And Yeshua answering saith unto them. Have faith in God. Mark 11:22
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
What is Faith? Where do we find Faith? Why should I have Faith? Where will Faith take me? And the questions go on and on about Faith, about the importance of Faith being in our lives or the lack of it. In the King James Version, Faith appears 336 times; other versions vary, 458 times in the New International Bible, 389 in the New King James Bible version, 378 in the New American Standard Bible and 521 in the Good News Bible.
What does all this mean to the discerning believer? In this article, we are being led into the thickest part of our walks. We will see answers to as many of the questions the Lord sees fit to answer through the Holy Spirit.
In the secular world, Faith is defined as follows: Faith can be described as trust or confidence in a person or something in religion, faith is the belief or trust in doctrines and ethics or a supreme being. Usually not based on proof Faith could also mean observance of obligation or fidelity to one’s promise or oath.
In the Scriptures, I see those who walk with the Spirit of God bringing forth definitions of faith. One part of the secular definition Usually not based on proof is the best description needed to describe faith within a walk with Yeshua.
OPENING PRAYER by Robert.
Heavenly Father we place all the heavenly gifts received daily from you Lord through our faith before your throne. Giving praise and thanks for having received them. We recognize the power of recognition without substance as the reward and definition you have Spiritually defined our FAITH as. We accept your acknowledgment of our trust without question, our devotion within your Love and healing of our souls through your compassion, and the growth of our understanding through your gift of discernment. We thank you, Father, for the ability to proceed through our lives in peace even when under attack or being tempted. Father, we give praise for all we have received through Spiritually filling us with FAITH. This we pray in the name of Yeshua, Amen and, Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
The Holy Spirit is leading us to the book of Jeremiah so we might reflect on the current condition of our world, our surroundings and those within it. What John Gill’s (1697 to 1771) commentary from the introduction of the Book of Jeremiah describes is why the destruction of the Jews occurred. And I believe eventually our world and those in it who are being identified and why. “It describes their sins, their idolatry, which was notorious, of which their own consciences, their altars, and their children were witnesses, (Jeremiah 17:1).
For which they are threatened with the spoil of their substance and treasure, and discontinuance in their land, (Jeremiah 17:3). As also their confidence in an arm of flesh, which brought the curse of God on them, when such are blessed that trust in him, and the difference between those that trust in men and those that trust in the Lord is illustrated by very apt similes (Jeremiah 17:5).
The source of which vain confidence is the wicked heart of man, known to none but God, (Jeremiah 17:9) and the vanity of it is exposed by a partridge sitting on eggs without hatching them, (Jerimiah 17:11).
And their departure from God, by trusting in the creature, and in outward things, is aggravated by their temple being the throne and seat of the divine Majesty, by what God is to the people that trust him, and by the shame and ruin that follow apostasy from him, (Jeremiah 17:12).”
This description is like looking in the mirror and seeing today’s world being presented before us so we might visually see where it stands. The decay and rottenness the betrayals and dry condition of those within it. And more than anything why and how historically it is being repeated. But to understand why God is proclaiming to destroy this world as he declared he would destroy Jerusalem and its palaces which should be burnt to the ground if the warning was/is not heeded.
John Gill (1697 to 1771) describes what God offered as a solution. “The prophet then follows an order to him from the Lord. To go and stand in the gate of the city, and exhort all ranks of men to the observation of the Sabbath, with directions on how to keep it. Which had not been observed by their fathers, and which was another cause of their ruin, (Jeremiah 17:19) and the chapter is closed with promises of blessings in city, court, and country, in church and state, should they religiously observe the Sabbath day. But if they profaned it, the city of Jerusalem and its palaces should be burnt with fire, (Jeremiah 17:24).
Jeremiah carried quite a strong message to those in Jerusalem but what does it have to do with our Faith today.
His commandment to the people was to religiously observe the Sabbath. Keyword in that message if you observe it closely is RELIGIOUSLY observed.
In other words, stop paying lip service to God, get serious about your walks or else. Something all need to remember God knows your heart intent don’t think you can fool Him, you can’t, God is not your carnal father.
John Gill (1697 to 1771) describes through what the prophet Jeremiah did before receiving and delivering God’s message. “Wherefore the prophet sensible of his own backslidings prays’ to be healed and saved by the Lord, who should have all the praise and glory, (Jeremiah 17:14) and then relates the scoffs of the people at the word of God by him. Another cause of their ruin declares his own innocence and integrity; prays for protection and the security from fear in a time of trouble, and for confusion, terror and destruction to his persecutors, (Jeremiah 17:15).”
The following is the real message Jeremiah brought to those within who would receive and observe the warning which John Gill (1697 to 1771) appropriately describes, in my opinion, is an appropriate spiritual definition of FAITH: “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green. And shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8).”
Each warning holds in-depth information on its effect on our lives and personal relationship with Yeshua and His Father Yehwah.
A woman desperate for healing and in faith follows Yeshua and reaches out and touches his garment and is healed by her faith.
Peter steps out of a boat and walks on water by his faith until he is overwhelmed by doubt and fear. Moses leads the Israelites to the edge of the Red Sea, trapping them for the oncoming Egyptians, through his faith the Red Sea is parted, and a way to escape the Egyptians is provided.
A man being crucified next to Yeshua (Jesus) declares Yeshua’s innocence and by his unknown faith, becomes the first to receive Salvation through his belief in truth and fairness. I could go on and on citing the actions of worship.
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) brings forward through his commentary a formula describing and defining FAITH but more importantly, in that definition what faith will make available: “There is the fullness of comfort in God, overflowing, ever-flowing fullness, like a fountain. It is always fresh and clear, like spring-water, while the pleasures of sin are puddle-waters.
He prays to God for healing, saving mercy. He appeals to God concerning his faithful discharge of the office to which he was called. He humbly begs that God would own and protect him in the work to which he had plainly called him.
Whatever wounds or diseases we find to be in our hearts and consciences, let us apply to the Lord to heal us, to save us, that our souls may praise his name. His hands can bind up the troubled conscience, and heal the broken heart; he can cure the worst diseases of our nature.“
Our question, Why do I need faith? I believe is answered in the book of Galatians 3:19 where Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) brings forward details of how to understand the “Why,” in Galatians 3:22 “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Yeshua (Jesus) might be given to them that believe.”
However, we must know how it is; we recognize we are sinners and an explanation of Why God called us to come back to walking in His laws. Many say the law has been done away with and now we walk under Salvation and Grace. I point out the Holy Spirit is leading us to Galatians 3:23 – 26 to find the truth of God’s calling us back.
The Apostle Paul explains why. “But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterward be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Yeshua (Jesus Christ).“ Now the following verses are the most important for all as they describe how we truly are through faith connected to Yeshua (Jesus). “For as, many of you as having been baptized into Yeshua (Jesus) have put on Yeshua (Jesus). There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Yeshua (Christ Jesus). And if ye be Yeshua’s (Jesus’s) then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
The covenant God made with Abraham, was not removed by giving the law to Moses. The covenant was made with Abraham and his Seed. It is still in force; Christ abideth for ever in his person, and his spiritual seed, who are his by faith. By this, we learn the difference between the promises of the law and those of the gospel. God’s promises of the law are made to the person of every man; the promises of the gospel are first made to Yeshua, then by him to those who are by faith ingrafted into Yeshua (Jesus).
Rightly to divide the word of truth, a significant difference must be put between the promise and the law, as to the inward affections, and the whole practice of life. When the promise is mingled with the law, it is made nothing but the law. Let Yeshua be always before our eyes, as a positive argument for the defence of the faith, against dependence on human righteousness.
Matthew Henry (1662 -1774) explains The law did not teach a living, saving knowledge; but, by its rites and ceremonies, especially by its sacrifices, it pointed to Yeshua, that they might be justified by faith. And thus it was, as the word properly signifies, a servant, to lead to Yeshua, as children are lead to school by servants who have the care of them, that they might be more fully taught by Him the exact way of justification and salvation, which is only by faith in Yeshua.
And the vastly more significant advantage of the gospel state is shown, under which we enjoy a more explicit discovery of Divine grace and mercy than the Jews of old.
Most men continue to shut up as in a dark dungeon, in love with their sins, being blinded and lulled asleep by Satan, through worldly pleasures, interests, and pursuits.
But the awakened sinner discovers his dreadful condition. Then he feels that the mercy and grace of God form his only hope. And the terrors of the law are often used by the convincing Spirit, to show the sinner his need of Yeshua, to bring him to rely on his sufferings and merits, that he may be justified by faith.
Then the law, by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, becomes his loved rule of duty, and his standard for daily self-examination. In this use of it, he learns to depend more directly on the Saviour.
Here we address the question of why should I have faith the following pieces of information commented on by Matthew Henry (1662 -1774) show the action part of Faith within our lives and the importance of it being exercised faithfully and daily.
“A Believer must consider himself undressed, if unarmed. The graces of the Spirit are this armour, to secure the soul from Satan’s temptations, and the assaults of this present evil world.
Put on Yeshua; that includes all. Put on the righteousness of Yeshua, for justification. Put on the Spirit and grace of Yeshua, for sanctification. Yeshua must be put on as Lord to rule you like Christ to save you; and in both, as Yeshua anointed and appointed by the Father to this ruling, saving work.
And how to walk. When we are up and ready, we are not to sit still, but to appear abroad; let us walk. Being a believer teaches us how to walk so as to please God, whoever sees us. Walk honestly as in the day; avoiding the works of darkness.
Where there are riot and drunkenness, there usually are chambering and wantonness, and strife and envy. Solomon puts these all together, Proverbs 23:29-35. See what provision to make. Our great care must be to provide for our souls: but must we take no concern about our bodies? Yes; but two things are forbidden.
Perplexing ourselves with anxious, encumbering care; and indulging ourselves in irregular desires. Natural wants are to be answered, but evil appetites must be checked and denied. To pursue meat for our necessities is our duty, we are taught to pray for daily bread, but to not be satisfied and ask for what we desire to satisfy our fleshly lusts, is provoking God, Psalm 78:18.
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
Is there an answer to all the questions about faith, yes, however only if we continue as shown to walk in the light, receive instructions from the Holy Spirit and grow in our personal relationship with Yeshua.
We saw the results of Peter having great faith by walking on the water. Yeshua tells us we can move mountains or if our faith is the size of a mustard seed we can become a source of comforting, knowledge and security like the tree which springs from that seed.
I see faith as the most significant and essential tool Yahweh has placed within our soul. What I am recognizing is not to question or wonder about faith, but to accept it is there operating in my life and walk as God has meant it to be.
The few examples described here really only give us a reason not to doubt faith but embrace its presence in our walk to eternity. My conclusion for what it is worth FAITH as we know, recognize and relish genuinely is the Key to paradise and everlasting, eternal life.
Without it, we end up on the broad path many are following in delusion not knowing God has provided them with a key to freedom and eternal peace joy and in a personal relationship and presence of Yeshua and His Father. “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father hear our praise for the gifts bestowed on your children. Thank you, Lord, for blessing us with the most precious of all the gifts Faith which in our eyes is the key to a personal relationship with your son and our journey to everlasting life, peace, and your heavenly rewards. We know Father without faith there is no grace there is no discernment understanding and divine knowledge. As we learn through your guidance to use our faith as Yeshua exampled for us, we thank you for your patience and guidance. Endure with us Lord that we might prosper and slowly grow to fully understand your gifts. This we pray in Yeshua’s name Amen, and Amen.
Remember these articles are given as warnings from a humble servant as God’s Watchman bringing His warnings to the flock of impending dangers. I pray for all to be covered with Yeshua’s blessings. Be at peace and in faith as you journey forward doing God’s calling and work. “And many other signs truly did Yeshua in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.“ John 20:30