TRANSFORMING FEAR INTO FAITH

     No one is more acquainted with trying and perilous times, than God's Remnant Seed. Maturity demands our fears transform and produce in us , great faith. The things God's elect are going through, are specifically designed to produce what the Apostle Paul described as; "unfeigned faith" (ITim 1:5).  The time has come to view all of our testings as opportunities for producing both the Fruit and Gifts of the Spirit. I believe it is very significant that Gal. chapter  5, includes Faith as a fruit of the Spirit, and I Cor. chapter 12 includes Faith as a gift of the Spirit. Faith is our steadfast assurance coupled with undeniable trust in Jesus our King. Both Fruit and Gift, How Wonderful !!

     "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Rom.1:17)  A deeper understanding of faith automatically seems to bring strength to the body of Christ. The scripture teaches: our life in Christ is directly connected to our faith. Not only that, but  we must grow from one degree of faith into a greater degree of faith, God's righteousness is revealed From Faith to Faith! This also lines up with the life of Jesus, "Though he were a Son, yet learned he  obedience by the things which he suffered." (Heb.5:8)  In truth, our growth in Faith comes by this same principle; the just shall live by their faith. "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ" (Phl.3:14)  "That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings,..." (Phl.3:10) I've always said; salvation (which is the gift of God) is free, however, to be a part of the Bride and a part of a called out Remnant, we have a price to pay.Amen!

     I see faith in three dimensions: First of all; "...but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."(Rom.12:3)  Every man ,woman, boy or girl has been given a measure of faith which is more than enough to start a wonderful relationship with Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus is the author, meaning he begins a work in us and by His Word and Grace He will also finish it in us. Complete faith lacking nothing. Starting us on a wonderful journey of faith, for deliverance and salvation. This is faith in the first dimension and is fundamental in our beginning relationship.

     Secondly, as we've already shown, faith is listed as a "fruit of the Spirit". Simply stated, faith as a fruit must grow and grow in us reaching maturity. Since God will not let faith remain small in you and I, it will be tested. "For 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: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.(IICor.4:17-18)  Faith is transformed from "our faith" into a greater faith "His faith"; "Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."(IPet.1:9) After completing a work of redemption inside us, we are then ready for the faith of Jesus to come alive in us and begin to grow and develop as a fruit for greater things such as prosperity, healing, and yes even miracles.

     Thirdly, we are entering the time frame in which Jesus said: "Greater works than these shall believers do."(St.Jn.14:12)  Jesus declared He was going back to the Father, and believers would do "greater works than He". When He did go back, something wonderful happened; "Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men."(Eph.4:8) The greatest dimension of faith exists when we out grow "the measure of faith", also out grow the "fruit of faith" and as mature sons of God begin to operate in the gift of faith and finish the work Jesus started when He led captivity captive. "For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of  God."(Rom.8:19) There is a manifestation just over the horizon, where our faith is so coupled with the plan and purpose of God , His elect shall operate out of the "gift of faith and just like God's Love it will never fail.          MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU,      Elmer Hart

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