Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
Our relationship with the Lord is one of faith. It makes no difference how you “feel” outwardly; physical feelings have nothing to do with it. Oftentimes, our experience of Him and with Him can’t be described with human words; but then, there’s a deep inner “knowing,” an awareness in your spirit.
It brings to mind the account of the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5. She had suffered hemorrhage for twelve years, and the doctors weren’t able to help her. The Bible says, “When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment…And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague” (Mark 5:27-29). How did she know that the “feeling” she felt in her body was one of healing? It was her faith at work!
The Bible doesn’t say, “She saw that the bleeding had stopped,” but that “she felt in her body that she was healed.” That’s the feeling of faith. In the case of the lame man at the gate of the temple called Beautiful as recorded in Acts 3, when Peter ministered to him, the Bible says his feet and ankle bones received strength (Acts 3:7). Bones don’t feel, so it couldn’t have been a physical “feeling.” But something got injected into his feet and bones, and God knew, and said his feet and ankle bones received strength. The result was that the man leapt and walked. His faith was operational; he responded, and in his response, the power of the word spoken by Peter was manifested, and his miracle happened.
It also reminds of what we read about David; the Bible says he “perceived” that God had confirmed him king over Israel. This wasn’t mere mental or physical knowledge; it was a knowing in his spirit. There’s the knowledge of faith, the hearing of faith, the feeling or perception of faith, as you’re sensitive to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the Word.
Dear Father, I thank you for the earnest of the Spirit which you’ve given me. I’m sensitive to your leading and guidance and know what to do at all times; my profiting through the Word is evident, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
“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.”
James 2:18-26 NKJV
“But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!
20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.
24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
1-Year Bible Reading Plan:
1 Kings 12-14
2-Year Bible Reading Plan:
1 Corinthians 9:1-10;
Extract From Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional
#TalkingSession KINDLY SAY THESE WORDS OUT LOUD.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for the ministry of the Word in my life. Thank You for the life I have in Christ—a life of victory, progress, and success every day. I prosper and excel in all things as I meditate on the Word, and act on it. I win always because Christ has been made unto me wisdom, and that wisdom which is my unparalleled advantage is at work in me mightily. I am an offspring of the Word, and the Word has imparted the life and nature of God in me. I am not ordinary; I’ve put on the image of the heavenly, and my affections are set on things above.
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name in this world, and in the world to come. I yield to the ministry of the Word and its power to instill in me the right perception and mindset. I bring forth good things from within my spirit today. I am in sync with the Word; for it’s the food for my spirit, and it’s medicine to my physical body. I am transformed today and positioned to deal wisely in all my affairs because God’s Word regulates my thoughts and actions; and as I yield to the lordship of the Word, my profiting appears to all, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
• Keep saying it, publish it everywhere; noise it abroad! In Christ, we’ve got something to shout about. Let’s flood the airwaves, internet, and print media with the reality of Christ.
Speak in other tongues now. ~ Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.
MY DAILY CONFESSIONS #SayThisWithMe
CHRIST IN ME All the wealth in this world belongs to me, for I’m an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ. The silver and the gold are mine, including the cattle upon a thousand hills. Therefore, I refuse to be limited by anything in this world. I’m a free-flowing conduit of God’s wealth and blessings to others, and I’m plugged to an unending supply. I belong in a special class of divine beings—“the Christ-in-me species!” This is my assurance of a life of continuous triumph and eternal glory. The power, beauty and excellence of divinity are resident in my spirit. I manifest the life and glory of Christ. Hallelujah!
#AffirmationTrain I affirm that I know who I am.
I am an offspring of the Word! I am one with the Father, and all things are fashioned to work together for my good. My life is programmed, and no force on earth is powerful enough to stop me from making progress. I’m a fruitful branch, connected to the source that can never run dry. My hands are anointed to produce excellent results! Success is my birthright; excellence is my calling, and winning is my lifestyle. It doesn’t matter how I start, I will end up as number one. I’ve received the Spirit without measure, and there’s no impossible in my life. I am full of life; thus, if I ever get involved, it has no choice but to work!
I am mightily graced by the Lord; my influence and capacity have increased. I came at the right time, and I am making manifest the realities of the kingdom. I am strengthened with all might from within by the power of the Holy Spirit. I can do all things and change the circumstances of my life to conform to God’s perfect will for me, through His power that is at work in me mightily. Hallelujah! I live by the Word; therefore, I am flourishing like the palm tree, planted by the rivers of water, and everything I do prospers. I am making progress from glory to glory because I live in the Word. Blessed be God!
SPEAK IN OTHER TONGUES NOW.
• Be bold to say the same things that God has said concerning you in His Word. That is what takes you beyond salvation, to enjoy the benefits of salvation ~ Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.
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