Building Strong Faith

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Faith is a way of life for the believer in Christ. This statement should change the way we think about faith and it’s usage in every area of life. Some mistakenly think that faith is something we use only in a crisis of sickness or financial lack. But faith is a proactive force not just a reactive force. We can learn to use faith in advance of needs that occur in our lives by speaking the Word of Faith over every area of our lives, family, business, and ministry. In fact, if we would do this, we would have fewer emergencies to deal with that often occur because we are just living the “whatever will be will be lifestyle.” Here are five ways you can build a strong life of faith.

BUILD ON GOD’S WORD. Luke 6:46-48 tells us to “dig deep” and lay our foundation of faith upon revelation knowledge. Information will not do in a storm, it must be “revelation” from the Spirit of God that will produce faith in the heart.

USE YOUR MEMORY. Matthew 16:5 tells the story of how the disciples had forgotten the miracle of the “loaves and fishes.” They were worried that they might run out of bread for the boat trip with Jesus. He told them to remember that miracle so they would have faith the next time they needed another “multiplication miracle.”

LEARN TO FORGIVE. In Mark 11:25, the Lord tells us that we must forgive before we try to pray the “Prayer of Faith” in vs.24. Faith only works by love, and where there is no forgiveness, there is no love.

RELATE WITH FAITH PEOPLE. Acts 4:12 shows us the importance of associating with people who have an active faith in the Word of God. The disciples had faith because they had been with Jesus. Who are you hanging out with?

PRAY IN THE SPIRIT. Jude 20 tells us to “build ourselves up in faith by praying in the Spirit.” If you have received your spiritual prayer language called “speaking in tongues” then use it daily to build up the inner man and get sensitive to God’s voice.

These five ingredients to Strong Faith will accelerate you into another realm of living by faith as you faithfully practice them.

You Hold The Key

19449887_sAs a believer in Jesus Christ you hold the key to victory in all situations that you will encounter in this life, Jesus said so!

“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 KJV

Jesus was talking about using the authority you have been delegated as a result of sharing His position at the “right hand of God.” We have been delegated the authority of heaven. You and I have been raised together with Christ to sit in the heavenly places. We have been given the same authority Jesus Christ has as Lord of all. When we go forth in His Name, the Name of Jesus, we are acting as a representative of the Lord Himself.

Matthew 28:18 says, “All power (Greek word exousia meaning authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go YE therefore…” When you see a “therefore,” stop and see what it is “THERE FOR.” Jesus is sending us as His representatives with full authority to enforce His will and bind the forces of hell against God’s people. The word, “bind” in this verse means to “tie” like when you tie up someone with a cord. It is used in Matthew 14:3 when speaking of John the Baptist, “For Herod had laid hold on John, and BOUND him, and put him in prison.”

We must learn to use our authority against the devil when he oppresses us with sickness, mental torment and fear. Bind him in Jesus Name and forbid him to continue operating in those ways. He MUST stop! Jesus was keen to teach his disciples how to use the authority delegated to them, and they learned it well as is indicated in the report they gave Him when they returned from a ministry assignment.

“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the Devils are subject (obey) unto us through THY NAME.” Luke 10:17 KJV

When any of the enemies works begin to manifest in your life, immediately tell them to stop. Don’t wait to call someone else for help. you hold the KEY! Use the Name of Jesus to enforce the enemies defeat and be confident that he will obey YOU. You may say, “I’m not the best Christian, I don’t know if the devil will obey me.” You are “IN CHRIST” and have on the “badge of authority,” the Name of Jesus. When you stand in that Name, Satan sees Christ and not you and he will run in terror.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee (Greek meaning run in terror) from YOU.” James 4:7 KJV

Dr. John Polis

Christ Our Substitute

33068939_sUnderstanding that Jesus took our place and became our substitute when He died on Calvary is vital to having a faith that can receive a miracle from the Lord.

Substitution

The principle of substitution was introduced by God when He commanded the Levitical Priests to transfer the sins of the people to the “scape goat” by laying hands upon them. The goat that was carrying the sins of the people was then sent off into the wilderness (Leviticus 16:10).

This typifies what Jesus did for us, becoming the bearer of our sins and all the consequences of sin. The good news is that we don’t have to bear what Jesus bore for us. It would be illegal for God to punish both Jesus and us for our sins. That is what makes substitution necessary from a legal standpoint, someone had to suffer the penalty for transgression in order for justice to be satisfied. Jesus did that for you and me, dying in our place and taking the penalty of our sins upon Himself.

“Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions , he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5 KJV)

By faith we accept this fact, that Christ was our Substitute, taking on our penalty and suffering all the consequences of sin, including sickness, poverty, and the second death (eternal separation from God in Hell).

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree; That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-14)

When the enemy tells you that God is punishing you by some sickness or tragedy, remind him that God already punished Jesus on your behalf and that he (the enemy) is trespassing illegally and will have to go when you resist him in faith. Remind the devil that you are redeemed by the Blood of Christ and he has no authority over your life whatsoever. So scram devil!

Declare every day the blessings of God that you have inherited, those blessings of Abraham listed in Deuteronomy 28:1-14. Speak God’s Word over your life and do not allow Satan to have any place in your life. Close every door to him by living clean and renewing your mind to the glorious position you have in Christ.

Dr. John Polis

Being Confident

43205743_sConfidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective.” (Wikipedia) When it comes to having confidence as a Christian, our confidence is not based upon a theory or unsubstantiated promises but on the very character and nature of our loving Father God. I have noted at least four areas in scripture where we are encouraged to have confidence as a result of our relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Confidence in Adversity. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident” Psalm 27:1-3. David trusted God to be his “light”, the source of illumination and direction. He also trusted God to be his “salvation”, meaning his total deliverance. He was confident that no matter what the odds, God would show him the path of deliverance.

Confidence in Answered Prayer. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petition we have desired of Him” 1 John 5:14-15. Knowing God’s will before we pray is the source of our confidence that our prayer will be answered. We can know God’s will from the Written Word, and from the Holy Spirit who leads and guides us always.

Confidence in Completion. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6. The word perform  means to “fulfill completely” and refers to the good work of redemption God has begun in our lives. No need to worry if you will make it to the end because it was the Father who began the work in our lives and it is He who will complete it and bring us into the fullest manifestation as “sons of god” Romans 8:19.

Confidence in Continuance. “And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith” Philippians 1:25. Satan tried to take Paul out time and again but could never succeed because Paul knew that his assignment was not over, as he indicated in this verse. When Paul had “finished the course” God has prepared for him, he voluntarily “offered” himself up and left this world confidently that there was a great reward awaiting him in heaven (2 Timothy 4). We may all have the confidence that we shall continue in this life until our work is done, escaping every evil work that Satan attempts against us. We are “more than conquerors through Christ” (Romans 8:37).

Faith Grows in Levels

31545001_sRecently I was meditating on my favorite subject – Faith.  You say, “Why Faith, Dr. John?”  Here are two good reasons:  because Apostle Paul said, “The just shall LIVE by FAITH” (Romans 1:17), and Jesus said, “According to your FAITH so be it unto you.” (Matthew 9:29).

THE COIN OF THE KINGDOM

Faith is the “coin of the Kingdom” – you will never receive from God beyond your level of faith, except for those times when God just initiates blessings for us as new believers who haven’t had time to learn and grow.  The problem occurs when Christians have been believers for a long time, but have not made the effort to grow in faith; then when it doesn’t seem that God is doing all the neat things He was doing for us as “newbies” we get discouraged and become “Christian drop-outs” or “sad-sacks” who live in doubt and unbelief all the time.

ACCELERATED GROWTH

God expects us to “go to school” (2 Timothy 2:15) in spiritual matters so we can become “faith scholars.”  The Bible is the source of faith, as Paul said in Romans 10:17:  “So then, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”  As we read, meditate, speak, and act on God’s Word, our faith grows continually to expect more and more of God’s promises to be fulfilled in our lives.  Attending worship service and Bible studies where apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers who are gifted in the Word of God are operating, your faith will grow at an accelerated rate.  I believe God has placed these gifts in the Church for us (Ephesians 4:11) to operate as “jet fuel” for our spiritual lives.  We will grow through our own devotions, and with the added “jet fuel” of anointed teaching and preaching, our faith will grow that much faster (Colossians 1:28-29).

IT IS DONE!

Our faith grows in levels that start with believing God CAN do anything, to believing God WILL do anything, to the highest level of faith that says God has DONE it.  This is like the three stages of growth we all experience, from babyhood to childhood and finally to adulthood.  Baby faith says, “I know God can”, childhood faith says, “I know God will.”  But mature, adult faith says, with boldness, “I know God has done it!”  This is where we “walk by faith and not by sight” until the power of God performs what our faith has determined according to the Word of God.  Adult faith will say, “By His stripes, I was healed” and go on rejoicing even though the symptoms are still there.  Adult faith will say, “I have abundance” when it looks like we can’t pay the bills.  Why?  Because we believe “it is done” already.  Faith “calls those things which be not as thought they (already) were.” (Romans 4:17-20).  Get in the Word and grow!!

A Clear Conscience

8610742_sWhat happens when a believer sins?  Why does Apostle John tell us in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”?  When a believer sins, it doesn’t change his standing with God; he remains in right-standing with God (righteous) because righteousness is a gift from God and is not the product of our performance (Romans 5:17).

LOSS OF CONFIDENCE

What do we lose when we sin that needs to be recovered, if we haven’t lost our standing with God?  We lose a “clear conscience and confidence before God.”  Apostle John again writes, “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God” (1 John 3:21).  When a believer sins there is now a sense of guilt and shame that hinders our faith and undermines our boldness to stand in the authority of Christ.  When we confess (acknowledge) our sin, God assures us we are forgiven and cleanses our conscience by the Blood of Christ, so that there is no sense of unrighteousness in our heart and mind.

PROVISION THROUGH FAITH

“Sin consciousness” is like a smoke screen between us and God, because He is Holy and we now have a sense of unworthiness again due to the act of sin we may have committed, even though we are still accepted by God.  God has made provision through 1 John 1:9 for us when we err so that we can regain confidence and boldness in prayer and spiritual warfare.  We need faith and boldness to live this life (Romans 1:17; Proverbs 28:1) on Earth.  Even when sin has not destroyed our standing with God, it still is a destructive force that debilitates the believer in their pursuit of victory over the problems we all face from day to day.

CONFIDENT LIVING

Keeping a clear conscience is vital to confident living as Paul attests in 2 Corinthians 7:2:  “Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted on one, we have cheated no one.”  Notice now confident Paul was in presenting himself to the Corinthians – he had a clear conscience before God and men and was assured of his ability to be a blessing to them.  We can all live in this glorious light of freedom through the Blood of Jesus, even though we all sin from time to time by “stepping out of love.”  As E.W. Kenyon once said, “A step out of love is a step into sin.”  The New Commandment, which fulfills all the commandments of the Old Testament, is to “love one another.”  If we walk in love we will have a clear conscience, boldness in the face of the adversary, and faith towards God.  If we lose that sense of righteousness through some sin, we can get our conscience cleansed again, through acknowledging it and applying the cleansing power of the Blood of Christ.