Hmm…just before we go into the faith business, I have a little gist for you.
Yesterday evening, after having a nice meal (fried rice and a little beans by the side-hope you aren’t laughing at my combo?), I needed water to step down the meal. While I was still thinking of getting a lower denomination to make the purchase( of satchet water-we call it “pure water” here in Nigeria), God added “melon” to my taste and gave me “water melon” instead…He did exceeding abundantly above my desire and request! Wink*
Now it’s time for the faith business- more preferrably, the faith life style.
“…and speaks of the nonexistent things that ( He has foretold and promised) as if they ( already) existed.” Romans 4:17
“…to your descendants I give this land…” Genesis 15:18
That promise, was given to a man who didn’t have a child yet and God was talking to him about his descendants! Was God pulling his legs?
At 99year old (still without the promised son), God appeared to Abram and said “…you will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations” Genesis 17:4-5
GOD SPEAKS IN PAST-TENSES
Hence inorder to get God’s kind of result; you’ve got to speak like Him…in the past!
Faith doesn’t work with the human senses (although it comes by hearing via the ear); it’s a spiritual force that makes anything and everything possible. Once conceived in the human spirit, it is UNSTOPABLE!
In the book of Genesis chapter seventeen, God had a powerful and elaborate discussion with Abram. He had just finished this powerful speech (establishing an everlasting covenant with him) when Abram fell face down…you would have thought he did that in worship, but no! Abram wasn’t worshipping- he was laughing at God’s promises. He wondered “what kind of joke is this?”
” …why does He just like cracking me up?”
But God was serious (always serious anyway), He wasn’t saying what He was going to do; He was only announcing what He had accomplished before the Creation, long before the heavens and the earth were formed.
Flip over to the next chapter, eighteen…Abram (who has now accepted his new name- Abraham) was fully persuaded that God was powerful enough to do what He had promised. Faith had “entered” into Abraham as it were via God’s repetitive confessions and proclammation.
Confession creates persuasion and conviction.
On the other hand, we see Sarah who was probably hearing the promise for the first time, laughing ( doing the exact thing her husband did in Genesis chapter seventeen). But there he was, after hearing God’s words over and over again (see Genesis 12:2, 15:4-5, & 18, 17:5,19), Abraham had believed (having received faith, which comes by hearing) and he laughed not!
Until we can see it(whatsoever we desire) through the eyes of faith, and receive it with the hands of thanksgiving, we would not have it.
Now the question is “how can I see it if it’s not visible?”
The way to see whatsoever we desire, is by creating an image of that thing with the Word of God (written and spoken). Words transmit images, hence the more we speak the Word, the clearer the images become.
‘We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!” Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said…’ Romans 4: 17-21
Things that weaken our faith
#Words that aren’t in line with God’s word
# Consideration of facts: the reality on ground
Things that strengthen our faith #Listening to & saying (confessing) what God says- His Word
Focussing on & accepting God’s Word as our only reality
Thanks for dropping by, hope you were blessed?
Bless your darling heart.