Seven Kinds of Faith (3/4) | Bayless Conley

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Today on Answers with Bayless Conley: I’m saying if you’ve hit a dead calm,
you just hang in there friend. The wind of God is coming. It is coming. The wind of the Spirit is coming. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Great faith is tenacious. There are many questions you are faced with
every day. We are all searching for answers that will
make a real difference in our lives. It’s hard to imagine that these answers
might be right in front of us. Get ready to discover answers in the Bible
with Bayless Conley. Hi there, welcome to today’s broadcast. My name is Bayless Conley, and we are talking
about seven different kinds of faith. And in particular, we’ve been looking at
great faith in this broadcast. And it’s an interesting thing. There are only two times Jesus ever said that
someone had great faith in the New Testament, only twice. And you know what, both times we find out
that those individuals were not Jews. Very interesting. Let’s get into that broadcast today. Stay tuned at the end of the program today
for a special inspirational thought from Bayless. Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, we welcome You in our presence. It’s so good to gather with Your people
and to hear so many voices lifted in worship. Father, we are undeservedly favored. We thank You for that. Lord, as we open up Your Book tonight, we
pray that You would give each and every one of us eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts
to understand. Do Your work in us and ultimately through
us Lord and may the name of Jesus be magnified. Amen. Well, I’m actually going to finish a message
that I began on the weekend entitled, “Seven Kinds of Faith.” We looked at four different kinds of faith
on the weekend, the final one being little faith. And we found out that there are three hallmarks
of little faith or four things rather that identify little faith. Number one: Little faith worries about needs. Number two: Little faith panics when sudden
storms arise. Number three: Little faith is always preoccupied
with the circumstances; it’s absorbed in the circumstances, rather than with the Savior. And then finally we found out that: Little
faith has a short memory. We’re going to move on to the fifth kind
of faith right now. I’d like you to open your Bible please to
Matthew’s Gospel, the eighth chapter, Matthew 8. And we’re going to talk about great faith. And just like there are four things that identify
little faith, there’s four and certainly more, but there are four main things we’re
going to speak about that identify great faith. Here Matthew’s Gospel, Matthew 8:5. It says, Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion
came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully
tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and
heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord,
I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will
be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having
soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ’Go,’ and he goes;
and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does
it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said
to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith,
not even in Israel!” Everyone say, great faith. Now as far as I know in the Gospels, there
are only two things that Jesus ever marveled at. One was unbelief. There’s a verse that says He marveled at
their unbelief. The other thing He marveled at great faith. If He’s going to marvel at me, I want Him
marveling about great faith, not about unbelief. And the first attribute of great faith is
this: Great faith rests on the evidence of God’s Word alone. It rests on the evidence of God’s Word alone. Notice what he said to Jesus, “But only
speak a word. That’s all. Just speak a word, Jesus.” One word from Jesus is all the evidence that
great faith needs. Great faith recognizes the authority of Christ’s
Word. He said, “Lord, look, man, I get it. I’m under authority myself, and I’m in
authority over men, and I say to one, and they obey my authority, do this and do that,
and I realize You have authority over sickness. You have authority over illness. Just say a word. That’s all I need, Jesus. Just one word from You.” We need to say, “Lord, only a word for my
financial situation. Lord, all I need is Your word for the salvation
of my loved ones. All I need is Your word to bring healing to
my body. I don’t need a sign. I don’t need a feeling. Great faith says only the word. That’s all I need. I don’t need anything else. I just need Your word.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spoken
with people after a service and they’ll give me a theological question, and I’m
thinking, man I honestly don’t have 45 minutes right now to answer that question. Sometimes it would even take longer than that
to answer a question, good questions; some deep questions; some very thoughtful questions. And I have just got through preaching, and
I’ve got to get home to the family just like everybody else. And there might be other people wanting to
get prayed for or to talk with, and I honestly don’t have 45 minutes or an hour to sit
down and give a personal Bible study at that moment. So what I’ve done many, many times, I’ll
say, “Listen, that’s a great question, and I honestly don’t have time to give you
a satisfactory answer right now. However, I have preached along these lines. Or sometimes I’ve done a series just dealing
with that question and related things. I will tell you what we’re going to do,”
and I’ll grab an offering envelope or get a piece of paper from them. I’d say look; I’ll write it down, “Here’s
the name of the series. It’s a four-part series that I did. You take this back to the bookstore, and you
give it to them.” And I’ve signed it, and it will say please
give so and so this series on speaking in tongues or whatever it might be. And I sign my name. So they march back there to the bookstore,
and they go up to the order window or to the register and say look, “I want you to give
me such and such series. It’s a four-part series on this subject.” And I’m sure the worker sometimes go, “Excuse
me? Like, give you the series?” “Yeah. Pastor Bayless said so. I’ve got his promise right here. It’s written right here.” They’ll go make it up if it’s not already
made and they’ll give it to them. Now friend, when it comes to healing or whatever
it is, we just need to say, “Look, God said so. I’ve got His word for it, and that’s all
the evidence that I need.” And we point to 1 Peter, 2:24, “By His stripes,
I was healed.” or, “The Lord is the strength of my life” or, “If any two of you on
earth agree concerning anything they ask, it will be done by my Father in heaven. When we ask, it’s done.” Here’s my evidence, Matthew 18:19. Or I’m feeling really crummy about myself
and the devil’s heaping condemnation on my head because I messed up, but I’ve confessed
my sin to God. And so I was saying, “You know what, I may
not feel forgiven, but I am forgiven. The precious blood of Christ has washed me
clean. And 1 John 1:9 says, ‘If I confess my sin,
He is faithful and just to forgive me for my sin and cleanse me from all unrighteousness.’ Here’s my evidence; it’s been signed in
the blood of Christ.” That’s all the evidence I need. I don’t need any feelings. Great faith rests on the evidence of His word
alone. All right, look with me if you would at Matthew,
chapter 15. The second attribute of great faith: is that
great faith is tenacious. It doesn’t give up. Matthew 15:21, it says, Then Jesus went out from there and departed
to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that
region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying,
“Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent
except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord,
help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good
to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little
dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O
woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very
hour. Jesus said she had great faith. Interesting, both of the people that we’ve
found that He said had great faith were outside of the “believing community” if you would. They were not Jews. Sometimes you’ll get someone that will come
in that doesn’t have a whole bunch of religious thinking to undo, and they’re very quick
to trust God. Or sometimes the people that have been filled
with maybe some of the wrong kind of religious thinking, they’re a little slow in grasping
the grace that’s so freely offered. But Jesus said this woman had great faith. Friend, great faith doesn’t give up when
it seems like heaven is silent. She begins to cry out, “Lord, my daughter. Help me.” And it said, “He answered her not a word.” She knew Jesus could do it, and she would
not relent until she got her miracle. Now our daughter Rebecca, she’s 31 years
old right now. And I still often think about when she was
a little girl. She would never take ‘no’ for an answer. It was crazy. I mean, I could be doing something, it’s
like, “Dad.” I didn’t answer. “Dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad?” “Okay, Rebecca, what?” “Dad, I want you to do such and such.” “Baby, Daddy’s tired right now. I don’t want to do that.” “Dad, please, dad. Dad, dad, please, dad.” “Beck, no, honey, not now.” “Dad, please. Dad. Dad?” I said, “Okay.” She would just drive me crazy. She was absolutely relentless. Only with God, listen to me, it’s not a
matter of overcoming His reluctance He wants to help us. It’s just that too many people give up too
soon. It’s like somebody getting in a sailboat
saying, “I’m going to go to Catalina.” And they’re on their way. And they’ve got the sails up and all of
a sudden four or five miles out in the channel they hit a dead calm. They’re not going anywhere. They say, “Well, this isn’t working.” They get the little motor out, hook it on
the back of the sailboat, turn it around and they putt, putt back into Long Beach Harbor. I’m saying if you’ve hit a dead calm,
you just hang in there friend. The wind of God is coming. It is coming, and it will blow healing your
way. It’s going to blow your family members into
the kingdom of God. It is going to blow the necessary resources
your way. The wind of the Spirit is coming. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Great faith is tenacious. This woman, she refused to give up. I know people say, “Well, I was prayed for,
and it didn’t work. I didn’t get an answer, so I just quit.” Great faith doesn’t quit. Listen, silence is not denial. Delay is not denial. What we need to do when it seems like heaven
is silent; when it seems like we’ve hit a wall is we need to rise up and begin to
worship. That’s exactly what this woman did in her
circumstance. When it seems like you’re not about to get
a breakthrough, nothing’s working; nothing’s breaking loose, friend lift your hands and
begin to worship. That is what she did. I know some of you, right now, you’re in
a rough patch. And the last thing in the world you want to
do is worship, but it’s the most important thing you can do, in your circumstance; in
your situation; is worship. You know, she said something. She’s worshiping, and she said, “Lord,
help me.” Now, I think that that maybe is just an extension
of her continued plea, but I think maybe she was saying, “Lord, help me. If I’m hindering this in any way, help me. If I need to change, help me. Help me do what I need to do so I can get
an answer.” He is faithful. He is faithful. I had a friend who was actually an older minister. He’s been in heaven for quite a few years,
and he pastored a number of small churches and did well. The churches flourished. They were never large, but he did well. Always would live in the parsonage. His family was well taken care of. And he said, “You know God began to deal
with me.” As he told the story, “God began to deal
with me about going out on the road as an evangelist.” He said, “I didn’t want to do it.” He said. “My thought was what’s my family going
to do? You know I’m secure in the pastor of the
church. We’ve got a parsonage. I have a small income, but we’re taken care
of. How are my needs going to be met if I go out
on the road as an evangelist?” And this is years ago in the Midwest. He’s thinking, “How am I going to put
clothes on my kid’s back? How am I going to pay for their schooling? How am I going to pay for rent on a house? When I’m pastoring, the parsonage is included,
and what am I going to do?” But he obeyed God. He was out on the road for a year, and he
was basically living from hand to mouth. They were having great results spiritually
in the meetings, but his kids hadn’t had any new clothes. They were behind on the rent. There was just a lack. And he began to pray about it, and he was
actually reading Isaiah 1:19, where God said, “If you’re willing and obedient, you’ll
eat the good of the land.” He says, “As I’m looking at this verse,
“If you’re willing and obedient, you’ll eat the good of the land.” He said, “Lord I have to say, You’re not
telling the truth, because I’ve done this and I’m not eating the good of the land. And I know that if I can eat the good that
I could wear the good and drive the good and live in the good”. And he wasn’t being excessive. Just saying. “Lord, I know that You can meet my need,
but You haven’t kept Your end of the bargain.” He said, “The Lord spoke to me. He said, read that again.” So he read it again. The Lord said to him, “It says if you’re
willing and obedient.” He said, “Now you’ve been obedient all
right, that’s true, but you’ve done it unwillingly. You’ve obeyed Me, but you’ve been reluctant.” He said, “Listen, it doesn’t take long
for a man to change.” He said. “In one moment, I changed my heart and said,
“Lord, I’m willing. You’re right, You’re right. I’m willing. I’m willing.” He made that inward adjustment. And he said almost immediately some unusual
doors of blessing began to open up and a greater material resource began to come into his life
so he could take care of his family. And I think, sometimes when we’re trusting
God, and it seems like heaven is silent, and we’re not making any headway. And you know even the disciples seemed to
kind of discourage her. They’re saying, “Lord, can you get rid
of her?” If you study all the places where this is
listed, they’re actually trying to get a break, and she’s ruining their vacation. They’re trying to get rid of her. Jesus, you know, I mean insults her, “It
is not right to take the children’s bread, and you know, cast it to the dogs.” He was just talking about divine order. It was to the Jew first and then to the Gentile. But you know there was a lot of things that
would have put her off, but she worshiped, and she said, “Lord, help me.” And I think if you’re hitting that wall
and it doesn’t seem like you’re getting results, worship. And just say, Lord, help me. Is there anything I need to adjust? Anything I need to change? And if He shows you, do it; if He doesn’t,
just keep standing. He is faithful, and great faith is tenacious. All right, the third aspect of great faith
is great faith is unselfish. In both of these cases, with the centurion
and with this woman, their faith was used for others. That’s important. Great faith reaches out to God for others. We must move beyond the realm of our personal
needs and desires and extend our spiritual resources for the needs of others. I think you will universally find that those
with a robust faith will not just be praying for themselves and for the needs of their
immediate family, they will always be engaged in helping others. Now, that doesn’t mean they’re not praying
for their own needs. It doesn’t mean they’re not praying for
their family but people with a robust faith, with a great faith, always have others on
their mind. It’s just part of their world. They’re very quick to go to God on the behalf
of others. It’s just part of their agenda. Friend, great faith is not selfish. Great faith always thinks about others. Now, before I get to the fourth attribute
of great faith, I want to circle back, if we might, to that first point that great faith
rests on the evidence of God’s word alone. I want you to look with me at Romans 4. And the reason I just want to circle back
on it and sort of emphasize it here before we move on to the fourth point is because
it is so clearly stated here in Romans 4. He’s talking about Abraham and his faith;
talking about how God promised Abraham and his wife Sarah that they would have a child
in their old age. Earlier in the chapter, it says that we need
to walk in the same steps of faith that our father Abraham had. He’s our example of trusting God in impossible
circumstances. And I just want to do something with you for
a moment or two here. I’m going to read verse 13, all the way
through verse 21. And I want you to do two things. Number one, every time faith or believing
is mentioned or implied; I’d like you to underline it. Just in those few verses, every time you see
faith or believing, just mentioned or implied, just underline it. And then every time the promise is mentioned
or referred to, I want you to circle it. So, two things, faith and believing, and the
promise, every time they’re mentioned, or they’re referred to. I just want you to see something. This is talking about Abraham, the one whose
faith we should follow. We pick it up in verse 12. It says, For the promise that he would be the heir
of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness
of faith. For if those who are of the law are heirs,
faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, because the law brings about wrath;
for where there is no law there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith that it might be
according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those
who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father
of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) (and that
my friend is the promise, that which was written.) (as it is written, “I have made you a father
of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to
the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to
hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what
was spoken, (that’s the promise) “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider
his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of
Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through
unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced (it’s
another way to say that he believed) that what He had promised He was also able to (also)
perform. Now, I don’t know if you underlined it,
but faith or believing is mentioned nine times in those verses. And the promise is mentioned or implied or
referred to seven times. In verse 13, the promise. In verse 14, the promise. In verse 16, the promise. In verse 17, the promise. In verse 18, the promise. In verse 20, the promise. In verse 21, the promise. Friend, without the promise, there’s no
believing. Faith is based on the promise. In fact, we read it in verse 18. It says that Abraham believed according to
what was spoken. The Promise. He didn’t believe, according to popular
opinion. He didn’t believe, according to his feelings. He didn’t believe, according to his past
history and all of the data that he had accumulated. He didn’t believe according to just some
whim that he had, something that he wanted. But we move on to the fourth aspect. The fourth thing that identifies great faith
is this that great faith praises God in advance. Look in verse 19 again if you would. It says, And not being weak in faith, he did not consider
his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of
Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through
unbelief, but was strengthened (or he grew strong in faith,) giving glory to God. Strong faith is the same thing as great faith. He grew strong in faith, giving glory to God. The Amplified Bible says that he grew strong
and was empowered by his faith as he gave praise and glory to God. The Living Bible says, he praised God for
this blessing, even before it happened. Thank you for watching Answers with Bayless
Conley. Bayless will continue with part two of his
message next week. I am so glad you joined us for today’s message. And hey, we are not done. Join us again next time. We are going to be continuing on with our
study of seven different kinds of faith. You are going to find it illuminating, going
to find it challenging, you are going to find it uplifting. And hey, I’m going to be with you in just
a few moments with an important thought to share with you. So, hang on, you’re not going to want to miss this. And now here’s Bayless with an inspirational
thought you can apply today. I want to read a verse of Scripture to you,
Romans 4:16, Therefore it is of faith that it might be
according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those
who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father
of us all. It is of faith that it might be according
to grace. Grace is God’s hand that reaches out and
freely offers us every blessing that Christ wrought through Calvary: Forgiveness of sins,
healing for our body, peace for our mind. It’s all by grace. We cannot pay for it. We cannot work for it. The price has been paid. And God freely offers it by grace. Well, faith is the hand that reaches out and
receives what grace freely provides. Therefore, it’s available to everyone. God gives it by grace. Faith is the hand that reaches out and receives. Next week on Answers with Bayless Conley: My friend, great faith shouts before Jericho’s
walls have fallen. It shouts before the pain has disappeared. It gives thanks before the needed money has
materialized; before the prodigal child comes home. It praises God for the blessing as if it were
already a reality. We are grateful for the friends and partners
of Answers with Bayless Conley who help make this program possible.

 

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    August 30, 2019 10:27 pm

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  2. SplizeeGaming

    September 1, 2019 1:37 am

    I love this message. My faith was put to the test during some finical issues I was dealing with during college. I had to pay 1,500 for my first bill and I didn’t have it at all. So I continued to pray and stand on his WORD. So when the time came for me to pay, I step in the business office terrified but going by faith and the transaction was approved. At that very moment I knew it was God. He has delivered me and paid off what I owe🙏🏽❤️. He is still blessing me at this very moment. My total balance I owe now is around $4,000. At first it was at $6,000 before. God is so amazing!🙏🏽

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