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What Is Faith-Part V
9/4/2009

What Is Faith-Part V
Living Faith-Taking God at His Word


Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. Luke 21:33 (NKJV)


In Part IV of our devotional series titled, What is "Faith," we looked at "Living Faith."  We asked the question:

Q:    So What Is this "Living Faith?"

Our first answer that we looked at was:

1.    It is Confidence, dependence, and belief in another person's strengths, abilities, and decisions.

The second answer to "What is living Faith?" is:

2.    Taking God at His Word

God's Word never changes!  There are those who say that it does, or that there is a new revelation of His Word, but this is not what Scripture tells us; "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away" (Lk 21:33).

We demonstrate our "Living Faith" by taking God at his Word--literally--and then putting what the Bible says into action.  I believe that we should be given some life-application in our devotional writings, so I would like to propose 4-ways we can apply and practice "Living Faith."  This is just a sample of some practical things we should be doing, and I will give some scripture as proof text.  

1.    We should be disciplining our children as God fearing (respecting) parents.

He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly. Proverbs 13:24 (NKJV)

2.    We should be giving Tithes and Offerings.

Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; Proverbs 3:9 (NKJV)

It shouldn't be hard to practice our "Living Faith" when it comes to giving our tithes and offerings to the church we fellowship at once we realize that everything we have is God's--we are just the stewards of it.  2 Corinthians 9:6-8 tells us that he who sows sparingly, will also reap sparingly, and to give with a cheerful heart, because God loves a cheerful giver. We are told that if we practice giving, then we will always have a sufficient provision.  Look, God doesn't need your money, He is simply teaching us to be faithful and loving.

3.    We should be Helping The Poor

...for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. Matthew 25:35-36 (NKJV)

I like this one because Jesus follows up in verses 40 by saying that whenever we do it for least of the brethren, we did it for Him.  We cannot show our love any better way than to share what God has blessed us with, regardless of how much we have.  This includes our time, abilities and our money.  And when we do this, we should do it quietly and humbly, as unto the Lord himself (See Mt. 6:3,4; Col 3:17).

4.    We should be Praying

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Matthew 6:7 (NKJV)

We do not have to speak-forth beautiful words to go before God in prayer.  God isn't concerned with our outward position of our body--we can be standing, sitting, on our knees, or laying face down.  We can be talking to Him audibly, or within our own thoughts--He hears us--and He sees our heart.

Were to "ALWAYS" pray--for everything, and everyone.  Some might be saying, "That's easy for you to say Scott, you don't know what that guy did to me--he ripped me off!"  Oh really?  Let's take a look at God's Word and see how we should practice our "Living Faith" in this area of being offended.

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:15-18 (NKJV)

God's Word tells us in Ephesians 6:18 that we are to be praying for the saints.  We are told in 1 Timothy 2:8 that we are to pray everywhere without wrath.  We are told in Philippians 4:6-7 that we are not to be filled with anxiety because we are facing tough times, or a tough situation--we are to go to the Lord in prayer. And we are told in James 1:6-8 that we are to ask in "Faith" and not doubt, because if we doubt, we are double-minded and unstable in all of our ways.

Hey Christian, God wants us to exercise our "Living Faith" in every aspect of our life.

In our last Part VI of this devotional series, we are going to look at a couple of examples within the Old and New Testaments of people who were called to walk in their "Living Faith."

STUDY QUESTION: What can we deduct from Luke 21:33 with regard to God's Word being relevant for our life?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you taking God at His Word?  Are you believing and applying what you read in the Bible?

APPLICATION: Don't doubt God--He saved you in faith, now continue to walk in faith.

Father, I want to Thank You for Your Word.  I believe it, and want to apply it to my life today. Help me to implement everything that I read that You desire for me.  I need Your help and power.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott




Check Out This Walk by Faith Video Link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEkh_KxKao0


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