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Martha's Talk Moments | What is faith? † My Testimony

Sunday, September 27, 2020
Welcome to Martha's Talk Moments, in which I speak about topics from previous episodes. If you want to hear me speak about this topic, watch the video to this episode, which is located at the bottom of this post.
    In today's episode we are going to go over:
    • What is faith
    • What is our faith used for? 
    • What is hope?
    • What should our hope be in?
    • Questions to consider: The Apostle Paul was inflicted, how come he did not heal himself?
    • Questions to consider: The Evangelist Timothy was inflicted, how come he did not heal himself?
    • Questions to consider: Jesus Christ had authority and knew his identity, how come he did not get himself out of trials & tribulations?
    • What is authority? Authority is more than being able to cast demons out of people, although that requires power. Authority is obedience. Let's talk!
    • My Testimony: God's grace eliminated the harvest of my profession
    • What is God's part vs What is our part
    The reference text for today's episode comes from:
    • Luke 18:1-8 "However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"
      • I believe Jesus Christ said what Luke captures in his account of the gospel because Jesus knew, that in the last days, people would not have faith in him. I believe that Jesus knew that people would put their trust in money, social status, and even themselves. When we have faith in Jesus Christ, the result is obedience, even when things are difficult or does not make sense from a cultural standpoint. 
      • Recommended watch: S1E10 What is the grace of God?
    • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
    What are we to believe (pisteuw) in?
      • The word believe in Hebrew as used in John 14:10-18 is pisteuw and it means:
        • to have faith in = complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
        • to be persuaded = 
          cause (someone) to believe something, especially after a sustained effort; convince.
        • to commit = the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
      • So what are we to have faith in, be persuaded about, and committed to? 
        • #1. Believe in God the Father 
          • John 5:24 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
        • #2. Believe in Jesus Christ
          • 1 John 5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
          • Acts 4:10-12  let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.  This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’  Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
        • #3. Believe in the testimony of the 12 Apostles (the NT)
          • John 17:20-25 I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.
        • #4. Believe that God the Father raised Jesus Christ from the dead
          • Romans 10:9 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.
          • 1 Corinthians 15:14-19 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.  And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
      Q&A: How do we know that we believe (pisteuw) in Jesus Christ?
      • A fruit of belief in Jesus Christ is obedience to the truth. The truth is the written word of God (the bible), and the spoken word of God (the Holy Spirit).
      • We do not work to be justified (made righteous by having our sins forgiven). Rather, naturally, when we believe in Jesus Christ, we will work because we believe in Jesus. James 2:14-26 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
      Did the Apostle Paul, the apostle of the gentiles, have faith in Jesus Christ, or not?
      • Acts 10:38  how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
        • God is not the author of sickness, disease, or evil.
      • Acts 19:11-16  God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.
        • The Apostle Paul performed miracles, healing the sick and casting out demons.
      • Galatians 4:1-15 What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.  The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.  So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,  to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.  I plead with you, brothers and sisters, become like me, for I became like you. You did me no wrong.  As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you,  and even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. Where, then, is your blessing of me now? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.
        • The same Apostle Paul who performed miracles, healing the sick and casting out demons, had a sickness (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). How come he did not heal himself? It is because he obeyed Jesus Christ despite having the power to heal & deliver. Click here, to listen!
      • 1 Timothy 5:23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
        • Timothy the Evangelist was sick. How come he did not heal himself? It is because he obeyed Jesus Christ despite having the power to heal & deliver.
      • Matthew 4:1-11 reads "Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him."
        • Jesus Christ had/has authority and knew/know his identity. However, he did not use his authority and identity to get himself out the trial & tribulation that the Holy Spirit led him to. Neither, did he use satan's authority (legitimate then, but illegitimate now) or satan's power to get him out of the trial and tribulation. Neither did he profess words out of context, in order for heaven to get him out of the trial & tribulation. He stuck to God's will despite the difficulties. 
      • Again, the enemies tactic is
        • #1. To get us to use the power/authority Jesus Christ gave us to get ourselves out of trials and tribulations that God wants us to be in. When that doesn't work, the enemy will offer us 
        • #2. His power, to get ourselves out of trials and tribulations, that God wants us to be in. If that does not work, he will tell us to 
        • #3. To use heaven's power/authority to get ourselves out of trials and tribulations (in other words, professing more than God's will be done ,or using the gifts that God had given us) that God want us to be in. Example of Jesus's conclusion to his supplication, regarding his trial & tribulation "God's will be done" 
      Q&A: What is faith? What is our faith used for? What is hope?
      • When I was newly born-again, I was told that faith is so important in the Christian journey, which, btw it absolutely is. We have to have faith in God (his word), in order to overcome evil with good. At certain periods on my journey with Christ, I was overly concerned about faith. I wanted to make sure that I followed what I was told to do by leaders, regarding faith. I did this, because I wanted to make sure that I was doing what God wanted me to do, and I wanted to make sure that I'd get my desired end result. I thought because I did not see "success," according to cultural standards, that maybe I was not doing what church leaders told me to do regarding faith. What I did not understand then, but totally understand now, is that faith, is not about believing God to get us out of trials and tribulations that he wants us to be in (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). 
      • Faith is trusting that God's will is best for our lives, even when God's will is uncomfortable (S1E9 God's will). 
      • Faith is standing firm in the trials and tribulations that God wants us to be in, despite our natural circumstances, believing that we are in God's will, again, despite our circumstances (Recommended: Why trials?).
      • Faith is overcoming evil with good in this age (on earth), believing that in the age to come (heaven or the new earth) there will no longer be any evil, only good (see 2 Corinthians 4:15-18). 
      • Faith is not believing God for materialism, it is being content and still confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord and that he is still good, despite whether we get what we want, or not. Thus, when we read Hebrews 11:1  which reads "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."  We should understand that the author, is not telling us to have faith in materialism or natural blessings/promises, but rather in God's grace and God's will for our lives, to overcome evil with good in this present age, with the help of the Holy Spirit, despite persecution, slander, spiritual warfare, hurt, pain, and even death, for Jesus Christ. In order to understand Hebrews 11:1 contextually, we have to read all of Hebrews 10 and Hebrews 11.
        • Hebrews 10:19-39  Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,  but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. 
        • Hebrews 11:1-40 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. .... There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
        • Recommended teaching: How should we live as Christians?
            Q&A: What is God's part vs What is our part?
      • Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
        • God gives us the good. God is the author of good, not culture, and not ourselves. Good for God in one season of our lives, can mean trials and tribulations (Recommended: Why trials?).
      • Genesis 2:15-20 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
        • Our part is to trust that what God gives us, is good, even when other options appear to be good.
      • Hebrews 5:13-16 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
      What must I do to have a relationship with Jesus Christ?

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