Faith 101: Class 3 - Part 2
Let’s listen in as the Professor is continuing to teach the students on the Requirements of Using Faith.
(Scroll down to Part 1 before continuing on.)
Faith requires love.
Faith works through love. (Galatians 5:6) Love God, love others. Forgive quickly or it will disengage your faith. Guard your heart against becoming offended. This is a common tactic the enemy uses.
Fight the good fight of faith. (1 Timothy 6:12)
If you don’t fight for what you want, you will lose.
That means you have to be determined not to give up even when circumstances are contrary. So many Christians have dropped faith just before a great breakthrough. “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise...” (Hebrews 10:35-36)
“Sir, I’m just not a fighter. If God has given us all these benefits why don’t they just manifest?”
Son, don’t ever say “if God....” You’re already wobbling between believing and doubting. That makes you unstable. (James 1:6-8) One day you’re up, the next day you’re down. Can you see what you’re doing?
Here’s a simple example.
Faith is like getting in a car desiring to go to the next city, but every few feet you hit the brakes. Stop and go, stop and go. One reason for this is you’re watching and listening to worldly programs far too much. That’s how things get into your heart and disengage faith. Jesus told His disciples to be careful what you allow to come into your ears. Read Mark 4:23-33.
We’re in a fight because the world is flowing the wrong way.
“We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” (1 John 5:19) That is a system that opposes anything that has to do with Jesus Christ.
The LORD has told you to be strong in Him, and in the power of His might.
How do you do that?
You put on all of God’s armor and use it every morning in prayer. (Ephesians 6:10-18)
Then, having done all, stand! In other words, engage!
Hold your ground.
Use your authority!
The mighty shield of faith with the spoken Word of God is very effective in casting your enemy out. Remember how Jesus overcame the enemy in the desert. (Matthew 4:1-11)
I want the entire class to memorize 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 and also Matthew 16:18-19. Next week I will be calling on students to recite these scriptures. Don't be caught unprepared!
Faith Needs Patience
“And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:11-12) A farmer, after planting his crop, does not go out and dig up the seed to see if it’s working. Faith needs your trust.
Always remember this: Father God needs your faith to enact what you desire to have.
Faith Needs You to be Single Minded
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:6-8) Instability in the spirit realm will disconnect faith.
These are the most important requirements of faith. In our next class we will look at Abraham, the Father of all those who believe. (Romans 4:11)
This is that...which Paul taught to the Jewish Believers
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith...” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Recommended for you:
E.W. Kenyon: Audio Book — The Two Kinds of Faith