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Growing Up Spiritually (Pt. 3)

Faith Toward God

Hebrews 5:11-14

11  Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

12  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which

be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and

not of strong meat.

13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use

have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.


Hebrews 6:1-3

1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not

laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

2  Of the doctrine of

baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and

of eternal judgment.

3  And this will we do, if God permit.


Note:  You may ask the question how you can move on when it comes to faith toward God.

Shouldn’t we always be growing in faith? However, this word faith is not talking about whether God exists o

r not, but it’s assurance that his word is true. In other words, you’ll be persuaded that God is truthful and he will not lie. I mean, you should settle that once in for all. I know many inwardly already know that where many Christians stumble is they struggle with the fact if God wants to do it for them or if they are going to wait on him and give him the time needed to perform. Now listen, the time needed is not a problem with God; he needs to wait many times for us for many reasons, some being till our faith pleases him, others being we have something in the way that needs to be dealt with first, others being simply growing the fruit of patience in us.


The word toward in Greek is to superimpose or to lay or place upon, regardless of time or

place, and also to distribute.


So, what is Paul saying to us? It should be a forever-settled fact that every time we go to the

word, we think of the word. We should draw from it assurance and confidence that God can be trusted, that he is not a liar, and that we can lay upon him trust and faith that he gives to us from his word.  We must simply make a decision to believe concerning all the things that we face, we can bring our problems to him.


1 Peter 5:7

7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.


It is not just possibly doubt or unbelief that keeps us from coming boldly to him; pride can also play a part. Why

pride? Because flesh wants to trust in itself.


Philippians 4:6

6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let

your requests be made known unto God.


Paul warns you to be careful; that’s simply an old English word meaning don’t worry or fret

about anything, but in everything, trust, and if you’re having difficulty trusting, pray that the

favor you’re asking God for, he will do. Again, where does pride come in? Because if you don’t give God enough time to do it you will do what God does not want done. You see, part of the doing sometimes is God giving you the wisdom to do.


You have to understand most of the time, you ask God for help, which means you either do not have the means or the ability to pull something off and if God must bring it to you or cause you to grow in the midst of something you will be opposed by the enemy, so test or trouble will come in the midst of asking. So, with that said, let’s look at the statement Paul made in a different way; let us all go on to completion. In other words, when it comes to faith toward God, don’t stay in a rut struggling with whether God wants to or not if he said it; if it’s in his word, its yours now move on or stand and fight till you see the manifestation.



Let’s look at an example of this confidence.


Matthew 8:5-10

5  And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

6  And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

7  And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

8  The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my

roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

9  For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he

goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

10  When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I

have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.


Matthew 15:21-28

21  Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.

22  And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying,

Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

23  But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her

away; for she crieth after us.

24  But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

25  Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

26  But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

27  And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters'


28  Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as

thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.


I want you to listen to David’s struggle as he endeavors to walk with the lord, remember, he’s

not a born-again man. He does not have the power to grow his spirit man or restore his soul.

The spirit upon him must help him every day then when he gets through a day, he’s back to

square one the next day. There is growth in understanding about God but no growth spiritually. It’s different for you, but these principles he spouts will help you restore your soul and go on to perfection.


Psalm 119

1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.

2  Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

3  They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

4  Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

5  O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

6  Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.

7  I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous


8  I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

9  Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy


10  With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

11  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

12  Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.

13  With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.

14  I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.

15  I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

16  I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

17  Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.

18  Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

19  I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

20  My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.

21  Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.

22  Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.

23  Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

24  Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.

25  My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.

26  I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.

27  Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.

28  My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

29  Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.

30  I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.

31  I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame.

32  I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

33  Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.

34  Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

35  Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.

36  Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

37  Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.

38  Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.

39  Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.

40  Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.

41  Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

42  So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.

43  And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.

44  So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.

45  And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.

46  I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.

47  And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.

48  My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate

in thy statutes.

49  Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

50  This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

51  The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.

52  I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.

53  Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.

54  Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

55  I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.

56  This I had, because I kept thy precepts.

57  Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.

58  I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.

59  I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

60  I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

61  The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.

62  At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

63  I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

64  The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

65  Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word.

66  Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

67  Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

68  Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.

69  The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.

70  Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.

71  It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

72  The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

73  Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy


74  They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.

75  I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

76  Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy


77  Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.

78  Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will

meditate in thy precepts.

79  Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.

80  Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.

81  My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.

82  Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?

83  For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.

84  How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that

persecute me?

85  The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.

86  All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.

87  They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.

88  Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.

89  For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.

90  Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

91  They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.

92  Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

93  I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.

94  I am thine, save me: for I have sought thy precepts.

95  The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.

96  I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

97  O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

98  Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are

ever with me.

99  I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

100  I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

101  I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.

102  I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.

103  How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104  Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

105  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

106  I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.

107  I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.

108  Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy


109  My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.

110  The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.

111  Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

112  I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.

113  I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.

114  Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

115  Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.

116  Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my


117  Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

118  Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.

119  Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.

120  My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.

121  I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.

122  Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.

123  Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.

124  Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.

125  I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.

126  It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law.

127  Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.

128  Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false


129  Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.

130  The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

131  I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.

132  Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy


133  Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

134  Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.

135  Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.

136  Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

137  Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments.

138  Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.

139  My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.

140  Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

141  I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.

142  Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

143  Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.

144  The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

145  I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes.

146  I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.

147  I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.

148  Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

149  Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O Lord, quicken me according to thy


150  They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.

151  Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth.

152  Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.

153  Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.

154  Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.

155  Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.

156  Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy judgments.

157  Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.

158  I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.

159  Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness.

160  Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth

for ever.

161  Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.

162  I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

163  I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.

164  Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

165  Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

166  Lord, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.

167  My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.

168  I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.

169  Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord: give me understanding according to thy word.

170  Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.

171  My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.

172  My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.

173  Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.

174  I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight.

175  Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.

176  I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy





We are going to have to have more confidence in God than we do in other things, more in the

word than in people. If the word is moving in them, and they’re moving in the word, then we are safe.

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