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Scriptures for Faith, Deliverance, and Healing: Keys to Spiritual and Personal Growth
by John Eckhardt
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LIVING BY FAITH
The Scriptures reveal the importance of faith in the believer’s life. Faith is connected to hearing the Word of God. (See Romans 10:17.) And “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb. 11:6). We can’t even approach God properly without a measure of faith. In 2 Corinthians 5:7 we see that we are called to live by faith and not by sight. Faith is central to the life of a believer, and it affects every area of our lives. In the first part of this book I list every scripture in the Bible concerning faith. This will be an easy reference tool for believers who desire to grow in their faith.
My prayer is that you will be strengthened by these verses. Read them aloud to yourself so you are hearing the Word of God and therefore building yourself up “in your most holy faith” (Jude 20). Unbelief and doubt will hinder you from receiving the promises of God. Fear is another enemy of faith and will hinder you from receiving from the Lord.
In the appendix I added some teaching on fasting to overcome unbelief as well as some prayers and declarations to help you build the strong faith you need to see healing and deliverance flow freely in your life.
The following scriptures are key for this section on faith:
- And without faith it is impossible to please God, for
he who comes to God must believe that He exists
and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently
- —Hebrews 11:6
We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is fitting, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you abounds toward each other.
- —2 Thessalonians 1:3
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
- —Romans 10:17
FAITH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
In the Old Testament faith is expressed in three ways. The first is the Hebrew word aman, meaning agreement or firm regulation; in other words, it is agreeing with God and His Word and saying amen. Amen means “to support” or “uphold.” It is usually translated “believe.” It is used in the context of the kind of faith used when coming to salvation and gives the picture of someone leaning on God (Gen. 15:6). Second, yaqal (Job 13:15) means “to trust in extreme pain; to trust under pressure” and is usually translated “hope.” The third is qavah, the strongest Hebrew word for faith, which is translated as “wait.” Psalm 25:5 says, “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day” (emphasis added). Here, “wait” means to “look for, hope, expect; to wait or look eagerly for.” Faith and expectancy draw out miracles.
In the Old Testament there are many miraculous stories of people exercising their faith in a God some didn’t even know. Their acts of faith were so profound that many of these individuals were mentioned in the “Hall of Faith” found in Hebrews 11. Their stories endured through both testaments, a span that stretched thousands of years. Men and women of God—such as Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Pharaoh’s daughter, Hannah, Deborah, Ruth, Esther, and many more—are there to help us build faith in the God who leads and guides, and listens and responds.
GenesisAbram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.
- —Genesis 15:6
ExodusThen the Lord said to Moses, “Put forth your hand and take it by the tail.” And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand. “This is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”
The Lord said furthermore to him, “Now put your hand into your bosom.” He put his hand into his bosom, and when he took it out, his hand was as leprous as snow.
- —Exodus 4:4–6
If they will not believe you, nor listen to the voice of the first sign, then they may believe the voice of the latter sign.
- —Exodus 4:8
But if they will not believe also these two signs or listen to your voice, then you shall take water from the river and pour it on the dry land, and the water which you take out of the river will become blood on the dry land.
- —Exodus 4:9
And the people believed. And when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel and that He had looked on their affliction, they bowed down and worshipped.
- —Exodus 4:31
The Lord said to Moses, “Indeed, I am going to come to you in a thick cloud, so that the people may hear when I speak with you and always believe in you.” Then Moses told the words of the people to the Lord.
- —Exodus 19:9
NumbersThe Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people disgrace Me? And how long will they not believe Me, in spite of all the signs which I have done among them?”
- —Numbers 14:11
Not so with My servant Moses; he is entrusted with all My house.
- —Numbers 12:7
The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in Me, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you will not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”
- —Numbers 20:12
DeuteronomyLikewise when the Lord sent you from Kadesh Barnea, saying, “Go up and possess the land which I have given you,” then you rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God, and you did not believe Him or listen to His voice.
- —Deuteronomy 9:23
He said: I will hide My face from them; I will see what their end will be, for they are a very perverse generation, children in whom there is no loyalty.
- —Deuteronomy 32:20
1 SamuelAnd I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest; what is in My heart and in My soul he will do it. And I will build him a sure house, and it will walk before My anointed forever.
- —1 Samuel 2:35
2 ChroniclesSo they rose up early in the morning and went out to the Wilderness of Tekoa. And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and those dwelling in Jerusalem. Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be supported. Believe His prophets, and you will succeed.”
- —2 Chronicles 20:20
NehemiahOver Jerusalem, I put in charge both my brother Hanani and Hananiah, the palace commander, because each was a faithful man and feared God more than many.
- —Nehemiah 7:2
. . . and found his heart faithful before You. And You made a covenant with him to give him the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, and the Girgashites—to give it to his seed. Indeed, You have fulfilled Your words because You are righteous.
- —Nehemiah 9:8
Overseeing the replenishing of the storehouse, I appointed Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah from the Levites, and to assist them Hanan the son of Zakkur, the son of Mattaniah, for they were considered reliable, and their task was to distribute to their relatives.
- —Nehemiah 13:13
PsalmsFor there is no uprightness in their mouth; destruction is in their midst; their throat is an open tomb; they flatter with their tongue.
- —Psalm 5:9
Help, Lord, for the godly man comes to an end, for the faithful disappear from sons of men.
- —Psalm 12:1
Wait on the Lord; be strong, and may your heart be stout; wait on the Lord.
- —Psalm 27:14
I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
- —Psalm 27:13
Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints, for the Lord preserves the faithful, but amply repays the one who acts in pride.
- —Psalm 31:23
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of those who prosper in their way, because of those who make wicked schemes.
- —Psalm 37:7
I waited patiently for the Lord, and He turned to me, and heard my cry.
- —Psalm 40:1
Therefore the Lord heard this and was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel, because they did not believe in God nor trust in His deliverance.
- —Psalm 78:21–22
The wrath of God came upon them, and He killed the strongest of them and struck down the young men of Israel. For all this they sinned still, and did not believe despite His wondrous works. Therefore He made their days vanish like a breath, and their years in trouble.
- —Psalm 78:31–33
My eyes shall be favorable to the faithful in the land, that they may live with me; he who walks in a blameless manner, he shall serve me.
- —Psalm 101:6
Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe His promise.
- —Psalm 106:24
I believed, indeed I have spoken: “I am greatly afflicted.”
- —Psalm 116:10
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, and as the eyes of a maiden to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look upon the Lord our God, until He has mercy upon us.
- —Psalm 123:2
ProverbsA wicked messenger falls into mischief, but a faithful envoy is health.
- —Proverbs 13:17
A faithful witness will not lie, but a false witness will utter lies.
- —Proverbs 14:5
Most men will proclaim everyone his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man?
- —Proverbs 20:6
As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the soul of his masters.
- —Proverbs 25:13
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich will not be innocent.
- —Proverbs 28:20
IsaiahTherefore, thus says the Lord God: See, I lay in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, firmly placed; he who believes shall not act hastily.
- —Isaiah 28:16
But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.
- —Isaiah 40:31
Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
- —Isaiah 53:1
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by ear, neither has the eye seen a God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him.
- —Isaiah 64:4
DanielThen the king was exceeding glad for him and commanded that they take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of harm was found on him, because he believed in his God.
- —Daniel 6:23
JonahSo the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast. And everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
- —Jonah 3:5
HabakkukLook among the nations, and watch—wonder and be amazed! For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe, though it were told you.
- —Habakkuk 1:5
For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it delays, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. Look, his soul is lifted up; it is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.
- —Habakkuk 2:3–4
Look at the proud; his soul is not straight or right within him, but the [rigidly] just and the [uncompromisingly] righteous man shall live by his faith and in his faithfulness.
- —Habakkuk 2:4, AMPC
Look, the one whose desires are not upright will faint from exhaustion, but the person of integrity will live because of his faithfulness.
- —Habakkuk 2:4, NET
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