One of the most important things a Believer must do is to learn how to live their lives in faith. Galatians 3:11says, "...the just shall live by faith." If we are to live by faith, then it is a must that we learn how faith works. Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Once again we see the importance of a lifestyle of faith.
Romans 10:17 says, " So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." All faith is built on the Word of God. There can be no faith that is not built and established on the knowledge of the Word of God. II Timothy 2:15 says, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." So it is important that we study the scriptures and build our faith on the Word of God.
I encourage you to study the outline I am providing you entitled, "Heart Faith." As you study these scriptures and meditate on them, they will help you to build heart faith that will please God. This message is also available on CD if you desire to hear it as well as study it.
I) Faith that Gets Results Must Flow Out of the Heart
A) Mark 11:22-24 - (v.22) - Have faith in God constantly
vv.22 - Galatians 3:11 - The just shall live by faith.
Faith (Grk) - conviction, persuasion, assurance, reliance upon
v. 23 - Does not doubt in heart. Faith is a full persuaded, conviction, and assurance of God in our heart.
Doubt (Grk) - oppose, hesitate, differ
What you say with your mouth must be in agreement with what is in your heart. You can't say one thing and believe another.
v.23,24 - Faith works by saying and praying. No results. Don't keep saying and praying, start working on your believing.
B) Romans 10:8-10 - Word in mouth and heart, not mouth and head.
1) I Peter 3:4 - hidden man of heart. See outward. Can't see your heart.
2) I Samuel 16:7 - God sees what is in our heart. We miss it by looking at the outward man.
v.9 - Confession and believing must come from our heart to produce results.
v.8 - If faith isn't working we must put the Word in our mouth and heart and work on our believing.
C) John 15:7 (AMP) - We must spend time with the Lord and His Word until the Word comes alive in our heart.
1) Psalm 119:130 - Entrance of your words gives light. When the Word comes into our heart, our believing will be real to us.
D) Proverbs 4:20-23 - Put God's Word first. Hear it. Read and study it. This is how you get it into your heart.
v.22,23 - The Word in your heart will produce faith that gets results.
1) Joshua 1:8
2) I Timothy 4:15