THEME: REWARD OF FAITH
“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.”
-Jesus spoke to the disciples and encouraged them to have faith in Him. Although sometimes they were anxious and unbelief took over their hearts, He knew that they needed faith in their mission. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. If the word of God says that we need faith as little as mustered seed to move mountains, let us believe. Faith builds up confidence within ourselves and because it is based on God, we can conquer any giant through Him who gives us strength. When the Philistine giant Goliath mocked the Israelites for forty days, David believe that God would deliver them. David did not consider Goliath’s sophisticated battle clothing, sword quality nor the size of body, but he put his trust in the Lord. David did not have a helmet or sword, shield or armor on his chest and legs and did not consider that he was the last born in his family. As Goliath drew by the Israelites armies, they were dreadfully afraid and fled in terror. Saul had given an offer to give anyone who would destroy Goliath, great riches, his daughter and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel (1 Samuel 17:25). David acknowledged the Israelite soldiers as the army of the living God and he believed in his heart that he would kill Goliath like he killed the lion and bear which posed a threat to his fathers flock. “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:45). The Lord gave the Israel victory, their enemies scattered and David was rewarded for putting his faith in God. Through such faith we build our own faith and despite the mountains that we face in life, God will deliver us. Like David and the disciples who put their trust in God in their mission, let us hold fast our faith in God and nothing will be impossible for us.
Our faith in God always has a reward. Faith is classified as either; strong faith, weak faith or shipwreck faith. Abraham had strong faith and he obeyed the Lord despite the weight of the instructions. When he was commanded to go to Moriah in Jerusalem and sacrifice his son Isaac, he did not hesitate even though he had waited for the boy for twenty five years. When he was faithful to God’s instructions, he was rewarded and became the father of a great nation, inherited Canaan and all people were blessed through him. The widow of Zarephath had weak faith, she planned to eat her last meal with her son and die. Elijah requested her to prepare a small cake for him first, and when she obeyed, the Lord blessed her with supernatural increase. Sometime our prayers requests seems too high to be achieved but God is able to do a miracle in our lives, like He did for the widow of Zeraphath. Jesus was also obedient unto death on the cross and He died for the sins of the world. God exalted Him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name that at His name, every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. We are called to be obedient to God which is a sign of faithfulness to His word. Enoch also had strong faith in God. With his faith he please God and was considered faithful, and the Lord took him straight to heaven at the age of three hundred and sixty five years; for he did not die. From the parable of the talents, we see the reward of faithfulness. The two servants who were faithful in little were given charge of much and were welcomed into the heavenly kingdom. The one who was unfaithful with one talent had shipwreck faith and was cast into the outer darkness. It is important to note that we should be diligent in whatever God has entrusted to us. Be it our talents, abilities, callings, purposes, jobs, education, ministries, tithe and offering, positions of power and any other responsibility for each one will give an account for his/her deeds. The woman with the issue of blood also had strong faith in Jesus, and by touching the hem of His garment, she was healed. Jesus said to her “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction” (Mark 5:34). Her faith made her well. We are also called to have strong faith in the Lord and He will deliver us from any situation that seems like a mountain or a stumbling block in our lives. Without faith we cannot please God, and God rewards those who diligently seek Him. Let us also give thanks to the Lord and rejoice in Him despite the situations that we might be faced with, which is a statement of strong faith in Him, for we know that He has conquered the world. Lastly, when we believe in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, we shall receive an eternal reward.
Thank You God for have always been faithful to us even when we have become faithless. You have said in Your word that we should not fear for You are with us. We should not be dismayed for You are our God and You will strengthen us, help us and uphold us with Your righteous right hand, we believe in You. Grant us strong faith and help us to diligently seek You always Lord. We proclaim that You have been good to us despite the challenges that we might be going through during this period of COVID-19. We rejoice in You Holy Spirit always for You are our Helper, Comforter, Guide, Intercessor and Strength. Intercede for us with groaning that cannot be uttered Holy Spirit and deliver us from all the plans of the evil one. No weapon formed against us shall prosper and every tongue which rises against us in judgment is condemned for this is our heritage and our righteousness is from You Jesus, thank You for loving us. We present our prayers, petitions, intercessions and thanksgiving to You Lord, for only You are our Lord and Savior. You have protected us from COVID-19 and all other diseases,You provided for us, sustained us, preserved us, guided our steps and given us the gift of salvation Jesus Christ, have mercy on all tongues, tribes, people and nations, we humbly ask You. God You are good and Your love endures to all generations. We praise You and magnify Your holy name, now and forever. Amen
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