THE FAITH THAT FAILED HAS DOUBT


Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with fear, ‘Lord I believe; HELP MY UNBELIEVE‘” Mark 9:24

We have seen previously that FAITH is central to Christianity. There is no real Christian without faith because God gives every believer a measure of faith as a gift.(Rom. 12:3) As long as one is still a Christian he or she remains a person of faith; becauseno one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” 1 Cor 12:3b

So we all have faith. Every believer is a faith Christian! More so the measure of faith we have, even as small as a grain of mustard seed can move mountains “and nothing shall be impossible for youMatt 17:20
Why though are we not moving mountains with our faith? Why do we still encounter impossibilities? Jesus said the reason is simply DOUBT & UNBELIEVE. An unbelieving believer? When faith seems to be feeble, unproductive and not working, the problem is not the absence of faith. It is rather the presence of doubt.

We have had cases of great men of God in the Bible that God used mightily but who still had a moment of doubt while still in active Service and they all suffered setbacks as a result. John the Baptist and Simon Peter will be very good examples. John the Baptist was Jesuscousin and His forerunner. He not only knew Jesus from the house, he was a top prophet who God bestowed the noble job to prepare the way for the beginning of Christs ministry and to announce His presence. He then said “I have seen and testified that this is the Son of GodJohn 1:34

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a moment of a flicker of faith, doubt took the better of John the Baptist and he said to ChristAre you the coming One or do we look for another?” Luke 7:20. Also in Matt 14:2531 Peter was so full of faith that he stepped out of a boat and walked on water with Christ but when he had doubt, he began to sink and Jesus said to himO you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matt 14:31

Though we may be strong Christians, we all have levels of doubt that contents against our faith. It may not be very easy for faith to block out doubt completely no matter how hard we try, but our faith can still thrive enough in the presence of doubt for us to become “more than conquerors through Him who loved usRom 8:37.

We need to feed our faith and exercise it regularly to make it grow big and become strong. That is same way to starve our doubt to make it weak. When we talk about faith as big, strong or great, it is all in its strength rather than its quantum. The strength in faith is achieved when we regularly and properly feed that measure we have received as a gift with the word of God(Rom 10:17). We should also put our faith to work and exercise it regularly for strength and capacity. “Faith without works is deadJames 2:14

The reason we have doubt is because we sometimes allow our feelings to stand in the way that leads to doubt rather than trust God fully and wholeheartedly in the finished work of Christ. Every doubt we may have about our relationship with God and His faithfulness are all problems of our feelings. Such feelings regarding our salvation and the faithfulness of God can be a big distraction to faith growth. We should believe God for who He is “For l am the LORD, I do not changeMalachi 3:6a. When we believe God and live in obedience to His word, it will in turn produce in us the faith we need to walk and work with(John 15:415)

The Bible tells us to “fight the good fight of the faith1 Tim 6:12. We need to always look beyond the moment in times of trials and difficulties and then try and focus on the ultimate outcome such as God has promised us. It will surely bring about a faith boost. After all the Bible says that we should all know that God uses every situation( including challenges) to work together for the good of those who love Him(Rom 8:28).

He is faithful who says “I will not leave you nor forsake you.” Therefore let us open up our heats to Him in an “unqualified assurance and absolute conviction” and put a complete trust and confidence in the Lord holdingfast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Heb 10:23(ESV)

Amen
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Ike

ALL OUR NEEDS ARE IN GOD’S WORD


The Spirit is the one who gives life! Human strength can do nothing. The words that I have spoken to you are from that lifegiving SpiritJohn 6:63(CEV)

The word of God is Spirit. It is alive, quick and powerful. It contains Gods supernatural creative power.(John 1:13). Jesus Himself was “the word made flesh“. It pleases God to have Christ as the Beginning of all things and above all others and has put in Him the full nature of Himself.

Jesus Christ is a life giver. Every word He spoke to us in the Gospel are Spiritword and they give life.
There are letters of the word and also the Spirit of the Word. When we study the Scripturesas so often as possible and also commit them to memory, a time will come when we will be so filled up and bubbly, and at that point we can easily speak and pray with the word gracefully. The Spirit of God identifies with the spirit of the word to give it effect and momentum which is the power that affects our circumstances positively.

The mind of God and His will for His children are found in His word. When His word takes residence in our hearts, its spirit will help to transform and influence the way we pray to ask according to His will. That is effective and fervent prayers that the Bible says to be purposeful and advantageous.(James 5:16b). An effective prayer requires praying according to Gods will. Praying in His will should give you boldness because we know that He hears us and that our request will be met.

The earnest expectations of the righteous shall not be cutoff and so “the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their cry.” Psalm 34:17
If we believe what the word of God says, we also need to declare it and apply its truth in our lives. When we believe and ask God in faith, His promises will be passed on to us from the spiritual to the natural. For this to happen, we need to search out the portions of the Bible that contains our needs and apply its principles because God has already made provisions for all our needs in His word.

The word of God is final. What it says to do must surely be fulfilled. “When God wanted to guarantee His promises, He gave His word, a rocksolid guaranteeHeb 6:17(The Message).

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other things are subject to change and they all conform to the word. “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given youJohn 15:7(NIV)
We need to meditate on the word always and should not stop to speak out about its truths. “That you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.” Joshua 1:8b(AMP)

There is power and authority in the word of Godthat breaks in pieces its stubborn resistanceThe Bibles absolute truth is relevant to all generations and it can stand the test of time. It contains lots of wisdom and knowledge that can change lives completely and help to conquer a difficult situation. The fire of the word is strong enough to burn off our old character and anti Christian believes.
We should continue to have faith in God because He said “Ill make every word I give you come true.” Jeremiah 1:12
Let’s all follow the lead of Abraham our father of faith who “was certain that God could do what He had promisedRom. 4:21(CEV). God is always watching over His word to perform it by His zeal. Based on that conviction, we can always place a demand on God for our needs that are found in His word.

Amen
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Ike

THE NEW MAN IN CHRIST.


You have begun to live a new life, in which you are being made new and are becoming like the One who made you. This new life brings you to the true knowledge of God.” Col. 3:10(NCV)

THE moment we accept Christ as Lord and Savior, a wonderful transformation takes place. He takes over our sins and gives us a new nature. Jesus never did anything wrong, but in our behalf, He took on Himself the sins of the world and gave us His righteousness. So now, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Cor 5:17(NLT)

JESUS gave us the Holy Spirit so as to cement the new relationship with God through Him. By the time we heard the truth of the message of our salvation and believed it, from then we aresealed with the Holy Spirit of the promiseChrist did this so that our spirit may be alive and active in Him.
What the Holy Spirit does is to flood theeyes of our heartwith knowledge to understand how great and awesome is the hope we have received in Christ and the riches of the glory of His inheritance of which we also share in.

AS our mind is being renewed, cleansed, and sanctified by the bathing of the water of the word, we need also to yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit. This will help to transform the old bruised and roughened self to a new Christlike nature. The supernatural transformation is through a gradual process that takes place over time. “Our faces shining with the brightness of His face. And so we are transformed much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like Him.” 2 Cor 3:18(The Message)

GOD has not promised any person of a Christian walk that is without challenges. Nonetheless, God will not allow us to be crushed by whatever difficulties that may come our way. Instead of such obstacles to affect our Christian faith negatively, we can use them to build our spiritual strength and capacity. Moreover the Holy Spirit is ever present to give us hope and relief from stress because His presence is always with the elect just as He was with the Israelites in the wilderness.

Amen!
Ike