“They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time, this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.” Luke 8:26-27
“Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.” Luke 8:37
“Without faith, it’s impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6
“Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? “Consider how the wildflowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:22-34
Why should I live by faith?
1. God values me.
2. God promises to provide for my needs.
Faith is a heart thing not a head thing
How do I live by faith? TRUST
1. Take my problems to Jesus.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
2. Rest in His promises.
Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32
3. Understand God’s sovereign timetable.
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8
4. Seek God’s priorities ahead of everything else.
Seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:31
5. Treasure generosity over hoarding wealth and possessions.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21