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Title: ACTIVATING YOUR FAITH !!!


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ACTIVATING YOUR FAITH !!!
  1. What is FAITH ??
  2. Walk by FAITH not by SIGHT
  3. Measure of Faith
  4. Different kinds of Faith with examples
  5. Natural Faith
  6. Saving Faith
  7. The Gift of Faith
  8. Stir up my Faith

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ACTIVATING YOUR FAITH !!!
  • WHAT IS FAITH ??
  • There is a Difference between the following
  • Believing God
  • Hoping / Trusting in God
  • Have FAITH in God
  • LIVE and WALK by FAITH
  • In the Greek the word Faith is defined as G4102
    persuasion, that is, credence moral conviction
    (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God
    or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon
    Christ for salvation abstractly constancy in
    such profession by extension the system of
    religious (Gospel) truth itself - assurance,
    belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
  • FAITH IS NOW where as trusting / hoping and
    believing means that Im trusting that it will
    happen somedaybut I cant say when
  • Heb 111 Now Faith is the substance of things
    hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
  • Heb 116 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.
  • FAITH is an ACTING Word!! Ie
  • Jam 215-16 ESV If a brother or sister is poorly
    clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of
    you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and
    filled," without giving them the things needed
    for the body, what good is that?
  • Jam 217 ESV So also faith by itself, if it does
    not have works, is dead.
  • Jam 218-20 ESV But someone will say, "You have
    faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart
    from your works, and I will show you my faith by
    my works. You believe that God is one you do
    well. Even the demons believe--and shudder! Do
    you want to be shown, you foolish person, that
    faith apart from works is useless?
  • Jam 226 ESV For as the body apart from the
    spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is
    dead.
  • Mar 1121 ESV And Peter remembered and said to
    him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed
    has withered."
  • Mar 1122-23 And Jesus answered them, "Have
    faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says
    to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into
    the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but
    believes that what he says will come to pass, it
    will be done for him.
  • Mar 1124 ESV Therefore I tell you, whatever you
    ask in prayer, believe that you have received it,
    and it will be yours.
  • IN SUMMARY FAITH IS ACTING (Doing and/or
    Speaking continually) ON WHAT YOU
    BELIEVE/HOPE/TRUST GOD FOR until it Manifests..!!!

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ACTIVATING YOUR FAITH !!!
  • Walk by Faith NOT by Sight !!!
  • Again, There is a Difference between
  • The NATURAL - our 5 senses, and
  • Having FAITH through the SPIRIT
  • What did Paul mean when he wrote this 1 sentence
    in the midst of his letter..??
  • 2Cor 57 for we walk by faith, not by sight.
  • i.e. Paul meant that they werent looking at
    their physical situation and circumstances that
    was disastrous to say the least, but their eye
    was on the Heavenly Calling (Acts 2619) and the
    Revelations that God gave Paul in other words
    Paul kept his eyes on God knowing WHO God IS
    and WHAT He can Do as well as Perform what He
    promised to Paul.despite his circumstances he
    had to endure. (Jesus walked the same Heb
    122)
  • 2Cor 48-10 We are troubled on every side, yet
    not distressed we are perplexed, but not in
    despair Persecuted, but not forsaken cast
    down, but not destroyed Always bearing about
    in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the
    life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our
    body.
  • THUS To walk by your sight means - to only use
    your natural 5 senses in the physical to
    determine your decisions, your reasoning or your
    future, etc. etc.
  • Sight Taste Touch Smell Hear
  • Sight Hearing affects what we project/expect is
    going to happen, but Taste, Touch Smell is what
    reminds us of past experiences (good or bad)
  • In other words
  • We listen to the News, and Weather Reports
  • We read news papers, and google the Internet for
    Information
  • We listen to our Parents, Family and Friends
    opinions about Love, Life, Health, the Future,
    etc.
  • Peer Pressure especially amongst teenagers
    but also amongst grown-ups. We compare ourselves
    constantly by looks, through magazines, what the
    neighbours did or didnt do (Do as the Jones
    do), etc etc
  • Doctors Reports diagnoses of cancer, or
    HIV/AIDS or Syndromes, etc, etcscares us and we
    cant think straight
  • Looking at History to determine the future !!
    (Which is only Predictions like Fortune
    telling.)
  • And All this can cause a lot of Uncertainty and
    Fear in our lives

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ACTIVATING YOUR FAITH !!!
  • Walk by Faith NOT by Sight !!! (cont..)
  • THUS To overcome all these Questions, Fears, and
    Uncertainty etc we need to get to know the Word
    of God
  • BUT even more than that we must KNOW GOD
    HIMSELF i.e. Through Relationship with Him
    through the Holy Spirit dwelling within us
    (John 173)
  • That is how we will KNOW WHO God says He is, as
    well as the Promises He made, AND to know what is
    HIS WILL.etc. To KNOW HIS
  • LOVE, MERCY, GRACE, KINDNESS, HEALING POWER,
    AUTHORITY, etc
  • John 1417 Even the Spirit of truth whom the
    world cannot receive, because it seeth him not,
    neither knoweth him but ye know him for he
    dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
  • John 1426-27 But the Comforter, which is the
    Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name,
    He shall teach you all things, and bring all
    things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have
    said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace
    I give unto you not as the world giveth, give I
    unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither
    let it be afraid.
  • 1John 417-19 Herein is our love made perfect,
    that we may have boldness in the day of judgment
    because as he is, so are we in this world. There
    is no fear in love but perfect love casteth out
    fear because fear hath torment. He that feareth
    is not made perfect in love. We love Him,
    because He first loved us.
  • And knowing all these promises, and plenty
    others, is what is giving us the Confidence to
    overcome every Fear that we Face to be able to
    speak and do the exact opposite which to the
    normal/natural eye it would look crazy or dumb,
    but to those who walk by FAITH in GOD will
    eventually Manifest what they have been saying
    and doing all along (Rom 837)
  • And when it manifests (come to be as we said it
    would be) is what is then a testimony to the
    World that God exists, and that He is who He says
    He isetc
  • Eg See Numbers 13 14 where Joshua Caleb
    stood with their Faith in God and said the
    exact opposite than the other 10 spies that came
    back which convinced the people to fear and to
    see themselves weak and unable
  • BUT because Joshua Caleb stood by what they
    Believed, they were saved and they could enter
    into the Promised land 40 years later with the
    same strength they had when they first spied out
    the land
  • Num 1330 And Caleb stilled the people before
    Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and
    possess it for we are well able to overcome it.
  • Num 1424 But my servant Caleb, because he had
    another spirit with him, and hath followed me
    fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto
    he went and his seed shall possess it.
  • And that is how we overcome and Live and Walk
    by Faith not what we See or Hear etc (Hab 24,
    Rom 117, Gal 311 Heb 1038)

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ACTIVATING YOUR FAITH !!!
  • Measure of FAITH
  • Rom 123 For I say, through the grace given unto
    me, to every man that is among you, not to think
    of himself more highly than he ought to think
    but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt
    to every man the measure of faith.
  • At some stage or the other we start wondering
    have I been given more or less Faith than another
    person eg a preacher, a prophet etc, etc
  • Cause it very often feels like we will never
    achieve or become even close to what some people
    have reached in Gods Spirit like some of our
    latest Faith Heroes eg Smith Wigglesworth,
    Lester Sumrall, Kenneth Hagen, Kenneth Copeland,
    etc
  • We very often feel like the Disciples to also cry
    out and ask
  • Luk 175 And the apostles said unto the Lord,
    Increase our faith.
  • But we shouldnt be put off or feel intimidated
    by another persons faith and their achievements
    In and By the Spirit of God
  • Cause God does not Give the Spirit by Measure
    (John 334), Neither does He single out specific
    persons (Deut 1017)
  • We all receive the Holy Spirit though our New
    Birth and even when we initially receive just a
    little bit of the Spirit of God (i.e. in seed
    form), it already contains all the possibilities
    and power to change anything you can possibly
    think of (1 Pet 123 Born again from
    incorruptible SEED the word of God, Rom 811
    Same Spirit that Raised Christ from the Dead
    Dwells In US, Col 127 Christ In us the HOPE
    of Glory)
  • For Example An apple seed, or a mustard seed,
    etc..
  • Cause we can count the seeds in an apple, but
    through Faith, God can count all the apples in 1
    seed
  • We have a saying that never count your chickens
    before they are hatched but Faith says Count
    your chickens BEFORE they HATCH
  • Meaning Speak in FAITH what you want see
    the end from the beginning and start speaking
    it prophecy it speak it forth into existence,
    and you shall see what you have spoken in FAITH
    and believed God for(Math 2515 onwards the
    Talents You can grow your Faith in the same way
    and will be rewarded according to the Fruit
    that youve shown)
  • THUS never think that you have received just a
    small measure and you cant increase it and Grow
    in Strength and Power and Faith in the Spirit of
    God
  • That is exactly what our AIM should be - is to
    GROW in our Faith on a Daily basis in order to
    reach the Perfection / Maturity in Christ as God
    had purposed it all along for every person on
    earth
  • Eph 413 Till we all come in the unity of the
    faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God,
    unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the
    stature of the fulness of Christ
  • Remember the movie of Angus Buchan Faith like
    Potatoes Faith is tangible it is a substance
    of what you believeuse it never doubt and
    you shall see the results !!!

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ACTIVATING YOUR FAITH !!!
  • Different Kinds of FAITH
  • There are different kinds of Faith that we need
    to understand otherwise we can get very
    confused as to which Faith am I operating in
  • Natural Faith
  • Is the type of faith we have in the Natural or
    Physical life i.e. to Walk by Sight
  • Eg
  • Farmer when sowing seed in his land
  • He prepares the land in a certain way using all
    kinds of fertilizers, depending on the seed he is
    going to sow
  • Plants the seed in the ground and then waits for
    it patiently to germinate, and grow into a full
    harvest
  • Fisherman when going out to catch some fish
  • He has faith in his own methods of preparing his
    bait, and where exactly to throw in the fishing
    line, or net, in order to catch some fish.
  • He is generally successful in his belief
  • Saving Faith
  • Is the Faith a person will need, to come to
    Jesus, through Believing the Gospel, hearing the
    Word of God preached to them (eg. Rom 10)
  • A person would hear the Gospel, believes what he
    heard, accepts Jesus into his heart, and is
    Saved.
  • Every person has been giving this saving faith
    meaning God gives us each the ability to believe
    that we can be saved and be born of God but we
    can choose to use it or not
  • Eg The 2 Thieves on the crosses on both sides
    of Jesus - (Luke 2339-43)
  • On the right hand side of Jesus the one asked
    Jesus to think of him when He (Jesus) gets into
    His Kingdom
  • And Jesus said that he will be with Him in
    paradise that same day. He was saved that very
    instant.
  • But the one on the left choose not to believe
    and died in his sins (John 824)

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ACTIVATING YOUR FAITH !!!
  • Different Kinds of FAITH
  • But then there is a 3rd kind of Faith
  • The Gift of Faith (1 Cor 129 1 of the 9 Gifts
    of the Holy Spirit)
  • Sometimes the Gift of Faith is mistaken for the
    Faith of Salvation (or Saving Faith)
  • BUT Saving Faith has no relation to the
    supernatural GIFT of the Holy Spirit.
  • There is major difference between the Measure
    of Faith (which is more a faith for Salvation)
    and the GIFT of FAITH
  • The Gift of Faith is a special kind of Faith that
    supernaturally achieves what is impossible
    through human instruments, knowledge, power, etc
  • This is when God, through the Power of the Holy
    Spirit, performs supernatural WORKS (called
    miracles, wonders, and signs), that cannot be
    humanly explained. (Mark 1617-18)
  • These works are not done normally in our
    everyday life, otherwise, they would have no
    relation to the supernatural gifts of the Holy
    Spirit.
  • No Human Strength is required only obedience to
    the promptings of the Holy Spirit (either to do
    or to speak according to His guidance)
  • FAITH PERMITS God to Perform a WORK on your
    behalf !!!
  • Zec 46 Then he answered and spake unto me,
    saying, This is the word of the LORD unto
    Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power,
    but by My Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
  • Eg.
  • Hos 1210 Prophets act out Parables (Eg. Moses
    pouring water on the ground, and all the water in
    Egypt turned into blood)
  • Amos 37 God does nothing without revealing it
    to His Prophets first Eg Jeremiah everything
    God wanted to bring about, He first revealed it
    to Jeremiah through Prophecy, before Israel was
    eventually taken captive and taken into captivity
    to Babylon
  • This was the Faith through which Jesus operated
    all of the time.
  • Eg When He spoke to the tempest, and immediately
    it calmed down. (Math 823-27)
  • Most Christians dont believe they can drink
    from this same kind of Power (through FAITH) to
    be able to flow through us, that flowed through
    Jesus.
  • NOTE Smith Wigglesworth said that sometimes
    you have to move the Spirit yourself

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ACTIVATING YOUR FAITH !!!
  • Different Kinds of FAITH (cont)
  • The 3rd kind of Faith
  • The Gift of Faith (1 Cor 129) - continue
  • Cause Jesus Promised this exact thing, in Joh 14
    through 16 when He said He will send us the
    Holy Spirit
  • And He mentioned in Joh 1412 that the same
    WORKS He did, we can do also, and even GREATER
    than that when the Holy Spirit comes.
  • For we are participants in the Same STRENGTH,
    POWER, VITALITY, WISDOM, and KNOWLEDGE that Jesus
    had all through the Presence of the Holy
    Spirit..!!!
  • This Gift of FAITH through the Holy Spirit, is
    Unlimited, and un-ending.
  • God is the SOURCE of its energy !!
  • God does the Fighting YOU do the REJOICING !!
    (Like Jehoshaphat in 2 Chron 19-20) - thus
    Becoming More than a Conqueror (Rom 837)
  • Examples from the Bible of People that operated
    in THE GIFT OF FAITH
  • Moses Using his staff in various miraculous
    situations like it turning into a serpent, or
    causing the sea to open up for the whole of
    Israel to go through, and even for Israel to won
    a particular battle (when Joshua Hur kept his
    arms up). He also did other works like causing
    all 10 plagues to manifest through Egypt
  • Elijah Stopping the rain to come down for 3 and
    a half years, the widow and the Ravens that fed
    him, and he even called fire down from heaven in
    more than one occasion
  • Elisha he did everything the Elijah did and
    more even let an axe-head float on water !!!
    They both raised people from the dead. Even after
    Elishas death when a body touched his bones,
    the person came back to life !!!
  • Daniels 3 friends refusing to worship the
    statue but choose By FAITH in God, to took a
    stand for God instead and was threatened to be
    killed, but then saved miraculously from the
    Fiery Furnace (Dan 316-18)
  • Daniel ending up in the Lions Den (also because
    he took a stand in prayer), coming out safe from
    the den without any harm done to him because of
    having Faith in God that He will protect him.
  • The Centurion saying to Jesus that he must
    just speak a word and his servant will be
    healedand Jesus Marveled at his faith He just
    said Go, your Servant is Healed (Mat 85-13)
  • The woman who had the issue of blood said to
    herself if I can just touch the Hem of Jesus
    garment I will be healed and she received her
    healing, when she acted on it
  • Paul through everything he has been through
    ship-wrecked, Lashed 5 times like Jesus was, and
    stoned, left for dead, and got up again and
    preached again !!!

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ACTIVATING YOUR FAITH !!!
  • Stir up my FAITH
  • NOW from all these examples we can use to stir
    up our faith in various ways
  • 2Tim 16-8 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance
    that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in
    thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath
    not given us the spirit of fear but of power,
    and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou
    therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord,
    nor of me his prisoner but be thou partaker of
    the afflictions of the gospel according to the
    power of God
  • Some Examples that you can use to start stirring
    up your faith but this is only a short list
    there are many more waysunique to everyone.
  • Praying in Tongues, or Worship is a good place to
    start to stir up your Faith as tongues is the
    first sign that the Spirit of God hasnt left
    you, and He is still with you and for youand He
    will not leave you nor forsake you, or leave you
    like an orphan or a hireling the sheep when the
    wolves want to attack the sheep etc he is the
    Great Shepherd (John 10)
  • Praying for each other and laying on of our
    hands that way you transfer /Impart the Spirit
    / or Anointing from what you have to another
    and thus increases their strength to stand up
    again, and be refreshed.
  • Confessing out load what I believe like point
    one above get scriptures that confirm your
    faith and learn them off by heart
  • Start Speaking / Prophesying what you want to see
    to happen SPEAK LIGHT LIFE into a seemingly
    Dark situation in front of you and speak the
    exact opposite of what is staring you in the
    face.. And Take a Firm stand with the full
    armour of God against the wiles of the devil (Eph
    610-18)
  • Ask God to show you Visions and/or Dreams to
    stir you up if you struggle to get your Faith up
    again, and there isnt anyone else to lay hands
    on you againlike in the middle of the night when
    fear grips you
  • Mark your Bible the Texts that stands out for you
    as clear promises from God so that when you
    have to fight the feelings of fear and doubt and
    unbelief that those scriptures will stand out
    clearly and you can read them out load
  • Be like the Prophets act out a Parable
    meaning do in a small scale whatever you want
    to see happening like Jacob did with the Goats
    the sheep of Laban he watched over he would
    act out and spoke to the animals what he expected
    from them and they produced exactly according
    to what he prophesied to them and thus started
    taking over Labans flock little by little
  • THUS FAITH is KNOWING not Predicting. Faith
    is CONFIDENT not questioning, wondering
  • And lastly Faith is to walk Head on into the
    thing that looks like it is going to hurt you
    and say/speak out load
  • My God is Greater IN me than that what I see
    here in front of me (1 John 48) and He can
    move a mountain if need be I will not fail and I
    will not faint for He will Keep me
    Strongetcetc
  • Jam 16-8 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. A double minded man is
    unstable in all his ways.
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