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Summary: Understanding what Faith is. The definition of FAITH (Hebrews 11:1) Faith is the substance of the things we hope for. The Greek word for substance is HUPOSTASIS. it means the essence; the assurance Note: The promises of God g

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LESSON: What Faith Is

Understanding what Faith is.

The definition of FAITH (Hebrews 11:1)

Faith is the substance of the things we hope for.

The Greek word for substance is HUPOSTASIS.

it means the essence; the assurance

Note: The promises of God gives us hope and applying faith on it will bring it to pass.

Faith therefore is the proof of ownership that something belongs to us.

Faith is the proof of ownership of our goal.

Ex. Land Title (God gave the land of Israel to Abraham but he could not possess it for 400 years. Genesis 15:13-21)

If you will continue to hope and continue in faith, you will have possession one day.

2.Faith is the evidence of things not yet seen (Hebrews 11:1)

a. There are things that we cannot experience with our physical senses.

- TV air waves/AM-FM radiowaves/protons/neutrons/electrons/

bacteria/viruses etc.But these things do exist

b. There are things that exist in the realm of faith that we cannot experience with our physical senses.

1.God

2.Heaven

3.The floodwaters of Noah - Note: it had never rained until the flood

Our healing when we are sick

Our prosperity when we are having financial problems

- Our faith is proof that they exist.

The Components of Faith

Faith has parts just like everything else (Hebrews 11:6)

The first part of faith is a revelation knowledge that God is God.

We believe that He exists.

We believe that He exist as God.

We believe that as God He can do what He says He can do.

The second part of faith is revelation knowledge regarding the character

of God.

We must understand that God is the rewarder of those who seek Him.

We must understand the character of God.

Thus, faith is made of revelation knowledge of two things:

God’s power

God’s character

- To misunderstand either one of these will destroy man’s faith in God

What Faith is not

Faith is not presumption

Presumption is the idea that God must help us no matter what we do.

Presumption is us making a decision about what we want God to do

and thinking we can force Him to do it.

Faith is not positive thinking.

Faith is not doing something just because everybody else is doing it.

The people of Israel crossed the red sea by faith.

Because God had told them to.

Egypt attempted to follow them and died.

They were trying to imitate the faith of Israel.

But God had not told them to do it.

Faith is not laziness expecting God to do all the work.

We are called to be co-laborers with God. (Ephesians 2:10)

Faith is believing God to do what only He can do.

And we do everything we can do.

The different types of Faith.

The gift of Faith (1 Corinthians 12:7-9)

The gift of faith is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit.

The gift of faith is given by the Spirit for a certain time and purpose and

then it is gone.

We must recognize that this is the gift of faith and not our own faith in

operation.

We must remember that we cannot even decide to have this gift.

This gift is given by the will of the Holy Spirit

Faith that grows

When we are born again, we all have the measure of faith (Romans 12:3)

As we begin to grow in God, we decide what level of faith we will have.

We may have little faith (Mark 8:16)

We may have great faith (Matthew 8:10)

We may have perfect faith (James 2:21-23)

Our faith will grow from level to level based on two things:

Our growth in the knowledge of the Word of God (Romans 10:17)

Our growth in the knowledge of God (Hebrews 11:6)

Remember, faith is made up of revelation knowledge of God’s

power and God’s nature or character.

Is there any wonder that Abraham had perfect faith? He is called

the friend of God.

Having faith and the ability to use faith, however, are two different

subjects.

How to use our Faith. (Luke 17:5-6)

To use faith it first require a goal (Hebrew 11:1)

We have learned that faith is the title deed of something we are hoping for.

Something we are confidently expecting to receive.

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Faith, therefore, cannot operate until there is something we are reaching

for.

We must learn to have very specific goals in our lives if we are going to

receive from God.

God would ask us what we want Him to do. (Mark 10:50-52)

We cannot give some vague answer.

“I want to be blessed”

God has always helped great men of faith to visualize their goals.

Abraham looked into the stars in heaven to see the multitude of

his descendants.

The use of speech or confession in the realm of faith.

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