Friday, 7 February 2014

Greater Faith

John 20: 29
And Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen me,you have believed. Blessed are those "who have not seen and yet have believed"
The subject of faith cannot be over emphasized. Yes, Faith is the substance of things hoped for,the evidence of things not seen but it is much more about an unwavering trust and belief in God for who He is than for the things we want from Him. So true faith stands whether our expectations are met or not. Because It is more about who we trust than what we trust for.
Abraham is called the father of Faith because He took steps (difficult ones) that proved his deep,unwavering trust in God.
Hebrews 11:8
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out,not knowing where he was going.
Moses too...
By faith Moses,when he was of age refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God rather than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. (Hebrews 11:24-25)
You see, it takes faith to get a miracle but it takes greater faith to “not” get a miracle and still believe God.
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed...(John 20:29 paraphrased)
 I believe that was what Jesus meant when He told that to Thomas. God wants us to graduate from the realm of loving and believing Him because we have our request granted to Loving and Trusting Him even when it seems like He has forsaken us.

 The enemy does not care about your car, job, business, possessions etc. he doesn't need them ,what he is after is Your Faith. If he can get us to doubt God's love,power and commitment to us then he has floored us. Because the christian walk is a walk of Faith. We live by faith (Romans 1:17).

When we go through trials and temptations, it is our faith that is tested. So when your expectations are not met and it seems like you are all alone in your challenges,hold fast to  your faith.
Jude admonished ...... contend earnestly for the Faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3 paraphrased)

You are to guard your Faith jealously with prayers (Luke 22:32, Jude1:20), Patience (Hebrews 10:36), meditation and obedience to the word of God (Acts 20:32,Romans 10:17,Colosians 2:7) and  Love (1 Corinthians 13:2,16:13-14)
As long as your faith in God is Up(strong), the devil cannot knock you Down.

  For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world- our FAITH (1John 5:4)

So,  fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life to which you were called and have confessed the good confession...(1 Timothy 6:12 paraphrased)

May God continually bless and strengthen you.

FAITH...what it is

John 3:16-17
 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  ”.
 We understand from the above scripture which is our anchor of salvation that it is unto him who “BELIEVE” not to him who heard or saw.
Faith is the economy of heaven (a medium of exchange). It is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We communicate with God through faith; everything in the kingdom of God is about “The faith”.
Our faith is so important that the devil can do and go to any length to stop us from believing. The early Disciples of Christ were stripped, beaten, killed just to shut them up and stop others from believing, it is that important to him.

You need faith to move your mountains, get your healing, walk over impossible situation etc. if you are going to have any victory in any area of your life, you need faith.
1 John 5:4-5 ….“for whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Faith is the practical expression of confidence in God and His Word; it is the principal determining factor of every man's status in this kingdom. Every believer has a measure of faith and can do exploits with even with the smallest measure of it.

Jesus said to his disciples in Matthew 17:20 “...If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

Healing is by faith (Matthew 9:20-22), victory in life is by faith (1 John 5:4), living as a whole, is by faith (Romans 1:17).  In everything you do in the kingdom, your result is dependent on the measure of faith you have but faith does not work alone.
It must be built on the Word of God, communicated to God in Prayer, watered by Positive Confessions.

Building up your faith is your responsibility. Be diligent in the study of the Word (Romans 10:17) and in prayer (Jude 1:20). Exercise your faith daily and watch it grow.

I pray God will open our minds and enlightened us as we diligently seek Him. God bless you