I warmly welcome you to this edition of the program, Building on the Rock with Pastor Murphy. This program is designed to empower you achieve your dreams in God through His word. It is an honour to share the all powerful Word of God with you today. My name is am Murphy Okpala. Today we will be continuing the topic “Basic Principles of Faith”. Before we go on with the discussion let’s listen to this lovely song.
Artist: Tye Tribett
Song Title: If He Did It Before
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1 (CEV)
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Never Give Up: Blessed are they that wait patiently on God!
In the past two weeks we have been discussing faith, I like to refer to it as the God-kind of faith.
As we saw in the last two episodes of the program people can have faith in different things, but we are discussing faith in God or the God kind of faith. And who best describes this kind of faith in the bible but Abraham our father of faith. Last week we started looking at what faith really is in relation to hope. We established that faith comes before hope. As we said, hope is something in the future that you have a confident expectation for. This confident expectation or hope is always based on the faith that is imparted in you through God’s promise to you as an individual. We also established that there is usually a time difference between when you get in faith i.e. when you receive the promise from God and when that which you believe for manifests in your hands.
It is at this point of waiting that things become kind of tricky for most of us.
Sometimes it actually feels like all hell has broken loose on you. Circumstances and situations all of a sudden start going contrary to what has been promised. However do not let it weary you for it is just like a test. At this point we usually make the mistake of thinking we are not in faith. Sometimes the devil can try and sometimes succeeds in making us think we were never in faith. But the truth is when we receive a promised form God faith is imparted immediately. Imagine you gave your friend 1000 naira to buy air time and with that 1000 naira in his hand he comes and asks you for 1000 to buy air time. How will you react? That is the same thing we do when we doubt God’s promise and go back and ask Him for faith.
The issue is not really faith but Patience.
Imagine you have a ten year old son who is fascinated about tomatoes. He came back from school one day after a science class where he was taught that tomatoes come from seeds, which inspired him to experiment and grow tomatoes. He gets tomatoes seeds from his mother and plants at the back of the house. The next morning He comes out to check on the tomatoes and when he did not see any difference he lost confidence and was sad. You noticed His demeanor as He was going to school that morning so you ask him what is wrong. Then he explains that the tomatoes he planted yesterday has not grown. I guess you will explain to him that tomatoes don’t grow over night but if he is patient and diligent to water it daily before long it will spring forth. He is encouraged and follows your advice.
After 2 days he still does not see any difference, he is tempted to give up but he remembers your advice so he continues watering the soil where he planted the tomatoes and behold on the sixth day he notice the soil bulge at the place where he planted the seed he is encouraged and continues. Before long the tomatoes will grow up and start producing fruits. He plucks them off the tree and brings them to his mum with so much enthusiasm and fulfilment. But now let’s imagine if he stopped at the second day he would never had gotten that joy and fulfillment of giving his mum tomatoes to cook for him. He needed patience and constant watering to reap the harvest. This is how faith works also.
The seed is the word of God that builds faith in you. I know that you might have heard that money is the seed. But after careful study of the bible I have come to understand that there is only one seed in God and it is the word of God. I will explain this in the subsequent lessons. So the seed is the word of God. When the seed gets into your heart, faith has gotten in and builds an expectation for the harvest.
But like the little boy you need to patiently and consistently water that seed for you to receive the manifestation of your expectation. You may ask, how do I water the seed of the word in my heart? It is simply by praising God continually for that expectation as if you already have it in your hand and confessing that you already have it from your mouth.
In doing this the circumstances may actually appear like nothing is happening or things might even seem to be getting worse. But if you ignore the circumstances and continually give God praise like you already have it, you will definitely get your expectation. But remember you have to be sure that you have planted the seed, because if there is no seed, you cannot get the harvest. Remember that Abraham believed according to what He was promised not what He desired. The seed is God’s express promise to you as an individual concerning the situation. Once you sow that seed in prayer and water it consistently with your confident, I said confident praise in due time you will receive your expectation.
So don’t give up on the promise of God.
Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you. He understands the pressure we go through when we are waiting patiently for the manifestation, So if the pressure feels that it will pull you down, go boldly to the throne of grace and receive mercy and grace which will strengthen you in waiting for the promise.
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