APPLYING YOUR FAITH FOR RESULTS

Every time the disciples of Jesus failed at taking control of certain situations, Jesus would ask them “where is your faith?” as we find in Luke 8: 25. This place proves to me that though faith is not in all men according to 2Thessalonians 3:2, no born again child of God is without faith. This is because, at the point of salvation, we were all given a measure of faith according to Romans 12: 3. This measure of faith is what makes us sure of our salvation and helps us to connect with the spirit of God. It is this measure of faith that we need to do mighty works. It is this measure of faith that we need to get a belt, a car, a wife or husband, a child and so on. The truth is that as a child of God, according to 1Corinthians 2:12, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God”. This spirit is the spirit of faith by which we speak and are guaranteed performance.

Why then do we not see the results we desperately need to see?

At some point, Jesus referred to His disciples’ faith as being little-  as found in Matthew 8: 26, 14: 31 and 16: 38 yet it was He who also, when His disciples asked Him to increase their faith in Luke 17:5  replied them in verse 6 according to the Message translation, “You don’t need more faith. There is no ‘more’ or ‘less’ in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a poppy seed (mustard seed), you could say to this sycamore tree, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it would do it.”

This blows my mind. Definitely, or so I think, the measure of faith given to me at salvation by God must be bigger than the size of a poppy or mustard seed. And so, if all the faith I need to do wonders is just about the size of a mustard seed which is little indeed, why then do I have a problem making things work?

I believe the answer is in Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” our little spiritual self-esteem makes us belittle the great image of God that we are. Moses did not think highly of himself. Gideon did not also. How about Jeremiah? The list is endless. As much as God wanted to use these men, their low self-esteem became a major limitation. Until they evolved, they could not become.

If we want to practice the result producing faith, we must become like Joshua. He never argued with God about the assignment, he embraced the task and got it done by the grace of God. The long and short story is this- your faith will always remain too little to make even a leaf shake as long as you are too conscious of ‘you’- your flesh, as against the Mighty Holy Spirit of God that God has put in you for the purpose of salvation and victorious Christian living.

At another point, in Matthew 17: 17- 20, Jesus berated His disciples and called them a faithless and perverse generation because they could not cast out a demon and when they asked Him later why they could not, He told them that it was because of their unbelief. In the message translation, verse 20 is thus rendered- Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.”

In other words, many times, when we pray, we think we are just doing a religious activity that God may or may not respond to. NO! We need to take God at His word. When we pray in the name of Jesus we need to know that we are being heard and are being responded to. When we declare things that be not, to come into being in the name of Jesus, we need to know that we are making things happen indeed.

God has given us His word to use. He has given us the name of Jesus to use. We must begin to do so with seriousness, ‘believingly’.

How then can I exercise my faith?

  1. By speaking the God kind of words. When you need things to align with God’s purpose in your life or around you, you have to take your place of authority in Christ and speak the word of power and direction over the prevailing situation. You do not say what you see- you say what you need to see. You do not speak your experience- you speak your expectation. You do not complain or gist about the mountain- you speak to the mountain to move where you will or at least, out of your way, not doubting, because of your self-awareness in Christ. God in Genesis spoke things into being because He knew He was and is God and the elements of the universe knew that the person speaking had the authority to speak and command their obedience and that He was not joking. When we speak in the name of Jesus, we must know that we are now sons of God who have been endued with His power (John 1: 12) having the power of attorney, as it were, to use the name of Jesus with resultant effects. Take note that the demons and situations are also looking at you to see whether you know who you are and that you are speaking from the right perspective of who you are. Whenever you speak as a believer, you need to consider 2Corinthians 4: 13 which says,”We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;” Speaking from this perspective guarantees performance.
  1. By applying the received word of God. When you read the bible, or hear a message from the pulpit or get a word directly in your spirit, apply the word by acting accordingly. In Luke 5, Peter applied the word of Christ by casting his net into the sea. That act of obedience in applying the word of God, brought a supernatural harvest that began to tear their net and sink their ships. Walking by faith entails you doing what God requires. Your obedience becomes your key to the miracle.

From this day, may you enjoy the victory of faith in Jesus name.

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