2 Corinthians 5:7-8
“For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”
-God calls us to live by faith, the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen. We should then be steadfast in faith and not walk by sight so that we may realize the true treasures that the Lord has in store for us, for if we draw back; God has no pleasure in us and can access nothing without faith. Like Abraham who believed God having been promised many descendants, a father of many nations; yet his wife Sarah was barren, God calls us to have faith in Him despite our fears, doubts and shortcomings that cloud our confidence in Him. Abraham trusted in God despite his old age and the deadness of Sarah’s womb, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. In whatever we purpose or seek to do, we should focus our eyes only on Christ the author and finisher of our faith and be confident in His promises towards us. We are called to have faith in the promises of God revealed through His word and trust Him who says, “ I am with you always; even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). We are justified through faith in Christ, and if we believe in Him we should wait on Him who is not slack concerning His promises and He will give us all good things according to His abundant grace towards us.
Thank You God our Father for Your merciful love upon us that You have made us see yet another day in perfect peace. We have seen Your hand of mercy upon our lives, families, jobs, businesses, purposes and nation even during these troubling times of COVID-19. We come to Your throne of grace asking for Your mercy and grace, hear us Oh Lord. Your have said in Your word that You will never leave us nor forsake us Your children and You will be with us until the end of time, we trust in You Holy Spirit. Make a way for us where there seems to be no way and deliver us from all our fears and troubles. Guide us throughout the week and take charge of all that we purpose to do for only You know all things. Open doors for us Lord that no man can close and close those that no man can open. Help us to multiply, subdue and fill the earth according to Your divine will. May the dew of heaven fall upon us, our businesses, jobs, families, churches, society, nation and entire world, so that we may bear much fruit. You are the Vine Lord and we are Your branches, help us to bear much fruit for apart from you we can do nothing. We seek Your face always Lord, have mercy on us and cover us with Your precious blood. You are the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last Jesus, we glorify You and praise Your holy name, now and forever. Amen
“For with God nothing will be impossible.”
-While Zachariah served faithfully in the temple of the Lord as priest, his wife Elizabeth was barren. Despite this fact, he did not abandon his priestly duty but served diligently having faith in the faithfulness of God. Although he doubted angel Gabriel’s message when he told him of his sons birth. He became mute but God fulfilled His word and gave him a son despite him and his wife Elizabeth having advanced in age. Like Zachariah became mute until John was born, some of us have become mute because of our faithlessness until God’s promise is fulfilled. The Bible says Proverbs 18:21 that, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Probably his negative confession could have ruined the blessing that God had for him and his mute situation was an advantage to many future generations of God’s people. Sometimes our tongues may cause death to our situations and our lives stagnate in the promises of God. Probably God promised you something a long time ago but because of your negative confessions or lack of faith, the promise has become like a pillar of salt, dead and only your faith in God can give it life. The tongue is powerful and in whichever direction we channel it’s power, we will eat it’s fruit. We have hope in Jesus Who became a curse so that we may become free for the Bible says “cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:13). We must therefore believe that all curses were taken away by Christ on the cross and He has set us free from everything that enslaves us and always have a positive mindset. We should quiet our souls when we do not know how to speak and withhold our tongue from uttering negative word for when a foolish man is silent, he is considered wiser that a wise man who speaks foolishly. We are called to speak positive words upon our lives for instance: – God loves me, I am a child of God, I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus, God has good plans for me, I am blessed, I am an over-comer, I am a great success, I am victorious etc. These are words that build up our faith in God as we come to the reality of who we are and what we are called to accomplish for His kingdom benefit. With faith nothing is impossible and without faith we cannot accomplish anything. Despite all our shortcomings, God’s grace is sufficient for us and His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
God You are good and Your mercies endures forever. Thank You for Your love and mercy upon our lives. Increase our faith in You Lord and deliver us from all forms of delay or barrenness that might have been caused by our tongues and set us free. Set us free from all evil by Your precious blood. Your grace is sufficient for us and Your strength is perfected in our weakness, thank You Jesus for dying on the cross for our sins. Set free all those who are homeless, barren, sick, in prison, separated, divorced, unmarried, jobless, failed in business, in debt, stuck in the various projects, under dominion of sin and unfruitful in their lives and families. We cast all our burdens and cares unto You Jesus, set us free we humbly ask You. We believe that nothing is impossible with You Lord, come through for us in all things. Thank You for setting us free from all evil, curses, oppression for whoever You set free Jesus, he is free indeed. Thank You for dying on the cross for us Jesus. Thank You for the plans You have for us Lord, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future, all glory and praise belong to You. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
-Moses assures Israel of the constant presence of God with them; in the above scripture. Joshua is well pleased to be admonished by Moses to be strong and of good courage. Like Joshua, the Angel of the Lord comforted Gideon when he intended to face the Amalekites and Midianites saying “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor” (Judges 6:12). Even after this reassurance, Gideon doubted and tested God with a fleece of wool. The Lord then said to him “Arise go against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand” (Judges 7:9). Gideon again sort for reassurance and went down to the camp where the Midianites and Amalekites rested and heard one of men telling his colleagues of a dream where Gideon would obtain victory against them, which came to pass. Like Gideon and the Israelites, sometimes we doubt the promises of God and fail to comprehend His promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us. God has given us His Holy Spirit to dwell in us always. He is our Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Strengthener, Advocate and Intercessor and calls us to completely rely on Him. He calls us to trust in Him with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding and in all our ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct our paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, He helps us, guide us, supports us, strengthens us and fights for us just like He did with Gideon and the Israelites. We are then called to be strong in faith and of good courage for without faith, we cannot please God for He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth, worship the Lord with gladness. Come before Him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God. He made us, and we are His. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving; go into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever,
and His faithfulness continues to each generation. Fill us Holy Spirit with courage and strength in our journey of faith. Deliver us from all forms of doubt and anxiety but comfort us and defend us, righteous Advocate. Help us when we are weak and always give us hope of a better future. Counsel us when we go astray and fill us with Your fear. Teach us to trust in You Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding, but to acknowledge You in our ways and direct our paths. Help us to wait on You in all situations and fill us with Your peace that surpasses all understanding through Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
-Christ is the foundation of our faith. He is the Vine and we are the branches and without Him we can do nothing. Apostle Paul thus writes in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 that; “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” It is better then to boast in infinities that the power of Christ may rest upon us; for His grace is sufficient for us and His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Therefore when we are weak through infirmities, in-reproaches, needs, persecutions and distresses, then we are strong for Christs power rests upon us. Also that we have been crucified with Christ and it is not us who live but Christ who lives is us. We then need to have confidence and trust in God; in all situations and acknowledge Him in all our ways and He will make all our paths straight.
Thank You Abba Father for Your goodness and mercy upon us. We submit all our lives unto You, have Your way in us. You are the Vine and we are Your branches, we are nothing without You. Strengthen us in faith dear Jesus and help us to bear much fruit in accordance to Your will. Only You are our God, only You are our Creator, only You are worthy of our praises and adoration. All creation bow down before You for only You deserve our worship. May we decrease as You increase, only You are Holy; only You are Lord and King. Strengthen us when we are weak for Your grace is sufficient for us and Your strength is made perfect in our weakness. All glory and power belongs to You Jesus. Thank You for this far that You have brought us. Thank You for our good health, protection against all diseases, accidents, calamities and every evil plan of the enemy. Thank You for providing for us amid these challenging times. Thank You for sustaining us and preserving us. Thank You for loving us Jesus with Your everlasting love. Thank You for Your saving grace upon us, our families, society, nation and on the whole world. May Your salvation reach all the people of the world and help us to always walk in the Spirit that we may not gratify the desires of the flesh. We acknowledge You in all our ways Lord, only You are worthy of our praises. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
“So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
-A man brought his son who suffered from epilepsy to the disciples but they could not heal him. He then proceeded to Jesus for healing and the boy was immediately restored. The disciples were concerned and they asked Jesus why they could not cast out the demons. Jesus said that to remove such demons; one needs to pray and fast. Further that if we have faith as little as a mustered seed; we can move mountains. In our discipleship mission; we are called to have faith in God despite the challenges that we may encounter and we will accomplish our purposes for the glory of God. Also if we ask anything in faith and we don’t doubt; it will be done for us (Matthew 21:21).
Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. We do not believe in things that we see or those that have come to pass, but those that are yet to come. We are called to walk by faith and not by sight so that we may please God. God’s promises are true and right, yes and amen, and we called to have faith in Him. We find patriarchs in Hebrew chapter 11 like; Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Samson, Gideon, Barak, Samuel and others who had faith and obtained their reward. Abraham the father of faith was promised many descendants like the stars and the sand of the sea show and he believed. Even though he was old and his wife barren, he believed in God and this promise came to pass. Zachariah was promised a son when his wife was barren. He doubted and he became mute until his son John was born. Gideon also doubted God’s word after the angel promised the Israelites victory over the Amalekites and Midianites, and when he believed, they won the battle. We are called to be strong and courageous in Christ, for we have been saved by grace through faith, not of yourselves but it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). We should then trust in God with all our hearts and learn not on our own understanding, and in all our ways acknowledge God and He will make all our crooked paths straight. God also reminds us to have faith in His faithfulness and whatever we require from Him, He will do according to His will. When we realize that faith as tiny as a mastered seed can move mountains, we rest in the promises of God and remove all doubt from our hearts. With Christ as our Vine, we can achieve much more when we abide in Him and He in us. Nothing is impossible with God and without God we achieve nothing. When we are weak through infirmities we can boast confidently knowing that Christs’ power is made perfect in our weakness, and when we are weak then we are strong. We are then called to approach the throne of grace with boldness; so that we may obtain mercy and grace in time of need.
We need You Lord, every second of our lives. You are the King of kings and Lord of lords, all glory and praise belongs to You. We need You Holy Spirit in our lives always, have Your way in us. You are the way, the truth and the life, have Your way in us. We come to Your throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and grace to help us in times of need, grant us mercy dear Jesus. Help us to realize that it is by grace that we are saved, and teach us to always trust in You Lord. Wash us, our families, leaders, nation and whole world with Your precious blood and make us as white as snow Jesus. Be with all those who are sick, suffering, homeless, orphans, widows and demon possessed that You may touch them by Your saving arm. Deliver them from all their tribulations and strengthen their faith in You. Be with all those who do not know You that they may come to salvation. Help us to live by faith and not by sight Jesus so that whatever we ask in Your name may be done unto us. Thank You for Your gift of faith Lord, increase our faith in You we humbly ask You. In our distress we cry to You Lord, fight for us. We cast all our burdens and cares unto You Lord for You care for us, have mercy on us. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; and the love of God; and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit; be with us now and forever more. Amen