One Faith 04.18.21

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One Faith 04.18.21

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

Faith is the proof of what one believes. It is the evidence of what one’s heart accepts and trusts; the outward and physical product of mindset or heart’s fixture. You can accurate predicts one’s heart by one’s act.

We often misconstrue faith to be an unseen act, state of mind or an intangible article…but Faith is an act. The Bible says, “Now, Faith is the substance…an evidence of what is not seen”. Faith is a substance, a physical material, matter of a definite composition, verifiable and tangible. It is visible, the evidence of things not seen. Oh! How easily and clearly Faith could be seen; it is the evidence, mark or confirmation of things not seen. God sees our Faith.

Certain people had an issue, as its common to everyone in every place and time: man always has issues as life always happens and these people came to Jesus (as every wise man would do) and Bible recorded that Jesus saw their faith. Wow!

“…they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee…I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion (Mark 2:2-12).

Jesus did not have to pray…he merely spoke to him; “I say to thee…” and immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all. We need to gain truth about the reality and verity of Faith. Faith is not an item of the heart; it is the product of the heart. It is not a thought, it is an act. Faith in not a notion, it is a motion. It evidences what goes on in the heart.

Faith is the Act of the Heart.

Beloved, no one can act what is not in his heart except actors; and you know we don’t take actors seriously because we know they are only acting an unreal event; all the acts are fake. For instance, no one ever grieves over an actor who died in a movie; it does not even tickle any sorry feelings, often time people may even laugh or jeer over the death of an actor in a movie because it’s unreal, a fake act of dying. Actor acts what is not true of their heart.

Now, as no man ever takes an actor serious because he knows the act is not a product of his (actor’s) heart so does God never takes a man without faith serious because Faith is true act of the Heart. The Bible says, “…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)

What does God say about your faith…or is it fake. Faith has proofs; it is evident by Acts.

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Faith II

Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: 2 Peter 1:1

Faith in God is a very precious virtue. It is the universal currency of God’s Kingdom; the legal tender that procures and delivers to everyone what they are and what they have. The Kingdom of God is without partiality, preference or bias. It is to everyone in the Kingdom according to his/her faith.

The Bible clearly illustrates the tenet and verity according to one’s Faith in the event of two blind men that came to Jesus, “crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us… and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, according to your faith be it unto you.  And their eyes were opened;” (Matt. 9:27-30). It is important to note that everyone in the kingdom is a product of his/her Faith in God. “If one believes…then his eyes would open”. We need to give good notice to these things (Kingdom Keys) that we may derive the benefit inherent in them.

Talking about benefits, it is impossible to draw benefit from an item without good grasp of its latent value. The value assigned to an item is the function of the perceived benefit. When the perceived benefits increase, value increases. Value is however a function of personal insight and judgement. This explains why two people would be prepared to pay different prices for the same item. One that assigns higher value essentially perceives greater benefit. This is the matrix that defines and creates the stratum within our society and our pursuit. We do not have the same sense of value.

This is not too different in the Kingdom of God. Bible makes a fundamental assertion regarding our common Faith when it calls it “Precious Faith”. Faith is precious, a priceless and treasurable item. Concerning this Faith, the Bible further asserts, “Without Faith, it is impossible to please God…” (Heb. 11:6) but it takes individual value assignment to extract the benefit inherent in the Faith we have towards God.

Beloved, all things are possible by Faith. This saying is true and worthy of all acceptation.

Giving this background, it is cogent to mention that the value of every item is enhanced when it is further processed and a wider and greater benefit is thereby derivable. This is also true concerning Faith. Bible says “So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). (James 2:17 Amp) Notice how the Bible puts it, Faith…by itself is destitute, worthless, penniless, vain and without worth, value or benefit. We must add to Faith.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, we must not be vain “man” in the Faith, “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:20) We must add to our Faith to have it deliver the immeasurable benefits it carries.

Beloved, “…giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8)

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The Exploits of Faith

By Faith Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared am ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by Faith. (Heb. 10:7 KJV)

The necessary basis for operating Faith is the Word of God. Without God’s Word Faith cannot incept or commence. This is a strong and important reference of notice in operating Faith. Faith commences when the Word of God about a subject is revealed, embraced and employed.

It could be greatly distressing, frustrating and disappointing to confuse Faith with Idea; this confusion is the bane of pursuing one’s idea mistaking it for act or step of Faith. Thus, clarity about Faith and idea is key to understanding and operating Faith. Whereas an idea is a thought, plan or notion derived from one’s imagination; a conjecture of one’s mind: Faith is an inspiration of God; a motion by God upon a Man’s spirit to do (often) what is humanly undesirable or un-desirable. Faith is a situated in Man’s spirit but idea is a derived from the intellect; a calculation envisioned by what is physically possible but Faith is spiritual; a derivation of God’s infinite understanding to bring something out of notion. Idea is basic, earthy and carnal but Faith is intricate, complex, Heavenly and Spiritual.

The account of Moses and his mission to save the children of Israel from Egypt is a good reference to illustrate the distinction between Faith and Idea. When Moses was yet in Egypt and ahead of God calling and sending him to return to Egypt after he fled (Egypt); Moses had an idea or a thought that backfired and he fled for his life (chuckle). Moses could not realize his idea.

About this account the Bible says, “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not…he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.” (Acts 7: 23-27 NIV). Notice, “Moses thought…”; the venture was his idea; God did not (or had not) sent him at the time. What he did was merely his idea and that idea failed.

It is important as interesting to note that, one may attempt the same activity by an idea whereas it would had been by Faith if only one does that same activity at God’s command. (Meditate on this).

According to the Bible, after forty years as a fugitive and outlaw; God would call on Moses…” using him to rescue them” as Bible recorded; The Lord said to him…I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.’  (Acts 7:33-34 NIV). At God’s instance being now by Faith; “…Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” (Exo. 4:13 NIV) but he went eventually.

One may ask “is it a bad idea to have an idea, wish, desire or plan derived from one’s mind or intellect?”. Oh! It may not be wrong but it may not work either as encountered by Moses. Until Moses went by God to rescue Israel (which had been his idea); Moses’s idea was unsuccessful but by Faith; being inspired by God; the goal was realized… “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (1 Cor. 5:7 KJV) Let us learn to always commit our idea to God; allow him to direct our choice and course; then our plans shall succeed. (Pro. 3:6 NIV)

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