SUNDAY MOTIVATION with Dr Ada Ezeka
FAITH IS A MUST!
Text : 1 John 2:6
“Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.” – MSG
If you’re the new creation, in Christ…faith is a must!
Just like money is the purchasing power for every man in this natural world…
Faith to the believer, is the purchasing power in the spirit realm…(the world of “in Christ)…where God, our Father, has blessed us with “every spiritual blessing” :
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ:” ASV
That’s why faith is a must, if you must live in the reality of the new and wealthy life in Christ.
Like I always say…Just like you can recognize a man who has money in this world by his wealthy and comfortable lifestyle…
Even so, it is that easy to know a Christian who is using his/her faith : no struggles, no lack, no sickness, no calamities, no stories of woe, etc…I tell you!
“…in Christ” is a spiritual world (a world of divine realities only) into which you’re instantly born when you confess the Lordship of Jesus…according to Romans 10:8-10…You don’t “buy” things with money there…you “buy” with faith.
See Isaiah 55:1…
“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters (the Word and the Spirit)
and he that hath no money;
come ye, buy, and eat;
yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”
Did you see that? That’s a call to a life of faith! Those who walk with God, who live and walk in the spirit, must live and walk by faith! There’s no other way.
All through scriptures, we see God trying to teach us the lifestyle of faith.
☆The world had never seen rain before; but God comes to Noah and tells him to build an ark and take his family into it for safety; because he was going to destroy the world with rain (in a flood dimension )…
And Noah went on ahead and did exactly as God told him, despising all the mockery from people who didn’t hear what he heard from God! Read Genesis 7:4-5; 11-12; 22-23.
☆ Moses and millions of the children of Israel stood between Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea ( numb with fear ); and God simply said to Moses,
“… speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward…But lift up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea and divide it… ” -Read Exodus 14:15-16.
Moses did exactly what God told him to do, and the rest was history, that we’re still reading about today!
Now, look at faith in action….
” And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong wind… and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided… “
⁃ Exodus 14: 21 -22.
You see, God will always respond to faith any day, anywhere, anytime! Yes!
WHAT IS FAITH?
Faith is doing whatever you do based on what God says…that is, acting on/with God’s Word…
That means, to operate in/with faith you must always know what God says…You must “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly”…
That is, let the accurate, exact and complete knowledge of the realities of the New Covenant (which came into effect after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ) dwell in you richly -Colossians 3:16.
Faith is thinking, talking and behaving the Word…It is diligent and committed Word practice…in spite of prevailing circumstances, or what you see or hear.
Faith is having enough confidence in God’s Word to base your choices and decisions on it…without any plan B…without any thought of, “What if it doesn’t work?” Read James 1:5-8.
Faith, is a lifestyle required of everyone in Christ…no exception, no excuse, no double standard!
If you’re in Christ, friend, you have faith – the same kind of faith Jesus used to operate when he lived here on earth (the God kind of faith)- Mark 9:22.
Paul called it the faith of the Son of God (Jesus Christ) :
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20.
What I’m doing here is showing you what that faith can do…and challenging you to use it to live in this world as Jesus lived…
And you will surely enjoy a life of daily victories, success and glory in all areas of your life…Enjoying the vital realities of the finished work of Jesus all through life! Alleluia!