How Faith Works

Sunday December 5, 2010

Text: Heb. 11:1, 6. Faith that pleases God requires discipline. Mark 4:14 tells us that the sower sows the seed, and the seed is the Word of God. Faith operates in an environment of resistance, conflict, and confrontation from Satan. He will use anything to steal from you. Everything the devil gives or brings is meant to be a stumbling block, but you can make it a stepping stone. Satan’s goal is to get as close to God as he can. II Cor. 10:3-5 lets us know that our warfare is not against flesh (people), but against Satan. “Plant” the seed of the Word, not what the devil tries to get you to plant. How do you plant the Word? Meditate and think about it. (Ps. 1:1-3) What comes to your thoughts at night and first thing in the morning? Delight yourself in the Word. The planting process never stops; it will either be planting the Word or emotions. Your thought-life is separate from who you are. Plant truth thoughts, and do not allow others’ opinions to influence your thinking. Who you are is who you are in Christ. What seeds are being planted in your thinking?