalent to 264
1a) to be without a share in
1b) to miss the mark
1c) to err, be mistaken
1d) to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honour, to do or go wrong
1e) to wander from the law of God, violate God’s law, sin
2) that which is done wrong, sin, an offence, a violation of the divine law in thought or in act
3) collectively, the complex or aggregate of sins committed either by a single person or by many
I heard a leader say one day: “I have always been sincere, but as the years have gone by, I look back, and see how sometimes, I was sincerely wrong!”
This is not condemnation, nor shame, in Jesus, rather instruction, and course correction.
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Recently, in an excruciating painful situation in my life, I met with a group of pastors at my church, and they confronted me on some inconsistencies in my life. I had given up in an area, and to discuss it, simply reopened the wound, and I wanted to write it off, seeing it as hopeless.
Yet, one precious brother said to me: “Chris, what you are saying, does not line up with the Word of God. It is not of faith. Faith does not give up, but calls those things that be not, as though they were!’
Suddenly I saw it, and I pray you see it too!
If you understand faith, faith is alive, and is a heavenly substance, from which all material things are created. Faith is the muscle of God, and when faith is present, it’s done, established in heaven and earth.
When faith is not present, there will be double mindedness, insecurity, fear, pain, and sometimes anguish.
Yet, there is a way through!
Honest, humble truth! If we know we are not in faith in an area of our lives, this is the beginning of wisdom!
Like Thomas, we can pray, Lord, help my unbelief, and when we understand faith, we know exactly what we need to do.
Faith comes only by hearing and hearing by the word of God!
Knowing what we don’t believe is very helpful, when we know what the Word of God has to say about a subject.
Why? Because there is a confession of faith, then there is a confession UNTO faith!
When we understand that out of the heart, the mouth speaks.
WE CAN CHANGE OUR HEARTS WITH THE WORDS THAT WE SPEAK!
2Co 3:2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
2Co 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
Ps 45:1 ¶ «To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves.» My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Jer 17: as 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings
When we actually believe something, our words and actions align themselves with what we believe. God deliberately searches the depths of our hearts, to show us where we are not…
When we see an area of our lives that does not align with the Word of God, we can take Scriptures in the area that we are struggling in that promise victory and the opposite of what we are currently experiencing, and deliberately write them out, and speak them out, daily.
When we do, a miracle happens. What begins as a confession UNTO faith, will become actual, mountain moving, devil stomping, world overcoming FAITH.
Really cool how it works!
We set ourselves in agreement with the Word of God, and begin to confess it, as an act of our will, and God, who gave us free will, hears His Word being echoed before His throne, out of our lips, and He sends Holy Spirit to watch over that very Word to perform it, and Holy Spirit does a miracle in us, He writes this very Word on the fleshly tablets of our heart, and faith cometh, faith cometh, faith cometh, and suddenly FAITH came, and our mountain moves!
‘Father, show me my heart, the area I need to actually, practically believe your Word. Show me my unbelief and sin, where I am missing the mark, or your high calling, in Christ Jesus. Now Father, open your Word to my understanding and show me what Scriptures I need, as weapons to overcome that which I have learned, that which I don’t yet believe. Now Father, help me, grant me the discipline to apply your Word to me life, and to deliberately confess what I need to believe! Thank you Holy Spirit for writing this on the tablets of my heart, and anointing me with your power, as faith comes, and you trouble every trouble in my life! In your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen!”