Topic: Gateways to Contacting the Spirit of Faith!
Welcome to August! I believe everyone is still flowing in the realm of the supernatural as unveiled all through the month of July, 2018 and may we receive grace to maintain the flow! This month, we shall focus on the subject of faith as it relates to our lives as believers. However, this week, we shall examine the topic: Gateways to Contacting the Spirit of Faith! From scriptures, we discover that the Spirit of faith is one of the components of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 4:13). Also, it is the master key to a world of unlimited possibilities(Hebrews 11:33-34). It is also important to recognise that we need the Spirit of faith to fulfil our glorious destinies in Christ because the exploits that God will wrought in our lives cannot be handled by human imagination.
What then, is Unique about the Spirit of Faith?
It Empowers us to Believe All Things: It takes the Spirit of faith to believe all things and we are only empowered to become what we believe (John 1:12; Mark 9:23; Acts 24:14). It is important to understand that the spirit of fear cannot survive where the Spirit of faith dwells. Thus, it is the level to which the Spirit of faith is at work in our lives that determines what God does (Luke 1:45).
It is a Speaking Spirit: The Spirit of faith speaks the unspeakable through us to commit God to intervene (Matthew 10:20; 2 Corinthians 4:13). The Spirit of faith also speaks through us what our hearts cannot conceive. For instance, when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego determined not to bow to king Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image, they were not the ones who spoke but the Spirit of faith (Daniel 3:16-18).
It is a transferable Spirit: It is important to understand that the Spirit of faith is transferrable from generation to generation. For instance, it was said about Elisha that “the spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha.” Also, as regards John, the scripture says that he shall go forth in the spirit and power of Elijah. Therefore, we can be imparted with the Spirit of faith from those who carry it (2 Kings 2:15; Luke 1:17). Thus, a crave for the Spirit of faith is vital to fulfilling our glorious destinies in Christ (Ephesians 6:16).
What, then, are the Gateways to Encountering the Spirit of Faith?
Coveting the Spirit of Faith: Among the nine gifts of the Spirit is faith. It is written: To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:9/31). The Spirit of faith cannot be purchased with money but can be acquired by coveting it earnestly. There was transference of Spirit from Elijah to Elisha because the latter desperately coveted it (2 Kings 2:9, 15). Therefore, if we locate anybody operating in the level of faith we desire, we must go after him/her to possess it.
Having a Genuine Thirst: Every empowerment of the Spirit demands a desperate thirst, a longing and a panting (Psalm 63:1-2; Isaiah 44:3-4). Therefore, we must desperately desire an encounter with the Spirit of faith before we can experience the impartation.
Feeding on the Word of God: We must understand that it is not enough to possess the Spirit of faith; we have a responsibility to keep that Spirit alive and working. The Spirit of faith can be likened to a bonfire, which must be fed with wood to keep it alive. Thus, we keep the bonfire of the Spirit of faith alive via God’s Word (Leviticus 6:12-13). When we do not feed the Spirit of faith, we starve and grieve it, and if we are not careful, it may be quenched. Thus, no Word-lazy believer can sustain the operation of the Spirit of faith because it draws its strength from the Word.
By Access to the Voice of God: This is a direct access to the voice of God. It is proven that no one hears God and still doubts Him. When God speaks, the Spirit of faith, which destroys all doubts, is fired into us. This was practically demonstrated in Exodus 14:15-16, when God told Moses to tell the children of Israel to move forward. Though Moses had never seen the sea part before, when God spoke, the Spirit of faith entered into him and brought him into the realm of peace that passes all understanding. As it is written: For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his (Hebrews 4:10). Also, we must realise that God speaks to us in three major ways:
Through the verses of Scriptures (Isaiah 34:16).
By His Spirit (Revelation 2:7; John 16:12-14).
Through His Prophets (Hosea 12:10; Luke 4:27).
In conclusion, the Spirit of faith is one of the best gifts of the Spirit. This is because it puts us in command of the issues of life, which are of concern to others. Also, the Spirit of faith is unquenchable by the forces of darkness because it is ever in charge of situations and circumstances. However, it is important to understand that faith is no cheap talk; it is hard work. This is why we must take personal responsibility to keep the Spirit of faith alive and active in our lives by constantly feeding on the Word daily. However, this can only be possible when you are a bonafide child of God. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood.
Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!” For further reading, please get my books: Unlimited Power of Faith, Exploits of Faith, Born to Win and Satan get Lost. I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have five services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. respectively. I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria; or call 01-4548070, 01-4548280; or E-mail: email@example.com; Face book: www.facebook.com/davidoyedepoministries/; Twitter: @DavidOyedepoMin