Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Power of Faith

Matthew 8:5-9 says that "When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” 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. 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.”

“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. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”” Matthew 8:10-12

Matthew 8:13
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.
Are Christians all true believers? Today, Jesus Himself is showing up to many people of various faiths, transforming them from radical persecutors of the gospel to become fearless, fiery & radical preachers of the gospel reaching out zealously to lost souls.

As he says in Hosea: “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people; and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,” and, “In the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ ” Romans 9:25-26

Hebrews 11:6 says that "without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."

Many followers of the Kingdom are faithless or unbelieving, because they do  not have the fullness of His love in them. Filled with just a deposit of the Holy Spirit, they are spiritual babies and have not grown to spiritual maturity, to the likeness and full image of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:3:2, 2 Corinthians 1:22).

God is love, so Christians must have the fullness of the Spirit of God so that they will be filled with the agape love of God and "that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will" (2 Timothy 2:26) through the demonic spirit of fear, doubt and unbelief, for in 2 Timothy 1:7, "God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."

1 John 4:18
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."

Let us not allow fear to defeat us. Fear destroys hope. Hopelessness leads to self-centeredness. Self-centeredness leads to powerlessness. And powerless people cannot change the world.

"A faith that has not been tested can't be trusted" - Adrian Rogers.

In order to have faith, Christians must be filled to the fullest with God as God gives the Spirit without limit (John 3:34) so that Christians will be led by the Spirit of God through our spirit (Romans 8:14).

All the works of the Holy Spirit are done through man's spirit while the works of the Enemy are all done through man's soul (carnal mind) Galatians 5:16-23

Ps Paul K P Ang
Arsenal of Fire Ministries,
California, USA

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