“Faith is the steadfast courage, confidence, and assurance that what we believe is true.”
Faith is the…substance, confidence, assurance of things hoped for, the conviction/evidence of things not yet seen. “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1
Faith is not:
Our faith must be focused on God alone.
Our faith helps us confidently put our trust in a huge God who can handle any obstacle. Read Proverbs 3:5-10 I will not rely upon, focus on, live by: my thoughts, feelings, understanding of circumstances. “I trust YOU with all I’ve got.”
Hope is a desire. Faith is a demonstration.
In other words:
- See what God sees.
- Agree with what He says.
- Act on it.
Faith is diligently seeking Him, knowing that He is a good God and a wonderful Rewarder of those who do.
Generating more faith in your life, growing, increasing, ..a faith that really works:
- Word – read the Bible until it pops out at you, rhema. Rom 10:17
- Trust – Trust God Prov 3:5 whatever He says to you, do it. Jn 2:5
- Confess – Speak the Word of God to your situation Rom 10:8-10 James 3:2 Prov 18:21 Mk 11:22-25
- Reward – He is the Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him with faith! Heb 6:12; 10:36; 11:6
Building a case in prayer results in this:
- Changing your heart
- Activating your faith
- Developing your confidence in God’s Word and character
You will learn to pray with: Patience & Persistence in Practical & Specific ways and then you will expect answers to prayer…and you will recognize them when you see them!
“Hope is a wonderful thing; it is vision for the future and expectation of good for our lives. But some of us never move from hope to faith. Faith alone creates substance out of our hopes and dreams.”
“Faith is what pleases God, believing that He exists and is presently and actively involved in our lives or situation.”
“Faith is diligently seeking Him, knowing that He is a good God and a wonderful rewarder of those who do.”
“…by simply focusing on His nature and attributes instead of our problems and obstacles, the bigger God became in our eyes, the smaller our predicaments were, and the quicker we found fulfillment in His purposes.”
– Pastor Wendell Smith “Great Faith”
…without it, we find it impossible to please God. We must instead believe that He is and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. Heb 11:6 God rewards faith. “because of your faith,” Matthew 9:22,29; 15:28
Great Faith – Wendell Smith
The Circle Maker – Mark Batterson
Crazy Love – Francis Chan
Fresh Wind Fresh Fire – Jim Cymbala
Sun Stand Still – Steven Furtick
The Hidden Power of Undefeatable Faith – Glenda Malmin
The Blessed Life – Robert Morris
With Christ in the School of Prayer – Andrew Murray