Faith is about trust and the alternative to faith is doubt. Despite doubt permeating the world and even infiltrating the church, we are called to live by faith. We must be the doubt-killers in our homes, our schools, and our churches. We trust God through any and all circumstances, not because of our circumstances, but because God is good at all times.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. It is needed in our most trying seasons, which is why God does not force us to simply rely on the measure given to us. The gift of faith operates when nothing can be seen happening, when all we hear is silence. So let us live by faith and be ready to receive faith even in the most unlikely seasons.
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Session 1: Have Faith
What does it mean to have faith and to live by it? Rodney Shaw answers these questions.
Faith is about trust. When we question our faith, we are really asking if we trust God. In this opening session, we will look at what it means to have faith and to live by it.
God tells Habakkuk there are two ways to live your life: (1) By pride or (2) by faith. Living by pride is reliance on self. Living by faith is reliance on God.
Session 2: Cultivate Faith
Faith is the foundation for our relationship with God. It even establishes how the universe works. Because there is no way to earn what God gives, no way to earn salvation, the only path is faith.
Session 3: Demonstrate Faith
Faith is actionable. It is not passive. Faith requires something of us, and this is obedience. In this session, we will look at the relationship between faith and obedience.
Session 4: Receive Faith
Every part of our life should be lived by faith. This includes the trials, the pain, and the loss. The testing of our faith is an important part of the process, and, in fact, faith is prepared especially for those moments. In this final session, we will discuss how faith interacts with the harsh and diverse seasons we must journey through.
Faith Is Needed for Difficult Seasons
Faith is the evidence of things not seen. It is needed in our most trying seasons, which is why God does not force us to simply rely on the measure given to us. The gift of faith operates when nothing can be seen happening, when all we hear is silence. So let us live by faith and be ready to receive faith even in the most unlikely seasons.
Resources and Links
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