Childlike Faith Receives From God

“For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.” (Romans 10:10)

My friend let me ask you a question. Have you been listening to your self speaking lately? What are you confessing most of the times? I have said this before, you can always tell what a person believes by hearing them talk. Just hang around a person for a while and you can tell what their believe system is like from their conversations. If our confession is wrong it is because our believe is wrong, and if our believe is wrong, it is because our mind is not renewed to the TRUTH – the Word of God.

The bible contains God’s will for us. Those promises in the bible is what God wants you to have. God wants you to have healing in your body, food on your table, peace in your home, He wants your marriage healed, He wants your children well and thriving in very area of life. God’s thought towards you is constant and He is constantly think of how to demonstrate His extra ordinary goodness in your life. (Psalm 8:4 )

You see, we may not always understand everything the Bible says with the natural mind but the Word of God works! Faith in the Word of God is not blind, but creates what cannot be perceived by the natural mind!

For example, take a look at Abraham in the bible. Abraham and Sarah’s case was hopeless, they were both too old and far past childbearing age. But the bible says that Abraham, “ who against all hope believed that he will become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken” (Romans 4:18). That which was spoken, meaning, what God promised him. And sure enough Abraham and Sarah eventually gave birth to Isaac. They did see the promise come to pass and today Abraham is indeed the father of many nations as promised by God. Not only to the Jewish nation but to all who believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior.(Romans 4:12)

The bible calls Abraham “the father of faith” and he serves has a great example of faith to us today because of the demonstration of his faith in God!  How did Abraham demonstrate his faith before God to qualify for the promise. The Bible tells us that:

  1. Abraham BELIEVED
  2. Abraham expressed his believe through his CONFESSION.

When God Changed Abraham’s name from “Abram” to “Abraham”, which means “father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5). Abraham believed God, and stated to call himself by that name, even though it looked physically impossible, Abraham held on to his confession of faith. And because of that God granted him the promise. Abraham did not receive the promise because it looked possible in the natural, and neither did he received  the promise because he worked for it (Romans 4:4-5)

Abraham, the father of our faith in Jesus Christ received the promise because he believed the WORD of God.  And that, God gives life to the dead and CALLS things that do not exist as though they did. Meaning, God CALLS things that do not exist into EXISTENCE!

  “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken.” (Romans 4:16-18)

Let Abraham’s faith encourage you too today. Believe God’s promises for you,  confess those promises instead of speaking negative words and give God the privilege of bringing His promises  to pass in your life in due season.  As a seed of Abraham, the Lord wants His name to be glorified in the earth through your life like Abraham’s life!

“So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.” (Hebrews 11:23)

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You Will Make It

Everything-is-possible

Happy New Year!!!

“Jesus said to him,“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)

It’s good to be back after the Christmas break. I hope your festive season was filled with blessings and beautiful memories. Personally for me, it was wonderful to take time out and travel down to spend some quality time with my family living in the south of the United Kingdom.

I’m absolutely thrilled to share this post with you today. Let me take this opportunity to congratulate you for making it into another year! I thank God for His grace that sustained you in 2013 and brought you through into another year and a new season in your life.

Like many, you probably have been taking time to reflect on last year’s achievements and also, things that didn’t go as planned. And maybe now like most of us, you have set new goals to accomplish in this new year of 2014. I want to take this opportunity to encourage you to believe in your dream. Believe in yourself. Jesus said to him “who believes” all things are possible.

In general, with many people, the problem is not so much as not having dreams for their lives. But what often sets us back is doubt and unbelief in ourselves. Especially when we are surrounded by negative environment and when we encounter obstacles. A large percentage of people most times, subconsciously, give in to the negative voices and images challenging and confronting them from moving forward. But if in moments like this we bring God into the equation, allowing God’s word to shape our perceptive and asking God for help we will witness a miracle.

Miracle by definition is something that can not be explained by logic reasoning. It is beyond the natural world we live in, it is supernatural. God is a supernatural God and He specialises in doing the impossible. No matter how difficult and impossible the situation, God can usher in a turn around. When God steps into an impossible situation, it becomes possible!

Let me encourage you today that no matter how dark the situation looks in the world, as Christians what we need to do is to, switch on the Light to dispel the darkness. The bible says we are the light of the world. We are the light of the World because Jesus is Lord over everything and He lives in us.

For the sake of practicality, how do you turn on the light when you are confronted with dark and gloomy situation, evil medical report, home repossession, difficult family circumstances and others? Take a look at what Jesus says about it

“23 At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. 24You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.” (John 16:23-24)

We have a choice, we can give God the opportunity of turning our impossible situations to possibility by asking God for what we need in the name of Jesus! Let us hold on by faith to the word of God in every area of life, because for God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think.

I pray that you will allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into every good and perfect will of God for your life in this Year. I pray that you prosper spiritually , emotionally, physically and financially. And may the Lord keep you and preserver you from all evil. Have a blessed and prosperous year in Jesus name!

The Winning Edge

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“Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.

But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.” (James 1:3-4)

 

Waiting With Expectation

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 “Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted;

But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.”   (Isaiah 40:30-31)

 

FAITH IS NOW!

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“Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display. 21 Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you].”  (Luke 17:20-21)

Many believers are unconsciously trapped by the mindset that the kingdom of Heaven is a distant place where we will all go someday. And yes, it is, but even though it is a true statement, it’s a limited thinking of what Jesus has done for us. Take a look at the book of Colossians:

“Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God’s holy people) in the Light. 13 [The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,..” (Colossians 1:12-13)

This bible text reveals that we have already been, forgiven, qualified and translated out of the control and the dominion of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God.

In the post last week, I shared that, we are called to live in the presence of God, and that, this is done by obedience and walking in love.((John 15:10-11). This is important, because the original purpose for which we were created is be intimate with God, to fellowship and live in His presence.  When God created man He poured himself into man – His breath; creative life and power was poured into man. (Genesis 2:7). We were created to be one with Him, and from His presence to exercise dominion over all of God’s creation. We were created to live in harmony and union with God until Adam’s rebellion brought separation between man and God. And then, God devised a new plan for restoring His fellowship with man, He gave His Son Jesus Christ, to die and bridge the gap. And now through Jesus we are restored to an everlasting fellowship and communion with God. (Romans 5:17-19)

Since Christ has restored us into fellowship with God as New Creation, therefore, we are already living in the kingdom of God now. And so, if we are already living in the presence of God, and we know that in the presence of God there is peace, joy, salvation, healing, provision, restoration, in short, abundant Life (John 10:10). Doesn’t it then make sense that everything we need is already available to us now? The healing, peace, joy, salvation of loved ones, deliverance and provision for every thing we need in this very present moment is already existing in God, and we, in Christ, are living in the very presence of God!

This is the reason why faith must operate with the mindset of Now! Faith receives the blessings of God now! (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is present tense not future tense, our faith is not in the future because we are already living in the kingdom of Heaven right now by faith! Therefore, our faith also must match up with that understanding of where we are Spiritually. Our mind has to be renewed to this Spiritual fact.

Faith is now, the Kingdom of Heaven is now. Don’t allow the devil to trap you with the mindset that the Kingdom is a distance away and in the future. The word of God says in Luke 17, the kingdom is already in us, and we are already in the Kingdom now. We have been translated from the kingdom of darkness, from the control and dominion of Satan, the law of sin and death can not rule over us anymore, we are now in the the Kingdom of Heaven, in the presence of God. So therefore, we have access to everything we need from God by faith now!

Believe and release your faith today, ask God for that particular need in your life, ask Him to help you today where you feel weak or overwhelmed with the situation you are facing. Maybe your need is for healing or whatever you need deliverance for, receive it now by faith in the name of Jesus, and begin to thank God by faith for the answer to your prayer now. Faith is present, faith is now! Thank God for the salvation of your loved ones now! Thank Him for healing and restoring every area that is broken in your life now! Thank God for every thing you need now! And keep growing in your daily walk with God, keep confessing His word over your life. As you continue in the Lord, at the right season or “due season” (Galatians 6:7-9), you will see the answer to your prayer in physical form. (John 1:1). For with God all things are possible! (Amen)

Please make this declaration with me:

Lord I I believe that Jesus died for me to be freed from every curse of the law. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviou. I believe your word is true and I receive your provision and healing in my life now by faith! I walk by faith and not by sight, I thank you Father that I will see the physical manifestation in due season. I ask in Jesus name. Amen!

I’m praying in agreement with you from this end! God bless you!

PRAISE TOOL!

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Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!” (Acts 16:25-27) 

It does not  really need saying that,  we are generally not in a good mood when things are not going our way. Praising God is far remove from our mind because of the emotional pain or the inconveniences we are experiencing. In Acts 16, Paul and Silas found themselves locked away in prison. More-so, they were arrested for doing a good course. They were in the perfect will of God, for their lives, obediently serving and doing what God had told him to do, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News” for that, they found themselves in prison, bounded hands and feet to the prison wall and locked up in a dirty, dark, cold underground cell. In such a place, it’s so easy for our emotions to take the best part of us and rule our actions. But Paul and Silas refused to allow their circumstances to define them.

First, they knew it was not God doing this to them, they knew it was the devil trying to stop them from press into God’s will for them. Second, they knew it was not their battle and that God can penetrate any walls, break any chains, up root any foundations, they knew God is not limited by any circumstances of the world or or even in the heavens, so the brought out their PRAISE TOOL, and just praised God anyway until God showed up. They brought out the PRAISE TOOL for two particular reasons, first, they knew Praise and Worship stills and cuts the Voice of the Enemy, second, it Ushers in the presences of God into any environment and circumstances!

Whenever you make it a point of duty to praise God, whether you feel like it or not, God shows up! You experience intimacy with the Lord. When you are united in this holy intimacy of praise with your Heavenly Father – the One who created the heavens and the earth nothing is impossible!!! So today, dare the devil and the overwhelming circumstances you are facing in your life right now , lift up your hands and face towards heaven like Paul and Silas and praise God anyway until He shows up! Because the Truth of the matter is , as you do, you give God the opportunity of stepping into your situation and to begin to turn the bitter waters in your life to sweetness. Amen>

Praying for you! God bless you!

Direct your Expectation with Passion!

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“Then He said, Let Me go, for day is breaking. But [Jacob] said, I will not let You go unless You declare a blessing upon me.” (Genesis 32:26)

When you have passion for a particular thing it really shows, doesn’t it? I mean, people just know what you are about! When you see a new dating couples, you can just tell…..It’s in their talk…their smile….their gaze…their walk. You can smell romance all over them. They have a passion for each other!

Jacob was a man of Passion! he was a man who knew not to give up, he always had a way around every situation, no matter how difficult and impossible it looked, he knew a God of no limitation who specializes in doing the impossible. If he wanted something, he was willing to persevere until breakthrough. And God loves that!

What are you expecting from the Lord today? Let’s get our expectation focused in the right direction – on the Lord. Expect the best. Expect your children to succeed. Expect yourself to succeed. Expect the Lord to prosper you that you become debt free (it s not impossible for God!). Expect the Lord to heal and bless you like He blessed Jacob in this Bible story, God is not a respecter of persons, if He did it then for Jacob, He will do it for you too – Line up your expectation with God’s word, and watch what God will do in your life!

I’m praying for you. You are Blessed in Jesus Name!