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?”
We learned in the previous teaching that, in the face of challenges, troubles and storms, what is required is our faith – not our strength or power or parents/loved ones. The daily life cannot be lived without faith – the just shall live continuously by faith – only faith can carry the weight of challenges that we face!
Today, we are going to be looking at how to get faith and looking at the ways God has provided for us to get faith. We already know that it is impossible to please God without faith; and if we do not have faith, it is not God’s fault. To blame God for our lack of faith is plain ignorance – because you can have faith!
FAITH FOR SALVATION
The Apostle Paul talked about FAITH FOR SALVATION in Eph. 2: 8 – we are saved by faith.
Romans 10: 8 – 17 – “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach: because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved:for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be put to shame. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek: for the same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich unto all that call upon him: for, Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach, except they be sent? even as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that bring glad tidings of good things!But they did not all hearken to the glad tidings. For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So belief cometh of hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”
This text shows us that our mouths have a part to play in getting and building faith, so does our hearts and our acceptance in the finished work of God and the truth of salvation. Faith begins in our heartfelt belief, and then by what we hear and repeat to ourselves. Faith is developed by what we give ourselves to; what we see, hear and read grows our faith. Same way fear is built – fear is the opposite of faith, and it is developed also by what we give ourselves to. Faith-filled or fear-filled words; which would you rather give yourself to?
Acts. 11: 13, 14 – “and he told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, and saying, Send to Joppa, and fetch Simon, whose surname is Peter; who shall speak unto thee words, whereby thou shalt be saved, thou and all thy house.” Cornelius and his house, before they saw Peter were not saved; the words they heard determined what they believed, which in turn determined what they confessed; and what we confess determines what we see and experience! The things you believe and confess determine the direction your life will go! The reason why Christians are drowning in sin is because they give themselves to things that promote sin, on TV, radio, in magazines, even on the pulpit! God has commanded us to preach His goodness, just like Peter preached to Cornelius and he became saved.
FAITH FOR HEALING
The gospel for salvation is not only the kind of gospel that exist; in Acts 14: 7-10, Paul and Barnabas were preaching the gospel for healing; meaning we can have faith, not just for salvation but for healing too!
“… and there they preached the gospel. And at Lystra there sat a certain man, impotent in his feet, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked. The same heard Paul speaking, who, fastening eyes upon him, and seeing that he had faith to be made whole, said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped up and walked.”
The man had faith that he would be made whole; Paul did not heal him, neither was healed because Paul was an apostle; no! he was healed because he had faith! Modern day Christians go about looking for miracles – the miracles we seek are not in the hands of men; healing does not come from the faith of others, it comes from our own faith! Your faith is the switch that connects you to the current needed for the kind of impact that you need! Faith releases the power of God! The man felt the impact of the Power that was available – not the power of Paul. All power belongs to God!
Luke 5: 17 – “And it came to pass on one of those days, that he was teaching; and there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, who were come out of every village of Galilee and Judaea and Jerusalem: and THE POWER OF THE LORD WAS WITH HIM TO HEAL.”
The man that was healed in this chapter had faith to receive – he and his friends that helped him get to Jesus because he was paralyzed had faith! Jesus saw their faith – this means that FAITH HAS ACTION! Faith springs into action; if you claim to have faith, it is not enough to say it – there must be corresponding action to back up what you claim!
EVERYWHERE AND EVERY TIME THE TRUE GOSPEL OF JESUS IS PREACHED, THE POWER OF GOD TO RECEIVE IS AVAILABLE – all we need do is to flip our FAITH SWITCH on, to connect to God’s power! The gospel of Christ and salvation encompasses all things good – healing, restoration, prosperity, deliverance, safety, joy – everything good! Rom. 1: 16
Acts 8: 5-8 – “And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed unto them the Christ. And the multitudes gave heed with one accord unto the things that were spoken by Philip, when they heard, and saw the signs which he did. For from many of those that had unclean spirits, they came out, crying with a loud voice: and many that were palsied, and that were lame, were healed. And there was much joy in that city.
Philip preached the gospel of Christ – our gospel must be that of Christ, not of self! What ended Philip’s preaching was great joy in the city – the gospel of Christ brings joy.
In Mark 5: 25, we read of the story of the woman with the issue of blood – she heard about Jesus (this is the first step in acquiring faith – hearing), then she repeated to herself what she had heard (the next step to getting faith is confessing what you believe); the woman described and confessed how she would get her healing – by touching the hem of Jesus’ garment. Preach what you want to see to yourself, over and over again – believe that it is possible!