Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What faith is and how to get it

Faith is the substance of things hoped for. It is priceless it cannot be compared to silver or gold. For everything we have seen in the material universe (all forms and organisation of life) actually came out of this spiritual substance called faith. Heb 11 vs. 1 says it is the substance of the things that you hope for and the evidence of things that you do not see.

And we understand this that through faith, the world was framed by the Word of God. One translation says that faith is the assurance that what you fondly desire is finally yours. This means that when faith enters your heart, something dawns in your consciousness that guarantees your desires. There is a substance inside that gives you that information it imparts the necessary knowledge to you.

Faith is the substance that brings about the materialisation of your desires. This substance was what Paul saw in the crippled man at Lystra (Acts 14:8-10). Prior to this time, there was nothing the crippled man had in himself to actually cause him to walk. However, when he heard Paul preach, the substance was imparted to him. The Bible says that Paul perceived that he had received the substance to be made whole. Paul told him to rise up and walk and the substance infused the crippled legs. So, in the pursuit of the manifestation of our expectations, the emphasis should be on faith and how to obtain it.

Romans 10:17 explains the method of obtaining this substance . . . faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. The ‘Word’ in this verse refers to the Rhema of God i.e. the spoken word from God to you at a specific time for a specific situation. So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. So, it tells us this is how faith actually comes. That these folks heard and that what happened is that they heard a Rhema out of the mouth of God. Many people could have been listening but certain individuals’ inner ears were opened up and they actually picked what God was saying in particular about their situation and so they received that Rhema from God.

This is the reason why the disciples told people that whatsoever He (i.e. Jesus) tells them to do, that they should ensure they carry it out. In these modern times it is what the Spirit of God in you tells you to that you must do.

With that said, it must be re-iterated that faith cannot be born when a man does not have hope or a desire, because faith is the substance of things that you actually hope for. This means that a man first of all has a desire then faith comes to substantiate that hope. So first of all there has to be a hope and that hope is the desire that is within your spirit. Sometimes, you have to pray to find out the desire that is in your spirit as against what you think, based on external influences. So take time to pray to purify your thoughts.

Take time to pray to actually clear up those things that are within you and let the light begin to shine. The Bible speaks about Moses that it entered His heart, it was not something that arose out of jealousy or peer pressure. It was something that was in his spirit, you will discover that there are things that are lodged inside your spirit that you did not have a clue about when you set this process into motion... Pastor Poju Oyemade

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