Summary: Walking by faith, not by sight.
Isolation on the Journey
Psalms 27:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
If you get a good piece of meat, and cook it right, it will make its own gravy.
Seeing that faith in and of itself is such a broad topic, wisdom says there is no way I can summarize it theoretically in the preachment hour. You need a bible study for that. What I can do is talk about two dynamics of faith and proceed from there as to how the Lord will elevate our understanding of Faith and place of finger on the pulse of the message. Amen
What makes our faith permanent is not our perseverance, but God’s preservation. Ultimately it is not how diligently we persevere in faith, and persevere we must, but how well God preserves us in faith.
There is great value in the Psalms…it helps us by putting its teaching chiefly in the form of the recital of experiences. There is nothing more discouraging than to meet the kind of person who seems to give the impression that he or she is always on the mountaintop. That is certainly not true of the Bible, for the Bible speaks profoundly on men and women whom knew what it was to be caste down, and to be in sore and grievous trouble. They knew what it was to be caste down as Paul says, but not destroyed, perplexed, but not in despair. Perfectionist teachings are never true. They are not true to the experience of the people who teach them for wisdom of the Word lets us know that they are fallible creatures like the rest of us. They may put they’re teaching of perfection forward theoretically, but it is not true to they’re experience.
That which resides at home in the believer. It is housed in the seat of the will, to do His good pleasure. Its gaze is ever upward not depending on one’s ingenuity, skill, or strengths, but rather it looks steadfastly to Jesus, the author, he began it, the Finisher, he will end it by doing just what he said
That which operates outwardly. The actual experience and working out the will of God in your life.
Executable faith refuses conformity and walks in to a fiery furnace
Executable faith will walk into a lions den
Executable faith will no doubt go if nobody else is willing to go…if I perish, then I will perish, but I’m going
You see executable faith has no problem displaying its confidence and trust in the ability of the unseen Omnipotent, Onmipresent God.
On the wheel
Concentration on the hearing, eyes, ears
Ain’t but one piece of clay on the wheel at a time.
I can’t rely on your testimony, but I have to know it for myself. How he dealt with you may not necessarily be the way he will deal with me. The way you got saved may not be how I got saved. The basic principal remains the same, accept, believe, and confess, but the experience. Somebody cried, somebody moaned, somebody rolled over the floor as demons were caste out, somebody ran, somebody jumped, but the principal fact is I’m saved by Faith. Different strokes, but I’m saved.
How do I know if I have faith? What is really needed or necessary to substantiate our claim? What do I need or what shall I stand on to bring credibility to my position? Do I need a amen on my right, or an amen on my left, a ya’ll don’t hear me, amen walls, the longer it takes for you to get with me, the longer I’ll preach…do I need this to know that the Word I speak has its own amen accompanied by the spirit of the Living God and it is so!
Is it the right dress, the right suit, the right person in my corner to give me approval, to set his seal upon me, someone to reconfirm me, or is it even my children, my spouse, my job, status or position? Is it in the accumulation of the things one possesses, material possessions which are a testimony in itself that God has been good to you, but that does not mean that you have been good to Him. He’s the one whom has been faithful, and every morning you wake up new mercies you see, He remains consistent even when you become inconsistent, and the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.