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Living by Faith (Vol 09) - The Amazing Power of Faith

Sunday English Service - 09 SEP 18

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Alright. Please turn with me to Hebrews chapter 11. I'm going to read verse 3. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. You know that we have been studying about faith, living by faith really, for the last eight weeks and we have been studying it based on Hebrews chapter 11. Hebrews chapter 11 is a famous chapter for the subject of faith. In the Bible there are some very famous chapters and this is one of them. For example, 1 Corinthians 13 is a famous chapter for love and Hebrews 11 is a famous chapter about faith. The chapter is basically like this, it first defines what faith is. Like nowhere else in the Bible, it defines what faith is. And then it explains how faith works. And then it gives us various examples, real life examples picked up from the Old Testament. The reason the examples are from the Old Testament is this, he’s writing to the Jewish Christians in the first century. The author seems to be from a Jewish background, writing to Jewish Christians who have been undergoing some persecution because of their faith in Christ. They've left the Jewish religion coming to Christ so they are mocked, ridiculed, taunted by those of their previous background. They’re saying to them, “You’ve left this grand old religion and gone to serve this man who hung on a cross in between two thieves, almost naked, totally in shame, died in failure. And you're serving Him, you're calling Him Lord.”

So in the middle of this, the author is writing to encourage them in their faith in Christ. And so, after saying so much about the glory of this gospel, that this Christ and this gospel is far greater and better than the old covenant of which the Hebrew people were very proud of - this is where you read about how the new covenant is better than the old covenant with better promises, and so on. And he begins to explain in how many ways it's different, in detail how much better it is. And then he comes down to 11th chapter and there he gives a great discourse on faith, giving the definition, then how faith works and then giving the examples of faith.

Chapter 11 verse 3 is one of the most loaded verses, I believe. We just read that verse but many people look at this verse and understand it in a different way. When you understand it like that everything is spoiled. There is nothing to learn here. What they say is, they look at verse 3, it says, By faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. So they say, what it's saying is this. It is saying that faith helps us to understand that the worlds were made by God's word. That's what it's saying, really, they say. That faith is the thing that helps us to understand that God framed the worlds. They say, “We haven't seen God framing the world. We haven't seen creation, we are not a witness to it. We have no proof, no other evidence to it, but we believe. We have faith. By faith we know that the worlds were framed by the word of God. That's what this verse means,” they say. A lot of, even, commentaries mentioned that and just kind of brush aside this verse just like that.

But there are others who are great Bible teachers and scholars who say, “No, no, this is not saying that faith simply helps us to understand that the worlds were framed by God's word. It's not simply saying that faith helps us to understand that God made the world. There's much more to it. Cause it’s a great faith chapter, it is saying something very loaded,” they say. So they say it has to be interpreted another way because they see the context here. They say, “Look at the context and then you will begin to understand it differently.” If you look at the context, you will find that this is the first verse where the verse starts with the phrase by faith and then thereafter, you'll read it in many other verses. Many verses in Hebrews 11 starts with the phrase by faith. “So there is a pattern,” they say. So the meaning of this verse 3 must fit into that pattern. What is the pattern? Every time a verse starts with by faith, it ends up stating that by faith someone did something great, something great happens, some marvelous, miraculous, amazing thing took place. By faith is always followed by something great, something wonderful, something incredible. So that's a pattern. So I'm going to read to you basically a lot of verses from this chapter, everywhere where it says, by faith, so you can get a feel of that. Every time the phrase by faith comes, it is followed by some great thing that took place, some amazing thing that happened by the power of faith.

So they say, the interpretation of verse 3 must fit that scheme. There is no reason why verse 3 must be different from the rest of the verses because the pattern is set and the pattern begins here. Therefore, this is very important that it fits into the rest. So let me read verse 4 and onwards, all the verses that start with by faith and then we'll read verse 3, and I'll tell you what the real meaning is. Verse 4. By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. Here by faith Abel brings an offering that is acceptable to God, God calls him righteous, that's amazing. And though he's dead, he still speaks, it says. 5. By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. So here is a man yet another amazing thing happened. This man, by faith, something happened. Because of faith, by the power of faith, something happened. This man never saw death. He was translated alive, went to heaven just like that. He was there one moment and gone another moment. It really happened.

And then verse 7. By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. In days when they've never seen rain, never seen a flood and more importantly, never seen a boat, he was asked to build an ark, and he did build it. Built it and continued to build it and it went on for years and years, everybody mocking him, laughing at him, “What are you doing? We've never heard of a flood. We never heard of everybody drowning. We never heard of all these things.” But this man by faith did it. And lo and behold, in the end, but him and his family were the only ones that were alive and the mankind today are the descendants of that Noah. Faith is the thing that kept him alive and saved him from that. Verse 8. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. So here is another man, does something very unusual, something great. He leaves his family, leaves his native place, leaves everything that he's got and goes to a place and he doesn't even know where he's going, by faith he sets out on a life journey.

Amazing. 11. By faith Sarah herself... now listen to this, what faith does. By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude— innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. Now Sarah in her old age bore a son for Abraham, he's also an old man. Great miracle happens. How did it happen? The Bible says, “By faith.” By faith, the woman who could not conceive, it was impossible for her to conceive. In her old age she conceived, in an age where she cannot conceive, where her womb is dead, it says, that's when she conceived. Amazing. And then verse 17. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. Here is a man doing something extraordinary by faith. Acting by faith, he takes his only begotten son, upon whom all the promises rest. He is the one out of whom everything is going to come, and he offers him as a sacrifice. And the Bible says, he offered by faith, knowing that even if he killed his son, and burnt him as a sacrifice, God will again from the ashes raise his son back for him. Amazing.

Verse 20. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. The hid him not because of fear, but by faith, and it resulted in him becoming the deliverer of the people of Israel, the destroyer of Pharaoh and his army, bringing great deliverance to the people of Israel. By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. So here he’s known as the king's grandson, and he refuses to be called that. He chooses rather to suffer affliction by faith, a bold, daring step, to forsake the palace, and go and leave with the people of Israel, ready to suffer any consequence because of faith. Faith makes you do amazing things.

Now, let's read a little more. Verse 27. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them. All these I'll explain later, but just get the sense that whenever it says by faith, it is followed by something significant. Here is a man keeping the Passover, the sprinkling of blood and all of these things by faith. And, by faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned. Can you imagine that? If I took you to the Marina Beach today and said, “I'm going to split the sea in two, just walk with me. Let's go over to Sri Lanka and come back.” I'll tell you most of you will say, “Pastor, we wish you all well. Please, when you reach there call us. God will take care of you. But we will stay here.” Even if I happen to split the sea into two I doubt whether you're going to walk with me in that. Here is a man splitting the sea into two and people are walking with him by faith. Faith makes one do amazing things. That's the idea you get here. Whenever by faith is mentioned it’s followed by something amazing, something wonderful, something extraordinary.

Listen to the next verse, verse 30. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for first seven days. Now the walls of Jericho... Have you ever heard of walls falling down just because somebody went around it seven times? Well, here in our city walls fall down. It can fall for so many reasons. But that wall was so thick that they were doing chariot races on top of the wall. That’s how wide it was and it was very high, and it fell just simply by people going around it seven times in seven days. And the last time they went around it they shouted, and the wall fell. That mighty great wall fell. Amazing thing. And how did it happen? Bible says by faith it happened. Just imagine what faith is like. Next verse, verse 31. By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. Here is a woman who was a prostitute in that city of Jericho when God told the people of Israel to possess the city of Jericho he ordered that everything and everyone must be destroyed there, but yet this woman by faith was saved, and her family. She became an ancestor of Jesus. She's mentioned among the ancestors of Jesus in the New Testament. Amazing honor given to one woman of very bad reputation because of faith. Faith changes your destiny, changes everything.

And then look at verse 32 onwards. I want to read a couple verses from there and that's amazing verse. What more shall I say? This author says. For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, and also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms. Can you believe that faith can subdue kingdoms? Worked righteousness, obtained the promises. Can faith obtain the promises? Stopped the mouths of lions. He is remembering Daniel in the lion's den. Quenched the violence of fire. Remembering Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego. Escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Armies were defeated, wars were won by faith. Can you believe the statement he says, by faith, it all happened by faith. Anytime by faith is mentioned amazing things happen. By faith, unbelievable things happen, women receive their dead raised to life again, others were tortured, not accepting deliverance that they might obtain a better resurrection. We'll talk about that in the end how the people even were ready to die by faith. They did not even care to protect their life. They were ready to give their life because they know they have a better resurrection and a better end, and they were ready to give their life. Amazing. This is what faith does.

So when the phrase ‘by faith’ sets a pattern in the chapter, by faith is not something that occurs one or two times. It occurs many times and every time it occurs the idea is the same. That something marvelous, amazing, wonderful happens as a result of faith. Something unusual happens as a result of faith. Now, if you look at chapter 11 verse 3 and interpret it in the same sense, then only you'll be right. Because you can't tell me that verse 3 does not fit into that scheme. It must fit into the scheme. So verse 3 reads by faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. What does it mean? How should we take it? Like I said, some people say this is simply saying, that faith helps us to understand that the worlds were framed by God's word. No, faith is not just helping us to understand, faith is doing something more. What it is saying is by faith the worlds were framed by the word of God, it is by faith. In other words, this is saying that the worlds that you see today, all that is seen is a product of faith. It's a faith-made world, word-made world. It is a faith product. The whole world, everything that we see. There is not a thing that we see in this world that was not created by faith. It was all created and framed and made by God through faith. God with a heart full of this power, the spiritual power called faith, this amazing force and power, this incredible power called faith, released that power when He opened His mouth and began to speak, saying, “Let there be light, let there be the firmament.” Let there be this and that. Every time He opened His mouth and released that power, that incredible power called faith, from the unseen realm, from that spiritual world, the greatest power went forth and produced these things that you see. So everything that is made is a product of faith.

Now, that puts you in a totally different place. The point is, if the whole world, everything that we see is a product of faith, then consider the power of that faith. That's what we're talking about today. The incredible power of faith, the spiritual power. We need to understand it, and what it does for us today, in our lives today. What we read today is not just some old stories, this is something in operation today. This is something that can work from us and through us and in us as we fill our hearts with faith and as we release that faith through the word of God spoken through our mouth. This is the thing that this verse seems to imply, because when the author of the book of Hebrews is writing, he is writing on the basis of all that he has seen and learned, obviously from Old Testament. He has also got in his mind all that Jesus has taught, because he's a New Testament author, he does not mention any New Testament examples here, he is particularly referring only to the Old Testament example because he's writing to the people that are from the Hebrew background. He knows that that will be very appealing to them. And as soon as you talk the Old Testament, they will listen. If you'd say, Abraham, Moses, and all they're going to listen. So he's picking those examples, but he's got in mind all that Jesus taught concerning faith.

What did Jesus teach concerning faith? Now, if you just go... now, we live in days of Google. Now, all the young people think that us old ones are dumb, because they've got Google. But you got to have some respect for us older ones because we passed out and did well before Google. So think about that. We made it all right before Google and came out all right. So if you just go to Google and say, faith in the four gospels, it lists a great list of verses, which if you read mostly from Jesus, He's talking about faith in some way. And every time faith is mentioned, I would say to you, majority of the times it will be talking about something amazing happening because of faith. Somebody getting healed, somebody getting delivered, somebody walking on water, somebody doing something by faith. Amazing healing from sicknesses and so on. I'm going to give you some examples.

Let me just take you through some examples here. For example, Matthew chapter 6 verse 30. I'll just give you the verses you don't have to look into it. If you just listen to it that'll be fine because all these are familiar verses. I'm referring to the verses where Jesus talks about faith. In Matthew chapter 6 verse 30, Jesus says, If God clothes the grass of the field, will He not much more. If God clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and burned in the fire tomorrow. It just lasts for one day. This grass that lasts for one day is clothed so grandly by God, so nicely by God. And then He says, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Now, I grew reading the Bible in our home, we read morning and evening. So you can't tell me I didn't know the Bible. But I didn't know the Bible. I knew the Bible in one way. I knew all the stories, all these verses. If you just told me this verse I can even tell you where exactly it is. But I didn't know what it meant. I knew the stories but I didn't know what it meant. That's the problem. That's the problem with Christians today. Because I was into that problem I can understand. We knew all the stories, but we did not know what it meant. What does it mean? It means... Jesus is saying, O you of little faith, will He not clothe you? It means to me that faith can meet my material needs. Jesus is speaking there. I'm very interested in the way Jesus preached. I tell our students in the Bible College, look at the preaching of Jesus and learn from it. He preached some great stuff, some very in-depth doctrines. If you read the Sermon on the Mount, His greatest preaching, you will find that He takes the Ten Commandments and literally takes it apart and gives an exposition of the meaning of the Ten Commandments like they've never heard before. He brings out the true meaning. That's what they call exegesis, you know, bringing out.

A lot of people are bringing in, but this is bringing out what is there. What did the Ten Commandments mean? Every one of the commandments in a true way it is interpreted by Jesus. Very in-depth doctrinal teaching. But you know what? You then come to the next chapter in the Sermon on the Mount and you begin to read towards the end of 6th chapter around 25th verse, He begins like this, “Therefore I say unto you, do not worry about what you shall eat, what you shall drink and what you shall be clothed with.” Ah, now He's talking about where rubber meets the road. He is talking about something very practical. He is moving from the doctrinal to the practical. He talks about real needs of people, the material needs, the worldly needs. The anxiety, the concerns that people have concerning various things. He's talking about it. No wonder Jesus had great following and the Pharisees had very little people following them and they were jealous of Jesus all the time. Why? So many people are following Him because here is a man talking about, “Don't worry. Don't worry. Don't worry about what you will eat, what you will drink and what you will be clothed with.” And this example He gives about the grass being clothed so well and how God will He not clothe you better than the grass which is there today and gone tomorrow. For a grass which lives only one day God clothes so grandly. Will He not do that for you? Will He not do a better job clothing you? He is literally addressing their concern about clothes.

Clothes in those days it's not like today. Today we don't appreciate the ability to have clothes. When Jesus hung on the cross, when Jesus was captured and put on the cross, they took his garment and cast lots on it. They were fighting about who to get it. I'm sure anything like this would have been a very valuable thing. You can't just go out and buy half a dozen sets of clothes just like that like you do now. It was a different world. So even a piece of clothing was very important, considered very valuable and costly and so on and Jesus is saying, “Don't worry. Don't worry about what you'd be clothed with. Don't worry about what you're going to eat. Don't worry about what you will drink, what you’ll be clothed with. Your heavenly Father knows that you have need of these things. Will He not clothe you?” He says. He’s addressing that particularly. He mentions Solomon particularly. He says, “If God clothes the flowers and the grass like this better than Solomon,” He says, and Solomon was the richest king and lived very luxuriously. People came from all over the world, traveled great distances and had tourism based on just looking at Solomon. The way he lived, his house and the plates that he ate from, the cups he drank from, and his people that served him the meal, and the dress they wore and all of these things became exhibits in those days. People came just to watch how grandly this man lives. That's how rich he became. But Jesus, referring to him says, “This grass of the field and the flowers, lilies, are clothed better than Solomon.” God takes care of these things and He clothes them better than Solomon. And He gives comfort to the people, He says, “Don't worry. Don't worry about these things. God will take care of your material needs.”

So faith is necessary to have the supply of all our material needs. That's what Jesus taught. That's the way Jesus taught faith. Some people don't want to teach faith like that. But that's the way Jesus taught it, for your information. When they were worried He said, “Why? O you of little faith.” It says, your problem is you don't have faith. If you had faith you’d rejoicing in God's provision and expecting God to meet all your needs, He says. Next verse. Matthew 8 verse 10. The Roman centurion comes to Jesus, he wants for Jesus to heal his servant at home, who is laid up in paralysis. He's bedridden. And Jesus says, “Okay, I'll come and heal him.” And the man says, “No, I'm not worthy that you should come to my house.” And then he says something very significant. He says, “Just speak one word and my servant will be healed.” Distance is no problem, he can be living in a totally another town, miles away. It is not a problem. This man seems to have understood what the Jewish people themselves were not able to understand. He's a Gentile. He’s a Roman centurion. He seems to understand better. He’s seen Jesus, that when He spoke, demons fled from people. When he spoke, the blind saw, the deaf heard, the lame walked, even dead were raised. He's come to know something about Jesus, that he had some authority, some spiritual authority. So he says to Jesus, “I'm a man with authority. When I say to one, “Come,” he comes. When I say to another, “Go,” he goes.” He's a military officer. “I understand authority, but you are different. You have a spiritual authority. When you command a sickness to leave, it leaves. When you command a ear to be opened, it opens.”

So he says, “You just speak one word, you don't have to come to my house. I'm not worthy. Just speak one word, my servant will be healed.” And Jesus looks at the disciples. Jesus is in the habit of taking immediate lessons as He goes. He says, “I have not found faith this great even in Israel.” Why did He say that? Because even Israelites, the Jewish people, were not like that. They did not understand what he understood. Even for Peter, Jesus had to go to his mother-in-law's house and heal her. I'm sure there was a whole bunch of people standing in line wanting to be healed. And that was fine. Jesus healed them. But here is a very special man. He says, “I understand something about You. There is a spiritual power, You can release Your faith through your words. You can speak to the problems. You can speak to any situation and Your words can bring healing. Just speak one word and my servant will be healed.” He says. So that tells me that faith can reach out to a person at a distance and heal that person. It is an amazing power, a spiritual power. Because it’s spiritual power, oftentimes we fail to understand it.

Another verse. Matthew's gospel, chapter 8 verse 26. Remember the time when the disciples of Jesus were in a boat, and the boat was hit with winds and waves of the sea, and they were afraid. And Jesus comes and says, “Why are you afraid, O you have little faith?” Why are you afraid, O you of little faith? And then He commands the wind and the waves to stop, and the storm comes to a standstill. Now, what does that teach? See, I knew the story, but I didn't know what it taught. Now, I understand that it taught that you may face storms in your life, you may face difficult situations in your life, where you feel like you're going to sink and die and perish, and this is the end of everything. You may be in some kind of danger, some kind of crisis, but faith will bring you through that and out of it. By faith, you can come out of it. If you have faith, you can calm the storm and get out of it. Faith is such a power. Very interesting how faith is spoken of by Jesus.

In chapter 9 in Matthew's Gospel verse 22, a woman with an issue of blood for 12 years, comes to Jesus. 12 years she's suffering and comes in a crowd, touches Jesus’ garment. Doesn't matter that Jesus couldn't touch her but she comes and touches Him and she was healed. And Jesus felt the power going through Him. He said, “Who touched me?” Disciples said, “Well, everybody is touching You. There’s a great crowd.” Said, “No, no, no. But somebody touched me by faith. By faith somebody touched me.” And she comes up and says, “Yes, it’s me.” And Jesus says to her, “According to your faith,” Jesus says to her, “My daughter, your faith has made you well.” Jesus could have said, “My faith has made you well, My power has made you well.” He says, “Your faith has made you well.” 12 long years of sickness gone when faith came. Faith is such a power. Now, if you have that kind of sickness, 12 days is enough to just vex you. But she suffered 12 years, spent all her money with the doctors and could not get well and here that woman was healed from that great illness just like that.

Matthew's Gospel chapter 14 verse 31, you read the instance where the disciples were in a boat, again wind and the storm, and Jesus comes walking this time. And Peter sees Jesus walking on water, he says, “Lord, can I come?” He decides that if Jesus can walk, I can walk also. And Jesus says, “Come.” And he gets down and starts walking. And I'm pretty sure that one of the guys in the boat shouted say, “Hey, look at that wind. Look at that wave, it's going to hit you. You going to be finished, drown.” Some people think being in the boat is safer. When it's a storm situation being in the boat is no safer than being in the water. Because the boat can capsize any time with that kind of wind and wave. Peter started walking but then got distracted and started drowning. And Jesus picks him up while he was drowning and He says, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” That tells me faith can even make me overcome the very thing I fear and dread in this world and literally walk on it. That's the lesson. Few moments ago he was fearing that water, the wind and the wave, and he got down and walked on it.

Matthew 21:22 is another verse where it says, Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. So faith can bring answers to all our prayer. Anything we ask, we can receive. And I just gave you some sample. There's much more. Now you go and read every verse where it's talking about faith, mostly it’ll be like this. It's just like Hebrews 11, by faith something great happens. When faith is there something happens, when faith is not there fear is there, dread is there. But I want to pay attention to one particular passage. I said all this to bring you to Luke chapter 17. And there is one passage where Jesus is really talking about the power of faith and gives a measurement of how powerful faith is, literally.

Luke chapter 17 verse 5. And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” They're asking Jesus, “Increase our faith, it's not enough. Challenges are great, needs are great. We need more faith.” So the Lord said, it's a very strange answer. The Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. So they're saying, “Increase our faith,” and Jesus is saying, “If you have faith like a mustard seed.” Let me explain something to you. See, all that we see in this world is created by faith. Faith made the worlds, faith framed the world by the word of God. It is a faith-made world, I told you. So if it's a faith-made world, faith is the mother of all power and the powers that we see in this world is something that is birthed from that power called faith. That power called faith, the spiritual power, gave birth to the physical laws and the physical powers that we see in the world.

Now people have studied physics and all of these things, and learned to harness the powers that we have on this earth, and they’ve produced a power called nuclear power. Now, everybody knows what nuclear power is. That's the greatest power in this earth, nuclear power. We think that it can do a lot for us. There are many countries where that is used very positively to produce energy and meet so many needs, and so on. God put it there for that purpose. There are some who use it for evil purposes also. Nuclear power, that's the greatest power that we know as human beings on this earth. But that is a baby of that faith power. Faith is the thing that produced this. Faith is much greater than that. The power of faith is much greater than the nuclear power. How do you convey this to the disciples? Jesus says, “Well, let's take a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, and let me give you an example,” He says. “If you have faith like a mustard seed, if have very little faith, very little faith, that is enough.” You say, you don't have much faith, you want more faith, you want to increase your faith. He says, “I'm telling you, your problem is not that you need more faith, it’s that you don't know how to use the faith that you have. You don't understand the power of faith, even a little faith when it is used can be so powerful that no power on this earth can compare to the power of faith.” That is what He's trying to convey.

So He says, “If you have faith like a mustard seed, you will say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be plucked up from the roots and be planted in the sea.’” Not something general like, be gone or something like that. Be plucked up, be planted in the sea. Specific assignment. And he says, “It will obey you.” The tree will obey you. Now, what is He talking about? What does He mean? He means to say that if you have little faith, that is enough to do that. Little faith can accomplish such great things. Why? Because lot of power, physical power, a lot of power in this world we think is needed to do some things. But when it comes to faith, very little of faith can do big things because the power of faith is so great, so vast, and so amazing that a little faith can accomplish much more than what earthly powers can accomplish because this is faith, the power of faith. That's what He's saying. So if you have faith like a mustard seed, say to this mountain. And there He’s teaching them about how to release that little faith that is in them. If you have little faith, say to the mountain, say. Say you can do it, say that it's possible. Begin to speak, begin to release your faith because that's how God released it. God spoke and it happened. He says, say to the mountain. You have little faith begin to say, then you will see how much power it has.

I have found Christians like that, we always think we have little faith. But whatever little faith we have, we don't use it. Therefore we’ve never found out how powerful it is. Whatever little faith you have, if you begin to use it, your faith will grow as well as you'll find out how powerful that faith is. Your little faith can do so much more than big powers in this world. That little faith can do something great and amazing. God when He created the world, just imagine if little faith can do so much, just what a bottle full of that faith will do or a heart full of that faith will do. The whole world was created with a faith that came and proceeded from the heart of God. When I say the heart, I'm not talking about this heart that pumps blood, the physical organ, I'm talking about man's inner being. God spoke from His heart, from who He is. And man who’s made in the image and likeness of God must speak from the heart. That is why the Bible talks about with the heart man believeth, with a mouth the confession is made. Romans 10:9 and 10. With a heart you believe, with a mouth confession is made.

How much can the heart believe? How much can the heart grasp? How much faith can the heart hold? I spoke about Ephesians chapter 3, the prayer of Paul. I showed you that heart for a new creation, human being who's made as a new creation, is unlimited. The capacity of the heart is unlimited. That is why you can have Christ come and dwell in your hearts by faith. That is why in your inner man you can be mightily strengthened as Paul says. That is why you can comprehend the length and the breadth and the height and the depth of God's love and know something that cannot be known otherwise with a human mind, the love of God, which passeth all understanding, it says. How can you know the love of God which is so vast? How can you know the length, breadth, height and depth of God's love? How can you hold that much knowledge in your heart? Because that is why God has made us a new creation, that the new creation has a capacity of the heart that is unlimited unbelievable. You can hold more and more and more and more, you can know more and more. That is what your heart is made of. I'm talking about the inner man, inner man is made of.

So just imagine God's heart. If our hearts as new creation can become like that just imagine God's heart. How vast it is, how glorious it is, and how full of this power called faith it is. And He speaks out of that heart. And when He uttered one word, it created the whole world. Everything happened. Spoke and everything came into being. And God made us in His image and likeness and He says, you do the same. You speak, you be filled with faith in your heart, and you begin to speak. And when you speak, the same kind of things will happen. The Bible that we have today in our hands is the word of God and God has put the faith in His word. When God spoke, faith was there in that word. The power of faith went forth with that word and created everything. So God puts faith in His word. Word of God is loaded with faith. That is why you go to the word of God, you begin to study it, you begin to understand it, you begin to know it, you begin to fill your heart with it. When your heart is filled, then your mouth begins to speak, in line with God's word, in line with God's will. And then the power of God is released through that.

Now this is quite amazing. The power of faith. If you can just imagine. Compare it to any human power, any power that we know on earth, all these earthly powers are nothing. They are just secondary. They just came from that power. The mother of all that power is faith. Faith created everything and the power of faith is such that it can so totally change and transform our lives. I believe that's why we need to become faith people. We need to get into faith. We need to get into the word of God. We need to have a heart of faith. We need to fill our heart with faith. We need to do that. We need to live by faith as the Bible says. Four times the Bible says, just shall live by faith. I believe it's not only a statement of fact, it's a statement of prophecy. The just shall live by faith. I tell you, we are coming into days when you have to live by faith, otherwise, you'll fail. If you depend on the things of the world you’ll fail. If you depend on this and that you're going to fail.

I was in the Gulf recently and they're talking about this. They said, “Well, we believed in the oil.” There was plenty of oil and as long as they can pump it and sell it, it was all grand and good. Enjoying it. But now one man told me, “Oil won't be needed anymore.” What are you going to do? If you depended on oil and need for oil is gone, how are you going to live? Oil is not going to be needed anymore. He said, “The electric cars have come,” and even that is not needed. They're coming up with solar cars. The roof of your car is going to have solar panels, it seems. Powerful solar panels that's going to empower your car and you just drive and there will be no petrol bunks. Just imagine. What a blessing for the price that they sell the petrol for? No petrol bunks to stop and fill, no petrol tank, you just simply drive and drive and drive solar powered. And then he said, “You know, by 2025, seven years more, artificial intelligence is going to take over. You go to a store, if there are 200 employees there today, there'll be virtually none there, maybe four or five there. Everybody else will lose the job,” he said. When you hear it for an ordinary person, your heart is going to stop. Say, “My God, ordinary jobs are going to go. What will I do? If my job goes what will I do?” See, that's why I'm saying this is not the time to live by depending on this and that.

In many places, it's become like that. In America, and so on, if you go and check-in local flights, hardly anybody in the counters. There's no check-in counter. Nobody there in the counters. You just go and check in that kiosk and it gives you a ticket and then you mention how many bags, it gives you a tag. And there's a lonely guy standing there in the corner. He doesn't know anything about your ticket, he doesn’t want to see it. You just hand him your bags, he’ll put the tag and throw it in and then you go and board your plane and go. You can’t talk to anyone. You won't find anyone to talk. Artificial intelligence. Already we have phones talking to us, the machines talking to us. But then at least somebody comes. The machine keeps you waiting and then somebody picks up the phone and real person is talking. A real person will not be necessary. That's what artificial intelligence is.  You can ask questions and the machine will answer. Person is not necessarily, a machine will answer. It will talk to you like a real person. It'll consider your requests and give you answers and do things for you.

I can see people are going like this. “My God, you mean to tell me that I'm going to lose my job in six and seven years? What will I do?” See, because a lot of us depend on that. That's why I say live by faith. If you live by faith, you will never be disappointed. Because when you think there is no way let me tell you God has a thousand wonderful ways. When you think your profession and what you're doing is the thing that's going to feed you and keep you going, you're going to be very disappointed, you're going to live in fear. When you believe in God, you're going to find out when all that is there now goes, God will give you  different ways. And I'll tell you some of those ways, the new ways, will be much better than what we have now. You'll be glad to get out of the rut that you're in now, and be doing something different and you’ll say, “Thank God, brother. We live in wonderful days these days.”

So live by faith. How many of you are going to live by faith? Live by faith means what? Live by the word of God. The word creates my world. The word in my heart creates my world. Faith created the world and faith creates my world today also. What is in my heart? The faith that comes through the word of God in my heart and spoken through my mouth is going to create my future, my tomorrow, my life and determine the quality of my life. That's the power of faith. That's why I read to you so many verses because faith does amazing things. It will break down the walls of Jericho, it will split the Red Sea, open the way up for you where there is no way, it'll heal sickness that's been there for 12 years. It will do amazing things because that is the nature of faith. That's what faith does. Shall we all stand together and we’ll continue next week.

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