Happppppyyyyy new month dear friends, I hope you are doing well. I thank God for your life and that of your family. Dear Holy Spirit, we thank you for another time in your presence. We pray that you give us understanding as we study your words in this post. AMEN. Woww, glory to God, the Holy Spirit has spent a lot of time these last weeks teaching us about faith. I have been blessed by his teachings and I believe that is your testimony too. If you missed the last post, please kindly click here: https://hephzibahemereole.medium.com/faith-in-the-midst-of-trouble-part-4-a55fe18cfd98
In the previous weeks, we have seen many biblical characters of people who demonstrated faith in different situations(Jesus, Blind Batimeaus e.t.c). Today, we are looking at Faith which influences your confessions. We will be looking at the story of Father Abraham when God asked him to sacrifice his son, Isaac. In Genesis 22 v 1- 8- Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called.“Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”2 “Take your son, your only son — yes, Isaac, whom you love so much — and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”3 The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”6 So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, 7 Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?”“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.“We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”8 “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together(NLT). Father Abraham’s story shows great faith because even though God told him to sacrifice Isaac, he confessed positively to his servants that he and his son would return again- v5...“we will come right back”. We need great faith to believe that God is faithful even when he is sending us on assignments we don't like.
Paul told Jesus, Lord we have toiled all night and made no catch but at your words, I will lay down my net. Luke 5 v 4–5: When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again (NLT). Paul moved to the stage where Jesus' word became his own confessions. Thus, when he went back to fish again, he had to beckon on other fishermen to help him with the great catch of fish he had.
The centurion(a man of authority who understood the power of spoken words ) in Matthew 8 v 5–13: When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” 8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 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 (NIV). Even before Jesus spoke the word, the centurion confessed that his servant will be healed -v7. Jesus called this a Great faith!.
Dear friends, I don't know what your situation is right now but we have to learn to make God’s word our confessions daily. This is where we put our faith in action. I pray that God builds our faith in this new month. AMEN
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