The Just Shall Live By Faith

Faith is the foundation of our existence. It’s impossible to get through life without faith. Faith is the source of most things in Christians’ lives. Life is based solely on faith. A life lived in disbelief is a life lived in death.

The phrase “The just shall live by faith.” appears about four times in the scripture (see Romans.1:17; Galatians.3:11; Hebrews.10:38; Habakkuk. 2:4). “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established” (2.Cor.13:1).

What is faith?

Faith is not waiting; it’s a moving or doing force. The fact that you’re obeying God’s commands demonstrates your faith. You can’t claim to have faith unless you’re willing to obey. We learn from the Bible that faith without works is dead (James.2:26). The best sign of our love for God is obedience.

Faith is the substance of what is hoped for and the evidence of what is not seen (Heb.11:1). From this definition, take note of these two keywords: “hope” and “evidence.”

There would be no manifestation if there was no expectation. As you obey, keep an open mind. Without obedience to biblical rules, all hope is lost. The act of obeying is a statement of hope. Following scriptural instructions as a way of life demonstrates that you believe in God’s promises.

“And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Luke.1:45).

Never give up. You’re not serving God for no reason; there’s a reason you’re doing so. It’s not a waste of time to devote yourself to God. At the end of the tunnel, there is a ray of hope. No more than one night of weeping is authorized.

for i know the thoughts that i think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you an expected end

“And For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.” -Proverbs.23:18

Unfortunately, many so-called “born-again” Christians approach God with no expectations. Bring explicit expectations to God every time. Jesus, have mercy on me shouted the blind Bartimeus (Mark,10:47). What did you want me to do, Jesus inquired? (go straight to the point). What kind of child do you require from God if you require one? Is it a boy or a girl? Most of our prayer requests are sometimes ambiguous. Specific prayers pique Jesus’ interest.

This man, who had been sitting by the pool for over thirty years, laments that he had no one to assist him (John.5:1-15). Many of you lament that you don’t have a brother or uncle to aid you since they have their own duties to carry. Everyone bears responsibility for the course of his or her life. YOU are in charge of the result of your life. You will continue to be a liability unless you begin to take responsibility for your life. God did not make us to be burdens, but rather to be blessings to our world. His message instructs us to be fruitful and replenish the earth. The fruit of the womb is not the only source of fruitfulness. It permeated all elements of existence.

Evidence. Without evidence, your faith is bogus. The outcomes are evidence that your faith is genuine. Why do we have so many born-again Christians who don’t have any outcomes to show for it? God’s own people are destroyed due to a lack of knowledge (Hosea.4:6). There is no mountain anywhere; everyone’s mountain is his ignorance. Your life cannot be more lovely than the quality of your light. There are no lucky men; there are lighted men.

my people are destroyed: for lack of knowledge Hosea 4 vs 6

There is both strong and little faith. You can still sink with a little faith. With a little faith, Peter was walking on the water to meet Jesus when he began to sink, and Jesus replied, “O ye of little faith.” This is why it is critical to increase your faith. It may take some time to develop your faith, but it will pay off in the end. It is given to each person according to his or her faith. Every person Jesus healed, He told them, “Be it unto you according to your faith.” I cannot believe for you. I really wish I could. It is your job to place a high premium on developing your faith.

Praying in the Holy Spirit is one of the cheapest ways to strengthen our faith (Jude.1:20). Equipping oneself with knowledge of God’s word is a definite approach to strengthen your faith. Maintaining a daily prayer life is also an excellent method to strengthen your faith. It is all up to you. In the miraculous market, faith is your purchasing power.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews.11:6).

Hearing God’s Voice (When God Leads…)

Faith develops into trust as a result of hearing directly from God. Most of us understand that faith comes from hearing God’s word. As much as this is true, great faith (which I refer to as trust) is gained by hearing directly from God. You can’t hear from God and doubt Him. This was the mystery behind the ancient men’s obedience. All biblical heroes heard God’s voice, which enabled them to trust Him. This is why Moses was able to cross the Red Sea; he was able to obey because he had received it from God.

When God told Moses, “I have made you a God unto Pharoah.” He approached Pharoah not as a man, but as god. God told Abraham to sacrifice his long-awaited son, his only child, and he did it because he heard God speak to him. Unfortunately, most so-called born-again believers do not believe they can hear from God. Some people do not believe that God speaks to them at all. This is why it is critical to understand how to hear from God. Every day, God want to communicate with you. But He does not speak to a deaf ear. If God tells you to take a step and you fail, He may not reveal the following step to you. God leads step by step.

God sees your past, present, and future. and He’ll want to teach you everything. Everything includes your finances, marriage, business, career, academics, health, and so on. You’re frustrated because you make important decisions in life without consulting God. You chose your marriage without seeking divine guidance, and you invested in businesses in which God was not involved. That is the root of your ups and downs.

Finally, I’ll leave you with this verse:

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith(Romans.1:17).

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the just shall live by faith

Power Of Vision

power of vision

One of the advantages of vision is that you can’t have where you’re going and not package yourself to get there. That’s why, when they say your flight is on time, you’ll do everything you can to make it. You may even have to leave your food behind in order to make the flight. The flight of destiny is about to take off. Are you still stumbling around, folding your arms, doing nothing to demonstrate that you don’t want to miss the flight? Because Joseph had already seen himself on the throne, he knew Portiphar House was only a stopover. He packed himself dangerously to get where he was going.

Vision is intended for young people, not the elderly. According to the Bible, “your young men will see vision.” (Joel 2:28). Joseph began dreaming when he was seventeen years old. You are now in your twenties, thirties, and forties, and you have no idea what a dream is. You’re already behind schedule, so get on board. Jesus, at the age of twelve, already knew where he was going. He wasn’t a playboy. At the age of 12, people began to marvel at Jesus. Everything in life is a business. He knew he had to attend to his father’s business. In life, you’re either making profit or recording losses. You will go bankrupt if you do business with life.

“Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers” (Luke.2:46-47).

And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business? ” (Luke.2:49).

Action is a result of a vision. Ordinary wishes are what most people refer to as “visions.” Every true vision will always put the visionary on the run. According to the Prophet Jeremiah: Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name.” But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not hold back” (Jeremiah.20:9).

To make the most of your life, you must present yourself as a visionary. Nelson Mandela, the epitome of a visionary, once declared, “One day, I will be president of this nation.” Despite the fact that he faced numerous challenges, his vision came true. Apartheid supporters once dug a hole for him and urinated on his head, but Mandela remained steadfast in his pursuit of his vision.

“It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela

Challenges are stepping stones on the path to success. Being challenged is scriptural; being defeated is unscriptural. There is no challenged-free life. Don’t talk about problems; talk about solutions.

where there is no vision the people perish: but he that keepeth the law happy is he - proverbs.29:18

Vision is a lifetime experience. The vision continues until you exhale your last breath. But take note: early to rise, early to shine. The majority of Africans are late risers. You can’t enrol in a pilot school if you’re over the age of eighteen, and you can’t become a football star if you’re over the age of eighty. The time has passed. You can’t bend a dried fish. Certain things cannot be done again once the appropriate time has passed. This is your best opportunity to spend as much time as possible with God in order to build spiritual strength reserves for the future. With age, one’s energy levels decline.

Michael Dell founded Dell Corporation at the age of nineteen and retired as CEO at the age of forty. You don’t have a dream now that you’re forty.

You can be both an athlete and a doctor, but people will only remember you for one of them. Those who know where they belong and go there on time are referred to as stars. They say that a jack of all trades is a master of none. I believe that the major issue of our time is that most young people have no idea what they want to do with their lives. Young people are becoming involved in cybercrime in order to become richer in a short period of time. They are in a hurry. Young people are now pursuing paths that have nothing to do with their futures. They live by the vogue (fashion) of the day (they go after the profession that they heard that is reigning and generate the highest pay). Many young people are living their lives according to the law of chance – a shapeless, purposeless existence.

You can’t climb a tree from the top; a plane can’t take off without sufficient ground power, and stairs cannot be climbed from the top; they must be climbed from the ground floor.

“for the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: thought it tarry, wait for it: because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakukk.2:3).

There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Weeping may last all night, but joy will come in the morning. The devil builds faster but more fragilely; God builds slowly but strong. Never give up if you are on the Lord’s side. Keep going. Most people give up before they reach their breakthrough. There is no shortcut to destiny; it is the Lord’s blessing that makes rich and adds no sorrow to it.

Finally, the vision must be written boldly, read daily, and communicated to all stakeholders so that everyone is on the same page.

and the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it

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