Summary: Getting believers to understand that through faith they can receive practically anything they need from God.
AUTHORITY OF FAITH
HEB. 11 – The great Faith Chapter
Tremendous importance placed on faith
Elders obtained by faith,
By faith Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice,
It’s impossible to please God without faith, etc.
Looking at the closing verses of Chapter 10, one can see that;
Faith goes beyond being just a Bible subject.
It is the lifestyle of the believer – Rom. 1:17; Hab. 2:4; Heb. 11:6; Gal.2:20; Eph. 2:8; 1 Jn. 5:4.
Consider Jesus’ Ministry – Lk. 4:18-21; Lk. 5:15-17; Matt. 4:23.
He functioned as a teacher and preacher before healer –
Why? Rom. 10:17 – Faith comes by hearing.
Consider His ministry in His hometown – Mk. 6
Unbelief robbed them from receiving – Heb. 4:1-2; Heb. 10:38 - end
Doubt /unbelief means
* Being without a way – 1 Cor. 10:13.
* Having no resources – Phil. 4:19; Ps. 23.
* To be embarrassed – Heb. 1; Heb. 11:13.
Two (2) scriptures of importance – Jn. 1:12; Acts 14:7-9.
Relate this to Lk. 5:15
According to these scriptures to be saved, healed or to receive anything from God one needs faith.
People actually came to Jesus to hear him and (then) to be healed – Lk. 5:15; 6:17-18.
In essence, faith carries tremendous authority.
It (Faith) gives us the right/liberty/ authority to receive from God.
Consider also the accounts of the Roman Centurion, Canaanite woman and blind Bartimaeus.
FAITH HAS THE AUTHORITY TO PUT YOUR WILL IN THE PLACE OF HEAVENLY PRIORITY.
God literally verbalizes His respect for your will because it carries equal authority with that of heaven – 1 Jn. 5:14-15; Is. 55:8-11; Mk. 11:22-24.
Heaven’s will is revealed in God’s word, it is never contrary to the word.
Faith and the Word are inseparable – Heb. 4:1-2; Rom. 1:16-17; 10:8, 17.
Faith is a product of the Word of God and can also be described as a deliberate action response to God’s Word.
The Roman centurion understood this, When he told Jesus speak the Word only, He (Jesus) described this as great faith – Matt. 8.
Since Faith comes by hearing the God’s Word a man in faith is definitely a man standing on the word.
Faith in the name healed the crippled man at the gate called beautiful.
In essence, faith hooks you up to the very rule or authority of God so you cannot be stopped.
It is the authority to operate as the son of God – Rom. 8:14-16; Is. 14:10-12.
The sons of God are people who are led by the Holy Spirit.
It is the authority to walk in the vast experience & wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
He (The Holy Spirit) will do everything to help and minister to you once you are in faith – Heb. 13:15; Mk. 10:46ff; Mk. 5:25-34.
You are completely unstoppable once you are in faith.
If you have “faith to be” no one can stop you from “being” – Jn.1:12; Acts.14:7ff.
IF YOUR FAITH SAYS YES, GOD CANNOT SAY NO.
That is the kind of Authority that Faith carries.
Copyright © 1997 by Rev. Dr. David Ibeleme
Victorious Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 4378, St. Ann’s, Trinidad. W.I.
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