We're reaching out to Bessemer, Birmingham, & beyond!

08/11/2010 – “The Importance of Faith” II – Key Elements for the Manifestation of My Faith

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES
Faith for Completing Your Life’s Assignment
Wednesday in the word
August 11, 2010

The Importance of Faith II
(Key Elements for the Manifestation of My Faith)

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS
A.
 Jeremiah 1:5-10
  1. If we cannot put ourselves in the text and find remedies for our situations, then the Bible becomes unprofitable for us.
  2. We should be able to see from the examples and patterns in the Bible God’s mode of operation.
  3. We should also be able to glean from the personal references (thee, thou, I, me, my) that God is interested in developing Jeremiah’s personal faith.
  4. It is the will of God that we develop our personal faith.
  5. The development of your personal faith is responsible for your success in life.

B. St. Mark 11:12-14, 20-23
  1. Why did Jesus choose to talk to the tree rather than use some other form of action?
     a. Jesus establishes the profile of faith which is you must speak to anything not functioning according to purpose before you see change.
     b. When Jesus first spoke to the tree it appeared as though nothing changed visibly.
     c. Jesus shows us that we must stay with what we said until we see what we said.

REVIEW
A.
 Assignment defined…
  1. A duty one has been appointed to perform
  2. The act of putting a person into a non-elective position
  3. A position of responsibility (response – able [able to make the right response])
  4. A delegation, a mission, a duty, a job, a position, a post.

I. Key Elements for the Manifestation of Faith
A. Faith is of the heart and unforgiveness chokes out faith.  Therefore, the heart must be kept clean because the heart determines the condition of the harvest.
  1. St. Mark 11:22-25 [Emphasis verses 23 & 25]
     a. “If you doubt you do without, if you believe you can receive”.
  2. St. Luke 8:9, 11-15
     a. The word of God is seed.
     b. Packaged seed has the potential to produce the illustration on the outside of the package.
     c. The word of God has the potential to develop your life’s desires when properly planted and harvested.
     d. Good ground is a forgiving heart.  (verse 15)
  3. St. Mark 4:26-27
     a. The Word produces even in your sleep when your heart is clean.  In other words, a good heart produces results regardless.

B. Romans 12:3
  1. Faith can be measured.
     a. Faith is measured by its results as seen in the examples of no faith, little faith and great faith.
     b. The measurement of faith is based on the prayers answered contingent with the Word spoken.  This is the reason for which faith must be spoken.  Therefore its results can be measured allowing you to see where you are in the faith contest.
     c. Great faith is seeing what you have been saying.
  2. Measure defined…
     a. A limited portion or degree.
     b. An instrument for measuring.
     c. A vessel for receiving and determining the quantity of things whether dry or liquid.
     d. The rule of standard of judgment.
     • The first level of faith is saving faith. (Ephesians 2:8)
         1. Romans 10:6-8
              a. The word of God coming out of your mouth makes the connection to that which you are believing God to do.
              b. What you say out of your mouth changes what you see naturally.
              c. Your heart will produce whatever you have been saying.

C. Romans 10:17
  1. If your faith is to manifest results, you must hear something different and differently than what you have been hearing and experiencing in your life.
     a. Because God is an extreme God, you must have someone preach to you His “extremeness” to take your faith to another level.
     b. Scriptural examples of God’s extremes:
        1. Deuteronomy 6:10-11
             a. God is so extreme that He will allow the heathen to custom build and furnish houses for you to inhabitant.

 (c)2010 George Matthews Ministries.  All Rights Reserved.