We started talking about why we must grow our faith
From then, we discussed that faith is all round
I emphasized that one may have faith in an area and not have faith in another area
Then, we began talking about the ingredients of faith
That is, those things that make faith faith
You can also call them faith boosters!
Every spiritual virtue starts with love
If you don’t love God, you can’t grow in the faith that moves Mountain
He says what eyes have not seen nor ears heard are things He has in store for them that love Him
Who are God’s lovers, they are God’s servants
Those who labour in His house
1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him
INGREDIENTS OF FAITH
That being said, let’s examine the ingredients of faith from the standpoint of the father of Faith Abraham
What are those things He exemplifies that show FAITH
or that makes up His faith life
If you can get it then you can be mighty in faith as well
Let’s draw it fromROMANS 14:17-22
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. note 18 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. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
The first ingredient of faith we will be picking from the life of Abraham is The Word of God.
1. THE WORD OF GOD
V17 reads:As it is written I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
As it is written implies the word of God.That’s the place to start in building up your faith in all areas of life.
Romans 10:17 says so then faith cometh by hearing and
hearing by the word of God.To build faith in all areas, go for the word,verse 8 says but what saith it, the Word is near thee even in thy mouth and in thy heart that is the word of faith, which we preach.Do you need faith for academic success? Then go get the word, look for the scriptural references that guarantee academic success!
Do you need marital success? Go for the word that talks about marital success!Do you need healing? Go for the word. That was how I built my faith.
The Bible says “The just shall live by his Faith“
I have preached several messages in different areas that you can search for and listen to.
You can also search for biblical references on Google.Just type: scriptural passages on academic success or any other areas you may need help with.
Before faith for healing got into my system, I tell you, I was reciting and chewing the healing scriptures wherever I go, even while walking on the street.
I meditated on it and absorbed it into my bones and marrows.
Even when I slept at night, I usually recite those scriptures from my sleep.
The same thing goes for every area of my life. Up till date, I meditate and ponder on the word of God which talks about certain areas of my personal life, family and ministry.
I am still in search of new words and scripture references that can make me stand more firm.
Don’t go for one, two or three, don’t relax until you have up to 20 scriptural references that can build up your faith in that area.
The Bible says faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
The more you hear and hear, the more you read and read, and the more your faith increases!
It is simple
Your faith must anchor on the word
If you want faith in this AREA of your life, go for what the word says about out it.
Then begin to meditate on it
Then you will have success in that area
When you are done with that, move to another area of your life
For instance, It is medication in the word of healing that produces healing faith
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have success – Joshua 1:8.
Who’s going to do that tonight?
Who is going to search for the word of faith in a certain area of his life?
God bless those signifying
The second ingredient of faith is hope
The faith of father Abraham (who is our case study) was not vague or existed in a vacuum but it was based on what God said to Him, which is the word of God.
THE BIBLE SAYS:
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God – vs 20.The Bible essentially says: faith is the substance of things hoped, evidence of things not seen Hebrews 11:1.
Hope is the bridge between the word and faith.
Faith is the SUBSTANCE of things HOPED for.What do we hope for? The fulfilment of the word (the promise of God to you)!
The word is what we are hoping for and that means it is hoped that gives the expectations.
Hope gives our heart laxation into something only faith can gain.
Hope awaits or expects longingly because it is so convinced of its existence and faith receives the promise.
When a man loses hope, he should forget about faith
Hope tells you THE PROMISE IS POSSIBLE, IT IS IN EXISTENCE.Then, faith gets it.
Let’s see how Abraham practised hope in his case:
Romans 4:18 says, “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken”.NLT says: “Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping believing that he would become the father of many nations. When there was no reason for the hope he kept hoping, looking unto God”.Hope is looking unto God.Verse 19 says: Abrahams’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead and so was Sarah’s womb.He knew that looking at his environment would not help but, he kept his gaze on God.
Hope is looking unto God, checking God out, weighing God and putting God on a balance to see if He can’t see in His word.Hope is placing the promise maker side by side with his promise.
Hope is when the promisee weighs the promise against the promise to see if he can do what he has promised.
Hope is seeing God as “being able to do it.Is God able to do that thing? In that area of your pressing need, is He able and capable?
Then don’t just look at your environment or the prevailing circumstances, only look at God.
Hope is checking God out to see if He can do what you expect as He has promised in His word.
I promised to give out 35 of my books for free.Did you have doubts?
Did you have hope that I will do it?
What if I promised you a public holiday tomorrow, will you have hope in me?
You knew I didn’t have the power
Now…does God have the power to give You what you see Him promised in His word?
Hope magnifies God more than the situation.Hope makes you relax because God can do more than you are requesting.
I baptize you into the spirit of hope and faith in Jesus’ name.
Hope gives an expectation and the Bible says: the expectations shall not be cut off.
Pro 23:18 For surely there is an end, and thine expectation shall not be cut off
The mistake people make is that they focus more on the EXPECTED WAY instead of the expected end
Jeremiah 29:11, for I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.You wanted to do your wedding for instance.
You have faith that you have abundance. Right?
Your hope for abundance is in God!
Your expected end is that you have a debt-free and glorious wedding.
But in your head, you have thought that Uncle A will give you 50.Aunty B will do a cake for you for free
Since Bro. C is a fashion designer and he has once asked if you would like a particular suit…you feel he would make one for you for free
On the wedding day, all of them didn’t give you those things. You felt disappointed
Your faith was not in God but in man
Your hope was not in God but in man
You have told God the method He should use and since He can’t be limited, He refused to take the place
Except he’s leading you to those people…and even when He does your expectation should be in His word
How many have thought of an uncle giving them some money? Did he give you one?
You were thinking XXX will buy you so n so on your birthday, did he?
Now, did God eventually come through for you at that time or not
Let your EXPECTATION be in the “expected end” not the expected way
Another faith booster or ingredient of faith is trust!That is, having trust in God that it is done.
The Bible says “thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee”- Isaiah 26:3.
Trust shows that your mind is on God and not on the result.
What do I mean?
Do you have the same mood when you see an alert and when you don’t have a dime in your account?
A man of trust will have the same mood;
Why, because has three confidence that it is settled
If Dangote promises money to some people, they can even do thanksgiving ahead in the church but if God assures some people of wealth, their mood will be scattered!
And that is why many people don’t pay this tithe
I think that those who miss their tithes will have a big TRUST issue with God
The Scripture says He will keep in perfect peace those that trust in Him.
It is those that trust Him even when they have not seen any trace of an answer.
It was trust that made Sarah permit sexual intercourse with her husband at that age to conceive a child.
It was trust that made Abraham take the same Isaac to the slaughter with a clear assurance that God would raise him from the dead.
It was trust that made Jesus die on the cross with the assurance that the Father would raise Him again.
Can you trust God to that extent? Trust is a vital ingredient to our faith.
Receive grace to trust in Jesus’ Name
We shall close here.We can’t touch all but let me give you the book for self-studyDownload the book via this link : https://healingnexusblog.com/download-faith-booster-by-ife-adetona/
Lord, we thank you for your word tonight!!!We receive the grace to put all the ingredients to work in Jesus’ name