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Summary: We illustrate how Jesus had to walk Martha through three levels of faith.

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TITLE DEED FAITH

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.

Kyfingers@aol.com

I ponder today ROTTEN MESSES and Faith.

We must come to realize a problem is but a doorway of opporutnity for God to show His Plan!

I ponder: Can people have faith and never use it?

Are there levels of faith?

How can I learn to release my faith to make a difference?

I want to make a difference at home and that difference grow to touch the world.

I ponder: DOES OUR ENEMY TEST YOUR FAITH? HOW DOES THE ENEMY TEST FAITH?

If we could get wise to his testing procedures and

prepare for the test of faith, we would be better.

A few notes on the tests of faith.

The greatest tests of faith is not just how you feel

towards God, but how you feel toward fellowman.

Faith is tested in crucibles...

severe test, vessels that endures great heat.

Fire tests gold, adversity and patience tests men.

Faith can be tested by your giving.

Luke 17:5 the apostles come to Jesus and ask Jesus

to "Increase our faith."

Is this a fair request?

To be real honest, the apostles never needed to have

an increase --- they just needed to launch out and

use what they already had.

Why should God give you more, when you never

exercise what you already have?

Five books on the shelf, are no better than two

books on the shelf. We need the books off the shelf,

to be read, to be applied, to be taught, to be

practiced.

Some cry more Lord, and they set in pews of do nothing.

Many fear the tests of faith?

Well, can’t you see you are going to be tested no

matter what?

Why not let your faith rule and climb out of the

boat.

Yes, Peter had to hear the invitation of

Jesus ...

Lord, bid me come to you.

Don’t get out without the invitation.

We are not waiting on God, He is waiting on us?

We fear what the boat-sitters are going to say?

We fear about the possibility of sinking?

Peter is in pretty exclusive company, as there are

only records of two walking on water ...

Jesus ... Peter.

Faith will separate the men from the boys.

Some claim they have no faith?

Is this valid?

No! Romans 12:3 ... according as God hath dealt to

every man,(woman), the measure of faith.

What is the standard unit of measurement of faith?

Enough.

God gives everyone enough faith to do what is

necessary to accomplish His Plan in their life.

Nothing will ever occur, but what the believer will have enough faith to sustain and thrive and grow.

You have the FAITH ... use it.

Faith comes by hearing the word of God.

Rom.10:17.

We want to buy a tape, read a book and our faith

grow.

I think I, too, would not be wrong in stating:

Practice makes Perfect. ---

Never use your faith and lose it.

The more you exercise faith the more you faith will produce.

By the way, WHAT HAS YOUR FAITH PRODUCED RECENTLY?

Use your faith today.

I want us to look at Martha’s faith in

John 11: 21 --46.

To really understand my words you need to read God’s

words?

Most will be to busy too read God’s word?

Let’s establish Martha had a measure of faith.

We must also establish Martha’s faith will be

TESTED.

Why has the modern church developed bad attitudes

towards testing?

Every major worker for God had FAITH TEST!

The nerve of us thinking, we shall be exempt from

faith test, when God never exempted His Own Son?

Martha’s faith test that we will study does not

revolve around her, but her brother.

Often your test will involve what you love? ? ?

Abraham’s test was his son?

Widow’s test was her food?

The 7 dips of Naaman were faith test?

Women were Samson’s test?

Washing the mud out of the blind man’s eyes was his

test?

What will be your tests?

Ponder, HOW WILL MY FAITH BE TESTED?

Let’s look at a thumbnail sketch of Martha’s faith

tests?

Martha loved Lazarus.

Lazarus gets sick.

They send for Jesus.

Lazarus gets sicker.

Jesus delays His Coming.

Lazarus dies.

Lazarus stinks 4 days.

Let’s observe the 3 levels of Martha’s faith

and how Jesus’ love propelled Martha’s faith to

enough.

#1 LEVEL OF FAITH, WE WILL CALL TYLENOL FAITH.

Tylenol faith is the easy level.

I will pray and believe for what God can do as long

as it is something a Bayer Aspirin, a Tylenol or a

valium can handle.

John 11:21 ... Lord, if thou had been here my

brother had not died. . .

Tylenol faith depends on the presence of a super

saint?

Tylenol faith sees the limits of circumstances,

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