Monday, July 25, 2011

The Three Parts of Faith

Jesus talked about the three parts of faith in Mark 11:22-24.
1)The object of your faith. v.22--He said, "Have faith in God." God is the object of our faith that we look to. It's easy to place faith in our money, our jobs, our own understanding, or something else. Is your faith truly in God, or something else that you think brings security?

2)The potential of your faith. v.23--Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted you." Even though Jesus always told the truth, sometimes He would say "Truly, truly I say to you" because what He was about to say was going to be hard for them to believe. This was probably the most startling illustration He ever used--casting a mountain into the sea by faith! The mountain was the Mount of Olives and the nearest sea was the Dead Sea, which was 15 miles away. Jesus said that telling a mountain to be uprooted and transported 15 miles away actually was possible with faith! The mountain represents your problem and your faith is what can overcome that problem. What is the problem you are facing today?

3)The application of your faith. v.24--"Therefore, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." The word "therefore" means He is connecting what He just said, with something He is about to say. He is saying, "Take what I just said about moving a mountain by faith and apply it to everything you pray for." God doesn't just want us to pray, but to pray with faith, expecting God to answer.
To hear the entire message, go to http://www.churchoflivingwater.net/node/23 and click on Faith pt 1 "The Object of Your Faith."
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