Faith for Dummies
Pastor Riaan Niemand – Eastside Community Church 26th May 2013 Content and personal reflections!
Gift of faith is often God just saying ‘Push through!’
Faith, an internal awareness that we can’t explain but prompts us to respond!
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. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3 NIV)
In today’s language we saying ‘I know in my gut that God is going to do this!’ Faith is not a magic potion. Great men and women of the faith acted on this gut feeling and God came through for them.
Faith means responding to God, showing himself to us through the wonder of the creation that he has made.
However, having faith in my view can only be appropriate if lived by following the core of what we should be learning from, Gods word, the Bible?!?
So how do we filter what is in your gut?
… It’s more than just the power of positive thinking.
… Understanding that this inclination toward faith is something that God has placed in you. Ecclesiastes 3:11 … God initiates the process in you towards faith. Romans 1:20
… You have to learn to hear the whisper of God by being in His presence. Hebrews 11:3 and
Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. (Romans 10:17 NIV)
… Be open to whatever God wants to say.
Faith can be rewarded because God is ABLE!
When you have the correct gut feel you have to trust God for the outcome.
Godly gut feelings can and does happen on all levels.
… Personal life – a life of meaning and purpose, a healing from past hurts, a restoration of the vision of Gods vision for your life. … Work
Seek God to be able to listen to His promptings!
Would we arrive late for a sporting event – not often because the sense of expectation we arrive with is enormous.
So when I arrive into Gods presence, Gods holy place am I coming with the same sense of expectation and actually an expectation much greater to be in the presence of the King of Kings, Lord of all!
Reach out in Faith!
So we can be either ordinary dummies or we must continue on assignment, the assignment God has set in place for us as a church and on our individual paths.
A great Kingdom impact, through walking in faith, by His word!