As my dear man of God Rev. Chris Oyakhilome would always say,
“Faith, the response of the human spirit to the Word of God”
So many of us have had series of challenges that have challenged our faith in God. Most of us start out right in our faith walk, but along the line, we’ve come to the point where we start to stagger and soon enough, we give up and make conclusions about whether or not God wanted us to have what we desired.
So, if you’ve been in this situation, this post is here to encourage you, perhaps correct you in your walk of faith.
I have three distinctive definitions or descriptions of faith that I would engage my discussion on, because they best describe the character of faith.
Before we go into them, we must have it in mind and at heart, that FAITH IS ACTIVE, not passive. It’s a verb, as well as it is a noun. As we go on, you would understand where I’m coming from.
1. FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR:
This is one of the very first words we see in the bible where it talks about faith and that can be found in Hebrews 11:1. What we mean by this definition is that, if for example you where hoping to get an Android phone within the first quarter of the year, your faith, is that Android phone. It means that if you say, you have faith, you mean that you have that Android phone already.
As unrealistic as that sounds, that is the reality. Faith is the reality. So what happens with you who has faith for that issue, you stop saying, I don’t have a phone, you rather continue to say, “I have my Android phone, it’s already available to me”. The bible says that your faith is the substance, so, in the mind of God, when you declared that you have that phone, everything in the world began to work on that word, to bring that phone to its tangible form, because you see, EVERYTHING that pertains to life and godliness, the bible says, has been given to us already but they are in their expandable form of existence and in order to bring them to their tangible form, your faith is what you need.
2. FAITH IS THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN:
This second description is also very familiar with the Church. It is what it is. Faith is the evidence. I would use the example of the Man of God, Pastor David Yonggi Cho, where he said that, at his early years of ministry, he really wanted a chair, a desk and a bicycle, so he prayed to God for them. He waited a while for them until God spoke to him and said, “you ask me for all these things without being specific, I have already answered you a long time ago, but you must be specific”, so right there as he realized that God had answered his prayer, he became more specific as to what type of chair, desk and bicycle he wanted. He said, he went back to church the next Sunday and announced to all his members that he has received a chair, a desk and a bicycle. So because obviously, it was not available, they asked, where are they if you say you have them? Then he said, “I’m pregnant with all three of them and I will soon give birth to them in due time”. I’m sure you won’t be surprised if I tell you that, not later than that same year, he had exactly all he prayed to the Lord in faith for. What am I saying? This man of God shows us that his faith was the evidence, that’s why he could announce to the whole church that he had a desk, a chair and a bicycle, even though in the human mind, that would have been called a lie or unrealistic. If a woman should say to you that she is going to have a baby in six months, all you need to see on her to believe her, is her stomach carrying a pregnancy. So also, your faith is that evidence that you have that job, that house, that business, that family, that idea, that contract, that child, e.t.c.
3. FAITH IS THE TITLE DEED:
I’m sure all of us know what a title-deed is. It’s a document evidencing a person’s legal right to a property. For example, if you say you own a land in Abuja, Nigeria, what gives you the legal right to that property, is the title-deed. So if you were at a meeting and you were asked to show the evidence of you owning any property, you would have to present to them, the title-deed. They wouldn’t need to travel all the way to Abuja, Nigeria, to see the land or property, all they need is the title-deed. Faith is that title-deed, my brothers and sisters, It’s your proof of ownership to that need or desire. So, have faith, act on the word of God.
Faith is the response of the human spirit to the Word of God. That goes beyond the senses. It is beyond the realm of reasoning. That you feel it, doesn’t mean you have it. You don’t reason out God’s word concerning you. God’s word is not subject to reasoning. IF GOD SAID IT, SO IT IS.
Faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, and to be certain of the things we cannot see.
One thing you must understand is that, FAITH IS NOT AN IRRATIONAL LEAP INTO THE DARK, FAITH IS NOT TAKING A RISK.
For example, a man “Who is Sick” in need of healing. The reason why he should say he is healed, is not because he’s trying to say it, so that the healing will take place, it is because that’s who he is, he is the healed of God because he is in Christ Jesus.
Faith is also, NOT A POSITIVE CONFESSION OR TALK……A lot of us make this mistake, we think we should be positive, so we say, I’m rich, so that we can sound positive. When you do that, that’s not faith. You say you are rich, because you are Abraham’s seed, a joint heir with Christ. Except you are not in Christ Jesus, but if you are, then being rich is your character, it’s in your DNA.
Your expression to situations should be based on God’s Word and what he has said, that’s FAITH.
FAITH IS NOT BELIEVING….it goes beyond believing, IT’S A KNOWING, an assurance, an evidence. So, please, don’t stop at believing the promises of God for your life. Go beyond believing to seeing those things with the eye of your spirit, and you will see that the forces of this life will start working on your behalf to bring them to physical appreciation. Faith is the corresponding action to what we have believed. It transcends the realm of believing…..When you believe on God’s Word, you ACT on it.
FAITH DOESN’T FAIL
WOW, I have been blessed, just reading out this post to myself, I was so stirred in my spirit. I know for a fact, that you have been inspired as well. So, watch out for tomorrow’s post, because I would be sharing another part from this series on faith, I would blog about something very crucial pertaining to faith, so stay tuned beloved.
Before I go, I will love to appreciate everyone that has kept their eyes on this blog waiting for a post during my long absence, thank you for staying strong and believing in me. I love you all. CHEERS TO A MORE AMAZING TIME WITH YOU ALL.
Happy Easter in arrears, I had a lovely time, how was your Easter?