FAITH BY AMB. FUNMILAYO JANET

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CIA Monday night Teaching 

Date :- 16th of December 2018

Teacher :- Ambassador Samuel Funmilayo Janet

Moderator :- Amb Julius and Amb Sholotan David 

 

THE TEACHING 

What is Faith?

Faith is a strong belief in something without prove or EVIDENCE. faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.

Dictionary defines Faith as a feeling,conviction or belief that something is true or real without evidence. The Living Bible defines Faith in Hebrews Chapter 1 verse 1 as the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us,even though we cannot see it up ahead.

Faith is the capacity to believe God’s promises and ability to help you. Promises are what God Himself made for His people in His Word.

Let’s look at Romans 10:17

It says Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. So faith stops when the hearing of faith stops. Hearing continues if faith will continue so it means one can backslide in Faith.

Faith comes means it is a continuous process.

PROCESS OF FAITH 

1) Continuous

Faith comes- you don’t finish hearing for Faith and u don’t get to a level of “ALL FAITH ACQUIRED” and then cease from hearing.

Hearing must continue for to continue, so it means one can backslide in Faith!

To grow and increase in Faith we must always listen to hearing the truth( the Word of God)

2)Actions:- Faith requires action not just wishing, doing something and acting upon what is heard. Just like Peter walked on water in Matthew 14:22-29. You need to do a corresponding action for faith to work. Its when u know the Truth that u will be free not when u are ignorant and u are living in guesses.

The truth has capacity to set free because it is life, The very life of God.

After knowing the truth u have to act on it in belief.  You begin to live in the consciousness of the Word u have discovered from God.

Now many times the devil paints lies to us in many areas and because we don’t know what God says about the matter, we accept the devils lies.

3) Intentional

Don’t wait till you feel like,it has nothing to do with emotions,you initiate it and start off deliberately

Just like those that brought the paralytic man through the roof in Mark 2:1-5.

They were not discouraged because of the press

And again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.

[2] And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
[3] And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
[4] And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
[5] When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.

We shouldn’t allow people, circumstances or anything to discourage us from believing the Word of God and living by it.

We shouldn’t allow them discourage us in our pursuit of God. We are not just to believe but timid because of what peoples reaction will be.

4) Result

Faith results are different from natural result in situations of life . Whenever we dare to believe the word of God and act on it in Faith. God is happy because he delights in bringing His word to pass.

3 set of actions in the process of Faith

1)HEARING

The Bible’s only way for faith to come is hearing. The Word is sown by hearing and this is done by two ways:

Hear it by speaking it to yourself or by hearing it from another

The promises in the word of God are ever dependable

I say their are a lot of promises, great and awesome promises for us in Christ.

2Peter 1:3-4
Promise of
Peace,
Protection,
Provision,
Fruitfulness,
Sound Health,
Long life,
Wisdom,
Understanding,
His Spirit,
Power,

And all that pertains to life and godliness but are we enjoying them in their fullness?

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

[4] Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Yes and until we believe and receive them by faith they will forever be in store but not in use. God has make them available for us in Christ and we must always depend on the Holy Spirit to help us.

My joy about the word of God is that whatever I see and desire and ask will be delivered to me. Its so for every Child of God

And God is forever proud to display and show his glory,wisdom, knowledge, power through us to this world

We can only believe, enjoy and experience what we have heard,known and believe.

I want the Holy Spirit to create a thirst in us to discover all that he has packaged and reserved for us in Christ and to enjoy them. Your faith in God’s promises makes them happen in your life so take time to know the promises of God over your life And will all the promises of God happen automatically in every believers life? No!!!! Not just what God has promised but what u can believe God for.

Including the promise of answered prayers Mark 11:24,2John 5:14.

2)Speaking the Word. Genesis1:3,5,9,11,14

You speak the Word so u can hear it and release your faith for God’s angels to work with,the word is God’s principle.

14] Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
Verse 24
24] Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Yes this is the command

He already said what u desire will be given to u. So am asking how desirous are we about our heritage in God?

God is carefully waiting for those who are desirous about his kingdom and agenda.

Those who will not leave his presence till they have received the promises that belongs to them by Faith.

He creates through speaking

God established speaking as a principle of faith. Words are creative agents and tools by which God’s counsel and will come to pass.

What u see in your life today is what u have been speaking.

God created us to be representing him in all aspect and with all authority but are we maximizing and showing forth His glory effectively?

It’s like we are actually satisfied with what we are enjoying, But my dear ones God is so so deep that we can’t exhaust all of Him.

Once he sees a thirsty heart His word said they shall be filled. You mix God’s word with faith by speaking it

Not just wishing but searching out your place and by faith enjoying all the benefits in His kingdom and it include understanding of the deep mysteries hidden from others.

The third set of action is doing

Faith is not being idle but putting forth corresponding action. 2 kings 4:1-7. the widow did as instructed and poured in faith, it means doing that which the lord is putting in your heart to do.

How to feed your faith So that it may increase..

God is not glorified in our life if our Faith is not growing. We are to behold daily and all the time. Your faith needs food and must be fed. if u don’t feed your faith well your faith will grow lean!

Many things are warring to occupy our heart but we must be committed to the growth of our Faith.

Faith gives u liberty and u don’t struggle with the lies of the devil.

If you are standing on a scripture and it seems your faith is wavering on it,focus on the scripture and read it again and again till u are confident and sure of what he has said. The word of God is to be believed, mind u not just part but all the instructions and promises in Christ.

Our faith needs the strength of the word of God to grow

We need to pay close attention to our Faith

Please let’s check Hebrew 11:1-6
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
[2] For by it the elders obtained a good report.
[3] Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
[4] By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
[5] By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
[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.
  1. The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.

 

My comment

  1. By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.

  2. By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice.

5-6. By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

I want to focus more on verse 6. Once we believe that the God we serve is living,active and powerful we should approach him on the confidence that he reward those who diligently seek him.

Hebrews 11: 6
[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.

Don’t feed on magazines and all kind of foolish stories that leads to argument or confusion instead feed on the word of God and Christian novels( meanwhile not all Christian novels are good ,avoid those that focus and magnify problem)

Only read materials that helps and grow your faith and taking solid food of faith daily

We are to desire the promises of God because once u desire and u pray about it,it will be delivered to u And we are to daily live by Depending on God Not by believing that we don’t need more But daily desirous of more of his word in us.

One of the ways the devil fights Christian is by using the words of our mouth against us

As a Christian( you have capacity to believe God and experience Him ) but you must make a consistent and conscious effort to watch your mouth so as not to use it against yourself.

IN CONCLUSION

One of the ways the devil fights Christian is by using the words if our mouth against us.

As a Christian( you have capacity to believe God and experience Him ) but you must make a consistent and conscious effort to watch your mouth so as not to use it against yourself.

We must be consistent in saying positive things to our life. When a sinner makes a positive statement,it is just wishing but when a Christian confesses the word of God,its declaring the power of God to action.

I want us to begin to search out the scriptures and begin to proclaim the word of God on every aspect of our life and endeavors. And our life will never remain the same. Amen.

 

Now let’s pray

Prayer: Lord create an insatiable thirst in me for the word of God.

We shouldn’t forget that we are asking with a confidence that whatsoever we desire according to his will shall be granted to us. God is happy when his children don’t limit him with their understanding.

Plead for and insatiable thirst

You have inexhaustible capacity to retain God

Pray!!!

Grant me understanding to all the blessings that are mine in Christ and give me a heart of flesh that believe and obey the word of God.

Father increase my appetite for your word.

I know he is already answering

We are going to pray for the next 10 minutes for a thirst,increase of appetite

For the word of God

Once we believe his word and we are consistent to obeying

Life is no struggle

God is expecting u to desire more.

The holy spirit will then take charge to guide us to all truth

Ur desire how much space u want him to occupy.

Let’s pray for the spirit of revelation And understanding

In the knowledge of God, In the Word of God, Their are still depth, height

Breath in God.

So shall it be

In Jesus name have we prayed.. Amen..

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