This week Bro. Leo continues our study of faith with a look at the first definition of faith that Jesus gives us, saving faith is proactive (Matt. 16:18). In vs.18 Jesus tells us that the gates of hell will not prevail against the faith of vs.16, meaning that the faith of Jesus not only has the ability to free souls from the bondage of hell but also is actively doing so. This is a proactive action while the gates are a defensive mechanism.
Living in the energy of saving faith is being proactive, positive, forward moving and prevailing faith (Rom. 8:38, 37, 31, 32). Jesus tells us in Matt.11:11-12 that Christians are over powering. The word violent is translated from the Greek word biastēs which means to over power, press into with energy and strength.
When we are living in the energy of our faith, we will be storming the gates, casting out strongholds and moving mountains. If we are not operating in the energy of our faith, we will be operating in defense mode, struggling to keep our heads above water and backsliding.
Christian lives living in the energy of faith will look like HEB. 11:29-35. LIVING IN THE ENERGY OF FAITH ENABLES CHRISTIANS TO NEVER HAVE TO COMPROMISE GOD’S TRUTH FOR ANY REASON!
Scriptures used in today’s message:
Mat 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
Mat 16:14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
Mat 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Mat 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Heb 11:6 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.
Rom 10:9 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.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Heb 11:29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
Heb 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
Heb 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
Heb 11:32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
Heb 11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
Heb 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Heb 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again:
Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Rom 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Mat 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Mat 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.