Faith TO Receive



This past New Year’s Eve party involved a few of us assembling to enjoy an alcohol-free time of relaxation, fellowship and fun. Rev. Bob McFall, a life-long friend and acquaintance, and I were “shop talking” about ministry life with some of our Sheepfold members. Rev. Bob shared an interesting profundity when he said that:



There are two old-fashioned wringer-washer rollers here. One roller is prayer, the other roller is God’s Word. What is wrung out between the two rollers is "faith." Faith is squeezed out and worked out in the tension between emotion and cognition.

The word, “Faith,” mis-pronounced, “Faayth,” by the Southern charismatic evangelicals, has become a religious cliché. The world has been desensitized to the word and principle of faith. Faith has been stipulated to mean: cognitively understanding formulas and methodologies for man’s manipulation and control of God. I once read a faith teacher’s article entitled, “Writing Your Own Ticket With God.”

I would NOT like to re-invent faith, but I WOULD like to start the New Year on a good foot as I continue my relationship with God. Consequently, I understand that some of my readers and listeners will not hear or accept what I am saying because they have a bias for or against faith. I simply want to find God’s Will and purposes as I am occasionally surrounded by challenges to my faith.


January 6, 2008

Sheepfold Ministries, Pastor Phil Roland


Faith TO Receive

Various Texts

“Christians thru the ages have cried out to God during times of trial. They have  exclaimed,  ‘Lord, We believe! Increase our faith!’”  Pastor Phil


"Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word (Rayma) of Christ."    Romans 10:17

Characteristics of Having Faith to Receive:


            A. Jesus' Sheep Listen - John 10:27

            "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

                        1. They Heard and Responded - Luke 5:4-6

                          “When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into

   the deep and let down your nets for a catch." But Simon answered and

   said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing;

   nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net." And when they had

   done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was


                        2. Faith, Hearing and Healing go together – Luke 5:15

 “However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and

great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their


            B. Jesus' Word is His Presence - Luke 7:7-9

            "Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word,

and my servant will be healed. "For I also am a man placed under authority,

having soldiers under me. And I say to 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 these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd

that followed Him, "I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in


                        1. He is Present in His Word (Rayma) – 2 Timothy 3:16,17

                        “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, (God breathed) and is

profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in

righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly

equipped for every good work.”

                        2. He will Accomplish His work thru His Word - Isaiah 55:11

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to

Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the

thing for which I sent it.”

                        3. God sent His Word and Healed Them – Psalm 107:20

                        “He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their



            A. Mary's Faith at the Wedding at Cana - John 2:5

             “His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it."

            B. Rational Thought is Over-ridden by Obedience- John 2:9-10

            “When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did

not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew),

the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, "Every man at

the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then

the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!"

                        1. Faith must temporarily over-ride intellect

                        2. Faith fills wine jars with water

            C. The Greater Law of the Spirit supercedes Natural Law

                        1. Jesus walks on water - Matt. 14:23-25

                        “And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain

by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the

boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind

was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them,

walking on the sea.” 

                        2. Elijah's Floating Axe Head - 2 Kings 6:4-6

                        So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down

trees. But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the

water; and he cried out and said, "Alas, master! For it was borrowed."  So

the man of God said, "Where did it fall?" And he showed him the place.

So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float.”

3. Joshua’s Command of God stops sun/ moon - Josh. 10:12,13

“Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up

the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of

Israel: "Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon."

So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge

upon their enemies. . .So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and

did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.”     

D. Natural Mind cannot Comprehend the Irrational - 1 Cor. 2:13,14

    “These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but

     which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the

     natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are

     foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually



            A. We must ACT upon the Word of Christ - James 1:22

            “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

            B. Jesus' Parable of House building - Matt 7:24-27

            "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken

him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: "and the rain descended, the

floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it

was founded on the rock. "But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."

FAITH TO RECEIVE, cont., p.3


            A. Jesus commanded them to keep quiet - Mark. 7:31-36

            “Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst

of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. Then they brought to Him one

who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put

His hand on him. And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers

in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. Then, looking up to heaven, He

sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened."  Immediately his ears

were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke

plainly. Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more

He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it.

            B. The Source of a miracle is greater than the miracle – John 14:8-10

            ”Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us." Jesus

said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me,

Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show

us the Father'? "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me?

The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father

who dwells in Me does the works.”

                        1. Jesus was no "Glory Skimmer"

                        2. Genuine Humility of Heart is the Answer

V.  FAITH SAYS, "Thank You"

            A. The Healing of Ten Leprous Men - Luke 17:11-13

“Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of

Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten

men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said,

"Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" So when He saw them, He said to them,

Go, show yourselves to the priests." And so it was that as they went, they

were cleansed.”

            B. One Returns with Thanks - Luke 17:15-16; 17-19

            “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud

voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And

he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten

cleansed? But where are the nine? "Were there not any found who returned to

give glory to God except this foreigner? And He said to him, "Arise, go your way.

Your faith has made you well."


            A. He is Cleansed AND Healed Through a Re-Creative Miracle

            B. Complete Faith / Healing through "Thanksgiving" -1 Thes.5:16-18

            “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this

is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”







YOUR LIFE is Jesus to someone,
Though tattered and torn it may be.
Though often times weak and unstable,
You're all of God someone will see.
YOUR TONGUE is Jesus to someone.
That idle, insensitive word
Reflects to at least one searching heart
An idle, insensitive Lord.
YOUR GOALS are Jesus to someone.
What you put first, they believe,
Are the goals of God for the Christian.
Your life is all they receive.
YOUR FAITHFULNESS... that's Jesus to someone.
Their judgment of how God is true,
Rests unquestionably in the faithfulness
They see day by day in you.
YOUR LOVE is Jesus to someone--
That someone who is seeking to know
That Jesus will follow and guide and
Befriend wherever in life they might go.
SO BEWARE lest others blaspheme
God by what you say or do,
For the only Jesus that someone knows
Is the Jesus they see in you.
    Author Unknown