As Christians we now live in a new Kingdom with new principles.
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.
We are now new creatures
2 Corinthians 5v17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Old things have passed away in your life.
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Forget about your past failures and mistakes. Forget about those things which are behind. Reach forward to what God has ahead for you.
Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Lot and his wife
Genesis 19v16-17; 26
And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.
17 So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.” (26) But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
What is Faith?
Faith is a spiritual force by which we operate in God’s Kingdom. It cannot be seen but it does exist.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
We are saved by faith.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
We live by faith.
Faith is a lifestyle. We live by it every day.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
We live by what the Word says and not by what our senses tell us.
2 Corinthians 5v7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
All we receive is by faith
And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment.
21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”
22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
23 When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing,
24 He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him.
25 But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.
26 And the report of this went out into all that land.
27 When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”
28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”
29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.”
Each one has been given a measure of faith.
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
Our Faith can grow
Faith grows by the Word of God.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
Listen to preaching messages on CD’s or Podcasts.
Invest your money in the right things, the Word of God.
Spend time with people who are able to encourage you and nourish you with faith-filled words.
Faith works by Love
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. 25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
Faith does not work in a heart of un-forgiveness.
Release your faith by acting on God’ s Word
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
That’s the key to miracles. Whatever Jesus asks you to do, just do it.
You release your faith by believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth.
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Learn to speak to your mountain. Speak to your problem. Don’t keep talking about the problem and don’t talk to God about your problem. It says that you must speak to your mountain. Your mountain needs to hear your voice.
You must believe that those things you said will come to pass.
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
A key element of faith is patience. We do not always immediately see what we ask for, so that is where the force of patience kicks in. Patience is the gap between spiritually seeing the answer to your faith and physically seeing the answer.
Faith opens the door to what you are believing God for, then patience keeps the door open until you get it.
What is Hope?
Hope is what we expect to receive in the future. Faith goes out and brings that hope into reality now.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
What are you hoping for? If you don’t have hope then faith has nothing to work on.
People begin to lose hope when they’ve prayed for something and there circumstances seem not to be changing for the better.
But you need your hope alive continually, so you need to ask God to fill you with hope.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
What is Love?
This scripture in 1 Corinthians 13v4-8 gives us a good description of what love is and what it is not.
1 Corinthians 13v4-8 Amp
Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.
Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self- seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].
Just like a petrol gauge in your car, you are able to see whether you are walking in love or not.
Love is a fruit of the Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
The seed of love is sown into your heart when you get born again. You can grow in the love of God, so don’t be discouraged when you miss it or lose your temper. Just repent and keep on practicing the love of God in your life.
God’s love is in you.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Faith and hope work together with love.
1 Corinthians 13v13
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Pastor Lester Holland