Description: Is belief or faith more than simply intellectual assent, an emotional response, or what we can touch and see?
WHAT IS FAITH?
Video clip transcript extracted from the talk: Gideon’s 300-Romans 15:5
By Rev. Ernest O’Neill
God looks into your heart and he looks there to find the faith that he is a God of encouragement who
acts and backs up what he says. Now how do you get that kind of faith? Well, first of all be clear
what that kind of faith is. It’s not hoping that things will turn out right. It’s not hoping for the
best. It’s not having mental theories about faith. It’s not exercising the power of positive
thinking. In fact, it’s strange — it’s not looking forward at all. Real faith is looking back. Real
faith is a confidence of what has already happened.
Now I’ll show you that verse though I think you’ve looked at it before but I’d like you to look at
it again loved ones. It states it clearly in Galatians 6:14. “But far be it from me to glory except
in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the
world.” Faith is an absolute confidence that that is true, that the world has been crucified to me.
That is, Gideon had an absolute confidence that in eternity, in timeless spaceless eternity, God had
put all those Malachites and Jebusites, and had destroyed them there in Christ. And that was all
already done and that was able to be manifested in time and space here as soon as one person
believed it, that’s it.
Faith is an absolute confidence that God has destroyed the powers in this world that are trying to
destroy your life, that’s it. So you think you know whether it’s a boss or whether it’s your
finances or whether it’s sickness in your body or whether it’s your career or all the many people
that seem to be messing up your life, God has taken them, put them into his Son, destroyed them and
their power to affect your life adversely. And the moment you believe that, he works a miracle. He
manifests that right here in time and space.
Full Sermon: Gideon’s 300-Romans 15:5 by Rev. Ernest O’Neill