The Gestation of Faith (4)

The Gestation of Faith (4)

Here is the final part of the series on the gestation of faith.

The seeds that were planted on good ground are people who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. – Luke 8:15

Faith without patience is like planting a seed and then uprooting the seedling before it has time to produce fruits.

If we want to live fruitful lives, we must learn patience (Luke 8:15, James 5:7-8). Even God is patient, and He has made patience one of the built-in features of our universe. For instance, you cannot force a tree to produce fruits before its time. You cannot force the day to break before dawn. You cannot harvest immediately after you plant.

It takes time for a seed to become a tree. Just like it takes a process of time for the germinal vesicle to become an ovum, the ovum to be fertilised by the sperm to give a zygote, and for the zygote to become a foetus and finally a complete human being (a new creation that did not exist before), it takes a similar process of time for the seed of God’s Word to become implanted/engrafted in our hearts and create new realities that did not exist before.

The importance of patience cannot be overemphasised. Every Christian should do a personal Bible Study on this crucial factor without which our faith becomes ineffective and unproductive. In the meantime, you’ll do well to remember this: “There is no conception without faith; no delivery without patience. It takes faith to conceive and patience to deliver.”

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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The Gestation of Faith (3)

The Gestation of Faith (3)

Here is another instalment on the meditation on the gestation of faith

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. (Romans 5:3-4 MSG)

As we continue our discussion on faith and patience, we’ll do well to note that patience is not passive resignation to fate. It is not accepting anything and everything the devil throws at us. Rather, patience is resisting the devil by actively standing on the Word.

While waiting for the manifestation of God’s promise, we must continue to declare the truth of God’s Word with conviction. This is how we still the raging storms of doubt and fear that the devil brings our way as we await the physical reality of God’s Word. We must hold on to our confession of faith – and we must be willing to hold on forever. That willingness to hold on to our confession until we see our manifestation is what the Bible calls patience.

Patience is the womb of faith. There is a gestation period between your confession of faith and the manifestation of your desires. It is patience that nurtures faith through that gestation period. Patience provides a conditioned environment that shields faith from the harsh realities of external circumstances until the delivery day.

By faith, we confess the reality of things that are not, as though they were. By patience, we wait for the physical manifestation of what we are confessing. May the Lord infuse you with strength to wait patiently for the fulfilment of His promises to you.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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The Gestation of Faith (2)

The Gestation of Faith (2)

Today we shall continue the meditation on the gestation of faith.

Our great desire is that each of you keep up your eagerness to the end, so that the things you hope for will come true. We do not want you to become lazy, but to be like those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. – Hebrews 6:11-12

When talking about faith, Abraham is one person that readily comes to mind. In spite of contrary circumstances, he believed God. He agreed with God that he was Abraham – father of many nations – when he did not even have a child. Now, that’s faith. And he continued in faith for decades, even when it seemed that nothing was happening. That’s patience.

In the process of waiting, Abraham kept meditating on the faith pictures that God had given him. He did not change his mind and revert to his old name. Rather, he continued to call himself and his wife by the names the Lord had called them, even when the physical circumstances were obviously contrary.

Abraham is popularly known as Father of Faith. But really, he is Father of faith and patience. The fact is, he became Father of Faith because he was Father of Patience. His faith would have been unproductive if he had not added patience.

God has your life all planned out. He has prepared all that you will ever need long before you were born. He has made provision for every need in advance. However, like Abraham and the other patriarchs, you need to exercise patient faith to lay hold of this provision. That is how you can join the elite league of “those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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The Gestation of Faith (1)

The Gestation of Faith (1)

The Gestation of Faith

My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into different kinds of temptations, knowing that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have its perfect work, so that you may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4

Over the years, and especially in recent times, the Church has placed a lot of emphasis on faith – and rightly so – because the Christian walk is essentially a walk of faith (See Romans 1:17, Romans 10:9, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:8, Hebrews 11:6). We are saved through faith, we live by faith and we maintain our relationship with God by faith. Nonetheless, the Bible is clear about the need to supplement our diet of faith with other important ingredients which I like to call “core vitamins.” Patience is one of these core vitamins (See II Peter 1:4-8).

In today’s fast-paced world of jet travels, instant photography, fast food restaurants, high-speed internet and what have you; it is not unlikely that patience has become alien to quite a number of us. Well, what exactly is patience? Patience is endurance. It is holding on to the Word of God without wavering, regardless of circumstances.

Patience is that quiet confidence that awaits the manifestation of what God has promised. It is holding on to the confession of our faith without faltering, knowing that He who called us is faithful (I Thessalonians 5:24).

– Author Unknown

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Booster of Potential

Booster of Potential

Booster of potential…

Saul called David’s attention to the natural things. David called Saul’s attention to the supernatural things [paraphrased].
1 Samuel 17:33-37 

What we do not see are naturally bigger and more powerful than what we see. An oceanographer would tell you that the most populated part of the earth is the ocean. We don’t see this fact until we dive into the bottom of the sea. Do you know the buried part of an iceberg on the water is usually a hundred times bigger than the head we see above water?

Ask a structural engineer and he would tell you that the foundation of a building is stronger than the whole bricks piled on it. We do not see the foundation while we usually admire the obvious building. We are often attracted by the unimportant.

You cannot afford to be too conscious of your physical development at the expense of inner growth. How much of the money you spend goes into investing in your inner person? Those things you do not see about you are what defines you. In other words, they are what determine your realities. Those people who succeed paid greater attention to what is going on inside them than what is happening around them.

Inner growth is a choice. John C. Maxwell says, “Growth is optional. You can choose to grow or fight it. But know this: people unwilling to grow will never reach their potential.” Investing attention in inner growth is a decision that can really make a difference in a person’s life. Taking a step towards inner growth would include consistently doing the following:

  • Commit to healthy thinking for at least 30 minutes daily
  • Daily study of the Bible and meditation on its insights
  • Regular reading of useful magazines, dailies, books, and literature in your career field.
  • Improve the quality of your inner circle.
  • Invest and attend meetings or conferences that focus on the kind of development you seek.
  • Participate in social responsibility efforts (this helps you to contribute positively and it is a very vital nutrient to growing on the inside).
  • Pray for divine help in your inner growth ambition.

This list may not be exhaustive, but they adequately represent a good starting point. They would not matter if you are not craving for quality inner life. No man ever feels successful by amassing only external successes. His fulfilment is in maturity, strength, and the wealth of his inner man.

Author Unknown.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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10 Little Christians

10 Little Christians

Ten little Christians standing in a line,

One disliked the pastor, then there were nine.

Nine little Christians stayed up very late,

One slept in on Sunday, then there were eight.

Eight little Christians on their way to heaven,

One took the low road, then there were seven.

Seven little Christians chirping like chicks,

One disliked the music, then there were six.

Six little Christians seemed very much alive,

But one lost his interest, then there were five.

Five little Christians pulling for Heaven’s shore,

But one stopped to rest, then there were four.

Four little Christians, each busy as a bee,

One got her feelings hurt, then there were three.

Three little Christians knew what to do,

One joined the sports crowd, then there were two.

Two little Christians, our rhyme is nearly done,

Differed with each other, then there was one.

One little Christian can’t do much ’tis true;

Brought his friend to Bible study, then there were two.

Two earnest Christians, each won one more,

That doubled their number, then there were four.

Four sincere Christians worked early and late,

Each won another, then there were eight.

Eight little Christians, if they doubled as before,

In just a few short weeks, we’d have 1,024.

In this little jingle, there’s a lesson true,

You belong to the building, or the wrecking crew.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good worksHebrews 10:24

We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. – Hebrews 6:11

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. – Proverbs 4:23

he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. – Romans 12:8

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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