Understanding Faith

Understanding Faith

From the post titled Great faith vs Little faith, we know that great faith and little faith is determined based upon how someone responds to opposition.

In the Gospels [Matthew 4 and Luke 4] we read that Jesus was tempted by the devil the whole 40 days and 40 nights he was in the wilderness. However, the Gospels only share with us 3 times in which the devil tempted Jesus. During the 40 days Jesus was being tested by God, as much as he was being tempted by the devil. Check this out...  in this particular test/temptation Jesus's faith was not determined to be great until day 40, and not on day 1 of the fast, not on day 20, not on day 39. How do I know this? Because when Jesus started his fast he was full of the Holy Spirit, when he finished that fast he was powered by the Holy Spirit.

We often have a perception that when we ask for something, if we don't get it the day or week, or month or quarter or year that we asked for it, that we should give up. FYI, I am not saying that you should keep asking God. On the contrary, you should ask once and believe for what you've asked for, although you haven't physically received what you're asking for.

If it looks like things are getting worse day-by-day. DON'T BELIEVE THAT! That's what the enemy wants us to think, so that we can give in and give up. Truth be told, when things are getting drastically worse, is when you should be thanking God. Seriously, like you really should praise God, because that's when you know your redemption is drawing near and victory will soon manifest in the physical realm. You're already victorious in the spiritual realm because of Jesus Christ. 

Think about it, when Jesus went to cast the legion of demons out of the man in Mark 5:1-20,Luke 8:26-39, they threw the man into a convulsion because the demons  knew the man redemption and victory was drawing near (they saw Jesus approaching). So now you know the tactic of the enemy. He pulls out all weapons right before your victory [e.g. more stress, other things not relating to the problem becoming problems, etc] because he knows that if he can get you to doubt or fear, you will not get what you've been believing God for.

In Matthew 15:21-28 the Canaanite women who had a daughter that was demon possessed had MANY oppositions: 
1. She was a woman [back in those days women didn't have the same liberalism]
2. She was a Canaanite [if you don't get why this is listed, read Deuteronomy lol]
3. She was surrounded by other people who was trying to get to Jesus 
4. When she finally got to Jesus, he said that he wasn't sent for her
5. Jesus used an analogy by calling her a dog to show that she wasn't a priority [in a family, more so in those days, dogs ate last]

I think most believers would have given up at opposition #3, if not by opposition #5. If you want to overcome obstacles, you have to be so desperate for God to help you that you humble yourself, and have shameless audacity as described in Luke 11:8. In other words, by faith you have to keep holding on for what you're believing for as long as it's in the will of God you will receive it, if you don't give up.

In Romans 4:18- 25 we read about Abraham's opposition. "Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. [Note: this was Abrahams opposition to the promise God made him]. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 

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I've shared my testimony with you in the Command to Love video and Committed Relationship video. I had been in a season of testing since June of 2018, and it's now January 2019. God kept telling me to trust him, and that I will overcome. It didn't seem like what I was hoping for would come. Things started to get drastically worse. The more I was lead by the Holy Spirit to step out in faith, the worse things would get from the physical. This is the reason is why the word of God tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:7 to walk by faith and not by sight. If we walk by what we see, we would never reach the promise of God, like the Israelites who complained their whole journey.

Today I read Acts 16:16-28 and I saw how Paul and Silas were SEVERELY flogged and despite of their unjust treatment, they were singing praises and hymns to God at midnight. I thought to myself, I should be doing the same thing. So, I got on my knees and asked the Holy Spirit to give me a hymn to sing [John 4:24]. During that time of worship, my faith was strengthened, and from my heart and out of my mouth I said I refuse to give up and I start quoting scriptures that applied to my situation. I felt like something was lifted off of me. I shouted victory several times from my spirit. Catch this.. I had been making professions, praying to God, reading the word of God from June 2018 until now. However, it was until I praised God from faith and in my Spirit, that  victory became mine in the physical realm.

In Acts 16:26 as a result of Paul and Silas praise and worship during their bondage, the very foundation of the thing that kept them in bondage was shaken and the door to their freedom was opened.  In Acts 16:29-32 we read how Paul and Silas used their test/temptation and freedom to bring people to salvation.  In Acts 16:33,34 God had the same jailer who flogged them, to wash their wounds, and provide for them.

Acts 16:25, and Acts 16:35 let's us know that all of that happened in one night. Your situation can change at the snap of a finger.

I suggest you read the post titled Our Victory!

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7