Preachings

How Do We Want to Live Our Lives – Prayer and Fasting, Our Norm in Life

By Pastor Ay Nee Ng

Last week Pastor Karl spoke on how do we live life to the fullest based on John 10:10. When he spoke about it, I woke up with the thought that we would be doing a series on how to live for Jesus Christ.

Many of us go through the motion of life but don’t realise that there is more to life in Jesus. Do we know Jesus’ new order—His calling of all believers to a higher standard of living? As we start our 40 days of corporate fast and prayer, I want to challenge us to make prayer and fasting a norm in our lives. It has to be part and parcel of our everyday life. We are no longer babes wanting milk but needing spiritual food for maturity. We are no longer babes who are spoon fed with His Word but are now able to discern and apply Godly wisdom in our everyday living and make disciples.

Worry never empties tomorrow of its sorrow, but it does empty it of its strength. Don’t let anyone rob you of your confidence in God. Know His Word. Hold on to His Hand. He will make your impossible mission possible and your life so much more than bearable. –Barbara Johnson

Can we tell ourselves to stop worrying or stop being anxious or fearful? Momentarily, we stumble a little when the worst things are thrown at us, but every child of God has this assurance: we can take anything up with God in prayer and fasting to break spiritual bondage over us. With God’s help, we can worry less and less until worry ceases and fear is replaced by God’s love so we can move on with boldness. God’s mission is the impossible done through us! Church, believe this, think what God can do through you, and ask of Him!!!

Let’s read Philippians 4:6-8 (NIV); as we read, faith is stirred in us.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Things come in triplets because three signifies the divine intervention and presence in why we do what we do. There are three aspects to attaining peace–no short cuts. We need all three.

1. Praying and petitioning with thanksgiving. Be thankful and come to God with a grateful humbled heart.

2. Thinking positive thoughts. Apply self-control, the fruit of the Spirit, to you mind, taking your thoughts captive, pulling down strongholds—negativity, pride, critic, and cynicism—and subjecting them to God’s will (2 Cor. 10:3-5). Church, you become what you think, so think how Jesus would do things and think as a child of God. You won’t go wrong.

3. Put into practice godly examples. Paul followed Jesus’ example; therefore, follow Jesus’ example and you are a winner!

Now, the power play is in fasting. Fasting is an important spiritual tool that the Bible teaches us to do in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. As we take time to seek God’s protection and petition the Lord in fasting and prayer, let’s be encouraged and stirred by His Word, always giving thanks and praise for His goodness endures forever.

Why do we want to make prayer and fasting a norm in our lives? Prayer is a gateway to God through Jesus Christ; it moves the hand of God and allows us to have an outlet of our soul–the anguish of our soul for communication, for hope. Fasting is the unleashed power in spiritual warfare against the wiles of the devil, spiritual darkness, and bondages.

Do you want to hear a secret to power in living a life for God? The secret is simple; make prayer and fasting a norm in your life.

Secret Fasting
Few realise its importance and the frequency needed. It helps build self-discipline in each child of God and unleashes great power in our daily living for answered prayers and deliverance. The end result is growing so much more in love with our Lord Jesus Christ and remaining humble.

“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Mt. 6:16-18).

Jesus continues his sermon, breaking down piece by piece the Pharisee’s notion of truth and replacing it with His own standards and principles. Church, we are to fast in secret and not for show. Don’t be like the Pharisees that make a show of giving to the needy and praying loudly and publicly. Jesus says prayer should be private, quiet, and secret. Jesus rebukes those same hypocrites for their long faces as they fast, hoping others will see their piety.

Jesus makes it clear that He is ushering in a new higher standard, a new understanding of following God. He tells his listeners to fast without trying to gain recognition, to do it in secret. Don’t tell what you are praying or asking, for it is between you and God. This type of fast helps build self-discipline in us and allows for self-examination. If we fast to be seen of men, then we already have our reward. Is that all the reward you really want: to be seen by others!?

Why not fast and tell no one and allow God to reward you openly someday soon? This way we can experience miracles in our lives and allow God to work it out for us. He will reward if we fast in secret for Him.

What breakthroughs are you asking? It is between you and God. This fast is to deal with ourselves first.

Let us read Psalm 121:1-8 (NAS).

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come?  My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.

There is also an important word that most people miss. Jesus said, “When you fast”, not “if you fast”; He seems to be saying that fasting should be done at least occasionally. It is not about being legalistic and feeling commanded to fast.

Fasting should not be a chore but a desire. We willingly fast because we want to draw nearer to God. When we fast for spiritual reasons, we show God that we are serious in desiring Him more than food. To have a hunger for God is like a person’s desire for food when they are hungry. Be hungry for His Word. Be hungry to draw into worship and praise.

Let us be like David in Psalm 42:1: “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.” This is a deep sense or desire to long for the things of God and for God Himself. The picture is of a deer that has been running for its life and stops and is dying of thirst and pants for water because it is desperately thirsty. That is the type of desire God wants us to have for Him, and fasting can help us achieve that type of deep, longing desire that is like a fierce hunger for food or a dying thirst for water.

Picture yourself in a desert looking desperately for water to quench your thirst. In a way, this scene represents where we are, in a desert of emotions because of our circumstances, thirsty and hungry.

You have a choice—reach out to God through Jesus Christ in prayer by calling His name to quench your thirst and hunger or keep on seeing mirages but never reaching your full potential and living life fully for God.

Church, what are we running from or running to? Run to Jesus Christ our Lord, for He satisfies the thirsty. Surrender your needs to Him now, confessing your sins and inadequacies, and ask for spiritual awakening. Ask for the Holy Spirit to empower you, fill you with wisdom, understanding, and discernment, and give you favour of men, women and authorities. Then, give all the praise and glory to our Lord God Almighty!

Conclusion
I will conclude with this video: “The Mighty Influence of a Praying Mom: Rhonwyn Kendricks Story”. Mrs. Kendricks’ son produced the movie “War Room”.

Church, we want a lot of things in life, things that will bring comfort. We leave prayer aside and strive and work hard to achieve what we call success in life, but sometimes we forget that prayer achieves even more on our behalf. As we start on our 40 days corporate fast, let’s be challenged to make prayer and fasting a norm in your life.

Church, prayer has to be our first priority in all that we undertake in life. Join us to pray and fast for our church’s growth, safety and protection. The secret fasting will unleash great power and presence of God. Be prepared to be changed, not only changed but transformed!

Let us pray.

The Battle of Our Life

By Matnur Sijabat

Today I would like to preach about the battle of our life. Let’s read 1 Peter 5: 8-11.

8-9 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

10-11 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

It is without a doubt that we are now living in the last days before the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. All we have to do is look around and we can’t help but see all the evil that is in the world today. A few weeks ago we heard about suicide attack in Manchester, 23 killed and many injured.  Last week in Indonesia, there was also a suicide bombing that killed police and many others. A couple days ago in the Philippines, there was an attack in a casino, 36 killed. We heard news like these more and more. These are all evil attacks.

In Australia, Mardi Gras has become a normal celebration every year and the same sex marriage issue has become stronger and stronger. We are certainly living in the days that the Bible talks about as Noah and Lot’s days or Sodom and Gomorrah’s days.

Many people take no thought of how they live. They live as though that tomorrow always comes. Satan is going about, trying to get them to fall, to fall into sin. He is the serpent, the ruler of this world, the evil one, and the adversary. He is Satan. And—if you are a follower of Jesus Christ—you will be hated by Satan.

  • He may tempt you to do evil.
  • He may smite you with physical disease.
  • He may tempt you to deceive others in order to create the impression of being more spiritual.
  • He may blind the spiritual eyes of your unsaved family, friends, and neighbours so that they may not see the glory of Jesus in the gospel.

How can you stand firm and resist the devil so that he will flee?

The book of Job in the Bible tells the story of a devout, godly man, who lived thousands of years ago. Job is a wealthy man living in a land with his large family and extensive flocks. He is “blameless” and “upright,” always careful to avoid doing evil. One day, Satan appears before God in heaven. God boasts to Satan about Job’s goodness, but Satan argues that Job is only good because God has blessed him abundantly and put a protective wall around him. Satan challenges God that, if given permission to punish the man, Job will turn and curse God. God allows Satan to torment Job to test this bold claim, but He forbids Satan to take Job’s life in the process.

In the course of one day, Job receives four messages, each bringing bad news that his livestock, servants, and ten children have all died due to robber attacks and natural disasters. Job tears his clothes and shaves his head in mourning, but he still blesses God in his prayers. Satan appears in heaven again, and God grants him another chance to test Job. This time, Job is afflicted with horrible skin sores. To cut the long story short, Satan is proven wrong. Job remains faithful to God and God proves to Satan that Job is indeed a righteous human.

The Apostle Peter wrote our main scriptures this morning to warn us that the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Satan is our enemy and he is constantly looking for an opportunity to attack us. We have no chance of outrunning or hiding from the attacks of Satan; and therefore, we must stand and face his attacks by relying on the power of God. Peter tells us that we will suffer from the attacks of Satan, but Satan can’t destroy us because God will restore, support and strengthen us.

Some people deny the work of Satan and teach that bad things never happen to people with the right faith: they are preaching a lie. They are correct in claiming that God will put a protective wall around Christians; yet, the strength of that wall is totally dependent on our walk as a Christian.

God placed a wall around Job, but Job was blameless: a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. Most of us aren’t in the same level as Job. When Peter wrote his letter he wasn’t addressing it to people like Job; Peter was writing to Christians just like you and me.  Brothers and sisters, let’s face it; most of us don’t have much of a wall between us and Satan.

Peter isn’t the only Apostle who warned us about Satan and spiritual warfare. Paul also recognized that a Christian can’t rely on their own power to survive the attacks from Satan. Paul warns us that we aren’t fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

That is why we must live in the power of the Lord. We must put on all of God’s armour so that we will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.

Paul knew firsthand the strength of our enemy: Satan. Paul spent his entire Christian life in a brutal battle with Satan, but Paul stood firm in the armour of God and never stopped speaking boldly for Jesus (Eph. 6:10-20). Job, Peter, and Paul all spoke the truth, warning us boldly, because spiritual warfare is a life and death struggle.

Those Unaware of Spiritual Warfare
If you have seldom felt the blows of Satan on your shield, on your life, it is because you have seldom stood up for Jesus. Immature Christians who seldom read the Scripture, take little interest in fellowship, and never proclaim the Lordship of Jesus hardly interest Satan at all. But, those who study the Word of God and boldly live a Christian lifestyle fight the devil in every areas of their life; Satan hates every Christian who is building on the foundation of Christ. He seems to generally ignore those who are no threat to his kingdom. That is probably why lazy Christians don’t see Satan as an active threat.

It is believed that only a small percentage of the people who call themselves Christians are actually in active battle with Satan. Right now, Satan has his hands full trying to stop the spread of Christianity in places like Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

When Jesus Christ arose from the dead, His kingdom was established and Satan knew the time he had left was short. He had to know because a loud voice shouted across the heavens. This is told in Revelation 12:10-12

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”

Satan knows that it is over for him; but in the time that he has left, he will do everything he can to destroy as much of God’s creation as he can: especially humans who actively serve Jesus Christ.

Satan’s Work
Most people, even Christians, don’t believe in spiritual warfare. Perhaps it is because they fear Satan and think that he will ignore them if they ignore him, but this isn’t right. Scripture tells us that we are in a spiritual war and we must stand firm in resisting Satan. We can’t stand firm if we are ignoring Satan. Let’s wake up; let’s actively look for Satan’s handy work in our life and the life of those around us.

We must be alert to the fact that Satan constantly tries to:

  • Blind human minds. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4).
  • Deceive. “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Rev. 12:9).
  • Influence. Satan has been able to influence some people so extensively that God cannot take them to heaven (Mt. 7:21-23).
  • Bring illness. Paul had a physical infirmity, and he tells us where this infirmity came from. “[…] I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me” (2 Cor. 12:7).
  • Send demons to possess humans. “And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. […] And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day? […]” (Lk. 13:10-17)
  • Have his demons appear as angels of light. “So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11:15).
  • Have his demons teach false doctrine. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1).

The evil in this world originates with Satan; we can attribute most of our failures to Satan working in our life. Look at Judas Iscariot. Satan entered into Judas and caused him to betray Jesus. Jesus told the Jews that they didn’t understand what He said because they couldn’t bear to hear His words. He went on to tell them that they were like their father the devil and that their will was to do the devil’s work. Our enemy is Satan, and we are locked into a life and death struggle with him. We are in a spiritual war, and those who haven’t truly embraced the belief that Jesus is both their Lord and their Saviour have already lost the battle.

The truth is that spiritual warfare is real; it is a part of the Christian’s life today. We are at war. Although this battle is fought in the natural, the weapons of our warfare are supernatural and have divine power to tear down strongholds. Brother and sisters, these weapons are available to us.

What Are Our Weapons?

  • The Blood of the Lamb and the Testimony of the Saints (Rev. 12:11).
  • Prayer. “Come near to God and he will come near to you […]”(Jas. 4:8).
  • The Name of Jesus (Mk. 16:17). “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (Jn. 14:13-14).
  • Faith. “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 Jn. 5:4).
  • Praise and Worship. “May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands […]” (Ps. 149:6).
  • The Armor of God. That is, the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation, the Gospel of Peace, and the Sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:14-18).

Fighting the Good Fight
We are born again and have received the Holy Spirit; He lives within us, so we don’t need anyone to teach us what is true. The Spirit teaches us everything we need to know, and what He teaches is the truth. All we have to do is to go to the Word of God in prayer with a heart that is diligently seeking the truth, and the Holy Spirit will guide the born again Christian into all truth.

If we don’t want to be spiritually killed in this battle, we need to seek out Jesus as both our Lord and our Saviour. Then, we must follow Paul’s instructions to put on the armour of God! The only way to do this is to study the Word of God for ourselves.

The Bible describes countless battles from Genesis to Revelation, both physical and spiritual wars. Physical wars have dominated history’s attention from the time Cain killed his brother Abel, right down to the present day. However, the primary focus of Scripture is the ongoing conflict between Christ and Satan, between the forces of good and the powers of evil.

Like it or not, every single one of us is involved. The battleground for this intense spiritual struggle isn’t some piece of earthly real estate; it is the human heart. Both Jesus and the devil are interested in winning possession of our minds and hearts. For this reason, Christians are called to stand up to resist the devil. God has recorded all the battles in the Bible—from Gideon’s conflict to David’s defeat of Goliath—to teach us how we might experience victory in spiritual fighting.

Because our battles are of a spiritual nature, the weapons we employ must also be spiritual. This is why Paul reminds us: “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12).

Although our armour and weapons are spiritual, this doesn’t mean they are unreal or ineffective. God’s armour is made of the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation, the Gospel of Peace, and the Sword of the Spirit.

I am not going to develop on all of our armour, but I would like to talk about the Sword of the Spirit. This piece of armour stands out from all of the others. It’s unique because it’s the only offensive weapon in the arsenal. Everything else is designed to hold us steady from what the enemy is seeking to bring against us in the ‘evil day’. But after God outfits you for battle in order to stand firm, He gives you an additional weapon with which you can attack and advance.

The sword was the most common weapon in battle. In fact, the sword of God’s Word is what Jesus used against the devil and what gave the beast of Revelation 13 a deadly wound. When Jesus said: “I did not come to bring peace but a sword,” He wasn’t saying that He, the Prince of Peace, had come to start wars. He was pointing out that the sword of God’s Word has a dividing effect.

Several times, this sword is described as having two edges: “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Heb. 4:12). Then again in Revelation 1:16, the Bible says: “[…] and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword.”

Ancient soldiers also used their swords for cooking, splitting kindling, and cutting the ropes that bound their captives to set them free. Likewise, the Word of God is a practical tool for every area of life, as well as for fighting the devil.

In Biblical times, there was no stainless steel. A sword unused became rusty, dull, and pitted. Swords were kept clean by frequent use or by honing them against a stone, or another soldier’s sword. “Iron sharpens iron”, the Bible says. Likewise, when we study the Bible with others, our skill in the Word is sharpened. A soldier traveling in enemy territory never left his sword out of reach.

Conclusion
The spiritual war, the war for our minds and hearts, is something very real. The battles of spiritual warfare are intense when a person decides to accept Jesus as their Saviour. The enemy will attack from all angles, hoping to prevent the person from fully giving their heart to Jesus. He will use circumstances, events, people, things, and even doubt in their minds to steal their heart back to his ways.

The Word of God is never changing, and the final victory is drawing near, and of this there is no doubt. It is clearly stated in Revelations 20:10: “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” But while we wait for this final victory, we must be winning the battles.

When you learn how to use the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, as you go on the offensive against the enemy seeking to destroy you, it doesn’t matter how old are you or how weak you seem. All you need to know is that the sword in your hand is capable of doing more than you will ever need.

As Jesus demonstrated in the wilderness, using the Sword of the Spirit means communicating to the enemy specific Scriptures that relate to your unique situation.

Brothers and sisters, use the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God! The power to win the battles is yours!

Let’s pray.

Our Father in Heaven, we are thankful for the armour You have provided us. We take in our hand the Sword of the Spirit—the Word of God—and use it against all the forces of evil in our life. We put on this armour and live and pray in complete dependence upon You, blessed Holy Spirit. We affirm that the Word of God is true, and we choose to live today in the light of God’s Word. We choose, heavenly Father, to live in obedience to You and in fellowship with You. Open our eyes and show us the areas of our life that don’t please You. Work in our life that there is no ground to give Satan a foothold against us. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Faith Based on Truth, Not Feeling

By Toby Chan

A little girl finally got to attend a wedding for the first time. While in the church, the girl asked her mother: “Why is the bride dressed in white?” The mother replied to the girl: “Because white is the color of happiness and it’s the happiest day of her life today”.

After a little bit, the girl looks up at her mother and says: “But, then why is the groom wearing black?”

Let me tell you another one.

Shortly after tying the knot, a young married couple started arguing over who should make the coffee. Being a good Christian woman, the wife went to the scriptures for her answer. She said that the Bible specifically stated that men should be the ones to make the coffee.

Puzzled, the husband asked her where in the Bible it said that. Very confidently, the wife opened up her Bible and said: “It’s right here—HEBREWS”.

Today I want to talk about faith. The fact is we hear so many references to faith these days like have faith in yourself, keep the faith, don’t lose faith, or be faithful. But what is faith? Let’s turn to Hebrews 11:1. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. Another reference to this is that faith is not primarily a function of how you feel.

Faith is living out and believing what truth is despite what you feel.

Nowadays, people say that if you have a strong why—a strong reason behind what you do—that really anything is possible. The Wright brothers didn’t have a university degree or big funding and ran a bicycle shop, but they wanted to see if they could fly. Party B was an alumni of Harvard who had over $50,000 in funding. A lot of historians say person B was driven not by flight or by trying to make things fly but by fame, and that seems to have made a difference.

So why faith? Hebrews 11:5 says that “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him”.

Ephesians 2:8 teaches, “For by grace you have been saved through faith”.

One way to answer why God requires faith is because He is our Heavenly Father. Our relationship to Him is similar to other relationships in the sense that it includes trust in the other person, time together, love, and respect. Because we cannot fully know another person, let alone an infinite God, all relationships require some degree of faith (trust). God is our Father and it takes faith to believe that He loves us and that He provides for our needs.

Faith is essential to our lives as believers, and if you’ve ever wondered why faith is important this article will shed some light on the answers. It is the very foundation of our Christian belief. We begin our journey with the profession of our belief and faith in who God is.

We believe by faith that Jesus lived, died on the cross, and rose on the third day. Because of our faith, we know that God not only is our Father in Heaven, but He loves us so much He gave His son Jesus for the redemption of our sins. We have faith that God actually loves us enough to take care of our needs. We have faith that He hears our prayers when we call Him.

Having faith is a necessity for Christians, and here are three reasons why it is so important for us to have in faith our lives.

1. Faith is Pleasing to God.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. Not only must we believe who He is, but we must believe that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. It pleases God when we seek to have a strong relationship with Him that is built on our trust and belief in Him. When we seek Him with a pure and believing heart, God lovingly answers our prayers, heals our bodies, and mends our broken relationships.

2. Faith Determines Our Actions.
Faith is important because it affects the decisions we make, the way we interact with others, and the way we react to the situations that confront us. Faith must be practiced. The more we put our trust in God, the more faith we develop. Some of us start with just a small amount of faith. The Bible talks about having just a “mustard seed”-size amount of faith. It is not the amount that counts, it is the belief in our heart that at all times God is with us, will provide for us, and will rescue us from the enemy. Faith in practice develops more faith in action.

3. Faith Gives Us a Testimony.
Our testimony and witness is based on our faith. Have you noticed that we win others to Christ not only by our actions but also by the words that we speak? When something great happens, we often cannot wait to share the good news. This is how we should be as Christians. We should be sharing our good news of faith about how God worked in our lives, changed our situations, and helped us through tough times. The words of testimony not only build up the person speaking, but they give courage to the hearer of the testimony and encourage them to believe God, too.

By faith, we can move mountains. “He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’” (Mt. 17:20).

The Bible also speaks that we should walk by faith and not by sight and that faith without deeds is dead. If we do not show in any way what we believe, then what do we actually believe? If you love someone but don’t show any affection or speak any loving word, how can you tell you really love that person? Hebrews 11:5 also reminds us that without faith we cannot please God. We need to trust in Him. Finally, Ephesians 2:8 speaks of faith as the means of our salvation. Without faith, we may not get our promise. But even then faith does not mean fulfilment.

We see in Hebrews 11 the list of the heroes of faith, people who struggled yet achieved great things for God’s kingdom. They had faith in the God of the impossible and yet, verses 39 and 40 say: “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” Their focus was on something bigger, the promise of salvation through Jesus Christ.