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Strengthening Your Walk – Lesson 5: Exercising Faith

Scripture Text: Matthew 7:7-11

Memory Verse: “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:3

Lesson Aim: To emphasis the importance of faith and encourage active and practical application of faith.

Faith is a must for successful Kingdom living. We all have a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). We receive it from God when we become a new creation in Him. When you accepted Christ, you were immediately enrolled in the “school of faith.” School is where we learn and grow. It is where we are introduced to concepts, their application and use.

Hebrews 11:1 lets us know that “… faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” We do not need faith for what we already have or for what we can see. For example, faith in God’s Word is our only evidence for God, salvation, healing, provision, baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the resurrection. Except for the Word of God, what else do we have to stand on? Nothing.

That is why we must walk by faith and not by sight. To walk by faith is to use our faith to live a life that is built upon and totally reliant on God’s Word. This God-kind of faith is totally independent of our sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. It is a life that is lived in expectation and anticipation of God’s Word becoming a reality in our lives. This faith influences how we think, speak, and deal with the challenges of life.

Paul clearly instructed the church at Rome that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Notice that the verse did not say “faith comes by having heard.” Hearing is ongoing. We need to hear the Word and keep hearing it. We must surround ourselves with the Word of God. This is why attendance at services and Bible studies is so important. It is the repeated hearing of the Word of God that builds faith.

God does not play games and cruel jokes. He is better than our earthly fathers. The Bible says that God will give good things to them that ask Him (Matthew 7:11). That’s because He loves us. We must believe that God rewards those that diligently seek Him. That alone is sufficient reason to exercise our faith.

Interact with God’s Word:

  1. Why is faith essential? Hebrews 11:6
  2. How do we receive faith? Romans 10:14, 17; Romans 12:3
  3. What good is it if we say we have faith, but not the results? James 2:14-17
  4. What is the relationship between faith and prayer? Mark 11:24; Matthew 21:21-22; James 5:14-16
  5. Why is it important that we believe what the Word says rather than rely on our feelings and our minds? Romans 7:18; 1 Corinthians 2:5, 14; Romans 8:5-8
  6. How do we act on the Word? James 1:22