Faith is Seen in Doing
- Date: June 26, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock” (Matthew 7:24)
- From Faith That Prevails
Faith is the ability to move beyond our understanding, our doctrine, into trust: The wise men are those that hear My Word and-? (Matthew 7:24). Faith is doing it, not looking for more biblical support. Beloved, at the mouth of two or three witnesses, let every word be established; amen? You don't have to have two or three books. "Seven hundred verses, and if I get seven hundred verses, then I'll be able to really-faith will rise up and I'll be able to trust God." Hear His Word and do it!
You see, the reason we study more is because we're afraid to believe God. We're afraid to step out of the boat. This is what I wanted to show us. Now, as we study this topic of faith, we need to see something right here: Fear, fear always-always-keeps you moving in little faith. If you're afraid, you're not in faith. You know your own heart. Are you afraid you're going to lose your job? Are you afraid you're going to lose your house? Are you afraid that you're not going to get the proper report on the diagnosis? Are you afraid? Perfect love casts out-? "I've not given you the spirit of fear," the Scripture says.
As we continue down into Matthew 8, we see Jesus manifesting His power and the healing of Peter's mother-in-law, the ministry to those that were brought in in the evening that were possessed with devils, and He cast them out and healed all that were sick that it might be fulfilled. "Now when Jesus saw [this great multitude]..." (Matthew 8:18). [Pastor chuckles slightly] When you hang with God, He'll throw you some curves. We try to round up great multitudes to preach to them. We advertise, we hold campaigns, and here a great multitude shows up and Jesus leaves them; He tried to get away from them. Oh, we see it other times when His heart's moved-there's no question-you can go right up into a couple of chapters here, and it says Jesus looked on the multitudes, and His heart was grieved. He looked on them, and His heart was burdened and broken, He saw them as sheep without a shepherd; amen?
What am I saying? Faith doesn't have rote activity. There's no way you're going to analyze and say, "Here's how God does this, and the miracle of that took place here." You've got to go with the momentary audience with God, the rhema that's spoken with you; and when you hear it, you're a wise man when you act upon it. But that kind of a life isn't real comfortable. And some of the things He'll ask you to do are very interesting. Look at what happens here as the chapter goes on: "And a certain scribe came, and said unto him…" They're analyzing Him now. They've heard His teaching on the Mount of Beatitudes. They've watched the healings. They've analyzed His whole program. And they said unto him, "Master, I will follow [You wherever You go]," verse 19. Now, we've talked about this, and for many of us God's been speaking and stirring some of our hearts, and we say, "Lord, whatever You want of me, not my will; Thy will be done." I hope you're praying that.
You know, as we're trying to encourage ourselves to the place where we can have a visitation from God, don't you want God to come into our presence? Are you through with all the fake stuff? And are you looking for a visitation from God that transforms your life? Are you looking for something that you can trust in when everything in the natural goes down? Then today's the day to start, and the way you start is this: "Lord, help me not to lean to my own understanding. Help me to seek You with all my heart, because You said there's no man that seeks You with all their heart, but they'll find You. Lord, I want to pray like You prayed. I just want You to know this: Not my will, Thy will be done." When you can pray that way, we're getting ready to walk in faith. We can get ready to experience the supernatural. And Jesus responds to them [who are saying], "We'll follow You wherever you go," and He said, "Really?-let Me just tell you what you're signing up for here: The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but [if you're going to follow Me, you've got to walk by faith]."