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Lesson 8 • Fourth Week

God's People's Faith In His
Word


Background Reading                                   Devotional Reading
Joshua 1:8; Luke 24:45; Acts                       Matthew 9:27-31; 22:29-33
6:7; Ephesians 3:20; Hebrews 4:2

Central Verse
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:11 KJV

"So is my word that goes out of my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."
Isaiah 55:11 NIV

Key Terms
Produce — To give birth or rise to yield; to cause to have existence or to happen; bring about: to bear, make, or yield something.
Infallible — Incapable of error; not liable to mislead, deceive, or disappoint, incapable of error in defining doctrines touching faith or morals.
Abundantly — Existing occurring in large amounts; marked by great plenty (as of re­sources): more than enough; plentiful


Introduction


The Word of God has life and has the power to accomplish and prosper wher­ever God sends it. The Word of God has made many promises to the believers, but the believer must appropriate his faith so the promises can be fulfilled. The Lord invites each believer to have a greater measure of — unlimited faith. Faith mixed with God's word will allow the believer to go beyond the ordinary and do the extraordinary.

Discussion

What a great privilege to be one of God's chosen to speak His word and things happen! God has given the believer the power of life and death in his tongue. The believer can speak the words that God has spoken, and things will hap­pen. The word of God mixed with faith becomes powerful.

God's word lets the believer know that the just shall live by faith. The believer must study and know God's word because faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Sometimes the believer needs to read the word aloud to himself daily so that he can absorb the word into his spirit. The believer must believe that the scriptures are the infallible word of God.

Matthew tells the story of two blind men that followed Jesus, asking for His mercy. After Jesus came into the house the blind men came to Him, and Jesus asked them if they believed that He could restore their sight, and they an­swered, "Yes Lord". Then He touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith be it unto you". Their eyes were opened. How much more will Jesus do for those who walk upright and follow His commandments!

Every man has a measure of faith. The more they hear and receive God's word, the greater their measure will be. Their faith must expand until they can see the invisible, receive the incredible, expect the unbelievable. Faith reaches the proportion that it can uproot every problem. Once the believer mixes God's word with his faith, he must trust the process, knowing that it will perform what it was sent to perform. The word of the Lord tells the believer God can do ex­ceeding abundantly above all he can ask or think. It's according to the power that works in him as is based on how much faith he can mix with God's word.

Psalm 1 tells the believer if he wants to be blessed, he must allow God's word to take priority over all opinions, suggestions, and advice of others who are not saved. He must allow God's word to speak to him. He must release faith and believe God's word if he wants to have success and prosper. There is no situation a believer can get into that God cannot deliver from if he believes the Word. "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." (Mark 9:23)

Conclusion

The believer's faith in God's word must be so powerful that he can say like Paul, I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because it is the pow­er of God unto salvation, (healing, saving, total deliverance of all kind). The believer knows it is his faith mixed with the word that brings wholeness to his life, his mind and body. He seeks God's advice for all things that pertain to his life through God's word. God's word has the ability and the power to lead and guide the believer in every area of life.


Questions


Why is it important to have word and faith?
How can a believer receive faith and word?
What can happen when a believer has faith and word?

Essential Thought- "Faith mixed with God's word, produces positive results."