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Foundational Faith
Jesus said, “can ye, being evil, speak good things?
for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh
(Matt 12:34)
The New Testament reveals that believers are in the process of
perfecting their faith, “that we might see your face, and might
perfect that which is lacking in your faith (1 Thess 3:10). By
those words Paul expressed that it certainly is possible for Christians
to experience a lack in the area of faith! Jude added that we
ourselves are part of the building process of our faith, “But ye ,
beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith ” (Jude 20).
Notice also that Jude characterizes our faith as “ most holy. ” But
how can we build-up our faith? After all doesn’t the Bible say that
Jesus is, “ the author and finisher of our faith ” (Heb 12:2). So how
exactly are we Christians supposed to build ourselves up in faith?
Jude identified a critical need in his very short letter concerning why he
was writing to Christians, “it was needful for me to write unto you, and
exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 3).
Jude realized by the Holy Spirit that Christians would experience lack in
their belief system and that they would need to “ contend for the faith!”
The Apostle John added even more important information about faith.
He explained that our faith is the absolute source of our victory, “this is
the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith ” (1 John 5:4).
Jesus Himself explained the importance of a proper foundation, “he that
heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house
upon the earth ” (Luke 6:49). All of the New Testament authors emphasized
the importance of Jesus as our primary foundation, “For other foundation can
no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Cor 3:11). Therefore, as
we build our faith upon the foundation of the Messiah we need to realize that
our personal faith is the entity that attaches us to the foundation of the Lord;
(see bolt sticking out of cement as pictured in upper right corner of page) further,
we ourselves are accountable for the development
of our own faith.
In point of fact, the Apostle Peter actually identified
faith as the basic element in our system of beliefs,
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your
faith (2 Peter 1:5). Now let’s stop just a second
Jesus – the “ Sure Foundation
“I lay in Zion for a foundation, a
stone, a tried stone, a precious corner
stone, a sure foundation ” (Isa 28:16)
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upon Jesus.
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Foundational Faith
Jesus said, “can ye, being evil, speak good things?
for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh
(Matt 12:34)
here; we need to realize that Peter commanded that we “ add to your faith! The
point is that one can only add to something that already exists! If you don’t first
possess an object you cannot add to it! You wouldn’t say, “I am going to build an
addition to my house” unless of course you already possessed a house in the first
place! By definition, addition requires the preexistence of some basic object.
According to Jesus, before a wise builder builds his house he first must lay the
proper foundation, “Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth
them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house,
and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock” (Luke 6:47-48). Therefore
according to the Lord, the foundation is the most important and basic element of any
type of construction. Now let’s consider what Peter may have meant when he
taught that we should, “ add to your faith!
If faith is truly the foundation of our belief system which is built upon Jesus, then we better
be certain that we are securely attached to the foundation. Notice what David wrote about
foundations, “ If the foundations be
destroyed, what can the righteous do?
(Ps 11:2-3). In so writing, David warned
that the enemy’s desire is to destroy us by
detaching us from our very foundations!
According to the New Testament our faith
is the entity upon which the enemy focuses
his attacks, “ Above all , taking the shield of
faith , wherewith ye shall be able to quench
all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Eph
6:16). Where do you think that the enemy
wants to
attack
Christians? The enemy always focuses his attacks at the
point where we are attached to our foundation, which is
the faith of Jesus!
We need to realize that our faith is not any different
from the faith of the apostles. Peter wrote “to them
(meaning us) that have obtained like (meaning the
same) precious faith with us through the righteousness
of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1).
There is no difference in our faith and the faith that the
apostles had. The Apostle James claims that we are rich
in faith, “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God
chosen the poor of this world rich in faith , and heirs of
the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love
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Foundational Faith
Jesus said, “can ye, being evil, speak good things?
for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh
(Matt 12:34)
him” (James 2:5). Nevertheless, sometimes we do not feel “ rich in faith !” We sometimes
wonder, “Who were those people that were so ‘rich in faith?’ What must they have been
like?”
In this Bible Study we are going to take a look at an Old Testament individual who was
clearly “rich in faith.” She is listed in the faith chapter as one of those who “ through faith
subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were
made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women
received their dead raised to life again ” (Heb 11:33-35). Even though we do not know her
name, her story can certainly teach us many wonderful lessons concerning the great faith
that she exercised! Our woman of faith is actually the last individual mentioned in that
previous list of Biblical heroes and heroines.
There was a certain woman from Shunem which was a small village just off of the road
between Mount Carmel (near the Mediterranean sea) and the city of Jezreel; the prophet
Elisha regularly traveled that specific road since he spent a great deal of time on Mount
Carmel. In the Shunem village there was a God-fearing couple barren and without
children. It is clear from the story that they must have regularly demonstrated hospitality
toward strangers. In the course of time they came to know Elisha the prophet; the woman
regularly invited him to eat in their home. In time she even asked her husband to build an
upper room on top of their
house so that the man of
God could use the extra
room for lodging whenever
he passed through their
village. Elisha received
their offer and regularly
stayed with them.
One day Elisha felt
especially gracious
concerning this couple. He was moved by the Spirit of God and naturally wanted to know
if he could somehow perform a kindness to this woman. She replied, “I dwell among mine
own people” (2 Kings 4:13). In essence she conveyed to the prophet, “all of my needs are
met. I have need of nothing.”
The Spirit of God was unwilling to let this issue escape from the heart of Elisha who asked
his servant, “What then is to be done for her?” (2 Kings 4:14). The servant gave Elisha a
discerning answer. He told Elisha that it was not any material thing that the woman could
possibly desire; instead, she and her husband were without any children. The servant
naturally understood that barrenness was a reproach unto that woman in her society. The
whole concept of having children was to perpetuate their seed and thereby pass down the
inheritance that the family obtained from the hand of God.
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Foundational Faith
Jesus said, “can ye, being evil, speak good things?
for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh
(Matt 12:34)
Not long thereafter, Elisha told the woman, “About this season, according to the time of
life, thou shalt embrace a son” (2 Kings 4:16). Incredulously the woman said, “Nay, my
lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid” (2 Kings 4:16). In other words,
“Don’t play with my emotions on such a sensitive subject!” A son was obviously the exact
thing that this woman had most desired all the days of her life. For the prophet to get her
hopes up on such an important matter and then to be denied would be more than she could
bear. Nonetheless, the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time
she gave birth to a son, exactly as Elisha had prophesied!
The miracle child naturally grew to become a delight to his parents. One sunny morning the
young boy went out into the fields to be with his father who was gathering in the harvest.
The heat somehow adversely affected the child with some form of a heat stroke and the boy
complained to his father of a severe headache. The father was concerned and instructed a
servant to carry the boy home to his mother. The child lay in her lap until noon when he
died! She took the dead boy in her arms up the stairs into the room that her husband had
built for Elisha. She laid the little corpse on the bed of the man of God; she shut the door
and immediately departed.
The woman ran and told her husband that she needed a donkey and a servant to drive her to
find the man of God on Mount Carmel which was about fifteen or twenty miles away. Her
husband asked why she was going to see the man of God since it was not a New Moon or a
Sabbath. The woman in essence replied, “It shall be well. (shalom) ” (2 Kings 4:23). At the
minimum her reply was certainly an inaccurate answer to her husband’s question.
A few hours later as Elisha looked out on the road that led up to Mount Carmel, he could
see the familiar cart of the Shunemite woman and a servant. He knew that something was
obviously wrong because the woman’s presence on the mount was unusual. Therefore,
Elisha sent his servant to met her and ask, “Is it
well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it
well with the child? And she answered, “It is
well. (shalom) ” (2 Kings 4:26). Now remember
this is a minimum of two to three hours after
her son died in her very lap and we find the
woman telling Elisha’s servant, “It is well!”
This is yet another instance where our woman
of faith spoke out something that was not
entirely precise.
As soon as she met Elisha, she fell at his feet
and took hold of him. Elisha’s servant thought
that her emotional behavior was inappropriate
so he stepped in to scold her and to pull her
away from the prophet. But Elisha cried out,
“Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her:
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Foundational Faith
Jesus said, “can ye, being evil, speak good things?
for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh
(Matt 12:34)
and the LORD hath hid it from me , and hath not told me” (2 Kings 4:27). The woman
cried out to Elisha, “Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?” (2
Kings 4:28). Elijah remembered what she had long ago told the prophet when he first
prophesied to her that she would have a son. We might remember that her inner thoughts
were, “Don’t play with my emotions especially concerning such a sensitive subject!”
Surely by this point the Lord must have revealed to Elisha what had happened to the child.
Now observe Elisha’s words to Gehazi, “Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand,
and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him
not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child. 30 And the mother of the child said,
As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and
followed her” (2 Kings 4:29-30). Ultimately, Elisha raised the child back to life. You
should note that Elisha never once mentioned the death of the child. We will soon come
back and discover why.
Did you notice throughout this entire episode that the woman never once told anybody that
her son had died! Let’s notice specifically every one of her statements after the death of
her son:
To her husband she replied, “It shall be well. (shalom) ” (2 Kings 4:23)
To Elisha’s servant Gehazi she said, “It is well. (shalom) ” (2 Kings 4:26)
Even to Elisha she said, “Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not
deceive me?” (2 Kings 4:28).
The woman certainly understood that her son was a miraculous gift from heaven; further,
she had faith that if the Lord had given her such a wonderful gift in the first place the
Giver-of-Life would surely not have taken away that precious gift! Our woman of faith
believed so strongly in God’s gift from the prophet that she would not even allow her
words to agree that her gift was no more! Instead she steadfastly continued to reply,
Shalom!” (In other words, ‘All is well! In my life there is complete peace! There is
nothing missing and nothing broken!’ If you would like to learn more about “Shalom” you
can obtain a copy of the Rivkah Ministries Bible Study entitled, “Empowered to Prosper”
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Http://www.Rivkah.org . ) The prophet certainly understood the power of the spoken word
and for that very reason he would not speak of the boy’s death either! Further, he
instructed his servant not to speak to anyone along the path. He told him, “go thy way: if
thou meet any man, salute him not ; and if any salute thee, answer him not again ” (2 Kings
4:29).
What we discover is that the woman’s faith was speaking! Remember that the faith chapter
says that “ through faith ” these individuals accomplished marvelous things and, “ Women
received their dead raised to life again ” (Heb 11:33-35). The words that the woman of
faith chose to use were actually outward expressions of her inward faith! In another place
Paul teaches, “the righteousness which is of faith speaketh (Rom 10:6). Paul also wrote
I believed, and therefore have I spoken ; we also believe, and therefore speak ” (2 Cor
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Foundational Faith
Jesus said, “can ye, being evil, speak good things?
for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh
(Matt 12:34)
4:13). Paul was referencing in that specific passage what he had earlier revealed to the
Romans, “if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine
heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Rom 10:9). The clear
message that we can dig out of the Scripture is that faith speaks! Jesus’ words on this very
subject are, “ but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall
have whatsoever he saith (Mark 11:23). The woman’s words of faith were simply,
Shalom! ” or “All is well!”
From this story we should learn that just like the Shunemite woman we cannot let our
mouth speak out concerning any negative circumstances that our natural eyes observe;
instead, we must speak out the faith which is placed in our heart from God’s word! This is
exactly the spiritual strategy that the Shunemite woman employed; the resulting fruit from
the woman’s faith was that she received her son back to life. She spoke out her faith, “That
the communication (speaking) of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of
every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” (Philem 6)! In so doing, she became an
example of the passage, “The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the
wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook” (Prov 18:4).
Jesus taught that facts must give way to the truth, “thy word is truth” (John 17:17), and not
the other way around! In other words truth can never be changed by contrary facts! If
God’s word is truth then we must believe what we read and not what our eyes see, “For we
walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7). Christians must learn to trust in the word of God,
“God is not a man, that he should lie” (Num 23:19). It is not so much that God has chosen
never to lie; as the scriptures agree, “God, that cannot lie” (Titus 1:2); instead, God cannot
lie because whatever He says comes to pass, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of
my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it ” (Isa 55:11). God’s word is certain and
as the scripture says, “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven ” (Ps 119:89).
When God speaks, things happen, “And God said, Let there be light : and there was light
(Gen 1:3). Now remember that God promised this woman through His prophet that she
would have a son, “About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a
son ” (2 Kings 4:16).
The Shunemite woman held tightly to that promise from God! This is the secret to the
power behind the woman, “Who through faith ” (Heb 11:33) received her, “dead raised to
life again” (Heb 11:35). By faith she trusted in the promise that originated with God! In
spite of negative facts to the contrary, she would not allow herself to come to the point
where she admitted that she did not have a son! As a result, the prophet saw her faith when
she said, “ As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee . (It is important
for us to realize here that these specific words formed the exact phrase that Elisha had
earlier spoken to Elijah on three different occasions the day that Elijah was taken into
heaven! The woman essentially meant that she would never stop believing in the words of
the prophet that originated from God!) And he arose, and followed her” (2 Kings 4:29-30).
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Foundational Faith
Jesus said, “can ye, being evil, speak good things?
for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh
(Matt 12:34)
This woman’s faith is a living example of the Scripture, “ Death and life are in the power
of the tongue : and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Prov 18:21).
Just like the prophet saw the woman’s faith, so too our faith is also visible to Jesus. Luke
records, “when he saw their faith ” (Luke 5:20). Mark points out the events of this same
event “they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. 5 When Jesus saw their
faith ” (Mark 2:4-5). The point is that visible faith moves Jesus! God is pleased by faith!
Notice the scripture says this very thing, “ without faith it is impossible to please him”
(Heb 11:6). On the contrary, with faith it certainly is possible to please God!
Everything changes after faith is really birthed in us! Notice what Paul says, “ after that
faith is come , we are no longer under a schoolmaster” (Gal 3:25). There was a time before
that faith came, “But before faith came , we were kept under the law, shut up unto the
faith which should afterwards be revealed” (Gal 3:23). From those two passages we
should realize that everything in life is part of two distinct worlds: “ after that faith is
come and “ before faith came ! ” We must essentially transform our mind to stop reacting
to the outward world according to the rules of “ before faith came ; ” instead, we must react
to the situations that come up in our life according to the rules of “ after that faith is come !
In Christ we are a new creation!
In essence, faith is the visible matter-of-fact manifestation of your confidence in God and
in His Word! With confidence in God’s word we will be emboldened to advance by faith,
“For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel . . . in confidence shall be your
strength (Isa 30:15). God wants Christians to be confident in His promises in the Bible,
“For the LORD shall be thy confidence , and shall keep thy foot from being taken !
(Prov 3:26). God wants us to dwell from day to day in the confidence that He is everything
that we will ever need, “And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and
plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence (Ezek 28:26). When we exist in
this kind of living, new meaning comes out of the familiar passage, “Now faith is the
substance (confidence) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1).
Many Scriptures literally jump off the page when we comprehend God’s role in our daily
living, “ Cast not away therefore your confidence , which hath great recompence of reward.
For ye have need of patience , that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the
promise . For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now
the just shall live by faith ” (Heb 10:35-39). In that second world Christians live by faith!
This means that they have confidence in every word of God!
Do you have confidence in the word of God? Honestly, do you have confidence; if you do
then like the Shunemite woman, you will certainly be willing to make a practical
demonstration or expression of your faith, “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7).
Confidence is the missing substance to our faith! Have you ever said something in faith
and those around you looked at you like you are absolutely crazy! We should not be afraid
of others looking at us as if we were nuts. Those who are living without God in their lives
are the ones who truly are to be pitied! Instead, we should be turning the tables and telling
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Foundational Faith
Jesus said, “can ye, being evil, speak good things?
for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh
(Matt 12:34)
someone who is distraught over a bad report, “Don’t you know that He came to give you
life and give it more abundantly? You need to trust in Jesus who died to give you
salvation, delivery, healing, prosperity, and every other promise that can be found in the
pages of the Bible!”
We cannot operate in faith unless we elevate our confidence, “Cast not away therefore your
confidence , which hath great recompence of reward” (Heb 10:35). If you honestly and
confidently believe that God will give you what He has promised in His Word then your
faith will exhibit a practical demonstration of that belief. What is a practical demonstration
or expression of your faith? Notice Abram’s particular expression of faith, “Now the
LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country , and from thy kindred, and from
thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee : 2 And I will make of thee a great
nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I
will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families
of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram departed , as the LORD had spoken unto him” (Gen
12:1-4). Abraham did not begin to reason within himself, “Maybe that really wasn’t the
voice of God. I better wait for a confirmation.” We need to see nothing but what the
LORD has spoken! We simply must do what the LORD said! Has the LORD spoken to
you? If so, that is all that you need!
Like Abraham, we must be willing to step out on faith! Abraham did not know where he
was going. The Scripture says, “unto a land that I will shew thee!” We must realize that,
will shew, ” was clearly a future tense expression in the ears of Abraham! Neither will
God show us where we are going until we first move! Abraham did not see a thing yet he
moved! God first required Abraham to step out on faith. God will not show us everything
from the outset when He begins to speak to us; even when we step out on faith! If we
know everything then we might begin to trust in our own understanding. When God first
begins to work with us in the area of faith he does not show us everything that lies ahead!
If we were to see all that lies ahead, we probably would not even take the first step! “ Trust
in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding . 6 In all thy
ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Prov 3:5-6).
Once we begin to really step out on faith that path is a one-way road; and, we can never
turn back. We must determine to continue, “If ye continue in the faith grounded and
settled , and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel” (Col 1:23). To continue in
faith is to be, “Rooted and built up in him, (as a sure foundation) and stablished in the
faith ” (Col 2:5-7)! This amounts to the “good fight of faith” (1 Tim 6:12)! Do you really
walk by faith? We all need to “ Examine yourselves , whether ye be in the faith” (2 Cor
13:5).
A firm foundation stands; so too, we need to “stand
fast in the faith ” (1 Cor 16:13); “for by faith ye
stand ” (2 Cor 1:24). Standing in faith is not some
kind of a logical exercise; rather, we grow to learn
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Foundational Faith
Jesus said, “can ye, being evil, speak good things?
for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh
(Matt 12:34)
to expect God to perform the miraculous in our lives, “your faith should not stand in the
wisdom of men, but in the power of God ” (1 Cor 2:5).
But how is it possible that we can build-up our faith? How exactly are we Christians
supposed to build ourselves up in faith? Of course, our faith originates with Jesus, “ the
author and finisher of our faith ” (Heb 12:2). Nevertheless, we are coworkers with the
Almighty. The Scripture describes us as, “We then, as workers together with him (2 Cor
6:1). We cannot just idly sit by and expect the Lord to finish the house of our faith;
instead, we are to exercise faith as we work with the Lord to perfect our faith! Paul noted
that we must be personally involved in the process of developing our faith, “We give
thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3 Remembering
without ceasing your work of faith ” (1 Thess 1:2-3).
We have observed faith from a perspective that you may not have previously considered,
“So then faith cometh by hearing , and hearing by the word of God ” (Rom 10:17). Don’t
let the devil steal the word of faith that has been sown into your heart. You are responsible
to prove the word of God whether or not it says what this study has claimed, “ Prove all
things; hold fast that which is good ” (1 Thess 5:21).
Written by M. Larry Perrino 9 2/4/2008
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