Faith on Fleek?

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…”?) ๐Ÿ™‚
  • 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 seeย howย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.ย 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, andย 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.

*Hebrews 11:1

**The quality of being perfect, on point (urban dictionary)

16 thoughts on “Faith on Fleek?

  1. Jade says:

    True! You can’t divorce faith from a close walk with God. If He says it,you can count on it. Praise the Lord for giving you the platform to share authoritatvely. It is really encouraging. May He protect what He has done from being stolen or corrupted.

    • The graced misfit says:

      Yep, you said it…
      It’s always lovely to hear from you. I trust you’re doing great and enjoying the holidays. Merry Christmas! x

  2. Amakamedia says:

    Wow. Ore-ofe, it’s amazing how your article coincides with the topic on my devotional guide today “Check Your Desires” – Are they aligned with God’s plan for your life?

    You are spot on. I just kept nodding as I read through. The firmest foundation of faith is the Word. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD. (Rom. 10:17)

    Thank you for blessiing my heart. ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas! #hugs#

    • The graced misfit says:

      Wow, we thank God for His confirmation. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you and a very Merry Christmas to you too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sending lots of love and hugs your way.

  3. Frances Okoro says:

    I’ve been praying for God-given visions (and goals)…I’m truly not cut out for the tears that arise from “faithing” my own plans this year..so yes, I need His word for me to even set out to “claim” anything.

    Thanks so much for this Ore-ofe!
    Happy, happy… great 2016 ahead!

  4. Adaeze says:

    First of all I screamed for joy when I found your blog through Amaka, when I tried to visit this blog from your comments, I got the response “blog doesn’t exist”.

    Secondly this post was written for me. I’m currently at a point in my life where I need God’s direction on plenty matters, I want to cast off my boat but he seems to be silent, I’ll keep waiting for him.

    • The graced misfit says:

      Awww, Adaeze, thanks for not giving up in your search for the blog, your comment made my afternoon.

      God will surely come through and provide the guidance you need from Him. Your patience will be rewarded. Sometimes even when we don’t hear God audibly, the peace He gives us about an issue provides all the direction we need. I just said a prayer for you, let me know how it goes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Nedoux says:

    Hi TGM,

    Faith is such a powerful thing, it gives life to hope. The unwavering belief, regardless of one’s actual circumstance, that better times will come based on God’s word.

    I like how you made the clear distinction between faith and confidence, because both are sometimes confused with one another. Thank you so much for sharing this. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The graced misfit says:

      And she replies one year later… ๐Ÿ™ Sorry about that.
      Thanks so much for reading and commenting! I really like the link you drew between faith and hope.

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