The Missing Peace

Praying In Faith

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Jason Bradley (Host), Nadine Joseph-Collins PhD


Series Code: TMP

Program Code: TMP000007A

00:34 Hello and welcome to The Missing Peace.
00:36 My name is Jason Bradley and our primary host is
00:39 Dr. Nadine Joseph-Collins
00:40 a powerful advocate for effective fervent prayer.
00:44 Dr. Nadine is committed to equipping others
00:46 with the tools necessary to make your prayer life go, "Wow!"
00:50 Before we begin, let's have a word of prayer
00:53 and invite the Lord to join us.
00:55 Dear Heavenly Father,
00:56 as we discuss how to best communicate with you,
01:00 we ask that you would please be with us
01:02 that you would lead, guide and direct us
01:04 and that you would fill us with your Holy Spirit.
01:06 In Jesus' name we pray, amen. "
01:08 What is the topic today?
01:11 Jason, you look very excited.
01:13 I am excited.
01:15 Today we're going to be talking about: Praying in Faith.
01:17 Okay.
01:18 The whole premise is, for us to see
01:21 how faith can impact our prayer lives
01:24 or how our prayer lives can be affected by faith.
01:26 Hmmm... hmmm...
01:28 And what is the key text or what is the text
01:30 that usually comes to your mind when you hear the word "Faith"?
01:32 Hebrews chapter 11 verse 1.
01:34 Right, we all know that text very well, right?
01:36 "Faith is the substance of things hoped for...
01:39 the evidence of things not seen... "
01:41 and usually, when I would conduct Week of Prayers...
01:44 that's one of the questions I would ask
01:46 when I do this presentation, "What is faith?"
01:48 Hmmm... hmmm...
01:49 And guess what the answers I usually get?
01:51 What?
01:53 Belief... it is belief... it is believe in something
01:56 or people would usually point to the head and say,
01:58 "You know, you have to have faith. "
02:01 It's usually something that we refer to
02:03 or conceptualize as something happening up in our minds
02:06 or in our head...
02:07 some people would say it's about belief... belief...
02:09 and of course we always end up with Hebrews 11 verse 1,
02:12 dictionary definitions of faith
02:15 does refer to faith in some extent as belief
02:19 or confidence or trust in a person or a thing
02:23 for example, they would say,
02:24 "You have faith in someone's ability"
02:26 and so on...
02:28 and sometimes it is belief that is not based on proof...
02:31 that's what people would say faith is.
02:34 Now, one of... the Bible here says that
02:37 faith is... this version... it's the Rainbow Study Bible
02:42 the Rainbow Study Bible says, "What is faith?"
02:44 "It is the confident assurance that something we want
02:47 is going to happen...
02:49 it is the certainty that we have
02:52 that what we hope for is waiting for us...
02:55 even though we cannot see it up ahead... "
02:58 So, whichever translation we use...
03:02 it is saying that there is some belief
03:05 that it is based on proof that we do not have as yet
03:08 so it's belief in anything
03:11 because we can have faith in principles, in beliefs,
03:14 in institutions and so on
03:16 and the thing is, if we have faith in anything
03:18 most times it works for us
03:19 and some people actually say to me, "I don't have faith"
03:22 you believe some people don't have faith?
03:24 Jason: Oh yes. Nadine: You think so?
03:26 Jason: Yes, some people don't have faith
03:28 it seems like some people doubt everything...
03:30 like negative... unbelieving...
03:33 just-don't-trust-anything- anybody type of thing.
03:37 Nadine: But these same people go to doctors,
03:38 some of them may actually travel.
03:41 Hmmm...
03:42 Every time you do something like that,
03:45 you are exhibiting faith or belief
03:46 that the person you are going to
03:48 is going to do what you're going to them for.
03:51 So, when we go to a doctor, we are expecting
03:54 that that doctor would be able to attend to whatever problem
03:56 that we have and "hopefully" give us
03:58 the healing recipe, right?
04:00 Hmmm... hmmm... hmmm... hmmm.
04:02 When we fly... we never go to the peer and say,
04:06 "Hey, can I see the pilot?"
04:07 "Can you show me your credentials?"
04:10 Or what was... you know,
04:12 "How did you place in your class?"
04:13 We don't do that kind of stuff,
04:15 we actually believe that we get on that plane...
04:17 some of us say a little prayer
04:19 but we believe that we're actually going to get
04:21 to our destination safely.
04:23 Hmmm... hmmm...
04:24 Because I'm sure that the folks who went on that
04:27 Germanwings flight... the 9525 in April 2015
04:30 thought that they were going to arrive home safely.
04:33 They probably had made plans already to go to dinner
04:35 with family or friends and maybe had other appointments.
04:38 Hmmm... hmmm...
04:39 But they had faith that when they got on that plane
04:41 that they were going to arrive home safely
04:42 so, to a degree, everyone has a measure of faith
04:46 because we exercise it every day.
04:48 Hmmm... hmmm...
04:50 We go to get our hair cut and all of that stuff,
04:52 we believe in, "Hey, this person can do
04:54 what I need them to do. "
04:55 So, we speak about it as well
04:58 sometimes as doing things blindly
05:01 because we do not know what it is
05:03 so we are saying, "Faith is a belief...
05:05 it is something that we are hoping for
05:07 that we have not yet seen"
05:09 so, sometimes we associate it with that blind belief.
05:12 Now, if we really examine Hebrews 11:1
05:15 and just break down these two lines,
05:17 actually it's one long line or two short lines...
05:21 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
05:24 the evidence of things not seen. "
05:26 We may discover that faith has much more
05:30 than just that belief...
05:32 that blind faith or that trust and so on...
05:34 and that's where we want to go today.
05:36 Okay...
05:38 Because when we examine faith of the Bible,
05:40 we will see how it becomes practical
05:42 in that habit of praying every day...
05:44 that hope that we want to develop
05:46 so we can make our prayer lives go, "Wow!"
05:48 Hmmm... hmmm...
05:49 Substance... when we are in Elementary School
05:52 and we learn about substance,
05:54 we learn about something that is tangible...
05:57 from an English perspective, it's something real...
06:00 something physical...
06:02 something that we call, "Matter"
06:03 you can feel it
06:04 so, it consists of tangible solid presence... it's substance
06:08 when we look from the Hebrew perspective,
06:11 substance also denotes something you can see,
06:15 you can hear, you can taste, you can feel, you can touch...
06:18 again, it all refers to things that we could actually...
06:22 that could actually materialize.
06:23 Hmmm... hmmm... hmmm... hmmm.
06:25 And the Bible is saying, "Faith is the substance... "
06:26 Okay.
06:28 So, let's keep in mind "Substance"
06:29 in these two contexts which is really the same
06:32 that we are looking at something tangible...
06:34 something physical... something real...
06:36 faith is the substance...
06:38 Hmmm... hmmm... hmmm... hmmm.
06:40 Then when we talk about things hoped for...
06:42 when we are hoping for something it is not abstract...
06:46 so, yes, I am hoping, for example,
06:49 to let's say... have a nice sandwich.
06:52 The reason why I can hope for that sandwich
06:55 is because I probably had it before already,
06:57 and I can associate that taste in my mind and in my mouth
07:01 so, when I'm hoping for it, it is something that I know
07:05 that I could actually get.
07:07 Hmmm... hmmm...
07:08 It's just that I don't have it yet
07:10 but we can picture it in our minds...
07:11 some foods that we like...
07:13 we salivate when we think about them
07:15 because we could hope for it,
07:17 because we already know what it's like.
07:18 Tastes like... yeah we know what we're missing, yeah.
07:20 Exactly, so if I'm hoping to see the Eiffel Tower, for example,
07:24 Is it something that is tangible or intangible?
07:27 Jason: It's tangible.
07:29 Nadine: Because what I would have to do
07:30 is to buy a plane ticket
07:32 I need to check, of course, if I need a visa to get to Paris
07:35 then, I will have to look at getting a ticket
07:37 to go up the Eiffel Tower,
07:39 or I could just stay down and I could admire it
07:42 but the thing is, what I'm hoping for
07:44 is something that could actually happen
07:46 but it has not happened yet.
07:47 Yeah, hmmm... hmmm...
07:49 And so, we are talking about things hoped for
07:51 and then when we look, for example,
07:54 at the evidence of things not seen,
07:56 but before I go there, I want to say something,
07:58 you know the Bible tells us,
08:00 you know that there is the tree of life...
08:01 Hmmm... hmmm...
08:02 It's something that we are hoping to see, right?
08:04 Hmmm... hmmm...
08:05 We are hoping to see the sea of glass,
08:07 we are hoping to walk on the streets of gold, right,
08:10 but we are able to conceptualize these things in our minds
08:15 because these things...
08:17 God has given us physical representations in our life
08:20 so we know what a tree looks like
08:23 so now we can visualize a tree in heaven
08:26 so the tree on earth is just a physical representation
08:30 of the Tree of Life that we have not yet seen
08:32 but now we can make an association.
08:34 We know what gold is, we know what streets look like
08:38 so we can only imagine now gold on the streets
08:42 so instead of having what we use now,
08:45 we use gold instead
08:46 and we can imagine people playing at that gold
08:50 and the tractors pass on...
08:52 just like when we see a road being laid out
08:53 so now we can visualize
08:55 so that the streets of gold
08:57 is a representation of something we have not yet seen
09:00 but now we can visualize it
09:02 and the same thing with the Sea of Glass or anything else,
09:05 so these are the thing that we are hoping to see
09:08 but God has given us physical representation
09:11 so we can get a taste of what is to come
09:14 and then we have the evidence of things not seen.
09:18 So, if I had never seen the Eiffel Tower, right,
09:21 I was watching a movie and this is actually real
09:24 so I was watching a movie and I said, "Hey, I want to go there"
09:27 so I went ahead and made plans
09:29 so I could actually go to see what Paris looks like
09:33 really and truly the Eiffel Tower
09:35 I wanted to visit,
09:36 so what happened is, I got there,
09:38 when I got to the bottom of it
09:40 there were so many people, the line was so long,
09:42 I'm like, "I'm not taking this line to go us this thing"
09:45 so I stayed, I walked underneath it,
09:47 I looked up, I took pictures,
09:49 then I did other sites in Paris
09:51 and from different distances,
09:53 of course, you can see the Eiffel tower in the background,
09:55 so I took pictures,
09:56 so, now I have evidence
09:57 of the thing
09:59 that before I had not yet seen
10:01 now, I have the evidence with the pictures
10:04 and they say "Pictures don't lie"
10:06 but in this day and age people do a lot of photo shopping.
10:08 That's very true... that's very true.
10:11 But the point is, I walked around there
10:13 and I was able to take the pictures
10:15 so now, faith is the substance of things hoped for
10:19 evidence of things not seen.
10:21 Now, as we unpack it like that, we can see
10:24 that faith really is not an abstract thought.
10:27 It is not something in our head,
10:29 because in all of these instances,
10:32 first, you have substance,
10:34 you can touch, you can feel and so on...
10:35 the things hoped for...
10:37 you could actually get them later...
10:40 you could actually see them later,
10:42 you could experience them later,
10:44 and you can also collect evidence
10:45 as in the example of having the photos of the Eiffel Tower
10:48 so, in legal terms, for example,
10:50 evidence is that which tends to prove a fact
10:53 but not the fact itself,
10:56 so, it says, any matter of fact,
10:58 a legal definition is:
11:00 Any matter of fact that a party or lawsuit offers
11:02 to prove or disprove a case.
11:04 So that's what evidence is,
11:06 and so, it's a System of rules and so on
11:09 so, if we have an accident,
11:10 generally when you have an accident
11:12 you never hear the two people saying the same story,
11:15 there's always disputed facts,
11:17 one person will say it happened like this
11:19 and another person will say it happened like that
11:21 because everybody wants to be in the right
11:24 so, evidence now, will take into account
11:27 these testimonies that these two people are giving
11:32 but more so, the police officer would come in
11:35 and they would collect a bunch of information,
11:37 they would look for eye witnesses,
11:39 they would look at distances, they would look at the weather,
11:41 they would look at a bunch of stuff
11:43 as they try to weigh
11:45 on what really are the facts of this case,
11:47 Hmmm... hmmm... hmmm... hmmm.
11:49 Okay, so, evidence now is
11:50 what would be accepted into the equation
11:53 to say, "Hey, this will help us to know actually what is factual
11:57 so, faith cannot be abstract
11:59 because if you collect all that evidence,
12:01 if you go get eye witness testimonies,
12:04 you look at the weather reports
12:05 you look at all of the different things in the car and everything
12:09 you are collecting things that you can actually see...
12:11 that you can actually write and so on,
12:12 so you're collecting evidence,
12:14 so, faith... it goes beyond abstract,
12:16 when we look at the Bible, it's filled with promises.
12:19 Hmmm... hmmm...
12:20 These promises are actually facts,
12:22 these are the facts that God has laid out
12:25 in the Bible for us,
12:27 now, as we go through our experiences,
12:29 as we develop our prayer life,
12:31 part of our prayer life should be...
12:33 really claiming those facts
12:35 and the evidence would be our testimonies...
12:40 how these promises, these facts in the Word of God
12:44 are actually true,
12:45 because now we have the evidence to prove
12:47 the Word of God,
12:49 we have the evidence to prove
12:50 the facts in the Word of God to be true.
12:52 Jason: Yeah, and if God says it,
12:54 you know... I mean... well, you should know
12:56 that it is... that it is true.
12:58 Nadine: Yeah, exactly and so that's why Law... has given us
13:02 Law... I'm talking about like the legal aspect of things...
13:05 I love Law, by-the-way
13:06 but Law has given us a clear path
13:08 from reading to understand Hebrews 11:1 more,
13:11 and as we work on developing our prayer life
13:14 because you see the thing is, eye witness testimonies...
13:18 or first-hand testimonies are the only testimonies
13:20 that are actually accepted in the Court of Law.
13:23 Hmmm...
13:24 So, hearsay evidence is not accepted...
13:26 so I cannot tell you how good a sandwich tastes
13:30 until I have tasted it myself.
13:31 I cannot tell you how nice a perfume smells
13:34 until I have smelt it myself.
13:36 Hmmm... hmmm...
13:37 You see, I cannot tell you how good God is
13:39 and how true He is to His word
13:41 until I have experienced Him for myself.
13:44 Yeah.
13:45 So, you cannot take my story,
13:47 or you cannot take stories in the Bible
13:49 which is what we usually do... which is fine
13:51 we can use the stories in the Bible
13:54 when we want to talk about God
13:55 but if we meet somebody who doesn't believe in God,
13:58 how are you going to convince them that your God is true?
14:01 that will come from your personal testimony.
14:03 From the evidence that you have collected
14:06 that your God actually works
14:07 and nobody can contend with eye-witness testimonies.
14:10 Yeah, yeah.
14:11 Nobody can contend with the fact that,
14:13 "Hey, God did this in my life"
14:15 and we are living in a world where people are open,
14:17 they call it the Post-Modern World
14:18 and thing... but one good thing about the Post-Modern Era,
14:22 is that people are open to other people's stories
14:26 so now, our stories as Christians
14:27 make more sense
14:29 because people are open to your personal testimony
14:31 so, while they might disregard the Bible,
14:34 and give us all types of excuses
14:36 why they do not want to have anything to do with the Book,
14:38 when it is... you are able to say
14:40 how God is real in your experience
14:43 because God answered these prayers,
14:45 because God did this or God did that
14:47 they cannot contend with that.
14:48 Yeah...
14:50 I want to share this Bible verse with you,
14:52 it comes from Hebrews chapter 11 verse 6,
14:54 and it reads, "But without faith
14:57 it is impossible to please Him:
14:59 for he that cometh to God must believe that He is,
15:02 and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. "
15:06 As we're sitting here and we're talking about faith and prayer
15:09 and faith and prayer,
15:10 this Bible verse right here shows the importance of faith,
15:17 how important it is to have faith,
15:19 without it, we... it's impossible to please God.
15:22 Yes, that's the thing, you see,
15:24 and that's why your own faith story...
15:27 your own personal journey...
15:29 you're own story cannot be argued with
15:32 because it's not a second-hand report.
15:35 Hmmm... hmmm...
15:36 It's your evidence of faith.
15:38 The Apostle John actually said in 1st John 1 verse 1 he said,
15:42 We proclaim to you the One who existed from the beginning,
15:47 whom we have heard and seen.
15:49 We saw Him with our own eyes
15:52 and touched Him with our own hands.
15:54 He is the Word of life. "
15:55 So, here they were talking about God
15:57 from their own personal experience,
15:59 remember we spoke about substance and things hoped for
16:02 so they were able to see Him, they were able to touch Him,
16:05 they experienced Him, they felt Him,
16:08 He was real, they were eye-witnesses
16:11 and these are the only types of testimonies
16:13 that are actually admitted in the Court.
16:16 We're talking about, now, evidence as well,
16:18 so they had the evidence to prove.
16:21 One guy by the name of Hodge said,
16:23 "Faith must have adequate evidence
16:25 or else it is mere superstition. "
16:27 Hmmm...
16:28 So if your faith is just a talking faith
16:30 or faith in your head
16:32 but you have no evidence to prove that faith,
16:35 then it's mere superstition
16:37 and that's why the Bible filled with over 3,000 promises
16:41 gives us ample opportunities to continue to collect evidence
16:45 to prove that the Word of God is true,
16:48 to prove that God actually answers our prayers,
16:51 to prove that we actually have something...
16:53 evidence to back up what we are saying about our faith.
16:57 So, our prayer lives or our faith
17:01 is activated by our prayer lives,
17:03 that is why they are connected.
17:05 How else can we claim
17:07 the promises or the facts outlined in the Word of God
17:11 unless we spend time with God.
17:13 Hmmm... hmmm...
17:14 How else can we collect that evidence?
17:16 How will we know that God is actually answering our prayers
17:19 when we take the Word of God... we claim these promises
17:22 then we get the evidence to prove it
17:24 but we must spend time with God doing that.
17:26 So faith is not an abstract
17:29 when it is actually an intelligent holy response
17:32 to God and His Word.
17:35 Hmmm... hmmm...
17:36 So, faith goes beyond that blind belief,
17:38 it goes beyond just the things that we think happening up here
17:43 to us searching for ways to get evidence
17:47 to prove that God actually exists,
17:49 so, it's in a deeper sense... faith is an action word
17:53 because we are digging
17:54 and that's the direction we are taking now,
17:56 Faith as an action word.
17:58 Yes.
18:00 Right, so when we examine the Hall of Faith,
18:02 Hebrews 11 that we've been looking at,
18:04 every time one of these heroes were mentioned,
18:07 we see an action following...
18:10 So if we look at, for example, the Bible says,
18:14 "By faith Abraham... "
18:15 then an activity follows, "he obeyed... "
18:17 Hmmm... hmmm...
18:19 "and he was tested... " and so on,
18:21 so, every time we see the name of the hero
18:24 and they are saying, "by faith... "
18:26 we see the action happening,
18:28 Sarah... in Hebrews 11:11
18:30 "by faith... " an activity followed,
18:32 the Bible says, "she received strength and bore a child. "
18:36 Hmmm... hmmm...
18:37 Then we have Isaac,
18:39 when it says, "By faith Isaac... "
18:40 an activity followed, he blessed Jacob and Esau
18:43 so, he did something... so there's an activity.
18:45 Hmmm... hmmm...
18:47 We look at Moses, the Bible says,
18:48 "By faith Moses... " an activity followed,
18:51 look, his mother hid him...
18:53 she took... she did some action,
18:56 she took him and she hid him there...
18:57 and we know his story, so an activity happened
18:59 then in his adult life, we see him mentioned again,
19:02 "By faith Moses... " an activity followed,
19:05 he stood up,
19:06 "he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. "
19:08 Hmmm... hmmm...
19:10 so he had that activity
19:11 then we saw him later on when he struck the rock
19:14 because he wanted water to come out,
19:16 then we saw again, when he stood by the Red Sea,
19:20 he didn't just stand there
19:21 waiting for God to open it and stuff
19:24 and say, "I have faith, God led me in this direction
19:26 and He's going to open the Red Sea"
19:28 he didn't just stand there waiting,
19:29 he actually began to walk
19:32 and as he began to go toward the Red Sea,
19:35 the Red Sea parted and all of that, again, is action
19:38 we see every time... by faith action is happening
19:41 an activity is following.
19:42 We look at Abel, "By faith Abel... "
19:44 an activity followed,
19:46 what did he do? He offered a sacrifice,
19:48 so, an activity happens.
19:50 I think about when Peter stepped out of the boat onto the water
19:52 and started walking towards Jesus
19:55 but as soon as he took his eyes off Christ,
19:57 he started to sink.
19:59 Yes, yes, because faith is really about believing in Him...
20:02 following Him,
20:03 so, when he began to look at self,
20:05 then he began to sink.
20:06 And another thing
20:08 faith without action is mere profession,
20:11 so just like Christianity,
20:13 if you are a Christian in name only,
20:15 there's nothing different about your lifestyle
20:17 than that of a non-believer.
20:19 And that's why Paul says, "If we have faith,
20:21 without the actual evidence, it's superstition
20:25 so we look at, for example, people like Noah
20:29 the Bible says, "By faith Noah... "
20:31 he prepared the ark... so he did an activity,
20:35 he built this huge boat, so he did something.
20:38 We look at Joshua, "By faith... " the Bible says,
20:42 "he led the children around the city seven times"
20:46 that's a lot of action
20:48 and then all those walls came crumbling down.
20:51 So, we look at Gideon,
20:53 you remember when Gideon wanted to go to war,
20:55 the Bible says, "By faith... "
20:56 of course an activity follows,
20:58 "he trusted God for the small army"
21:01 so, you remember, he had 135,000 men
21:03 and God told him, "No, you cannot take all these men"
21:06 he gave them reasons... he gave them...
21:07 he told them, "You could go home"
21:09 and so on until he went down to 300
21:11 and they were able to defeat the armies,
21:13 then we look at Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
21:15 the Bible says, "By faith... " an activity followed
21:18 they chose not to bow,
21:19 so they made a decision not to bow
21:22 and we saw what happened with them,
21:24 even when they were thrown in to the fiery furnace
21:27 that became an evidence of God being...
21:29 of God really being true to them
21:31 and God really existing
21:33 because Nebuchadnezzar himself was able to see and identify,
21:36 "Hey, I just threw three men in there
21:38 but the Son of God is also there with them...
21:39 there's a fourth one. " Jason: Yeah.
21:41 So, you see, activity happens every time,
21:43 then we have Esther,
21:45 the Bible says, "By faith Esther... "
21:46 she was rewarded for her bravery
21:48 remember she went before the King.
21:50 Hmmm... hmmm...
21:51 So, she didn't just stay there fasting and praying
21:53 and was in the palace,
21:54 but she asked permission to see the king,
21:57 she took some steps, she did an activity,
22:00 so that the children or the Jews... her people
22:03 could have been saved
22:04 and there are some more stories, like, unpopular stories,
22:07 when we look at, for example,
22:09 the un-named leper of Matthew 8:2 and 3,
22:12 he went and began to worship God and ask God to make Him clean
22:17 so, he didn't stay wherever he was,
22:19 he went in search of Jesus and he was healed.
22:22 Then we have the Roman Officer, he went to God and said,
22:26 "I'm not worthy for you to even come to my home...
22:28 but I want you to heal my servant... "
22:30 so he had so much faith, he went looking for God...
22:33 that's activity
22:35 but he's also saying, "You do not need to come to my home,
22:37 I believe you so much,
22:38 I know that you can heal him right here, right now,
22:42 even though he's not in your presence"
22:44 so we have these unpopular stories,
22:46 so the Centurion's faith... this Roman soldier
22:49 impressed God so much, He said, I never even saw so much faith"
22:52 because here was this guy not just coming after God
22:55 or after Jesus, rather, but he is saying, "I believe you
22:59 I've heard what you have done and I would like you
23:02 to just touch and heal my servant right now at home"
23:05 you know, and then, we have the woman with the issue of blood.
23:09 Oh yes.
23:11 She didn't just sit by the road waiting for Him to come,
23:13 she didn't just believe that somebody would carry her to Him,
23:18 she pushed and pushed through the crowd...
23:21 she crawled, she did whatever she had to do
23:23 because in her mind, "I know, if I just touch any part of Him"
23:28 and in this case she was able to touch just the hem...
23:30 Jason: Of His garment.
23:31 Nadine: And she was healed because she had faith,
23:35 so, you see, but the faith is followed by action
23:37 for that woman to have put herself through that
23:40 it means she believed even before she touched Jesus
23:43 that He was going to heal her.
23:44 Hmmm... hmmm...
23:45 But she knew that she needed to act on her faith...
23:48 Hmmm... hmmm...
23:49 And so, she moved
23:50 until she touched just the hem of His garment
23:52 and she was healed and that's why He said, "Virtue left me"
23:56 because He knew that the person that touched Him
23:59 had such strong beliefs
24:01 and so, she could have just said,
24:04 "Hey, I believe God can heal me" and that's it... no, no, no, no
24:06 she acted toward her healing.
24:08 We had the two blind men as well in Matthew 9,
24:12 they came to Jesus asking for healing
24:14 from wherever they came, they came to Him asking for healing
24:17 so, activity happened every time faith is mentioned in the Bible,
24:22 in terms of people acting toward their faith
24:25 and one of my favorite stories is the story of Rahab,
24:28 because you see, when Rahab was considered
24:31 and called the harlot of her community in Jericho,
24:34 so, no one would have thought that when these Bible Workers
24:38 were coming to her home,
24:40 or when these men came to her home
24:41 that they were Bible Workers,
24:43 they would have thought otherwise
24:45 but Rahab had heard about Jesus,
24:48 she had heard about what He had done already
24:50 the testimonies of Joshua and Moses and all of these guys
24:54 were in her mind
24:55 and that is why she was able to receive these guys,
24:58 that's why the Bible has her,
24:59 imagine, we call her a prostitute
25:01 but she was in the Hall of Faith
25:03 because she did an action too "By faith... " the Bible says,
25:07 "she welcomed the spies into her home. "
25:10 So, not only did she welcome them there
25:13 but she actually made a negotiation...
25:16 actually she negotiated with them for her salvation
25:18 and the salvation of her family
25:20 and for the salvation of all of us
25:22 because through her experience, we know for sure
25:25 that God's blood... that red scarlet thread
25:27 that she was supposed to hang
25:29 is deliverance for every one of us.
25:30 Hmmm...
25:31 And I believe that she's a reformed...
25:34 we need to call her by a different name
25:36 because her story actually gives hope to all of our stories
25:40 that God can do anything, so, faith is an act
25:44 it is not...
25:45 it is not an abstract thought, it is an action word
25:48 it is a behavior... it's not an invisible thing in our head.
25:51 It's doing and more than doing,
25:54 it's more than speaking
25:57 because faith without action is dead,
26:01 you know, we say, "Faith without works is dead. "
26:02 Yeah.
26:04 Faith without action is dead because they are the same thing,
26:05 you show me your faith and I'll show you your works.
26:09 Yeah.
26:10 So, the take-away points that we can have
26:11 is that a person full of faith
26:14 is a person that is full of action.
26:16 Hmmm...
26:17 So, if you say you have faith, show me your actions,
26:19 I need to see the evidence of that,
26:21 I need to the action behind that faith that you say you have.
26:24 The Bible says, "By their fruits you shall know them. "
26:26 Exactly, so we must always have evidence
26:29 to prove the faith that we are talking about.
26:32 The Bible is not concerned about the quality
26:34 or really, the quantity of faith... the how much we have
26:38 because the Bible says,
26:39 "If you have faith of a mustard seed,
26:41 you can move a mountain,
26:43 so He's more concerned about us demonstrating
26:45 whatever little faith that we believe that we have,
26:48 right, and everyone, of course, has a measure of faith
26:51 because the Bible says in Romans 12:13,
26:55 according to the measure of faith,
26:57 God has given you
26:59 which means, everyone has a measure of faith
27:02 and He gave it to us in Galatians 5:22,
27:05 He talks about the spirit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
27:09 gentleness, goodness and faith. "
27:11 So we know for sure that faith is an action word
27:14 and there is more I can say about faith
27:16 and so many testimonies that I can share about faith
27:19 but because we had such a good time... we didn't get to that
27:22 so we're going to say a quick prayer,
27:24 "Father, we thank you for the examples in your Word
27:28 that show us that faith is an action word
27:30 and if we say that we are people of faith,
27:32 then we need to have the evidence
27:34 that would prove that our faith is real, it's alive
27:38 and it's moving.
27:39 Give us, Dear Lord, the spirit to continue to seek you
27:42 that our faith can become real
27:44 and our stories and our evidence would declare
27:47 that your Word is true,
27:49 we thank you, in the name of Jesus, amen. "
27:51 "Amen. "
27:52 Thank you so much, faith is a powerful thing
27:56 and remember that without faith, it is impossible to please God.
28:00 Join us next time
28:02 when Dr. Nadine brings the missing peace.


Revised 2018-04-12