FAITH THAT PROVOKES GOD TO ACT ON YOUR BEHALF
by Dare Olusola
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Faith means knowing Godís word, accepting it and living by its principles.
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 (HEB 11:6).
There is no man who can claim to be a man of faith, and yet live a life that displeases God. Hebrew 11:6 say it is IMOSSIBLE to please God without faith. However a person tries to do the will of God, it will amount to wasted effort if faith is not involved. Let us now consider three (3) important elements of faith as revealed by the scripture above
1. BELIEVE IN THE EXISTENCE OF GOD: How can a man put his trust in what he does not believe in its existence? When we are talking about faith, the first thing that should come to your mind is that GOD EXISTS. He is a self-existing God. He made all things, but no one made Him. He is everywhere and the natural things around us speak about Him. The mountains, valleys, cloud, wind, trees, ocean, animals and all other creatures have a Creator. That Creator is GOD.
2. BELIEVE IN GODíS ABILITY: God has ability to reward people based on their deeds. He is able to bless, heal, deliver, promote, comfort,Ö. He who created the whole heaven and earth has ability to manage your life. He made times and seasons. He sends sun and rain in their seasons. He can raise a poor man from the dung-hill and make him sit in place of wealth and Power. When Joseph was forgotten and left to rot in prison, God went there and brought him out to become the prime minister of the most powerful nation in that generation. He closed the mouth of lions when Daniel was thrown there. He can silent all your adversaries and give you unlimited victory in life.
3. DILIGENTLY SEEK GOD: God exists, but you cannot find Him until you start seeking Him diligently. God is not interested in casual relationship with His people. He prefers to establish an intimate relationship with you. The first step to seeking God is to accept the lordship of Jesus Christ over your life. If you reject Jesus, you can never know God, because God reveals Himself through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the express image of God. When you give your life to Jesus, you have just taken the most important step of faith: Ďseeking to know God.í The second step is to crave for knowledge of Godís word. The scripture (Bible) is inspired by God, and written by Holy men moved by Godís Spirit. It reveals to you and teaches you more about God. It shows you Godís will, principles, desires, doctrine, perspective, etc. It gives you insight into what you couldnít have known about yourself, the world around you, about your enemies and so on. It opens your understanding to Godís sovereignty and satanís limitation. It shows you solution to all situations of life. Faith involves Spiritual growth through personal bible study, and congregational learning. The bible is available to whosoever cares to read. Churches of God are put in place to teach you. Avail yourself of these opportunities.
When these three things are present in your life (Believe in Godís existence, In his ability, and Seek Him with all your heart), Then you life will be pleasing to God as you put them into practice. Just as knowledge without application is fruitless, so is faith without action. When you live by divine principles, your life will attract Godís wisdom, blessing, promotion, peace, joy and so on. But a man without faith will live a miserable life.
GIVE YOUR LIFE TO JESUS, STUDY THE BIBLE, LIVE BY DIVINE PRINCIPLES AND OBEY GODíS INTRUCTION. Then expect Great things from God.
Evang. Dare Olusola
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Very well said indeed. Thank you.