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1. What is faith?

A. Faith is a belief in the unseen:

                2Cor.4:18                We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen...which are eternal

                2Cor.5:7  We walk by faith, not by sight

                Heb.11:27               By faith he...endured, as seeing Him Who is invisible

                (See also Rom.8:24)

B. Faith is a substantial & real thing:

                Heb.11:1 Faith is the substance (title deed) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

 

2. The importance of faith:

                Gal.5:6    [Nothing] availeth any thing, (except) faith which worketh by love

A. We are saved by faith:

                Jn.3:16    Whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) should...have everlasting life

                Jn.3:36    He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life

                Lk.7:47-50              Thy sins are forgiven. Thy faith hath saved thee

                Acts 10:43b           Whoever believeth in Him...receive remission of sins

                Acts 16:31             Believe on...Jesus Christ, & thou shalt be saved

                Rom.5:1  Being justified by faith, we have peace with God

                Gal.3:26  Ye are all children of God by faith in Christ Jesus

                Eph.2:8,9                For by grace are ye saved through faith

                Eph.3:17a               That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith

                (See also 1Pet.1:9)

B. We must live by faith:

                Gal.2:20  Life which I live, I live by the faith of (Jesus)

                Heb.10:38a             The just shall live by faith (See also Rom.1:17b)

                1Jn.5:4b  This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith

C. We cannot please God without faith:

                Heb.11:6 Without faith it is impossible to please Him (God)

                Rom.14:23b            Whatsoever is not of faith is sin

D. Faith gives us the strength to keep going:

                Psa.27:13                I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living

                Rom.11:20a            Thou standest by faith

                2Cor.4:16-18          We faint not...while we look not at things which are seen, but at things which are not seen

 

3. The Word tells us to have faith:

A. In God & Jesus:

                2Chr.20:20              Believe in the Lord your God

                Mk.11:22                Jesus saith unto them, Have faith in God

                Jn.6:28,29               Believe on Him (Jesus) Whom He (God) hath sent

                Jn.14:1    Ye believe in God, believe also in Me

                1Jn.3:23  His commandment, that we should believe on Jesus

                (See also Acts 20:21)

B. We are also to trust the Lord day by day:

                Psa.37:5  Commit way unto the Lord; trust also in Him

                Prov.3:5,6               Trust in the Lord with all thine heart

                Jer.17:7   Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, & whose hope the Lord is

C. Have faith in the Word, God's promises to us:

                Mk.1:15b                Repent ye, & believe the gospel

                2Pet.1:19                We have a...sure Word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed (See also 2Pet.3:2)

                (See also Acts 15:7)

 

4. How to obtain faith:

A. Faith is a gift from God:

                Heb.12:2a               Jesus, the author & finisher of our faith

                Rom.12:3b              God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith

                1Cor.12:7,9a           To another (is given) faith by the same Spirit

                Gal.5:22  The fruit of the Spirit is...faith

                Eph.6:23 Peace be to brethren...& love with faith, from God

B. Pray for it:

                Mk.9:24  Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief

                Lk.17:5    [They] said unto the Lord, Increase our faith

C. Read the Word:

                Rom.10:17              Faith cometh by hearing...the Word of God

                Jn.20:30,31             These are written that ye might believe

                Acts 15:7b             Hear the word of the gospel & believe

                Rom.15:4b              Written...that we through...Scriptures might have hope

D. The Word nourishes & builds up our faith:

                Acts 20:32             The Word of His grace, which is able to build you up

                1Tim.4:6b               Thou shalt be...nourished up in the words of faith

 

E. Read the Word in a receptive, believing spirit:

                Lk.8:15    They...which in an honest & good heart, having heard the Word, keep it, & bring forth fruit

                Heb.4:2   The Word...did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it

                Heb.11:13               [Past saints died in faith believing & embracing the promises of the Word]

F. Listen to testimonies of faith:

                2Ki.5:1-5 [The Hebrew maid's witness inspires Naaman's faith]

                Jn.4:28-30,39          Many of the Samaritans...believed on Him (Jesus) for the saying of the woman, which testified

                Jn.17:20  Them which believe on Me through their word

                (See also 2Pet.1:16,19)

G. Miracles glorify God's power & often inspire faith:

                Acts 3:1-13,16; 4:4                [After the lame man was miraculously healed], many of them which heard the Word believed...5,000 men

                Acts 8:5,6,14         [Samaritans believed Philip & received the Word] seeing the miracles which he did

                Acts 9:36-42          Many believed in the Lord [when Peter raised the dead]

                (See also 1Ki.18:30-39; 2Ki.5:9-17.)

H. Faith grows:

                2Thes.1:3               We thank God for you...your faith groweth exceedingly

I. Becoming strengthened & steadfast in the faith:

                Acts 14:22             Confirming the souls of the disciples, & exhorting them to continue in the faith

                1Cor.16:13              Watch ye, stand fast in the faith...be strong

                Col.1:23a                Continue in the faith, grounded & settled, & be not moved away from the hope of the gospel

                Col.2:6,7 Rooted & built up in Him, stablished in the faith

J. We should have faith when we pray:

                Mat.21:21,22          Have faith, & doubt not...whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive

                Mk.11:24                What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them

                Rom.4:21                Being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform

                Heb.10:22               Let us draw near...in full assurance of faith

                Jam.1:5,6                Ask of God...ask in faith, nothing wavering

 

5. The rewards (blessings or fruits) of faith:

                Heb.11:6 He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him

A. Access to God:

                Rom.5:2  We have access by faith into this grace

                Eph.3:11,12            We have access...by the faith of Him

B. God's love:

                Psa.32:10                He that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him

                Jn.16:27  The Father loveth you, because ye...have believed

C. Righteousness & purity:

                Gen.15:6 He (Abraham) believed in the Lord; & He counted it to him for righteousness (See also Rom.4:1-5)

                Acts 15:9               Purifying their hearts by faith

                Rom.4:8,9               Faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness

                Rom.9:30b              The righteousness which is of faith

                Phi.3:9    That which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith

D. The Holy Spirit:

                Jn.7:38,39               He that believeth on Me (Jesus)...out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water...the Spirit

                Gal.3:14  We...receive the promise of the Spirit through faith

E. Protection against the devil's attacks & lies:

                Eph.6:16 Shield of faith...quench all the fiery darts [doubts] 1Thes.5:8 Putting on the breastplate of faith & love

F. Rewards in Heaven:

                Jn.14:1-3 Believe in Me...I go to prepare a (mansion) for you

                Heb.11:13,16          These all died in faith...He (God) hath prepared for them a city

G. Conviction to witness our faith:

                2Cor.4:13                Having spirit of faith...we believe, & therefore speak

H. Spiritual strength:

                Psa.27:13                I had fainted, unless I had believed to see

                Psa.31:24                He shall strengthen your heart, ye that hope in Lord

                Isa.26:4   Trust ye in the Lord...for in the Lord is... strength

                Isa.30:15b              In confidence (faith) shall be your strength

                1Jn.5:4b  This is the victory that overcometh the world...faith

I. Stability:

                2Chr.20:20b           Believe in the Lord...so shall ye be established

                Psa.125:1                They that trust in the Lord...cannot be removed

J. Joy:

                Psa.33:21                Our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name

                Psa.146:5                Happy is he...whose hope is in the Lord his God

                Pro.16:20b              Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he

                Acts 16:34             He...rejoiced, believing in God

                1Pet.1:8  Ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy

K. Understanding:

                Heb.11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God

L. Protection:

                Psa.5:11  [They] put their trust in Thee...Thou defendest them

                Psa.115:1                Trust in the Lord: He is their help & their shield

                Pro.29:25                Whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe

                Pro.30:5  (God) is a shield unto them that put trust in Him

                Jer.39:17,18            I will surely deliver thee...because thou hast put thy trust in Me

                Heb.11:31               By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not (See Josh.2:1-22; 6:17,22-25.)

M. Provision:

                Psa.33:18,19           Them that hope in His mercy...keep alive in famine

                Psa.37:3  Trust in the Lord...so shalt thou dwell in the land, & verily thou shalt be fed

                Jer.17:7,8                Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord...he shall not (worry) in drought, [nor] cease from yielding fruit

                Mal.3:10 Prove Me herewith, if I will not open you the windows of Heaven, & pour you out a blessing

N. Healing:

                Psa.42:11                Hope thou in God...Who is the health of my countenance

                Mk.5:25-29,34        If I...touch His (Jesus') clothes, I shall be whole. [Jesus said:] Thy faith hath made thee whole

                Mk.10:51,52           Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole

                Lk.8:49,50               Fear not: believe only, & she shall be made whole

                Jam.5:14,15            Prayer of faith shall save the sick...Lord shall raise him

O. Desires of your heart:

                Psa.37:4,5               Trust in Lord...& He shall give desires of thine heart

P. Resurrection from the dead:

                Job 19:25-27          [Job declared that though his flesh was utterly consumed & destroyed, he would have a new body]

                Jn.11:25,26             He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live (See also 1Cor.15:12-20)

 

6. Trusting in the Lord's promises:

A. You trust in God's promises because you trust Him:

                Mat.8:5-10             The centurion said, Lord...speak the word only

                Lk.5:4,5   We have toiled all the night, & taken nothing: Nevertheless at Thy word I will let down the net

                2Tim.1:12b             I know Whom I believed, & am persuaded He is able

                Heb.10:23               Hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised

                Heb.11:11b            [Childless Sara] judged Him faithful Who had promised

                (See also 2Chr.6:14,15)

B. You trust He is able to fulfil His promises:

                Rom.4:20-24           Being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform

                2Cor.1:20                All the promises of God in Him (Jesus) are yea, & Amen

                Eph.3:20 He is able to do exceeding...above all that we ask

C. God is able to do anything:

                Jer.32:27 I am the Lord...is there anything too hard for Me?

                Jer.32:17 Ah Lord God! There is nothing too hard for Thee

                Mat.19:26               With God all things are possible

                Lk.1:37    With God nothing shall be impossible

                Rom.4:17                God...calleth those things which be not as though they were

D. You trust Him because He has not failed in the past:

                1Ki.8:56  There hath not failed one word of His good promise

                (See also 2Chr.6:15)

E. You know He will not go back on His Word:

                Num.23:19              Hath He said, & shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, & shall He not make it good?

                Psa.119:49              Remember the Word...upon which Thou hath caused me to hope

                Heb.6:18a               It (is) impossible for God to lie

 

7. Faith vs. natural reasoning:

                1Sam.16:7               The Lord seeth not as man seeth; man looketh on the outward appearance...Lord looketh on the heart

                Psa.118:8                It is better to trust in the Lord than...in man

                Pro.3:5,6 Trust in Lord; & lean not unto thine own understanding

                Isa.11:3   He shall not judge (according to) the sight of his eyes

                Isa.55:8,9                Neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord

                Jer.17:5   Cursed be the man that trusteth in man [& not in God]

                Jn.20:29b                Blessed are they that have not seen, & yet...believed

                1Cor.1:21                The world by wisdom knew not God

                1Cor.2:5  Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God

                1Cor.2:14a              The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit

                2Cor.5:7  For we walk by faith, not by sight

 

8. The power of faith:

A. Genuine believing faith has tremendous power:

                Mk.9:23  If thou canst believe, all things are possible

                Lk.7:50    Thy faith hath saved thee [woman who touched His hem]

                Lk.18:42  Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee

                Jn.14:12  He that believeth on Me...greater works...shall he do

                Acts 6:8 Stephen, full of faith...did great wonders & miracles

                Jam.5:15 The prayer of faith shall save the sick

B. "Faith as a grain of mustard seed":

                Mat.17:20b            Say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place

                Mat.21:21,22          Ye shall not only do this which is done to fig tree

                Mk.11:22,23           Have faith in God...say unto mountain, Be removed

                Lk.17:6    Say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up

C. Faith trusts God to do outright miracles:

                Num.13:26-30        [Caleb had faith to conquer the promised land]

                Josh.14:6,12           [Caleb had the faith to drive out the giants]

                1Sam.17:37             [David said:] The Lord will deliver me (from Goliath)

                Lk.18:27  Things...impossible with men are possible with God

                Heb.11:11               Through faith, Sarah received strength to conceive ...when she was past age

                Heb.11:29               By faith they passed through the Red Sea

                Heb.11:30               By faith the walls of Jericho fell down

                Heb.11:33-35         Through faith...stopped the mouths of lions...women received their dead raised to life again [etc.]

D. Answer to prayer depends on our faith; the Lord can do anything, but we need to believe:

                Mat.9:27-30           Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said, Yea. [Jesus said:] According to your faith be it unto you

                Mat.8:13 As thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee

                Mat.17:19,20          Why could not we cast him out? Because of unbelief

                Mat.21:21,22          If ye have faith, & doubt not...ye shall receive

E. Believing, expectant faith will be rewarded:

                Mat.15:28               Great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt

                Mk.5:22,23             [Jairus said:] Come...that she may be healed. [And she was--See vs.35,36,41,42.]

                Mk.9:23  All things are possible to him that believeth

                Mk.11:23                Whosoever...shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe...he shall have whatsoever he saith

                Lk.1:45    Blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her

                Jn.11:40  If thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God

F. Persevering faith:

                Mat.15:22-28         A woman...cried to Him, Have mercy on me...He answered not a word [She continued insisting until He did]

                Mk.10:46-52           [Blind Bartimaeus continued crying out to Jesus until Jesus granted his request for healing]

G. Faith & patience:

                Rom.8:25                If we hope (have faith) for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it

                Heb.6:12b              Who through faith & patience inherit the promises

                Heb.6:15 After he patiently endured, he obtained the promise

                Heb.10:35,36          Cast not away your confidence (faith)...After ye have done the will of God...receive the promise

                Jam.1:3   The trying of your faith worketh patience

 

9. The testing of our faith:

                1Pet.1:6,7               Trial of your faith...more precious than gold

                Job 23:10                When He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold

A. God tests our faith:

                Gen.22:1-18            [God tested Abraham to see if he was willing to offer Isaac as a sacrifice] (See also Heb.11:17-19)

                Josh.6:2-5              [He had Israelites merely walk around walls of Jericho]

                Judg.7:2-7              [He had Gideon drastically reduce the size of his army]

                Jn.11:23,39-40        Take ye away the stone. Lord, by this time he stinketh

                Acts 5:17-20          [Just released from prison, the apostles are commanded to go preach publicly again]

                (See also Deut.8:2)

B. He allows the devil & wicked men to test saints' faith:

                Dan.3:14-27           [Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego:] God...will deliver us ...but if not...we will not serve thy gods

                Mat.4:1-11             [The devil tempted Jesus :] If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down

                Heb.11:35-38         [Saints were] stoned, sawn asunder, tempted, slain

 

10. If you have true faith:

A. You will continue to trust God, even when things look hopeless:

                Job 13:15                [Job, having lost his wealth, family & health, said:] Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him

                Dan.3:16-18           Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace...& out of thine hand, O king

                Mat.8:24,26            There arose a great tempest...the ship was covered with waves, [but Jesus chided His disciples for fearing]

                Jn.11:21,22             [Four days after Lazarus died, Mary said:] I know, that even now, whatsoever Thou wilt ask...God will give it

                Acts 27:18-25        All hope...was taken away. (But Paul said:) I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me

                Acts 28:3-6            [Paul calmly shook off a poisonous snake that had just bitten him]

                Rom.4:18                Who against hope believed in hope, that he (Abraham) might [re ceive the promise]

                Rom.4:20                He staggered not at promise of God through unbelief

                (See also                2Chr.32:7,8; Isa.26:3; Jon.2:1-9; Acts 9:36-38.)

B. You will not be shaken or alarmed at bad news:

                Psa.112:7                He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed (established), trusting in the Lord

C. You will not fret or run around anxiously:

                Isa.28:16b              He that believeth shall not make haste

                Pro.19:2b                He that hasteth with his feet sinneth

D. If you trust, you will obey & put your faith into action.--Your deeds & words will show your faith:

                Psa.116:10              I believed, therefore have I spoken

                Mat.8:5-8,13          [The centurion believed Jesus' word, returned home] & his servant was healed in the selfsame hour

                Mat.12:10a,13        [Jesus tells man with withered hand:] stretch forth thine hand. And he (did); & it was restored whole

                Mk.7:25-30             [Syrophenician woman believed Jesus, went to her home & found her daughter well]

                Lk.17:11-19            [Ten lepers:] As they went, they were cleansed (healed)

                Jn.4:46-53               Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word...& he went his way

                Jn.11:39-41             Take ye away the stone. They took away the stone [& Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead]

                Heb.11:7 By faith Noah, moved...prepared an ark

                Jam.2:21-26            As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also

                (See also Josh.6:1-16,20; Judg.7:7,16-22; 1Ki.17:9-16; 2Ki.3:9-11,16-20; 4:1-6; Heb.11:8,17,23.)

E. Declarations of faith, followed by victorious action:

                1Sam.14:6-16         There is no restraint to Lord to save by many or few

                1Sam.17:32-50       The Lord...will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine

                Judg.7:15-22          Arise; for Lord hath delivered [them] into your hand

 

11. Lack of faith:

A. Warnings not to doubt or lose faith:

                Mat.14:31               O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

                Jn.20:27  Be not faithless, but believing

                Lk.12:29,30             Neither be ye of doubtful mind

                Heb.3:12 Take heed...lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God

                Heb.4:11 Lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief

                Heb.10:35               Cast not away therefore your confidence (faith)

B. The consequences of not having faith:

                Deut.32:20             I will hide My face from...children in whom is no faith

                Isa.7:9b  If ye will not believe, ye shall not be established

                Mat.13:58               Did not many mighty works because of their unbelief

                Jn.3:36b  He that believeth not the Son shall not see life

                Rom.14:23b            For whatsoever is not of faith is sin

                1Tim.1:19               Faith...which some having put away, made shipwreck

                Heb.3:18,19            They should not enter in [& receive God's promises] because of unbelief

                Heb.11:6 Without faith it is impossible to please Him (God)

                Jam.1:6,7                Ask in faith, nothing wavering...he that wavereth...shall receive (nothing) of the Lord

                Jude 5     The Lord...destroyed them that believed not

C. Weak or doubting faith seeks miracles & signs:

                Mat.16:1,4              A wicked...generation seeketh after a sign

                Jn.20:24-29             Jesus saith, Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed

                1Cor.1:22a              The Jews require a sign

D. Faith or doubt?--To do or not to do:

                Mat.9:29 According to your faith be it unto you

                Rom.14:5b              Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind

                Rom.14:22              Hast thou faith? Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth

                Rom.14:23              He that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: Whatsoever is not of faith is sin

 

Special chapter:

                Hebrews 11           "The Faith Chapter" or "Faith's Hall of Fame"