It is by faith that we see
the promise of what we believe to be true on the inside before we ever see
anything on the outside.
1 John 5:1-4 (NASB)
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world--our faith.
Genesis 22:1-14 is the account of Abraham being tested with Issac. This is where God credited Abraham's faith as righteousness. The depth of our faith is presented in these 6 actions of seeing, speaking, acting, standing, rejoicing and receiving, all working together.
When all of these components to our faith are present it can be said that our faith has integrity as a living faith. When one or more of these components is missing, our faith can be said to be lacking in integrity. Even though our faith can still function this way, it is not as effective as it has the potential to be
Without faith it is impossible to please God, because
anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those
that earnestly seek Him.
Hebrew for faith. In the Hebrew languageemunahalso includes the meaning of
the words faithfulness, trust, reliability, steadiness, firmness and support.
Biblical faith is a living
faith. It is a lifestyle choice that declares with no uncertainty that; “It is with confident assurance that what we
hope for is going to happen.
As we ask our God to search our
heart and He helps us to recognize how we have missed His mark of excellence for us, we
often miss the next step. Even when we have repented and asked God to forgive
us, we still have another step that is our part. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus
gives us instructions for living life God's way and positioning ourself to
receive the blessings our Perfect Father wants us to have.
Matthew 5:23, 24
you are presenting your offering at the alter and there remember that your
brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the alter
and go; first be reconciled to your brother and then come and present your
When admitting a wrong and asking for forgiveness, we are showing godly
character. We are restoring a person’s honor and giving back the respect we
It is a lie that says real men never apologize or say I am sorry for what I
did. Real men are men of godly character who accept responsibility for their
words and actions, whether we are right, wrong or even forgetful. It is true that when
we are loved we do not have to say I am sorry. However, because we have love
for others we are always willing and able to say, "I am sorry.
revelation, growing in knowledge with understanding from the scriptures regarding God's promises to us, is from our
choices in action and not from an intellectual understanding.
change is an effort of our will affecting our behavior, our appearance
and even our lifestyle choices. Transformation is changing from the
inside, growing in our understanding of the identity God gives us. This
is different than exercising our will and has an outward effect that
influences every area of our life.
A belief is something we hold on to. A conviction holds on to us. We
first believe by faith. Conviction comes as we stand on God's promises
joining our faith and deeds.
*A belief is having a certainty of the truth especially when based on the examination of the evidence.
almost always implies believing with certainty in something without
actual proof prior to the outcome of the action taken.
*A conviction is being convinced of a truth you have believed with or
without proof and due to a personal experience you have had now know
without a doubt that this is no longer a concept or an idea that is
believed to be true.
But when the Holy
Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and
self-control. Here there is no conflict
with the law. Those who belong to Christ
Jesus have nailed their passions and desires of their sinful nature to His
cross and crucified them there. If we
are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in
every part of our lives.
When we gossip and slander we
attract evil and death around us. When we speak the truth for life and
encouragement we draw heavens angels around us. The spoken word is never
Galatians 5:16-26 NLT
"So I advise you to live
according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won't be doing what
your sinful nature craves. The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is
just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires
that are just opposite from what the sinful nature desires.
When we separate the Word of God from the heart of God we have the religion
of man and legalism instead of a relationship, knowing the Word of God and
knowing the God of the Word.
The time has come for the two separate paths to become a part of the
same path. We are to join the God we have learned about in the Holy
Bible with knowing the God of the Word. When we have one without
the other we have spiritual inconsistency and spiritual blindness.
Word of God is separated from the heart of God we are wielding the written Word
as sword without understanding.