Christian Character – Pillar 1: Faith

Christian Character – Pillar 1: Faith

Series: Christian Character | Title: Christian Character – Pillar 1: Faith |  Sermon by: Pastor Balan Swaminathan | Location: House of Intercessory Prayer Ministries, Halifax, NS Canada | Date: Sunday May 07, 2017

Biblical Convictions of Christian Character

  1. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the final authority in my life
  2. My purpose in life is to love God and to order my life around his priorities.
  3. My body is the temple of God and I must not defile it
  4. My church correctly teaches me the foundational truths of the Bible
  5. My children are gifts from God and I develop Godly character in them
  6. My actions must never weaken the Scriptural convictions of others
  7. My marriage is a life-long commitment to God and my spouse
  8. My money is given by God to manage faithfully and wisely, I don’t own it.
  9. My words must be in harmony with God’s Word. I am accountable.
  10. My affections should be set on things above, not on things of the earth

Pillar 1: Faith

  • First heart attitude we want to see is Faith, trust in God
  • All promises don’t mean anything if we don’t believe
  • You need to know Him to trust Him
  • The very basis of Christianity is faith
  • We believe in an unseen God is by faith
  • By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, Hebrews 11:3
  • By faith we receive salvation
  • By faith we hope for eternity
  • It is impossible to please God without faith – Hebrews 11:6

Faith – A Christian Character

  • The genuine character of a child of God
  • Shows the amount of trust we have in God
  • Here “Faith” is the fruit of the spirit, not the gift
  • Not the faith to move the mountain, but the faith to move towards Christlikeness
  • Faith that helps to walk over the difficulties
  • Faith that sets our eyes upon Jesus
  • Faith that makes us bold and courageous
  • Faith that helps us to respect, trust and love

Doubtful believers

  • Mark 9:21-25 “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief”.
  • We believe God is Sovereign, Jesus was born of virgin, He is the Son of God, He is going to come gain, but when it comes to our situation, we doubt
  • We believe in God for others, but we doubt when it comes to us
  • Moses doubted God, Gideon doubted God, Elijah doubted God, Jeremiah doubted God, the Apostles doubt
  • Faith – A character missing among believers

Not having Faith is life-threatening

  • Doubt is a struggle for believers, not for unbelievers. Doubt is different from disbelieve
  • Doubt is a momentary lapse of faith.
  • It is life-threatening, because we lose faith when it is most needed
  • Sometimes we doubt because we have wrong or unreal expectations of Jesus
  • Sometimes we doubt because of personal tragedy
  • Sometimes we doubt because of incomplete revelation

Develop Faith, a fruit of the Spirit

  • KJV – “Faith” – Root Greek Word is “pistis” – Conviction of the truth.
  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
  • Faith is not just hoping for the best to happen, Faith is the assurance, Faith is the confidence in God.
  • Having Confidence in Christ Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Develop Faith, a fruit of the Spirit

  • Knowing Satan’s craftiness – Faith is the lifeline that Satan wants to cut off, Luke 22:31-32 And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
  • Knowing God’s Word – Rom 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Habakkuk’s Faith in God

  • Judah are unfaithful to God, they were sinful, wicked
  • First Question: (V2 onwards) Why God is not doing anything.
  • Come down and bring a spiritual revival or
  • Step down and judge
  • But it appears that God is not doing anything (His complaint)
  • Lord’s Reply (V5 onwards) – God is doing something
  • Second question: (V 12 onwards)
  • Reaffirming what he knew about His God
  • Habakkuk 2:4 (Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38)
  • When I don’t understand the circumstances, I understand my God
  • Declaration of His faith – Habakkuk 3:17-19


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