IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THE AUDACITY OF FAITH
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM.
“Who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.”
The quality of having enough courage to take risks.
Boldness or daring, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions. Effrontery or insolence; shameless boldness
We are determined to see this faith work in all circumstances.
–The Lord Jesus said “it is by faith
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
It is by faith – John 11:40
Victory most of the time is not achieved by fighting. Victory is received by faith.
Faith links our nothingness to God’s Almightiness.
We sometimes imagine that faith is a difficult and a mysterious thing. Is it? Just think for a moment. Jericho was to be captured. It was a walled city, and it would be impossible, even with a gigantic army, to overthrow the walls of that city and yet that is exactly what the Israelites were to do, not with an army but by faith; they were simply to trust God to do it for them. Could anything be simpler than that? All they had to do was to stand firm and you will see the deliverance of the Lord” look up Exodus 14:13.
This is faith’s way of victory over all our enemies, whether our enemy is the world (1 John 2:15-16); the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21); or the Devil (1 Peter 5:8). Human resources are quite insufficient, and the arm of flesh is altogether inadequate, look up Philippians 3:3. The way of victory, for life and for service, is to take the victory which God gives, look up and compare Joshua 6:2,16 and 1 Corinthians 15:57. Victory is not achieved by struggle and by effort, it is received and experienced and enjoyed by faith, look up 2 Corinthians 3:5-6.
In Hebrews 11:35 we read “women received back their dead, raised to life again.” These miracles were wrought by God through faith. One of these was the woman of Zarephath whose son died and was raised to life in answer to the prayer of Elijah (1 Kings 17:17-24). The other was the woman of Shunem whose son died and was raised to life in answer to the prayer of Elisha (2 Kings 4:8-37). In each case it is the faith of the prophet which is referred to. The women may have had some faith, but they received the blessing that came in response to the faith of Elijah and Elisha.
There are times when we have to trust God in the dark. It needs an audacious, bold faith to trust God when we cannot trace Him. Perhaps you have to do that just now?
It needs great faith to trust God when those who serve Him and profess to know Him have failed to secure the desired result.
It also needs a great faith to discern God’s will and to pray the prayer of faith.
it is not always God’s will to heal the sick or to raise the dead. He can do it, but very often He does not do it because it is not His will; and faith does not alter God’s will. To claim that God will do something that is contrary to His will is not faith but presumption.
GOD DESERVES TO BE BELIEVED. We cannot say this of everybody. Many men deserve to be believed; their character is such that we are bound to trust them. Some men, on the other hand, ought not to be believed; their character is such that we should be foolish to confide in them. But I say, to-night, of him who created the heavens and the earth, the God of this Word of God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, that he claims to be believed, and he deserves to be believed.
For, first, he is God; and being God, he cannot lie. The conception of a lying God may be possible to a heathen; but I trust that to you it is quite out of the question. The very idea of “God” to us means perfect truthfulness, indisputable veracity; God who, from the very necessity of his nature, cannot lie. He can do anything that is right; but he cannot do a wrong thing. He cannot say an untruthful thing. He cannot, either in word, or deed, or thought, be guilty of falsehood: he is God, and he cannot lie. To impute a lie to God, is blasphemy; I will use no softer word. You have brought dishonour upon the sacred name when you have in any way connected the name of Jehovah with a lie. “Hath he said, and shall he not do it?” But oh, beloved, do not treat the Lord as if he were a liar! Remember that, when you doubt his promise,— since you know he can fulfil it if he will, for he is omnipotent,— when you doubt his promise, you are casting a suspicion upon the veracity of the Eternal God.
There were still giants in the land, and it’s those giants in our lives that often block the view to our destiny. Those giants that we see right in front of us that keep us from seeing what God has for us and keep us from believing God for big things in our lives. Well, Joshua knew that God had called them to take the people into the promise land, and God said, the land is yours, but Joshua you have to be strong and courageous and step out in faith, and each step you take I’ll open up the door.
Without faith it is impossible to please God.”—Hebrews 11:6
If any man pleases God, he does that which conduces most to his own temporal and eternal welfare. Man cannot please God without bringing to himself a great amount of happiness; for if any man pleases God, it is because God accepts him as his son, gives him the blessings of adoption, pours upon him the bounties of his grace, makes him a blessed man in this life, and insures him a crown of everlasting life, which he shall wear, and which shall shine with unfading lustre when the wreaths of earth’s glory have all been melted away.
Few days ago I had this terrible stomach upset that hurts so much and just like always, I rebuked the demon behind the affliction but to my chargrin the pains kept increasing unlike in the past when such things evaporates as fast as I have prayed.
The stomach pain continued till about 2am the next morning and was causing me great discomfort but I kept praying and rebuking the demons causing me the affliction, suddenly the devil spoke to me and said, “you see, all these things you have been teaching and believing about God answering prayer of faith is not working and I promptly answered the devil even without much thought, “I have seen enough answered prayers in my life to start doubting God now because of this small stomach aches.” And that was it! I kept praying and speaking in tongues till I slept off, and a man whom I believed to be an angel came sharing a guava fruit with me in my dream, I saw myself eating the fruit till I woke up with the stomach pains gone for good and never showed up again till now.
Now that’s the audacity of faith! Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego told the king “Even if our God decides not to save us from this burning furnace we cannot bow down” that is another example of an audacity of faith.
Faith to the spiritual man is his eye. It is with that he looks to Christ —looks unto him whom he hath pierced, and weeps for his sin. It is by faith that he walks; not by natural sight, but by the sight which is yielded to him by his spiritual eye—his faith. It is by this faith that he sees things not as yet visible to the eye of sense; realizes the unseen, and beholds the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things which the natural eye cannot discern. Faith is to the Christian an eye both quick and sharp, an eye which discovers sin, an eye which discerns the Master’s will, an eye which looks forward, and down a lengthy racecourse to the reward which awaits all those who so run as to receive the prize, looking unto Christ Jesus. Faith peers across the stream of death, and descries the rest which remaineth for the people of God. Faith hath indeed, so sharp a vision, that it seeth the glories which God hath prepared for them that love him; beholds the face of the crowned Redeemer in bliss, and meekly bows before him in adoration. Faith, then, is the eye of the believer’s soul. Any diseases, therefore, in our faith will bring disease into the entire man. If our faith be weak, then the light in our entire spirit will be very hazy. He who staggers at the promise, through unbelief, will stagger in other places besides his faith, he will stagger on his knees, his hands will become weak, and his heart will often palpitate. He who can see well with the eye of faith, can do all things.
Break not your rank; hold not out the flag of truce to the world with one hand, and draw the sword with the other. Throw away the scabbard. Be the sworn enemies for ever of everything that is selfish and sinful; and trusting in the precious blood of Christ, and wearing the cross in your hearts, go forward conquering and to conquer, making mention of your Master’s name, preaching his word, and triumphing in his grace alone.
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