Faith 101: Class 3
The Professor stood in front of his students with a somber look on his face. I am glad that all of you are here today and that you have an earnest desire to learn about the Kingdom of God. But there are multitudes that are not permitted into this class that I strongly desire to teach.
“Why aren’t they allowed to join us, Sir?”
Because those on the outside have not fulfilled the mandatory requirement for this class, the qualifying factor for admission that was predetermined at the beginning.
Remember what The Master said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God... That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit. You must be born again.”(See John 3:1-21)
Please keep praying for them, class.
REQUIREMENTS OF USING FAITH
“And He said to them, ‘To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables...’” (Mark 4:11)
You must be a child of God.
“... having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever...” (1 Peter 1:23)
Faith requires a scripture to stand on.
Faith’s power to create comes from what God has spoken. When believed, the Word is activated and faith is released. Remember, the promise is in an unseen process until it can be seen. It is similar to planting a seed in the ground. Even though germination is taking place, you cannot see it. Never, never dig up the seed to see if it has grown!
Faith requires hope.
Hope is the blueprint that faith works from. See “This is that...” teaching on ‘Hope’ — 2.2.18.
Faith needs your words.
This is a vital factor in being successful in God’s ways. Faith requires confession of what you believe in your heart. It is the way you received Jesus into your heart and it is how you receive and manifest any of the 5,000+ promises given to you in the Holy Scriptures.
“... The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:8-10)
Faith requires corresponding action.
This includes the act of speaking or confessing the promise you are standing on. It also includes taking action — an activity to perform. One preacher was paralyzed in bed, meditating on Mark 11:23 for months. One morning, he heard inside himself that well men should be out of bed. With great difficulty he acted on that word, moving one foot out of the bed and then the other. Soon he was walking. Seek the LORD for direction.
“But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?” (James 2:20-21)
I have more to share on the Requirements of Faith which we will learn about in our next class.
This is that...which Jesus taught to His disciples.
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be My disciples.” (John 15:7-8)