By David Oyedepo
Welcome To another exciting week. I hope you were blessed by the teaching of last week. Today, we shall focus on: Unveiling the Wonders of Faith!
We need to begin by defining what faith is because understanding is what makes outstanding. From scriptures we understand that faith is the master key to the world of the supernatural. That is, faith is the platform for the command of the supernatural. It is written: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God… (Hebrews 11:1-3). Thus, life without faith is a miserable adventure. This is because faith defines the quality of every believer’s destiny as our inheritances in redemption are deliverable by it.
What then, are the Wonders of Faith?
Let’s begin by saying that faith is a beautifier of the destiny of the saints because everything that works in the Kingdom answers to faith including salvation, healing and breakthroughs. However, for us to experience and enjoy the wonders of faith, we must recognise that faith requires that we share responsibility with God to have our desires met. In other words, there is always what we must do to see our desires delivered. For instance, after Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost, the multitudes asked: Now when they heard [this], they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men [and] brethren, what shall we do (Act 2:37). Peter’s response confirmed that there is no other way to be saved than to repent. Therefore, if we are interested in seeing our desires delivered, we must endeavour to know our responsibilities in that deal and obey them (John 5:1-5, 9:1-8, 21:5-6).
Also, to experience the wonders of faith, we must understand that faith is a living force, drawn from the living Word to produce living proofs. For instance, the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus, the living Word, and drew virtue from Him for her healing, He said: …Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace (Luke 8:40-48).
Furthermore, faith provokes the healing power of God. It makes whole and raises the dead (Matthew 14:36; Luke 8:40-48; John 11:40). This makes faith the very foundation of life in the Kingdom (2 Peter 1:5-6; Acts 6:7). That’s why being saved is not enough; it is important to build our faith so we can maximize the blessedness of redemption. That is, in fact, faith is the very substance of redemption. For example, without Christ we can do nothing but it takes faith to bring the hand of God to bear on our issues. It is important to know that the Word of God is the raw material for faith. As it is written: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
For instance, the earth was without form and void but God created the wonders we see in the world today by His Word through the weapon of faith. Thus, it is faith that gives value to the Word. To enjoy the wonders of faith we need to know the Word and have the faith that will make it deliver. Remember the Bible says: And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord (Luke 1:45).
Talking about the wonders of faith, it is the most potent spiritual force that empowers a mortal man to operate in the class of God. For example, through faith, Moses operated in the class of God in Egypt. Faith translated Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into divine entities. That’s why fire had no power over them. Also, the lions could not consume Daniel because he believed in God. When faith becomes adequate in any area of our lives, we are in command after the order of God (Exodus 7:1; Daniel 3:12-17, 6:22-23).
This is why faith is not a religious principle or philosophy; it is a Kingdom mystery. It is not a belief system; rather, it is a spiritual weapon. Faith is our capital asset in the Kingdom. In fact, Jesus said that it is to everyone according to his faith (Matthew 9:28-29). That clearly defines how potent the force of faith is!
It is important to mention that faith is a spiritual virtue with unlimited capacity for growth. Apostle Paul said: We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth (2 Thessalonians 1:3; see also Ephesians 4:13).
Since faith has unlimited capacity for growth, our commitment to growing it is an unending task. No matter our present level, there are greater heights to scale. That means, as we continue developing our faith, God will be translating us into saviours and we shall be operating in His class (Obadiah 1:17; John 14:12).
In conclusion, to constantly bask in the wonders of faith, we must commit to building our faith as a lifestyle because all faith-fired people are tireless students of the Word (Romans 11:33). Building our faith is a lifetime task and the wisest investment we can make in our spiritual adventure. This is because as we grow from faith to faith, we grow from glory to glory (Romans 1:17; Habakkuk 2:4; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38).
The good news is that faith still works wonders today! However, you must be born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood.
Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!” For further reading, please get my books: Unlimited Power of Faith, Exploits of Faith, Born to Win and Satan get Lost. I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners.
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