Series 1 – How to Have Faith to Heal Your Marriage
In this lesson we are going to look at an area that is essential for your marriage to be healed. Scripture associates faith with healing and restoration. Without faith, none of God’s restorative works can take place. Jesus was not able to perform many miracles in his own hometown because of unbelief (Matthew 13:58).
Faith is the substance that fuels the miracles God performs. When you have faith, you have a substance that brings inner strength no matter what circumstance you face. When you are in line with God’s Word in the area of faith, you will be able to fight in a different way against the enemy. You will be on the offensive instead of recovering from what Satan has done to you.
God is using the experiences you are now going through to develop the substance of faith. The faith substance you develop while you are keeping your covenant will bring blessing and provide direction in difficult circumstances when your mate returns.
During this lesson we will study the importance of faith and the ability to keep our covenant as well as its role in bringing reconciliation and healing to our marriage. We will learn why faith is important, what we must have in order to conceive faith, and how to effectively use faith.
When you have completed this lesson you should be able to:
State the definition of faith.
Explain how faith is conceived.
Describe the process needed to release faith.
Describe the relationship of faith to obedience.
Explain why faith is needed to keep covenant and to have a healed marriage.
Hope is the Prerequisite for Faith
Hope is the first step in marriage healing. Well-intentioned friends, who don’t want to see you hurt, will say “Don’t get your hopes up.” Without realizing it, they are totally wrong. You must get your hopes up! According to Hebrews 6:19 the function of hope is to anchor and stabilize the soul (mind, will and emotions). Proverbs 13:12 says that “hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Hope functions as the container to hold our faith. Without faith the things we hope for will never become a reality. Hope must be combined with faith for us to inherit God’s promises.
The soul is composed of the mind, the will, and the emotions. Both faith and hope are vital to be able to keep your covenant! Faith produces results and we must develop a stand of faith if our marriages are to be healed. Hope keeps us from fainting in our minds. God’s Word (Galatians 6:9) promises that if we don’t get weary in well doing (keep up that hope!), then we will reap if we don’t faint. Hope and faith together form an unbeatable combination.
Read Hebrews 11:1
Hope functions as the container for faith. Write out the first phrase of this verse which describes the relationship between faith and hope.
Read Hebrew 6:18-19 (Use the New American Standard Version if available for this reference.)
Hope stabilizes the soul just as faith stabilizes the spirit. In this verse what is hope compared to in describing its role in bringing stability?
Additional Scriptures: Lamentations 3:25-26, Psalm 37:4-5, 119:49, Isaiah 40:31, Habakkuk 2:3-4, Romans 4:18-21, 5:3-5, 8:24-25, 28, 10:11, 15:13, Colossians 1:5, Hebrews 6:12, 10:23, 10:35-39, 12:1-3.