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09/29/2010 – ““Hebrews 11” Faith” V – The Law of Gradual Increase

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES
Faith for Completing Your Life’s Assignment
Wednesday in the Word
September 29, 2010

“Hebrews 11” Faith V
(The Law of Gradual Increase)

“In the earth, we are confronted with the law of gradual increase”.
“We must learn to escape the pain of our present by visiting our future on the canvas of our imagination”.

DEFINITIONS
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.
4. A delegation, a mission, a duty, a job, a position, a post.

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS
A.
Jeremiah 1:5-10

B. St. Mark 11:12-14, 20-23
1. The fig tree is an example to believers that they do not have to accept their present circumstances in life. (verses 13-14; 20-21)
2. The believer has whatever he is saying on a continuous basis.
3. St. Mark 11:24

a. You receive those things you believe you have when you pray.
b. The emphasis is on the things you believe you received at the moment of prayer, not the desire.
c. The indication you believe you receive is that you move from a prayer of petition to a prayer of thanksgiving.
d. Example: God clarifies Pastor Matthews’ faith confessions pertaining to God paying off bills or cancelling debt and Pastor Matthews receiving money to pay the bills.

I. The Law of Gradual Increase
A.
St. Mark 4:26-29
1. An understanding of how the Kingdom of God operates is priceless. (verse 26)
2. Speaking faith changes a situation so gradually that it [the change] cannot be detected by the natural eye; it’s like trying to detect blades of grass growing. (verses 27-28)
3. This is why, as believers, we walk by faith and not by sight.
4. Faith is not if but when. (verse 29)

B. James 3:2-5
1. The system of faith can be offended by your words. (verse 2)
2. Like bits in horses’ mouths control the direction of the horses; you can change the direction of your life [from sickness to health; from poverty to wealth] with your mouth, however, the change will not happen immediately. (verse 3)
3. Because you operate under the law of gradual increase, you must keep the pressure of the Word on until you see manifestation.
4. Life is supposed to obey you. (verse 3)
5. The helm [one blade of an oar, a rudder, a propeller] of a ship changes the ship’s direction; the helm of your life is your mouth.
6. Speaking faith is a process that changes things but you must stay with the process.

C. James 2:17-25
1. What you are saying continually is your works. (verses 17-18)
2. Saying the word of God gets results.

II. “Hebrews 11” Faith
A.
The entire chapter of Hebrews 11 is about typical men and women who received transformed lives through faith.

B. These were ordinary individuals whose faith made them stellar.

C. Ordinary individuals of faith who each addressed their different mountains [category or problem] with the word of God and what they produced: a) The person of faith, b) the action and c) what it produced.
1. Hebrews 11:8

a. Abraham
b. Abraham’s mountain was moving out without knowing where.
c. Abraham’s obedience produced confidence faith.

D. Closing faith observations
1. The end result of faith produces confidence that the system of God works.
2. When faith is developed properly, you understand that God can take care of you regardless of the situations you face.
3. Your mouth is your one opportunity to change your life.

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