Foundation of Discipleship 5 of 9


Faith

There are 9 parts to the foundation. Love, Faith, God’s Word, Prayer, Worship, Trust, Study, Action, and at the center is Jesus. Without the center, anything you would build on it would collapse in on itself. There are 4 corner stones that make it possible to build on and 4 side stones helping complete the foundation. All of these you must have, in order to be a successful disciple. The foundation looks like this:

 

Love

Worship

Faith

Trust

Jesus

Action

Prayer

Study

God’s Word

 

Faith is our fourth corner stone, and completes the main structure, we call Discipleship. I am doing Faith last, because it is usually the last to show growth. It is a product of doing the other 3. Although, I think you can have faith without the others, you are not going to grow in faith unless you grow in the others. Faith is one of those things you can’t just go and do, like the other 3. Faith is an assurance from God himself that, what ever happens, you will be ok. It has to be accepted, and little by little it grows as we accept more and more.

Matthew 14:31

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Matthew 21:21

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.

Faith is the feeling of assurance. Faith, is knowing something is going to be a certain way every time. We always contribute faith to God and religion, but you can have faith in other things as well. We can have faith that flowers will grow in the Spring time, or that when you stub your toe, it’s going to hurt. There are things that stay constant, none more so than God. For, what I am talking about here is a Godly faith, because that never changes, no matter what. The others, however unlikely, are conditional. If you are in the arctic, your not going to see flowers in the Spring time, and if you are paralyzed you will not be hurt by stubbing your toe. With the majority of us, neither of these things apply, but with God, he is constant no matter who, where, or what you are. This is why he is called the “I am”. No matter what you need, he simply is. He is the sun on a cold day, or the rain in a drought. You can count on him when you can’t count on yourself. Especially when you can’t count on yourself. So why do we doubt?

Matthew 8:26

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

Matthew 6:30

If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

We doubt, because we are human. The Disciples doubted all the time, and saw first hand what Jesus could do. How are we to be any different? Faith is continuing to believe God will protect you, when everything else says he isn’t there. Faith is knowing you are saved by Jesus, when everything keeps telling you all the bad things you have done, and that you are not worthy. What Jesus is saying when he tells us we can cast a mountain into the see with faith, is that when we do believe fully in God, we can do anything that we need to do. Not to test God, in casting every mountain into the see, it’s simply saying, no matter how big the problem, with God, it will be cast to the lowest depths.

Have faith in God, and believe in his everlasting truth. Rest in the assurance that is Jesus Christ our Lord!

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