Radical Faith

Definitions

RADICAL

 fundamental, extreme, thorough going

FAITH

complete trust in God

COMBINED

 Fundamental extreme complete trust in God


Preaching at the Great American Fast July 2011, Bellefonte,Pa
Preaching at the Great American Fast July 2011, Bellefonte,Pa

Galatians 2:20 I live by the FAITH of the Son of God

Radical faith just what is it? Living by faith in God being sold out to His promises , living your life according to the Word of God. How often we like to say we have faith in God, but, do we? I perhaps will step on toes, hurt feelings or offend a weaker brother or sister in Christ here today, but my friends , have you sold out to Christ? Have you truly given Him everything? I suppose I could end this abruptly and just say radical faith ( once again) is being sold out to Jesus. Period, the end, Amen, let us pray and have invitation time now, come sell out to Christ. BUT, there is learning to be done, there are those who get a semblance of faith every Sunday morning by a pastor or speaker of whom he himself does not truly know the meaning of selling out.

HEBREWS 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

This chapter of Hebrews known as the "Hall of Faith' goes on to say how by faith great men of God stood in their days. They believed as God moved on their hearts and without evidence and convincing listened to God and moved appropriately. They believed God, the great provider had their best interest in mind as He spoke to them.

Reading from the Bible you can see the works of faith and just what it means to be saved, justified in faith through Jesus Christ. Galatians 2: 20 first mentions the word faith in this book. Paul goes on to expound on faith in the third chapter using the word faith around 14 times.

AN HOLY CALLING

We are all called of God, as Christians to serve Him. We all have "an holy calling" given by Christ Jesus in the Great Commission. Yet, we will not go, we will not surrender to the authority given us by God to proclaim salvation through Christ. Why, what is holding you back? What is more important in your life than serving the most high Holy God? Let me take a brief moment here to remind ourselves, anything, anything, any possible thing we put before God is an idol. Be careful you come not into temptation putting even your family before God. Harsh as it may sound, your family may and will become idolatrous before God if you put them in that path. The activities the meetings the desire of flesh and self all become idols when placed in front of our sovereign just God. Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has told us, as Christians, to go out into the uttermost parts of the world teaching and preaching in His Name. Yet, we hold back, we wait, we think others will go. We make excuses, putting off the armor of God and laying hold of our filthy rags.

ACTS OF THE EARLY CHURCH

In the book of Acts we read that the people came of one accord, they sold off possessions so everyone had what they needed. Let us take a moment to put that into todays era. The one with the huge house sold it to meet needs of those with little, or they opened the house up to use as a gathering place and shelter for the homeless sower of the Gospel. The one with three cars gave the extras to those with no cars so they could go and preach the Gospel elsewhere. The ones with farms raised the cattle to feed, or sold the cattle to help themselves or others to go. The ones with extensive wardrobes gave the bountiful supply of clothes to those who had not. The ones with riches and money gave so all were able to meet the costs of flights to reach out to the uttermost telling the Good News that Jesus saves. What a radical idea, what a radical faith!

STEPPING OUT

I don't know how I will make my house payment, or buy groceries or gas. What about my other bills, utilities and such? Have you met JEHOVAH JIRA? God supplies, the God that said He would not leave you or forsake you? He shall supply all you ever need. Let me say that again, HE will supply ALL your needs. He is a faithful God giving in mercy and grace to those faithful to Him. I heard it best from a friend of mine, he said,"there will come a time when you need to throw caution to the wind and rely on God. He will supply your needs, He will sustain your life. You need to go by trust and faith in God." There is no doubt, some of you here today, waiting, sitting back, putting off your calling to serve God full-time. Stop, stop waiting trust God, for some of you it is the time to throw caution to the wind and say," God I am Yours here I am, You have my life, I am stepping out by faith trusting You alone."

CONCLUSION

No, I am not saying it will be easy. I am not saying that you may not struggle. For some the struggle will be harsh. But, when you learn true dependence in Christ, you will rise above the hardships, you will glorify God as never before. AND, God will use your life in ways unimaginable to the human mind. As I said earlier, He will never leave you nor forsake you. Give it to Him today, give God your life, take that step. Trust God by having a radical faith to stand for The Gospel. Trust only in our risen King Christ Jesus, it is through His Holy Glorified Name AMEN!

Comments 25 comments

sherrylou57 profile image

sherrylou57 5 years ago from Riverside

Thank you for this hub of Faith! Awesome!


Michael Adams1959 profile image

Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Thank you Sherrylou


Tamarajo profile image

Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Good question to ask ourselves...are we sold out entirely to Him?

Agreed that anything that comes before Him is idolatry and that includes even our closest relationships.

A good exhortation.


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heavenbound5511 5 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

Hi Michael!

You have done a really great page! I like it, it encourages me to stop holding back on God.

Very uplifting and true.

We must give God more, actually all. The time of unifying the Body of Christ is here.

We our His body being prepared for the great end time harvest of souls - we our his harvest hands.

We our the ones that are to take in people, and feed and clothe them. This need will also increase more and more, lots of Christians need to listen to God's instruction on what to be doing to get and be ready.

What God has called us to do is important. We will be accountable to what we did with the call of God on our lives. We are to be obedient to complete the race and to hear hear well done from God.

Without faith it is impossible to please God!

Thanks God bless you!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Michael,

Ouch! Thanks for stepping on my toes. Even if it hurts, it's what we need to hear. Thanks for being faithful to God.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

tamarajo,

Thanks for your comment and stopping in, and yes being sold out and not putting anything before God this is our calling, this is our duty demonstrating His love


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Heavenbound, glad to see you coming in to this hub, your comment is sure appreciated yes we need to be accountable for there atre souls to save and we need to make sure the people hear


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Lifegate, I re-read this after publishing, I stepped on my own toes also, but Praise God! It shows just where we need to examine our lives and see where we have fallen short and do the work God has given us.


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memoreton 5 years ago from Blaina South Wales UK

Brilliant hub, both encourageing and a bit of a spiritual kick up the backside, much needed. A book by John Ortbereg came to my mind...."If You Want To Walk On Water, You've Got To Get Out Of The Boat"


Michael Adams1959 profile image

Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

memo, thanks for the kind words I'll have to check out the book.


tinamarie9884 5 years ago

Michael, greatly appreciate you putting out this hub. Faith is so very important. Blessings to you.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Tinamarie, thank you for reading glad you appreciate this writing.


Dave Mathews profile image

Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

I don't see faith as being radical. Either one believes or they don't. Remember the "Mustard Seed"


Michael Adams1959 profile image

Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Dave,

I see it as a lot do believe they love Christ as Saviour but when it comes to stepping out on faith to follow God their faith is not strong enough to take that step. Even the great leaders of the Old testament all had to be pushed by God and others to take that step. The disciples had to be pushed by Christ, Jesus said to them just how many times, O, ye of little faith.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

very well put. a message we all need to be reminded and hang on too.

great hub!


Michael Adams1959 profile image

Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

CM, thanks for the comment, yes we do need to hang on!


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Unleashed Victory 5 years ago

Michael, all I can say is thank you! This really speaks volumes to me. "Jehovah Jira" is such a timely word. When you said stop waiting and trust God, that's powerful! Thanks for sharing this post.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Unleashed glad you liked then hub, thanks for the comment.


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PlanksandNails 5 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

I like this. I read this somewhere (paraphrased):

"We know that we have an idol in our lives by how much we fight to get it back when it is taken away from us."

Sometimes God needs to strip away everything from us, so that the man made foundations we have made for ourselves are shattered and replaced with His, the Solid Rock. Once everything is burned away, we spring up from the ashes. That is when God can use us for His Glory!, when we are totally dependent on Him.

That is the product of radical faith.


Michael Adams1959 profile image

Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Planks, thanks for the comment that is so true, when we are stripped bare then we see the true glory of God.


heavenbound5511 profile image

heavenbound5511 5 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

Hi Michael!

I'm back to this page again! I didn't realize I had read it already, lol! I guess with all the moving and stuff I forgot.

Anyway I really like how you put "for some of you it is the time to throw caution to the wind and say,God I am Yours here I am, You have my life, I am stepping out by faith trusting You alone."

Many of us don't realize that their is more depth and meaning to being in faith and to being surrendered to God. If we would just learn what the words of God mean in depth, think on, study and meditate on them than we would understand what faith is no matter the circumstances. This is the faith we live by!

God bless you and have a good day!


Michael Adams1959 profile image

Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Heavanbound, Thanks so much yes it is time we step out and live by the faith we are taught on the Word of God, what a bountiful abundant life we would have if we did so.


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

Nice work my good brother Michael - don't know how I missed this one. Firm believer on the concept here, as tried and proven every day! AMEN- faith moves miraculously when its radical, unconventional, unorthodox, eccentric, ecclectic, etc. etc.

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a PECULIAR people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light..." (1 Peter 2:9-10 KJV)

Let's all be a bit more "peculiar" for the Lord (radical, unconventional, etc., etc.) and see what can really happen when we let go and allow the Holy Spirit to be able to move freely through us!... Rev.Ted


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Rev Ted,

You know you helped complete this hub, I was going to use the verse you quoted and wrote right on past it~~~ A peculiar people~~


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Blessed Hill 7 months ago

Great encouragement. It's time the sleeping giant in the earth awakens unto righteousness, the righteousness that only comes through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, 1 Corinthians 15:34. Some Christians are being martyred for their faith and the rest of us are complaining that God isn't blessing us with the latest I-phone. I think we need to do a lot more than step on some toes.

Keep preaching!

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