Summary: This is a powerful exposition of what happens when a person releases or acts upon their faith.
Releasing your Faith
Bishop Dr. Perry Edison Newton Sr
Word of Faith Tabernacle
Hebrew 11: 1-11; James 2:14-26
This morning we are gathered here to perform an act of worship. We could worship God any where, but if we wanted to worship at this place we would first have to get here. As we are here, we have accomplished something that we wanted to do. Therefore, by being here; and by making preparation to be here, we’ve released our Faith.
Today, as this sermon unfolds, we will here God speaking to us on this subject “releasing your faith.” At the end of this sermon, you will know what it means to release your faith, how to release your faith and whether or not you have released your faith. Above all you will be challenge to release your faith in the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Releasing your Faith!
I imagine that this topic sounds quite familiar and no doubt you may ponder in your mind, where did I hear this topic. Really it does not matter, where you will have heard this topic or how often you would have heard sermons preached on similar topics. Today God wants us to hear once again the principles of releasing our faith.
Let us turn our Bibles to James 2:14-26
“ what doth it profit my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works, can faith save him? …" V17 "Even so faith if it hath not works is dead being alone. Yea a man says thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works." V20 "But will thou know O vain man, that faith without works is dead." V26 "For as the body without the spirit is dead. So faith without works is dead also. Faith without works is dead.”
I pose the following question: What is faith?
Hebrew 11:1 says: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.”
Faith according to Eerderman’s dictionary is “having trust in God for his great power which can accomplish miracles and also for his loving concern for the necessities of human existence.”
Faith is being able after being given a vision of what to do or an inspiration of how to do something one goes about getting it done.
Faith believes that once you begin to do something that God will provide the means to accomplish the task.
Faith is seeing your self having actually accomplished the task long before you begin.
The definition given in Hebrew in regards to faith can be interpreted as follows.
• You hope for something, or you desire to be something and to accomplish it. You actually see it in your minds eyes or in your spirit; it is already a reality in the supernatural or unseen realm.
• You know well in advance that you have that for which you hoped (a feeling that what is wanted will happen) for. You see you’re self with it, in it or having already accomplished it. You feel the sensation of the joy of having it. You want to be a doctor or a lawyer and you have already feel that you have accomplished it even though you are still preparing to be a doctor or lawyer.
• The evidence of things not seen. Evidence means something that is plain visible, clear, factual or obvious.
The Bible tells us in Roman 8:24 “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? V25 “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”
Webster gives a good definition of Hope: A feeling that what is wanted will happen; to want and expect; to want very much; to trust or rely upon.
God wants us to release our Faith.
Release is variously defined as follows: To set free as from confinement, duty, or work; To permit to be issued, published or broadcast; relief from tension or by expressing emotions freely. Letting loose something that was held or caught.
Releasing your faith
This means that you will begin to do something; begin to talk about it; begin to save towards it; begin to study towards it; begin to adopt the attitude and behaviour that is necessary to do it; begin to be committed to it; begin to pay down on it; begin to build it.
James 2:17 says: “Even so faith if it hath not works is dead being alone” in verse 18 he says: "shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.”