“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12: 2
To have faith is to believe. I recently discovered that there is a difference between believing God and believing in God. The Lord showed me that I believed in Him but I didn’t believe Him. Think about that again.
The Bible says in Hebrew 11: 1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
We must believe God and believe that what He says will come to pass.
Yesterday I shared about how I witnessed a real life depiction of the Lion King with the coronation of the New Olu of Warri.
Interestingly the analogy that I believe God wants me to use for faith is the Lion. The Lion is a fascinating animal and is regarded as the King of the Jungle. One important attribute I’d like to focus on is its vision.
Humans can only see silhouettes when it’s dark, but the Lion can see colours even in the dark. The white patches of fur under the eyes of the Lion act like reflectors and allow light to come into the eye. This is the same reason American Football players have a black patch underneath their eye. This means that the Lion is able to see and to maintain its focus, night and day.
Like the Bible verse Hebrews 12:2 we must fix our eyes on Jesus the perfecter of our faith . Like the Lion no matter what is going on around us or how we feel we must have tunnel vision and have faith in what God has said concerning our health and healing.
One way to do this is making declarations. On Christmas Day 2019, the Lord gave me a Christmas present through Pastor Imisioluwa Owolabi. He gave me a book titled “Believing God” by Beth Moore. It’s a must read for anyone who wants to build their faith. The author said God equipped her with a five statement pledge of faith.
- God is who He says He is
- God can do what He says He can do
- I am who God says I am
- I can do all things through Christ
- Gods word is alive and active in me
In pages 30-31 of the book, Beth Moore says “though I often say these five statements silently to myself. I also thought of a way to symbolize raising my shield of faith by acting out physically what I’m committing to do spiritually. I raise my right arm and hold out my hand like a shield. I then put up my thumb and declare, “God is who He says He is.” I add my index finger and proclaim, “God can do what He says He can do.” Adding my third finger, I say “I am who God says I am”. With my fourth finger I state, “ I can do all things through Christ.” My little finger completes the shield as I say “Gods word is alive and active in me.” I put an exclamation mark on the end of my five-statement pledge of faith with the simplest of sign language to the words “I’m believing God.” With the index finger of that same hand, I point to my heart and say “I’m. I point to my forehead and say “believing” (because faith is always an exercise of the will, not the emotions). Then I point upward toward Heaven and say, “God”.
Since I read this as often as I can remember I have said these declarations to encourage myself when things are tough or when I’m loosing faith. I even set reminder on my phone to remember to say the Five Statement pledge of faith to help me remember.
How does the Bible say faith comes? Romans 10: 17 says “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Therefore we must read the word of God even as we build our faith.
Faith is an armour. Ephesians 6:16 says “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
Today choose to have faith and believe everything God has said concerning your healing. You are healed in Jesus Name Amen
- Read stories about our Bible faith heroes in Hebrews 11. Please read the whole chapter.
- As often as you can say the Five Statement pledge especially when negative thoughts come, or you feel discouraged or if you feel symptoms . You can even set a reminder.
- Keep declaring the scriptures and promises of healing you wrote down previously, keep asking for more of the Holy Spirit, continue to cover your self and your situation in the blood of Jesus, rest , be grateful, have joy and peace and keep praising and worshipping God and do all of these in the name of Jesus.
- Make sure you have done all the tasks of the previous day. They would help you encourage you in your faith walk towards healing.
- If you can get the book “Believing God by Beth Moore . Kenneth Hagin has some amazing books on faith. One of them is the faith filled devotions and also Bible faith study course.
- Please join the Hallelujah challenge at 11.59 pm tonight on YouTube or Instagram. Follow Pastor @nathanielblow on Instagram to participate.
- Worship song recommendation The Anthem ( What God cannot do does not exist) by Dunsin Oyekan and Pastor Jerry Eze.