Faith Relies on the Presence of God
- Date: December 4, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” (1 John 2:6)
- From Faith That Prevails
As He has chosen to reveal Himself in His Word, we come to Him. He has revealed Himself to us, and we have the knowledge of God through His Word, both written and living-Jesus, as He appeared in the flesh and came and dwelt among us, Emmanuel ("God with us"). So we look at His life, and we see the life of Jesus. But that's what He has revealed of Himself to the finite; He is bigger than that. But we can't even handle what He has revealed. So we have faith in the infinite God, the omnipotent God. He is all‑powerful. They marveled that the wind and the waves were subject to Him. He says, "Why would you marvel? I spoke them into existence. Everything obeys Me. I spoke and I set the divine order; the heavens rotate and move according to My will." He has a perfect plan. This world is winding down. All of the conservationists can't stop it. The Scripture says the world-and we're experiencing it-will begin to reel as a drunk man. Even now on its axis, the world, all of the weather changes and all that is so inconsistent, is because this thing is winding down, signs of the coming of Messiah, the end of the world. "When I come, will I find faith?" If this thing is winding down, should we get serious? If we believe, as we say we do and as we preach, in the imminent return of the Lord, should we get serious? If we believe that He can come at any moment, should we get serious about our walk of faith?
Now when we talk about our walk of faith, we're not talking about going out necessarily-this is going to be part of our lives and part of what God will call us to. But we're not talking about just going out and laying hands on the sick and seeing God confirm His Word with miracles. When we talk about faith, we're talking about every aspect of our lives being reliant upon His presence. Now many of us would say, "Well, you know, in my life, I rely on the Lord at all times. Everything, you know, is of the Lord." Wait a minute. Let's step back and ask ourselves a question. Are we consciously aware of the presence of God affecting our lives? You see, Jesus said, as He came and He moved by faith, that He did not speak a word that wasn't of the Father. Are you conscious of that? Can you say that? Then how many of you think we have some improving to do? We just can't say, "I'm walking in faith. Praise God, everything is by faith." Wait a minute! When you can sit there and tell me that every word that comes out of your mouth, you have not spoken of any of your will, but it is the Father speaking through you; when we get there, then I'll be able to say, "Yes, praise God. Without question, you're pulling it off." But I know one thing. I'm not, and I want to improve my faith. "Lord, help my unbelief." You see, my unbelief is not just being unable to cast out a devil. My unbelief is the fact that I still have too much of me mixed in what I'm doing. I want to live a life of faith. I want to know that the words that come out of my mouth are the words of my Father who has sent me. Wow! That's another realm, isn't it? But the Scripture says we're to walk as He walked. Lord, help my unbelief. What is my unbelief? My independence, my trust in my own abilities.