Westshore Christian Church
Faith is Action
Everyday an invisible war rages around you. You have an enemy who is seeking to kill, steal, and destroy. He will do whatever he can to make you futile and unproductive in your walk with Christ. He wants you suffocating in sin, insecurity, fear, and discouragement so that you cannot live freely or fully. He is crafty. He is deceitful, and he wants to take you down and take you out. But, this enemy has also already been disarmed, embarrassed, overuled, mastered, rendered powerless, and has had all of his hard work destroyed because of the victory of Christ over sin and death. Christ's victory is your victory. We are in spiritual batter. Standing in the power of God, we win. Fighting with God's weapons, infused with God's power, we overcome.
Locations & Times
  • Westshore Christian Church
    3062 120th Ave, Holland, MI 49424, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
Because of the Cross
the devil has been…
• Disarmed and embarrassed (Col. 2:13-15).
• Overruled (Eph. 1:19b-22).
• Mastered (Phil. 2:9-11).
• Rendered powerless (Heb. 2:14-15).
• And all his hard work has been destroyed (I John 3:8).

Keys to the Fight
• Know Who God is and His Power
• Know our identity in Christ and God’s Power available to us because of the Cross
• Anchor ourselves in the Word of God
• Recognize the devil’s schemes and fight back
• Pray. Pray. Pray.

Hupostasis --Greek for Assurance in Hebrews 11:1

hupostasis: a support, substance, steadiness, hence assuranceOriginal Word: ὑπόστασις, εως, ἡPart of Speech: Noun, FeminineTransliteration: hupostasisPhonetic Spelling: (hoop-os'-tas-is)Short Definition: assurance, substance, realityDefinition: (lit: an underlying), (a) confidence, assurance, (b) a giving substance (or reality) to, or a guaranteeing, (c) substance, reality.HELPS Word-studies5287hypóstasis(from 5259/hypó, "under" and 2476/hístēmi, "to stand") – properly, (to possess) standing under a guaranteed agreement ("title-deed"); (figuratively) "title" to a promise or property, i.e. a legitimate claim (because it literally is, "under a legal-standing") – entitling someone to what is guaranteed under the particular agreement.For the believer, 5287/hypóstasis ("title of possession") is the Lord's guarantee to fulfill the faith He inbirths (cf. Heb 11:1 with Heb 11:6). Indeed we are only entitled to what God grants faith for (Ro 14:23).


Elegchos --Greek for Conviction in Hebrews 11:1

Strong's Concordanceelegchos: a proof, testOriginal Word: ἔλεγχος, ου, ὁPart of Speech: Noun, MasculineTransliteration: elegchosPhonetic Spelling: (el'-eng-khos)Short Definition: a proof, persuasion, reproofDefinition: a proof, possibly: a persuasion; reproof.HELPS Word-studiesCognate: 1650élegxos (a masculine noun) – inner conviction focuses on God confirming His inbirthing of faith ("the internal persuasion from Him," see 4102/pístis). See 1651 (elegxō).


pistis--Greek for faith

pistis: faith, faithfulnessOriginal Word: πίστις, εως, ἡPart of Speech: Noun, FeminineTransliteration: pistisPhonetic Spelling: (pis'-tis)Short Definition: faith, belief, trustDefinition: faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.HELPS Word-studies4102 Faith (4102[4102 (pistis) in secular antiquity referred to a guarantee (warranty). In Scripture, faith is God's warranty, certifying that the revelation He inbirthed will come to pass (His way). Faith (4102/pistis) is also used collectively – of all the times God has revealed (given the persuasion of) His will, which includes the full revelation of Scripture (Jude 3). Indeed, God the Lord guarantees that all of this revelation will come to pass! Compare Mt 5:18 with 2 Tim 3:16.]
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“Faith is acting like it is so,
even when it is not so,
so that it might be so,
simply because God said so.”

–Dr. Tony Evans

As quoted by Pricilla Shirer in The Armor of God (p 127).
by Priscilla Shirer
Lifeway Press 2015, 2017
Faith is divine persuasion which leads to action
How do we live by faith?
• Choosing to live with an unwavering confidence in God and His promises to you;
• Walking forward in accordance with truth as revealed in His Word and His personal directives for your life that align with it;
• By His power, pushing past the fear or doubts that may seek to paralyze you in insecurity, choosing to follow God where He is leading, trusting that He will take care of the rest.

From in The Armor of God (p 135).
by Priscilla Shirer
Lifeway Press 2015, 2017
So What?
1. What area of your life do you sense God is asking you to take a step of faith right now?
• Clear directive from scripture
• Feel the leading of God’s Spirit

2. If you are hesitant to move forward, ask yourself why

3.Take the next step of faith

If your step of faith is not directly addressed in the Bible...

1. Pray fervently
2. Make certain it aligns with overarching themes and directions in the Bible and that it in no way manipulates or goes against it
3. Seek wise, godly counsel