1. WHEN THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND, zeal is never in short supply but never according to KNOWLEDGE of TRUTH "For I bear them record that they have a ZEAL of God, but NOT ACCORDING TO KNOWLEDGE" (Romans 10:2) Arguably, more than at any other time in Church history, this generation is ZEALOUS but many are BLIND and led astray by BLIND TEACHERS, who themselves are BLINDED by VAIL of the LAW "... for until this day remaineth the same VAIL UNTAKEN AWAY in the reading of the OLD TESTAMENT; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart" (2 Corinthians 3:14-15) This BLINDNESS is not from Satan, it is from God; His just verdict on an evil and adulterous generation, who prefer LIES over TRUTH "And for this cause GOD SHALL SEND THEM STRONG DELUSION, that they should BELIEVE A LIE a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS" (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12) This BLINDNESS is not from “BIRTH” but many who once had EYES and walked in the LIGHT are fallen into “PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS and lead many into “DITCHES” of DARKNESS, "Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the BLIND LEAD THE BLIND, BOTH SHALL FALL INTO THE DITCH" (Matthew 15:14)
2. WHEN THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND, dimensions of time and seasons of seed time and harvest are lost on both sheep and shepherd, “For when for the time YE OUGHT TO BE TEACHERS, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are BECOME SUCH AS HAVE NEED OF MILK, and NOT OF STRONG MEAT” [Hebrews 5:12] The local Church is a nursery bed not a cage; a place to prepare you to fulfil the CALLING of Christ, "And he said unto them, GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD, and PREACH THE GOSPEL to every creature" (Mark 16:15) I bear witness many are eager to apprehend the TRUTH and fulfil the heavenly PURPOSE but are held down by men BLINDED by greed. "Through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not" (2 Peter 2:3) It is no coincidence, those who make merchandise of you are the same who unabashedly extort money from you with lullabies of false prosperity. If what they preach works, why do they squeeze money from you to build dream palaces and buy jets? Shine your eyes, what you have or have not of the riches of this world have nothing to do with your right-standing with God. Let every man examine himself and flee 'Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain" (1 Timothy 6:5-6)
3. WHEN THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND, they both fall away from tried and tested OLD PATHS, “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS, where is the GOOD WAY, and WALK THEREIN, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein" (Jeremiah 6:16) "OLD PATHS" is the NARROW WAY, paved with the BLOOD of Jesus Christ, wherein His Prophets walked as STRANGERS and PILGRIMS in this world, “These all DIED IN FAITH, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were STRANGERS and PILGRIMS ON THE EARTH” [Hebrews 11:13] Likewise, His Apostles lived and died in HOPE of His appearance, determined not to be entangled with the affairs of this world, “For we are SAVED BY HOPE: but HOPE THAT IS SEEN IS NOT HOPE: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with PATIENCE WAIT FOR IT” [Romans 8:24-25] While the Lord tarried, those who will not endure SOUND DOCTRINE wander after BLIND TEACHERS who panel beat them into conformity with the present world in exchange for influence and riches. Beloved, those who enlist you in diverse campaigns to change the present world are BLIND to TRUTH; the present world is doomed but we look forward in HOPE of the “… DAY OF GOD, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the ELEMENTS SHALL MELT WITH FIREERVENT HEAT? Nevertheless we, ACCORDING TO HIS PROMISE, look for NEW HWAVENS and NEW EARTH, WHEREIN DWELLETH RIGHTEOUNESS [2 Peter 3:12-13]
4. WHEN THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND, the image of the Son of God is replaced with idols in similitude of men. God was manifest in Jesus Christ and we in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be made perfect in His likeness, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, that he might be the FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BRETHREN” [Romans 8:29] Those who set themselves between Christ and His flocks with commendations of piety are BLIND to WISDOM, “… MEASURING THEMSELVES BY THEMSELVES, and COMPARING THEMSELVES AMONG THEMSELVES, ARE NOT WISE” [2 Corinthians 10:22] Beware of those who set STANDARDS of FAITH with personal experience, they lure you away from PRESENT TRUTH and bring many into bondage after their own likeness, “While they PROMISE THEM LIBERTY, they themselves are the SERVANTS OF CORRUPTION: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage” [2 Peter 2:19] There are BLIND TEACHERS in the fold; if you follow the MAN IN CHRIST you are BLIND and in danger of damnation. Follow CHRIST IN MAN and you will not be ashamed at His appearance, as it is written: “Be ye FOLLOWERS OF ME, even AS I ALSO AM OF CHRIST” [1 Corinthians 11:1] Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today, if you have not done so, men
1. SEASON OF FEAR is catching up on the world as global economy falters into “inflationary recession”, weather patterns defy science and mutually assured annihilation looms “MEN’S HEARTS FAILING THEM FOR FEAR, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” [Luke 21:26] Man is no stranger to FEAR, it is the sentence of DEATH, the ominous earnest of SIN; God said, "... Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, THOU SHALT NOT EAT OF IT: for in the day that thou eatest thereof THOU SHALT SURELY DIE" (Genesis 2:16-17) Make no mistakes about it, Adam and Eve DIED same DAY they ate of the forbidden tree; they DIED short of a thousand years, as it is written: "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that ONE DAY IS WITH THE LORD AS A THOUSAND YEARS, and a thousand years as one day" (2 Peter 3:8) While they lived they were under sentence of DEATH and in BONDAGE to FEAR, as many today who deny God was in Jesus Christ who became like us, “… that through death he might DESTROY HIM that had the POWER OF DEATH, that is, the DEVIL; And deliver them who through FEAR OF DEATH were all their LIFETIME SUBJECT TO BONDAGE” [Hebrews 2:14-15]
2. SEASON OF FEAR is fiery preface to the appearance of the apocalyptic PALE HORSE "And I looked, and behold a PALE HORSE: and his NAME that sat on him WAS DEATH, and HELL FOLLOWED with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to KILL with SWORD, and with HUNGER, and with DEATH, and with the BEASTS of the earth'” (Revelation 6:8) There were FOUR HORSES in Revelation 6:1-8 but only one, the PALE HORSE had the RIDER mentioned by name; DEATH, that is, Satan. He rode the other HORSES in disguise to prepare his way, that he might reveal himself in due season. SEASON OF FEAR is cataclysmic fusion of WHITE, RED and BLACK HORSES to reveal PALE HORSE and RIDER, ” … the SON OF PERDITION; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, SHEWING HIMSELF THAT HE IS GOD” [2 Thessalonians 2:3-4] He was the DECEIVER on the WHITE HORSE; armed with a BOW without ARROWS and received a crown without firing a shot, “And I saw, and behold a WHITE HORSE: and he that sat on him HAD A BOW and a CROWN WAS GIVEN HIM: and he went forth CONQUERING and TO CONQUER” [Revelation 6:2] He is in the world spreading FEAR like plagues in a vicious campaign of MISINFORMATION and DISINFORMATION, “… EVERY MAN WITH HIS HANDS ON HIS LOINS as a woman in travail, and ALL FACES ARE TURNED INTO PALENESS?” [Jeremiah 30:6]
3. SEASON OF FEAR is unparalleled terror and bloodshed, as the WHITE HORSE merges with the RED HORSE, “And there went out another HORSE THAT WAS RED: and POWER WAS GIVEN TO HIM that sat thereon to TAKE PEACE AWAY FROM THE EARTH and that they should KILL ONE ANOTHER: and there was given unto him a GREAT SWORD” [Revelation 6:4] The GREAT SWORD is TECHNOLOGY and “POWER” given to the RIDER is license to deploy cutting-edge SCIENCE to incite TERROR with CONSPIRACY THEORIES. Let no man be deceived, this SEASON OF FEAR shall run its course and get worse as the BLACK HORSE catches up, “… and lo a BLACK HORSE; and he that sat on him had a PAIR OF BALANCES in his hand. And I heard a VOICE in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of WHEAT FOR A PENNY, and three measures of BARLEY FOR A PENNY; and see thou HURT NOT the OIL and the WINE” [Revelation 6:5-6] BLACK HORSE and “PAIR OF BALANCES” indicate FAMINE and unprecedented economic meltdown. VOICE from the midst of the FOUR BEASTS signify SEPARATION; as global economy slides into disaster and the world sinks into SORROW, there shall be a “FALLING AWAY”. Those who TRUST in WHEAT and BARLEY, depicting present world shall fall prey to the PALE HORSE. Those whose HOPE are in OIL and WINE of the HOLY GHOST signifying the world to come shall beSAVED, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there COME A FALLING AWAY first, and that MAN OF SIN BE REVEALED, the son of perdition” [2 Thessalonians 2:3]
4. SEASON OF FEAR is SNARE of HELL, a time of global DISTRESS fuelled by FEAR, as it is written: “FEAR, and the PIT, and the SNARE, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. And it shall come to pass, that HE WHO FLEETH from the noise of the FEAR shall FALL INTO THE PIT; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be TAKEN IN THE SNARE: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake” [Isaiah 24”17-18] Beloved, this is not time to STUMBLE or FAINT but to STAND FAST in Christ, the worst is yet to come; the WHITE, RED and BLACK HORSES are merging to reveal the PALE HORSE. The RIDER is the MAN OF SIN who shall come posing as MAN OF PEACE. He will for a while pacify the nations with a measure of PROSPERITY and later spring the TRAP, “For WHEN THEY SHALL SAY, PEACE and SAFETY, then SUDDEN DESTRUCTION COMETH upon them, AS TRAVAIL UPON A WOMAN with child; and THEY SHALL NOT ESCAPE” [1 Thessalonians 5:3] While they rejoice in sham PEACE, the Lord Jesus Christ shall appear to receive His BRIDE, then shall the RIDER spring the TRAP; DEATH is incarnated in the MAN OF SIN and HELL follows, that is, GREAT TRIBULATION. Friend, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today and escape the SNARE of HELL, for “such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the PEOPLE THAT DO KNOW THEIR GOD SHALL BE STRONG, and DO EXPLOITS” [Daniel 11:32]
1. CHRISTMAS IS MORE THAN A DATE, it is God’s offer of PEACE and RECONCILIATION to all men through 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] Those who focus on one DAY or argue DATES miss the MESSAGE of CHRISTMAS; the GOOD NEWS of SALVATION through Jesus Christ. Another CHRISTMAS is round the corner, before making plans for the festive period, I encourage to LOOK through the EYES of WISDOM, “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came WISE MEN from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for WE HAVE SEEN HIS STAR in the east, and are COME TO WORSHIP HIM” [Matthew 2:1-2] Have you ever wondered why they were called WISE MEN? I will tell you, they SAW what King Herod and Priests in Jerusalem did not SEE. They SAW the STAR, FOLLOWED the STAR and became the first men to celebrate CHRISTMAS.
2. The story of CHRISTMAS is the MYSTERY of God taking on the frame of man to RECONCILE us to Himself through Jesus Christ, “And without controversy great is the MYSTERY of godliness: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” [1 Timothy 3:16] The STAR the WISE MEN saw was the revelation of MYSTERY of God manifest in Jesus Christ. They left everything thy had behind to FOLLOW the STAR in HOPE of SEEING God manifest in FLESH and were not ashamed. They travelled over a thousand kilometers not wavering in FAITH, their EYES and HEARTS aligned with the STAR as GPS. Friend, the same STAR beckons to you today more than at any other time, for “We have also a more SURE WORD OF PROPHECY; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the DAY STAR ARISE IN YOUR HEARTS” [2 Peter 1:19] If you will BELIEVE that God was in Jesus Christ RECONCILING the world to Himself by way of the Cross, the DAY STAR shall arise in your HEART and order your steps in the path of SALVATION.
3. Whereas the MESSAGE of CHRISTMAS is SALVATION to all men, PROOF of CHRISTMAS is TRUE WORSHIP, “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and FELL DOWN, and WORSHIPPED HIM: and when they had opened their TREASURES, they PRESENTED UNTO HIM GIFTS; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh” [Matthew 2:11] CHRISTMAS is much more than eating and drinking, it is a time of sober reflection, a time to return to God through Jesus Christ in selfless WORSHIP. Another CHRISTMAS is round the corner, come to Jesus Christ today with a REPENTANT heart and accept Him as your Lord and Saviour. If you are in Him who gave His life for us, another CHRISTMAS is an opportunity to cement your FAITH in TRUE WORSHIP and present yourself a LIVING SACRIFICE, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye PRESENT YOUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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 12:1-2] Though it seems there is no end to our present travails, we are assured of glory at His appearance. WISE MEN of old saw the BABY, we shall SEE Him in fulness of glory, “Beloved, now are we the SONS OF GOD, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS” [1Jo 3:2]
RIGHTEOUSNESS is GIFT of FAITH, HOLINESS is PROOF of FAITH; the former is GIVEN, the latter is EARNED. If any man claims to be RIGHTEOUS and is not HOLY, "Behold, HIS SOUL WHICH IS LIFTED UP IS NOT UPRIGHT in him: but the JUST SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH" [Habakkuk 2:4]
ETERNAL LIFE is not a shared experience, but God revealed in Christ to you and in you, "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an UNDERSTANDING, that we may KNOW HIM that is true, and WE ARE IN HIM that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the TRUE GOD, and ETERNAL LIFE" [1 John 5:20]
1. PARABLE OF THE SOWER is the mother of all PARABLES; no wonder Jesus said to His disciples, “… KNOW YE NOT THIS PARABLE? and HOW THEN WILL YE KNOW ALL PARABLES?” [Mark 4:13] PARABLES are by nature riddles, hard to crack and PARABLE OF THE SOWER more so; it is the KEY to MYSTERY OF GODLINESS, “And without controversy great is the MYSTERY OF GODLINESS: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” [1 Timothy 3:16] The SEED is the WORD of God, as in Luke 8:11 and the pedigree thereof is as follows, “In the BEGINNING was the WORD, and the WORD WAS WITH GOD, and the WORD WAS GOD” [John 1:1] It is custom for the farmer to hide in the earth, so God HID Himself in Jesus Christ to raise men in the IMAGE and LIKENESS of the SON, “Till we all come in the UNITY of the FAITH, and of the knowledge of the SON OF GOD, unto a PERFECT MAN, unto the measure of the stature of the FULNESS OF CHRIST” [Ephesians 4:13] The SEED is not MONEY or MATERIAL but the WORD revealed in us by which we are initiated into MYSTERIES of God, as it is written: “… Unto you it is given to know the MYSTERIES of the KINGDOM OF GOD: but to others in PARABLES; that SEEING THEY MIGHT NOT SEE, and HEARING THEY MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND” [Luke 8:10]
2. As in all PARABLES, characters are buried in persons or symbols; the SOWER or FARMER is God. The farmer sows his best SEED, so did God, “For God so loved the world, that he GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM should not perish, but HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE” [John 3:16] The SOIL is the MIND of man, where the SEED is SOWN in HOPE of PROMISE of ETERNAL LIFE, “And this is the PROMISE that he hath promised us, even ETERNAL LIFE” [1 John 2:25] A good farmer ploughs his land before planting, God did the same; He ploughed the HEART of man with the death of Jesus Christ and watered the SOIL with His BLOOD. The GOSPEL preached in the name of Jesus Christ is the SEED, that is, how God was manifest in the SON, “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] Though no farmer ploughs the WAY SIDE, some SEED end up there, “Those by the WAY SIDE are they that HEAR; then cometh the DEVIL, and TAKETH AWAY THE WORD out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved” [Luke 8:12] WAY SIDE is the kingdom of darkness of this world; it is HEART of men sold out to Satan, “In whom the god of this world hath BLINDED THE MINDS OF THEM WHICH BELIEVE NOT, lest the light of the glorious GOSPEL OF CHRIST, who is the IMAGE OF GOD, should shine unto them” [2 Corinthians 4:4]
3. STONY GROUND received the SEED, signifying willingness to receive the LIFE of God, “And these are they likewise which are sown on STONY GROUND; who, when they have HEARD THE WORD, immediately RECEIVE it with GLADNESS;” [Mark 4:16] Alas, the JOY of SALVATION was short-lived, the foundation of FAITH was shallow; those who come to Christ are required to grow ROOT conformable to, “… FOUNDATION of APOSTLES and PROPHETS, JESUS CHRIST himself being the CHIEF CORNER STONE” [Ephesians 2;20] The foundation of FAITH required to grow the SEED to maturity is formed in CONFORMITY to TRIALS, SUFFERINGS and DEATH of Jesus Christ, as it is written: “That I MAY KNOW HIM, and the POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION, and FELLOWSHIP of His SUFFERINGS being made CONFORMABLE UNTO HIS DEATH” [Philippians 3:10] Those who renounce the pattern of Christ and His Apostles are STONY GROUND, “And HAVE NO ROOT in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when AFFLICTION or PERSECUTION ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are OFFENDED” [Mark 4:17] The SEED among THORNS are men who were once renewed in SPIRIT by the WORD but fell into FLESHLY LUSTS, “And that which fell AMONG THORNS are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are CHOKED with CARES and RICHES and PLEASURES OF THIS LIFE, and BRING NO FRUIT TO PERFECTION” [Luke 6:14] The SEED is not of this world, the FRUIT is not measured in earthly parameters; beware of those who SEDUCE you with PROSPERITY OF FOOLS, “… MEN OF CORRUPT MINDS, and destitute of the truth, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such withdraw thyself” [1 Timothy 6:5]
4. GOOD GROUND is the CHURCH, the family of God, “Being BORN AGAIN, NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED, but of INCORRUPTIBLE, by the WORD OF GOD, which liveth and abideth for ever” [1 Peter 1:23] The SEED of the LIFE of God thrives on GOOD GROUND and “... that on the GOOD GROUND are they, which in an HONEST and GOOD HEART, having HEARD the WORD, KEEP IT, and bring forth FRUIT with PATIENCE” [Luke 8:15] These are men and women who receive the GOSPEL as HONEST TRUTH, not doubting, daily searching the Scriptures to be established in PRESENT TRUTH. They KEEP and NOURISH the SEED in PATIENCE, DISCERNING the times and seasons, “For the EARTH BRINGETH FORTH FRUIT OF HERSELF; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the FRUIT IS BROUGHT FORTH, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the HARVEST IS COME.” [Mark 4:28] The FRUIT cannot be altered once the SEED is sown; the earth brings forth whatever SEED is sown. There is another SEED, it looks so much like the True SEED, “The ENEMY that SOWED THEM IS THE DEVIL; the HARVEST is the END OF THE WORLD; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the TARES are gathered and BURNED IN THE FIRE; so shall it be in the END OF THIS WORLD” [Matthew 13:39-40] Friend, the “END OF THIS WORLD is at hand when the Lord shall appear to receive His harvest; are you on GOOD GROUND?
MYSTERY OF GRACE was at work in Eden, signalling HOPE of REDEMPTION through the promised SEED, that is Jesus Christ, as it is written: "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and HER SEED; IT SHALL BRUISE THY HEAD, and thou shalt bruise his heel" [Genesis 3:15]
FIG is the first tree mentioned by name in the Bible, “And the EYES of them both were OPENED, and they knew that they were NAKED; and they SEWED FIG LEAVES together, and made themselves aprons” [Genesis 3:7] ...
MYSTERY BRIDEGROOM is God’s PURPOSE concealed in plain sight, as it is written:”It is the GLORY OF GOD TO CONCEAL a thing: but the HONOUR of KINGS is to SEARCH out a matter” [Proverbs 25:2]
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 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