Dr Kenneth Copeland (His entourage did not include Pastor (Mrs) Gloria Copeland), was in Nigeria yesterday with Dr David Oyedepo in Living Faith Church Worldwide (aka Winners Chapel), Lagos State. In the Vigil, he preached about the love of God, and he admonished us we should receive it in faith. Thereafter, the Bishop of the Commission, Dr David Oyedepo, spoke a lot about faith. His major assistants, Bishop Abioye and Bishop Aremu also contributed in that aspect. I deem it fit this day to also contribute my own quota when it comes to faith.
Faith is the substance of things hope for, and the evidence of things not seen. Have you ever seen God? No. But you believe He is. Were you here, when Jesus was on earth? No. But you believe He is coming back. I believe it is now very clear that faith is the very life of God.
Everything God did was in faith. That is why we declare Him a righteous and holy God. Everything Abraham did was of faith, that is why he is called Father of faith. All the patriarchs of faith listed in the Bible didn’t waiver. If they did, it would have counted disobedience to God which is sin due to unbelief. Therefore, “whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23b). If you eat believing that it will harm you (Romans 14:23a), it is a sin. There is nothing in the food that could harm you; it is what you believe that harms you. Even your prayer can become a sin (Psalms 109:7b). How? When it is not done in faith!
Faith can be described as the very life of God. Faith can be likened to Oxygen, for without it, there is no life. So as when there is no Oxygen, no man will be in existence, thereby leading to no exhalation of Carbon dioxide, and this, in turn, will lead to death for all plants. That is one of the reasons why there are no living things in most of the planets that have been discovered. Without Oxygen, no life; so also without faith, dead situations remain so.
There is a need for faith for your seemingly dead issues and situations to surge back to life. it was the breath of God – the very life of God – that made man to become a living soul. Man was made from earth, and he would have remained ceramic and dead; if not the breath of God, which is God’s very life.
Life is very interdependent; man breathes in Oxygen to live and breathes out carbon dioxide, which in turn the plants used in the process of photosynthesis to produce food. God wants it to be so; for this is one of God’s principles for creation. God can do it all alone but He still said, “let us….” He can do it all alone but He still depends on the contribution of God, the son, and Holy Spirit. If you want to please God, sin must not be in your life, that is, everything you do must be of and in faith; “for whatsoever is not of faith is a sin.”
In Proverbs 8:23, 27 & 30; Jesus was speaking, “when He prepared the heavens, I was there; …
Hence, God needs your contribution on the part of your faith to give life to your dead situations. That was what happened when man was being created; He needed some people’s faith that it could happen. Man was not in existence then, He would have asked us, “do you believe this image can live?” Then the supposed man’s answer would have determined man’s existence. Jesus and Holy Spirit believed with Him; and with their faith, man was created in God’s image.
Since whatever is not of faith is sin; and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). It means therefore that when a person has no faith, everything around and in him dies. The noble laureate, Wole Soyinka said; “if you keep silent in the face of tyranny, the man dies in you.” So also with challenges, if you have no faith to address it, the challenge will bury you alive.
Whatsoever is not of faith is a sin. God loves you but hates sin. So if you want to see God’s glory in your situation, there is a need for faith to draw virtues out of Him – just like that woman with the issue of blood (Mathew 9:21); for this is His very life that turns dead and seemingly insurmountable situations around.
Better is the lifestyle of faith than that of fear!
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