Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | August 23, 2011

The Result, Test, Trial, and Strength Of Your Faith

Abraham was the Father of Faith. He was also the Father of many nations. He was a man who walked by faith and not by sight alone. Abraham was an excellent example of how faith is to operate in the lives of the believer. Noah was also a great man of faith. The building of an unseen ark is proof alone that Noah walk strictly by faith. In the Old Testament portion of scriptures, the Old Testament Saints had to strictly walk by faith. Today, we have the Bible and the Holy  Ghost. Truly we have it made in this hour. Christianity today has a lot of advantages that did not exist in the Old Testament. Imagine what life would be like if we didn’t have the Holy Ghost nor a Bible to read and had to solely rely on the spoken Word of God with no inward power residing on the inside of us. WOW! Something to think about right?

Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith has substance. Real faith causes you to act accordingly as outlined in the Word of God When you can’t see it, your faith is to give you confidence that it shall come to pass. Remember, God cannot lie. God’s people have always come out on the right side ALL OF THE TIME! When you don’t know Gods will for your life, He will give you then guide you by His Spirit by giving us the Spirit of Understanding.

Luke 17:5 says “And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.”. Every man is given a measure of faith. But like a credit or debit card that is received in the mail, it is not activated yet. Ironically, what activates FAITH is FAITH! You heard right, the measure of faith lying dormant in your body is activated solely by faith (i.e. belief). If you want to know how to get faith, turn with me to Romans 10:17. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” So the bible makes it clear to us, the only way your faith will be activated is by hearing the Word of God.

So lets add this all up. God has given you a measure of faith. However it needs to be activated. Faith causes the activation process to start activating the measure of faith that is in you. However, the only way for this process to take effect is by the hearing the Word of God which we clearly read in Romans 10:17. Got it? Good!

Hebrews 11:6 says “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” We see here that it is literally impossible to please God without faith. We have to believe that God is exactly who He said He is. Time and time again, people attempt to ride on the coat-tail of their parents faith (i.e. mom and dad)or someone elses, but according to scripture you cant live off of someone elses faith. You must have your own. 1 John 5:14 says to keep YOUR faith in God (not in mom or pops or some other holy individual).

Faith is not something shallow, Faith takes God at His word. Here is a scripture that shows us one of the many benefits faith gives us. Read Ephesians 6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”. Did I just read that correctly? You mean faith allows me to quench ALL the fiery darts of the wicked??????????? So you mean to tell me I am equipped to battle all the foolishness that I have to put up with at work and school??????? Are you serious???? YES! We read this passage right! Faith WILL allow you to quench not SOME but ALL the fiery darts of the wicked (Saints I think its time to activate that faith now). Yes Lord!

In conclusion, James 1:5-6 says “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” So we see by this scripture that if we lack wisdom, ASK and God will give us wisdom liberally. This scripture also teaches us to not waver in our faith. I want to encourage you Saints not to waver. If you waver, your just like a wave in the sea that’s driven by the wind, being tossed all over the place.

Trust God as the scripture commands and watch God increase your faith in Him just like he promised us. Today, lets all start activating that faith that lies within each of us.

Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Isaiah 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

This was our Sunday morning worship sermon which set the House on fire with FAITH. Want to give credit to my Pastor for an excellent sermon he preached this past Sunday. This blog post is a reprint of the many notes I took in church this Sunday morning.


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  1. Thank you for sharing with all of us God is so kind and strong all in one he is Everything this blog blessed my soul richly Thank you again.


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