F A I T H

How to Co-operate

With the Living Loving God

And Attain to

All the Known Needs of Life

 

 

 

The Context

“The object and purpose of our instruction and charge is that all believers would be filled with charity (love) that comes from a pure heart, and a clear conscience, and genuine faith.”  —1 Timothy 1:5

 

 

“Faith” Defined

piðstiv” (Original Greek word): “Persuasion, i.e. evidence; conviction of truth, or the truthfulness of God or Jesus; reliance on same; belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence) whether in God or in Christ, springing from faith in the same.” The word we normally translate “faith” meant “trust” to the New Testament authors.

 

 

Trusting (faith) is the conduit that gives the Kingdom of God the legality to manifest in the earth realm (1 Peter 1:5; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:7, 11). Faith is the conduit that gives the Kingdom of Love the legality to manifest in the earth realm, as the earth realm became Satan’s dominion when Adam lost it (Gen. 3; Lk. 4; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; Rev. 11:15; 20:1-10):

 

 

"But without trust (faith) it is impossible to please Him [God]: for s/he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him"  –Heb. 11:6

 

 

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.”  –Jesus the Christ recorded in Mark 11:24

 

 

“And Jesus said … as you have believed, so be it done unto you...”  (Matthew 8:13).  This is an unfailing spiritual law (Matthew 8:10, 13; 9:29; 21:22; Mark 9:23; 11:22-24).

 

 

“…Jesus said, daughter, be of good comfort [cheer]; your trust (faith) has made you whole. And the woman was made whole at once.”  –Matthew 9:22

 

 

“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said unto the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Be not afraid, only believe.’”  –Mark 5:36

 

 

“…Therefore do not be troubled with future cares, not even for tomorrow’s...”  –Matthew 6:25-34

 

 

 “…For we walk by trusting (faith), not by sight…”  –2 Corinthians 5:7

 

 

 “…And whatever is not of trust (faith) is sin.”  –Romans 14:23

 

 

All progress in the Christian life is by trusting (faith). “This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by trusting (faith). As the Scriptures say, The just shall live by trust (faith).”  – Romans 1:17; See also Ephesians 2:8; Galatians 3:7, 11; 1 Peter 1:5; Habakkuk 2:4

 

 

 

Faith

The word faith is found only twice in the Old Testament, but 245 times in the New Testament. The word believe with its various endings occurs 45 times in the Old Testament and 268 times in the New Testament. The word trust is the other Old Testament word for faith and believe. It is used with its various endings 154 times in the Old Testament and 35 times in the New Testament.

 

These words simply mean to confide in, so as to be secure without fear; to flee for refuge to or to take shelter in; to put faith in; to stay or rest on; to rely on; to believe or to take one at his word; to rely upon the promise of another: and to put absolute trust in a person without any questioning or doubts as to His faithfulness.

 

The Bible definition of faith is, "The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1 KJV). Various renderings express this verse thus:

 

“Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things we hope for, being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].”  (Amplified Bible)

 

"Now faith is a well-grounded assurance of that for which we hope, and a conviction of the reality of things which we do not see" (Weymouth);

 

"Now faith means we are confident of what we hope for, convinced of what we do not see" (Moffatt);

 

"Now faith is the title-deed of things hoped for; the putting to proof of things not seen" (Centenary Translation);

 

Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen" (Revised Version).

 

 

The Apostle Paul, in Romans 4:17, expresses true faith as an attribute of God, "who quickeneth [makes alive] the dead, and CALLETH THOSE THINGS WHICH BE NOT AS THOUGH THEY WERE." Faith is a union of assurance and conviction, the counting or reckoning a thing done as though it were already done. Faith does not have to see before it believes. It laughs at impossibilities and all circumstances that may be contrary to it and counts the thing done that it asks from God. Faith is not swayed to believe God only when things seem possible, and it is not moved to waver or question in the least when things seem to go contrary to what has been asked. It doggedly plugs right along counting the impossible as possible, counting as done the things that are not seen, and counting the things that are not as though they were.

 

The word "believeth" denotes the act and process of faith. It comes from the Greek verb pisteuo (NT:4100). This use of the present tense indicates that faith must be continued in to receive its benefits; trusting (Acts 14:22; Ephes. 6:16; Col. 1:23; Col. 2:5-7; 1 Thes. 5:8; 1 Tim. 2:15; 1 Tim. 3:9; 1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 3:8; 2 Tim. 4:7; Titus 1:13; Hebrews 10:23-38; 2 Peter 1:5-10). It can be lost (Luke 8:13; 1 Tim. 1:19; 1 Tim. 4:1; 1 Tim. 5:8,12; 1 Tim. 6:10,21; 2 Tim. 2:18; 2 Tim. 3:8; Jude 1:3; Rev. 2:13).

 

 

“Faith has nothing to do with intellectual belief. Faith is obedience. Faith and abandonment to God’s will and power are inseparable. Faith is willingness to do God’s will. Unwillingness to abandon one’s own will and to obey God is unbelief.”   –Hannah Hurnard in her inspired book entitled Hinds’ Feet on High Places

 

 

There is no battle that you and I can win in the physical realm until we have won it through faith in the spirit realm. To fight and win that battle, you and I have over 750 promises from God's New Testament alone that are “yes and amen in Christ Jesus.”

 

 

Faith Means:

1.     To be fully persuaded of (Romans 4:17-22; Romans 8:38-39; 2 Tim. 1:12)

2.     Trust wholly and unreservedly in the faithfulness of God (Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 12:21; Luke 12:28-31; Ephes. 1:13; 1 Tim. 4:11; 1 Tim. 6:17; 1 Cor. 10:13)

3.     Give one's self over to a new way of life (Romans 1:17; Romans 6:11-23; Romans 8:1-16; 2 Cor. 10:4-7; Galatians 5:16-26; Col. 3:5-10; Hebrews 12:1-15; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 1:7; 1 John 2:6; 1 John 3:8-10; 1 John 4:17; 1 John 5:1-5,18)

4.     The attribute of God and restored faculty of man whereby both can bring into existence things that are unseen (Romans 4:17; Galatians 5:22; Matthew 17:20; Matthew 21:22; Mark 9:23; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 17:6; Hebrews 11)

5.     Place confidence in (Ephes. 3:12; Phil. 1:6; Hebrews 3:6,12-14; Hebrews 10:35; 1 John 3:21; 1 John 5:14)

6.     The substance or conviction of things hoped for, the assurance of things not seen (Hebrews 10:19-38; Hebrews 11:1,6; Romans 4:17; Romans 8:24)

7.     Absolute dependence upon and reliance in the Word of God and of Christ (Matthew 8:8-10; Matthew 15:28; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:1-12:3)

8.     Full surrender, yieldedness, and obedience to all known truth (Romans 1:5; Romans 16:26; Romans 6:11-23; James 2:14-26; 2 Cor. 10:4-7; Hebrews 11:6)

9.     Trust wholly and unreservedly in the faithfulness of God (Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 12:21; Luke 12:28-31; Ephes. 1:13; 1 Tim. 4:11; 1 Tim. 6:17; 1 Cor. 10:13)

10.     Give one's self over to a new way of life (Romans 1:17; Romans 6:11-23; Romans 8:1-16; 2 Cor. 10:4-7; Galatians 5:16-26; Col. 3:5-10; Hebrews 12:1-15; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 1:7; 1 John 2:6; 1 John 3:8-10; 1 John 4:17; 1 John 5:1-5,18)

11.     The attribute of God and restored faculty of man whereby both can bring into existence things that are unseen (Romans 4:17; Galatians 5:22; Matthew 17:20; Matthew 21:22; Mark 9:23; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 17:6; Hebrews 11)

12.     The whole body of revealed truth (Luke 18:8; Jude 1:3; Romans 10:17; 1 Tim. 4:1,6; 1 Tim. 6:10; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)

13.   Joyful faith in, and acceptance of Christ as the substitute for sin and our Savior whereby one receives:

Salvation (Mark 16:16; Acts 4:12; Acts 10:43; Romans 1:16; Romans 3:24-31; Ephes. 2:8-9);

Access into grace (Romans 5:2);

Fulfillment of the promises (Hebrews 6:12);

The Holy Spirit (Galatians 3:14);

Righteousness (Romans 4; Romans 9:30,32; Romans 10:6; Phil. 3:9);

Sonship (Galatians 3:26);

Healing (James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24);

Eternal life (John 3:15-18,36; John 5:24; John 6:47);

Answers to every prayer (Matthew 7:7-11; Matthew 21:21; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 18:1-8; John 14:12-15; John 15:7,16).

 

 

General Facts Concerning Faith

FAITH CAN

Grow (2 Thess. 1:3),

Lead to utterance (2 Cor. 4:13),

Work through love (Gal. 5:6),

Clothe the naked (Matt. 6:30),

Heal the sick (Matt. 8:1-17; 9:2, 22, 29; James 5:14-16),

Dispel fear (Matt. 8:26),

Make whole (Mark 10:52),

Save from sin (Luke 7:36-50; Eph. 2:8-9),

Fill believers (Acts 6:5-8),

Purify the heart (Acts 15:9),

Sanctify (Acts 26:18),

Impart revelations (Rom. 1:17),

Justify (Rom. 3:28-31; Gal. 3:24),

Give access into grace (Rom. 5:2),

Produce righteousness (Rom. 9:30-32; 10:6-10; Phil. 3:9),

Give security (Rom. 11:20; 2 Cor. 1:24),

Bring blessings (Gal. 3:9),

Impart the Holy Spirit (Gal. 3:14),

Make men children of God (Gal. 3:26),

Bring hope and salvation (Gal. 5:5; Eph. 2:8-9),

Make conscious of Christ (Eph. 3:17),

Quench fiery darts of Satan (Eph. 6:16),

Produce works (Phil. 1:17; James 2; 1 Thess. 1:3; 2 Thess. 1:11),

Edify (1 Tim. 1:4),

Produce inheritance (Heb. 6:12), and

Keep one true to God (1 Pet. 1:5).

 

FAITH CAN BE

Seen (Matt. 9:2; Mark 2:5),

Obeyed (Acts 6:7; Rom. 1:5),

Turned away (Acts 13:8),

Continued in (Acts 14:22; Col. 1:23).

Made without effect (Rom. 3:3),

Be increased (2 Cor. 10:15),

Examined (2 Cor. 13:5),

Destroyed (Gal. 1:23),

Perfected (1 Thess. 3:10),

Shipwrecked (1 Tim. 1:19),

Departed from (1 Tim. 4:1),

Denied (1 Tim. 5:8; Rev. 2: 13),

Cast off (1 Tim. 5:12),

Erred from (1 Tim. 6:10, 21),

Overthrown (2 Tim. 2:18),

Followed (2 Tim. 2:22),

Rejected (2 Tim. 3:8),

Made sound (Titus 1:13; 2:2),

Kept (2 Tim. 4:7); and

Tried (James 1:3; 1 Pet. 1:7; 5:9).

 

 

BLESSINGS OF FAITH

Physical healing (Matthew 8:10; Acts 3:16)

Protection (Matthew 8:26; Matthew 14:31)

Daily food (Matthew 16:8-10)

Forgiveness (Luke 7:50; Romans 3:25)

Miracles (Acts 6:8; Galatians 3:5)

Heart purity (Acts 15:9)

Sanctification (Acts 26:18)

Righteousness (Romans 3:22; Romans 9:30)

Justification (Romans 3:28-31; Romans 4:1-25; Romans 5:1; Galatians 2:16; Galatians 3:8,24)

Renewal of youth (Romans 4:17-20)

Stability (1 Cor. 16:13; 2 Cor. 1:24)

Christian living (2 Cor. 5:7; Hebrews 10)

Holy Spirit (Galatians 3:2,14)

Sonship (Galatians 3:26)

Salvation (Acts 4:12; Ephes. 2:8-9)

Christ indwelling (Ephes. 3:17)

Baptism into Christ (Col. 2:12)

Works of power (1 Thes. 1:3; 2 Thes. 1:11)

Godly edifying (1 Tim. 1:4)

Boldness (1 Tim. 3:13)

Assurance (Hebrews 10:22)

Good profession (Hebrews 10:23)

Patience (James 1:3; 1 Peter 1:7)

Inheritance (James 2:5)

Power to resist Satan (1 Peter 5:9)

Victory over the world (1 John 5:4)

Edification (Jude 1:20)

Many faith exploits (Hebrews 11)

 

 

TEN FAITH PROMISES

1.     Nothing impossible (Matthew 17:20)

2.     All things (Matthew 21:21)

3.     Whatever you say (Mark 11:22-24)

4.     Salvation (Acts 4:12; 1 Peter 1:5-13)

5.     Daily necessities (Matthew 6; Luke 12:28)

6.     Victory in Christian living (Romans 1:17)

7.     Access to God (Romans 5:2)

8.     Holy Spirit (Galatians 3:14)

9.     Promises fulfilled (Hebrews 6:12)

10.   Physical healing (James 5:14-16)

 

 

The Importance of Trusting (Faith)

The Bible definitely declares that trusting (faith) is all-important:

 

"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" (Heb. 11:6);

 

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1);

 

"But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord" (James 1:5-8);

 

"…Whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Rom. 14:23),

 

"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye may be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked" (Eph. 6:16);

 

"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.... Now the just shall LIVE BY FAITH: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him" (Heb. 10:35-39);

 

"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing ye shall receive" (Matt. 21:21);

 

"If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth" (Mark 9:23);

 

"Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore, I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them" (Mark 11:22-24).

 

These Scriptures, which clearly set forth the importance of faith, need no interpretation. They plainly promise all believers that they can get whatsoever they have faith for. There are no limitations or qualifications concerning known needs of this life or the life to come; so do not limit them. They are clear that faith is absolutely necessary to get what is desired in life. None of us should expect to get anything from God if we refuse to have faith. There is no such thing as the impossibility of having faith, so the fact that we do not have faith is our own choice and responsibility. Jesus commanded people to "Have faith in God," and such is possible, or it would not be mandatory.

 

It is all-important to have faith, because no prayer will be answered without it—God cannot be pleased without it; we will not get anything from God without it—and we will be uncooperative with God without it. If faith is the mandate, then not to have faith is to breach the instruction of our loving God and miss the mark [commit sin]. (See Romans 14:23 above.) If we believers would realize this fact we would become desperate about this breach, as much as we are about breaching other instruction of God. If we could only realize that it is missing the mark [sin] to have unbelief and to doubt our loving God we would at least become moved to the point of action against such breach of instruction.

 

The trouble all along has been that most of us consider unbelief and doubt as part of human nature and something to be expected and not to be changed. The attitude has been that of being indifferent about it. When it is easy to believe there is no problem, but when it becomes a struggle and hard to believe it is passed off as something that cannot be helped at all. This is where the devil has got the upper hand of people who pray. He makes people think that not all persons can believe God and that if one cannot do so, then it is perfectly right to live in unbelief and to doubt and waver all that one pleases.

 

If prayer is not answered, most of us take it for granted that it is not the will of God to grant any answer. We are quickly turned aside from the purpose of getting an answer and are satisfied to be defeated. Blame for such defeat is laid upon God and is considered the will of God without any question, while the truth is that this attitude is surrender to the evil-forces who oppose the answer to prayer. It is so habitual for the average Christian to be defeated that we gives little thought to it. It is taken for granted when the prayer is offered that its not being granted will be all right, and that this failure of God to grant the answer reveals that it is His will not to answer.

 

If the Bible says that God will always answer faith, then the lack of an answer simply shows unbelief. When the disciples asked Jesus, "Why could not we cast him out?" The answer was, "Because of your unbelief" (Matt. 17:14-21). Not one Scripture says that unanswered prayer indicates any other cause.

 

In Heb. 12:1-2 we are told, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, AND THE SIN which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith." Unbelief is the sin that so easily overthrows the saints. It is not the major sins of the flesh that we permit to dominate us, but it is the sin of constantly doubting our loving God. If no man would doubt God there would be no failure to get an answer to prayer every time one prays for any thing that is covered by the promises of God.

 

 

God Never Rebukes Faith

People have been rebuked for lack of faith, but never for faith, or for asking great things from God (Matt. 6:30; 14:31; 16:8; Luke 24:25; James 1:5-8). There should never be a doubt of receiving from God if we believers will see to it that we have faith without doubting and questioning anything about the answer. The answering part is God's work, and why should we children worry so much about that phase of answered prayer? Leave all such worry to God, who is responsible for the answer and who will answer if true faith is exercised by us. Our part is to ask and simply believe and refuse to doubt after prayer. If we would take care of our part of the program, God would take care of His part, and there would be no failure. When we begin to meddle with God's business—the answering part—then God has no faith [substance] to work with. God’s hands are tied until we take care of our own part in the arrangement, then the answer is granted.

 

If the law of faith is that no answer is granted until all doubting, questioning, unbelieving, and worrying cease, then let it be settled once and for all that God is not going to break His law to please us whining unbelievers, who live more in criticism of God for not answering than in praise for the answer. Let us who want answers cease from worry about how and when God is going to carry out His part of the contract. We believers must permit our loving God to run His own matters in His own way and time and be patient and faithful to God until He does answer, and prayer will become a mere routine in life for us.

 

There were 333 prophecies – spoken centuries before – fulfilled in the life of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).  According to laws of simple and compound probability, the 333 prophecies of Yeshua could have only one chance in one and ninety-seven ciphers of fulfillment.  Our loving God is perfectly trustworthy.

 

 

The Law of Faith

According to all the above-stated studies all the blessings of God come through faith. If we want to attain to the known needs of this life as well as those of the life to come we must have faith and exercise it. There is nothing more clear in Scripture than the fact that faith is absolutely necessary to receive the benefits of the gospel. It is also equally clear that we receive according to our faith. The law of faith is “nothing doubting ... according to your faith, so be it done unto you... If thou canst believe, all things are possible" (Matt. 9:28-29; Mark l:15; 9:23; 11:22-24; 16:17; James 1:5-8, Heb. 11:6, Rom. 12:6).

 

If we receive little, we have little faith. If we receive much, we have much faith. If we waver we get nothing. If we believe for one thing and not another, then we get only the one thing. We can always tell how much faith we have by what we receive. If we give up in a battle and quit believing for what we have asked, it is not the fault of God that we do not receive. It is our own fault.

 

 

Plain and Simple

The secret of answered prayer is very clear in Scripture. Note how simple the Bible is on this point: "Have faith in God For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and cast into the sea; and SHALL NOT DOUBT IN HIS HEART, BUT SHALL BELIEVE THAT THOSE THINGS WHICH HE SAITH SHALL COME TO PASS, HE SHALL HAVE WHATSOEVER HE SAITH. Therefore I say unto you, WHAT THINGS SOEVER YE DESIRE, WHEN YE PRAY, BELIEVE THAT YE RECEIVE THEM [Believe that you have got them], AND YE SHALL HAVE THEM" (Mark 11:22-24); "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" (Heb. 11:6); "If any of you lack wisdom [or any thing else], let him ask of God, THAT GIVETH TO ALL MEN LIBERALLY, AND UPBRAIDETH NOT; AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN HIM. BUT LET HIM ASK IN FAITH NOTHING WAVERING. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. FOR LET NOT THAT MAN THINK THAT HE SHALL RECEIVE ANY THING OF THE LORD" (James 1:5-9).

 

 

Understanding God’s Grace by Faith

Most of us are familiar with, “it is by grace that we are saved through faith (Eph. 2:8).” Everything we receive from God must come by grace through faith.

Romans 4:16 graciously states, “It depends on faith, in order that it may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his [Abraham’s] offspring not only to those of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.” (No faith—no grace; see also Rom. 1:17; 5:2; Hebrews 11:6.)

Today, don’t just hear about grace, but understand that everything in our lives depends not on our merits or abilities or works, but on God’s willingness to meet our needs. This is grace.

 

 

How to Get Faith

 

 

See What Faith is Not

 

 

See more about the kinds of faith

 

 

So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” –Hebrews 3:19  See Doubt and Unbelief concerning God’s Word

 

 

 

 

 

Be Not Afraid, Only Believe … And Be Blessed Abundantly

“…Then the LORD did exactly what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant, and she gave a son to Abraham in his old age. It all happened at the time God had said it would. And Abraham named his son Isaac. Eight days after Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him as God had commanded. Abraham was one hundred years old at the time.

 

And Sarah declared, ‘God has brought me laughter! All who hear about this will laugh with me. For who would have dreamed that I would ever have a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!’

 

As time went by and Isaac grew and was weaned, Abraham gave a big party to celebrate the happy occasion…

 

… Later on God tested Abraham's faith and obedience. ‘Abraham!’ God called. ‘Yes,’ he replied. "Here I am."

 

‘Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will point out to you.’

 

The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son Isaac. Then he chopped wood to build a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place where God had told him to go. On the third day of the journey, Abraham saw the place in the distance. ‘Stay here with the donkey,’ Abraham told the young men. ‘The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.’

 

Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac's shoulders, while he himself carried the knife and the fire. As the two of them went on together, Isaac said, ‘Father?’ ‘Yes, my son,’ Abraham replied. ‘We have the wood and the fire,’ said the boy, ‘but where is the lamb for the sacrifice?’

God will provide a lamb, my son,’ Abraham answered. And they both went on together.

 

When they arrived at the place where God had told Abraham to go, he built an altar and placed the wood on it. Then he tied Isaac up and laid him on the altar over the wood. And Abraham took the knife and lifted it up to kill his son as a sacrifice to the LORD. At that moment the angel of the LORD shouted to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’ ‘Yes,’ he answered. ‘I'm listening.’

 

‘Lay down the knife,’ the angel said. ‘Do not hurt the boy in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld even your beloved son from me.’

 

Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering on the altar in place of his son.

 

Abraham named the place [Jehovahjireh] ‘The LORD Will Provide.’ This name has now become a proverb: ‘On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.’ Then the angel of the LORD called again to Abraham from heaven, ‘This is what the LORD says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your beloved son, I swear by my own self that I will bless you richly…’”   –Gen 21, 22 NLT

 

“…It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God's promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, though God had promised him, "Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted." Abraham assumed that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again (Heb. 11:19). And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

 

It was by faith that Isaac blessed his two sons, Jacob and Esau. He had confidence in what God was going to do in the future. It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff. And it was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, confidently spoke of God's bringing the people of Israel out of Egypt. He was so sure of it that he commanded them to carry his bones with them when they left! It was by faith that Moses' parents hid him for three months. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid of what the king might do.

 

It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be treated as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God's people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of the Messiah than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the great reward that God would give him. It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt. He was not afraid of the king. Moses kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.

 

It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians followed, they were all drowned. It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho seven days, and the walls came crashing down…”  –Heb. 11:17-    NLT

 

 

 

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Links

 

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication [definite requests] with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” –Philippians 4:6  See The Art of Prayer

 

 

“And by that same mighty power, He has given to us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these you all might be partakers of the Divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” –2 Peter1:4  There are 750 promises in the New Testament alone

 

 

The Key That Unlocks All Promises

 

 

Link to the list of 250 separate benefits of the 750 New Testament promises

 

 

Promises in the Psalms

 

 

“For my determined purpose is that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]”  -Philippians 3:10  Amp

 

 

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  –Ephesians 6:12.  See the reality of evil, Satan, or the devil

 

 

See the bondage of unrighteousness (sin) and corruption

 

 

“He personally bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.” –1 Peter 2:24  See the source of sin, sicknesses and diseases

 

 

“Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” – 3 John 1: 2

 

 

 

Link to God's Plan for Mankind

 

 

Thank you Finis Jennings Dake and Dake Publishing

  

 

Thank you Derek Prince Ministries and his book Faith to Live By