GROWING IN FAITH (1) – Pst. Ife ADETONA

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This evening a voice whispered to me-
“You want your daughter to get a sound education, how will you do it seeing that you’re a full-time minister”
My reply is FAITH
FAITH brought me here, FAITH will keep me going…faith is enough for me
Some 8 years ago, I was down with malaria typhoid
I had been using CDA for days with no effect
At a point, I told God, let’s just go get malaria drugs and I will be fine.
Holy Spirit replied to me by saying: “yes, you can get the drugs and you will be fine but you will need your faith on bigger things tomorrow and so, I suggest you allow it to grow”
I decided to allow my faith to grow through that tough time
I was divinely healed
Faith gave me a wife
Faith sponsored my wedding
Faith prospered me in the ministry
That’s why I named my first daughter FAITH
See, YOU NEED FAITH FOR EVERYTHING
The Bible says THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH.

Rom 1:17 The just shall live by faith

I have not fallen sick or taken drugs for treatment in 8years all by faith
Faith is the only rescue of this dire economy
Heaven’s economy is not dollar-denominated, it is faith-denominated.And it has the highest value when exchanged for any currency on the earth

Believers are simply called FAITH-TERS
I say faith is breathing
To remind a believer to have faith is like telling a fish to swim or telling a man to breathe
Man won’t survive without breathing
No wonder we have many lifeless believers today
The Bible even say, “without faith, no man can please God”.
You can’t satisfy Him
You can’t love Him without faith
Heb 11:6 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.

Tonight, your faith will receive a leap in Jesus’ Name

WHY MUST I GROW MY FAITH

1. You can’t afford to remain a babe

What does that mean?
Have you seen someone that said: when I was a new convert, God answered my prayer quickly but these days, it doesn’t happen fast?
Some don’t even get answers at all
Have you seen someone that said a new member got answers faster than he or she?
I will explain why it is so
When a Baby is at the back of his mother, he will naturally walk faster
But when a toddler began to walk on his own, he will walk slower
Soonest, if the toddler grows to become a youth, he would be able to walk and even outrun the woman
The reason you get answers easily at first is that the faith of your pastor or mentor works for you as a baby in Christ
But now, you are expected to have been standing on your own and you are not.

But their faith no longer works for you as it used to

2. The anointing will not always be available.

The anointing will override faith in some instances. It won’t matter even if you have a little faith. Once they pray on you, you get answers
But when you begin to notice that no matter how the uch pastor prays on that your headache, it didn’t go
Then, the problem is not with the pastor’s anointing but it wasn’t just made available
Then, the problem is not with the pastor’s anointing but it wasn’t just made available for you
You are expected to get healed by your faith
You see many pastors pray for the sick and the sick get healed and they have not healed themselves or their children are sick at home
The answer is simple
The anointing was made available for them to heal the people
But they need faith to heal themselves,
The Bible says the JUST SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH

3. FAITH IS LIKE WAEC, YOU CAN’T SUM THE GRADE

Let me explain,
If you score 80 in Mathematics and 25 in English, you can’t interchange the grade or tell them to deduct from the 80 and add to the 25
This is what I mean…
You need faith in different areas of your life and you must develop each of it
There is faith in HEALING THE SICK.

There is faith in PROSPERITY

There is faith in ACADEMIC SUCCESS
That’s why you can see a highly anointed monster of God who heals the sick and do miracles but is VERY POOR
He has faith to heal but does not score very low in faith for prosperity
There are people like that in the Bible too
Job had faith for prosperity and even faith for Holiness but have F9 in faith for DIVINE PROTECTION
All he had when it come to divine security was fear!
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of comes unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came – Job 3:25-26
The man called Lazarus had faith in HOLINESS & ETERNAL SECURITY but lacked faith in PROSPERITY
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented – Luke 16:25
Father Abraham on the other hand, had an ALL-ROUND FAITH. He had faith in HOLINESS, ETERNAL SALVATION and PROSPERITY
I think I love that one
I don’t know about you
Martha told Jesus-

If you were here, I know my brother wouldn’t have died but now that he is dead, nothing could be done
Martha had faith in healing but didn’t have faith in the raising of the dead
Grace for an ALL-ROUND Faith is released tonight in Jesus’ Name
How many people want to learn how to build an all aroundddddddd faith?

If you are to eat beans, how many things will go into it?
You won’t just be eating the beans but many other things like….can we mention them?
That is the way faith is.

To grow your faith, you need to develop some virtues. It is those virtues that make faith, faith
1. LOVE
The fruit of the spirit is LOVE. It is inside Love that you see FAITH

Gal. 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

I want you to know that love is primary; everything in the Spirit realm works by love.
Love is the first and second commandment given to the New Testament saints.We must have love towards God and love towards men.
A heart that loves God is such with no offence to God, you don’t quarrel with God, and you don’t say God has hurt you because something bad happened to you.
Some would even say God is the source of their predicament.
You have to stop the bitterness. Faith starts from love.
Let’s talk about other ingredients in the next meeting
Can you pray for a second
Say- “LORD, I want to grow my faith, help me”.

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