Summary: The 5 steps of faith. Before you can get the reward us must go through the process.
¡°The Process of Faith¡±
District Elder M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
Hebrews 11:1, 6 & Hebrew 10:23.
Scriptures read: ¡°Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 6. But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrew 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised;)¡±.
Now there are many definitions for the word FAITH. Merriam Webster¡¯s Dictionary says: faith is allegiance to duty or a person, the belief and trust in and loyalty to God.
There are several Hebrew and Greek words that are commonly used for faith and they all carry the idea of trust, hope, and assurance that what has been told will in fact come to pass.
We understand this and know with confidence this is true because Hebrews 11:1 says ¡°Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.¡±.
Let¡¯s take a look at this verse: substance is vitally important. Substance: is the essential nature, the fundamental or characteristic part of something. If something doesn¡¯t have substance that it is nothing more than a set of ideas.
¡ú Many people have ideas, but if those ideas are never given substance they are only thoughts in the mind of that person.
Example: Because someone gave substance to a thought most of the world has and uses cell phones.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for (things we want to see manifested) it¡¯s the evidence of things not seen.
Evidence:- something that furnishes proof, it¡¯s an outward showing of something.
Oftentimes we will say that scripture and have great excitement in our voice however we fail to understand the process of faith.
Vs #6 This is important, numbers in the Bible play a very important part and have great meaning. The number 6 means man¡¯s coming short of spiritual perfection; it¡¯s the number of man who is destitute without God.
In vs. #6 the Bible says: if I may ¡°man/woman, But without faith it is impossible to please him (God) for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him¡±.
You must have faith for without it, it is impossible to please God. That word ¡°PLEASE¡± means to give pleasure or to make joyful or give joy. In Nehemiah 8:10 the Bible says ¡°¡the joy of the Lord is your strength¡±.
If you don¡¯t have faith you can¡¯t make it because you have no strength because you failed to please God.
The 6th verse continues and says ¡°for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him¡±.
So-many times we hear that and say see he¡¯s a rewarder, he¡¯s going to give me that which I asked for because He is a rewarder, but we fail to catch that last part ¡°of them that diligently seek Him¡±.
The word ¡°diligently¡± means: - steady, earnest, and energetic effort.
It¡¯s a process. A process is the steps involved to get to a certain result.
Example: - If I want to get to the back door of the church I can say all I want to that I want to get to the back door, but until I go through the process of putting one foot in front of the other I will never reach the result of getting to the back door.
Well in order for me and you to receive our reward from God and I¡¯m not talking about our eternal reward of everlasting life, but I¡¯m talking about the reward that will make this life here on earth a life more abundantly, we must go through the process.
¡°The Process of Faith¡±.
The process of faith has 5 steps to the process. REMEMBER THAT 5 steps.
We must have:
1. BASIC FAITH. We must believe, hope, and trust God that what has been told will in fact come to pass. I believe that God can and that God will. Understand that¡¯s foundational because if you don¡¯t have basic faith then you can¡¯t have the rest. Because without that it is impossible to please God. Now faith pleases God and He gives me strength so I can go to the next level of faith.
2. FAITH COMMAND: - what is faith command. A Faith Command is this - In the name of Jesus I command deliverance, financial breakthrough, healing, souls being saved. WATCH THIS: - Faith Command is saying In the name of Jesus I command every seat in this sanctuary to be filled every Sunday, at every Bible Class, at every service that is held here in Jesus name I command it. That¡¯s FAITH COMMAND. See the Bible says calleth those things which be not as though they were. That¡¯s a faith command, it may not be right now, but in the name of Jesus I calleth what is not as though it were and I am expecting it to come to pass. Romans 4:17.