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Everyday Faith Part 1

Join Ashley and Carlie in Everyday Faith Part 1. To many Christians faith is mysterious and even has many different meanings. In this series Ashley and Carlie explain what faith is and how it operates and impacts everyday life. You will be blessed!

Faith is very simple and it is how we receive everything from God. In part 1 of Everyday Faith, learn what faith is and how to walk in it in your everyday life!

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Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Did you know faith is how we receive everything from God. Stay tuned and find out how you can use your faith effectively.

Speaker 2: Everyday Faith Part 1
Why live a normal life when you could be living the abundant life? Welcome to the Abundant Life program with Ashley and Carlie Terradez.

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Hello and welcome to Abundant Life. We’re so glad you’ve joined us today. Praise God. My name is Ashley Terradez, and this is my wife Carlie. And today we’re talking about faith, the effectiveness of faith and how faith works. In fact, we’re calling it Everyday Faith Part 1 because whatever you’ve heard about faith, sometimes we look at faith as something mysterious, you know? It’s something out there, but you know what? Faith is something real simple. Faith is something that we all need to have an understanding of because it’s how we receive from God. It’s how you receive everything from God. It was how you were saved. It’s how you receive everything from God. It’s through faith. Praise God. Grace has already provided it, but faith is what receives it, amen. So this is a great program, a beginning of a series, I guess, of faith and how faith works and how we can receive from God more effectively.

Carlie Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Amen. And this is really important to understand because if we don’t realize that we were created to operate through faith that the promises of God that are available to us today by grace, the promises of God, that grace has provided our access by faith. If we don’t really understand what faith is, we’ll never use it.

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Right.

Carlie Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
And yet, faith is a powerful force. It lives on the inside of us, in the person of Jesus. And faith is part of our DNA. You know we were made, we were created in the image of God himself. We were created to be in faith, to be operating by faith. And so we’re going to go through this series as Ashley said, and really just unpack some of the principles of faith because if we don’t understand what faith is, we’re not going to be able to use it.

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Right.

Carlie Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
And there’s a lot of misconception out there. You know, faith is not this mysterious thing.

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Right.

Carlie Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
It’s not like a flaky thing that’s just out there like-

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Something you have to work out.

Carlie Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
It’s not a wind that just blows in or a feather that falls, right? It is a tangible, powerful force. In fact, I’m just going to look at this scripture right here in Romans 1:17 and it says, “For in it, the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith.” Not from hope to hope, but from faith to faith as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Now, who are the just?

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Men. We are.

Carlie Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Who are the just? We are, right?

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Is it a trick question or-

Carlie Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
It’s not a trick question.

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Okay. We are.

Carlie Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Amen. We’ve been justified.

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
If we get born again, we become justified with God. Just as if I’d never sinned.

Carlie Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
I like that.

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
So when you gave your life to Jesus, you became justified with the Lord. You became perfect.

Carlie Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Just as if you’d never sinned.

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
That’s right. In the spirit realm, we became one spirit with the Lord and in the spirit realm we become perfect. We become justified. So we are the just now.

Carlie Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Amen. And this says the just shall live by faith. That doesn’t mean, you know, visit there occasionally. Holiday there when it’s nice.

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Right.

Carlie Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Right? We’re supposed to, as sons and daughters of the most high God, we are supposed to live our lives by this thing called faith. So if we don’t understand what faith is, how are we supposed to live effectively?

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
We’re meant to live it. It’s meant to be an… That’s why we’re calling this Everyday Faith Part 1 because we’re meant to be living by faith. Faith to faith is not going to be something that we visit now and again, you know, that’s what I used to do with the church service was, worship was just right then I’d get in faith and we think we can get in faith and get out of faith and we use that type of terminology. We’re going to look at some of that during this course because really faith is how we’ve been made and you know, it’s really, it should be natural to us. It should be… the supernatural faith should be natural to us. It should be how we live and really you can get to a point, and I may be jumping ahead a little bit of the course, but we can get to a point and you can get to a point watching at home or listen at home.

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
You can get to the point where walking by faith is more natural than walking by your natural sight. You can actually see things by faith clearer than you can with your natural sight. And you think actually there’s no way you don’t understand. No, there is. If you get so in tuned with God, if you get so in tuned with his word, if you get so in tuned with his promises and who he says you are, then you get to the point where you know living by faith is normal. Living by faith is just the everyday life, everyday faith. Living by faith, not just visiting it, living by faith. Romans 1:17, what you just read, “The just shall live by faith,” in another translation, this is the passion translation or the passion… What they called it, paraphrase.

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
He says, “We are right with God through life giving faith.” And then I like what it says here, it says, “It is through faith that the righteous enter into life.”

Carlie Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Oh, that’s good.

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
By faith, the righteous enter into life and it’s taken from Habakkuk… Is that you say it, Habakkuk?

Carlie Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
That’s how I say it.

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
If I just say it confident. No, no, no, no. Let it just be out. It’s Habakkuk, Habakkuk chapter two verse four is where it comes from. And you know, we’re going to look at this later on. But Abraham, I mean people were justified with God through faith. In fact, if you’re born again today, hopefully you are, if you’re not, call our offices, write us, we can fix that. You could just give your life to Jesus, amen, at any time. But, if you’re born again today, it was through faith that you got born again. It was through faith that you got in right standing with God because you had to believe that God was to trust him.

Ashley Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
So you have to believe that God exists. And that takes faith to do that.

Carlie Terradez: Everyday Faith Part 1
Amen.

Ashley Terradez:
Everything happens through faith.

Carlie Terradez:
Right. It’s part of our relationship. In fact, in the very word faith, you know, it comes from the Greek word pisteuo. It means to be fully convinced, be fully persuaded to commit unto or to trust. It’s that trusting confidence in who God is and what he’s done for us.

Ashley Terradez:
Amen.

Carlie Terradez:
Is our trusting confidence. When we put faith, we use this phrase, don’t we, to put faith in God? To put faith in something and everybody has faith. Now we have a natural kind of faith. When I sat on this sofa today I had faith, I had trust and confidence that it wasn’t going to collapse under me.

Ashley Terradez:
I have had sofas collapse under me.

Carlie Terradez:
I have laughed when that’s happened.

Ashley Terradez:
It was that time when the chair collapsed and my, actually my, my knees come out my ears. I just felt right through it. My knees got stuck and I literally was in pain. I couldn’t get up. I was like a beached turtle. My knees above my ears.

Carlie Terradez:
His little legs were sticking out.

Ashley Terradez:
I felt like my back was snapped in two and what does my loving wife do? And the rest of my loving friends, they didn’t run to my aid. They just all sat around laughing. In fact, they fell over on the floor laughing, it was so funny.

Carlie Terradez:
If we’d have had camera phones, it would have been all over Facebook.

Ashley Terradez:
We would have won those reality TV, you know, the funniest moments.

Carlie Terradez:
Yeah, we probably would have.

Ashley Terradez:
Anyway. You sat on that chair and it supported your weight.

Carlie Terradez:
Right.

Ashley Terradez:
You had faith in that chair.

Carlie Terradez:
And I had to have confidence, you know, and sometimes our confidence is based on our past experience.

Ashley Terradez:
Right.

Carlie Terradez:
Right? But if our past experience hasn’t been good, if I’d sat on this sofa before and its collapsed next time I’m going to come and sit down on it, I’m going to sit down a little more carefully, right? Our trust and confidence is going to be dissuade.

Ashley Terradez:
That’s just a natural faith.

Carlie Terradez:
That’s a natural kind of faith that is different from the type of faith that we’re talking about today. The type of faith that we’re talking about today is the faith that we have in God. The type of faith that we have as a fruit of our spirit. You know, you had faith to get born again. We needed put trust and confidence in God’s saving faith in order to get born again. But once we get born again, you know, the person of Jesus comes to live on the inside of us.

Ashley Terradez:
Amen.

Carlie Terradez:
I want to look at this scripture. This is in Ephesians two verse eight and it says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, for by grace you have been saved through faith is not of yourselves. It is a gift of God. Not of works that one man should boast.” And it goes on in verse 10 to say, “For we are his workmanship, God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we should walk in them.” And I like-

Ashley Terradez:
There’s a lot in there.

Carlie Terradez:
There’s a lot, there’s a lot in this right? But it says in verse eight, “For by grace you have been saved.” Grace is the word charis and it actually means unmerited favor, good will, pleasure or thankfulness. It was God’s pleasure that he designed us, that he put us together. You know God loves you today. I just want to say this to somebody but God is crazy about you and if your ability to trust God has been hindered, maybe by your past negative experience, maybe you’ve had some bad experiences in your life, some people in your life that have hurt you and it has affected how you trust people, I just want to set the record straight. God is never going to hurt you.

Ashley Terradez:
Amen.

Carlie Terradez:
Amen. He is a good, good father and we can come boldly to his throne. We don’t have to hold back from God. He is not like our human relationships. We can put faith, we can put trusting confidence in our heavenly father to always do good to us and I love how it says it’s by grace, by unmerited favor, by God’s good will. It was his pleasure that he created us as his and you have been saved. That word saved there. It’s sozo. That’s not just talking about a ticket to heaven. Man, this excites me so much because, basically what it’s saying is by God’s grace, by God’s unmerited favor, by everything that he’s done and nothing that we’ve done, nothing that we’ve deserved-

Ashley Terradez:
Grace is his provision. You know, Jesus was grace personified. Jesus came in and provided everything for us. Grace has provided it. There’s lots of different explanations of grace. Some people say it’s unmerited favor. But it’s God’s provision and ability and they’re all true, the favors correct in this context. You know, it’s God’s provision. He’s provided it. He’s already done it through Jesus.

Carlie Terradez:
Because he loved to. Because he wanted to. Because it’s his good will and his pleasure. Everything good in us that he’s put in us is because he’s good.

Ashley Terradez:
Amen.

Carlie Terradez:
Because of his goodness, in other words, we have been saved through faith. That word saved, it’s the Greek word sozo and it means more than just that ticket to heaven. It’s not just like we got saved, we put our trust and confidence in God and we’re going to heaven and that’s good enough news on its own.

Ashley Terradez:
Sozo means to be whole and it’s talking about…. the word sozo, if you unpack it, it’s not just, it isn’t just salvation to heaven. In fact, it’s so much more. It means to be whole. It means to prosper. It means to be provided for. It means to be healed and whole in every area and nothing missing, nothing broken. It means peace. Shalom. It means peace of mind and no anxiety, no worry.

Carlie Terradez:
Amen.

Ashley Terradez:
So it means so much more.

Carlie Terradez:
Forgiveness of sin, deliverance

Ashley Terradez:
Forgiveness of sin, deliverance. It means so much more than just a ticket to heaven. In fact, the ticket to heaven is obviously, it’s awesome, but eternal life really is here and now.

Carlie Terradez:
It starts with a relationship, doesn’t it?

Ashley Terradez:
It starts here and now, this relationship with God, it’s powerful. And the word charis, as Carlie said, the Greek word here for grace is charis. There’s a lot of churches now called Charis. There’s obviously Charis Bible College you may have heard of. We go to a church called Charis Christian Center. They’re not related officially, but Charis Christian Center, grace, it’s talking about grace. It’s the Greek word for grace and it’s spelled… charis, a lot of people say, “Do you go to that Charis church?” “We go to that Charis”, but that is the word for grace. So grace at the moment is so… It’s always been important. It seems now grace has really been popularized, if you’d like. There’s so many more grace churches and grace ministries and grace Bible colleges, but it’s always been there, it’s always been through grace. It’s always been grace that’s provided it.

Carlie Terradez:
It’s God’s goodness. It’s because of what God has done to have these things available to us.

Ashley Terradez:
Amen. But it was, if it was all grace, it was all God’s provision then everyone would be saved, right? Everyone would be healed and whole. Everyone would be on the way to heaven. And that’s not true. So it’s grace that has provided it, but it’s through faith we have to believe it. That’s the part that we believe in.

Carlie Terradez:
That’s a crucial part of this scripture. So it’s actually saying, for, by grace, because of God’s goodness, he’s provided for us healing, deliverance, forgiveness, wholeness, healing, health, all of these things, eternal life. But we access those amazing promises of God through faith is what it says in the scripture. Through putting our trust and confidence in that very provision.

Ashley Terradez:
Yep.

Carlie Terradez:
And I love that it says “This is not of yourselves, it is a gift of God.” You know what? We could not earn the grace of God, but our part, our response to what God has done, it’s about trust and confidence in that. And sometimes, people get frustrated and they maybe hear that healing is available, right? And we were in this situation, we’ve been through some healing journeys in our lifetime, or they hear that God has provisions available, that as part of the gospel prosperity is in there, but they’re not seeing healing or they’re not seeing prosperity in their life and they get frustrated.

Ashley Terradez:
Even though it’s been already been provided for them, even though it’s already theirs in the spirit realm, even though it’s already… they have the right to it. One way I used to believe faith, and a lot of people, I think believe this, and this where we can get off, is we think that when we believe it, when we put our faith out there, then God does it for us or then it happens. And that’s not true. I’ve even heard people say this and preachers say this, and if you teach this, I’m sorry, but I don’t believe it, I don’t believe this: Faith moves the arm of God. Faith causes God to get into action and good faith. So it’s almost like, well, God’s holding out on us, he doesn’t want to give us these things, but if we start believing him and put faith in him, then he’s going to move on our behalf.

Ashley Terradez:
And I can see where that’s coming from. I’m not necessarily saying it’s a completely wrong concept, but if you think about it, grace has already provided it. So the provision is already there. So God is always, yes-

Carlie Terradez:
He’s done his part.

Ashley Terradez:
He’s done his part. He’s already provided what we need. Our part by faith is to unlock that. It’s to unwrap that-

Carlie Terradez:
It’s our response.

Ashley Terradez:
… activate that however you want to say it. Activate it, unlock it. But it’s already there. Because I think it’s dangerous, sometimes we think that faith moves God, like God doesn’t want to move until we put faith in him and that’s not true. God has already moved, but he’s given us free will.

Carlie Terradez:
Yeah.

Ashley Terradez:
And our free will is, we have to decide, yes, we do want it or no we don’t. And like you’re saying, some people get frustrated because they know it’s God’s will for them to prosper. They know it’s God’s will for them to be healed and be victorious in these areas. Why aren’t they seeing it in their everyday life? Well, the other problem is some people say, “Well, you just need more faith. If you just have more faith, [inaudible] be okay. And there’s also holes with that. And again, I’m jumping ahead cause I know we’re going to talk about this [crosstalk]

Carlie Terradez:
You know what? You’ve mentioned something that’s really important here.

Ashley Terradez:
So now you’ve got to go with it.

Carlie Terradez:
Well, I want to go with this because-

Ashley Terradez:
If people don’t tune in tomorrow they’re going to be in trouble, right? You’ve got to fix this, you’ve got to fix what I say.

Carlie Terradez:
I’ve got to fix it first. Fix it first.

Ashley Terradez:
I don’t go by the note [crosstalk].

Carlie Terradez:
He goes rogue.

Ashley Terradez:
I just go for it. Just say whatever’s going on and Carlie has to fix it.

Carlie Terradez:
That man God gave me.

Ashley Terradez:
But, it’s such an important concept. Couldn’t you realize that God’s already done it and then you realize all you’ve got to do is put your faith in what God’s already done. Man, it’s easy to receive from God. God hasn’t made it difficult for us to receive. Now we have some wrong thinking. That’s why we need to renew our minds. And sometimes we’ve had bad experiences or past experiences, so we find it difficult to believe in what God’s already done, but the truth is God’s already done it and all we have to do is believe in receiving.

Carlie Terradez:
Yeah. So I’m reading here, this is in Romans 12 verse three and it says that-

Ashley Terradez:
Romans 12:3.

Carlie Terradez:
Romans 12:3 says that God has given us is distributed to every man, the measure of faith. So maybe you’re sitting at home thinking, well that’s all right for Ashley and Carlie. They must be some sort of faith giants. They must just be, you know, they got a bigger measure than I got. I have people say to me, you know, I think my faith’s defective.

Ashley Terradez:
Defective?

Carlie Terradez:
My Faith is broken. It doesn’t work.

Ashley Terradez:
They got like a discount faith. It wasn’t working,

Carlie Terradez:
It was clearance section fate. Let me encourage you, you did not get a clearance section faith, okay? You got the faith of God on the inside of you. If you’ve received Jesus today, you’ve received Jesus in your heart at some point, do you think that Jesus is ever lacking in the faith department? That doesn’t even make sense, right? Jesus always believes perfectly and he’s living on the inside of you as a believer. You have Jesus on the inside of you. That means you have the faith of God on the inside of you. And it says here that you have been given, God has distributed to every man the measure of faith. That means that Ashley hasn’t got a greater measure of faith than I’ve got. We haven’t got a greater measure of faith than you’ve got. And this doesn’t matter if you’ve been born again for 50 years or five minutes. If you’ve received Jesus on the inside of you, you’ve got all of the faith you’re ever going to need to access all of the promises of God that he’s provided for you. You do not have a defective faith. Let me encourage you. Your faith is not broken. Your faith is not second rate. Amen. What oftentimes we’ll find is that we don’t realize what we have, and so we don’t even start to use it.

Ashley Terradez:
So they have a lazy faith. They have a lazy faith or a faith they haven’t used or faith they haven’t exercised, but it’s the same faith. They have the measure of faith. You have the faith of Jesus, the faith of the son of God. So you have faith and Jesus said you don’t even need, I mean, just a tiny bit of faith is enough, anyway.

Carlie Terradez:
[crosstalk] move the mountain, right? It’s potent stuff.

Ashley Terradez:
It’s so powerful. So often we have lazy faith and faith that we haven’t used before and faith we haven’t put to work and that’s the issue. So we can look at it from other lessons. But yeah, you’ve got the faith of God. Amen. If you’re born again today, you have the faith. You need to receive everything that’s God’s provided for you. Praise God. That’s good news. It is good news that God’s already given you the measure of faith, praise God. And all it means is that you having to believe. So faith can be described as a trusting confidence in what God’s already done. It can be described as believing. it could be described as knowing something deep down. When you know something, when you really know something, it drives you to action.

Ashley Terradez:
And I’m, again, maybe getting ahead of myself, but James two talks about faith without corresponding work. So if we really believe something, the way we can tell if we believe it or not, is are we motivated to do something? Is our faith motivating us to do something and it’s not works. You’re not making it happen because God’s already provided it. But what you’re doing is you’re believing something to the point where it motivates you to action. And that’s the truth. If you really believe something is going to motivate you to act on it and acting on it doesn’t make it true. But what happens is because it’s true and you believe it’s true, you start acting on it. We could give lots of examples.

Carlie Terradez:
You know, that is true. If I said to you, Ashley, that there is a million dollars and I’ve buried it in the backyard.

Ashley Terradez:
I’m going.

Carlie Terradez:
Right?

Ashley Terradez:
Right now, cut the camera.

Carlie Terradez:
What would you do?

Ashley Terradez:
Dig it up.

Carlie Terradez:
I mean, seriously, like he would run off the set if he really believed it.

Ashley Terradez:
Well, I actually, I actually did…

Carlie Terradez:
Where is this going?

Ashley Terradez:
The time that I lost that $20, I went digging, I lost $20 once. I went digging for it.

Carlie Terradez:
That was such a sad story.

Ashley Terradez:
I knew it was there and I was digging through the mud and stuff. So anyways, it’s a long story. But anyway…

Carlie Terradez:
We were poor students.

Ashley Terradez:
We were poor students and didn’t have much money and I lost $20 in this certain area of ground and I was digging for it like a man possessed, but, dirt in my fingernails. But I believed it was there, I knew it was there and I found it in the end. So yeah, what Carlie is saying is if we told you there was money in your back garden or back yard, depending on where you watching. For me, I have people watching literally around the world, so some people have yards, some people have gardens, some people have plots, whatever. If there was an amount of money buried on your property or where you lived, if you really believed it you would go and dig it up. You would go and dig that money up. And if you didn’t…

Carlie Terradez:
And you wouldn’t get a spoon. You know you’d get a backhoe or something, right? If you really believed that was in there, you’re going to go at it with some gusto.

Ashley Terradez:
Yeah, because your faith is driving you to action.

Carlie Terradez:
Right.

Ashley Terradez:
Because you believe it’s already done. It’s cause of action. I think that’s where a lot of times we miss it. You know, we don’t realize, you know, it’s already done. Let’s start acting like it’s done. Let’s start putting our trust in the fact that it’s done. There’s not, there’s not faking it. And I’ve heard people say, “Well, you’re just faking it.” No, because if you’re faking it, it’s not real. No, the spirit realm is more real than the physical realm. In fact, the spirit realm is the parent force to the physical realm.

Ashley Terradez:
So therefore, what’s going on in the spirit, who you are in the spirit is more real than who you are in the flesh. So in the spirit, God says you’re healed. You need to relate and see yourself as that healed person, even though in the flesh, in the physical, you might be sick. It’s not denying that you’re sick, but some people say, “Well, I’m not sick”, and they’re coughing and spluttering and everything else.

Ashley Terradez:
One guy said to me, I said, “How are you getting on with…” he was going on a mission trip and I said to him, “How are you getting on raising your money?” I knew he needed to raise money to go on this mission trip. He said, “I’ve got it. It’s paid for. Whole trip is paid for.” And I thought, that’s great.

Carlie Terradez:
And he was so confident.

Ashley Terradez:
And then, yeah, and then I found out a few weeks later he never went on the trip or a few months later. And I said, “What happened?”, he said “I never raised my money.” I said, “Well, I asked you a few months ago and you told me ‘I’d raised all the money’, you had already had all the money in the bank.” He’s yelled “It was just my faith statement. I was just saying that by faith.” And I said, “You Muppet.” If I’d known that he was short on money for this mission trip, can you say “Muppet” on [inaudible]

Carlie Terradez:
Yeah, you just did.

Ashley Terradez:
I just did. It’s too late now. So I said, “You Muppet”, I said, “If you’d told me that you were short, I would’ve been prepared to donate to you and make up that shortfall and you could’ve gone on your mission trip.”

Ashley Terradez:
So he was just denying the fact that he needed to raise some money, you know? So there’s a balance here. Sometimes we get off and just completely deny a fact. No, you don’t deny the facts. The facts are you might have sickness in your body. You know, you could say a truth. A truth is: you have a sickness in your body. A truth is: you may have a shortfall in your finances. A truth is: you might be anxious and worried about something. They’re just a truth, you know, they’re just truths.

Carlie Terradez:
They’re a natural truth.

Ashley Terradez:
They’re natural truths. They’re physical realm, natural truths in your soulless realm. But in the spirit realm, “The” truth is, see the word of God, the word of God is “The” truth. So we always have to go back to “The” truth and say, what is “The” truth?

Ashley Terradez:
What does “The” report say? You may have a bad report, but “The” report trumps it. The name of Jesus is above every name. So whatever the issue is, whether it’s anxiety, whether it’s sickness, whatever it is, the name of Jesus is above that name. So we have to get the point of saying, “Yeah, there are these truths going on, we’re experiencing tribulations, challenges. But ‘The’ truth is God has already healed me. ‘The’ truth is God’s already made a way of escape. ‘The’ truth is I’m victorious in Christ.” And he needs to get back to “The” truth. And that’s what walking by faith is, by the way. That’s what activating your faith is. It’s finding out what the truth is and going by the truth rather than your natural circumstances.

Carlie Terradez:
And that’s super important, what Ashley’s just brought up there, because we’re talking about operating by faith. We started out this programs today talking about Romans 1:17, “The just shall live by faith.” Well, faith is not denying the facts, as Ashley said, but it’s putting the word of God above our natural circumstances. Let’s look at this definition and this is the Bible definition of faith, I like to call it, in Hebrews 11 verse one, it is “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for.” So we’re believing for something, we’re hoping for something. Well, it says here it “is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, for by it men of old obtained a good rapport” and it actually goes on in verse three, it says, “by faith we understand that the universe was framed by the word of God. So the things which were not…” This is a tongue twister…

Ashley Terradez:
“Things which are seen were not made by the things which are visible.”

Carlie Terradez:
… and that, thank you. And that’s super important because faith does not operate in a seen realm. It operates in a spiritual realm. And so when we’re talking about placing the word of God above our natural circumstances, in a nutshell, what we’re saying is, we’re going to place more value on what God says about a situation than a situation that’s right in front of us, than we can see in this natural world, that we can feel with our five senses, that we can touch, that our five senses can detect. We have another sense and it’s called faith and that faith sense, that spiritual sense, is the way that we access the promises of God that grace has provided for us and how we see victory in every area of our life. We mentioned that it was the grace of God that’s provided health and homes and healing for us.

Carlie Terradez:
It’s provided prosperity for us. You might be looking around your house and thinking, well, I don’t look very prosperous, or might be looking in your bank account thinking, well, I don’t see the abundance that God’s talking about. Or maybe you’re feeling in your body some symptoms and thinking, well, I don’t feel very well. I don’t feel like the healed of the Lord, that’s when faith kicks in. If we want to access the things of God that are in the spiritual realm, faith is what takes those things in the spiritual realm and causes them to manifest in our physical world. It reaches from beyond our physical world into the spiritual and draws on those things that are spiritual and brings them into our everyday reality.

Ashley Terradez:
Amen. Some people call it the bridge between the natural world and the physical and the spiritual world, and the apostle Paul put it this way. In second Corinthians 5:7, second Corinthians 5:7 he says, “We walk by faith and not by sight.” So, it’s not walking just by your natural sight, it’s walking by faith. It’s walking by the promises of God. It’s walking by the truth of God. So faith is that bridge to the spiritual realm, if you like. There is no getting to the promise of God without faith. Faith is how we access the things of God, including salvation.

Carlie Terradez:
Amen. And when we do that, you can say, well, how do I know if I’m in faith or out of faith? I mean, I don’t really like that phrase anyway, but I think people understand what I mean. Well, it says it here. There’s evidence. There is evidence when we, how do we know when we operate in faith because there will be a manifestation in this physical realm of something that started off in the spiritual realm. So giving a quick example of this, we’re coming to the end of our program, we’ll pick this up more again in the next session, but you know, we were believing God, for our daughter, was sent home to die at three years old. You can see a whole testament on our website, but you know, we had to look beyond what we could see, what the doctor’s report was telling us was very negative. And when we really, truly believe what God said was true about her being healed, while at the same time looking at Hannah and seeing that she was still dying, nothing in the natural, had changed, there was evidence of our faith in how we responded and I think you said that, you said in James it says that faith without works is dead.

Ashley Terradez:
Yeah, faith without works is dead and a lot of people have misinterpreted that. In fact, a lot of people try to take the book of James out of the Bible. That was because they said, well, you’ve got to work to have faith. Now, what it’s saying is, if you study it out is, faith without corresponding actions, if you believe something, if you believe God’s rapport enough, it will cause you and drive you into action, praise God. And we’re going to look at more of that next time.

Carlie Terradez:
This is a big subject.

Ashley Terradez:
It’s a big subject. We’re going to spend some time doing it. You know, before we go, I want to pray for you, thank you for being with us today we believe in God for you. Let me pray for you. Father God, I thank you for everyone watching today. I thank you for everyone engaged in this program and I thank you that they have the faith. I think that they have the measure of faith and I thank you Lord, that they’re learning how to exercise their faith. They’re learning how to trust you and I thank you. You’re a trustworthy God. You will never let us down. You will never put us to shame. You’ll never cause harm to us. You’ve only got good things for us. You’ve only got good things for everyone watching and listening today and right now, I thank you, Lord. You’re giving them boldness to step out by faith and trust you to start walking by faith rather than the natural circumstances. And as they do that, I thank God they’re going to see your promises manifest in their everyday life. In Jesus name. Amen. Isn’t God good? We’ll see you real soon and pick the rest of this topic up, but until next time, remember, don’t just settle for living a normal life when you could be living the abundant life.

Speaker 2:
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Carlie Terradez:
Did you know that you have the same faith as Jesus? That’s right, you have like precious faith. You have exactly the same faith of Jesus on the inside of you. You don’t have defective faith. You have the Jesus kind of faith. What most people struggle with, understanding what they have in Christ and exactly how to use it in the realm of this faith department. So we hope that you’ll join us for this whole series and become victorious in the faith that you have in Christ, because Christ has provided for you great and precious promises. You can access them by faith today.

Speaker 2:
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Speaker 4:
Oh, Ashley and Carlie, I think they’re amazing. I think they have a great ministry. I think they’re inspired. I think God’s will working in their life .

Speaker 2:
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Ashley Terradez:
So when we were believing for our daughter Hannah’s healing, you know, we loved God and we loved the word of God, but because no one taught us the truth, we didn’t see that manifest until we understood the truth about healing.

Carlie Terradez:
Our whole family has been impacted by this understanding of what Jesus has already done. So now we’re living life out of victory rather than living life out of defeat.

Ashley Terradez:
That’s why we’re so excited here at Terradez Ministries. We want people to be empowered to walk in the promises of God.

Speaker 2:
Visit our website, terradezministries.com to get more resources that will help you live an abundant life.

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