DO YOU KNOW HOW TO LIVE BY FAITH?
When God created us, he did so in His own image. He equipped us with all the tools necessary for us to survive here on this earth. The five main navigation tools he gave us were known as our five senses. They are the sense of smell, the sense of taste, the sense of hearing, the sense of touch and finally the sense of sight. With the five great navigation tools, we can do all things through God who strengthens us. The Bible teaches us that when we learn to use all five of the tools together successfully that nothing shall be impossible unto us.
Now, He didn’t just equip us with these tools and leave us on our own to go out and learn how to operate them. No, he gave us a brand new operational manual to learn from. Just like your new car, your new refrigerator, or microwave, your cell phone or computer. All these toys you purchase, the manufacture sends alone an operational manual. These manufactures learned their lessons from God Himself. You see God’s operational manual for those of you who did not know that you had one, is known as your Bible, the greatest operational manual ever known to man.
In that great manual, there is a passage that commands us to study to show ourselves approved. In other words, study and learn from our creator, who he is, and how he can help us to use the tools He has provided for us in order that we may enjoy a healthy, loving, joyful and prosper life. Our greatest challenge then becomes for us to learn how to use our five senses in order that we may move into the spiritual realm of life where God Himself lives and operate His world from. You see, as long as we stay on the lower level of life, operating from the prospective of our sight, in other words been guided by what we see is what it is. If we can’t see it, touch it, smell it, or here it’s sound, it doesn’t exist. We are only using our cardinal minds and learned skills to exist.
The universe that we live in is expending more and more every day. However, with our limited sight, we cannot see this. We can only see what our eyes will allow us to see. We are incapable of looking beyond the scope of the great distance that has been build into our sight.
However, when we stop and think about it, we can really see a great distance. Our sight takes in at one view, not only the most unbounded prospects on earth, but also the moon, and the other planets, the sun, the fixed stars; though at such an immeasurable distance, that they appear no larger through our finest telescopes than they do to the naked eye.
Therefore, the things that are unseen to us, and we are told that they exist all around us, can become a frighten experience to us. For example; if we are told that other beings exists here on this earth, they live with us daily, they walk the earth just as we do. Without seeing this with our own cardinal eyes, we would have a tenancy to disbelieve this. However, this is truly what happens when we are walking by sight and not by faith.
But what is Faith? Hebrews tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ( Hebrews 11:1)
In other words, It is a divine “evidence and conviction of things not seen;” of things which are not seen now, whether they are visible or invisible in their own nature. Particularly, it is a divine evidence and conviction of God, and of the things of God.
Without faith, the things that exist beyond our limited imaginations are foreign to us. We are creatures of habit; we live and learn by the things that are always present before our cardinal eyes.
Therefore, we must learn to walk by faith, and not by sight.” But before we can possibly “walk by faith,” we must learn to live by faith, and not by sight. And to all real Christians our Lord said, “Because I live, you live also:” You live a life which the world, whether learned or unlearned, “know not of. “You that,” like the world, “were dead in trespasses and sins, hath he quickened,” and made alive; given you new senses, — spiritual senses, — “senses exercised to discern spiritual good and evil.”
“There is nothing in the understanding which was not first perceived by some of the senses.” All the knowledge which we naturally have is originally derived from our senses. And therefore those who want any sense cannot have the least knowledge or idea of the objects of that sense; as they that never had sight have not the least knowledge or conception of light or colors. We must truly know, that from the very beginning, God planted in our minds the knowledge to be able to live by faith, but it was not a given. We first had to except His only begotten son, Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior before we could experience this great walk in life.
HOW DO WE DO IT?
Remember, that we have in our procession an operation manual that was given to us by God as a tool to be used to overcome all obstacles and learn to live a successful life that include all the benefits of the Kingdom of God.
Now let us pause for a moment and watch this short video of Dr. Creflo Dollar as he talks with us about how it is impossible to please God without faith, then we will conclude this lesson with some very specific steps for you to use your faith to live a very powerful and prospers life. Amen!
We conclude this lesson in how to live by faith using God’s operation manual. Jesus Christ taught people not to think about how to feed and clothe themselves. (Matthew 6:25-32) He said that if we would work to build his kingdom, God would feed and clothe us. (Matthew 6:33) He called laborers to come and work for him, (Matthew 11:29-30) and not to labors for the “food that perishes”. (John 6:27) He said that we cannot work for two employers at the same time, and that making money and serving God are mutually exclusive motives for doing things. (Luke 16.13) He said that if we do not leave everything we own, we cannot call ourselves his followers. (Luke 14:33)
By faith men live a humble life. By faith they learn to take a low place. Indeed the very idea of faith involves humility; just as the idea of doing all yourself and trusting to no one for help, implies self-sufficiency and independence. The Christian is emptied of self-reliance, he can be filled of Christ. He sees he has nothing to be proud of; that humility becomes him; and that his spirit must accept this low position, he can receive all fullness of grace from his Lord.
By faith he lives a cheerful life. Generally the tenor of the life of faith is cheerful. Satisfied with God and his providence, why should he not be cheerful? He has occasion to rejoice evermore. God will bring out such glorious results, and his faith so distinctly anticipates them; he cannot but know that the church is safe, and that all he loves on earth is safe.
By faith he lives a self-denying life. If he has faith he will not make much of the little petty comforts of this life. His soul is upon far greater and better things.
By faith he lives a spiritual life, and not a merely natural one. His life is spiritual, not in the abused and perverted sense in which modern necromancers use the word, but in the sense of being in real communion with the Father and with the Son and with the Holy Ghost. The Spirit of God dwells in his heart by faith.
By faith he lives a prayerful life. It is natural for him to pray. He loves prayer, and breathes it even as he breathes the atmosphere. He has confidence in God and expects blessings in answer to prayer. Such a man has reasons enough for much prayer.
His life of faith is hopeful. He is not easily discouraged, for his confidence rests in the mighty God. He expects to succeed in doing all that God would have him do; and why should he wish to do more?
He will by faith lead an active life. Faith will spur on his activities. Under an earnest faith in divine truth, how can he help being active and zealous?
Faith secures sympathy with God. Confidence in any man ensures your sympathy with him. So if you have confidence in God, you will give him the warm and earnest sympathies of your heart.
Faith makes the Christian’s life humane. It trains him to look on all as God’s children and to love them and care for them as such.
By faith he lives a life of Gospel liberty. He is not in bondage to law or to fear. He does not pray because he is obliged to, but because he trusts and loves.
These results constitute real life. Hence we see how eminently and how universally it must be true that the just shall live by faith. Do you know how to live by faith?