Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bible Study 07/13/08 - Faith Comes From God

Faith Comes From God

Today…I’m believing that God has sent us a Word…to Help Build our Faith.

How many…need there Faith…built up?

There’s a portion in each of you…called inner faith…that comes from God.

It is called… “the measure of faith”…

and every person…is given this amount according to Rom 12:3.

This measure is an amount…whereby every person is without excuse…for not believing in God.

This God-given faith…is the initial starting amount… that everyone possessed at one time.

A person can go on to develop this faith…

by studying the Bible to build his faith as promised in scripture…

or a person can throw away his initial measure of faith.

God has allowed each us…to make our own choice.

But one thing for sure…He has given us a free gift… a gift…that cost a man His life…a gift called Faith.

And because of God’s grace…and this gift of faith… we are able…to be saved.

Eph. 2:8

True faith…comes from God…and it is faith…that brought you to church today.

There was a point in God’s plan at onetime… where faith…was not originally meant for you and I.
It was meant only for the Jewish people. God’s chosen ones.

But because of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us… we were included.

I want you to know…that FAITH…is really a big deal!

Acts 14:27 (read this verse):

When this door was open…a couple of important things…initially came through that door.

Repeat after me…

#1 - The Gospel News of Jesus…..and…

#2 - by hearing…and believing…I’m able to receive
the promise.

Why do we need to hear the Word of God?
We need to hear…how others were tested by faith…

and overcame there issues…trails…obstacles… barriers…and mountains.

Read heroes of faith - book of Hebrews Chpt. 11:

We are like a book…and our life is being written.

There’s chapters of stuff…that we have gone through and will go through…

that’s being produced and has an author.

And that author…has a great audience…that’s taking note.

Heb. 12:1-2 (read this passage)

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Bible Study 07/06/08 - Faith Challenges

Faith Challenges…is the Testing of Your Faith
Otherwise…Called Warfare

The trials and temptations we encounter are for our growth.

From time to time…God is going to test your faith.

It’s important that we fix our eyes upon Jesus…that our faith fail not.

Everything God has for us…is in us.

He made us in His image.

He’s a faith God…and we are to be faith people.

The bible says…that “faith cometh by hearing…and hearing by the Word of God”.

That scripture saying…is a very important to the strategy of Satan.
He works in just the opposite direction.

He doesn’t want you to have hope in God…faith in God…belief in God.

His method of operating…is to tear you down.

Listen…once you tear down a person’s self-esteem… they become a danger to themselves.

This is the main cause of the use of drugs…alcohol

and every other destructive thing that destroys a person.

Satan…wants to attack your value system.

And it’s up to you…to fight back!

1Tim.6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
Lk.22:31-32 “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

1Pet.5:8-9 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

We have to begin to look at temptation as an opportunity.

A opportunity to stand strong as a disciple…an opportunity to put the devil on the run.

An opportunity…to sharpen our “Faith” skills.

Look at your neighbor and say…I’m a soldier… not a coward.
James.1:2-3 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

Eph.6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

Notice that this scripture never gave us the impression that the darts would stop.

But that impact of the attacks…would be greatly reduced.

Look at your neighbor and say…you’re not going to die. It’s meant for a lesson!…I’m an over-comer!

1Jn.5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”