“And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthah; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” Hebrews 11:32-34
Friend, I would like you to know this: nothing works in the Kingdom of God outside of faith. It takes faith to get any result in this Kingdom.
Kenneth Hagin said that in the early days of his ministry, he never participated in meetings that ran for less than three weeks — that is, services in the morning, afternoon and evening, everyday of those weeks! What was he doing? He was expounding faith. For,
“Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
I believe the reason so many people don’t thoroughly grasp the things they are taught is because they only glance through them. So much of what we call faith today is mere mental assent. You hear people say such things as: “Yes, that sounds right.”
Friends, faith must come from the heart,
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:10
Faith is a spiritual entity, not just a mental substance. The power of faith only becomes real when it is operated in the spirit realm.
Faith is what brings a man into the shame-free realm of life. Therefore, I think it is worth whatever it takes, to find out how it operates.
Friends, I have good news for you!
Faith is an issue of reality. It will bring you victory anyday, anytime, anywhere!
In Matthew 17:20, Jesus said to His disciples:
“…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.” Matthew 17:20
I consider the issue of faith as the almighty subject of our Christian adventure. It gives colour to Christianity, and enables you to stand in the midst of opposition and yet be in control.
Faith is the beauty of Christianity! Can you imagine the kind of honour that was accorded Daniel when he came out of the den of lions?
Can you imagine what Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego must have enjoyed when they came out of the fiery furnace?
Now, picture the awesome beauty that must have rested upon Peter as he walked on water!
Faith is what beautifies Christians and I am glad to let you know that God has a beautiful destiny for you.
In Isaiah 61:3, His Word tells us that He has given you beauty for ashes. By destiny you belong to an order of beauty. You must command attraction!
Everywhere you go, people must desire your counsel and admire your lifestyle.
Faith is the beauty of Christianity that will remove every ash in your life. It will take away all heaviness, and place the garment of praise upon you. It will make you a planting of the Lord indeed.
Friends, it’s time to take a look at the operational details of this all-important subject. We are set for another turn-around in our lives.
Please visit our website and subscribe to be our partner. I want, by the grace of God, to show you the secrets of faith, so you can smile at the mountains and the obstacles of life. You will begin to see them as opportunities to exercise what is available inside you.
You are a man/woman loaded with potentials. The worthy lamb was slain for you to live a worthy life. May your understanding be opened, in Jesus precious name!
WHAT IS FAITH?
The question is what is faith?
If faith is an all-important subject, then we need to know what it is in the actual sense.
If it makes living so colourful, then we must be bothered and concerned about what it is.
Nothing works without it!
Salvation is impossible without it!
Healing is impossible without it!
Victory is impossible without it!
Protection from evil is impossible without it!
Now, let me conclude, nothing is possible without faith. Nothing!
Which means, Christianity is worthless without faith.
Faith is the producer of good reports. Where good reports are found in this kingdom, it is a direct product of faith.
I have found many prayer warriors who are gallant failures. But you can never point to a faith giant who is not a super success!
Look around in the world and in the Bible also. Show me a giant of faith, and I’ll show you a giant on the earth.
Faith is the principal determining factor of every man’s status. There is no contesting this fact. Every exploit recorded in Hebrews 11, is a direct product of faith.
So, what is faith?
IT IS AN EXPRESSION OF CONFIDENCE IN GOD
Faith is the practical expression of confidence in God and His Word.
Hebrews 10:35-36 tells us:
“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
God said to Abram, “Get thee out… (Gen. 12:1) And verse 4 of the same Chapter 12 tells us, “So Abraham departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him…” This is a practical expression of confidence!
God said to Noah, “It will so rain that the earth will be flooded!” And despite the fact that no rain has fallen yet, Noah moved with fear and built an ark, as God had instructed him. (Gen. 6,7,8).
He built that ark for 120 years! This is a display of confidence in God and His Word!
If faith is the beauty of Christianity? how do you walk by faith?
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