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Faith in Faith                                   9/10/23      Killen

Mark 11:20-25 nkjv 20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

❓ When has faith worked for you ❓    

💥  Most of my Christian life I’ve heard that having faith is like trusting your brakes on your car to work when you press the pedal, or believing a chair will hold you up when you sit down.     More difficult is trusting that when you get on a plane that you will safely fly to where you want to go.

➤        I agree that this is a type of faith and it has its part in real faith, BUT it’s not the faith that Jesus challenges us to have.

  • Jesus didn’t say, “Have faith in faith”......  He said, “Have faith in God.”   


⭐   The difference?   

  • Believing that brakes will stop you in a car that has brakes installed on it and believing that a chair that is already put together will hold you up is more like having faith in faith rather than having faith in God.

1.   We understand why it’s supposed to work.

2.   We are often able to put our trust in the work we have done that makes pushing petals, sitting in a chair or flying on an airplane work.

3.   Faith is reduced to being how much I am able to convince myself to believe something the way I understand it.

➤     When something doesn’t work, instead of learning from our error or misunderstanding, we double down and try harder to believe.     

💥     Do the same thing over and over expecting different results.

⭐   The difference in FAITH in GOD….. faith in faith causes us to believe brakes will stop us and a chair will hold us: 

  • But the faith God calls us to have is to believe a car will stop (that God leads us to drive)  that has no brakes on it.    
  • Believing we can be caught away and found in another city.  (No plane)
  • Or sitting down in a chair that God tells us to sit in when there is NO chair there at all.


💥  Faith in Faith is good BUT:

1.     It causes us to have obstacles and problems in life we don’t have to have.  Spiritual (Mountains) Vr 22)  ➤  (Fig tree wasn’t to remove His problems but give Him power to Believe God and go through the fight.)

2.     It causes us to trust more in chance and the things we see, rather than God.  ( things like karma, luck positive thinking and the stars)  (Rolling the spiritual dice)  

3.     It causes us to look to ourselves more than God…..trusting in our own understanding   And what we can SEE as possibilities.    We start limiting God to what we can understand and do rather than the impossible that He can do in our life.

🚩     Having faith in faith affects our heart when things don’t happen like we want or confess them to be.  We lose hope, embrace doubt, become cynical and we get mad at God.      

💥     It weakens our prayers; we stop believing and asking God for the impossible.       

🚩   Or we stop walking THROUGH the valleys of the shadows of death because we confess we  don’t have to, yet by going through we learn to fear no evil and learn about God’s presences in our sufferings.

💥     Philippians 3:7-10)   7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 

A.     Most of what people want to gain by FAITH Paul counts as rubbish!

B.     Learn to not allow the things we cannot change to bankrupt us spiritually.          

WHAT DOES THIS TEACH:

I.     Know Who you believe        

  • Know God!  Open our eyes to see a whole new and different world.
  • By relationship -  Our relationship deepens, regardless of circumstances
  • The Word -      Causes us to face things differently.  Rejoice in hardships and facing trials.
  • Communication -  Teaches us when to speak to mountains and when to climb them.


II.     Know what you believe     What the Holy Spirit teaches us.  What the instructions of God

  • leads us to know.  Learn how to fight each battle.  Tactics. ( God told David to do different things when fighting different enemies.) (Listen for the wind)
  • Speaks to us personally


III.     Trust what He tells you to believe. Follow what you believe.   LIVE BY FAITH.  Trust and believe in what God tells.    

  • Don’t look for mountains to move.
  • Look into how to live by faith one day at a time, and deal with the mountains when they 

Come, the way God tells you. 

  • The truth will be in the result. ➤   God will not hang you out to dry unless you ignore Him!  Then He allows us to reap what we sow.  
  • Don’t look for fig trees to curse.   Unless God tells you to curse them

💥 💥  Just follow God each day and face the challenges it brings.

💥     In today's world, just living one day at a time will give you more than enough opportunities to use your faith and remove the mountains of false teachings and theological garbage that is being dumped on our world.Remaining a consistent disciple regardless of circumstances.

👉 ****)  Faith is to believe what you do not see;  the reward of this is to see what you believe.  Saint Augustine 👈****)

👉 ****) Until you start living what you believe in, you don’t know whether you believe it or not.(****👈