Does it seem like time is flying? We have left only eight weeks to finish the year. It feels like it was a couple of months of ago that we started this year. It is by God’s grace that I’m still moving forward, I’m grateful for it. We need to appreciate God for everything. When we are still breathing, we should be thankful to the Lord.
Today we are continuing with our series the Importance of faith. Sometimes we have to fight a good fight of faith. You know, our circumstances and human reasons deal with facts, but faith, God’s faith, deals with truth. So whatever God says it’s the truth. So it’s up for us to fight for that truth in our lives.
Previously we discussed that God will give us instructions on what to do when we stand in faith. And sometimes He may speak through us directly, or use our pastors, prophets, or even just other brethren. We just need to confirm with God in prayer if we doubt if it is Him.
There is this story in the New Testament in the book of 2 Kings chapter 5, from verses 1 to 19, and it records that “Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy. Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. “By all means, go,” the king of Aram replied. “I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman left, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing. The letter that he took to the king of Israel read: “With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy.” As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!” When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: “Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.” So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage. Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. So please accept a gift from your servant.” The prophet answered, “As surely as the Lord lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing.” And even though Naaman urged him, he refused. “If you will not,” said Naaman, “please let me, your servant, be given as much earth as a pair of mules can carry, for your servant will never again make burnt offerings and sacrifices to any other god but the Lord. But may the Lord forgive your servant for this one thing: When my master enters the temple of Rimmon to bow down and he is leaning on my arm and I have to bow there also—when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord forgive your servant for this.” “Go in peace,” Elisha said.”
This is one of the examples that shows God will use a prophet or another man of God to help us when we have a need, all kinds of needs basically; spiritual and physical needs. The key here is to follow the instructions and do what you are told to do, and obey the instructions. We learn in this passage that Naaman wanted to go and wash in other rivers, but the Elisha the Prophet told him to go to wash in river Jordan. Apparently river Jordan was dirty. He also expected that Elisha was going to touch on the place of his leprosy in order for him to be cured. The story says, “But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?”
So I wanted to show that sometimes the answer may not be like you expected to be. When Naaman came to his senses, the Bible says ‘he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.’ Sometimes God has his ways of doing things, and they may look weird, but you see, we have to obey the instructions because God maybe testing our faith whether we will obey.
When God tells us to do something, we shouldn’t look of its weirdness or impossibility. God never looks on our bank accounts to wait to do something for Him. If God tells you to do something, even with your pennies in your bank account, you will be able to do it. God has so many channels to help us; He can cause someone from nowhere to give you the money you needed. So we need to follow the Holy Spirit instructions. You don’t have to have all the capabilities first for God to use you. God can take us with our in-capabilities and equip us to do what He wants us to do. Because our strengths don’t come from us, but from Him.
No one has faith like God. Just look the creation, heaven and earth; and you will know that no one has faith like God. In the book of Genesis, the Bible says, God spoke and the world and everything in it came into existence. His weapon is in His Word. His weapon is in what He says, because it will surely come to pass.
In the book of Jeremiah chapter 1 verses 11 and 12, Prophet Jeremiah said “And the Word of the LORD came to me, asking, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see a branch of an almond tree,” I replied. “You have observed correctly,” said the LORD, “for I am watching over My Word to accomplish it.”
The Bible says in the book of Isaiah chapter 55 verses 8 to 11 that the LORD said, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My Word that goes out from My mouth: it will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
So when you read the Bible and His promises, don’t take them lightly and for granted. Hang on to them and claim them in your life. Remind God what He has promised and bring your supplication to Him.
In the book of Philippians chapter 4 verses 6 and 7, Apostle Paul said that “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
So how do we fight a fight of faith?
Well, one, we need to feed on the Word of God and align our thoughts with the truth about what God says concerning life and our situations maybe facing us. You have to know what God says to stand in faith with it. You have got to know His promises, and the Bible is full of God’s promises. You know, I have mentioned this before, many times what God says to one, says to all. Even though the Bible records the testimonies of those people in earlier times who came before us, but the same promises work for us if we believe. For instance you have a situation, go to the Bible, find someone who went through it, and see what God says to that someone. Then put yourself there, and take that God promise for yourself, and go to God by faith, and God will honor what He promised because you believe and trust in Him. So you have to know this God, our Creator, and His Word, and learn of Him, and go to Him boldly.
Apostle Paul said in the book of Hebrews chapter 4 verse 16 that “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
After we know what God promised, then the Bible says we need to proclaim our faith because the proof of our faith is in our declarations, in what we say about God, ourselves, others, and our situations. So we need to feed our thoughts to align with the truth, the Word of God and basically what He has promised. Once our mindsets are transformed, we need to declare what we believe. It has to come out of our hearts, our minds, and our bellies, hahaha.
The Lord Jesus said in the book of John chapter 7 verse 38 “The Holy Writings say that rivers of living water will flow from the heart of the one who puts his trust in Him.” Other translation says “For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water shall flow from the inmost being of anyone who believes in Him.” But also another translation says “He that believeth in Him, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
In the book of 2 Corinthians 4 verse 13 says that “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.” Another translation says, “But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.”
So you have got to speak what you believe because what we speak can come to pass. In the book of Proverbs chapter 18 verse 21 says that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
We need to speak life to our situations and we shall eat the fruit of what we speak. God spoke and it came to existence, so this maybe a hint that what we speak can come to pass. Therefore we need to believe right and the truth in order to speak what is right and truth. What are we speaking about ourselves, our loved ones, our life situations?
We need to change our thinking and what we speak in order to change our life situations and circumstances, because what we think and speak today is waiting in our future. God will make it come to pass. How do I know? Well, the Bible records that there is one time that God told the Israelites of those time in the book of Numbers chapter 14 verse 28 that “So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say.”
Another way we fight is through our actions. Apostle James said that faith without works is dead. In the book of James chapter 2 verses 14 to 26, it says that “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
Apostle James said we are justified by works, and not by faith only. Your faith has to be accompanied with your actions. If Jesus is your Lord and Savior, you need to do and live according to what He says; basically make Him a priority and obey what He has taught us. If we can rely on the Holy SPIRIT of GOD, He will help us live this godly life that GOD has called us to live. Apostle James also said even demons believe and tremble, but they don’t obey GOD. They believe but their works are evil.
So we need to fight a good fight of faith. We need to prove our faith with what we say and what we do.
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.
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