The foundation of faith; 1 Kings 17:2, A great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God is our primary support for our faith. It is not what is happening now but what happened two thousand years ago at Calvary and later at the tomb. This is our foundation of Faith. Jesus demonstrates His faithfulness when He died on the cross and when He rose from the dead. It settle His reliability and His right to call Himself Lord Jesus is reliable and He is Lord and He is the foundation of faith and we know the essence of faith is confidence in the promise. We know that faith keeps the promise. We know faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we don’t see. Now lets take this tool which brings me to my point, this point A: Act of Faith.
To have an act of faith we must have an act of obedience. Turn your Bibles to 1st Kings chapter 17, where we will see the prophet Elijah who had faith in God’s power. He bravely confronted man who led people into evil and told them of a power far greater than pagan god, the Lord God of Israel and Elijah. Faith in God allows God to respond not only in word but with action. The act of faith produces miracles that is when you and I do believe and stand on what God said, to do or what God promised to do. Look at verse 2 of 1 Kings 17, verse 2 reads; “ And the word of the Lord came unto Him saying, verse 3 get thee hence and turn thee eastward and hide thyself by the brook cherith, that is before Jordan, verse 4, and it shall be that thou shalt drink of the brook and have commanded the ravene to feed the there, verse 5, so he went and did according unto the word of the Lord for He went and dwelt by the brook cherith that is before Jordan, verse 6, and the ravens brought Him bread and flesh in the evening and He drank of the brook, verse 8, and the word of the Lord came unto him saying, verse 9, arise get thee to Zarephath which belongeth to Zidon and dwell there. Behold I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee, verse 10, so He arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city behold the widow woman was there gathering of sticks and he called to her and said fetch ,e I pray thee a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. Verse 11 and as she was going to fetch it he called to her and said bring me I pray thee a morsel of bread in thine hand. Verse 12, she says doesn’t have a cake but a handful of meal in a barrel and a little oil in cruse, she said just had enough for her son to eat, verse 13, and Elijah said unto her fear not go and do as thou hast said. But make me thereof a little cake first and bring it unto me and after make for tee and for thy son, verse 14, Elijah remembered the promise when God told him to go to Zarephath that a widow woman was there to sustain you so in, verse 15, Elijah say for thus saith the Lord God of Israel the barrel of meal shall not waste neither shall the cruse of oil fail, verse 16, and she went and did according to the saying of Elijah and she and He and her house did eat many days, verse 17, Let us know that the meal and oil did not run out or fail according to the word of the Lord spake by Elijah.
When we do what Elijah did that is obey God trust God to move when God tell us how we are shown an act of faith see when the word of the Lord says go by the brook of Cherith and that he could drink and there would be a raven to feed him he went according to the word of the Lord. Elijah act of faith, he moved and faith keeps the promise. So God keeps His promise and the raven brought Him bread and flesh and our act of faith can allow someone else to be blessed when Elijah was told to go to Zarephath. He went and that a widow woman would be there to sustain Him. And it was a widow woman there who had only a little meal and oil ready to eat her last meal and die but God promised that she would be able to sustain Elijah. Elijah went and said what the Lord said was His act of faith and the widow had enough to feed Elijah herself and her son the bible say they didn’t run out. Elijah’s act of faith bless the widow woman to have faith through the sustain of food and the deliverance of her son. As he cried out to God for her son’s life the Lord heard the voice of Elijah because of his obedience and faith. The act of faith of one can bless and encourage another. Verse 24, “And the woman said to Elijah now by the this I know that thou art a man of God that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth” See this was a genuine faith. Elijah had and when it is tested it brings glory to God and work for our good because it allows us to receive the promise of God. And you and I should pray that the spirit of obedience takes its place so we can respond to our life situation with an act of faith. Because God obeys His promise and we must obey the promise keeper to receive the promise by faith because faith keeps the promise and
Move like Elijah and have someone like Elisha.
Elisha had saw Elijah’s act of faith and he wanted that same spiritual power because the act of faith give you and I spiritual power; act of faith allows miracles to be performed