LESSONS IN FAITH

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 6:10 KJV” And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So, the men sat down, in number about five thousand”.

The bible says our Lord Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2). The Lord did not only teach about faith but He demonstrated great faith. His life was full of mighty miracles. In this incidence too he gave us some lessons in faith. When Andrew told him he’s found a boy with just five loaves and two fishes, he quickly asked the disciples to make the people sit down and organised them. Faith in God is not an anticipation of a favorable outcome, but an assurance of the conclusion of the matter.

 It involves taking actions that corresponds to the assurance you have in your heart. The Lord Jesus knew that the father had already answered him.

What was the bases for such a conviction? His confidence was in God and His word. Faith is never based on how good or bad things might look.

It is dependent on the faithfulness and the might of God. It is not of faith if you look at how good things appear. The scripture says, faith is the assurance of things we hope for.

 It is a conviction that what I hope to come in the future is real with me in the present.

This was what moved the master to make the men to sit down.

 Miracles are worked out by observing concrete steps of faith.

These steps of faith, in almost all cases will not sound reasonable. It is based on the fact that one has absolute assurance in his heart that what he anticipates cannot fail.

Let’s consider the example of Abraham. Hebrews 11:8 KJV “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” Abraham was called out of his father’s house, his family and country to a land he knew nothing about. He dwelt in tents and various strange locations yet never questioned the wisdom of God, who had called him out of his father’s house. Abraham believed God for Isaac who was born after such a time that, both Abraham and Sarah were very old. Romans 4:19 KJV “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb.” Abraham gives us a very powerful lesson in faith.

THOUGHT: TRUE FAITH LOOKS UP TO GOD AND HIS WORD ALONE

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 4:18 KJV “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.”

Hebrews 11:30 KJV “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.”

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