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The Force of Faith

Now Faith is . . .   love, peace and joy.

In looking at the force of faith, we must first look at forces of the re-created human spirit.  

Galatians 5:16-17and V25 tells us about the forces that are present in our re-created human spirit and the forces that come against that spirit.

The word "flesh" used in these verses means "body" or the five physical senses.

Know this:  Walking after the flesh produces death. 

Now the re-created spirit of man was re-created to rule over the human system.  The Holy Spirit helps  us and empowers us to rule.

I Thessalonians 5:23 - Paul prayed God would sanctify you completely - spirit, soul and body. Spirit - heart;  soul - mind;  and body - flesh.  You are a spirit; you possess a soul.

Your mind should obey what your heart tells it to do, and your heart should be trained by the Holy Spirit in line with the Word of God.

Hebrews 4:12 says,   "only the Word of God can put the spirit, soul and body of a person in proper order."

By having the mind renewed daily by the Word of God, your mind will begin to respond in line with God's Word.  It refuses to accept anything contrary to that Word (Romans 12:2).

Now faith is not the product of "reason" or the mind of a man.  You see, the world says, "Seeing is believing."  This is what is called the Thomas-type of faith found in John 20:27-28.

But God says, "Believing is seeing."  This is the Abraham-type of faith found in Genesis 15:5-6.

Know this:  Faith is the product of God's Word revealed by His Spirit.  It is not the product of human reasoning or logic.  The ministry of Jesus was led by faith and the Holy Spirit.  He was not led by man or man's desire or traditions, but by His Father and the Holy Spirit.

The force of faith was controlling His ministry on the earth.  Also, the force of faith in the people He ministered to contributed to His success in ministry.  HIs own faith responded to the faith He found in the people and it still operates in the same way today.

The force of faith moved Jesus in His miracles.  Mark 5:30 - Jarius' daughter.

Faith is a power force.  It is a tangible force.  It is a conductive force.  it moves things.  Faith will change things in the natural.  Faith will change the human body.  It can change the human mind and the human heart.

Faith will change circumstances - Mark 5:34 - woman with an issue of blood - changed her life.

Now on the other hand, fear is also a spiritual force.  God gave Adam the faith-force to have total dominion and authority, but when he fell, that faith-force was perverted and turned into the force of fear.

Fear ruled Adam after the Fall - "I was afraid and hid", Genesis 3:10.

Fear is a tangible force also.  Fear can change the physical body.  Fear is a destructive force.

Faith accomplishes the opposite of fear.  Cast out the spirit of fear - 2 Timothy 1:7.  1 John 4:18 says, "Fear involves torment."

Every born-again believer has faith placed inside him (Romans 12:3) and we talked about using that faith even as a mustard seed (a seed is a servant) that has power.  A power-force that can move mountains.

Hebrews 12:2 says Jesus is the Author and the Finisher of our faith.  Romans 12:3 - God has dealt each person a measure of faith.  Ephesians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 3:2, "For all men have not faith" - the God-kind of faith, but every believer has overcoming faith.

The faith He gives to us is plenty enough to make all things possible to the believer.

1 John 5:1-5 "Whosoever."  1 John 5:4 "Whatsoever."

The power to overcome the world is in our faith.  There is enough faith inside you NOW to overcome anything the world throws at you.

Know this:  God is a Faith-Being.  Hebrews 11;3.

Mark 11:22 - God Kind of Faith.  God spoke His faith and revealed His plan.  Jesus executed the plan.  The Holy Spirit is the power behind the plan.

Know this:  The words you speak must have the force of faith behind them.  You must believe in your heart.  Words work for you or against you.  Words enforce laws.  Romans 8:2 says, "words put the law of spirit and life into operation".  Example:  "Lazarus, come forth!"  John 11:43

You are born of God.  So, you are a "faith-being".

Know this:  God does not do anything outside of faith and prayer.  With His faith living on the inside of you, you are to operate the same way.

Mark 11:22-23 - Jesus teaches us to speak the desired results and not to doubt.  You must believe your words have power and the things will come to pass.  It is important to feed your spirit with the Word of God and the force of faith will rise up out of your human spirit and work whenever it is needed.  Starve your doubt.

Faith, like any other force must be "applied" in order to gain any benefit from it.  The spirit-food produces spirit-power (faith) and then it is applied.

You apply or release this faith with your words (Mark 11:22-23).  Also, by acting on God's Word.  James 1:22 say, "Be a doer of the word.  Faith without works is dead."

Power Twins - Patience works with faith.

You must have patience when it comes to faith.  Patience undergirds faith and gives it endurance to persevere until the answer comes.  True faith never lets go (Bull dog faith).  Faith is a very powerful force.

The force of patience is developed in the trials and tibulations and undergirds or keeps the door open for our faith to work, and to overcome whatever has been put before us.

James 1:2-4 Faith is developed as we act on the Word of God and see results.

It is what we do with the trials and temptations that makes the difference.  1 Peter 1:7 - tested faith comes forth. Comes forth as pure gold.

Faith and patience work together.  Through patience, you learn to hold fast to the Word of God until you see the manisfestation.  The power of patience is the difference between success and failure in the faith-walk. You must hold on like a bulldog.

The force of faith is at work undergirded by the power of patience.  Then say this:  "I patiently rest on truth of God's mighty, infallible Word!"

Everyday renew your mind by God's Word and allow your faith to grow.  Romans 10:17 says, "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

Allow yourself to come into spiritual maturity and force of faith to help you be victorious in every situation in life.