What is it precisely that we Believe? Pointed question? This Series focuses on the word “Faith” as used in the New Testament of Word of God, the Bible. Except in historical accounts, every use of the word “Faith” in the New Testament is used in the present tense. The word “Faith” is used in some 231 verses of Scripture, coming from the New Testament for 229 of them. Only twice is the word used in the Old Testament as “Faith” alone. Is this important for us to know and realize? Certainly is – it coincides with something VERY important – we as Christians have living within us the Holy Spirit, as the Old Testament followers didn’t have the benefit.
We, as born again Believers, need to understand that what others see in us is a representation of our Faith. Has anyone ever said to you “You must be a Christian… because…”? That, simply put, is showing what Faith is in YOU! What is on the inside of you will become realized, even if you do not realize it yourself. This Series is based upon Matthew 9:29, with a single word change, “unto” to “in”:
(27) And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. (28) And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. (29) Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. (30) And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. (31) But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.
Matthew 9:27-31 | King James Version
The reason for the word change to “in” is simply this, we are to live by Faith and in such a way that others have no doubt Who is the King of and in our lives. The reflection of the Redemptive Work done in each of us as Christians is something that even non-Believers can recognize without having to know how, what, where, when it was received. The Holy Spirit having residence in our lives when we have a daily walk with our Heavenly Father is the greatest reflection of His Love for both us and others.
In Faith Believing
This Series is HUGE – toppling in at 338 passages of Scripture reviewed for the development, each with a context wrapper – making sure to be true to the discovery and presentation. There are twenty-six (26) Expectations prints which will be very familiar to the seasoned Christian, but may be less recognized by not as well Bible versed Christians. They were chosen for the ease in which they can be made into application in our daily lives.
This Series is dedicated to a very special young lady, Ms. Sarah Hunt, who is facing eminent and full liver failure, as her condition is well advanced. As her mother and I chatted just days ago, it became VERY clear that what we were exchanging in conversation was THIS SERIES – a prime example of what both of our Faith’s were doing, one in comfort and the other in consoling from God’s Word. How incredible that God the Father would allow our two families to intertwine in such a way that we would see INCREDIBLE and WONDERFUL things happen, even in the face of such a situation. It is because we BOTH (families and individuals) have a Faith in us that is the Comforter of such an hour.
Will you and I Believe what is written in His Word, the Bible and Holy Scriptures? Do we know He is Able? Have we the Faith that what He says He Will Do, that He Will Do?
We have expectations in our daily lives that may or may not be attainable or desirable. Then we have those that God the Father sets the stage for us to get a hold of, which will change us as His Children – these are things we can Expect to have assistance with as we develop a closer walk with our Lord and Saviour:
Increase Our Faith
Strengthen Thy Brethren
As A Grain of Mustard Seed
O Ye of Little Faith
Whatsoever Ye Shall Ask
Judgment, Mercy and Faith
It really is all about Faith. Our own Faith is what we will have the measure dealt unto us, but others are looking, seeking and longing to see what “work” the Holy Spirit is causing deep inside of us individually. The first of which is Salvation – we have to place our Faith in the Finished Work of Jesus Christ, His Blood bought Redemption. We will only show forth as much as is given time, place and priority in our lives. Placing our Faith and Trust in Him for Eternal Occupation, will change our Earthly walk, praise, learning, worship and sharing by default. Would you and I have enough Faith in us, that if we were faced with Jesus Christ Himself being here to heal us from some affliction, disease or burden, that we’d experience the healing fully? Our Faith needs to be INCREASED, not only for our sake, for the sake of others we have the responsibility to be a witness of the Greatest Gift that has ever been given – Redemption, by the Blood of Jesus Christ. To My Sweet Sarah – this one is for YOU!
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