Faith Rests

So far we have discussed that we need to fight a good fight of faith. How? By feeding and meditating on the Word Of GOD until it transforms our mindsets. And one of the main ways to do that is through repetition. Repetition is a form of meditation that we can use to meditate on the Word of GOD.

In the book of Joshua chapter 1 verse 8, it records that the Lord said to Joshua “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”

And we know that in the book of Romans chapter 10 verse 17 it says that “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Another translation says “So faith comes from hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the [preaching of the] message concerning Christ.”

The more we keep on hearing, faith builds, and eventually what we have been hearing will become the dominant part of our thoughts and what we believe. It will become part of us.

And then we discussed that we fight a good fight of faith by speaking. We need to talk like it has already happened or it’s going to happen…hahaha. I heard once Pastor Creflo Dollar in one of his sermons saying that “Your faith is a positive attitude toward something that it has already been finished.”

Just don’t kill someone and declare it has been finished.

In the book of Romans chapter 4 verse 17 says that “God gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.”

God calls things which be not as though they were. We have to speak and call our miracles. We need to speak the Word of God, and His promises over our situations. If you are sick, start saying you are healed in the Might Name of Jesus. Where did you get that? Well, the Bible says in the book of Isaiah chapter 53 verse 5 that “The Lord Jesus was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” So every time you feel the symptoms, declare that you are healed in Jesus Mighty Name.

Our words, what we say are powerful because they can create. So change your vocabulary, change your environment and your situations.

There is this story in the Bible of this woman who suffered from an issue of blood for twelve years. The Bible records in the book of Matthew chapter 9 verses 18 to 22 that “While He was saying these things to them, a ruler (synagogue official) entered [the house] and kneeled down and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just now died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus got up and began to accompany the ruler, with His disciples. Then a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the [tassel] fringe of His outer robe; for she had been saying to herself, “If I only touch His outer robe, I will be healed.” But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Take courage, daughter; your [personal trust and confident] faith [in Me] has made you well.” And at once the woman was [completely] healed.”

The Bible says this woman had been saying to herself “f I only touch His outer robe, I will be healed.” I’m very sure there was a big multitude of people there surrounded the Lord Jesus. So she kept saying and went into action, penetrated into the crowd and touched the Lord Jesus outer robe, and boldly marched with her faith and keep saying ‘if she can just touch the Lord Jesus garment, she will be healed.’ And guess what happened? She ended up being healed, didn’t she?

We learn from this woman example that your fight of faith will be seen in your speech and actions.

Another example is from the Lord Jesus himself, of how He walked in authority. And in this example it also shows us that faith rests in the finished work of GOD. In the book of Mark chapter 4 verses 35 to 41, the Bible says “On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

While they were shouting, “Lord Jesus help us,” He was resting, asleep…hahaha. They were worrying and fearing that they were going to perish, and the Lord Jesus was taking a nap. So they went and woke Him up and said “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And the Bible says “He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”

What did He do? He rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” That’s all it took to stop that Mafioso.

But also learn here, fear can drain our faith. The Lord Jesus said to them “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”

We need to have faith that rests in GOD even when our environments and situations are very scary as if we are in the lion’s den.

There is this story in the Bible about Daniel in the Den of Lions. It is recorded in the book of Daniel chapter 6, let’s read from verse 6 to 28. It says that “So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” So King Darius put the decree in writing. Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?” The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him. Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.” So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep. At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! My God sent His angel, and He shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in His sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones. Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth: “May you prosper greatly! “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God and He endures forever; His kingdom will not be destroyed, His dominion will never end. He rescues and He saves; He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.”

This story is an example of how to trust in God and rest in Him and His promises even if your circumstances are very scary. It doesn’t matter what our circumstances look like around us and in our lives, or what other wish for us, or do and say against us, they will never prosper when you stand in faith. God has a final say about our lives. When you go to Him and ask for His help and remind Him of what He has promised, things will turn around for your good. We need to get rid all the distractions that contradict God’s Will for our lives, and consider and focus only on Him and His Word.

The fact is as a believer and child of God, our battles belong to the Lord. In the book of Psalms chapter 105 verse 15, it clearly says the Lord said “Do not touch My anointed ones; do no harm to My prophets.”

The Bible also says in the book of Ephesians chapter 6 verse 13 “Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand.”

God will vindicate for every wrong and plot of the devil against us, especially when we stand in faith and obey Him. It may look like we are losing, but we need to be still and wait patiently for His help.

When we let go, we become innocent, and God can be able to perform His righteous judgment. GOD Himself will perform vengeance on our behalf. The Bible says in the book of Romans chapter 12 verse 19 that “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.” It also says in the book of Hebrews 10 verse 30 that “For we know Him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto Me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge His people.” If you have something against anyone, let it go and leave it to God. God is not blind or deaf; believe it or not, He sees and hears everything maybe going on in your life. And He has His own ways to recompense His people.

Apostle Paul explained about this rest in the book of Hebrews chapter 4, which records that “Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still remains and is freely offered today, let us fear, in case any one of you may seem to come short of reaching it or think he has come too late. For indeed we have had the good news [of salvation] preached to us, just as the Israelites also [when the good news of the promised land came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not united with faith [in God] by those who heard. For we who believe [that is, we who personally trust and confidently rely on God] enter that rest [so we have His inner peace now because we are confident in our salvation, and assured of His power], just as He has said, “As I swore [an oath] in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest,” [this He said] although His works were completed from the foundation of the world [waiting for all who would believe]. For somewhere [in Scripture] He has said this about the seventh day: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; and again in this, “They shall not enter My rest.” Therefore, since the promise remains for some to enter His rest, and those who formerly had the good news preached to them failed to [grasp it and did not] enter because of [their unbelief evidenced by] disobedience, He again sets a definite day, [a new] “Today,” [providing another opportunity to enter that rest by] saying through David after so long a time, just as has been said before [in the words already quoted], “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”[This mention of a rest was not a reference to their entering into Canaan.] For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not speak about another day [of opportunity] after that. So there remains a [full and complete] Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has once entered His rest has also rested from [the weariness and pain of] his [human] labors, just as God rested from [those labors uniquely] His own. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], so that no one will fall by following the same example of disobedience [as those who died in the wilderness]. For the Word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, and revealed to the eyes of Him with whom we have to give account. Inasmuch then as we [believers] have a great High Priest who has [already ascended and] passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior]. For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].”

So as believers we are supposed to rest in the finished work of God and His promises. And we will be able to show it not only in our speeches, declarations, and what we say, but through our actions as well.

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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