Summary: Faith is the substance. This is part 2 showing how we can grab hold of the promises of Christ from the supernatural realm and bring them into the natural realm of life.
FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
SUBSTANCE is what pulls things from the supernatural realm into the natural realm for us
The more we give ourselves to God - the more we can pull from the supernatural realm
- Jesus asks them ....
"Who do you say that I am"
Our faith substance is determined by our confession of who we say Jesus IS within whatever circumstance or situation we are facing
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Our confession or profession of faith has to be based on whatever God has said CAN BE - God is the one who makes all things possible
SO - what will we place our TOTAL CONFIDENCE IN ....
What we are living, feeling, facing, fearing
- OR -
What God has said can happen
for us at some point in time
Maybe like Abraham - 25 years later - will you still be standing in faith making your faith declarations AND KNOWING THAT GOD WILL PERFORM IT!!
COMMITTMENT TO OUR CONFESSION
Is what we think and words we speak focused on God’s interest for our lives?
Denying self is simply surrendering ourselves to Christ’s Plan for Our Lives -
When We Want It One Way - We Do It God’s Way
When We Want It Done Our Way - We Do It God’s Way Instead
When We Want People To Be One Way, Our Wat - We Treat Them God’s Way
When We Don’t Get It Our Way - Will We Behave According To God’s Way!
Everything we do, say and how we treat others corresponds directly to what and how we receive from God
LOOK AT THIS - PETER ACTUALLY GIVES US A MYSTERY IN HOW TO RECEIVE FROM GOD’S REALM ....
Let’s look closely at these additions - vitally important additions WE ARE TO MAKE ....
FAITH ADD VIRTUE = excellent praise
remember what Joshua told the people to do for the walls of Jericho to come down on that last day and time around - SHOUT LOUDLY - this was before any proof that the walls would even fall ....
TO VIRTUE ADD KNOWLEDGE = a knowing
We receive this "Knowing" through the constant study of God’s Word
TO KNOWLEDGE ADD TEMPERANCE = self control
How do we control ourselves according to learned patterns during our past life - our old man patterns - we have to act out of "Self Control" in order to break those old man patterns
Anger - Criticism - Judgemental - Hateful - Breaking Habits - Breaking wrongful parenting actions during our childhoods - Abusive victim patterns
Examine yourself -
Why do you do the things you do?
Why do you act the way you act sometimes?
Why do you say the things you say sometimes?
TO TEMPERANCE ADD PATIENCE = cheerful, constant endurance
This is exactly what Abraham did for 25 years of waiting on God’s Promise to come
TO PATIENCE ADD GODLINESS = God’s kind of holiness, the heart holiness
2 Cor. 7:1 (NIV)
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.