Faith 101 Part 8 – You’re Not Alone! – You Are A Hero of Faith Too

Faith 101 – Part 8
You’re Not Alone! - You Are A Hero of Faith Too

Faith 101

“Where lives change and where life can begin again”

The hardest part of walking by faith is feeling as if you are all alone. You’re

fighting and speaking and standing and crying and dancing and yet you feel like

you are alone in the fight for your faith.

 

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)

13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God

is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but

with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to

bear it.

 

One of the attributes I love about God is that He will never put more on us than

we can bear. Everything that we deal with is common in the Body of Christ. There

are others that can tell you the story of their deliverance, their healing, and the

breakthroughs in their lives. We have plenty of amazing examples of faith and

success in the Word. Even Jesus said that “a servant is not greater than his

master.” (Mt. 10:24) In other words, since He had to endure, we also must endure.

We too will go through our times of trials, testing’s, and temptations, but Jesus

said “…be of good cheer, I have already overcome the world.” (John 16:33b)

That’s good news!

 

Isaiah 41:10 (Amplified)

‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you;

Do not be afraid, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you;

I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of

power, of victory, of salvation].’

 

Faith and fear are total opposites. One cancels out the other. Faith will cancel out

fear and fear will cancel out faith. To keep your faith strong and keep fear in

check, your spirit must be fed each day with the faith-filled words of God. It must

be fed faith-filled messages by faith-filled ministers of God. I know I couldn’t

have made it this far without faith-filled men and women of God that fed my faith

and kept me strong.

 

Psalm 1:2-3

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

And in His law, he meditates day and night.

3 He shall be like a tree

Planted by the rivers of water,

That brings forth its fruit in its season,

Whose leaf also shall not wither;

And whatever he does shall prosper.

 

In our meditation of the Word, faith comes. The strengthening of our faith brings

confidence and power. We need it to live in this world today. And all that you are

believing for from God is on its way.

 

Hebrews 11:7

7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly

fear (faith in God), prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he

condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to

faith.

 

There is promotion and reward for those that walk by faith and in obedience to

what God has said to them. Noah ignored the laughter and harsh remarks and

remembered always what God had said to him.

We must remember what God has said to us.

 

Hebrews 11:8-10

8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he

would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was

going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling

in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he

waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

 

There is always a great promise and reward behind every act of obedience.

Our highest priority must be looking for God every day to fulfill the call and

destiny that each one of us has. You’re not an accident or a mistake. God made

you for a reason, but by faith, we must go after our destiny. You are not alone,

and you aren’t the first person to walk by faith in this world. Use the examples

that you know and draw strength from them. Be determined to walk by faith and

receive all the promises that God has for you.

 

Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)

4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but

by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’

 

We can’t continue to live our lives by every circumstance that comes up in our

lives. Allowing those circumstances to drag us around like a “rag doll.” We live by

faith and not by sight, or we will be tossed by everything that Satan brings in

front of us. But we choose to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of

God. And then we will have good success!

 

Join me next week when we discuss:

“A Servant’s Heart – Being a Servant of God”

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Faith 101 Part 7 – What Comes to Steal Your Faith?

Faith 101 – Part 7
What Comes to Steal Your Faith?

Faith 101

“Where lives change and where life can begin again”

We will be basing this devotional study on Mark 4:14-20. Many call this parable

the “parables of all parables”. It explains the struggle that all of us go through and

you may say “why does this happen to me?”. It happens to all of us! We all have an

enemy that comes to steal, kill, and destroy. We must be wise and observant to

know the tactics and schemes of the enemy. Just like a good soldier is trained to

know his enemy and to be ready and prepared.

 

Let’s look at Mark 4:14-20…

 

14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the

word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word

that was sown in their hearts. 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony

ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17

and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward,

when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they

stumble. 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who

hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the

desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20

But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, [e]accept

it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

 

There are 3 major warnings about your faith and the Word level in your life.

Without the Word, you will have little or diminishing faith! If you have no Word,

your faith will not grow, and it will quickly get weak and be stolen away from you.

You will fall back into the old habits of the world and end the same way you

started or worse than before. These are some things that will help.

 

1. Find a church home that teaches you and nurtures you in the Word of God.

Teaching you how to walk by faith.

 

Romans 10:14

14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how

shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear

without a preacher?

 

I remember so many years of my life loving God and being ignorant to the

schemes of the enemy and I didn’t know I had an enemy. I needed to grow my

faith and in order to do that, I needed to have someone explain the scriptures to

me correctly. We must be led by God’s spirit to the right church to teach,

encourage and grow us up spiritually to be successful in our journey of faith in

God. Without faith in God, we will believe anything and wander everywhere. The

Word is harder to steal when it is placed deeply in our hearts. If it stays in our

heads, it can be easily stolen and overpowered by the enemy.

 

2. Being consistent to hear the Word and applying the Word.

 

How many of us are excited when we hear the Word, but when the bills come in

the mail or our marriage is challenged, or the kids get in trouble, our words and

actions change to look just like the world instead of the example of Jesus.

 

John 10:10

10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have

come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.

 

Our consistency in the Word builds strength and character in the Word. It builds

our faith in the One that can do all things through us who believe. Our faith and

confidence grow as we learn and make the choice to be consistent and faithful.

 

3. Going deeper in your relationship with God and the call of God in your life.

 

We all have a call in our life. It is important to get closer to God to know what that

is. God wants to show us how to bring what He placed inside of us, out of us.

However, Satan comes to steal our faith, as the cares of this world begin to choke

the call and begin to pull us back into the direction of the world. We begin to

desire less of the kingdom and more of the world’s possessions. It’s easy to do. I

encourage you today to go deeper. There is something in you, that has yet to be

fulfilled and you know what it is. Don’t let Satan choke it out of your life.

 

Let’s stay focused on Kingdom assets. The greatest success you can have is to do

it in God’s way. He knows your end from your beginning and He has great success

for all of us. But only if we do it His way. Don’t be nervous about that, it’s a good

way and it’s a way paved with success. The great part is that He will be right out

front leading the way and taking us through each step. He’ll never leave you

alone!

 

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you

and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

He has plans for you, don’t let Satan steal your faith!

 

Come join me next week as we talk about:

“You’re not alone – You Too Are A Hero of Faith”

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Faith 101 Part 6 – How We Grow and Sustain Our Faith

Faith 101 – Part 6
How We Grow and Sustain Our Faith

Faith 101

“Where lives change and where life can begin again”

“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”. Sounds easy huh?

IT’S NOT!!

Because of the stresses of life and the pressures of living and striving to be

successful at what we do, keeping the Word of God first place in your life is

extremely challenging. However, one thing we know, whatever is important to us

we will make it a high priority and no matter what, we will get it done. That’s how

we must be with God.

Matthew 6:33 …But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all

these things shall be added to you.

 

Did you notice that the first word in that sentence was, but? Before this scripture

Jesus is explaining why we shouldn’t worry about the simple things of life. Our

basic necessities are taken care of, always. Yet we work 2 or 3 jobs or work

excessive overtime to make ends meet. We worry about life instead of living life to

its fullest. How do I do that Pastor Lynette? By making God your first priority. We

must love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength.

What does His righteousness look like? It looks like Jesus! By doing the Word of

God and staying so close to the Word that we learn and grow and start to sound,

look and act just like Jesus.

 

Our great example was Jesus. The years of consecration from birth to 30 years of

age had to be intense and consistent for such power and confidence to flow from

Him. We cannot forget that Jesus was a man just like we are, and he had to live

this life just like us, by faith.

 

Remember what the Word said when Jesus was born and what it said about Him.

Let’s go back a little

 

Luke 2:39-4039 So when they had performed all things according to the law of

the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40 And the Child

grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was

upon Him.

 

You may say, “But that was Jesus!”. Each one of us has the opportunity to grow

strong in spirit and be filled with the wisdom of God and God’s grace is always

upon us.

 

Remember when Jesus was 12 years old at the temple.

 

Luke 2:42-4742 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem

according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they

returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And [l]Joseph and His

mother did not know it; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they

went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances.

45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46

Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the

midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And

all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.

 

Really???, at 12 years old? He grew strong in spirit, being filled with wisdom

because of the study of the scriptures and prayer and communication with the

Father. It is imperative that we stay close to the Father and have constant

dialogue and connection with Him. He becomes more real than the things we see

in the natural. That! was the secret success of Jesus.

You find that is the case with each person of faith in the bible. In order to grow

and sustain your faith, you must love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and

strength. You must love Him more than anything or anyone. He is your source of

everything. Your source of joy, love, peace, food, clothing, finances, absolutely

everything. And when we learn to make Him first in our lives, your peace will

surpass all understanding in the eyes of others; but you will know who the peace

giver.

 

Your faith will be unbreakable, unmovable and you will stand through the test of

time!

 

Join me next week as we talk about:

“What comes to steal our faith?”

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Faith 101 Part 5 – Faith Works By Love

Faith 101 – Part 5
Faith Works By Love

Faith 101

“Where lives change and where life can begin again”

The thing that I am constantly mindful of is my love walk. My love walk is

connected to so much of my life. My words, my actions, my body language, and

even my attitude. We all must be mindful.

 

God puts so much emphasis to on our love for others and toward Him, that we

must pay close attention to it as we live our daily lives.

We should study love and learn what it looks like to God and examine our lives to

see if we are exhibiting these traits and habits in our lives.

 

Of course, if anyone knows me at all, my favorite chapter in scripture is 1

Corinthians 13. They are not my favorite verses of scriptures because I live them

so well, but rather they are a constant reminder to me of what I need to work on.

I must follow them for the rest of my life to please and honor the command of

God. He gave us a “cheat sheet” you might say to follow to get it right. Write it on

your arm or the inside of your hand to remind you of your daily walk. Remember

when you did that for a test in school to cheat on the test. The great part is that

you won’t get in trouble for it this time. Lol!

 

Galatians 5:6

6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but

faith working through love.

 

The Jewish nation felt that their actions through the flesh would prove their faith,

but it isn’t through our flesh that we prove our love, but rather through our love

in our heart we prove to God our faith in Him.

 

We try to do a lot of things through our actions, like cleaning the church, or

working in the children’s area or going to a rehabilitation center to visit, but it is

the condition of our heart as we do these things, that touches the heart of God. If

we are doing these things to be seen by men, then we have our reward, which is

the praises of others. However, it must be our love for God that moves us to do all

things. He is the rewarder and lover of our souls. This should be the only reason

why we do anything. Our actions should be to please God and God alone. Our

actions will come out looking just like God, full of love.

 

It is the love of God in our hearts that He remembers. He knows our labor of love

and will never forget! This builds our faith and causes us to do what we do. We

base all things on our love for the Father, which builds our faith in Him.

 

As our love grows for someone, growth comes with time and effort and

submission of our heart to them. Love is built over time, and consistency and

reliability of good works. You come to know, beyond what evidence you see, and

beyond what others would say… that you know you can rely on the other person.

Love is developed, and trust is grown, and faith is deepened.

 

When God comes into your life, through His son Jesus Christ, this amazing

exchange of information happens, and you begin to find everything you need is in

Him. Every word that He speaks, speaks directly into your soul and begins to

change you. You begin to realize that you were loved all along and that His love

just continues no matter what you have done and no matter what you will do. His

love wins you over because He is determined to love you, and you will find

yourself loving Him back. Then you know it’s the best decision that you have ever

made in your life. You believe the love and now you give love and faith grows.

Your faith grows in Him. You begin to have less faith in yourself, and more faith in

the God on the inside of you. You will come to learn that you can do nothing

without this love.

 

What should love building faith look like?

· Peace – surpassing all-natural understanding because we pull from the

supernatural.

· Joy – that I draw my strength from and it dwells on the inside of me

· Rest – in the One that loves me. Casting the whole of my care on Him,

because He told me to. And He always knows best.

 

Love will always win! Love will NEVER fail!

Love will always build your confidence and faith in the One you love.

Faith grows through our love for the One who loved us first and always.

 

Coming up next week: “How we grow and sustain our faith?”

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Faith 101 Part 4 – “Faith is a Process” Faith and Patience

Faith 101 – Part 4
“Faith is a Process” Faith and Patience

Faith 101

“Where lives change and where life can begin again”

With everything we do, there is a process. Nothing just happens. There are things

that we must put in place to make other things happen and then with time and

energy, they come into existence. Buying a home, having children, having a good

marriage are examples of things that take time and energy to bring about the

desired results. With anything that you want to be excellent and worth the wait, it

takes time. With time, it takes patience to wait.

 

James 1:3-4 (NKJV)

3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have

its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

 

James 1:3-4 (AMPC)

3 Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out

endurance and steadfastness and patience.

4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a

thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no

defects], lacking in nothing.

 

Through our faith and waiting, God is at work in us perfecting us and

strengthening us for what comes ahead. The road doesn’t become easier, but it

does become easier to endure because of what we have endured. We learn our

Father so well, that we trust Him through the worst of times knowing that this is a

temporary bend in the road and all things are working together for our good.

 

What does patience look like?

First of all, patience doesn’t look like you standing there enduring silently with

composure. Patience looks like you standing there with your “sword”, the Word of

God, in your hand shouting, if need be, to the top of your lungs, with confidence

and assurance that your answer is on its way. Patience looks like dancing and

singing and showing the enemy of your soul that whatever you bring my way I will

rejoice and be glad because My God is faithful and true. It looks like whatever I

believe when I pray, I have it!

 

“Let patience have her perfect work in you, that you would be entire and wanting

nothing.” We all must remember that when all the shouting is done, we will be

better, stronger, more prosperous, and healthier than we have ever been.

Whenever training begins, there is pain, sweating, fatigue, anger, disappointment

in results, and all types of struggle. However, when the training is over, we know

that we are stronger and more equipped for the battle than before. And we only

get better with every session as we follow the rules of training. If we try to take an

easier route by sitting down on the job and complaining more than doing what

needs to be done, the results will be obvious. We will remain weak and we will

struggle through the hard times of our lives.

 

What are the rules?

· Reading and meditating upon the Word of God. Confessing the Word over

your situation. (Put the Word on it!)

· Rejoicing and meditating that God is moving in your circumstances. (Take

some time to laugh and smile. HaHaHaHa!!!)

· Keeping a consistent attitude of not complaining (The hardest one)

· Worship God every day! Allow God’s presence to fill your day.

· Not concentrating on the things that God is doing, but leaving it in His hands

and going on about your day.

 

Patience – the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without

getting angry or upset.

Let God have His perfect work in you! Be patient and know that He is God.

James 1:3

3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

 

Remember it’s just a test! Your enemy wants to see if he can cause you to fold

and give up.

 

Let’s pass the test and show the devil what we are truly made of!

 

Next week gets better: “Faith Works By Love”

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