BE CONFIDENT OF YOUR FAITH BY AKOSILE OLUWAYOMI.
The good master had said it and it proves very true in our time that the harvest is green and plenteous but few are the labourers therein. We are in a time when the profession of our faith to other people as Christ ambassadors has become a big problem because we have been robbed of our confidence in the faith .
Many believers have little or no confidence in the faith that saved them through grace and made them joint heirs with Jesus. As a result of this, many waver on God’s word that talk about their right and privileges as God’s own priest.
Apostle Paul exhorts the church to “..Hold on to the profession of our faith without wavering..” (Hebrews 10:23) This means we must be so confident about who we are now the we have been saved, the efficacy of God’s word concerning our position in Christ such that we are confident to eagerly tell others about God’s immeasurable goodness in us that can also be theirs if they believe! But its quite unfortunate that many of us are ignorant of all the goodness and spiritual blessings given to us by the Father and the few who knows do not live with the consciousness. They only know it as head knowledge, no spiritual understanding of it and so lack result to show for what they tend to know.
Apostle Paul prayed for the church at Ephesus “That the eyes of their understanding might be enlightened that they may know the hope of their calling and the riches of Christ inheritance among the saint”. The Church must know what the new life in them has offered them if we will be confident enough to stand up and profess our faith to others out of love and not compulsion. It will be out of love to preach to a sick unbeliever when I am personally enjoying the good health that Jesus has paid for with his stripes and I believe as a son that I can transfer healing virtue to others because the Spirit of Christ lives in me.
Getting the knowledge of God by every believer into their Spirit is not something to bargain with at all. That is the starting point for us to enjoy our faith life. Having a deep understanding of it so much that we believe it and we go for our possessions and rights through prayers and supplication is another level.
So many of us are living defeated lifes contrary to God’s will and are not encouraged to tell others about the good news. Jesus has done His part, he could not have done more than what he did. It is not the faith that made you a member of God’s family that is not effectual, it is the same Jesus. A heir as long as is a Child will keep living like a slave (Galatians 4:4). Maybe you need light in your spirit man to see yourself in the light of who God made you or maybe you don’t have ‘enough’ light in the areas where you are struggling. Either of the case, you need to fight unfruitfulness because it is the desire of the father that you bring forth much fruits . You are a light , light are meant to shine!
Darkness has lingered around us long enough, where are the light carriers to penetrate through and empty the kingdom of darkness? We should not forget that we have all been given this ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19 ) A lot of time we misplace our priorities chasing the wind and we end up having nothing for our struggle. Jesus said we should first seek the kingdom of God and its righteousness and all other things will be given to us, it is a direct principle that we have neglected and it is pulling us down.
Our confidence in our faith in Jesus as His joint heir should not be affected in season of trials which are bound to to come. The scripture says ‘faithful is he that promised’ (Hebrews 10:23 b). He is not a a man that he should lie nor a son of man that he should repent, has he said it, will He not do it?
Don’t allow your present challenges to hinder you from engaging in kingdom advancement service, it is the heartbeat of the Father. Forget those problems and profess your faith to others with confidence, in no time, those problems will surely give way. Our heavenly father is a rewarder of men (labourers in His kingdom) , every other thing you desire will be added to you! Moreover, your heavenly reward for every soul you win can never be compared to all earth’s treasure.
Beloved, whatever has robbed you of your confidence to tell others about Jesus, settle it today. For you should never be ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation first to the Greek and also to the Gentiles ( Romans 1:16). As a member of the kingdom of light, it is your responsibility to proclaim your territory for the master. You have everything you need in you, stir up yourselves in the power of the HolySpirit and confidently profess that Jesus is Lord! Shalom!