Remnant: People of Faith-Part 2

4 Feb

Do you know that God has called us to be overcomers? It’s true! He never called us to be defeated by our circumstances – no matter how dire they may seem at the moment. Rather, we’re called to walk in victory, to experience inner peace and joy. Yet, too many of us have either forgotten this or just don’t know. Here’s the truth: God wants to pour out His favor on us – to reward and bless us. However, in order for that to happen, we have to walk in faith by putting our trust in Him. Everything that involves God, involves faith. Think about it. It is only through faith that we are saved, healed and protected. Faith is necessary to receive the Holy Spirit, to have victory and to live right with God. You see, God lives in the realm of the impossible, the realm of faith, and He wants us to live there with Him. How? We have to believe that He can do anything. We have to know God for ourselves, in our hearts, not just know about Him in our heads. The way in which we know Him determines a lot of things about our lives. Wherever we are in life, it’s a byproduct of our faith. If we want to be People of Faith, there are four principles we need to know about how faith works: 1. Faith works through love. Love must be our primary motivation in whatever we’re doing if we want faith to work. As soon as we stop loving (by holding onto unforgiveness, for example), faith stops working. 2. Faith believes God regardless of the circumstances. Of the seventeen miraculous healings by Jesus that are recorded in the Gospels, Jesus attributed thirteen of them to the faith of the people involved; “…your faith has made you well…” All of these people were dealing with difficult circumstances, yet they believed. 3. Faith in the heart comes out through the mouth. What is there in your life that seems like an insurmountable mountain? Are you speaking to it in faith, or only about it? Speaking about a mountainous problem doesn’t make it any better; it only makes it bigger. If we want change, we have to change what we say. 4. Finally, faith acts on what it believes. Where we’re at is a statement of what we believe. God doesn’t call us to sit passively. Our circumstances may be testing us, but if we believe, and act on what we believe, then we will enter the “Promised Land” of God’s favor and blessing. So, how are you doing with your love motivation? What are believing about your circumstances? What are you saying with your mouth? And, how are you acting? When you align your motivation, beliefs, words and actions with God’s Word, you are walking in faith. That’s why it’s essential to keep our eyes on Him and off of our circumstances! The more we keep our eyes on Him, trusting in His Word, character and power, the more insignificant our troubles will become, and the more peace, joy and victory we will experience! (To get the full breakdown of this topic, click here to listen to/watch this week’s message.)

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2 Responses to “Remnant: People of Faith-Part 2”

  1. dee2rites February 7, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    Thank you for posting this. It was just the reminder I needed today. I’m tired physically and mentally and just encouraged me to keep on doing what I know God’s called me to do. Thanks for your faithfulness.
    Dee

  2. Shara February 8, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    what an amazing lesson! thank you for posting this, it’s exactly what i needed to hear at this very moment!!!

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