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Hope and faith

Heb 11:1; Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Our Father in Heaven tells us that faith is the Substance of things hoped for. Now let’s take a second to let that Statement sink into our Subconscious. In Chemistry a substance is defined as a matter which has a specific composition and specific properties. In order Words a Substance has a physical mass. Yet faith which is generally perceived as an abstract term is being referred to as a Substance of Things hoped for.

In order to understand This Statement, we first have to differentiate between hope and Faith. Hope and Faith in my opinion are very similar yet worlds apart. For they both refer to the ability or act of believing in Something which isn’t, for example we all hope for a bright future, for health, Wealth, joy, peace, for a good job, for success in Exams etc. Hope is the ability to look beyond the present (which may not be favorable) and see the possibility of that which we want to project into our future. For The Word of God says in

Romans {8:24} For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? {8:25} But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it. ]

From the above passage we can deduce that hope is primarily there to save us from falling into despair in our present Situation no matter how dire the realities surrounding us may seem. It gives us strength to continue moving ahead and not to throw in the towel and give up, on everything. For if we yield to fear and despair, even the little which we have in the present would also be taken away from us. Hope is passive it involves patiently standing firm and believing in a brighter future. However, hope in my opinion does not guarantee the future we hope for. Whereas faith Is the evidence that, that which we hope for will come to pass.

Hoping in a Brighter future is patiently awaiting and believing in the possibility of a brighter future. Whereas, having faith in a brighter future is having evidence that the possibility of a brighter future will come to fruition based on the application of the Word of God in our lives. This is so simple and yet so complicated, for in my opinion I believe that a lot of us Christians, my self not excluded, have confused hope for faith. For we proclaim that we have faith in God for a specific matter, yet all we do is sit down and wait for a miracle to suddenly happen. Whereas we ought to study the Word of God base on the matter at hand, find out what we ought to do to qualify us for that blessing or miracle e.g. fasting and praying, tithing, studying the Word of God, giving up worldly habits, forgiving those who have sinned against us etc. and doing it. For Faith with out works is dead.

Therefor in order to have faith in God on a certain matter. We have to find out Gods Word based on that issue, believe in the potency of the Word, act on the Word and confess the Word of God based on that issue. For then and only then can we as Christians claim to have faith.

Stay blessed and full of faith.

PS: for further Reading I would strongly refer you to the book of Hebrews Chapter 11

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GOD IS CLOSER TO US THAN THE ENEMY IS

Today: 2015-12-29

…Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

Matthew 28:20

Contrary to man’s thinking that God is far away in time of
problems.  God is the very present help in trouble. Ps 46:1.

1 God is our refuge and strength, a
very present help in trouble.

Solution is closer to us than problems are.Gen.21:19

19 And God opened her eyes, and
she saw a well of water; and she
went, and filled the bottle with water,
and gave the lad drink.

Light is closer to us than darkness is. Psalm 27:1

1 The LORD is my light and my
salvation; whom shall I fear? the
LORD is the strength of my life; of
whom shall I be afraid?

Solution is closer to us than question is.

God is closer to us than satan is. Psalm 46:1-11,

1 God is our refuge and strength, a
very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear,
though the earth be removed, and
though the mountains be carried
into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar
and be troubled, though the mountains
shake with the swelling thereof.
Selah.
4 There is a river, the streams
whereof shall make glad the city of
God, the holy place of the tabernacles
of the most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she
shall not be moved: God shall help
her, and that right early.
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms
were moved: he uttered his voice, the
earth melted.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
8 Come, behold the works of the
LORD, what desolations he hath
made in the earth.
9 He maketh wars to cease unto the
end of the earth; he breaketh the
bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder;
he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am
God: I will be exalted among the
heathen, I will be exalted in the
earth.
11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Matthew.28:20.

20 Teaching them to observe all
things whatsoever I have commanded
you: and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world.
Amen.

The door is closer to you than the barrier is.

Whenever you are face to face with the enemy, turn aside and
you will see God.

That is what made the difference between Moses and the
children of God. Exodus 14:10-16

10 ¶ And when Pharaoh drew nigh,
the children of Israel lifted up their
eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians
marched after them; and they were
sore afraid: and the children of Israel
cried out unto the LORD.
11 And they said unto Moses, Because
there were no graves in Egypt,
hast thou taken us away to die in the
wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt
thus with us, to carry us forth out of
Egypt?
12 Is not this the word that we did
tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us
alone, that we may serve the Egyptians?
For it had been better for us to
serve the Egyptians, than that we
should die in the wilderness.
13 ¶ And Moses said unto the people,
Fear ye not, stand still, and see
the salvation of the LORD, which he
will shew to you to day: for the
Egyptians whom ye have seen to day,
ye shall see them again no more for
ever.
14 The LORD shall fight for you,
and ye shall hold your peace.
15 ¶ And the LORD said unto
Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto
me? speak unto the children of Israel,
that they go forward:
16 But lift thou up thy rod, and
stretch out thine hand over the sea,
and divide it: and the children of Israel
shall go on dry ground through
the midst of the sea.

When you look at the enemy you see an end but when you see
God you see a new beginning.

When you set your eyes on the enemy you end as dwarf, but
when you look at God you grow as giant.

As the children of Israel looked at the sea and the pursuing
Egyptians, they feared but as Moses looked at God he returned bold.

When you see the invisible you dare and do the impossible.
Hebrews11:27

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not
fearing the wrath of the king: for he
endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

When you see the invisible God you endure the existing trying
opposition.

Now begin to see opportunities in adversities.

 

Source: http://www.davidabioye.org.ng/read_devotionals.281

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Patience

 Hi everyone well, I have been cracking my head on what my next post should be about and trying as much as possible to just start writing something. Frankly I could sit here in front of the PC for the next hour and still be trying to figure out what to write, since there are always more “interesting” stuff to do on the net or on the PC than staring at an empty word doc. Most times I end up stealing one or two peeks into youtube and co “and guess what!” there are always one or two “anime vids” that I just have to watch, along the line one or two turn into three or four and before I say jack the day is gone and I still have an empty word doc in front of me.

So as a precaution to my blankpage/youtube syndrome, I say a short prayer ,reminding our Lord Jesus Christ that its not by might nor power but solely by the gift of Holyspirit. Then I start writing something, anything no matter how silly or incoherent it is and before I know it, it’s like out of the blues a clear view of what am going to write, how am going to write and why I want to write about the issue appears, like it’s been there all along. This alone is further prove for me beyond all doubt that the Holyspirit is there guiding, protecting, inspiring etc. This is going to be my sixth post on the slicingsword, when I review the posts, I can’t help but feel that I must have been on some kind of drugs while writing. I have heard my mum say that being lead by the Holyspirit is also a from of being high, well am yet to find out how that works, but one thing I know for sure is that I did not and could not have written these posts by my own wisdom, power or knowledge but only by the Spirit of God.

Initially I intended to continue with the last topic on faith and fasting. However in this post I would be sharing my thoughts on Patience in our Lord Jesus Christ. So whats patience in our Lord Jesus Christ to me. And why do I feel that it’s important. To me patience has a lot to do with having faith. I think that patience, is also an applied form of wisdom. Although one needs to be aggressive in life to make 100% use of the opportunities one gets, one however also needs to be able to identify when caution and prudence are necessary. One needs to be able to identify when its necessary to be still and when its necessary to act, which is only possible through Gods wisdom.

Nevertheless having patience is not as easy as it sounds, even if one has the wisdom to be able to identify when patience is needed, it still isn’t a piece of cake. Fact is, in some situations its easier to try out every other option than to just calm down, have patience and put everything in Gods hands. This topic (patience) may sound trivial compared to others but in my opinion it isn’t. I feel that the inability to have patience in our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the main reasons why we Christians don’t get to see the promises of God fulfilled in our lives.

To further explain the importance of having patience in Christ Jesus. For instance when one finds him or herself in a tough situation or at a crossroad, its natural to tend to look for an easy way out, unfortunately the blessings of God don’t come on a platter of gold but have to be earned. Earning the fulfillment of Gods Promises often come with a test or challenge. For God has blessed us all but it is only those who overcome that will see the materialization of Gods promises, but to them who can’t overcome, even little which they have will be taken away from them just as written in the parable of the talents, in the book of Matthew chapter 25 verse 29:

29 For unto every one that hath

shall be given, and he shall have

abundance: but from him that hath

not shall be taken away even that

which he hath.

Furthermore taking the easy way out is synonymous to taking the fast way out of an issue which involves given into fear and anxiety, compromising in one way or the other, making huge mistakes and thereby missing out on Gods Promises. However having patience in Christ is synonymous to choosing to take the right part, choosing to stick to ones guns, thereby having faith in Christ Jesus and enduring till the end just like Abraham the father of all Nations did. For God promised Abraham so much but Abraham didn’t sit back and expect the promises of God to fall into his laps, just like that but instead, as written in the Bible in the book of Hebrews chapter 6 verse 11-15 Abraham saw the promises of God in his life fulfilled through faith, patient and endurance.

11 And we desire that every one of

you do shew the same diligence to

the full assurance of hope unto the

end:

12 That ye be not slothful, but followers

of them who through faith

and patience inherit the promises.

13 For when God made promise to

Abraham, because he could swear by

no greater, he sware by himself,

14 Saying, Surely blessing I will

bless thee, and multiplying I will

multiply thee.

15 And so, after he had patiently

endured, he obtained the promise.

Therefor I would encourage us as Christians not to let fear and anxiety take over, when we find ourselves in a pinch. By doing that, we would be susceptible to making mistakes and also be showing our Father in heaven that we don’t have any faith that He is capable of seeing us through that issue. However by having faith and patiently enduring in Christ Jesus, we would be showing our Father in heaven that even though the situation may look bad, we still have faith that at the end His vision will speak in our lives, thereby provoking God to do the Miraculous in our lives.

Remain blessed in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Nonso B-Anyeji