UNVEILING THE MYSTERY OF FAITH!
By David O. Oyedepo
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.(James 1:6-7)
Furthermore, it is written: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.(Hebrews 11:6)
We must understand that at the root of all divine interventions, rewards and blessing is faith. Therefore, until we understand the mystery of faith, revelation will be a mere frustration because it is faith that defines one's destiny. As Jesus once said, ‘… According to your faith, be It unto you’ (Matthew 9:29).
Also, it takes faith for our giving to command returns. According to scriptures, Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice than Cain by which he obtained a good report that he pleased God. But without faith, it Is impossible to please (move)God.(Heb 11:.4-6)
We also discover that without faith, prayer is an exercise in futility. Our prayers are answered according to our faith. In fact, everything about life in the Kingdom it takes faith to actualize (Mark 11:23-24).
It is written,
...If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth (Mark 9:23).
Therefore, our faith is what determines the limit of God's help in our life. If we believe God for sound health and unrepentantly so, He will make us healthy. Likewise, if we believe in returns on our giving, we will enjoy returns (Romans 1:17;Luke6:38).
This week, we shall continue our series on. 'Unveiling the Mystery of Faith.' As stated last week, we now understand that, faith is not a principle, a philosophy or a strategy; faith Is a mystery. However, to effectively engage this mystery for victory, we must have a good understanding of what this mystery is all about. (1 Timothy 3:9).
What then is Faith?
• Faith is not a feeling; It is a spiritual fact: It is written : Now faith is the substance (fact) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
For instance, no one knows how to drive a car without knowing. In the same vein, no one can have faith without knowing.
Another example of note is the building of Faith Tabernacle. When God said It would be completed within one year, I knew by spiritual fact that It would be delivered. Anyone else could doubt it, but my faith was solid. I believed it and God did it against all technical facts. This gigantic fifty thousand seat sanctuary was dedicated within a year.
Faith is being persuaded of the truth, the prevailing circumstances notwithstanding, until the truth prevails:
Concerning Abraham, it was written:
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform (Romans 4:20-21)
• Faith is a spiritual engraftment of humanity into divinity; thereby, empowering man to command supernatural feats: That is, the engraftment of man into God, so that man can command results after the order of God.
“Engraftment” is taking a branch of a tree and fixing it into another, so that it can bear fruits after the new tree into which it is now grafted. If you take a mango branch and graft it into an orange tree, the branch stops bearing mango and shortly, it starts bearing orange fruits.
Each one of us belong to a particular family tree before we were saved. But through faith, we were taken from that family tree and grafted into God’s family, so we can bear fruits after the order the order of God. This is why whatever is not obtainable in that new family is not permitted in our lives (Romans 11:17-21).
… Therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God (Ephesians 2:19)
But, we must recognize that by faith, we are grafted Into God's family and when we step out of faith, we are cut off (Romans 11:20).
How is Faith a Mystery?
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