Here is the teaching outline for SUNDAY NITE LIVE. Join us at 6 PM EST.
What are the characteristics of dead faith?
First, dead faith is merely head knowledge.
James 2:19 NLT
“You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.”
Second, dead faith is merely tongue faith.
James 2:16-17 MSG
“Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?”
Third, dead faith makes God’s Word of no effect.
Mark 7:13 AMPC
“Thus you are nullifying and making void and of no effect [the authority of] the Word of God through your tradition, which you [in turn] hand on. And many things of this kind you are doing.”
2 Corinthians 13:5 AMPC
“Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves [not Christ]. Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected?”
Corrie Ten Boone, author of The Hiding Place, and a mighty woman of God once said:
“Faith is like radar that sees through the fog-the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.”
Someone once said:
“Faith is the willingness to risk anything on God.”
Pastor Joel Osteen said:
“God has already done everything He's going to do. The ball is now in your court. If you want success, if you want wisdom, if you want to be prosperous and healthy, you're going to have to do more than meditate and believe; you must boldly declare words of faith and victory over yourself and your family.”
Here are seven keys to living faith.
First, living faith speaks with the mouth what is in the heart.
Romans 10:8 AMPC
“But what does it say? The Word (God’s message in Christ) is near you, on your lips and in your heart; that is, the Word (the message, the basis and object) of faith which we preach.”
Romans 10:8 MSG
“. . . It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us.”
Luke 4:32 AMPC
“And they were amazed at His teaching, for His word was with authority and ability and weight and power.”
Acts 4:31 AMPC
“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak the Word of God with freedom and boldness and courage.”
Second, living faith comes by hearing the Word of God.
Romans 10:17 KJV
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
According to Strong’s Concordance the word for hearing comes from the Greek root word G191 which means:
“to be endowed with the faculty of hearing; to understand, perceive the sense of what is said; a thing comes to one’s ears, to find out, learn; to comprehend to understand”
Proverbs 2:9-11 NLT
“Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.
Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.”
Luke 1:38 AMPC
“Then Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said. And the angel left her.”
Acts 17:11 KJV
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
Colossians 3:16 TLB
“Remember what Christ taught, and let his words enrich your lives and make you wise; teach them to each other and sing them out in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing to the Lord with thankful hearts.”
Hebrews 4:12 KJV
”For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Third, living faith activates your spiritual gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:9 AMPC
“To another [wonder-working] faith by the same [Holy] Spirit, to another the extraordinary powers of healing by the one Spirit. . .”
Ephesians 2:8 AMPC
“For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God.”
1 Corinthians12:7 AMPC
“But to each one is given the manifestation of the [Holy] Spirit [the evidence, the spiritual illumination of the Spirit] for good and profit.”
Fourth, living faith stands strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13 AMPC
“Be alert and on your guard; stand firm in your faith (your conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, keeping the trust and holy fervor born of faith and a part of it). Act like men and be courageous; grow in strength!”
Mark 11:22-25 AMPC
“And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly]. 23 Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. 24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].”
Fifth, living faith obeys the Word of God.
Luke 5:4 AMPC
“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon (Peter), Put out into the deep [water], and lower your nets for a haul.”
Luke 5:5 KJV
“And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”
Sixth, living faith sees giving as a way of increase.
Luke 16:10-11 AMPC
“He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the [case of] unrighteous mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions), who will entrust to you the true riches?”
Proverbs 11:24-25 TLB
“It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself.”
Seventh, living faith will be tested.
1 Peter 1:7 AMPC
“So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.”
First, Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life said:
“The ultimate test of faith is not how loudly you praise God in happy times but how deeply you trust him in dark times.”
Second, Pastor John Hagee said:
“The greatest test of faith is when you don't get what you want, but still you are able to say Thank You, Lord.”
Third, Smith Wigglesworth, one of God’s Generals, once said:
“Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.”
Romans 4:20-21 AMPC
“No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God, Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.”
Isaiah 46:11 NLT
“. . . Yes, I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed it, and I will do it.”
IMalachi 3:6 KJV
“For I am the Lord, I do not change.”
Isaiah 40:8 KJV
“The word of our God stands forever.”
Dr. A.W. Tozier once said:
“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”