STRENGTHENING YOUR FAITH: Part 1

Updated: May 24

Sermon Notes:

We all have been given a measure of faith. Your faith is not really known to you till you have test or challenges. When we go thru difficult times like this whole COVID period we will see how our faith has fared.


I love it. I see many so speaking and preaching faith when all is well. It is easy to speak when all is well. Let a tragedy or heartbreaks hit and now we see how well we do with our faith.


Faith is like a muscle. You want to work it out and build and develop its strength. Daily you will do things to strengthen your faith because the time of testing will come.


It is God’s Will and Desires you win and overcome thru your faith to grow thru the challenges, tragedies, heartbreaks.


David would cry out when in the midst of his pain and trials. He sounded so weak and faithless. Really God was developing his faith in the midst of his trials and pain.


Muscles are only strengthened and developed with loaded stress. Like when you use resistance bands that resistance or loaded stress is what builds and strengthens, develops your muscles. Your faith is the same way.


David would be on his highs like when he defeated the lion and bear and he was so faith-filled when you faced Goliath. I come to you in the name of the Lord, wow such faith and power. Then when King Saul is after him he runs, acts crazy to fool the leaders of other nations. He was so afraid.


You can go from super faith to super fear. Faith is not something or a place you arrive at.


David when up and fought with Faith. David also ran and hid in a cave in the land of God's enemy out of fear.


Same David, different challenges different responses, or reactions.


“In the morning, as they were passing by, the disciples saw that the fig tree had withered away from the roots up. And remembering, Peter said to Him, “Rabbi (Master), look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered!” Jesus replied, “Have faith in God [constantly].”

Mark 11:20-22 AMP


1. YOUR FAITH: Faith produces fruit in your life. The tree represents people. Jesus expects fruit to be produced in and from your life. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.


“But without faith, it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.”

Hebrews 11:6 AMP


Faith produces fruit. Jesus expects us to produce these fruits. Not self-made but spirit-made.

Faith pleases God because with Faith we walk with God.


Jesus said HAVE FAITH IN GOD CONSTANTLY.


WHAT IS FAITH? “Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].”

Hebrews 11:1 AMP


FAITH IN JESUS/GOD AND HIS WORD YOU WILL:


2. TRUST: Trust is a firm belief in the character, strength, or truth of someone or something, to have confidence in (someone or something).


When we are developing, strengthening our faith in our God constantly we will put our TRUST in His Way, His Word, His Lifestyle, His Choices for us.


How many here has God showed up for you? When David stood before Goliath he had Faith in His God. This Faith created Trust in His God. He trusted God to be with Him. He believed and knew God would fight for him.


When you don’t trust you doubt. You will lack confidence and you will not rely on God you will rely on yourself and your self strength. No fruit will be produced here, only a dead life.


“I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!’ and does not doubt in his heart [in God’s unlimited power], but believes that what he says is going to take place, it will be done for him [in accordance with God’s will].”

Mark 11:23 AMP


Faith will produce Trust which will change the way you believe and speak. It says SPEAK AND DOES NOT DOUBT IN HIS HEART, BUT BELIEVES WHAT HE SAYS IS GOING TO TAKE PLACE. IT WILL BE DONE FOR HIM.


FAITH PRODUCES TRUST, TRUST PRODUCES A CONFIDENCE WITH NO DOUBTING AND IT SHOWS IN OUR SPEAKING.


WHEN YOU ARE SPEAKING DOUBTS, FEARS, UNBELIEFS, IT JUST SHOWS THERE IS A LACK OF FAITH AND TRUST IN YOUR GOD. WHEN YOU ARE DOUBTING DO YOU SEE THE FRUITS? NO, YOU DON’T SEE LOVE, PATIENCE, SELF-CONTROL, KINDNESS, ETC. NO, YOU SEE CRAZY, SHORT-TEMPERED, ANGRY, JEALOUS, AND ALL THE OTHER DEEDS OF THE FLESH.


TRUST WILL CAUSE YOU TO SPEAK TO YOUR CHALLENGES, TRIALS, HARDSHIPS, JUST LIKE DAVID DID TO GOLIATH.


3. PRAY/PRAYER: Prayer is not something we do just over our food or before bed. Prayer is communion with your God. It is like when Adam and Eve were in the garden they fellowshipped with God on a personal level.


“For this reason, I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.”

Mark 11:24 AMP


BELIEVE WITH CONFIDENT TRUST. WOW.


Prayer formula whatever you ask for in prayer. In accordance with God’s will. What does that mean?


Praying God’s will is being honest with Him about what we want in prayer but also surrendering our lives and the outcome of our prayers to HIm. It’s wanting our lives to align with God’s will more than our own desires.


God’s will is for us to know Him in a personal way and to live for Him. When we pray God’s will for our lives, we are setting aside what we want and desire, and we’re asking for what He desires instead.


Billy Graham answered the question about prayer this way: “Prayer is spiritual communication between man and God, a two-way relationship in which man should not only talk to God but also listen to Him. It is like a child’s conversation with his father. It is natural for a child to ask his father for the things he needs.”


4. WORD/BIBLE: FAITH, TRUST, PRAYER SPEAKING NOW WE WILL READ HIS INSTRUCTIONS FOR OUR LIVES.


READ GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOU AND YOURS. How to love, forgive, how to change, how to give, how to make decisions, how to build a business or relationships. The Word has instructions for everything and every area of your life.


How to think, how to eat, how to create and live a powerful, positive, purposed-filled life is in the Word. God has words of comfort, peace, and power in the Word.


Instructions are what is given to us to build, put together, or assemble something to last.


5. OBEY/ LIVE OUT HIS WORD: Faith leads to Trust, which leads to Prayer, and Speaking leads us to search for our Instructions for building our lives, families, health, business, relationships, etc.


“What is the benefit, my fellow believers, if someone claims to have faith but has no [good] works [as evidence]? Can that [kind of] faith save him? [No, a mere claim of faith is not sufficient—genuine faith produces good works.]”

James 2:14 AMP


Works is living out His Word. This is when you do what He says to do in His Word. We don’t just talk love, we actually live Love out loud.


Works is a Privilege we get to actually do what He says to do. This is why Jesus said to speak to your mountain. When we are not walking in our Faith, we lack in our Trust, so our Prayers are not much so we speak the problems, hurts, losses, diagnoses, doubts, unbeliefs.


You will speak to your mountain if you truly are IN FAITH, TRUST, PRAYER AND READING AND OBEYING HIS WORD THEN YOU WILL HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO SPEAK TO YOUR SITUATION WITH POWER AND AUTHORITY.


IF NOT WE WILL RUN LIKE DAVID DID, HIDE IN CAVE AND FEEL SORRY FOR OURSELVES. YOU CAN DO THIS AND GOD STILL LOVE YOU. HE STILL BELIEVES IN YOU. HE WILL LET YOU FAIL, FALL, BLOW IT BUT YOU CAN COUNT ON THIS HE WILL SHOW UP AND CHALLENGE YOU TO GET UP, SHOW UP, FIGHT BACK AND TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE AND MOVE BACK INTO PUROSE WITH YOUR FAITH.


“So too, faith, if it does not have works [to back it up], is by itself dead [inoperative and ineffective].”

James 2:17 AMP


6. BE THE LIGHT/ SHINE & SHARE:


“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16 AMP


The strongest light is the light that shines within you. Use it to lead the way of your life.” WHICH WILL LEAD OTHERS TO THE LIGHT THAT LIGHTS YOU. Anonymous

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