Archive for August 31st, 2011

The Role of Faith

August 31, 2011

There are different aspects of faith.

I.  Saving Faith  Ephesians 2:8-10

We recognize that we are saved by grace through faith for good works.  We do not reach out to God.  God, by his grace has reached out to us.  We are able to respond to God’s grace by receiving it in faith, or rejecting it in unbelief.  If we have responded in faith, then the Spirit of God enters into our hearts and we are “born again’ in the Spirit.  If the Spirit of God dwells within us, then we will be changed.  We do not change so that we can be saved.  We are saved so that we can change.

II.   Growing Faith  II Corinthians 8:7

As we continue in our relationship with God our faith will grow.  The more that we see God at work in our lives, and in the lives of others, the deeper our faith will be established.  As time goes on, the various tests and trials of life will not shake our faith in the One who is with us always.

III.  Miraculous Faith

A.  Matthew 27:21  This verse, by itself, gives us the impression that we can ask for anything that we want, and that we will receive it, if only we have enough faith.

B.  James 4:3  This verse tells us that there are things that we ask for and do not receive, not because of a lack of faith, but rather because we have asked “amiss”.

C.  I John 5:14-15  this verse reveals the condition that if we ask anything “according to His will”  he hears us.  We recognize that we must be willing to pray, even as Jesus prayed,  “not my will, but thine, be done”.

D.  I Corinthians 12:7-11 reveals that miraculous faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit, distributed as He wills.  We all need saving faith.  We also all should have a faith that recognizes that God can do anything.  Miraculous faith is when God reveals to us , not that He can, but that He will, do something.

Sometimes people want something so badly, that they wrongly assume that their will is God’s will and then their  miraculous faith is in error.  This can be devastating.  It is caused by a lack of understanding that we are to submit to the will of God, even if we do not understand it.

E.  Philippians 4:6-7 We can bring our requests to God, knowing that He hears us and is able to help us.  We can know that whatever happens, His grace is sufficient for us, and so we can be at peace.

I hope that you will take the time to look up the verses that are listed.  They are powerful and important  in presenting the complete message.