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The Life of Faith

Charles Canizaro
December 31, 2017
(Galatians 2:20 KJV) “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
✓ Live by the faith of Jesus.
(Habakkuk 2:4 NASB) “Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith."
✓ Righteous live by His faith.
(Hebrews 11:1 NASB) “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
(Hebrews 11:6 NASB) “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
✓ Faith is a must in pleasing God.
Impossible - Utterly impractical, unable of being done, futile, no way, useless.
(Ephesians 2:8 NASB) “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and [a]that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
✓ It is a gift of God.
(Romans 12:3 NASB) “For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.”
✓ Everyone is allotted a measure of faith.
How to Increase Your Faith
1. Become a good listener.
(Romans 10:17 NASB) “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”
(Proverbs 15:31 NASB) “He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise."
Listens - comprehends, attends closely, gives earnest heed, (listens) attentively. To give ear, to follow, to devote oneself (wait to listen what is said).
2. Feed the Word of God
(Exodus 16:13-16 NASB) “So it came about at evening that the quails came up and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the layer of dew evaporated, behold, on the surface of the wilderness there was a fine flake-like thing, fine as the frost on the ground. 15 When the sons of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord has commanded, ‘Gather of it every man as much as he should eat; you shall take an omer apiece according to the number of persons each of you has in his tent.’”
(Deuteronomy 8:3 NASB) “He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.”
3. Meditate on the Word of God
(Psalm 1:1-3 NASB) “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.”
(Joshua 1:8 NASB) “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may [a]be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.
Meditate – to engage in thought or contemplation, reflect.
Hebrew to utter, speak or muse, to mull over.