GET BACK ON YOUR FAITH (I): WHY FAITH?

LUKE 8: 22-25

“Now it came to pass on one of those days, that he entered into a boat, himself and his disciples; and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake: and they launched forth. But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filling with water , and were in jeopardy. And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. And he awoke, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And being afraid they marvelled, saying one to another, Who then is this, that he commandeth even the winds and the water, and they obey him?”

Just as there was jeopardy and danger in the situation in our text, there is jeopardy and danger everywhere in the world right now. Water was filling the boat, there was the danger of the boat sinking – just like a lot of people feel like they are drowning in all the worries and dangers of their lives and this life! BUT amidst all the danger with the storm and the boat in our text, the only question Jesus asked His disciples when they panicked was “WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?!” Jesus did not ask them “where is your strength or wisdom?” He asked for their faith; this tells us that the one thing we need to navigate in and through the storms of life is our faith!

When Jesus asked, “where is your faith?” He was asking them, “where is your trust?” Meaning in whatever situation you are going through right now, in whom or what have you placed your trust? – in man, in the system, or in God, His word and His system? The trouble with many is that when they face hard situations and tough times, they stop believing God – this is a huge challenge because the only Person to turn to in times of turbulence is God!

HAVE YOU CAST OUT YOUR CONFIDENCE?

Heb. 10: 35 – “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.”

Reward comes when you put your confidence in the right person – in God and His word! To have confidence in Him is to keep believing and acting on His word. In the face of uncertainty and in the middle of the storm, our faith, boldness and confidence must remain intact; our attention to God’s word must remain top notch – because the day our faith starts to leak, water starts to get in our boats, and we begin to sink!

If you are not acting on the word of God, there is no guarantee for the future! If there is no faith, there is nothing God can do about your case!

Lack of faith leads to weariness – in well-doing, in living right, in living at all!

WHY DO WE NEED FAITH?

There must be a reason Jesus asked for faith; it means “faith” must be really important. But why?

WE NEED FAITH TO PLEASE GOD

If we do not please God, we cannot see Him! We need faith to please Him, so we can see Him. Heb. 11: 6. The only thing that works is faith, trust, confidence in God’s word, attention to His things; belief that He exists, and that He rewards those who seek Him! The centurion’s servant got well because he trusted and acted on God’s word; his action pleased God, and so he got what he wanted!

Heb. 10: 38 – but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”

Whoever draws back will not please God, our confidence and trust in Him and His word must be strong – strong enough not to look back or weigh other options outside of His word, because that would displease Him and make us lose our reward.

WE NEED FAITH TO LIVE

The righteous needs faith to live day-by-day; confidence in people, the system and physical things will end up in disappointment one day. And this faith for daily living is an individual faith; you cannot hang your faith or live on your wife’s, parent’s, sibling’s faith – you must build, develop and walk by your own faith!

Faith is an adventure of getting beyond ourselves and watching God do the supernatural!

We should stop living and basing our faith on things we see; because hope that is seen is no longer hope! It took faith for a man like Abraham to move out of his comfort zone in his old age to where God was taking him – an unknown destination to him – and this action was counted for him as righteousness. God rewarded Abraham with a son, because he had faith, not in things or people, but in God. Rom. 4: 19-21. Abraham used his faith in all things – when God promised to give them a child even though he and his wife were old; when he needed to plead on behalf of Lot’s family – he used his faith so much that it became not hard to do; this is how much we must utilize and live by faith – that it becomes our default go-to mode in all situations!

Faith should not be used only in the face of crisis – this is called SPARE TYRE FAITH. Faith should be used on a daily basis, for everything! We must show our strong faith and confidence in God and His plans everyday and in everything – little or great! II Cor. 5: 7.

WE NEED FAITH FOR ANSWERED PRAYERS

The way to getting what we ask for is believing that we have received once we have asked; the God-kind of faith (as we are instructed to have in Mark 11: 22-24) is the answer to answered prayers! Effectual, fervent and faith-filled prayers release power (James 5: 16).

The prayer of a man/woman that has faith is a prayer of trust and confidence in God! PRAYER + FAITH = GOOD SUCCESS

In Mark 5, Jairus had a dying daughter that he left at home to come meet Jesus; he laid his request that Jesus would come lay hands on her so she will be healed, or if she was dead by the time they got back home, that she would live! This was a faith-filled prayer that worked for him, because before they got to his house – while Jesus was healing the woman with the issue of blood – the girl had indeed died, but his prayer filled with faith had him covered! Do not just pray; mix your prayers with faith!

WE NEED FAITH TO RESIST THE ATTACKS OF THE ENEMY

I Pet. 5: 8, 9 and Eph. 6: 16 tell us that the enemy is roaring and looking for whom to devour and the only way to resist him is with the shield of faith to quench all the fiery darts! It takes faith to speak against sickness and disease; it takes faith to speak to low finances and command a wealth transfer! The devil can only be dealt with by faith; only by faith can we overcome?

Do you have faith in God? Do you trust Him? What areas of your life you do find it difficult to trust God? Do you want to keep trusting in the words of men or in the word of God?

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