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Struggling, Reaching & Perfecting
Sunday 28th July


The examples we see in scripture are three kinds of faith

 

Dr. Charles Stanley mentioned these

 

Level 1 – Struggling Faith 

 

Characterised as “little faith” 

Scriptural reference: “I believe; help my unbelief.”

 

Many of us have lived with this, struggling between doubt and faith.  Learning to trust him even when all looks lost.

 

"Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened"

- Charles Spurgeon

 

Its possible that we learn and grow in our faith

 

God helps us when we struggle.

 

Paul said Jesus has given gifts to the church to help us grow in faith.

(Ephesians 4)

 

for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry,  for the edifying of  the body of Christ,  till we all come to the unity of the faith  and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;  that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of  deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the  head—Christ—  from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

(Ephesians 4:12-16 NKJV)

 

God is moving us from struggling faith.

 

Level 2 – Reaching Faith 

 

Characterised as “great faith” 

Scriptural reference: “If I can only touch the hem of His garment, I'll be healed.”

 

This is where hope and faith are mixed, do we are to hope things can be different? 

 

The hope is given by stories of healing and miracles. If that could happen for those it could happen for me too.

 

Let us stretch our faith and dare to believe.

 

(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations” ) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;  who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken,  “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised  He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

(Romans 4:17-22 NKJV)

 

Level 3 – Resting Faith 

 

Characterised as “perfect faith” 

Scriptural reference: Anything you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and you will have it.

 

Resting faith has all to do with relationship.

 

 

“Let  not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that  where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am  the way,  the truth, and  the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him,  “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?  He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that  I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you  I do not speak on My own  authority;  but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I  am  in the Father and the Father in Me,  or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater  works  than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be  glorified in the Son. If you  ask  anything in My name, I will do  it. “If you love Me,  keep  My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and  He will give you another  Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth,  whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you  and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans;  I will come to you. “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but  you will see Me.  Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that  I  am  in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and  manifest Myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered and said to him,  “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him,  and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and  the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will  send in My name,  He will teach you all things, and bring to your  remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming  back  to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. “And  now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has  nothing in Me. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and  as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.

(John 14:1-31 NKJV)

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