FAITH: WHAT IS IT IV (March 31, 2019)

The Fight Of Faith

The fight we are involved in is not physical.

And as a result we do not fight this battle in the arm of the flesh.

Our fight is essentially spiritual and it is fought with spiritual weapons.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

For though we walk in the flesh we do not war after the flesh: for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (physical) but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

2Co 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

The only way to stand against the enemy of our destiny is to resist him in faith.

The devil your enemy knows this and that is why your faith is at the center of his attack.

Lu 22:31 – 32

31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Don’t let your faith fail.

Your faith will not fail in Jesus precious name.

If the devil can cause your faith to fail, he has got you.

Your faith is what the devil is about;

To destroy you he has to cause your faith to fail.

Challenges are normal to life

Mt 18:7

Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

Jesus did not pray that Satan would not desire Peter

He did not pray that Peter would not be tempted.

Why, because to be tempted by the devil is normal to life.

That is his job.

You resist by faith

1 Peter 5:8 – 9

Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

Your faith is Satan’s target.

Every time you see yourself in doubt, complaining and wondering why, the devil is rejoicing.

Whom resist steadfast in the faith;

You do the resisting by your faith.

Resist the devil by your faith.

Cast down the doubts

Stop the complaining and whinnying.

The Devil cannot defeat you until he has gotten your faith.

Take you shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16

Above all, taking the shield of faith where with ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Note the word “taking”

That is your responsibility, to put your faith to work.

There is no other way to it.

It is your own faith in the victory of Christ that makes the difference.

Habakkuk 2:4

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

It is your faith that will put you over in all issues you’re facing.

There is no compromise about it.

Your own faith is the key to your personal victory.

Your Faith

The people the Lord Jesus healed in the scriptures received their healings on the basis of their faith personally.

It was not the faith of Jesus that healed them but their own faith.

The woman with the issue of blood got her victory by her own faith.

She had determined to be healed and therefore put her faith to work.

Matthew 9:22

But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, daughter be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole and the woman was made whole in that hour.

When He saw their faith;

You cannot get that desire of yours from God without your faith at work.

God must see your faith before He moves on your behalf.

Remember the man brought in through the roof to the meeting for the Lord Jesus to pray for?

The bible made an astounding statement about them

Lu 5:20

And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

The question is where is your faith?

Remember also Apostle Paul and the cripple man?

Paul perceiving that he had faith to be healed

Acts 14:9 – 10

The same heard Paul speak; who steadfastly beholding him and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

The man had faith to be healed.

The problem with most of us is that, instead of walking by faith, we choose to walk by sight and feelings and our experiences.

The just shall live by his faith not by sight.

You are not like them

Many of us are so focused on our so called problems that we magnified beyond measure.

Stop seeing yourself like them

You are God’s peculiar treasure, you are not ordinary:

You are special.

Stop saying what they say, you’re not like them

Stop comparing yourself with them; you’re not like them

Stop seeing yourself like them; you’re not like them

You have been brought into oneness with God.

God is a faith God:

He is your Father, so walk like him.

It is as you continue to walk by faith that you overcome those difficulties and establish your liberty.

1 John 5:4

Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world even our faith.

There is no victory for you outside of your faith.

Doubt and unbelief displeases God

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Without faith you cannot please God.

You are a creature of faith; to believe is your chief duty.

Faith is in your DNA, to operate otherwise will be disappointing.

Abraham our father was known as the father of faith.

You are Abraham’s seed.

If you are in Christ, you are also Abraham’s seed.

Galatians 3:29, 9

And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.

So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

You are the seed of Abraham, its time to show it

The stronghold of Abraham’s Faith?

Gen, 12:

1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him;

He proved that he believed God by moving: The work of faith.

Gen. 17:23

And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.

Immediate obedience was Abraham’s style. – Genesis 21:11 – 14

It was tough for Abraham but he did

Prompt obedience was the secret of Abraham’s order of life.

His obedience was demonstrated by the works of faith

Obedience is the stronghold of Faith.

It is not just Obedience, but delight-some Obedience.

Your work of obedience is the highest purchasing power in this Kingdom.

Isaiah 1:19

If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

John 2:5

His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

When He says rejoice evermore, stop complaining and sorrowing.

When He says you give bountifully to reap bountifully, stop wondering “how is it going to be”

When He says to pay your tithe, stop questioning it

When He says don’t miss the assembly, of God’s people, stop saying am busy.

When He say “serve me”, commit yourself to Him and do it

If you believe, then work it

You believe that it is the will of God to prosper you.

How is your giving lifestyle?

How do you pay your tithe?

Where are your investments in His kingdom?

How are you working out your prosperity?

There is always what to do; the works of faith

That’s especially true in the area of prosperity.

If you want the glory then know the story.

Stop underrating yourself: You’re God’s covenant child.

God is committed to your welfare and good success.

It does not matter what the situation you are in is, your tomorrow is more glorious than today.

You are the apple of His eyes: Stop relegating yourself.

God is against anybody that is against you.

He is against anything that is against you.

To overcome always is your destiny.

Because the greater one is in you.

He is greater than all your battles, so you can win them all.

He is working His good pleasure in you.

It takes faith to enter into your victory.

Your faith will not fail in Jesus name

This year you will go forward

Jesus is Lord

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