FAITH IS A LIFESTYLE

Habakkuk 2:4 

“Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him.

But the just shall live by his faith.

Faith in God is a sign of humility.

Romans 1:17

17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Living a life of faith is stepping into the unknown, trusting in our God who is beyond our understanding.

The truth be told, Faith is not an emotion. Faith is not a feeling. We have many people around us today who have given up and full of hopelessness. Many are quitting the faith. Many are in despair; they have lost hope and lost any sense of reprieve or getting out of their predicament. They are saying this faith thing is not working for me. They are looking at everything around them and they have given up.Yet scripture says in Romans 1:17

17 For in it In what? In the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is your believe and mine in that Gospel that makes us the righteousness of God because of Christ Jesus and keeps us persevering and hopeful in God. We are made JUST by the blood of Jesus Christ and because we have been JUSTIFIED therefore, we must walk and live by FAITH.

EQUIPPED FOR GOOD WORKS

Hebrews 5:4

4 And no man takes this honour to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.                                                        

In 1994, I had just been told by my senior Pastor then, that, I was being appointed and to be ordained as the associate Pastor for the church we were attending then, which was also an Elim Church.

This information came to me with mixed emotions as I tried battling my excitement with trepidation wondering if I could fulfil this role. I was not sure I was equipped for this call of God. I was not sure if I had the qualification for it, or was it just a fleshly desire? So, when it came to the ordination / commissioning time, I decided I was not going to attend the ceremony at Westminster Central Hall.

One night whilst singing and praising God in our room, I heard clearly in my Spirit, this scripture from Hebrews 5:4 no man takes this honour upon himself except he who is called of God.

GOD IS NOT A MAN THAT HE SHOULD LIE

Scriptures clearly show us that God is a man of His Word.

There are times that many Christians doubt their salvation, lose hope, lose focus, doubt the promises of God, lose faith in the Word and they give up. Especially when they look at their unchanged circumstances and the situation. They want to throw in the towel.

In book of Numbers 23:19

19 “God is not a man, that He should lie,

Nor a son of man, that He should repent.

Has He said, and will He not do?

Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good

In the world of today when men easily change their words, when people cannot be trusted, when promises are easily broken. It makes difficult for some people to trust or take God at His word. I want to confidently say to you today, that God can be trusted despite what we see or hear.

CONSUMER OR CONTRIBUTING CHRISTIAN

This month of October, we continue with our theme from last month CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH.

Jude 3-4

3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

In contending for the faith, we must ask ourselves this question about our Christianity.

Am I a consumer or contributing Christian?

SO, YOU MIGHT ASK WHO IS A CONSUMER, CHRISTIAN?

CONTENDING FOR YOUR FAITH

2 Timothy 3:1-5

1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

Today we are seeing scriptures being fulfilled. The love of many waxing cold, children disrespecting parents, the love of money, the love of self. The lists go on. False prophets and teachers, wars and rumours of war. False messiahs, increase in warfare, and increases in famines, plagues, and natural disasters. Jesus advises us not to be deceived, that these are only the beginning of the "birth pangs"; the end is yet to come.

In the meantime, what are we to do as believers.  We are to contend or defend the authentic faith that we have received.

HOW CONTENT ARE YOU?

Matthew 6:25-33

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

It is not everyone who is truly content with life, we are often unsatisfied with many things. There are those who worry about everything, the clothes they wear, where they live, how much money they have, how many friends they have on Facebook, how many people follow them on social media.

FINDING FAVOUR WITH GOD AND MEN

1 Samuel 2:26

26 And the child Samuel grew in stature, and in favor both with the Lord and men.

Luke 2:52

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Our theme for the month of July is, “God’s Favour”. Every one of us do need favour at one time or the other. I have however found out that, all we need is God’s favour. God’s favour, simply put is God stepping into our situation to make a difference. I am not talking about the unmerited favour of God – Grace. I am talking about connecting with God’s goodness, mercy and grace. When it looks as though everyone else is struggling, fighting and pulling their hair out to find favour from men, because you are connected to His goodness, mercy and grace. His favour opens door to you. The above scriptures clearly indicates that Samuel and Jesus increased in favour with God and so found favour with men.

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