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Faithworks: Victory by faith

Faith is one of the most crucial components needed for a successful Christian life. In fact the Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is (you must believe that God exists by faith), and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

This section entitled “Faithworks” will explain 1.) what faith is 2.) how to obtain faith and 3.) how to properly exercise faith thus accomplishing success throughout all areas of your life.

What is faith?
Faith can sometimes be difficult to understand. Below are many different definitions of faith to help you get an excellent grasp on what faith really is.

1.)The Bible defines faith as: “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Translated into slightly simpler terms Hebrews 11:1 is saying: “Faith is the matter or essence of things hoped for, it’s the proof of things that are not (yet) seen.”

2.) Faith is the certainty that something is true, even if there seems to be no evidence to support it.

3.) Faith is the belief that something is true, in spite of some form of evidence to the contrary.

-Biblically speaking, having faith is simply trusting in God.  Trusting that His Word is true; that His Word will accomplish what is says it will and stand supreme forever.

Obtaining faith:

Obtaining faith will always trace back to God, for it is God who gives us faith through His Word. In order for us to receive faith by God’s Word however, we must first believe that He is. You would not get faith from the Bible if you thought it wasn’t God’s Word. After all, if the Bible wasn’t inspired by God then who would we have faith in?

God doesn’t lie, and God is the only one who has the power to do the things promised in the Bible. If the Bible hadn’t been inspired by a perfect, all-powerful, all-truthful deity, then we could not trust its claims because there would be no true power behind the scripture or words. Therefore believing in God, that He is who He says He is, that all scripture was inspired by Him, and that He speaks all truth, is an absolute must.

Satan has blinded and fooled many people into believing that the Bible is not real or true. He does this because he knows if those people choose to believe in God and that His Word is true, they can then draw faith from God’s Word and eventually rid Satan from functioning in their lives. This is why there are now so many religions. Satan wants to trick us into believing and worshiping other (false) Gods therefore keeping us from the truth allowing him to function openly in our lives and keep our souls dammed.

Obtaining faith will always relate to God’s Word, just in different ways. The Bible says that: “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) In other words you get faith by filling your spirit and mind with the Word of God, the Bible. When your eyes read across those scriptures they will generate faith inside of you. Scripture is Holy and has supremacy; it has authority. God has set a spiritual law into motion: by reading or hearing His word, faith becomes a product.

Faith can also be obtained by going to Church. There the Word of God is preached or taught. Church is where you can receive and learn. Going to church each week will help to renew your mind to the Word of God, thus reinforcing and increasing your faith while also keeping you from sin.

Finally, listening to the testimonies of others and having conversations with friends and family about God and what He is doing in your life will bring faith. Why? Once again because at the center of both those things are God’s Word. Remember, God’s Word is always the foundation for faith building.

Exercising faith:

When it comes to exercising faith the Bible is very clear. It firmly states that: “faith worketh by love.” (Galatians 5:6) So what does this mean? Exactly what it states: Faith works when we operate in love. This means more then simply being a loving person however, though that is good.

Operating in love means taking on the characteristics of love. Patience, kindness, forgiveness, generosity, humility, courtesy, unselfishness, good temperedness, righteousness and sincerity are all characteristics of love. By adopting the characteristics of love and operating in them every day, your faith will only grow stronger and stronger. This in turn will produce faster and faster results in your life. In addition to that Satan won’t be able to get any fear inside you because you will be so full of love and faith that there won’t be room for anything else. The Bible affirms this: “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.” (1 John 4:18)

Now when you are praying, asking, or believing for something in faith, find scripture to back up what you are believing for.  If it's promised in scripture, then it's guaranteed.  Scripture covers every single problem that could ever arise on earth!  Every one of them!  The problem with lots of people today is that they don't know how to interpret or understand scripture correctly.  Some think that the Bible must directly address an issue for it to offer any help or promises.  This is not true, the Bible answers many things indirectly.  Some scriptures cover a wide range of issues by themselves. 

Concerning praying in faith the Bible tells us this :"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." (James 1:6)  In other words, if you let fear contaminate your faith, then your faith won't work!  So again, fill yourself up with love and faith and there will be no room for fear.  If fear tries to come over you, rebuke it in the name of Jesus!  Say:

"Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus:  I know that fear is not from you, but from the devil. Fear, I speak to you in the name of Jesus and I command you to leave at once! You will not rule or influence me any longer because God has not given me the spirit of fear but has given me the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. I walk in the perfect love of God and therefore fear has no hold over me. I will fear no evil Lord because I know you are always with me. I thank you and praise you Father for setting me free from fear in Jesus' name, Amen."

Finally vocally exercising our faith, speaking faith words, will bring to pass the manifestation of our faith.  We have been created in the image of God. God has bestowed authority and power into our words. The words we speak in our lives literally have the power to make or break us.  Our words "water" the faith seeds that we plant. 

For a great example of how to exercise the power of words lets look to Mark 11:23-24: "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."  Notice that Jesus is referring to the power of our faith filled words!  Our words have power and authority through Jesus!  So next time that sickness tries to come you your way you rebuke it in the name of Jesus and claim by His stripes, you are healed!  Proclaim that you are healed and receive it in the name of Jesus!  If you're under financial pressure, stop claiming that you're broke, claim "I am delivered from this financial burden and receive the abundant blessings of God!"  Pray to God with unwavering faith, believe, and exercise your authority through Christ!  Water your faith seeds with your words!

Again remember that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)  When you speak faith words (scripture) if goes from your mouth right back into your own ears therefore feeding your spirit and increasing your faith!  We have two options when it comes to our words. We can either speak things out of faith or fear. Faith spoken words will connect us to God’s power and fear spoken words will connect us with Satan’s perversion of God’s power. Notice Satan doesn’t have any true power himself.  Speaking fear-based words (eg."my back is killing me", "I'm always broke", "I'm always sick") will work just like our faith words are bring manifestation of those things into our lives.  Therefore we must start thinking faith thoughts and speaking faith words. Speaking faith words will lead us to victory!

Putting it all together:

Now let’s put everything together making a faith formula for success!

1.) Read the Word of God
2.) Receive what you’ve read (or heard) and thank God for it.
3.) Believe what the Word says, and that God’s Word cannot fail!
4.) Speak and proclaim the victory in the name of Jesus.
5.) Act upon the Word and it’s promises.

Remember we can do all things through Gods Word!
Finally I leave you with this scripture:

O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.” (Psalms 31:23)

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