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FAITH

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Mark 9:23
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb. 11:1


Is this a bygone attribute in the Church?  Of course, the word “faith” is still used in religious circles, like the question that’s put to a person “to what faith do you belong?”  
Then again many talk about faith in God, faith in God’s word, faith in prayer, but to the majority it’s only a word that they have used to give their ideas a religious sentiment.  The real experiential faith (even as a mustard seed) they have never known.

How many really have “faith” in the “Word of God”?  Those precious promises which our Saviour gave us.  Like:-

“Where the two or three are gathered together in my name there am I” Where does one find a gathering of professing Christians and this word is literally believed? One knows it’s not, by the ‘market place’ noise that’s there!
“Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name”  It’s obvious few believe this as they ask for the same thing over and over again.
“If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him”(John 14:23)  Who really believes this and so practices the ‘presence of God’ in their daily walk?

How far does this faith you say you have, take you to trust in the salvation which God has purchased for you?  How wide do you see this salvation?
Is it a wee watered-down version of what God intended?  
In what prayer time known to you, has the intercessor got up from his knees thanking God for the answer which he has obtained by faith?
"For the substance of things hoped (prayed) for, the evidence of things not seen?"

Rather God has been lobbied as they do in parliament, the more lobbying the better the chance, or like what it is when many people sign a petition and present it to parliament.  The more signatures on the petition the more power it has.

Precious few remember the words of Jesus because most think its better their way.
They think to plead for the same request over and over again, just like the widow who came and pestered the unjust judge.  Yet this idea is contrary to what Jesus taught.

The reason being is, so many rely on the writings of others for their knowledge rather than compare Scripture with Scripture and let the Holy Spirit reveal the true meaning.
It’s the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth by continually renewing our minds
(Rom12:2) so that the truths which the natural mind cannot grasp nor rise to, are made known to us. but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Many would tell us that this story of the unjust judge in Luke 18 teaches the value of persistent prayer. This is not so! and is far from the truth, in fact, it’s contradictory to the Saviours teaching.  
This parable is not an example of persistent prayer or tenacity in prayer, as if somehow God must hear if you repeat the request many times, wrestle and hold on long enough.

This parable is told to us that we might see the contrast between our heavenly Father’s willingness to answer and an earthly judge who has no consideration for anyone.

Jesus is saying, “When you come to God in prayer, do you think that God is like this unjust judge, who couldn’t care less for the poor woman and only after enduring a long time of pestering is so annoyed that he gave in to see her?”

Is that the sort of God you come to?  No, thousand times over, our Heavenly Father is not like that!
“And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily”
Then Jesus rounds it off by the very pertinent question,
“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
I refer again to the parable that Jesus told of the man asking bread from a friend at midnight.  This again is a story to show the contrast between asking a friend, who although a friend, is very slow in answering and only does because of the annoyance it’s causing and so eventually grants the request and asking your Heavenly Father who is always there to help.
Jesus winds up His reasoning with “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?  Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? Of course, you wouldn’t.
So then Jesus continues If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: “how much more” yes “How much more” shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit (good things) to them that ask him? Luke 11:12-13 & Matt.7:7-11
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