The Mechanics of Faith by Darrell Hayes
Bible study taught on Friday April 13, 2012
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Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
Faith to Faith
God has given everyone a measure of faith before we were brought into the earth. Faith is progressive. Faith comes by hearing. Believers must live their life in faith.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Faith is the conviction that God will do what He says He will do. Conviction helps us to act with confidence and assume that, if God promises us something, it will come to pass.
Mechanics, craftsmen and technicians use tools to build and repair machinery. To be effective as a mechanic of faith, God expects us to know about our faith. We must know the tools to use to be effective mechanics of faith. We need to know the materials and tools we need and to study about God so we can have the knowledge of how to live a life of faith.
We are to study to show ourselves approved of God. God wants to know you know enough about Him so He can rely on you to be a testimony for Him.
When someone shows up with a need, we must be thoroughly furnished to give us the ability to do good works.
All Scriptures are given by inspiration. In this life there are needs beyond what we can handle on our own. Because we know God, He can work through us.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Faith is an unwavering confidence in God’s ability to deliver. We need to get to the place where we know that, if God promises it, He will give it to us.
Gabriel came to Mary. Mary asked one question, how can this be? After Gabriel answers, Mary says, “Let it be to me according to your word.”
Luke 1:34-38 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Mary knew and trusted God. God is looking for unwavering, unapologetic faith to the Word He speaks.
Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
God wants us to understand our faith. It isn’t enough to just worship. We have to have faith in worship during our times of trial and tribulation.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
Through faith we understand that creation is brought forth by the Word of God. The Word of God causes our faith to be amplified and helps us to understand God in ways we’ve never understood Him before.
What world are you living in? Earth or Heaven? We forget that the Heavens declare the glory of God.
Everything we see and touch is brought about by what is intangible.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The Word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword. The Word of God is able to separate spirit/soul/body.
When the Word of God presupposes a thought, it is more than enough.
God created all we know. He sat back and said, “It is good.” He knows enough of His Word that it will not return to Him void.
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me, because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children
What you don’t know can kill you. The weapons we use are not carnal.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down argument and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
The enemy casts all kinds of imaginations and lies about you. You fight these lies by knowing the Bible, the Word of God. True knowledge of God can stifle the enemy.
Psalm 22:3 But you are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.
God inhabits the praises of His people. He dwells with all those who have knowledge of Him. If we praise God for being our deliverer and protector, than every cry against this is a lie. What is it that you know about God? If you say and believe the truth of God in your heart, then victory is yours.
Jesus said, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Understanding our faith moves us in the place where we understand and know who God is.
According to Proverbs, knowledge is what we have experience of. Wisdom is what you know and understand and utilize. It is the ability to take what you know and make it useful. Faith without works is dead. (James 2:26)
Knowledge of who He is, wisdom, and faith, if you put it in the hand of God, God can multiply it. It doesn’t take a lot of faith, just a mustard seed of faith.
God did not start us on a mission for us to fail –what He has begun in us He will complete. Jesus finished His mission on the Cross, for us.
Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Romans 12:3 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 thin, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
We have been given a measure of faith. The Centurion had faith enough to tell Jesus that Jesus did not have to go to the Centurion’s house for the servant to be healed. Jesus marveled at his faith. As Jesus worked with His disciples, He wondered if He would find faith on the earth. The Lord is coming back and we have to ask ourselves, will He find faith? It doesn’t take great faith to move the mountains of our problems, just faith the size of a mustard seed.
Hebrews 11:6 For without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
We are told we can come boldly into the throne room of God through faith. He knows our name. He wills us to do His will. When God puts something in our minds, it is His Reputation to complete it. It is not about us. What He started He has to finish. His name is on it. The Bible tells us, He who has begun a great work in us will be faithful to complete it.
Ephesians 1:3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
Our identity is in Christ. We were chosen before the foundation of the world to be in Him. God is omniscient. He knew.
Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.
God knew us before we were born.
Ephesians 4:11-13 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
God’s plans for us are to equip us for the work of ministry, for service, for edifying the Body of Christ. Jesus washed the disciple’s feet. The Master of Heaven and Earth came to serve us, to edify us and build us up until we are all one in the Unity of Faith. As we agree with this plan for our lives, this will come to pass.
God wants us perfect, mature, to know who He is, and to be level headed. We need to have unwavering confidence in God’s ability to deliver.
A doctor may give a diagnosis, but God gives the prognosis. We want to attain the fullness of Christ. As we become followers of Christ, God takes note.
Ephesians 4:14 …that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting.
There are many Christians who believe everything, but they don’t believe God. They step outside of the perfect will of God.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Our job is to be in that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.
MECHANICS OF FAITH
How faith is produced and brought to pass. Whether you live or die, let it be in faith.
Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith not having received the promises, but having seen them after all were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
1. SEE AFAR OFF –
When you run a race, you see the finish line is far away. You see the finish line before you get there, at a distance. Seeing afar off builds hope before you get to the end. 1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus called to be saints, whit all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours. – Paul is writing this not only to the church at Corinth but he is seeing afar off to all Christians in all ages.
1 Corinthians 2:10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
The Spirit of God lets us see afar off. And then we can call those things which be not as though they were. (Romans 4:17).
Genesis 13:14-15 And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him “Lift your eyes now and look from he place where you are – northward, southward, eastward, westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants, forever.
NOW faith – God is still in the NOW. God doesn’t speak about the past, but now. God speaks to us from afar off. Before God could give Abram this land, Abram had to separate from Lot.
If you are looking down you can’t see what’s up. Lift up your eyes to the hills from whence comes your help. (Psalm 121:1) When you lift up your eyes, you are in the place to receive what God says you will receive. Don’t look at your circumstances. Don’t look where you are at.
For faith to work, you can’t consider where you are at. Look North, South, East, and West for your ability is based on how far you see.
Abraham is considered the Father of Faith. In order for him to walk by faith, he had to see afar off.
Jesus said, Abraham rejoiced to see His day. (John 8:56)
When God includes you in His plans, He lets you see afar off.
2) FULLY PERSUADED
Romans 4:19-22 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
In spite of circumstances, Abram believed God. Believed that, what to the senses seems impossible, is true. He was fully persuaded God could do what God said He could do.
God doesn’t want weak faith. He wants us to be fully persuaded. To not consider anything that is contrary to the Word of God. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We are not to consider what we feel or see in the rational, not stagger at the promises of God. We are not to be double-minded. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:8)
We need unwavering confidence in God’s ability to deliver. FULLY PERSUADED. We don’t pray if it is God’s will, if it will happen, maybe it will occur. Using if and maybe is death to our faith. If God said it, it is enough. We may not see it in our human experience but we are to believe God.
3) EMBRACE IT
Embrace the promises of God up close, face-to-face.
God used Moses and Aaron to free the Israelites. Are we being used by God? Don’t think of self more highly than you ought to. (Romans 12:3). Get face-to-face with the promises of God. Get so close to God that when He makes a promise it falls into your lap.
James 1:5-8 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Job 22:22-30 Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in your heart. If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up; you will remove iniquity far from your tents. Then you will lay your gold in the dust, and the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks. Yes, the Almighty will be your gold and your precious silver; for then you will have your delight in the Almighty, and lift up your face to God. You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you, and you will pay your vows. You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways. When they cast you down, and you say, ‘Exaltation will come!’ Then He will save the humble person. He will even deliver one who is not innocent; yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.”
Take His Word and embrace it, accept it fully. Hang on. Take His Word gladly. Accept it willingly. John laid in the bosom of Jesus.
Sometimes our experiences are not the same, but the Lord stays in the room we are and on the same page. If we are struggling we can ask God for some proof and evidence. He will meet us where we are and gives us what we need to move to the next level. When Jesus comes into the room, it is not about us. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess … (Romans 14:11)
When we embrace what God promised us, then we get revelation of it and see who God is. That catapults our faith. We need to embrace His Word. God is expecting us to be His representatives.
4) CONFESSION IS MADE UNTO SALVATION
You will have what you say. What do you embrace in your confession? Speak the truth.
God made me the head, not the tail. (Deut 28:13) Speak the truth until it becomes your language. Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
By the words you speak you are condemned or justified. The power of death and life is in our tongue. (Proverbs 18:21) If your life is unfruitful, listen to what you are saying.
Romans 10:8-11 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): 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. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
The Word is near us. Deliverance is near you. Blessing is near you. 1 John 5:14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. Ask according to His will and He hears us.
When healing others Jesus often said, “Be it unto you according to your faith.” (one example Matt. 9:29).
Every time you talk you are preaching, either the Gospel or your gospel. With your mouth, confession is made. Salvation equals deliverance.
God tells us that He has laid before us life and death, and He wants us to choose life. (Deut. 30:15).
The woman with the issue of blood said that when she touched Jesus’ hem she would be healed. She had what she said.
5) SPIRIT OF EXPECTATION
Waiting in expectation. Don’t look back; look forward in hope. Look with expectation.
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen
We do God great injustice when we fail to act in accordance to how big God is. We are to have faith in God, and God can do more than we can imagine. We limit God with low expectations.
Mark 11:22-24 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 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. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Have faith in God, not in yourself. Pastor Don once gave an example of expectation being like you get a card from the post office stating that you have a package. You don’t see the package, you can’t touch the package, you only have a postcard. Yet you say, “My package is here!” You take your card and go to the post office to claim your package on faith – faith that what is said on the post card is true.
We need to be actively pursing in unity what God has placed in our hearts and lives.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
This is a very powerful teaching. I hope it blesses you.