NO FAITH, LITTLE FAITH, GREAT FAITH
WHAT IS FAITH? (Hebrews 11:1) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (11:2) For by it the elders obtained a good report.
WHY DO WE NEED FAITH? Because Faith pleases God. (Hebrews 10:22) Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (10:23) Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) (10:24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: (10:25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (11:6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
God requires for us that know Him to live by faith. (Galatians 3:11) But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. (Hebrews 10:38) Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. (10:39) But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Each person has been given a proportion of faith to operate in their lives. (Romans 12:3) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Leaders in Five Fold Ministry have a spiritual obligation to build and edify the unity of faith among the believers in accordance to the Word of God, being an example of the true believer who Trust in the Lord, with all thine heart and leans not to their own understanding. It is our duty to perfect that which is within each individual for the work of the ministry. (Ephesians 4:11) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (4:12) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (4:13) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: (4:14) That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
NO FAITH: (Mark 4:35) And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. (4:36) And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. (4:37) And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. (4:38) And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? (4:39) And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (4:40) And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? (4:41) And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
LITTLE FAITH: (Matthew 16:5) And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. (16:6) Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. (16:7) And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. (16:8) Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? (16:9) Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? (16:10) Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
We have to learn to exercise and build what faith that we have so that it grows daily, otherwise we limit the possibilities and opportunities that we can be accomplished by having Great Faith. Take the little that you have, work with it until it becomes more that what it was originally. (Matthew 6:30) Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? (6:31) Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (6:32) (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. (6:33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Every test and trial that we go through is for the trying of our faith. (James 1:3) Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. (1:4) But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Like building strong muscles in our physically bodies, we must learn to work out our faith. (2 Corinthians 5:7) (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) (5:8) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (5:9) Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
Like working on a project or building, the foundation must be solid in order for the building to stand against any adversity that comes against it. (Jude 1:20) But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, (1:21) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
GREAT FAITH: Is something that we all should strive to achieve, it’s that Faith that believes that can succeed in any situation or circumstance, overcome obstacles and jump over hurdles, climb or if necessary go through mountains, and stand in the midst of the raging storms of life and SURVIVE! Great Faith is built from test, trials and tribulations; it is forged in the fiery furnace when the heat is turned up and we become temperate in all things, learning to endure and not give up, refusing to quit and determined to persevere we become stronger and less vulnerable to those things, people and situations that once almost destroyed and hindered our faith. You can’t buy Great Faith, you have to work to achieve it, and once you have it, no one or nothing can take it from you, from that moment on you become invincible and your faith begins to work miracles and wonders, because your belief and trust is in God and Him alone. (Matthew 8:1) When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. (8:2) And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.(8:3) And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.(8:4) And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. (8:5) And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, (8:6) And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. (8:7) And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. (8:8) The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. (8:9) For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. (8:10) When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.