By John Macdonald.
According to Ephesians chapter 2 verse 8 our very salvation depends on believing that Jesus died to take away our sins and that repentance enables God's grace to rest upon us and gives us entry into His presence and eternal life. We are saved by faith. No one can please God except by having faith in Jesus and His atoning sacrifice on the Cross.
In Ephesians chapter 6 verse 16 we learn of our great battle with our sworn enemy, Satan. He comes against our very lives and God's plans for our lives. He comes against our family; our finances; our health; our children and our work situations. When we attacks we are to place the shield of faith, that is the Word of God, over all our situations and circumstances. Using the shield of faith we are well able to destroy all the fiery attacks of the Evil One. It is a battle that through God's Word and the Holy Spirit's direction that we win. Why? We win because Jesus won the battle on the Cross and we learn to live in the complete victory He won for us.By faith it is not a maybe victory but a complete routing of His evil attacks. However, we must always be vigilant and strong in faith through God's Word.
As Christians our aim must always be to please God. At times we fail to do so but it must be our vision and our goal. In Hebrews chapter 11 verse 6 we are told that without faith we cannot please God. Why is this so? Because God is a faith working God whose children must always desire to be faith filled people in order to fulfill God's purposes and promises in their lives.
James chapter 5 verse 15 tells us that the prayer of faith will heal the sick. When the prayer of faith is prayed over the sick our confidence must not be in medicine or experiences or circumstances but in God's Word. While other things can play a part in assisting our situation our supreme confidence must be in God and His healing through faith filled prayers founded on who God is and the Bible.
Hebrews chapter 10 tells us that God is always faithful to answer His Word through the prayers of His children. At times we can tend to lose sight of our faith through bad circumstances and situations; other peoples' words; even our own thoughts and ideas but God's faith is ever present to sustain us. We connect with God's faith through His Word and the faith that arises in our spirits as we are willing to walk by faith.
Hope is not faith. Hope is a vision; even a glorious one that is always tomorrow. Faith is now. Faith is the substance that brings reality to our lives. We must believe in faith filled' Bible backed Words now. Why? Today is the day of salvation. Tomorrow may well be too late. You have to live in the knowledge that God and His Word is working on your behalf now.
Faith is not presumption! If God's Word does not back your understanding and the Holy Spirit has not told you to believe certain ideas then it is not faith backed by God's Word but presumption from your own mind or other peoples' understandings.
What do you do? you first wait upon the Holy Spirit to lead you. Then by faith start reading the Word even several times over but not too much material at one time. perhaps only a few verses at a time will be sufficient. Next you meditate on the Word of God very carefully; getting understanding as the Holy Spirit convicts and directs.
Next it is important to try to learn sections of God's Word by heart; Perhaps only one or two verses at a time. repeat the verses over and over daily, until they become a vital part of your thinking. Learn appropriate verses for finances; for healing; or work or family relationships. We now need to apply them by confessing them over the relative situation at hand. As faith arises in your spirit, the Holy Spirit is able to take these Words to give you fresh understanding and discernment. You will then know that these faith filled words are already bringing God's faith filled purposes to pass.
Walking by faith to fulfill God's purposes for your life is essential living for all obedient Christians. Only God and His Word can fulfill God's purposes for you and give your life the fulfillment and contentment the way God intended you to live.
Your entering into eternal life and ability to believe began by faith when you first accepted Jesus.
It can be a long road to full victory. It will be a road of many battles but it always brings victory to those who keep on believing because God and His Word are the only way that your faith will bring you victory.
Keep on walking and living by faith in God and His Word.
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