LIVING BY FAITH

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
MONDAY 27 OCTOBER 2014.
THEME : LIVING BY FAITH.
MEMORISE : Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man
draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. HEBREWS
10 : 38.
READ : MARK 11 : 22 – 23.
22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this
mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and
shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things
which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever
he saith.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 KINGS 12 – 13 AND PROVERBS 17 : 15
– 28.
Faith is part of the nature of God. God lives by faith, and every
child of God is expected to live as God lives. Are you a child of
God? You are expected to live by faith. You are expected to live
to please God and Him alone. Hebrews 11 : 6 says :
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that
cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Faith can be defined as trust, strong belief and unquestioning
confidence. Faith means belief in God. It is the belief that God
can do what He says He can do. Faith is belief in God’s word.
You need to have faith in God! Generally, there are two kinds of
faith. These are: physical or natural (human) faith, and spiritual
or supernatural faith. All human beings have some measure of
faith. You need faith for salvation, sanctification,justification,
wholeness or health of the spirit, soul and body. You need faith
to live the Christian life, to walk the Christian walk, to remove
the obstacles blocking your way to heaven, to live holy, to live
above the world and to enter into the rest of God. However, it
should be noted that faith standing alone is not sufficient.
Certain things need to be added to it ( 2 Peter 1 : 5 – 10 ). It is
risky for a ministry to be built on faith alone because it could
die as a result. This is because, as the faith on which such a
ministry is founded begins to die, the ministry itself will also
begin to die.
Do you want to live by faith? First, have the faith of the Son of
God ( Galatians 2 : 20 ). Then add virtue or good behaviour to
your faith. Ensure that you live holy and righteously. To virtue,
add knowledge. Don’t allow ignorance to destroy you. To
knowledge, add temperance and to temperance, add patience.
To patience, add godliness. To godliness, add brotherly
kindness and to brotherly kindness, add love. Secondly, let
everything added to your faith abound in you. Be diligent in
making them flourish in you. It is dangerous to live by faith
alone. If you fail to add virtue and other qualities to your faith,
you might end up becoming barren, unfruitful, blind and short
sighted. For you to live by faith therefore, you should first and
foremost be born-again, and diligently develop your faith to
reach the measure of that of the Son of God. Pray constantly in
the Holy Ghost and live in perpetual obedience to the will of
God. Hate sin and shun bad company, ungodly habits, pride
and false doctrine.
ACTION POINT :
No life is more fulfilling than living by faith. Begin to live by the
faith of the Son of God today.

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