The Beginnings of Faith
Jesus Said to Believe when I pray.
Where Does Faith Come From? How do I get some More?
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. (NKJV)
which IS the ROOT of UNFORGIVENESS
works against your measure of faith.
(God RESISTS the PROUD, but Gives Grace to the Humble – the forgiving)
Matthew 5: 7
are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
We need to sow mercy to reap mercy
1 Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 3 Take heed to yourselves.
[[ That reads: “You better watch out
[[ When Jesus says, Take Heed, It’s time to take heed” ]]
If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”
5 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
There are only two times, two instances where you need to take the blame for a disagreement, argument or contentions to put an end to it right there.
1….When it is your fault. 2….When it’s not.
Living without strife, walking in Love, is required to WALK IN FAITH, Otherwise our conscience condemns us. (1 JN 3:21)
5:6 SAYS FAITH WORKS BY LOVE
IF YOU WALK IN LOVE, YOU WALK IN FORGIVENESS (MERCY) Matt 18:21-35
6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
we see FORGIVENESS COMES BEFORE FAITH COMES
luke 17:1-5,, 6
7 And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? 8 But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.[c] 10 So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’”
“Could "It" be.... Faith?”
17:7 = Talking about a Servant?
thought He was Talking about faith (v6)
I thought He was Talking about forgiveness? (v1-5)
17:7 = He is talking about Faith is our Servant
God has given you faith as your servant, To work for you.
The Just shall LIVE by Faith.
Don’t ever give your servant, Faith, a day off.
The Just shall LIVE by Faith.
Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith. (same is also in Gal 3:11)
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
30 Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? 31 It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; 32 but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.”
Jesus Said the Kingdom works like a seed works
1..sown, 2..grows up, 3..becomes greater
Faith Starts as a Seed
And when it is watered often by Words of Faith
It grows UP and becomes greater (Mk 4:26-29)
Everything in the World Order works like this, even fear
Gen 8:22“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”
Your faith is a Seed, that must be watered and protected,
You don’t dig up a seed and look at it, it is hidden (heb 11:1-3)
(evidence of things not seen)
Heb 1:3 says “He upholds ALL THINGS with the Word of His Power”
Water your SEED of FAITH by SPEAKING HIS WORD! (v6)
Rom 10: 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Mark 11: 12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. 13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.
~~jump to 20~~
20 Now in the morning, as
they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree
which You cursed has withered away.”
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.
~~~DEFINITION OF FAITH: BELIEVING GOD’S WORD~~
23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you
receive them, and you will have them.
[[ LOOK HOW BELIEVING PRAYER AND FORGIVENESS ARE LINKED BY JESUS! ]]
25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
FAITH (believing prayer) IS TIED TO FORGIVENESS
Pr 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
2 Samuel 22:26 “With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; 27 With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
Psalm 18:25 With the merciful
You will show Yourself merciful;
With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;
26 With the pure You will show Yourself pure;
And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
27 For You will save the humble people,
But will bring down haughty looks.
Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
TO HAVE FAITH GROWING AND DEVELOPING
· WE NEED TO WALK BY THE WORD
· HAVE THE WORD IN OUR EYES
· HAVE THE WORD IN OUR HEART
· WE NEED TO GUARD OUR HEART FROM OFFENSE
WE NEED TO BOTH SEE AND HEAR THE WORD
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
IF WE WILL GET THE WORD PART RIGHT
THEN FAITH COMES
“FAITH WORKS THROUGH LOVE”
IF WE WILL GET THE LOVE PART RIGHT
THEN FAITH WORKS
1 John 5
4 this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
FAITH OVERCOMES THE WORLD
THERE IS NOTHING IN THE WORLD ORDER THAT CAN OVERCOME FAITH
THERE IS NOTHING IN THE WORLD ORDER THAT FAITH CAN’T OVERCOME.
WHY? BECAUSE IT WILL GROW UP AND BECOME GREATER.