1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
There is a need to overcome the world, but this verse says how—Faith. Faith is how we overcome, faith in God. If you will continue in faith and have faith, you will overcome.
There are three dimensions of faith. If you will apply these three dimensions, you will be an overcomer.
What do you believe in? What do you put your faith in? Why?
Sin, sickness and false doctrine are in the world. Those that are born again must have faith.
If you had special glasses that could see the effects of faith, you’d be amazed at the possibilities.
Every country has its own currency. The currency of heaven is faith. There are measurements of faith: great, little, and no faith. Everyone has been given a measure of faith.
1. Speak Up—Vocalize and speak in faith. Everything is held together by the Word of God. Science actually uses the phrase, ‘Echoes of God.’ God speaks things into existence. Once He has spoken, it can’t be undone. Adam, the first man, was the first creation that God spent time molding. He breathed life into man. Man has creative thinking. Man has the ability to act upon our ideas. We have the power of voice. If God speaks things into existence, we have a little bit of that same power. Jesus said, ‘My words are spirit and my words are life.’ It was Jesus’ voice that gave life to Lazarus, gave sight to the blind, that spoke healing and forgiveness. Speak (in faith) and it will happen. When you pray in faith and believe, things will happen. This dimension of faith needs to be exercised when we pray. Be thoughtful about what you speak. You may be an author, but make sure Jesus edits before you post (write or speak)! James 3:8-10 “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” Psalm 149:6 “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;” Rev 1:16 “And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” You can speak in faith before something has happened. You can speak healing, speak to that mountain, speak to that situation by faith. Rom 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” This verse was written to a church that had already repented, been baptized in Christ, and received the Holy Ghost. If you speak with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord every day, you’ll serve Him.
What do you need to ‘speak up’ in faith today? How will that change the way you view that situation? How does that change the way you speak to and act towards the people around you?
2. Step Out—Do something to act in faith. This requires no words at all. It’s not a thinking, writing down, it’s a doing. Joshua 3:13 “And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.” Those priests had wet shoes, but everyone else had dry! Those priests stepped out in faith. Peter stepped out of the boat onto the water by faith and walked on water. Faith must be a part of stepping out. Sometimes, you need to do something. Prove your faith. Show your faith. Some people speak to God telling Him how big your mountain is, it’s better to speak to your mountain and tell it how big your God is. This involves stepping out in faith. You have to do more than speak in this. You’ve got to walk it out. Reckless faith sometimes must have action. James 2:17 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” Act as if you’re already healed. God is a miracle looking for a vessel. Will you step out? God will come in. As much as you do in faith, God will match that level of faith. Mark 2:2-5 “And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. 3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. 4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” Jesus saw their faith! So, He used this situation for an object lesson. Jesus healed that man’s body and forgave his sins. Every miracle wasn’t spoken. Jesus took His spit and moistened mud and formed eyes for a blind man. The man had to wash the mud off, then he saw. The leper Naman had to bathe in the River Jordan seven times. It was dirty, and he had a bad attitude, but he did it and got his healing.
What do you need to ‘step out’ in faith today? What do you need to do that is an act of faith?
3. Stand Still—Stand your ground in faith. Never give up. Sometimes, you have to wait. Don’t give up on the dream. It takes a tremendous amount of effort to do nothing. Sometimes, you have to let the war go on around you and trust God. It’s God Who gets the glory. He will do the work. Just stand and watch and trust. Eph 6:14 “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;” Psalm 56:3-4 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” It can take a long time to build trust and only a second to destroy it. When your trust bridge is all but destroyed because of people who have let you down, it’s harder to trust God. When the king’s proclamation came that the Hebrews had to bow down to a false God, they had a choice. Acts 27:24-25 “Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” Jesus will calm the storm or He will calm you, if you allow Him to. Paul was a prisoner and the storm was really, really bad, but he got a word from the Lord and he trusted Him. The storm went on, but the people were going to survive. The boat busted up, but the people made it. The built a fire with the remains of that boat. Stand and believe. When you have spoken to the mountain and it didn’t move, when you’ve pushed against it and it still didn’t move, then just stand and watch God do something great. Don’t stop trusting! You don’t have to know where God is, He knows where you are. There is something about standing on God and His Word. He is there to take us through. Job 19:25 “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:”
What do you need to ‘stand still’ about in faith today? What do you need to trust God to accomplish while you wait? Will you trust Him? How does that change the way you view your situation? How does that change the way you speak and act towards the people in your life?
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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