Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Building practical strategies from God’s Word

There is a marked difference between individuals that mentally assent to God’s promise and individuals who possess the faith of God for their challenges. Mental assent is characterised by the inability to obtain practical solutions for the challenges of everyday life. However, individuals that possess the faith of God (concerning His promise to them) always have their inner eyes opened to see practical strategies for obtaining these promises. God directly communicates these strategies from the Scriptures to them. He breathes life on the written Word and the Word becomes flesh in their situations. It is of utmost importance that believers consistently receive and live by God’s daily directives. Failure to do so results in unproductivity. When such unproductivity becomes the norm, it could result in such individuals becoming desperate and believing strange doctrines and delving into cultic practices.

The willingness to believe in or to pursue strange gods usually stems from deferred hopes…,’ Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life (Prov 13:12 KJV). In order to maintain faith in the integrity of God’s Word, it is therefore important that all believers learn how to produce results with practical strategies from the Word. The first of these strategies is the knowledge that no claim can be laid to any promise that has not been given to the believer by God. This totally eradicates the presence of envy and covetousness in believers. It leaves no room for individuals attempting to use God’s Word for manifestations that they have seen in other people’s lives. Each faith project must be authentic. It must be in line with God’s plan for each individual. This is because the faith of God always backs His assignments. It is not designed to be utilised for personal ambition and lusts rather faith is a tool to be used to fulfil heaven’s agenda on earth. God’s commitment to produce a certain degree of manifestation becomes the basis of genuine faith.

Unbelief can therefore be described as lack of faith in God’s specific promise to you. This type of unbelief can also be described as un-persuadableness. There are two types of unbelief sheer ignorance and un-persuadeableness. Sheer ignorance is the result of a lack of the knowledge of God’s will for you. Un-persuadableness however, does not stem out of ignorance of God’s Word but out of an unwillingness to have faith in a specific Word or promise of God. Belief in a specific commitment of God was exhibited by Abraham, ‘Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be (Romans 4:18 KJV). Consequently, God was able to perform what He promised because Abraham cooperated with Him through the exercise of his faith.

In the same vein, believers ought to wait on God for His promises. Once those promises are given they have the responsibility to exercise their faith, even if it is against all apparent odds and evidence. With such an exercise is the victory that our faith that is certain.

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