Developing Unwavering Faith (Part 1)

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SERMON NOTES

Faith is the principle that taps into the creative power of God, whereby you can transform conditions, circumstances, and situations in the natural realm. Renewing your mind and establishing your heart is the Foundation of developing Faith. Faith is the quality that allows you to tap in to the unseen resources of the Kingdom of God.

When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and [voluntarily] gave up His spirit.
JOHN 19:30

IT IS FINISHED. IT IS FINISHED.

Christ finished work has provided for our salvation. Salvation means to save, heal, deliver, protect, preserve, to do well, to make whole, rescue, keep safe, defend, to prosper. Salvation is both Here and Now. Jesus has given us everything we need for life and godliness.

We all have been given the same measure of faith, (Romans 12:3) OUR FAITH IS IN HIS GRACE. HE PROVIDED EVERYTHING WE NEED FOR ABUNDANT LIFE. WE MUST LEARN TO ESTABLISH OUR HEARTS FOR UNWAVERING, DOUBTLESS, EFFORTLESS FAITH. IT IS EASY TO LEARN AND A CHALLENGE TO APPLY.

FAITH IS NOT

Faith is not what I do to get God to jump to me or for me to move God. The problem is we are New Covenant Believers living in an Old Covenant Mentality.

Faith is a heart thing. You manifest what is in your heart.

FAITH IS PRIMARILY TRUST. FAITH TRUSTS THE CHARACTER AND MOTIVE OF GOD.

The character of God— God can not lie. He has integrity. He is truthful. He is faithful.
The motive of God—His motive is love. God’s motive toward His People is love. God always has our best at heart and our best interest on His Mind.

Once you settle the issue of God’s Character and motive, faith becomes easy. Once we convince ourselves that God cannot lie to us and He always has our best interests on His mind, faith becomes easy.

FAITH IS BELIEF IN YOUR HEART. Here is how you know if a belief is in your heart. You know if two things happen:
It changes how you see yourself.
Change in that area becomes easy. You will manifest what you believe in your heart.

HERE IS GOD’S DEFINITION OF FAITH

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
HEBREWS 11:1 KJV

BREAK IT DOWN

FAITH —- Trust in the character and motive of God. God’s motive for you and me is always love and for my good. God is love. Remember His character is He cannot lie.

SUBSTANCE —- Tangible, reality, foundation, title deed, confidence, assurance, inventory.

Faith is the TITILE DEED. I can not see my car but i have the title deed which even if i cannot see it, it is proof of mine.
Faith is inventory. Word of God speaks of over 7000 promises that belong to us by grace.

Faith Makes Real Things. The word things means a thing already done or previously accomplished.

There is an inventory with your name written on it of what God has already appropriated for you and I by GRACE.

“Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”
EPHESIANS 1:2 KJV.

GRACE AND PEACE BE TO YOU.

Grace is:
Unmerited Favor— God has given us something so incredible that we could never earn.

The Finished Work of Christ—What He has given us by unmerited favor is the finished work of Jesus Christ. Everything for life and godliness is at our disposal.

A Divine Influence Upon The Heart—Grace allows us to live from the inside (heart) out, not the outside in.

Empowerment Or Ability—It’s my ability to use God’s Ability to meet any need.

PEACE — THE ABILTY TO NOT BE INFLUENCED BY CIRCUMSTANCES AND SURROUNDINGS. WHAT GRACE GIVES, PEACE KEEPS.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”
EPHESIANS 1:3 KJV

WHO HAS (PAST TENSE, ALREADY DONE) BLESSED (EMPOWERED TO PROSPER) WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL (THIS IS THE WORD FOR SUPERNATURAL) HIS FINISHED WORK.

BACK TO HEBREWS: HOPED FOR—MEANS ANTICIPATED OR EXPECTED, ANXIOUS ANTICIPATION, EARNEST EXPECTATION.

Law of Expectation: What we are willing to do, or not do, is based on our expectations.

Example: when we are expecting people to come over, We clean the house. If you are expecting a baby you create a nursery. If you are expecting money you, you think about what you are going to give and then what you are going to buy. Hopefully in that order.

EXPECTATION GIVES WAY TO PREPARATION, WHICH GIVES WAY TO CORRESPONDING ACTIONS.

EVIDENCE: MEANS CONFIDENT OF BEING EVIDENT, PROOF, MAKING, EASY TO SEE, CLEAR, OBVIOUS, TO PERSUADE.

The key element to faith is to gather evidence to persuade your heart of the truth.

THIS IS WRITTEN ABOUT ABRAHAM

“But he did not doubt or waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and empowered by faith, giving glory to God, being fully convinced that God had the power to do what He had promised.”
ROMANS 4:20-21

Abraham was told to leave all of his family but he took Lot with him. Abraham lied to the King that Sarah his wife was his sister. God promise him a heir, son but they were supper old over 100. Sarah says maybe sleep with My handmaiden this could be Gods Way. Abraham says sure. This does not sound like some faith filled man of God.

In Time, Abraham grew to be fully persuaded, immovable and unwavering in God. God helped him gather evidence until the truth got in his heart. This is a process.

Thoughts and feelings are what create heart beliefs.

Remember when Abraham was called to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham could not understand but he was fully persuaded God would work it out, he was to just obey. He was convinced in his faith. God came through, he called the place Jehovah Jire means THE LORD WILL PROVIDE.

Emotions are often the result of circumstances. To change emotions, you simply change your focus. Focus on the evidence, rather than your surroundings. Change your focus and you change your direction.

Word says in We take captive every thought. 2 Cor. 10
God is always here but many times we don’t recognize it.

“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.”
PSALMS 34:3

MAGNIFY MEANS TO MAKE GREATER OR BIGGER. When we magnify the Lord we see Him larger than our circumstances or problems. The ability to see yourself in the Lord bigger than your problems is often what separates great people from ordinary.

When we complain or speak negative we see situations, circumstances problems larger than God and larger than us. Remember how the spies called themselves grasshoppers and they said that was the image the enemy had of them.

Focus is the key to gathering evidence. Fear focus is the expectations of bad. Faith focus is the expectation of good.

If you focus on the promise of healing, it creates faith. Focus on God’s evidence in such away that you cannot believe anything else when what you see in the unseen is more real than what you see in the see, the unseen will dominate the seen. PERSUADE YOUR HEART THROUGH IMAGINATION AND MEDITATION.

EVIDENCE OF WHAT?

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
HEBREWS 11:1 KJV

EVIDENCE IN WHAT? The evidence for the manifestation of God comes from the unseen finished work of Christ place in the Kingdom of God by grace to be accessed by faith. Wherever there is more evidence is what you will believe.

This is why for some it is so hard to believe or have faith. They have so much more negative, failures, losses, so that is what they tend to believe.

God has an invisible Kingdom filled with the provisions necessary for fulfilling your Destiny if you will have faith and courage to receive it.

Faith is not fake it till you make it. Faith is seeing what is real even though it is unseen.

Romans 4:17 says, “We call the things that are not as though they were.”

When Peter says, “by His stripes we are healed,” it exists in the unseen realm. The problem is that most of us cannot believe until, or if, we see it manifest in in our body or in our situations.

This is why, 2 Corinthians 5:7, WE WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT.
FAITH = BELIEF + EXPECTATION + CORRESPONDING ACTION.

FAITH IS THE ABILITY TO SEE WHAT IS REAL, THOUGH IT IS UNSEEN.

EXAMPLE: there are radio and tv waves all over this room. We cannot see them but they are here. If we plug in a tv or radio it will receive its signal then we get sound and picture. The signals were here the whole time. Same is like God. We just have to learn to receive what is being transmitted.

The physical realm is dominated by the spiritual realm. When what you see in the spiritual realm is more real than what you see in the physical world, YOUR spiritual world will dominate your natural world.

Many of us are more natural believers than spiritual believers. We label those who lean the other way as weird or off. There is a balance. It is called results.

Story of Elisha and servant. The servant see the army surrounded them and is afraid. Notice what speaks first, fear based on what he sees. Elisha tells him don’t be afraid, there are more with us than those with them.

Elisha prays for the young man.

“And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
2 KINGS 6:17 KJV

THE KEY IS WE NEED TO LEARN TO SEE WITH THE EYES OF OUR HEART, SPIRIT.

WHEN OUR SOUL LINES UP WITH OUR SPIRIT, WE WILL RECOGNIZE PEOPLE, IDEAS AND RESOURCES WE HAVE MISSED UP TO THIS TIME.

“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 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.”
MARK 11: 22-24 KJV

HAVE FAITH IN GOD
SPEAK TO YOUR MOUNTAIN
DO NOT DOUBT IN YOUR HEART
BELIEVE WHAT YOU SPEAK OR SAY
BELIEVE YOU HAVE RECEIVED NOW

THEN THIS TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.