This study…is an extension to The KeyElements of Christian Livingpresentation. The Four Keyelements will be presented asfour separate presentationsbeginning this presentation Faith Love THE KEY ELEMENTS OF CHRISTIAN The Power of Faith LIVING The Power of Love The power of Forgiveness Forgiveness Living The Living Example Example THE POWER OF FAITH
What is Ask a half-dozen people to explain Faith or define itFAITH? for you. You will receive many different answers…Some of the answers I got when I did a survey among alimited number of Christians…“…faith is an intangible feeling that I have for my religion...”“… faith is a conviction which is unique to me”.“…faith is some kind of positive thinking”“ … I got faith through the church I started going to…”
DEFINITIONSOF FAITH…Oxford DICTIONARY DEFINITION Complete trust or confidence in someone or something – i.e. Faith in politicians, political systems… A Strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof:
For Christians Faith is… Hebrews 11:1: “…NOW FAITH IS BEING SURE OF WHAT WE HOPE FOR AND CERTAIN OF WHAT WE DO NOT SEE.• Christian Faith relates to a confident assurance of Salvation through Jesus Christ and being certain of His Guidance, protection and blessings upon your life(…and others whom you pray for).
FOR CHRISTIANS FAITH IS A REQUIREMENT Matthew 9: 29In the life of Jesus we can observe the Then he touched their eyes and said,importance that He placed on Faith. “According to your Faith let it be doneWith Jesus Faith was a pre-requisite. to you”;Mark 5 : 34 Luke: 17 :19He said to her, “Daughter, your Faithhas healed you. Go in peace and be Then he said to him, “Rise and go; yourfreed from your suffering.” Faith has made you well.” Matthew 13:58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of Faith.
The needfor Faith …These two passages clearly demonstrate the need forFaith…Matthew 8: 26 The DisciplesHe replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” lacked FaithThen he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, andit was completely calm.Matthew 14 : 21 Peter’s FaithImmediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. Wavered“You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Matthew 824 Suddenly a furious stormcame up on the lake, sothat the waves swept overthe boat. But Jesus wassleeping. 25 The discipleswent and woke him,saying, “Lord, save us!We’re going to drown!” 26He replied, “You of littlefaith, why are you soafraid?” Then he got upand rebuked the windsand the waves, and it wascompletely calm. 27 The men were amazedand asked, “What kind ofman is this? Even thewinds and the waves obeyhim!”
Matthew 1428 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peterreplied, “tell me to cometo you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got downout of the boat, walkedon the water and cametoward Jesus. 30 Butwhen he saw the wind,he was afraid and,beginning to sink, criedout, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesusreached out his hand andcaught him. “You of littlefaith,” he said, “why didyou doubt?” 32 And when theyclimbed into the boat,the wind died down. 33Then those who were inthe boat worshiped him,saying, “Truly you are theSon of God.
Faith CanWaiver…From both instances we can observe a wavering of Faith.Jesus’ disciples who were with Him in the same boat panicked whenthe storm hit them. The disciples forgot who was with them.This happens to many Christians. We get weakened in the face ofadversity and let worry and anxiety reign over our life…because welack Faith in Gods power in our lives.We panic due to our lack of Faith in Gods capacity for provision,protection and guidance… we let our worldly thinking take over…ourhuman measurements, capabilities and standards start to take overand we start to discount the awesome power of God.
Look again…Peter called our to Jesus and confidently started to walk onwater. But half way he saw the rough sea and the winds. Helost the Faith that he had when he started the walk on water.Peter’s Faith wavered in Jesus’s power to protect him. Therough sea and the wind made His Faith to waver and in thatmoment he started to drown. This happens all the time inChristian lives.Matthew 1431 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.“You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Remember our God is a Loving God and even when you falter in your Faith He is there to pick you up.
Holding on to Faith The wavering of Faith occurs when one cannot hold fast to God’s promises. As Christians we have the teachings of Jesus to guide us and claim on our lives. By reading understanding and by living in keeping with these teachings, we experience the power of God on our lives. This experience empowers us with more Faith which fuels us if and when our Faith starts to waver… The depth of our relationship with Jesus is directly proportionate to the Level of Faith one possesses and vice versa.When our walk with God gets strong…our Faith starts to become stronger…
An insightOn Faith3 Indeed, if you call out for insight and cryaloud for understanding, 4 and if you look forit as for silver and search for it as for hiddentreasure, 5 then you will understand the fearof the LORD and find the knowledge of God.6For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouthcome knowledge and understanding. 7 Heholds success in store for the upright, he is ashield to those whose walk is blameless, 8 forhe guards the course of the just and protectsthe way of his faithful ones. Proverbs 2:
The Faith cycle FAITH READING GODS WORD Developing an Intimate Experience relationship with God Gods Power Receive Living a God fearing Gods blessings Christian lifeRefraining from doing Learning as to whatWhat displeases God displeases God
Jesus explains Faith …Matthew 6:28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the fieldgrow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in allhis splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes thegrass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire,will he not much more clothe you— you of little faith? 31 So do not worry,saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall wewear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenlyFather knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and hisrighteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry aboutitself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.We have been advised by Jesus to seek Gods kingdom and Hisrighteousness as the priority in our Lives and He assures us - what weneed will also be provided…
But do we havethat much Faith?The key is the degree of absolute Faith that wecan muster in Gods promises to us throughJesus Christ.Most often we find that we are way short inabsolute Faith due to worldly influence on ourlives from Day one….all human limitations.Our absolute Faith should be in Gods Power…
Jesus explainsthe Power of FaithMatthew 17 : 20He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if youhave faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain,‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will beimpossible for you.”Matthew 21: 21Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt,not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you cansay to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will bedone.Unfortunately our human tendency is to immediatelyconclude that “moving a mountain” as an impossibility. Buthere we are shown the extreme possibility… through thePOWER OF FAITH it can be done!
The Powerof FaithWe can observe that Faith is an awesome power. AsChristians we have been given the possibility of accessingthis power through Jesus Christ. It is freely available to allChristians.The Power of Faith lies within the degree of our Faith inJesus. The stronger our connection to Him (not in ourterms but as per our compliance to His teachings), the levelof Faith would be stronger. The Power of Faithdemonstrates what could be achieved through Faith..When certain defined conditions are fulfilled – we have an assurancegiven by Jesus that - WHAT IS NEEDED WOULD BE PROVIDED
An assurancegiven by JesusMark 11: 22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone saysto this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt intheir heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be donefor them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believethat you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you standpraying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that yourFather in heaven may forgive you your sins.You can achieve wonders with the Power of Faith. But first youneed to meet these wonderful conditions…
The ConditionsThis is a very important teaching of Jesus that can be claimed on our lives.However, there are a important conditions that are embedded in thispromise that we have to be met if we are to claim it on our lives.a. Have Faith in God - Have absolute Faith in God that He would provide what is needed when it is needed.b. The request should be made in absolute belief and without ‘doubt’ that it will be done as requestedc. Make the request in prayer and while praying believe that we have already received itWhile making this request if we have “anything against anyone” wehave to forgive them…so that our sins too may be forgiven byGod...and we stand cleansed before Him when our request ismade…
The Issuesa. Obviously our requests have to be righteous( the request is made to God)a. Addressed to God through Prayer in absolute Faith…b. In certainty that the request will be granted (believing that we have already received it)c. BUT…before making the request we have to be able to forgive and be reconciled with others with whom we have issues – so that our Father in heaven may forgive our sins – and we are able to stand cleansed before Him.As Christians we have the possibility for the redemption of ourSins through Jesus Christ. But some Christians are found toharbor evil in their hearts by not being able to Forgive. As arequirement we are expected to forgive others – “so that yourFather in heaven may forgive you your sins”.
The Big question is…Can we fulfill all the conditions…?The Good news is that if we can fulfill theseconditions… then we can claim on thisassurance given to us by Jesus.Mark 11: 25 And when you stand praying, if you holdanything against anyone, forgive them, so thatyour Father in heaven may forgive you your sins..
The condition ofForgivenessMark 1125And when you stand praying, if you hold anything againstanyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven mayforgive you your sins.We can again observe the emphasis of Forgiveness found in theLord’s prayer. Luke11: 4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgiveeveryone who sins against us. FORGIVE TO BE FORGIVEN - Jesus
The Conditionof absolute FaithOur requests through prayer shouldbe made in Absolute Faith - that ourneed will be provided by our God. Ask in absolute Faith and it will be given - Jesus
The Power of FaithBefore we start to move any mountain, you can observe thePower of Faith first hand by focusing on a problem that youcurrently have at hand. We have an assurance from Jesus thatwe can receive what we ask for through the Power of Faith.First lets move this issue (any issue that you currently have)representing a huge mountain for you at this moment in time.Focus on the Issue. Is it righteous request? Is it a want or a need?Absolutely have Faith in Gods power to solve the need. Before makingthe request dump the anger, jealousy, vengeance, all unrighteousness(Evil negativities that are found in all our lives…) Forgive and beforgiven and believe that God has already solved the issue…IT WILL BEDONE.
I Pray…1 Corinthians 2 :4 My message and my preaching were not withwise and persuasive words, but with ademonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so thatyour faith might not rest on human wisdom,but on God’s power.