Thursday, 6 November 2014

GOD'S PILL CAPSULE: 44

THE FAITH SERIES :12

FAITH COMES (How to develop your faith)

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭17‬ KJV)

Virtually every Christian I know wants to walk in faith but very few have the desire to do what the word says. I see Christians ask for prayer so that they can have faith and I wonder why this level of ignorance, what is more amazing is that I have seen people praying for them to have faith. There is only one way you will develop your faith and that is by the word. Any other way is dubious to say the least. There are a few reasons why this is so.

The first reason is that you already have faith. It took faith for you to be born again what you need to do is to maintain and develop yourself in it. Faith is like a current it needs to flow (Philippians 2:6-7). The word of God is the best His got, in fact that is His power , it gives you access to the spiritual provision called Grace (Romans 1:16-17, 5:2)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (‭Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭16-17‬ KJV)

The above scripture is very instructive, think about it, it was because somebody preached the Gospel of salvation to you, you heard, understood and believed, that was why you had faith for salvation or deliverance from the Kingdom of darkness. Not because somebody prayed for you to have faith to be saved. Can you see the marked difference?

Secondly, you can only have faith for what you know! Christ put it this way 'you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free'. It is only the truth that you know, not the one your Pastor or your wife know or anyone else.You can only believe for what you know has been provided for in the new covenant . Don't be deceived! 

In the past, I noticed that sometimes when I minister healing to some people and command the disease to leave, we would get result but only temporarily. It bothered me, until the Lord ministered to me that I need to expose people to the truth so that they can sustain the healing by their own faith. Now I don't just pray, I spend time building their faith up through the word before praying. Even after that I ask what they are able to believe for? This is to make sure that they have faith to sustain or maintain the healing. I have seen better results since taking this approach. Once you understand this you are able to reproduce the result and get a good report (Hebrews 11:2).

If I have 10 minutes, I would rather spend 9 of those minutes on the word and 1 minute to pray, it works better, because once the faith is released in their heart through the word the rest is formality.

Lastly, the word is the seed and your heart is the soil, if you are going to reap the harvest of faith the word would need to germinate in your heart, that is what meditation is all about. In John 8:32, the Greek word translated 'know' is 'ginosko' which describes physical intimacy between opposite sexes or revealed knowledge or what is commonly referred to as revelation. In other words faith is born out of intimacy with the word of God, there are no two ways about it.

CONCLUSION
THE WORD IS THE SEED, YOUR HEART IS THE SOIL, FAITH IS THE HARVEST
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Next week, we would look at how to fight the good fight!

'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk