Like play like play, 2015 that started just yesterday (seemingly) is fast drawing to an end. In the last few weeks, I’ve noticed some posts on social media about ‘claiming’ one’s job, house, car, etc before the end of 2015. These posts got me thinking about faith and what it means. It’s a settled fact that God loves us and wants the best for us. Does this mean everything we set our mind on is ours for the taking, provided we have faith and claim it?
We talked about this at church during bible study a few months ago, here are some key things that were mentioned then:
- Faith is different from confidence or positive thinking;
- Faith must be based on a specific word one hears from God;
- We rest our faith on God’s word because of who He is – His Character – the fact that He cannot lie; (PS: who knows that song that starts with the words “He has promised, He will never fail…”?) 🙂
- The Bible is living, there’s a word for every situation;
- God will not act contrary to His will just because one is exercising faith. (i.e you can’t force God’s hand – the fact that you want something doesn’t mean it is yours);
- At times we have faith in our imaginations, notions and ideas and when they fail us we start doubting God although He didn’t fail us.
Romans 10:17 tells us that our source of faith should be the word of God. When faced with any situation, the first step should be to establish what God’s will is. The cool thing is that we have ready access to God’s mind through the Bible. I love to pray based on Bible verses, I believe it backs my prayer up. It’s similar to how attorneys cite precedent when arguing a case. No matter how convincing one’s argument might be, it isn’t quite complete without reference to one relevant authority or the other. (In pleading our case with God, lets not use scripture out of context, guys).
The amazing thing about having faith based on God’s will is that we can stand on it and know that no matter how difficult the situation gets, God will bring His will to pass. This is something I have experienced personally. Even when my human mind could not see how things would work out, when I was mentally and emotionally exhausted from waiting for an answer, I knew God would work things out, because He said He would. And boy, did He put His power on display, and in 3D too! 🙂 At the end of it all I understood so many of the Psalms in a personal way. It was a glorious feeling.
The Bible defines faith as the substance of things hoped for.* However, we are not to just randomly decide what to hope for. Our hope must be based on what God has said to us. As we wind up 2015 and gear up to take on 2016, let us not set about claiming things that do not form part of God’s will for our lives. Yes, God’s will is for us to prosper. The specifics of the prosperity are for Him to decide, not us. So lets take time to hear God, receive from Him what His plan is for us, and then (only then) claim it. Then our faith will truly be on fleek.**
Stay blessed, guys! May God perfect all that concerns you, today and always.
**The quality of being perfect, on point (urban dictionary)