Summary: Five things that explain the value of faith and what it brings to believers.
“Faith that Overcomes”
Text: I John 5:4
>Hebrews 11:6 says, “For without Faith it is impossible to please God, for He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
-Say, “FAITH” (Look at your neighbor and say, “I’ve got faith, how about you?”
>Matthew 17:20, Jesus says, “I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain (your wall, circumstance, problems) Move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
-Faith in most cases is the element or ingredient that’s missing from a lot of Christians lives, because, they can only see their problems and can’t see that if they would just mix some FAITH into their situation, their situation would change.
* I’m going to give you 5 things that explain the value of faith and what it brings to believers.
-If you have something to write on and with, you may want to write these down.
I. Faith brings F-reedom
>John 8:36 says, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.”
-Some Christians are bound by false guilt the enemy keeps placing in our lives.
-They are denied many of God’s blessings because they suffer unnecessarily.(p)
-We must recognize that which is false and then accept our freedom in Christ through faith.
-We are forgiven, cleansed, and promised heaven because in Romans3:24 it says,”being justified freely by His grace through redemption that is in Christ Jesus”
*Redemption means: a release secured by the payment of a ransom, deliverance, setting free.
--So, faith brings freedom
II. Faith brings A-ction
>James 1:5 says, “Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only..”
-Many Christians willingly talk about faith, but they stop there.
>James 2:20 says, “Faith without works is dead”
-To be effective, faith must be active.
-Your situation will not change without faith.
-Our faith works for us only as we work our faith.
-For faith to stay in shape, in place in our lives, we must work-out our faith, to keep it in shape.
-Active faith requires 5 things:
1) doing something...
2) being something...
3) speaking something...
4) living something...
5) loving God and others.
--If you have faith, it will bring Action!
III. Faith brings I-nsight
-This is an area that a lot of Christians lack because they never study the word and never seek to grow in their walk with God.
>James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God...and it shall be given him”
-Many Christians lack spiritual insight and they do and say things that hinder and hurt God’s kingdom.
-As we’re learning on Wed. nights, what comes out of our mouths plays a very important part in how we handle and come through the situations we are confronted with everyday.
-When we have faith, we gain insight and know more about God and what He would do in that situation.
-God wants to help His people make right choices and decisions.
>James 1:6 says, “Wisdom is given to those who ask in faith”
--So, faith brings insight.
IV. Faith brings T-rust
Psalm 37:40 says, “And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them...(why), because they trust in Him”