AUDACITY OF FAITH

1. FAITH is perhaps the most maligned subject in a world steeped in tautologies of SCIENCE, “For after that IN THE WISDOM OF GOD the WORLD BY WISDOM KNEW NOT GOD, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE” [1 Corinthians 1:21] FAITH goes against the grain of earthly WISDOM and require denying whatever we think we know or hold dear to ACCEPT who God says He is, “But WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM: for he that COMETH TO GOD must BELIEVE HE IS, and that he is a REWARDER OF THEM THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM” [Hebrews 11:6] No man PLEASES God by going to Church; we gladden His heart when we BELIEVE who He says He is and set the compass of our lives by His REWARD. No matter how that sounds, we are drawn  to Him by His GRACE, that is, God drawing us to Himself in Jesus Christ, “To wit, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST, RECONCILING THE WORLD UNTO HIMSELF, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” [2 Corinthians 5:19] If you think all these sound like a MYSTERY, yes it is; FAITH is not for the lily-livered, “Now FAITH is the SUBSTANCE of THINGS HOPED for, the EVIDENCE of THINGS NOT SEEN” [Hebrews 11:6]

2. SUBSTANCE of FAITH is absolute CONFIDENCE in God, that He is who He says He is and will DO what He SAID He would DO. Our TRUST in Him comes from hearing His WORD, “So then FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD” [Romans 10:17] The WORD which were spoken in times past by His Prophets awakened uncommon CONFIDENCE in men of old, who by AUDACITY OF FAITH, “… SUBDUED KINGDOMS, WROUGHT RIGHTEOUSNESS, OBTAINED PROMISES,STOPPED THE MOUTHS OF LIONS, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens” [Hebrews 11:33-34] God having prepared something much better for us, made manifest the WORD in FLESH amongst us and now in us [John 1:14] If those who heard the WORD from the mouth of men “SUBDUED KINGDOMS” and "SHUT THE MOUTHS OF LIONS", more daring CONFIDENCE is expected of us in who dwells WORD, “… For unto whomsoever MUCH IS GIVEN, of him shall be MUCH REQUIRED: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more” [Luke 12:48] Abraham, Moses, David and the rest were men like us, they endured TRIALS and diverse AFFLICTIONS, but were not shaken. They had their faults but were not staggered in SUBSTANCE of their FAITH, "And these all, having OBTAINED A GOOD REPORT THROUGH FAITH, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect" (Hebrews 11:39-40)

3. FAITH is measured on the scale of AUDACITY, no wonder Abraham is dubbed the Father of FAITH, "Now the LORD had said unto Abram, GET THEE OUT OF THY COUNTRY, and from thy KINDRED, and from thy FATHER'S HOUSE, unto a land that I will shew thee" (Genesis 12:1) Abraham literally GAVE UP HIS LIFE when he left his homeland in OBEDIENCE to God, to "WANDER" in search of a land he knew not, "... he went out, not knowing whither he went. ... For he looked for a CITY which hath foundations, WHOSE BUILDER AND MAKER IS GOD" (Hebrews 11:8,10) He GAVE UP the REALITIES of this world for the SUBSTANCE of HOPE in God’s PROMISE; that does not come cheap. We are likewise required to EMPTY ourselves of whatever we think we are or ever wish to be and be forged in SUBSTANCE of HOPE in the PROMISE of God, "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" (1 Corinthians 2:9) Let no man deceive you, FAITH is defined by what we GIVE UP, not by rituals of RELIGION. Take heed, therefore, what you hear; the measure of what you GIVE UP is determined by who you hear. The POWER to defy the present world is not in the preaching of material GAIN but of the Cross, "For the PREACHING OF THE CROSS IS TO THEM THAT PERISH FOOLISHNESS; but unto us which are saved IT IS THE POWER OF GOD" (1 Corinthians 1:18)

4. Brethren, if we profess to be "EMPTY" of SELF and lay claim to the heavenly PROMISE, yet have we not the CROWN without manifest EVIDENCE of FAITH, "For therein is the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD REVEALED FROM FAITH TO FAITH: as it is written, The JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH" (Romans 1:17) PROOF of FAITH is the LIFE we live in this BODY, after the pattern of Jesus Christ, who walked the earth as we now do and established the template of RIGHTEOUSNESS, saying to all: ".... MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD that proceedeth of the MOUTH OF GOD" (Matthew 4:4) If any man desire EVIDENCE of FAITH, let him refuse to walk in the pattern of the present world, "And BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD: but be ye TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that ye may prove what is that GOOD, and ACCEPTABLE, and PERFECT, WILL of God" (Romans 12:2) I know it is increasingly difficult to live by the WORD of God in this evil and adulterous generation, hold on; the kingdoms of this world have an expiry date. Though PERSECUTION persist and SEDUCERS grow richer, remain strong in AUDACITY OF FAITH and remember, "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN SUFFERETH VIOLENCE, and THE VIOLENT TAKE IT BY FORCE" (Matthew 11:12)

If you will accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today, He will fill you with SUBSTANCE OF HOPE and grow in you to bring forth EVIDENCE OF FAITH, amen

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Preacher and voice of last prophets.

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