Live By Faith Not By Sight
Faith is the way of knowing something for certain, which doesn’t depend upon seeing, human reasoning, touching or feeling.
Faith is the ability to know something for certain based upon the merits of the object of faith.
A person’s promise is no greater than the integrity of the person making the promise.
For faith to function, the object words must be implicitly trusted.
Faith is not blind, but is trusting in someone else’s word.
Faith is the ability to act, trusting in the one you believe in.
Faith and trust remain intact, where there is no betrayal of the word of that person being trusted.
In the bible faith is implicit and necessary, in approach to God and for relationship with Him.
God can only be approached through faith, because He can’t be seen, heard or felt and therefore His Word must be implicitly trusted.
The Lord God say’s about His Word
“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of The Lord.”
“Every Word of God is flawless, He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
As rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it flourish and bud, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My Word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty (void of purpose), but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
“I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you shall go, I will watch over you and counsel you.”
The History of Faith
God’s Word is crucial and extremely important. God can be trusted because HE CREATED EVERYTHING and being TRUTH will only tell you and lead you in the Truth.
God is embodied in His Son Jesus Christ, and originally came to Man and told Him the Truth.
“Don’t Eat the fruit and disobey Me or you will surely die”.
He believed God’s Word and didn’t eat the fruit and lived. He told the same to His wife too after God fashioned her out of Adam, and she accepted Adam’s word and did not eat the forbidden fruit.
They lived contentedly together, until one day a trickster, deceiver named Satan entered Eve’s pet the serpent, and started to talk to Eve, and sowed doubt into her mind.
She became discontented and wanted something forbidden. She made a grab to be like God in knowledge. She doubted Adam and also God!
Doubting God always undermines faith in the Lord God!
Because of doubting disbelief, Eve was deceived out of the Truth and chose to believe the lie. She deliberately chose to doubt her husband Adam, and therefore God. She therefore deliberately chose the consequences that came with believing the lie.
They were both now sinful and condemned before God, naked and ashamed. The Lord God came down to see His creatures in the Garden of Eden. They had never hid from the Lord God before.
Afraid and ashamed they blamed each other and the Lord God condemned them for their action, and then provided the solution.
They had to believe God’s Word before they could believe and accept the Lord God’s solution. God promised to come to this world as a man, to be born of a woman, the seed of Eve. God so provided the solution, by being a sacrifice for their sin and fault.
This was portrayed in the sacrifice of an innocent lamb, to clothe them to cover their nakedness and shame. This pointed to the fact that The Lord God, in the person of Jesus Christ would come to the earth, and be sacrificed for them to pay the price of their sin and so be reconciled to The Lord their God.
Faith is crucial for entering a relationship with God and keeping fellowship with Him, once the relationship has been permanently established.
Creatures say “I am telling you the truth.”
God through Jesus Christ says, “I Am The Truth”
For God to be the Truth, He has to be “The Word”
Jesus Christ came down from God as “The Word” and took upon Himself a human form.
Faith from the beginning.
We will look at examples of faith, as we work through the bible.
Eve had two children at this time, Cain and Abel.
Some of the many occasions of faith in the Lord God.
1: Abel believed the Lord God and offered the correct sacrifices, but Cain did not and offered to God incorrect sacrifices and was rejected by The Lord God, which motivated Cain through jealousy to murder Abel.
2: Noah believed The Lord God when God said that He was going to Judge the earth with a global flood. The people of the earth did not believe God’s servant Noah and perished.
3: Abram believed the Lord God and left His father’s household at the call and promise of The Lord God, to establish a great nation through him, even though His wife Sarai was sterile.
Abram doubts God’s Word with awful consequences!
A: Abram went to
B: Abram agrees to take Hagar a mistress wife, to get a son and heir, even though God promised a son and heir through Sarai.
C: Abram half lies about His wife to say she is His sister and not His wife, out of fear for his life. Sarai was very beautiful. God promised a son would come to him through Sarai.
Abram believes God’s Word with great blessings!
A: Abraham believes God at His Word and receives a son, Isaac through Sarah. God changes their names from:
Abram (High Father) to Abraham (Father of Many Nations)
Sarai (My Princess) to Sarah (Princess)
B: Abraham is tested to sacrifice his only son, believes God and obeys Gods Word and command, and is rescued by the provision of a ram to sacrifice.
4: Joseph disbelieves God’s timing for Him and appeals to Pharaoh for his release from prison when God promised him a future, and so would be his delivered.
Genesis 37 & 40
Joseph tells the children of
Exodus 14 and Numbers 14
6: Daniel believed and trusted in the Lord His God, and continued to pray to Him, even though he was threatened with being thrown into the Lions den. He continued to pray and was thrown to the Lions and was delivered from their mouths by an angel.
7: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo refused to pray a false God of Gold, and were cast into a furnace of fire. They thought their faith in God’s Word and command more important than any compromise. The Lord God delivered them in and from the fire.
There are many examples of faith and lack of faith in the Old Testament, and the consequences of blessing and cursing which followed.
Read about the heroes of old, they were examples for us:
The Lord God for their faith commended many of the Old Testament believers.
God has opened the door of faith to the non Jewish Believers (Gentiles)
We too can stand firm in our faith in the Lord God!
Faith is trusting in God’s body of Truth
We are justified (declared righteous) by faith
We live by faith, and not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.
The righteous will live by faith
Accept the weak in faith without passing judgement on disputable matters.
Stand firm in the faith, be men of courage
1 Corinthians 16:13
We live by faith, not by sight
2 Corinthians 5:7
A mustard seeds faith is mighty
Live by faith in the Son of God
Fight the good fight of faith
1 Timothy 6:12
Be active in sharing your faith
Faith is being sure of what we hope for, the evidence off things not seen.
Without faith it is impossible to please God.
Faith overcomes the world
1 John 5:4
We are encouraged by each other’s faith
During the Tribulation the Israeli believers are commanded to run for the Hills when they see the image of the anti-Christ being set up in the temple (The abomination that causes desolation), run to a place prepared for them where The Lord God will protect them during the last three and a half years of the Tribulation.
Daniel 11:31, Matthew 24:15-30
By being alert in their faith, they will know where and when to run.
Faith in the Word of God is everything. You express faith through acting on what you believe, in the Word of God.
To believe in Jesus Christ is eternal life, to reject Him is eternal condemnation!
John 3:18 & 36
Jesus Christ rewards our faith in eternity, to whom we will give an account for our faith.
Jesus Christ our example on whom we concentrate.
“I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and will give to everyone according to what He has done.”
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