Thursday, June 23, 2011

Faith Is The Manifestation

NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses] (Hebrews 11 AMP).

Someone once lamented how God gave him a specific word about his healing, prosperity and restoration, yet, he didn't experience the physical manifestation after several years. His language actually manifested unbelief. Unbelief is a thief of God's blessings; it short-circuits the power of God, thereby preventing you from receiving the best that God has for you: "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways" (James 1:6-8).

In the Old Testament, the Bible tells how the children of Israel couldn't enter into God's promise because of unbelief. They refused to be persuaded by the Word of God. They were people who primarily were ruled by their senses--they wanted to see or feel God's presence before they could believe.

Hebrews 3:17-19 lets us know that God wasn't pleased with them because they were unbelieving: "But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief." Now faith is the evidence of unseen realities. Faith is a possessor; it takes hold of the Word, and that settles it.

Hebrews 11:6 says, without faith, it is impossible to please God. Therefore, don't wait for any physical manifestation before you believe what God says about you. Your faith is the manifestation, for faith perceives as fact that which has been declared by the Word.

In line with the Word of God, I declare that all things are mine; therefore I refuse to struggle for anything, for I'm a possessor! My faith is producing results for me. Therefore I walk in the vital reality of the manifold blessings of God today.

Rhapsody of Realities   June 23, 2011
-Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

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