CHOOSE FAITH Week 7 “See It, Say It, Do It”  Sermon Notes   Believers Statesboro       10-22-17

 

In accordance with John 10:10, we CHOOSE LIFE.  One of the best ways to choose life is to CHOOSE FAITH.  We choose to walk by faith, and we choose to live by faith.

Next Life Step:  I will memorize 2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight. (NIV)

Living by faith is the best way to experience the abundant life that Jesus has for us.

So far, we’ve discovered what faith is, and we’ve looked at the nuts and bolts of how faith works.

We learned that our Faith is expressed in our speech, and we talked about how to make a great reception; how to receive from God.  To sum it all up today, we are going to Choose Faith as we:

See It!                          Say It!                                      Do It!

See God’s Promises!           Speak God’s Promises!        Take Action on God’s Promises!

See It! See God’s Promises! 

2 Peter 1:1-4 tells us that we have obtained a “precious faith” and that the Lord has “has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature

Faith sees the unseen.

2 Corinthians 4:18  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Faith believes in God’s Word rather than the natural circumstances.

Romans 4:17 …God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. 

Begin to see things through “The Eyes of Faith!”

Hebrews 6:9 (NKJ) But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner.

Take Jesus at His Word

A royal official whose son was sick came to Jesus to ask for his healing.

John 4:49-53 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies. 50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”  The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.” 53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.”  So, he and his whole household believed.

This Royal Officer took Jesus at His word.  Will you?  See It, Say It, Do It 

Next Life Step: This week I will continue to seek and to SEE the promises of God concerning my needs written on my Needs List.

Say It! Speak God’s Promises!

Confess the Word of God.  Speak what God has told you He is going to do.

Gen. 17:1-6  God even changed Abrams name from Abram (exalted father)—to Abraham (father of a multitude)  Every time Abraham’s name was spoken by himself or someone else, it was a verbal confession of faith.

  • Matthew 12:34-37 …For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of…

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 

  • Mark 11:23 Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.

Life and Death are in the power of the tongue.

  • Proverbs 18:21 NKJ Death and life are in the power of the tongue…

I Believe; therefore, I speak!

  • 2 Corinthians 4:13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak.

See It Say It Do It

Next Life Step: This week I will continue to SAY the promises of God concerning my needs written on my Needs List.

Do It!  Take Action on God’s Promises!

ALL You Need Is Faith! Right?  Wrong!

Faith without corresponding action is dead faith.

James 2:14-22 (NKJ)  Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead…

Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?”

Even the devil believes!  Don’t ever let us rest on our name and only believe, but let us be believers that do.  We do because we believe!

Noah is a great example.  Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.  By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

Did Noah see it?            Say it?              Do it?               Yes, he did. (Genesis 6:13-22)

Genesis 7:5  And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him.  (1 Peter 3:20). 

Tenacity and Action

Last week, we closed looking at the tenacity of some of the people in the Bible who were seeking a miracle from Jesus!

The Paralytics Friends – Mark 2:1-5        The Leper – Luke 5:12-15

Jairus – Luke 8:40-42 &49-56                  The woman with a bleeding problem – Luke 8:43-48

Ten men with leprosy – Luke 17:11-19     The persistent widow – Luke 18:1-8

The blind beggar – Luke 18:35-43            Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-9

These were also people of action!  They acted on their faith.

See It Say It Do It

Next Life Step: This week I will continue to DO IT, to take action as God leads me concerning my needs written on my Needs List.

Great Examples of Seeing It.  Saying It.  Doing It!

  • Abraham

Genesis 12:1-4 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2  “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. (His Father had already started the journey!)

Clear but Uncertain.  He had clear direction from the Lord, but he wasn’t certain of how the Lord was going to do it.

Did Abraham See it?     Say It?   Do it?

EX:       By faith, I see my spouse saved, but I’m not certain how the Lord is going to do it.

Healing        Deliverance       Revival       Building

 

  • Rahab the Harlot                                               Did she see it?              Say it?              Do it?
  • Noah                                                                Did he see it?               Say it?              Do it?
  • Daniel                                                               Did he see it?               Say it?              Do it?
  • Esther                                                               Did she see it?              Say it?              Do it?
  • Elijah challenging the Prophet of Baal.    Did he see it?                Say It?              Do it?
  • The Apostles                                                    Did they see it? Say It?              Do it?
  • The 120 in the upper room                                 Did they see it? Say It?              Do it?
  • The early Church                                               Did they see it? Say It?              Do it?

Where is your faith?  What are your actions?

Last week, I asked you what has Jesus already asked you to do, but you haven’t done it yet?  We talked about Jesus seeing people’s faith by their actions.

How are you demonstrating to Jesus that you have faith?

Dream Big!  But take action now even if it is small or limited!

Believers Church

Don’t just see it and say it.  Start doing it!

We call our church Believers, but are we also people of action?

Do we have the faith to do what God has called us to do as a church?

No matter how much faith we have in God’s ability; no matter how much faith we have in our ability to be used by God; no matter how much we believe that we can do all that Jesus has called us to do;

IF we don’t take action, our faith is dead.  Faith without works is dead!

Choosing Faith, we take action to teach, encourage, and inspire authentic Christianity!

Do we encourage authentic Christianity in others?  Are our actions inspiring authentic Christianity?

Choosing Faith, we take actions to meet our goals!

  • to reach the unchurched of Statesboro
  • to proclaim the word of reconciliation
  • to operate in power and purity
  • to encourage and build up all people
  • to help people discover their divine purpose and destiny
  • to be a family of love, acceptance, and forgiveness

Choosing Faith, we take action to fulfill our five purposes! 

Worship           Love the Lord Your God

Matt 22:37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the First and Greatest Commandment!”

Evangelism      Make Disciples of All Nations

Matt 28:19a “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”

Fellowship       Baptizing Them

Matt 28:19b “…baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

Discipleship     Teach Them to Obey My Commands

Matt 28:20

“teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Ministry            Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Matt 22:39“And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Choosing Faith, we take action to live by our “We Choose Statements”!

WE CHOOSE TO BELIEVE

  • Because we believe God is our partner, we choose to make our plans BIG.
  • Because we believe, we choose to think big and not insult God with small thinking.
  • Because we believe, we choose to take risks and not insult God with safe living.

WE CHOOSE TO BE SPIRITUAL CONTRIBUTORS NOT CONSUMERS

  • The church does not exist for us.
  • We are the church, and we exist for the world.

 WE CHOOSE TO LIVE A LIFE OF GENEROSITY

  • We choose generosity because we truly believe it is more blessed to give than to receive.
  • Choosing generosity is not just what we do, being generous is who we are.
  • We choose to plan to be generous and stand firm in generosity. 

WE CHOOSE TO BE INWARD AND OUTWARD FOCUSED

  • We don’t just WANT to reach people for Jesus… we MUST reach people for Jesus.
  • We choose to do anything short of sin to reach people who don’t know Jesus.
  • We choose to reach people no one is reaching, so we’ll do things no one is doing.

WE CHOOSE TO DO LIFE TOGETHER

  • We Choose to Help Each Other Find Strength in God.
  • We Choose to Encourage One Another Daily.
  • We Choose to Remind One Another of the Promises of God for Us.
  • We Choose to Do Life Together Because Jesus Will Show Up in A Big Way!

See It Say It Do It

In Conclusion

We have studied many aspects of faith and how it applies to our lives in very practical ways.

We are called to be people who live by faith, and having faith pleases God.

The bottom line that God is saying to us in this series is that Faith is a Choice.

In closing, I would like to use the words of Mary that she spoke at the wedding in Cana (John 2:5).

In her words, faith is put into a nutshell.  It’s simply trusting in God and doing what He tells you to do.

Mary looked at the servants and said, “Whatever He (Jesus) tells you to do, do it!”

See It!  Say It!  Do It!                 Choose Faith!

 

Hear at Believers Church we CHOOSE FAITH!

In this series we have discovered what faith is, and we’ve looked at the nuts and bolts of how faith works.  We learned that our faith is expressed in our speech, and we talked about how to make a great reception; how to receive from God.

To tie it all together, this Sunday, we are going to Choose Faith as we:

                                                    See It!                                      Say It!                                        Do It!

See God’s Promises!                Speak God’s Promises!                         Take Action on God’s Promises!

Join us this Sunday at Believers Church at 9 or 11 a.m. as we Choose Faith!

Membership Class Sunday

October 17th, 2017

Join Pastor Scott Sunday morning at 9 a.m for Membership Class. This class will tell you all you need to know about becoming a Member at Believers Church!

 

Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (NIV)

Believe and Receive!  There is an art to receiving!

An ill-prepared receiver will make even the best quarterback look bad.  We, like the football receiver, need to learn to run the proper pattern to get ourselves in a position to receive all that God has for us.

How to make a great reception

1.             It’s through faith and patience that we catch the ball.

2.             Keep calling the plays.

3.             Keep your life free from the distraction of sin.

4.             Always give your best.

5.             Be faithful to the team.

6.         Realize God uses people.  You are on a team.

God is still the source, but many times He works through people.

Luke 6:38 (KJV) “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Ephesians 2:10 For we are (God’s People are) God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

NEXT LIFE STEP: This week think about and list the times in your life where God has given to you through other people.

7.         Know the game plan.  Get God’s plan on what you should be doing.  Wait or step out?

Don’t make the mistake that Abram made with Haggar. (Genesis 16).

He took matters into his own hands, and the world still suffers the consequences today.

  • Abraham’s promise took 25 years to come about. That is a long time.  If we had to wait that long, would we get impatient and start thinking of ways to help God out?
  • Make sure you get direction from the Holy Spirit before you try to take matters into your own hands, in an attempt to “make something happen.”

8.         Get into the game.  Do something to release your faith (plant a seed).

  • Some of you are never going to receive the ball, because you Choose to sit on the bench.
  • This isn’t taking matters into your own hands or trying to force God to do something.
  • This is showing God your faith and taking action upon your faith.

Look at your “Needs List” that we have been developing.

  • By now, you should have recorded your needs and searched for promises found in The

Word of God for each of those needs.

  • In our “Faith Talk” Lesson, we learned to speak the Word of God over those needs confessing the promises of God over each need.
  • Now, ask the Holy Spirit if there are any actions or steps of faith that you need to take concerning any of those needs.

Are you sowing seeds of faith?  Are you choosing faith!

NEXT LIFE STEP: This week I will look at my Need/Promise List and take action according to those promises.  I will sow some seeds of faith!

9.         Be alert and watchful for opportunities that come your way.

The quarterback normally has  several players that he can throw the ball to if they are open.

A covered man may cause him to throw the ball to you!

A ball can be tipped by a defensive lineman or safety and suddenly there is the ball!

Don’t be afraid to ask, inquire, and investigate as you are sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

  • I heard of a man who once said, “I’m believing God to meet my financial needs, but all I keep getting is good job offers!
  • Another man once complained about people asking him to do things at the church when all he wanted was to be left alone so that he could have time to do something for God!
  • The young man who wants to be a Youth Pastor but would not work with our youth.
  • The young man that wants to be a worship leader but wouldn’t even come to the church and inquire about the job.  (Or those that want lead on the stage, but won’t serve the children.)

Beth Moore was a Sunday School teacher for years before she was a National speaker!

Golden Opportunities!  They are all around you!  Watch for the open doors and windows of opportunity.

NEXT LIFE STEP: Is there something that you know God has asked you to do, but you haven’t done it yet?  Do it!  CHOOSE Faith!

10.        Be bold and make the catch.

Be bold to step out and take your miracle.

Your number has been called, the game is on the line, and you have to be strong and do whatever it takes to catch the ball.

Notice the tenacity of some of the people in the Bible that were seeking a miracle from Jesus! They realized that there comes a time when you press in and don’t shy away.

We just looked at Mark 2:1-5, where friends lowered a paralytic man through a roof in order to see Jesus.  After this bold, if not pushy plan, what were the results of their actions?

Mark 2:11-12

11         “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12        He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.  This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Bold Great Catches!

  • The Leper – Luke 5:12-13

Luke 5:12-13 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”    And immediately the leprosy left him.

  • Jairus – Luke 8:40-42 & 49-56

Luke 8:40-42 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41  Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42  because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.  As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 

She died, and Jesus brought her back to life!

  • The woman with a bleeding problem – Luke 8:43-48

Luke 8:43-48 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44  She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. 45  “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” 46  But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” 47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet.  In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

  • Ten men with leprosy – Luke 17:11-16

Luke 17:12-16 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him.  They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14  When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15  One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

  • The persistent widow – Luke 18:1-8

Luke 18:1-8 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.2  He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.3  And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what  people think, 5   yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” 6  And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.  7  And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?  Will he keep putting them off? 8  I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

  • The blind beggar – Luke 18:35-43

Luke 18:35-43 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37  They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”38  He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39  Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40  Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41  “What do you want me to do for you?”  “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. 42  Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”43  Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

  • Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-9

Luke 19:1-9 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2    A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3  He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4           So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.  (a see more of Him tree) 5  When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly 7     All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 8  But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9  Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 

Do you have the boldness and tenacity to make the catch? 

Do you have what it takes to receive all that God has for you? 

When it comes to believing and receiving, I want us all to go to the pro bowl! 

 

 

CHOOSE FAITH Week 6 “Making A Great Reception” Part 2 Believers Statesboro 10.15.17

Last week we learned that like football receivers, we need to learn to run the proper pattern to get ourselves in a position to receive all that God has for us, those great and precious promises that accompany our salvation!  Believe and Receive! There is an art to receiving! Last week we learned the first few steps of a proper pattern to be in a position to receive all that God has in store for us!

1.    It’s through faith and patience that we catch the ball.

2.    Keep calling the plays.

3.    Keep your game free of distractions.

4.    Always give your best.

5.    Be faithful to the team.

Join us Sunday, at 9 or 11 a.m. for part 2 of “Making A Great Reception”!

CHOOSE FAITH Week 5 “How To Make a Great Reception”  Believers Statesboro 10-8-17

James 2:5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?

God has chosen us all to be RICH IN FAITH!  Since God chose it, we choose it too.  We CHOOSE FAITH!

We choose to walk by faith, and we choose to live by faith.

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight. (NIV)

Living by faith is the best way to experience the abundant life that Jesus has for us.

So far, we’ve discovered what faith is, and we’ve looked at the nuts and bolts of how faith works, and how to speak faith!

Now, we need to make sure that we know how to Receive all that God has prepared for us.

How many of you love to see a great reception!  Maybe a long pass or last minute hail Mary.

Are you a good receiver?  Do you know how to receive from God?

We, like football receivers, need to learn to run the proper pattern to get ourselves in a position to receive all that God has for us.

How to Make a Great Reception

1.         It’s through faith and patience that we catch the ball.

For a wide receiver to make a great catch, he not only has to have faith in his quarterback and faith in his abilities to throw the ball, but he must also have patience.

  • He has to wait his turn to make a play.
  • He has to run the pattern and wait for the ball to come.
  • A good team tries to limit the receiver’s waiting time, but he still has to wait and be patient.

I know that you cringe at the sound of that word, we are not people who are known for great patience. 

Faith and Patience has been referred to as the power twins of faith!

Hebrews 6:11-12 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Who are we to imitate?  Other good receivers.

We imitate those who have inherited the promises of God, those who inherited the promises of God through faith and patience. (Hebrew 11 has many examples.)

  • When faith gets weary, patience comes along and encourages faith on.
  • Patience is a Fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5: 22-23).  So, it should be a by-product of walking in the Spirit.
  • We receive from God through faith.  Everything is by faith and that pleases God. 

Romans 4:13 It 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.

Abraham’s promise took 25 years to come about.

Genesis 21:2-5 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3    Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

With very little hope, he believed God.  In the natural, he and his wife, Sarah, were well beyond the age to conceive a child.

Romans 4:18-19 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.

I wonder how many balls have been dropped due to lack of patience.

Don’t give up!  Be patient!

Hebrews 10:35-39 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” 38 And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”  39  But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

The Waiting Phase

Sometimes, we receive from the Lord instantly, other times we have to wait for the answer to come—the

“waiting phase”.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess (our confession, “Faith Talk”), for he who promised is faithful.

 

God’s timing is always perfect!  (Speaking of Christ dying for us, Romans 5:6, says he died for us in God’s perfect timing).

  • Romans 5:6 “… at just the right time.” (NIV)
  • Romans 5:6 “… in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (NKJ)

Delays may be due to:

  • God working on our character
  • We may lack maturity and need to grow up some.
  • Sin could be hindering the promise.
  • God may be in the process of lining things up.

No matter what the reason for the delays, after believing and speaking, we need to make sure that we are prepared to patiently wait to receive from God.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

During the waiting phase, it is a good time to pray “THANK YOU, JESUS PRAYERS”

2.      Keep calling the plays.

Continue to speak faith and call those things which are not as though they are.

God “called things” not as though they were (Romans 4:17).

Start calling out the promises of God.  Be persistent!

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.  By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

He never gave up!

NEXT LIFE STEP:  This week I will look at my “Needs” / “Promises” list and continue to speak the promises of God.

3.         Keep your game free of distractions.  Confession is essential!

It doesn’t take much of a distraction to make a receiver drop the ball.

Sin is a distracter and has kept many people from receiving all that God has for them.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

NEXT LIFE STEP:  This week I will memorize 1 John 1:9.

If you commit a transgression, don’t mope around in guilt for days.

  • Confess, be forgiven, and stay clean before the Lord.
  • Sin in your life can hinder the good that God is trying to do for you!

A good receiver must let past mistakes go, and run to catch again.

4.       Always give your best.

Don’t stop giving of your time, energy, and resources.  You will reap what you sow.

Week after week, the receiver goes out on the field and gives his very best.

Sometimes, it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t, but he just keeps doing his best.

Galatians 6:7-9 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows. 8  Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

It’s an “if” verse, the reward is conditional to us not giving up!

5.     Be faithful to the team.

Continue to be faithful.  God honors faithfulness.

The football receiver faithfully runs his routes.

  • He doesn’t do everyone else’s job; he only does his and does it faithfully.
  • If he were to go and try to coach, cheer, or be equipment manager when the ball was thrown to him, he wouldn’t be there. He wouldn’t be found faithful.

 

He is steady.  He faithfully executes his route so that he will be in a position to receive the ball.

Read the Parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25:14-29.  Make notes concerning faithfulness.

Matthew 25:15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 

Matthew 25:23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Advance with what’s in your hand.  Be a team player.

I see a world of difference between people who are faithful to the team and people who are not.

People who recognize their place and faithfully serve for the good of others.

1 Corinthians 12:7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (for the profit of all: NKJ)

NEXT LIFE STEP:  This week I will give my best and continue to be faithful, to my team, church and family.

1.     It’s through faith and patience that we catch the ball.

2.     Keep calling the plays.

3.     Keep your game free of distractions.

4.     Always give your best.

5.     Be faithful to the team.

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

  1. What are you patiently waiting to receive from God?
  2. How is your faith for this, and how is your patience?
  3. What promises, concerning your need, are you standing in faith on and speaking over your need?
  4. What distractions can you identify in your life that may be distracting you from your promise being fulfilled?
  5. As you wait on the Lord, are you giving God your best and being faithful to the team?
  6. Of the five receiving suggestions given, which are you strongest on and which are your weakest?

 

CHOOSE FAITH Week 4 “Faith Talk” Believers Statesboro 10-1-17

In accordance with John 10:10, we CHOOSE LIFE.  One of the best ways to choose life is to CHOOSE FAITH.  We choose to walk by faith, and we choose to live by faith.

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight. (NIV)

Living by faith is the best way to experience the abundant life that Jesus has for us.

So far, we’ve discovered what faith is, and we’ve looked at the nuts and bolts of how faith works.

Now, we need to talk about our speech!  Faith is not only a belief in the heart, but our faith is expressed through our words.

Our Faith Is Released Through the Words of Our Mouth

Every person’s speech reflects their faith, no matter what their faith is based on, good or bad.  What is in a person’s heart will always come out of their mouth.

In Matthew 12, Jesus explains why blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin.

He makes the statement that a tree would be known by its fruit and teaches that our spoken words are the product of the fruit of our hearts.

Matt 12:34-37 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good?  For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35  A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

You may try to hide the content of your heart but eventually your words will give it away.

36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have

spoken.

There will be an account given for the words spoken by your mouth.  If your words are not according to the truth of God’s Word, they will be idle, meaningless, and oftentimes destructive.

 

37        For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Jesus considers the words we speak very important!

  • Your words will either justify or condemn you.
  • Your words will reveal what is in your heart and the choices that you are making.
    • Your words are inseparable from what you believe in your heart.  What you say is your faith speaking!

Next Life Step:  This week I will be conscious of what I say and determine if the words I’m speaking reflect the faith in my heart or the lack there of.

Are Spoken Words Really That Important?

Proverbs 4:24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you. (NKJ) 

Proverbs 6:2 have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth.

Proverbs 12:6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them. 

Proverbs 12:14  A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth,  (NKJ) 

Proverbs 12:18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Can our words really be that powerful that they can affect us and those around us with results that can be eternal?

Proverbs 18:20-21 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

This is the power of the spoken word!

God as Our Example

Isaiah 55:10-11 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11  so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty (void), but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

  • If you have a guarantee that God’s Word will go forth, prosper, and accomplish His will, doesn’t it make sense to line your words up with God’s Words?            Speak the Word of God!

God Spoke the Worlds into existence.

Genesis 1: 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Gn.1:3,6,9,11,20,24,26,29).

Believing and Speaking

Our words are very important.  Therefore, our faith, when really believed in our hearts, will be released through our spoken words.

2 Corinthians 4:13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”  Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak,

I believed and therefore I spoke!  Speak what you believe!

The Perfect Example

Romans 10:8-10 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Salvation is an act of faith, and you are saved by believing and confessing.

What if you need healing? – Believe and Confess.  Deliverance? – Believe and Confess.

Provision? – Believe and Confess.  When you Choose Faith – Believe and Confess!

Jesus Teaching Faith

Mark 11:12-14 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14  Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.

Mark 11:19-24 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city. 20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.  21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look!  The fig tree you cursed has withered!” 22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23  “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24        Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

  • Put your faith in God.
  • Speak to the mountain in your life.
  • Then believe, without doubt in your heart, that it will come to pass.
  • The manifestation of seeing the results may come later, but when Jesus cursed the fig tree it died at its roots.

Don’t miss the believing and speaking in this story!

Mark 11:23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.

Not thinks, hopes, or wishes; but what he says!

Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Believe and say!  Ask verbally and believe.

Remember, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

  • Out of the abundance of a heart of doubt, the mouth will speak!
  • Out of the abundance of a faith-filled heart, the mouth will speak!

Whoa, Scott!  Can’t this get us into trouble?  What if we pray the wrong thing?

Does this mean that we can get anything we want just by using positive thinking and believing that we receive it?  Where is the balance?

The Balance is Remaining in Christ

John 15:7  If you remain in me (abide in me) and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

The key is remaining or abiding in Christ Jesus.

  • If you are remaining in Jesus and His words are remaining in you, do you think that your desires will be evil?
  • The more you remain in Christ, the more His desires become your desires.  Then, the things you ask for will be Godly.
  • Knowing that your desires are God’s desires, increases your faith.  You can ask with confidence, not doubting!

“Understanding the practical purpose of our faith life is to bring us where God wants us to go.  It is not a tool for self-accomplishment, but for God’s accomplishing His purpose in us as we actively, aggressively open up to His Word, will, promise, and power.”[1]  Roy Hicks

It Is Written

In the temptation of Christ recorded in Luke 4: 1-13, Jesus gives us a great example of not only having faith in God, but also speaking God’s Word.

Luke 4:3-4 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” 

The devil promised Jesus authority and splendor if Jesus would worship him.

Luke 4:8-9 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” 9  The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here.

Now look, the devil is quoting Scripture.

Luke 4:10-11 For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; 11  they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

But because Jesus was abiding in God, remaining in God, He knew that this was not what the Father wanted Him to do.

Luke 4:12-13 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”  13  When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. 

How did Jesus do spiritual battle with Satan?

He didn’t just know the Word of God in His heart, He spoke it out verbally?

Speak God’s Word Over Your Needs

In Choose Faith Week Three, you made a needs list.  Then you searched the Scriptures and found a promise for each of those needs.  Now, for the next step.

  • Begin to speak “verbally out loud” those promises over each of your needs.
  • Make this a daily practice as you see those needs met!
  • Remember, God’s Word doesn’t come back void but accomplishes all that it is sent out to do.

(Note: If you have not made a needs list and started standing on the Word of God concerning those needs, you are missing a tremendous blessing!  Don’t delay, do so now.)

“The Word of God will always tell you what’s going on in God’s heart.  Unfortunately, your words will always tell you what’s going on in your heart”.  The question is: What is the condition of your heart towards the promises of God as indicated by your confession?” Roy Hicks

Remember, Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing the Word of God.

Can you hear the Word if it’s not spoken?

Abraham Chose Faith

Romans 4:17-21 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”  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. 18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 19  Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20  Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21  being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

Verse 17 says that God gives life to the dead and CALLS into being things that were not.

How do you call something?  When you call, do you expect an answer or do you expect it to come?

Genesis 17 records God’s promise of a son given to Abram.  In verse 1-6, God changes Abram’s name to Abraham.  Every time his name was spoken, people were “Faith Talking”.

Gen 17:5  No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. Abram (exalted father)–Abraham (father of a multitude)

Every time Abraham’s name was spoken by himself or someone else, it was a verbal confession of faith.

The Unruly Tongue

James 1:26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 

James 3:8  but no human being can tame the tongue.  It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison

  • Train the unruly member for your good!  Ask the Lord Jesus to help you in this area today!

Next Life Step:  This week I will ask the Lord to help me train my tongue to only speak God’s truths found in His Word.

“May the Word of Faith ever be upon your lips!” 

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

  1. Do you find it true that most people talk about what’s in their heart?
  2. Explain what the Bible means when it says “Life and Death are in the power of the tongue”. (Prov. 18:21)
  3. What are some of the promises of God that you are standing on? Do you speak those promises?
  4. Explain why remaining in Christ (John 15) brings a balance when you believe and confess.
  5. How will speaking God’s promises help you train your tongue?

 

[1] Power Faith, Roy Hicks Jr., Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville 1994