Faith. Just one word but there will be many different walks of faith in our lives. For example, my walk of faith with God will be very different from the faith I struggle to find within myself at times. There are things God has set me out to do but there are times I struggle with the confidence to follow through. I have to remind myself that He doesn’t call the equipped, but rather He equips the called, and that certainly takes faith, thank you Lord.
Because we need faith in so many different areas of our lives, that means there will be different ways of looking at faith as we go through the seasons. There’s no way to tackle them all in just one article so today we’re going to focus on the faith that comes continually through covenant and the faith that follows through experience.
Hebrews 9:15 “Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance…”
I chose to start with covenant faith because some of you reading today might be new to this walk of faith with God. And for those who’ve been on this journey for some time now, we just might need a reminder. It’s going to be so important to arm yourself with the knowledge of our covenant with the Lord first and foremost, so this should be the root of your faith and all other points of faith will flow from here.
The definition to the new covenant as found online is “a promise of redemption by God to people as individuals rather than as a nation and on the basis of God’s grace rather than a person’s adherence to the law”. The law were the rules that the Israelites followed including rituals and traditions such as annual sacrifices of spotless lambs given as a means of cleansing sin. The problem was that the people began to believe that all they had to do was follow these rituals for salvation. They failed to see that they needed God within their hearts more than they needed to think themselves wholesome according to a set of rules.
Ephesians 2:12 “Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.”
In the New Covenant Jesus was the spotless lamb that became the ultimate and final sacrifice for all sin. He became the bridge, the grace from sinful man to holy God. He fulfilled the law so that man no longer had to look to rituals or religion, but rather look to the heart of God, and receive healing over the condition of his or her own heart so that she or he could become a new creation in Christ, where the old is gone and the new is here, where there is no longer condemnation but grace and freedom from the oppression that holds one to the bondage of sin. Amen!
2 Timothy 1:9 “Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began…”
So, our first walk of faith is the promise of eternal life, of freedom, of grace! We are no longer enslaved to the past or to the powers of the darkness of the world, but we now have the power of Christ that lives within us and His good works all around us. We have His favor and mercy working for us. The power of eternal life begins now when we have chosen to give our lives back to Jesus and there’s power in this walk of faith! Hallelujah!
Go into all the things God has already done for us, everything He’s doing now, and everything He can do for you as the Promise Keeper and Miracle Maker. Focusing on all the things He’s done and can do will fuel your faith. The enemy wants you to forget God’s power in your life, past, present and future, so maintain a thankful heart even through the trials knowing that the God you serve is Almighty, is in control and whose love and favor is with you. Let your faith be without boundaries because our God is without limitations.
Luke 1:37 “For nothing will be impossible with God.”
We might sometimes feel that an area of our lives is a valley of dry bones but just like in Ezekiel 37 the Lord brought those bones to life! And He can and will do the same for you. Romans 4:17 says that God “calls those things which are not as though they were.” Amen.
Have faith in your Miracle Maker to bring power into your life by using words to prophesy goodness into your own life. Begin to speak things such as health, victory and prosperity, and take captive any negative thoughts and make them obedient to God’s Word (2 Corinthians 10:5(b). Remember, speaking in faith will not just have an affect over your life but in the lives of your children and generations to come.
Do not let fear or discouragement have any place in your life. The word of God tells us numerous times not to be discouraged. One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Amen!
There are so many promises wrapped into this verse. First the Lord reassures not to fear and not to be discouraged but to have confidence because He is our God. That alone is powerful! Then He gives us His Word that He will strengthen us, the Almighty will give us His strength from the Heavens to fulfill whatever it is that we are called to accomplish, and He promises to help us get through. And finally, to tie it all in our Father promises to uphold us, which means to support and sustain us in His righteousness, holiness and love for us. He is promising to remain by our side through trial into victory.
Psalm 77:11 “But then I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.”
If you are reading this today then there are trials that the Lord has delivered you from, whether or not you had recognized it in the past He was there to rescue you in some way, and now that you are awakened to His Light you will begin to see Him moving more prominently throughout your life. You’ll begin to recognize Him all around you and see the good works He has done and is doing for you. Don’t let the enemy drown out the little things or lead you to disregard it because the Lord is always at work for your good! Take the time to notice Him in all things, the miracles that are all around and His perfect orchestration in all things.
Watch and see how He answers your prayers. Be sure that the desires of your heart are the desires of His heart for you because the Lord always has the very best in mind for you and you should want the very same for yourself, minimizing the heartaches of the world. Allow the Lord to move on your behalf and, “According to your faith, be it unto you” Matthew 9:29.
PRAYER: Father God, we thank You for your new covenant that frees us from the law. We thank You for sending Your Son as the ultimate sacrifice and to be the grace for our salvation and eternal life. We thank You for Your promises and Your forgiveness. Help us to live according to the things of the Spirit that we would set our minds on those spiritual things and not the things of the flesh. Our faith rests in You, Lord, and we thank You Father God that You are faithful towards us even when we fall or fail. We will hold steadfast in our faith on the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things unseen. We will have no doubt Father God that if we say to this mountain “move” that it will move because You are the Almighty. We thank You for Your Grace and Mercy. We thank You for Your favor. We will trust You with all our heart and acknowledge You in all our ways. We give You all the honor, glory and praise, in Jesus’ mighty name we pray, Amen.
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