There is a difference between faith and wishing. Wishing is hoping that it will happen, while faith is the assurance that is going to happen. Meaning that we believe God and His Word and promises, therefore we are going to prepare now for our breakthroughs. It means we are going to walk towards those promises that we are having faith for. It also means we will not be moved by our circumstances, situations, and fears, but we will be moved by what we hear from the Spirit of The Living God, The Holy Ghost, as He directs us as we keep walking by faith and follow His promptings on what we should do each step.
You know faith is the three phase process. First, you seek God. You can seek God by reading and listening to His Word, in prayer and also in fasting, in praise and worship. And then the next step is to hear. Remember now, faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of Christ, the Word of God. So be attentive to what you hear because after you seek God, He will eventually speak to you. He has a different ways to speak to you, your job is pay close attention to hear what He is teaching you, telling you, guiding you, and so forth. And faith is action. And when I mean action, I mean obey. Basically obey what you hear. Apply into your life God’s instructions and teachings.
And until the promises of God come alive and become a reality to us, we need to keep working the Word of God that we hear and applying it into our lives so that the Word of God can work in us. As we work the Word of God, the Word of God will be working in us and eventually will manifest into our lives.
When the Lord Jesus said in the book of John chapter 15 verse 7 that “If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, (you shall) ask whatever you will, and it will be done for you,” if you look at it you will see that the Lord Jesus was basically saying when we abide in Him and His Words abide in us, as we keep doing that, seeking God and His Will for our lives, eventually we will become one with The Word of God. Our desires become what God desires, and eventually what we believe, hope, declare, and act on becomes our real life realities.
We need to listening and studying the Word of God until it becomes a Rhema Word, where God is making His Word come alive in our hearts. Where we will be in a place we just believe it and know and know, this is God speaking to us. We must persevere until we get to that place where Apostle Paul said in Romans chapter 4 verse 21 that “We are fully assured that what God has promised, He is able also to perform.” Then, and only then, can we speak faith words of victory out of our mouths, and everything we speak and comes out of our mouths is the promises of God; the only kind of speaking that makes a difference and move mountains.
I like what Apostle Paul spoke about in the book of 1 Corinthians chapter 9 verses 24 and 27. He said something that is very intriguing. From the New International Bible version it says “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
In Amplified Bible version the passage says “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run [their very best to win], but only one receives the prize? Run [your race] in such a way that you may seize the prize and make it yours! Now every athlete who [goes into training and] competes in the games is disciplined and exercises self-control in all things. They do it to win a crown that withers, but we [do it to receive] an imperishable [crown that cannot wither]. Therefore I do not run without a definite goal; I do not flail around like one beating the air [just shadow boxing]. But [like a boxer] I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached [the gospel] to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified [as unfit for service].”
What basically Apostle Paul is talking here in the perspective of faith is we need to walk the talk. We need to practice what we preach. We must run this race of what God has called us in such a way that we will win. We need to fight a fight of faith to win. We must remain in faith all the way till the end even after we have gotten our breakthroughs. Remember now, this race we are in doesn’t end until the day of Christ Jesus, when He comes and take us to be with Him where He is. So just because you have gotten your breakthrough now it doesn’t mean you need to stop fighting a fight a faith. Who knows, God’s enemy, our enemy can come back and hit us in another different dimension.
The Lord Jesus said in the book of Luke chapter 11 verses 23 to 26 that “He who is not with Me [believing in Me as Lord and Savior] is against Me [there is no impartial position]; and he who does not gather with Me [assisting in My ministry], scatters. “When the unclean spirit comes out of a person, it roams through waterless places in search [of a place] of rest; and not finding any, it says, ‘I will go back to my house (person) from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the place swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in [the person] and live there; and the last state of that person becomes worse than the first.”
As you can see we need to remain and live in the Will of God constantly so that we won’t give a chance for the kingdom of darkness to keep pulling us back. There is this song that says “I won’t and can’t go back to the way it used to be before Your (God) presence came and changed me.” If you know God has delivered you from the life of harlotry, drug addiction, or any immoral thing that you have been struggling with, don’t go back after you have been delivered, or else worse may come to you.
There is this story in the Bible of the man who was healed by the Lord Jesus in the pool of Bethesda. In the book of John chapter 5 verses 1 to 15, it records that “Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, He asked him, “Would you like to get well?” “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!” But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded. The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd. But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.” Then the man went and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him.”
To fight a fight a faith to win is to make sure you are obeying God’s commandments. It’s easy to have faith in God and what He said, but do we really do what He has commanded us? If you notice, about all of God’s promises have conditions. There is always a but; have faith, but do this first.
One example is the promise of Mark chapter 11 verses 24 and 25. And it says “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
What is the condition here? When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, let it go what they did to you and of the pain, and release them, so that your Father in heaven my do the same for you. Truth is nobody is perfect. The Lord is telling us to walk in love, and let Him be the vindicator. He has His own ways to vindicate His people and their enemies. Don’t take issues on your own hands, because who knows with your anger how far you can go?
Another example is the promise of John chapter 15 verses 14 to 17. The Lord Jesus said that “You are My friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in My Name the Father will give you. This is My command: Love each other.”
Let’s see the Old Testament examples as well. In the book of Deuteronomy chapter 28 verses 1 and 2 for instance. It records that “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.” And if you continue to read up to verse 14, it lists what we will benefit if we obey the Lord our God.
In the book of Malachi chapter 3 verses 10 to 12. There is a promise from the Lord here with a condition, and it says “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My House. Test Me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.”
The promise says bring the whole tithe, not half. When we honor God with our money and substances on the things that He cares about, God honors us back. He won’t have any problem blessing us because He knows we will honor Him with the things He has bestowed upon us.
I mean those are just few examples. My point is that in order to fight to win, we have to continue to live righteously. We have to continue to seek God, His Kingdom and Righteousness, and ask for His help to help us continually live righteously so that we can run this race all to the end victorious with His help and by His grace of course.
Remember now, we don’t depend on our own power or strength to fight to win, but on the Spirit of The Lord God, the Holy Spirit. God is our helper, and our job is to surrender to Him and yield to His guidance so that He can work in and through us.
In the book of 1 Peter chapter 1 verse 6 to 7, Apostle Peter said “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
So don’t give up when push comes to shove. Our goal is to fight to win all the way to the end. We should look at our circumstances, struggles, and problems, as tools to exercise our faith to make our lives give glory to God in all weather in all seasons.
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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