Faith is more than a state of mind, it actually contains power, strong enough to move mountains. Like atomic energy, just a little atom of it can blast you from here to heaven in the blink of an eye. See how you can put it to work in your life. (Recorded October 4, 1998)
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“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
1. You can take a car to California, or a plane to Hawaii, or a shuttle to the moon. But how do you get to heaven?
2. The Simple Truth
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
3. That kind of power works on earth too!
– Two men were healed by faith – Matthew 9:27-30
– A man’s servant was healed by faith – Matthew 8:5-13
– A man’s sins were forgiven by faith – Luke 5:17-26
– A dead girl was raised to life by faith – Luke 8:41-42,49-56
– A woman’s bleeding was healed by faith – Luke 8:42-48
– A tree was destroyed by faith – Matthew 21:18-22
– Peter walked on water by faith (and sank by lack of it) – Matthew 14:25-33
– Miracles didn’t happen where there was no faith – Matthew 13:54-58
– A woman was saved because of her faith – Luke 7:36-50
Thank you for making a way for us to come to heaven.
Thank you that we can repent, believe and receive your free gift.
Please increase our faith that we could use that same power here on earth. In Jesus’ name,
Hi! This is Eric Elder broadcasting live from the Ranch! I’m really glad you are here tonight, or whenever you are watching this. I just pray that tonight would be a blessed evening for you.
I want to talk tonight about your resources that you have available to you. I just want to know tonight: Are you feeling drained and worn out? Are you feeling like all of your resources are exhausted?
We hear that the gas is being depleted, the oil is being depleted, and all of our world’s energy sources are being depleted. We even hear that in the year 2000 all the computer chips in the utility companies are going to fail and that we are going to have a power grid that will go out. We’ll be without power for a period of time. We have all these concerns about what is going to happen when the energy runs out.
Well, I want to tell you that there’s hope tonight because Jesus says that there is an energy source that’s available all the time. It never runs out. It’s always available and it’s totally free. It’s the POWER OF FAITH.
Faith isn’t some intellectual game that you play or a psychological term that will make you feel better. Faith actually has power. It’s like a little atom that you can’t see. It has so much power in it that those little things when they combust, they have the power to blast entire cities off the face of the planet. That’s what a little atom can do. So imagine what a little piece of faith can do. Jesus said that that stuff is so powerful, that it’s got the power to move mountains.
So tonight we’re going to talk about the power of faith. And talk about an energy source that won’t give up. So if you’ll open with me to John chapter 14 and if you’ll just take a few minutes just to clear your mind. I’m going to play a song here and you can pull up the message notes on your screen, so that you can follow along with me. Go ahead and pull those notes up and also just look at chapter 14 of John. Just read on that, reflect on that, and ask the Lord to clear your mind so you can hear what He has to say to you tonight.
If you wanted to go across town, how would you get there? What kind of transportation would you use to get from here to there? Chances are you would probably use a car. I brought one here to show you. Here is one I would use to get across town if I had a choice. I’d take this little convertible that my wife gave me several years ago and here you can watch it run. This is what you could use to drive around town. And he drives just about like I do. Here’s a little girl, she’s taking a picture. And then she goes on her way. It’s a great little car. You can go just about anywhere in a car, right? You could go from here to … California in a car. Or could you? Maybe there are some places you could not get to in a car.
I guess then, how would you get to Hawaii? How would you get to China? I guess then you would need something different, you would need a plane maybe. Here’s a plane. Ah, now we’re talking. Now we have a plane. With this you could go just about anywhere right? You could fly anywhere in the world that you could touch down. They have planes now that can touch down anywhere: the arctic, any remote island. You could fly just about anywhere. You could get anywhere in a plane couldn’t you?
Or maybe you couldn’t. How would you reach the moon? Could you make it to the moon in a plane? Not really, you would need something more like a Space Shuttle. You would need something that takes off and could jettison across to the moon. Now we’re talking. Now you could get places. Now you’ve got power. Now you can get very far. Now you can go probably to Pluto with a Space Shuttle or some type of rocket device. So you can get anywhere with a rocket right? Or can you?
Well, how about heaven? How would you get from here on earth to heaven? Your feet aren’t going to take you. You’ll be dead when that time comes, their not going to take you very far. A car’s not going to get you there. A plane? That won’t get all the way to heaven. Even a rocket ship can not get up to heaven where God is. How would you get to heaven?
Well, here is what you would use to get there. Smaller than a plane or a rocket ship. It is a little seed. This is a mustard seed and you probably can not even see it there on the camera. But this is a mustard seed. This little tiny thing, Jesus said, had the power to get you from here to heaven. He said this mustard seed represents faith. Just like an atom, this has the power to blast you from here to heaven. Not a mustard seed of course, but this mustard grows into one of the largest garden plants where even birds can nest in the tree of a mustard seed. The mustard seed is the same as your faith. Jesus said if you had faith as small as a mustard seed, you can move mountains.
Now to get from here to heaven there is one way to do it. He said, “I am the way.” And the message tonight focuses on that. “I AM THE WAY”. Jesus is the way to get you into heaven. And it’s very simple to do. It’s a very simple process and sometimes we make it harder then it is. The simple truth is Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” He says the only way your going to get to God is through Him.
He died on the cross for you. He died so that your sins might be forgiven. And if you don’t know that you’ve sinned simply ask God like I did. I said God, “I don’t know that I’ve sinned. I certainly have not done anything worthy of the death penalty. Yet Your Bible says that I have sinned and that the penalty of sin is death.” So I asked God that question and in two weeks he answered my question. He said, “Eric, what about this in your life.” And my eyes were opened and I was able to see the truth. I said, “Wow, God! You were right! And if you took my life tonight, that would be fair – for what I had done.” God said, “Eric I would take your life, but I’ve made a way out. If you will believe in Jesus, if you will put your faith in Jesus Christ, and believe that He died for YOUR sins. He died on the cross in place of YOU. Then your sins will be forgiven, wiped out, totally erased from My mind. I will put them as far as the east is from the west.”
And that night, eleven years ago, God changed my life. Through faith I received a power that I didn’t know existed before. It’s resurrection power. I know that when I die now I will go straight to heaven. That God is sovereign that those who believe in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. He says that in John 3:16, “If you believe in Jesus Christ you will not perish but have everlasting life.”
You will live with Him forever. It is the best thing you can do in your life. It is the best thing I did in my whole life! It changed my whole life! And I just want to convey that to you, because there is a power in that faith that can not only blast you straight from here to heaven but it can work wonders right here on earth, too.
So the point about Jesus being the way to heaven is really the central part of tonight. And what it takes is that you need to repent of your sins, believe in Him and receive Him as your Lord and Savior. Repent, believe and receive. It is that easy. We are going to pray at the end of the night that if you have never done that before in your life that you would be able to receive Jesus Christ tonight through faith so that you can have assurance that you are going to go to heaven. It is better than any rocket ship that man could ever design.
Now for you believers that have already heard this and you know what the gospel can do in your life. I want to tell you, that power is also available to you here on earth. You can have that power to move mountains right here. You can have the power to heal the sick, raise the dead and walk on water. And I’ll take you to some scriptures that will show you that power is still available today.
That power of faith is what gets you from here to there. And it’s always a good reminder to know what Christ has done for us. When we remember that everyday it really sinks into our heart. There’s nothing we can do here that will mess up what God has already done. We have messed up bad enough, but God had said that He’s going to redeem that and He’s redeemed it already on the cross and just to be reminded of that is enough.
Look at this, here’s some things that the Bible says can happen through faith. In Matthew 9 it says that two blind were healed by faith. They were not healed just because Jesus touched them. They were healed because of their faith that Jesus could heal them. Here it says that Jesus asked the blind men “Do you believe that I am able to do this, to heal you?” “Yes, Lord”, they replied. He touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith it will be done to you.” According to your faith in Me it will be done to you.
A soldier’s servant; he was healed by faith, it says in Matthew 8. Jesus came and was talking to the soldier. The soldier said, “Please heal my servant.” Jesus said, “I will go and heal him”. And the centurion said, “No, I don’t deserve to have you under my roof, just say the word and my servant will be healed.” Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. Go and it will be done just as you believed it would.” He commended the man for his faith and said it will be done just as you have believed it would. By his belief the man’s servant was healed. So on their way home they found out that the servant was healed that very hour that the soldier believed in Jesus. That he believed he would be healed.
Here a man’s sins were forgiven him by faith. If you don’t know that your sins can be forgiven then maybe you think the thing that you’ve done is too much for you. The bible is full of adultery, murderers, homosexuals, all kinds of people who have sinned and said, “God could not forgive me of this. God could never forgive me for what I have done.” But here’s someone who came and Jesus said when He sees their faith He said “Friend your sins are forgiven.”
A dead girl was raised to life by faith. A man came and said, “My daughter has died.” Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid, just believe and she will be healed.” Just believe and she will be healed. This is a daughter that is dead. And Jesus said, “Just believe, and she will be healed.” They went, Jesus took her by the hand and said, “My child get up.” Her spirit returned and at once she stood up.
Here a woman’s bleeding was healed by faith. She touched Jesus’ garment, the hem of His robe. He said, “Someone has touched me, I know that power has gone out of Me.” And the woman said, “I touched you because I believed that you would heal me.” And Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” Jesus didn’t even say to her, “I healed you, I touched you and healed you.” Jesus did not touch her. SHE just touched the garment, the hem of His robe. And by her faith Jesus said she was healed. “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
A tree was destroyed by faith. Jesus talked to a tree that was not bearing fruit and said, “May you never bear fruit again.” And immediately the tree withered. The disciples were amazed and said, “How did the tree wither so quickly?” Jesus replied “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain ‘go throw yourself into the sea’, and it will be done. If you believe you will receive whatever you ask for, in prayer.”
Peter of course walked on water by faith, but he sank when he lacked it. He said, “Jesus, if that is you, tell me to come to you.” Jesus said, “Come.” So Peter said, “Here I come.” He came and he walked on the water and he came toward Jesus. Jesus wasn’t the only one who walked on water. Peter also, it says, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind he was afraid. And beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt?” They climbed into the boat and the wind died down. Here Jesus even said, “You of little faith”. It’s because of your faith, you saw the wind and your faith faltered and you sank.
I want to tell you tonight – YOU have a choice to make. It is a fight to keep your faith. Paul says to Timothy “Fight the good fight of faith.” It is of faith. Faith is a choice. Jesus would tell us if it wasn’t a choice, but Jesus said, “You of little faith, had you had had the faith I would have been able to do miracles in your town. Had you had faith you would have been able to stand on the water. Had you have had faith you would have believed the woman who came to you and told you that I was still alive.” Yet he rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith. They didn’t really believe that it was He who came back from the dead.
Jesus says there is a CHOICE. You can choose life, or you can choose death. You can choose faith or you can choose fear. You can choose faith or you can choose doubt. God says choose faith. And I say to you tonight CHOOSE FAITH. It is a battle! It is a fight! And I want to encourage you if you fight the good fight of faith, look at all these people. The sick were healed. The dead was raised. Trees were withered. People walked on water. Just because of faith.
Jesus said, “According to your faith it will be done to you.”
This little mustard seed is just a tiny little seed of faith. But Jesus said even if you have something as small as this little seed of faith you can move mountains. God does want us to have faith. And He says that faith will move mountains. That’s what the Bible says, that is what it promises, and I am going to stand on that promise that He will do what He says He is going to do.
Let me tell you too that Jesus is the way. He’s the only way that we can get to heaven. And He’s also the way to follow here on earth. There was a time a year ago when I was sitting before the Lord and I said, “God I’m not sure what’s next, I’m not sure what you want me to do. But I’m just going to trust You and I’d like to write a song on the piano.” And I came over here to the piano and I said, “Okay God, what would I write a song about?”
I looked down at the piano and I saw here on the piano it said “Steinway and Sons” and for some reason the light was focusing just on the word “way”, out of Steinway. And I just started to write and I said, “God you are the way. You are the truth. You are the life. And I will follow You. I will follow You wherever you tell me to go. You are the way. You are the truth. You are the life. And I will follow you. Wherever you tell me to go.” I just kept singing that song over and over.
That afternoon I found out from my employer at the time, that there was no longer any money to keep me on staff. And he said, “I’m sorry but we’re going to have to let you go.” And here I had just said it that morning “Lord you are the way. I will follow You. I said, “God I guess You were the one that gave me the song. You’re the one that shined the light on the piano at that moment. God you spoke to me through that. And you showed me that this wasn’t a dead end. This was the way. This was the path. Your were calling me to something new.”
Within a week God had told me that I want you to speak on the Internet. I want you to preach, I want you to play and I want you pray for people that they can have the same power of faith. Do you know what? I received a note from the IRS that I was receiving a check back from them, and within a month I got a check back that was the exact same amount of the salary that I had received a month before from the other organization. And every month after that God has taken care of us, He has provided for us. He has provided for us sometimes double what we were making at that time. And only by faith and only by following God could we have been able to walk in that and to trust that He would provide.
God said He is the way. He is the truth. He is the life. He is the way to heaven. He is also the way here on earth. He is the one that we want to follow. I just want to sing that song for you. And then we will come back and pray that God will give you faith in Jesus name.
Let’s take a few minutes and pray before the Lord that He would give you the faith to do what He has called you to do. That He would give you faith if you do not believe in Him – to believe in Him. A man came and said, “Increase my faith Lord.” I’m going to pray that God would increase your faith tonight as well. Faith has power. Powerful enough to move mountains.
Lord, I just thank you for these people. I thank you that you have brought people to hear a message of faith. And God, right now in the name of Jesus, I pray that you would increase their faith. God for anyone who doesn’t know You I pray for them first right now. If they don’t believe God, that You exist, that Your Son died for their sins. God right now I pray that You would spark that into their minds, spark it in their hearts, that they would believe and receive your forgiveness.
Just pray with me,
Lord, I am sorry for my sins. Lord, I confess that I have sinned against You. I confess that I have sinned against others. And I am truly sorry. Lord, please forgive me. You say that when I believe in You that You will take me into heaven. You will forgive my sins. And You will wipe away all those failures. Lord, I believe in You and I trust in You. I repent of my ways and I come back to You and thank You Lord, In Jesus name. Amen.
Now Lord, I want to pray for those who already believe in You. Those that just need faith to get through what they are going through. For God You are the way. You are the way to get us from here to there. Whether it’s across town, across the country, across the world, or to the moon and back. Lord, I just pray that right now you would increase their faith, that they would have the faith and not doubt. Lord, that they would not receive any rebuke from You or any condemnation from You for their lack of faith. Lord, but that they would have the full assurance and that You would come to them and say “According to your faith it will be done.”
Let me ask you, do you believe that God can do this? Do you believe that God can do the thing you are asking Him to do? In fact, do you believe that there is no way that you can do it? If you are at that point, that is a good point to be at because your resources are totally exhausted. Faith can definitely kick in. Sometimes we do not believe that God can do something until we have to believe that He can do something. And when we are in that position that we are forced to trust in Him, then faith will take over and we’ll be able to see a demonstration of God’s power in our lives. I want to encourage you right now if you have exhausted all your resources and you are at the point where you say, “God, I can not go one step further unless you supply the way. And I trust in you, I believe in you and I believe that You can do it. You can take me to the next step. That you have got more power then any gas or oil or nuclear power, Lord. You have got the power of faith and You promise that when we believe, we will receive.”
If you need that now, pray with me,
Lord, I ask right now that you would increase my faith. Increase my faith. Increase my faith. Lord I believe that You can do it. I believe that You can make the next step, and I trust You God. I trust you with my whole life. Lord, where else would we go. You have the words of life. You are the life. You are the truth. You are the way. I believe you, Lord. In Jesus name. Amen. Amen and Amen.
I’m going to worship one more song and you can just worship along with me if you want. Just relax before the Lord, and just say Lord, I’m yours. I’ll follow you, in Jesus name. Amen.
Thanks for coming! Come back to The Ranch again sometime! Feel free to E-Mail me. I look forward to hearing from you!