Faith How To Attain All Know Needs Of Life

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THE DEFINITION AND USE OF FAITH
The word faith is found only twice in the Old Testament, but 245 times in the New Testament. The word believe with its various endings occurs 45 times in the Old Testament and 268 times in the New Testament the word trust is the other Old Testament word for faith and believe. It is used with its various endings 114 times in the Old Testament and 35 times in the New Testament.

The Bible definition of faith is, "The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1). Various renderings express this verse thus: "Now faith is a well-grounded assurance of that for which we hope. and a conviction of the reality of things which we do not see" (Weymouth); "Now faith means we are confident of what we hope for, convinced of what we do not see" (Moffatt) ; "Now faith is the title- deed of things hoped for; the putting to proof of things not seen" (Centenary Translation) ; " Now faith is an assumption of what is being expected, a conviction concerning matters which are not being observed" (Concordant Version) ; "Now faith is the persuasion of the things that are in hope, as if they were in act; and it is the manifestness of the things not seen" (The Syriac) ; "Now faith is assurance of things hope for, a conviction of things not seen" (Revised Version).

Paul, in Rom. 4:17 expresses true faith as an attribute of God. " who quickeneth the dead, and CALLETH THOSE THINGS WHICH BE NOT AS THOUGH THEY WERE." Faith is a union of assurance and conviction, the counting or reckoning a thing done as though it were already done. Faith does not have to see before it believes. It laughs at impossibilities and all circumstances that may be contrary to it and counts the thing done that it asks from God. Faith is not swayed to believe God only when things seem possible, and it is not moved to waver or question in the least when things seem to go contrary to what has been asked. It doggedly plugs right along counting the impossible as possible, counting as done the things that are not seen, and counting the things that are not as though they were.
 
Romans 4:13-17

13It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”[c] He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
 
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WHAT FAITH IS NOT
Faith is not feeling that prayer is answered. the average person who seeks to exercise faith depends upon what he can see, hear, or feel. Testimonies concerning faith are usually expressed in connection with feelings and emotions, or the various senses. Sense-faith is based upon physical evidence or upon the emotions and feelings of the soul. All who take this road as the basis of faith will sooner or later be deceived. Faith should based upon the Word of God regardless of any sense-knowledge, or feeling-evidences. People are constantly looking to feelings as to whether prayer has been heard or not. If they happen to feel good, or if something happens that encourages them, they thank that it is easy to believe, but if reverses come and feelings take wings, these same people are in the depths of despair. They are quick to accuse God of being unfaithful and untrue to His Word. If they do not go this far, they are quick to imagine that it was not God's will to grant the answer. They become satisfied to go without what God has plainly promised.
 
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Faith has not the slightest relationship with feelings and sense-evidences. At the times when men think they have all the faith in the world because of feelings, they have the least in the world, and when they think they have the least , they have more than at any other time in their lives. Many people are surprised to get answers to prayer because when they prayed they thought their faith was nothing. People should not believe they are healed because the pain is gone, or that they are saved because they feel they are forgiven. They should not think that their prayers are answered because things are working out that way. Instead, they should always maintain faith because of what the Word of God says. The Word of God should have first in their lives instead of the senses. All basing of faith upon what we have done, how well we live, or what experiences we have had will lead to failure in answered prayer. God does not answer upon these grounds. He answers solely upon the grounds of grace and faith in Him and in His Word.
 
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True faith is not trusting in the goodness and in the faith of another man. it must be personal faith in God and His Word. People continually go about seeking someone who has faith and who can get answers to prayers for them. This may work temporarily while one is learning about God and His Word, but if we do not properly learn and develop a personal faith that refuses to be denied, we shall eventually revert to failure and unbelief, and we shall have to be satisfied with the modern theory that answered prayer is not for everyone.
The program that will pay is that of having personal faith in God, Faith in Jesus Christ, faith in the Holy Spirit, faith in the Word of God, faith in the atonement , and total consecration personally to believe God regardless of anything that might happen to hinder prayer. The right program is not talking about faith, or the need of it, but the actual exercise of it. Simple faith in the Word regardless of feelings and circumstances is never possible to the man who lives only in the realm of his senses, for he believes only what he can see, feel, hear, or understand to be possible. This was the kind of faith Thomas had when he declared that he would not believe until he had seen. It was the kind that Martha had when she could see nothing but the natural fact that Lazarus had been dead for four days and "by this time he stinketh." This is the kind of faith taught and encouraged by modern religious leaders, but it is not the kind required by the New Testament.
Neither mental faith nor mere assent to truth and dependence upon feelings is enough. The individual must come to life and action before he will realize the benefits of active, living faith that refuses to know defeat and failure. A man must learn to fight the fight of faith and lay hold of God and His Word. He must learn that he is surrounded by an unbelieving world and an atmosphere of doubts, that demons and fallen angels and men have lived for centuries in unbelief and wickedness creating currents of doubt and mistrust that are very subtle, and that effects of the fall have left in the lives of fallen men deep wounds of doubt and wavering that must be healed. He must learn that he has to wrestle with powers of darkness and currents of mistrust and unbelief which make it a struggle to exercise active living faith for things that are not seen. He must not only learn how to do this, but he must do it in order to get results.
 
THE DEFINITION AND USE OF FAITH
The word faith is found only twice in the Old Testament, but 245 times in the New Testament. The word believe with its various endings occurs 45 times in the Old Testament and 268 times in the New Testament the word trust is the other Old Testament word for faith and believe. It is used with its various endings 114 times in the Old Testament and 35 times in the New Testament.

The Bible definition of faith is, "The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1). Various renderings express this verse thus: "Now faith is a well-grounded assurance of that for which we hope. and a conviction of the reality of things which we do not see" (Weymouth); "Now faith means we are confident of what we hope for, convinced of what we do not see" (Moffatt) ; "Now faith is the title- deed of things hoped for; the putting to proof of things not seen" (Centenary Translation) ; " Now faith is an assumption of what is being expected, a conviction concerning matters which are not being observed" (Concordant Version) ; "Now faith is the persuasion of the things that are in hope, as if they were in act; and it is the manifestness of the things not seen" (The Syriac) ; "Now faith is assurance of things hope for, a conviction of things not seen" (Revised Version).

Paul, in Rom. 4:17 expresses true faith as an attribute of God. " who quickeneth the dead, and CALLETH THOSE THINGS WHICH BE NOT AS THOUGH THEY WERE." Faith is a union of assurance and conviction, the counting or reckoning a thing done as though it were already done. Faith does not have to see before it believes. It laughs at impossibilities and all circumstances that may be contrary to it and counts the thing done that it asks from God. Faith is not swayed to believe God only when things seem possible, and it is not moved to waver or question in the least when things seem to go contrary to what has been asked. It doggedly plugs right along counting the impossible as possible, counting as done the things that are not seen, and counting the things that are not as though they were.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH

The Bible definitely declares that faith is all--important: "But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" ( Heb. 11:6 ); Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" ( Heb. 11:1 ); "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord" ( James 1:5-8 ); "Whatsoever is not of faith is sin" ( Rom. 14:23); "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye may be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked " ( Eph. 6:16 ); "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. . . Now the just shall LIVE BY FAITH: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him" ( Heb. 10:35-39 ); "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" ( Matt. 21:21 ); " If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth" ( Matt. 9:23); "Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to past; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore, I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" ( Mark 11:22-24 ).

These Scriptures, which clearly set forth the importance of faith, need no interpretation. They plainly promise all men that they can get whatsoever they have faith for. There are no limitations or qualifications concerning known needs of this life or the life to come; so do not limit them. They are clear that faith is absolutely necessary to get what is desired in life. No man should expect to get anything from God if he refuses to have faith. There is no such thing as the impossibility of having faith; so the fact that one does not have faith is his own choice and responsibility. Jesus commanded men to "Have faith in God," and such is possible, or it would not be mandatory.
It is all--important to have faith, because no prayer will be answered without it; God cannot be pleased without it; man will not get anything from God without it; and he will be disobedient to God without it. If faith is commanded, then not to have faith is to break the law of God and commit sin. If believers would realize this fact they would become desperate about this law--breaking, as much as they are about breaking other laws of God. If they could only realize that it is sin to have unbelief and to doubt God they would at least become moved to the point of action against such law--breaking. The trouble all along has been that most men consider unbelief and doubt as part of human nature and something to be expected and not to be changed. The attitude has been that of being indifferent about it. When it is easy to believe there is no problem, but when it becomes a struggle and hard to believe it is passed off as something that cannot be helped at all. This is where the devil has got the upperhand of men who pray. He makes them think that not all men can believe God and that if one cannot do so, then it is perfectly right to live in unbelief and to doubt and waver all that one pleases.
If prayer is not answered, most men take it for granted that it was not the will of Got to grant any answer. They are quickly turned aside from the purpose of getting an answer and are satisfied to be defeated. Blame for such defeat is laid upon God and is considered the will of God without any question, while the truth is that this attitude is surrender to the devil and evil spirit-forces who oppose the answer to prayer. It is so habitual for the average Christian to be defeated that he gives little thought to it. It is taken for granted when the prayer is offered that its not being granted will be alright, and that this failure of God to grant the answer reveals that it is His will not to answer.
 
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THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH

This condition in the lives of praying people has been created by wrong teaching in the churches for years upon years. The average preacher, if he reads this will be quick to defend such failures and such teaching of failures as being perfectly biblical and the best will of God. This proves that it is right in stating that the preachers are largely the blame for such a condition of unbelief and such resignation to defeat in prayer. If each preacher would wake up to acknowledge truth and wage aggressive warfare against satanic forces, Satan would soon be defeated. If they would teach the truth as it is plainly written in Scriptures, faith would soon be built up so that people would not take no for and answer to prayer. At least it would stop all defense for unbelief and failure. If all men could only be honest enough to refuse to excuse their unbelief by such failures the Christian world would be better off.
Two many times such failures are taken to prove that it is not God's will to answer. The plain Word of God is entirely ignored as proof of anything. The failure to get an answer is the main proof for everything, it seems, although the truth can be found by means of more diligent search of Scripture and more humility in acknowledging defeat to be satanic and human sources instead of from God. The truth is that because of unbelief and doubting God, prayers remain unanswered and that such a result is never the true will of God.
Suppose God does not answer prayer; does this do away with His promises and make null and void His Word, or does it prove that man failed to have faith? What does the Bible say? If it says that God will always answer faith, then the lack of an answer simply shows unbelief. When the disciples asked Jesus, "Why could not we cast him out?" the answer was, "Because of your unbelief" ( Matt. 17:14-21 ). Not one Scripture says that unanswered prayer indicates any other cause. When we try to excuse our unbelief and blame God for the failure, we sin against Him.
In Heb. 12:1-2 we are told. "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, ANDTHE SIN which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith." Unbelief is the sin that so easily overthrows the saints. It is not the major sins of the flesh that we permit to dominate us, but it is the sin of constantly doubting God. If no man would doubt God there would be no failure to get an answer to prayer every time one prays for anything that is covered by the promises of God.
 
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