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Muscled-Up Faith

09 June 2019, 11:15


Scripture for the week: 2 Tim. 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

1. We can also call it strong faith, great faith, powerful faith, robust faith or exercised faith.
• 2 Tim. 4:7 A race of faith! Muscles must be trained and faith must be exercised.
• NB: The basis of all faith is Grace! Undeserved favour, grace revealed by and threw Jesus on the cross. Rom. 8:32
• Grace is all-inclusive: deliverance, healing, provision, favour and eternal life. Ps. 23 Goodness and mercy will follow me.

2. All was included in the “one sacrifice” Matt. 3:16-17. When you get born again you get adopted as a child of God. Eph. 1:5
• NB: Then God the Father says: “You are my beloved son/daughter and I am well pleased!” Believe that! Say that until you believe it. Rom. 8:15
• A slave is scared of his master! We are delivered from a slave mentality and we can call God Abba Father.
• Rom. 8:29, Eph. 2:8-9, 2 Cor. 5:21 That is truly Grace.
• G.R.A.C.E: God riches at Christ’s expense. 1 John 4:18
• Agape love that lays down its life as a sacrifice is truly grace. It forgives and does not hold the guilty accountable.

3. In Jesus you find your true identity as an image of His image 1 Cor. 6:17, Gal. 3:27. You’ve taken off the old clothes of the law and in Jesus Christ you have a new cloak of acceptance and forgiveness. Break one law and you are guilty of all
• James 2:10 The “New Cloak” of righteousness we receive by grace.
• We get closer with Jesus Christ.
• Jesus – God’ Salvation, Christ – the Anointed and Chosen One.
• NB: In him there is the anointing for salvation or whatever is burdening you.
• In him you are also the “chosen one” Eph. 1:3-4.

4. I don’t have faith in my faith, my faith is in Jesus Matt. 9:28. Jesus says: “do you believe that I can do this?” then in Mark 9:22-23 “All things are possible to him who believes” – that is my responsibility.
• NB: It’s not about my faith but in who do I have faith in.
• Gal. 2:20 The old me is dead, crucified.
• NB: Don’t ask if you can trust God for something, but if Jesus can trust God for something?

5. Faith cannot work under the law Rom. 4:13-14
• Practically: The law always keeps you guilty. You’ve not prayed enough, you don’t read the Bible enough, you’re not good enough, etc.
• NB: Now you start evaluating what you’ve done or not done instead of what Jesus has done and we call that grace.
• If you place yourself under the law, grace does not work.

6. Two cases in the Bible speak of great Faith:
• Matt. 8: The Roman centurion: He did not have the law or kept the law. His faith came from what he heard and saw and he said: “Lord-Master only speak the word”.
• Matt. 15: The woman from Canaan asked for Grace: She did not know the law or kept the law. She also did not get offended when Jesus said the deliverance and healing was not for the dogs. Matt. 15:26,28 She received what she asked for she received grace.

Jesus’ love, Nevil

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