September 18, 2016 – How To Engage The Spirit Of Faith To Fulfill God’s Plan For Your Life
An inspirational article by Bishop David Oyedepo
From scriptures, we understand that God has great and enviable plans for us, but it takes the operation of the Spirit of faith to actualize them. This is because every plan and purpose of God is according to His size and no human hand can fully deliver it, except His hand.
As it is written: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it (1 Kings 8:15; see also Isaiah 53:1; Habakkuk 2:2-4). For instance, according to scriptures, every child of God has greater potentials than all the Old Testament saints. We also understand from scriptures that we are empowered to do greater works than Christ did.
Therefore, we possess enviable and colourful potentials, but it takes faith to unleash them (Matthew 11:11, 12:42; John 14:12, Philippians 4:13). However, it is not enough to access the plan of God, we must learn how to actualise it, and the Spirit of faith is the master key to fulfilling God’s plan and purpose for our lives.
Therefore, a discovery of what is written about us and commitment to it, believing, is what secures our glorious destiny. This is why I believe we need an impartation of the Spirit of faith, to actualise God’s plan for our lives and maximise our glorious destiny (Mark 9:23). What does that spirit do? The Spirit of faith is a vital treasure of the Kingdom that defines the quality of every man’s life on earth.
This Spirit also empowers us to believe all things. Apostle Paul said: But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets (Acts 24:14). Interestingly, the Spirit of faith is the same through all ages, and delivers the same order of results. The Bible 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 (2 Corinthians 4:13; see also Jude 1:3, Hebrews 11:32-34).
However, every gift of God comes with responsibilities and if we don’t perform those responsibilities, we waste the gift. For instance, Jesus spoke a parable about a nobleman who gave his servants a pound each and said to them, “Occupy till I come!” At his return, they delivered results at different levels by reason of how well they engaged the talent.
This means that it is not enough to receive a gift, we must also engage it for maximum results (Luke 19:13-26). It is also important for us to know that God cannot intervene on our behalf beyond our level of faith. For instance, two blind men came to Jesus to receive their sight and when they believed that He could heal them, Jesus said: According to your faith, be it unto you.”
Therefore, the outcome of our lives is according to the faith at work in us (Matthew 9:27-29). How, then, do we keep the spirit of faith alive? v Through the Word: The Spirit of faith feeds on revelation, which is spiritual understanding of God’s Word. As it is written: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
For instance, no matter how great a child, if you don’t feed that child, he or she will die. Likewise, if we don’t feed the Spirit of faith, it will be quenched. Therefore, we cannot effectively operate the Spirit of faith without being addicted to the Word as a lifestyle. Furthermore, the Spirit of faith also thrives on Wisdom.
We must understand that we need the wisdom of God to effectively apply the revelation of the Word to our lives. This is why we need the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.
Moreover, only doers of the Word can sustain the operation of the Spirit of faith. This is because until we apply the Word to our lives, we cannot have proofs and without proof, it is fake (Ephesians 1:17- 18, Matthew 7:24-25). v Through prayer and fasting: Faith is essentially sharing responsibility with God in line with scriptures so as to commit Him to make good His promise.
The Bible talks about Epaphras, who was labouring fervently in prayer. Therefore, we don’t only labour to access the Word; we also labour in prayers to guarantee our breakthroughs through faith (Colossians 4:12, Isaiah 58:6-8). v Through productive labour: From scriptures, we understand that active faith delivers by work.
That is, we work to build our faith, keep it alive, sustain and increase it. Everything about faith requires work at one level or another. Moreover, no future will ever be greater than the quality of labour invested in it. We will never find an extraordinary man in this world without an extraordinary input. Paul said, “I labour more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
Therefore, I release the grace for tireless and productive labour upon your life in the name of Jesus! (James 2:14-24; 26, Ecclesiastes 10:18, 1 Timothy 5:17, 1 Corinthians 15:10) v The Spirit of faith demands spiritual discipline: It is important to note that careless believers cannot go far in the school of faith.
That’s why we must be disciplined to think scripturally, speak biblically and operate according to the Word. However, we frustrate the Spirit of faith through negative thoughts, words and actions. For instance, we cannot think poor and prosper. Neither can we think defeat and be victorious.
Therefore, we must be spiritually disciplined to align our thoughts, words and actions with the Word to maximise the benefits of the Spirit of faith (1 Samuel 2:3, Philippians 4:8, Proverbs 23:7, 18:21).
Are you born again? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord? If you haven’t, you can do so as you say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the Living God.
Today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!” For further reading, please get my books: The Law Of Faith, Exploits Of Faith, All You Need To Have All Your Needs Met, Miracle seed and The Force Of Freedom. I will conclude this teaching next week.
I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners.
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