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Summary: As we grow in Christ, there exists within us a "faith" that grows. It is beyond just believing. It is a way of life. Sometimes it seems we grow weary, we can become faithless, and it is in these moments that we must know the Lord loves us, and is preparing us to do His will.

KEEPING THE FAITH?

SCRIPTURE TEXT: LUKE 22:28-30 (quickview)  3/10/2001 ELDER P. J. LENNEY

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD SOMEONE SAY THAT BEFORE, OR HAD SOMEONE ASK YOU THAT? I BELIEVE ITS SOMETHING SOMEONE SAYS WHEN THEY ARE RESPONDING TO “HOW YA DOING”. ONE MIGHT REPLY, I’M KEEPING THE FAITH! I BEGAN THINKING ABOUT THE EXPRESSION ITSELF AND THE WORD FAITH AND I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU WHAT THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS SAYING TO THE CHURCH CONCERNING FAITH THIS MORNING.

THE UNGER’S DICTIONARY DESCRIBES FAITH ("PISTIS" IN GREEK) AS A BELIEF OR TRUST IN A HIGHER POWER. FAITH ALSO AS USED IN SCRIPTURE DEFINES FOR US A MORAL QUALITY HELD IN RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, WHEREBY MEN HAVE CONFIDENCE IN GOD.

IN A THEOLOGICAL SENSE FAITH HAS TWO ELEMENTS: (1) ONE IS THE INTELLECTUAL, MEANING THAT THE BASIC TRUTHS AND FACTS CONCERNING GOD HAS BEEN REVEALED TO YOU BY HIM AND ESTABLISHED IN YOUR INTELLECT AND BY FAITH YOU BELIEVE THEM. AS A RESULT OF THIS FAITH, SALVATION IS BIRTHED IN MANY.

THE SECOND ELEMENT IS THE TESTIMONIAL FAITH!! THIS IS THE FAITH THAT LIES WITHIN THE TEXT OF HEBREWS THAT DECLARES IT “IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR AND THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN! SOMETIMES WE HAVE A HARD TIME WITH THIS ELEMENT, SOMETIMES WE ALL STRUGGLE WITH THE TESTIMONIAL FAITH. ANY WITNESSES?

BUT, SAINTS OF GOD, THIS IS THE ELEMENT YOU MUST GRASP IN YOUR LIFE THIS MORNING IF YOU DESIRE TO HAVE THE HOPES IN YOUR LIFE APPEAR…..THAT YOU TURN THEM INTO INTELLECTUAL EVIDENCES AND FACTS IN YOUR LIFE!!! WRITE THESE TWO DOWN!! BECAUSE WE WILL BE GETTING BACK TO THEM.

TURN WITH ME TO ROMANS 12:3-6 (quickview) 

KNOW THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN TO BELIEVERS. TO ROMAN BELIEVERS FOR THE MOST PART. PAUL WAS INSTRUCTING AND ASKING THEIR HELP TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL. HE POINTS OUT THAT………..

VERSE 3 – TO EVERY BELIEVER, TO EVERY MAN RECEIVES A MEASURE OF FAITH. ($10.00 or $10,000)

THE NEW CENTURY VERSION TRANSLATES THE LATTER PART OF THAT VERSE THAT “YOU MUST DECIDE WHAT YOU ARE BY THE AMOUNT OF FAITH GOD HAS GIVEN YOU. KNOW WHERE YOU ARE AT! IN ADDITION,..TO THE MEASURE OF FAITH...

VERSE 6 – TO OPERATE IN THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT, YOU MUST AGAIN HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING WHERE YOUR FAITH STANDS. WHAT LEVEL ARE YOU OPERATING AT? DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR GIFTS ARE, DO YOU KNOW HOW AND WHEN TO MOVE IN YOUR GIFTS, DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH TO BELIEVE GOD FOR, DO YOU KNOW YOUR MEASURE OF FAITH CONCERNING YOUR PRAYER LIFE? ALL THESE AREAS OF YOUR LIFE REQUIRE A TESTIMONIAL KINDA FAITH!!!! PRAISE HIS NAME SOMEONE.

#1, UNDERSTAND THAT EVERY MAN IS GIVEN A MEASURE OF FAITH!!

LOOK AT YOUR NEIGHBOR AND TELL THEM, I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH FAITH I EXACTLY HAD WHEN I GOT HERE, BUT I WILL KNOW FOR CERTAIN WHEN I LEAVE!!!

TURN YOUR BIBLES TO 2 THESS 3:1-2 – WE SEE PAUL AGAIN WRITING THIS TIME THE THESSALONIAN CHURCH AND HE POINTS OUT .....

VERSE 2 – POINTS OUT THAT NOT ALL MEN BELIEVE!!!! BOTH INTELLECTUALLY AND TESTIMONIALLY. BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CHURCH. NOT ALL MEN BELIEVE IN THE INTELLECTUAL ELEMENT OF FAITH! THEY DO NOT BELIEVE IN A HIGHER POWER, THEY DO NOT BELIEVE IN ANY GOD.


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