The Word of Faith Which We Preach

Essentially, we need to have faith for pretty much everything that we do in, and for, the kingdom of God. We must have faith to be saved and we must have faith to pray effectively and fervently. Before we can have faith for something, we must have faith in someone (Mark 11:22). Having faith in a good God, the Healer, the Provider, the Lord Jesus Christ, is what joins us to our inheritance in Him. Continuer la lecture de « The Word of Faith Which We Preach »

The Works of Faith

So exactly what does work have to do with faith? Firstly, consider that without work, faith is dead:

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:26, KJV)

Dictionaries help immensely with understanding. First, the word « works » is from the Greek word ergon, translated as the noun work, or deed. A work or a deed means: the exertion of strength; effort; product (something accomplished); performance; achievement or exploit; power of action; or fact (reality). Mechanically, work is the causing of motion against a resisting force [note that spiritually, we come against a resisting force as well].  Technically, work is the transference of energy from one system to another. (All definitions are from the Webster’s 1913 Dictionary.) In other words, our work of faith is our accomplished performance as we move against the resisting force of evil by transferring energy from the spiritual realm within us (Luke 17:21) to the natural world around us. Continuer la lecture de « The Works of Faith »

To Agree With God’s Word Shows Maturity

« Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analysing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. » (2 Timothy 2:15 Amplified version)

It would be impossible to be approved of God with tests and trials without first agreeing with His Word. God would not « approve » a teacher who disagrees with Him! But once we agree with His Word and study it, it’s impossible to disagree with those who do the same. Contention and division are defeated to the ground! So after studying, we move from hearer to doer,  » But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception] by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. » (James 1:22). To agree with the Word is doing it: Faith is an action. Continuer la lecture de « To Agree With God’s Word Shows Maturity »

Hard Work

There appears to be comfort in religion that attracts people. Traditional churchgoers often seem to think that they can physically work hard and obey a set of conventional man-made rules to please God. However, the Bible does not say it is impossible to please God without obeying rules or traditions. In fact, Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith, it is impossible to please Him. Continuer la lecture de « Hard Work »

The Good Fight of Faith

In the Bible, we see that we can fight a good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12). Being equipped to fight begins with knowing that God’s will for us is always good (meaning He doesn’t put bad things like illness upon us) and knowing that God is supernaturally powerful in all things (meaning He doesn’t need bad things like disease to try to teach us something). Continuer la lecture de « The Good Fight of Faith »