"Now faith is the substance of things
the evidence of things not seen."
Copyright © 1976, by Diane S. Dew
I. What is faith?
A. The Bible gives its own definition of faith.
B. Scripture says that believing God is the greatest thing we can do.
(Even Jesus marveled at the centurion's faith) Matthew 8:10
C. There is a difference, however, between having faith & believing.
1. The faith God requires is more than a factual knowledge of His Person.
Even the demons know who Jesus is.
5:7, 8 James 2:19
2. There must be an outworking of that inner conviction. Faith is perfeted
matured) in works. James 2:18,. 20, 24
D. Unbelief is sin.
Romans 14:23 Hebrews
II. Every individual has been given a measure of faith (Rom 12:3), however
mustard seed-sized it may be (Mat 17:20).
A. But faith grows.
Galatians 5:22 (like
fruit) 2 Thessalonians 1:3
B. Faith must be tried, to be proven true.
Psalms 18:30; 105:19
James 1:3, 4
1 Peter 1:6, 7
C. It can be disturbed (overthrown) & lost through useless disputations, false
doctrine, and "vain babblings."
2 Timothy 2:16-18
III. How is faith increased?
Colossians 2:7 Jude 20
B. The Word of God.
1. The spoken ("rhema") word.
8:30 Acts 4:4
2. The written Word.
Acts 17:11, 12
D. Miracles (signs & wonders).
Exodus 4:30, 31
Acts 9:42 John 2:23;
3:2; 7:31; 11:45; 20:29
E. Fulfillment of prophecy.
IV. We need not strive for faith. It is given to us freely by God.
A. "Faith cometh."
B. It is a gift (not earned).
I Corinthians 12:9
Ephesians 2:8 Philippians 1:29
C. "Your faith groweth." (It is a fruit of the Spirit--not a work of the flesh.)
2 Thessalonians 1:3
D. Its Author & Source is God, not our will.
V. Faith is one of the most basic & fundamental doctrines of the New Testament.
Hebrews 6:1, 2
A. Without faith there can be no salvation.
John 3:18, 36
Romans 4:16; 5:1, 2
Ephesians 2:8, 9 1 Peter 1:5, 9
B. Without faith we cannot stand victoriously in spiritual warfare against the enemy.
Ephesians 6:16 (faith is
our shield) 1 Peter 5:9
1 John 5:4
C. Without faith we cannot worship God.
Hebrews 3:19; 11:7
D. Without faith we cannot know the blessings of answered prayer.
James 1:6, 7
E. Without faith, we cannot even profit from the Word of God.
F. Without faith, God's promise of healing is made void to us.
Matthew 8:13; 9:28-30
Luke 17:19 Acts 3:16;
14:9 James 5:14-16
G. Without faith, we cannot minister deliverance.
Matthew 17:19, 20
H. Without faith, we cannot enter into God's rest.
Hebrews 3:18; 4:2, 3, 6
I. Without faith, we cannot inherit the many promises of God.
Hebrews 6:12; 11:33
J. Without fiath, we cannot operate in the gifts of the Spirit.
K. Without a consistent life of faith, we cannot know the joy of our salvation.
Acts 16:34 1
L. "Without faith, it is impossible to please Him."
VI. The world says that seeing is believing. But Jesus said, "Blessed are they which have not
seen, and yet believe." For "faith is ... the evidence of things not seen."
John 20:29 Hebrews
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