ENGAGING VIOLENT FAITH FOR SUPERNATURAL BREAKTHROUGH …PT 1
by Pst Isaac Folaji on 1 March 2020
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses”- I Timothy 6:12.
The scripture encourages us to fight the good fight of faith because, though we have been given all things (Matthew 11:12, 1 John 5:4, Ephesians 1:3, 2nd Peter 1:2-3). In other words, faith is the key with which we unlock our redemption package in Christ. Consequently, we need strong faith because it determines the extent to which we enjoy speedy answers to our prayers.
So we need violent faith, bold faith and that is what we should have when we get born again because we are redeemed into the tribe of Judah, a tribe of lions (Revelations 5:5, Proverbs 30:30). However, for our faith to produce, we must take note of the following:
We are redeemed as sheep and as lions:
We are redeemed as lambs of God but, as lions to the devil and his activities. Every time we come to our Father, we are gentle, cool and calm but when we face the world we are like lions. To go to the world as a lamb is to present yourself as meat for Satan. Remember that he is like a roaring lion looking for whom he may devour and because lions do not feast on lions, no devil can hurt you. So to be spiritually gentle is to lose your place in destiny.
WHAT IS FAITH?
- Faith among many things is being fully persuaded of the truth, circumstances notwithstanding.
- Faith is not a religious theory but a mystery of the kingdom: Why a mystery? It is a mystery because though physically invisible, it’s spiritually held, felt and used as a weapon (1st Timothy 2:9, Ephesians 6:16). It is a mystery because it holds power you cannot fake. Faith drives and moves men, making them do exploits.
- Faith is not a gentle stuff, faith is a violent force: Faith empowers the believer to gain mastery over every situation of life.
The faith we are talking about is a violent kind of Faith. There is no mountain that your faith can’t remove (Mark11:22-23). That suggest that the kind of faith many of us have is not violent enough. There is no mountain that faith cannot level. If there is a mountain before you and it’s not moving, then work on your faith. If there is a challenge that is stirring you in the face, that challenge is saying build up your faith.
WHY WE NEED VIOLENT FAITH
There are giants in everyone’s promise land and it takes violent faith to disposes them of our possession. Something or someone is in possession of whatever you desire or require and it takes violent faith to disposes them. However, violent faith is usually not easy to come by. It is stirred by some spiritual brands of wine, such as:
1. The wine of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost moves believers as wine, as typified by Peter’s case in Acts2:14-19. Shy and timid as he was, he became so bold as to stand before the people and declare words, when he came in contact with the Holy Ghost. A man that fearfully denied having anything to do with Jesus, boldly declared words that turned over three thousand to God.
That is why the Bible admonishes us to be filled with the Holy Spirit, instead of being filled with wine and for this to happen, we must engage in prayer and fasting (Luke 4:1, 14).
2. Revelation wine: Whenever the word of God is revealed it intoxicates and moves you to do things that only one who is walking in violent faith can do. You hear God’s servant say he has never begged and will never beg. Why? Violent faith brought about by the revelation of the word. Enough of carrying and quoting the Bible, you need revelation of the word. So engage in diligent search and meditation of the word of God and as you do, things will be revealed to you which will boost your faith.
CHARACTERISITICS OF VIOLENT FAITH
1. Fearlessness: In I Samuel 17:15-51 David, a seventeen-year-old boy, stood before Goliath without fear, challenging him to battle. A true child of the Most High, filled with violent faith should never be afraid, but should see challenges as opportunity to glorify God. If there are no challenges how do you know that you are a winner? If you have not fought a battle, how do you know that you can win? So whatever battle you face, you do so because you can win it, in fact, you have already won it.
2. Spiritual Resoluteness: Violent faith is unchanging, meaning that it does not give up no matter the battle (Job 13:15, 14:14). This is the kind of faith that the Bible credits Abraham with in Romans 4:16-22.
3. Fixation on the word of God: Violent faith is completely fixated on God’s word, no matter how true contrary opinions may seem.
BREAKING GENERATIONAL CURSES
Even though generational curses are very real, the good news is that, by redemption, curses are reversible. In Galatian 3:13-14, the Bible makes it clear that God redeemed us from curses by making Christ a curse for us. This simply means that Jesus took our place in curses when he hung on the tree for us. This had to happen for us as gentiles to come into the Abrahamic blessings and heritage. God originally created man to function in blessings, a position which man lost to sin and disobedience (Genesis 3:17-19). Labouring without result to show, stagnation, abject poverty and near-success syndrome are some the evidences of curses in the lives of people.
Positioning yourself to break curses of life
1. Salvation: Salvation brings us under the blessing and destroys all devilish works, including curses, in our lives. It is one vital reason why Jesus came, according to 1 John 3:8 (Acts 3:26). Jesus came to bring us under the blessing and so an invitation to church is an invitation to meet with Jesus, the one that helps people to escape curses.
2. Serving God and the interest of His kingdom: This also keeps us under the sworn blessing, as we see from Exodus 23:25–26. One of the major ways to serve God is in soul winning and we must do it as a lifestyle to remain in blessing, which is the ultimate cure for curses (Job 36:11).
Remain Ever Blessed!!! Jesus is Lord!!!