June 2021 Devotion

Antioch Baptist Church

130 1st St.

Albertville, Alabama 35950

What Is Real Faith?

Faith is believing God based on the facts, and the facts are His word. Ro. 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. In the scripture we find that there were many who had faith prior to the Bible being written. God spoke and they moved by faith. So actually it is the uttered word of God. Just because you hear a preacher's voice doesn't mean you’re going to receive any faith. In order for faith to come to fruition, man must hear the word of God by mediation of the Spirit. For example, I heard preaching every year of my life, but never had saving faith until the night I heard the voice of God speak to my heart. It would behove us all to be still and hear the word of God, because through the preaching God will speak to you. Ja. 1:21 
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.Heb. 3:15  While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. People that have exercised saving faith will follow Jesus, and those that respond to God’s voice receive and now possess eternal life.

Types of Faith:

Heb. 11:4  Abel had worshipping faith

  • Real faith produces real worship

Heb. 11:5  Enoch had walking faith

  • Enoch walked with God for 300 years after the birth of Methuselah. Once he started walking he kept on walking. Saving faith never quits. 

  • 2 Cor. 5:7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

Heb. 11:7  Noah had working faith

  • Noah moved with fear after God spoke to him. He worked by faith preparing an ark to the saving of his house. For 120 years he kept on working. Real faith never quits. Saving faith may get weak, but it never quits

Syrophoenician woman had great faith (Mt. 15:21-28)

  • Some people have weak faith, some people have little faith. Then there are some who have great faith. Jesus responded to her sincerity in verse 28, “O woman, great is thy faith.” She had the right approach. 

Timothy had unfeigned faith

  • 2 Tim. 1:15  When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee,

  • Unfeigned: Sincere, unmoveable, and genuine. Absent of hypocrisy or any false embellishment. Earnest devotion without reservation or misgiving.

  • 1 Tim. 1:5  Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

Paul lived by faith

  • Gal. 2:20  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.

And in Heb. 11:6 we find that it is impossible to please God without faith. And sinners don’t have any faith until God gives it to them.

  • Ro. 12:3  ...according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

  • God gives faith. You don’t work it up. Then we must exercise that faith in order to be saved.

Ep. 2:8 
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

  • We are saved by grace, but not grace only. We are saved by grace through faith.

Ro. 10:9-11 
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

  • Faith is a product of the heart, not the head.

Heb. 12:2,3 
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

  • When saved people go astray, they are faint in their minds, not their heart. The battlefield for a Christian is in the mind. The heart is fixed so the devil works on our mind.

Heb. 3:12 
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

  • Unbelief is not simply an excusable human weakness, it is completely evil!

1 Jn. 5:10 
He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

  • Unbelief makes God a liar.

  • There is a vast difference between doubt and unbelief. 

  • Doubt is fear for the present situation.

  • Unbelief is rebellion against God. Voluntary rejection.

  • Peter doubted when he looked at the present situation instead of looking unto Jesus. And you will doubt when you take your eyes off of Him.

  • Faith that is rooted in the Word of God will not be wounded by the circumstances of life.

Ja. 2:17 
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

We are not saved by works, but you can’t be saved and not have any works. Real saving faith is belief in action. Real faith will produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit in an individual's life. Many religious people today have a historical faith which produces only a surface affection for Jesus. Saving faith is deliverance from the practice of sin, not just the penalty. 

Rev. J.R. Childers