Building Your Faith

Our faith is supposed to go from faith to faith.  Our faith grows out of our reliance on
God.  Remember that faith comes from hearing and hearing the word of God.

We define faith as believing and acting on the word of God.  Jesus spoke of people as
having no faith, little faith, weak faith, strong faith.  And He said to many “your faith
has made you whole”.

Jesus says in Matthew 17:20 “and Jesus said to them, because of your unbelief; for
verily, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this
mountain, remove here to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be
impossible to you”.  Jesus taught us to speak to the mountains (Mark 11:22-24) “and
Jesus answering said to them, have faith in God.  For verily I say to you, that
whosoever shall say to this mountain, be you removed, and be you cast into the sea;
and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall
come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says.  Therefore I say to you, what things
so ever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have
them”.

James 1:2-8 says “my brethren count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations.  
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience.  But let patience have her
perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing.  If any of you lack
wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it
shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering; for he that wavers is like
a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think that he
shall receive any thing of the Lord.  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways”.

We can be confident of victory only if we keep our faith in God and not in our own
selves.   God is reliable, His words does not return void; Hebrews 6:10-12 says “for
God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have showed
toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.  And we
desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope
to the end.  That you be not lazy, but followers of them who through faith, and
patience inherit the promises”.  Remember that whatsoever things were written
aforetime, were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the
scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).

We have to remember that we are in a fight for our faith, Jesus taught in the parable
of the sower, that the devil comes to take away the word that we do not understand;
because we overcome by our faith (I John 5:4) “for whosoever is born of God
overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith”.

We build our confidence in Him, by meditating on His word and by realizing that He will
never leave us or forsake us.  

If we want our faith to work for us, we have to speak out what we believe (II Corinthians
4:13) “we having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and
therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak”.  Proverbs 18:20-21
says “a man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase
of his lips shall he be filled.  Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and thay
that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”.  Jesus tells us “either make the tree good, and
its fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known
by its fruit.  O generation of vipers, how can you being evil, speak good things?  For
out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  A good man out of the good
treasure of the heart brings forth good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure
brings forth evil things.  But I say to you, that every idle word that men shall speak,
they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  For by your words you shall
be justified, and by your words shall you be condemned”.

We also have to know that faith works through love (I Corinthians 13:1-3) “though I
speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as
sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and
understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have al faith, so that I could
remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing”.

We are to be rooted and grounded in love, which allows us to be able to comprehend
the breath, length, depth and height of God, being filled with the fullness of God
(Ephesians 3:17-19).

Love is the key (Matthew 22:37-40) “Jesus said to him, you shall love the Lord your
God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first
and great commandment.  And the second is like to it, you shall love your neighbor as
yourself.  On these two commandments hang all the law ad the prophets”, and the
devil knows that every thing hinges on love, so he continually comes against love;
bringing people in your path to get you off the love walk; trying to get you into strife,
but you have to remember that where strife is there is confusion and every evil thing
(Galatians 5:19-21) “now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness.  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred,
variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies.  Envyings, murders,
drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of the which I tell you before, as I have also
told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of
God”.

Jesus tells us to remain in His love and we will bear much fruit (John 15:7-12).”if you
abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be
done to you.  Herein is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be
My disciples.  As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you; continue you in My
love.  If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love; even as I have kept
My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  These things have I spoken to
you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.  This is My
commandments, that you love one another, as I have loved you”.

Peter tells us what to add to our faith (II Peter 1:4-10) “whereby are given to us
exceeding great and precious promises, that by these you might be partakers of the
divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And
beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; (virtue is moral excellence,
goodness.  Virtue is considered a necessary ingredient in the exercise of faith); and to
virtue knowledge.  And to knowledge temperance (through temperance Christians can
discipline body and mind, so that they are more capable of striving for their spiritual
rewards (I Corinthians 9:24-27); and to temperance patience (endurance in the face
of adversity; long suffering); and to patience godliness (godliness is reverence toward
God; it is a reality and power of a vital union with God); and to godliness brotherly
kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (love).  For if these things be in you, and
abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren not unfruitful in the
knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacks these things is blind, and
cannot se afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Where the
rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure; for if you do
these things, you shall never fall”.

Let us look at David, a man after God’s own heart.  You have to talk to yourself
(Psalms 34:1-6) “I will bless the Lord Yahweh at all times; His praise shall continually
be in my mouth.  My soul shall make her boast in the Lord Yahweh, the humble shall
hear thereof and be glad.  O magnify the Lord Yahweh with me and let us exalt His
name together.  I sought the Lord Yahweh, and He heard me, and delivered me from
all my fears.  They looked to Him, and were lightened; and their faces were not
ashamed.  This poor man cried, and the Lord Yahweh heard him, and saved him out
of all his troubles”.  Also Psalms 103:1-5 which says “bless the Lord Yahweh, O my
soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name.  Bless the Lord Yahweh, O my
soul, and forget not all His benefits.  Who forgives all your iniquities; who heal all your
diseases.  Who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with loving
kindness and tender mercies.  Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your
youth is renewed like the eagle’s”.  This sounds like what Paul writes in Colossians 3:
14-17 “and above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfect ness.  
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one
body, and be you thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatsoever you do in word or
deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by
Him”.  And again in Ephesians 5:18-20 “and be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess,
but be filled with the Spirit. Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and Spiritual
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.  Giving thanks always for
all things to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”.


Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: December 18, 2009
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