11. HABITUAL FAITH

"Satan's craft is most successfully used against those who are depressed. When discouragement threatens to overwhelm the minister, let him spread out before God his necessities. It was when the heavens were as brass over Paul that he trusted most fully in God. More than most men, he knew the meaning of affliction; but listen to his triumphant cry as, beset by temptation and conflict, his feet press heavenward: 'Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen' (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18)."

APPLICATION

a. Principle Focus (review)

Faith--that confidence, belief, and trust in God that rests not on empirical proof, but on the basis of the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

Hebrews 11eloquently portrays the gallantry of women and men who took faith and transformed it from a theological topic to a living, vibrant part of their lives, and in so doing, they changed the world.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • I believe, trust, and voluntarily give my life to God for all time--I have faith.
  • My faith transfers my life into one of bold obedience and discipleship--I will follow wherever and whenever God leads.

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

1 2 3 4 5
Extremely
Dissatisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Extremely
Satisfied

e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)





MEDITATION

"O for more faith, Lord. We talk, preach, and study about it all the time. But the acquisition of faith is judged by the corresponding works that follow. If I see and do bold acts for You in my life, then I know that my faith is active and alive. Awaken me to the joys and benefits of a life of faith that I might be motivated to have more, do more, be more."