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Stacey:
God created us with the ability to experience a wide range of feelings. Sometimes those feelings are positive. Sometimes they're negative. In either case we can't allow them to validate our walk with God.

Kevin:
While feelings have a place in our lives, God never intended for them to be emphasized above our faith in what He says. Walking in the Spirit means we are choosing to walk by faith.

Student:
Walking by faith is just trusting, and believing who God is, and believing that what He says is true.

Student:
Faith plays a big part in walking in the Spirit because you can't see the Spirit. He will work through us in the way that He sees fit, if we're following Him.

Student:
It's your responsibility to do it, but it's God who is giving you the ability to do so.

Student:
There's no amount of work that I can do to earn God's favor, it's been given to me, so faith, in a sense, is the main ingredient to walking in the Spirit.

Narrator:
To walk in the Spirit, you must live according to God's Word, trusting in the integrity of God Himself. Faith must have an object, and the object of your faith is God, who is made known through His Word. God has proven Himself to be worthy of your trust. There are thousands of promises for you in God's Word, and no Christian has ever found any one of them to be untrue. When God says something, you can stake your life on it. You can know that He will not fail you.

It is impossible to walk vigorously and dynamically in the Spirit without spending unhurried time in fellowship with our Lord - through reading His Word, in prayer, and in personal Bible study. You must listen attentively to Him for His directions for your daily activities and your witness for Christ.

We experience God's power as a way of life and become more godly as a result of faith-and faith alone.

In Romans 8:28, Paul writes, "We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them." (Romans 8:28, NLT2)

When the whole world is crumbling around you, you can say "Thank You" because God is in control and all-powerful. He holds the world in His hands, and you can trust Him. He loves you, and He promises to fight for you.

Student:


Student:
It involves surrendering yourself, your agenda, what you want to do over to the Lord.

Narrator:
You cannot be in control of yourself and be controlled by the Holy Spirit at the same time. Christ cannot be in control if you are on the throne. So you must abdicate. This involves faith. As an expression of your will, in prayer, you surrender the throne of your life to Christ, and by faith you draw upon His supernatural resources to live a holy and fruitful life.

There is no place in Scripture where you are told to pray for the filling of the Holy Spirit because you are filled by faith. However, since the object of your faith is God and His Word, I suggest that you pray to be filled with the Spirit as an expression of your faith in God's command and in God's promise.

Have you met God's conditions? Do you hunger and thirst after righteousness? Have you confessed all known sin? Do you sincerely desire to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life? Do you sincerely desire to be controlled and empowered by the Holy Spirit? If so, I invite you to bow your head and pray with me right now this prayer of faith. Silently inviting the Holy Spirit to fill you with His power. As I pray, you pray with me.

Make this your prayer:
"Dear Father, I need You. I acknowledge that I have been directing my own life and that, as a result, I have sinned against You. I thank You that You have forgiven my sins through Christ's death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I now thank You for directing my life and filling me with the Holy Spirit." Amen

Now, if you sincerely prayed that prayer, you are filled with the Holy Spirit. From now on through the enabling of the Holy Spirit you will begin to experience a greater love for God. You will want to spend time with Him in studying His Word and in prayer. You will want to share your love for Christ with others who do not know Him.

And tell someone how they can also enjoy the abundant life promised by our Lord through the filling of the Holy Spirit.

Kevin:
The Bible has a lot to say about our faith. In order to live the kind of life that God wants for each one of us, our faith has to be based sound, biblical doctrines and principles. Now as a magician, people ask me all the time if I can make something levitate. That's not really a big deal for me. Like these blocks, for instance.

Stacey:
Okay

Kevin:
Pretty cool, huh?

Stacey:
That is very impressive.

Kevin:
Watch.

Stacey:
Wow, very good! You know, it kind of occurs to me through watching you do that, that a lot of people today are kind of trying to float their faith. You know, they don't have any foundation for what they believe in, and that may work okay for you as a magician, but in the reality of our lives, it doesn't work too well.

Kevin:
She's right, faith can't stand on its own, there's really no such thing as having faith in faith. Now a lot of times people say to me, I don't have enough faith to believe. Well, that's not really the problem, I don't think. The problem is quite the opposite. You don't really have enough belief to support your faith.

Stacey:
Before we can have a strong belief, we have to have something to believe in, and that's why the Bible is so important. It contains all of the facts that become the foundation for what we believe. That's why true Christianity, being a real Christ-follower, isn't based on an emotional or religious experience. Instead, it's based on facts. The historical evidence of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Kevin:
Can you hang onto this for me?

Stacey:
Yes, I can.

Kevin:
Thank you. Now the truth is, if we don't base our beliefs on the facts, then our beliefs are shaky. And when our beliefs are attacked, our faith falls. So once we know the facts, the foundation for what we believe, our beliefs can be strong.

Stacey:
But just knowing the facts, and believing that they're true isn't enough. The Bible says that even the demons believe in the facts. In order to have a relationship with God, we have to do more than just believe. We have to act in faith, based on what we believe.

Kevin:
The Bible tells us that "Without faith, it's impossible to please God." So, we have to know the facts, and then our belief has to be based on those facts, and when we activate our faith based on our beliefs, we have a right relationship with God.

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