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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Nuggets On Feeding Your Faith and Building Your Confidence

One of the things we will need to build on as we go along this new month  is to grow our faith and be more confident in ourselves and in the abilities that God has endowed us with. This confidence building is also linked to our individual closeness or relationship with God our Father. As a believer in God, our faith increases as our confidence increases and our confidence increases based on our revelation and knowledge of the Word of God .That means we have to spend time reading, studying and meditating on what God’s Word says. Whenever fear and doubt creeps in our mind as they would since we are human, the Word we know and have been feeding on creeps out to dissipate the fear and doubt .We negate the fear by speaking out loud positive words based on The Word of God.
Romans 10:17 so then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Hebrews 11:1-3 now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Faith is absolute confidence in God, His Word and the practical demonstration of the trust by believing that God is more than able to accomplish all He said without doubting, wavering or compromising His Words.
When we get saved, we all automatically get a measure of faith.
Romans 12: 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of him more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Our salvation itself was by faith and it is a gift from our loving father to us His sons and daughters.
Ephesians 2: 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
We did not see God or Jesus face to face but we believed in him enough to make us confess the prayers of
Romans 10: 9-10.
‘If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved’.
The new way of life of a believer has expected by God is to live by faith and that is why it was repeated in four places in the scripture. Repetition is for significance and importance.
Hebrews 10:38:  Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.

Habakkuk   2:  4: Behold the proud His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.
 Romans 1:17:  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.
Galatians 3:11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.
 Therefore if we truly want to manifest and experience the fulfilling life that God has provided for us, we will need to live according to his standards and rules. One of the reasons some Christians are struggling in their faith is because of lack of knowledge of God words. The days we live in are the days of The Spirit; you cannot operate in the Spirit without faith. These days the economy is so unstable like in the days of the Egyptians, therefore it is crucial to know how to abound in Goshen in the time of recession. Everything you see in the physical did not just manifest like that, they had to be given birth to first from the spiritual. To live in the Spirit, is to live by faith and to live by faith is living by the Word of God. Anything that is lacking in our physical world around us can be given birth to in The Spirit. God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think according to the power that is at work in us.

Ephesians 3:20. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
The spiritual can bring forth creative miracles, healing, restoration, deliverance, provision, witty inventions when we take time to get pregnant with the physical seed in the Word of God. A habit and culture of reading, meditating, speaking and doing the word of God brings forth spiritual things to manifest in the physical. This requires diligence, discipline and consistency.
We have to spend time in the Word of God so we can know more about The God of the Word.
The times we spend are not wasted; they are times of revelations from The Holy Spirit about us and our live. They are times that the written word becomes a spoken word for our situations/circumstances. Remember the Word of God was written by men as inspired by The Holy Spirit, they are not ordinary words but life Zoƫ life changing words that contain (Dunamis) POWER.
2 Peter 1:20 -21 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation  21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God  spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit
2 Timothy 3:16  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
 When we are consistently doing these, we will begin to operate like God want us to; to create, multiply, dominate, replenish the earth and to destroy all the works of the enemy.
The same way we feed our physical body for nourishment so also we are supposed to be feeding our Spirit man with the Word of God daily. Most uncommon dreams and our visions are impossible to accomplish with physical might, they are however achievable with spiritual might The Spiritual might is attainable through a Spirit filled life; which is a life of Faith. Ability to believe in impossibilities lies with our faith filled life/spirit filled life.
Faith enters our heart whenever we hear the words of God spoken. The following are ways we can hear the Word by reading The Holy Bible, by listening to sermons on tapes, audio, by listening to messages from men and women of God from God's Word, watching the Bible on Dvd,  listening to cd or mp3 player. When we develop a consistent habit of hearing God’s Words our doubts disappears and our confidence in God increases. Our faith grows as we feed it or it becomes small as we starve it. The more of the Word of God we feed on, the more faith we have and the more our trust in God increases.
Matthew 8:26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
Matthew 8:10
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith
Matthew 15:28
Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
The level of our faith depend on our own pursuit and hunger for more of God’s Word .When the Apostles asked God to increase their faith, he replied them by saying they only needed a small amount of faith as small as mustard seed to accomplish their goals.
This statement is to encourage us that sometimes it’s not about the quantity of our spirituality or quantity of our ‘faith’ but the quality of our Christian lives and the fruits we are bearing; this is what we ought to be doing as disciples.
John 15; 1-8
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
God desires for us to bear fruits and remain in Him .He even works with us to make sure our lives are fruitful .He does this by pruning and cleaning us but we also have our own share of responsibility of asking for more of His wisdom ,yearning for him and seeking his will from His Words for our lives. 
James 1:5; if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
We can only achieve many of our dreams and goals with him as our co- partner, that’s why he reminded us that without him we can do nothing.
It’s time to dig in the Word and bring out those great dreams; somebody out there is waiting for our new ideas, new books, new innovations and creativity. Once we do our part of feeding our faith, our confidence in the God we serve will increase and He will be able to do exploit through us. 
Daniel 11:32 and such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
The beginning of the New Year is a time to commit to reading and studying the Word of God so as to receive God’s directions, revelation, wisdom, clarity of purpose for the achievement of your God given goals and dreams.
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