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The Challenge of Faith Giving in the Kingdom
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Published: Wednesday, 22nd June 2022

By: Lara Gboyega Adedeji

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THE CHALLENGE OF FAITH GIVING IN THE KINGDOM

Discover How to Walk and Receive by Faith in the Kingdom

In this article, we will be looking at something very interesting and common, I used the word common because it's something that we've heard over and over and over again. But, what the Holy Spirit is posing before us; is that, how can we make this thing that we have so heard about, we have so known in the kingdom of God to become something that we actually walk in. For many people, you agree with me that we are tired of just reading the Bible. I don't know, if you are like me; you want to experience God. And for the last few months of my life, that has been my craving, that has been my desire. Lord, I want to experience you, people have been talking about you. We must come to a point where we are no longer relating with God because of what we have heard people say, not by the hearings of the ear, but seeing Him.

Can we get to that point where our desire as believers is not by carrying the Bible or reading it from Genesis to Revelation, but you are having an experience with the God that wrote the Scriptures. Because, that's why I said what we are looking at is something that is common, the foundation of it is common. But the Holy Spirit wants to draw our attention to how it is possible for us to experience God practically, Every day of your life. You are not a believer by mouth, you are a believer by experience. You are not a believer by nomenclature, by label, you are a believer by your life, your life is showing it. So, that's what the Holy Spirit is going to be dealing with us on. So, we are looking at the challenge of giving in the kingdom of God. What is challenge? Because that's like the focal word, that's the focus. I'm going to give us three definitions of challenge, which we're going to ride on as we go into the Scriptures. Challenge number one; is a call to prove or justify something

So, if I say I'm inviting you to a challenge or I'm challenging you, what am I saying? I'm calling you to prove or justify something. I'm sure many of us have come to different points in our lives where people challenge our faith, our belief, what are they doing? They are saying justify, prove that this that you believe in; is true. So, as you are living your life on a daily basis, you are challenged on your faith. How do you justify or prove that what you have been holding on to for the last ten years, what you have been holding on to for the last five years, what you have been holding on to for the last twenty, thirty years of your life is not a scam? It's not fluke? How do you prove? Those are the things the Holy Spirit will be dealing with us on. Number two; Challenge is a call to someone to participate in a competitive situation. Number one challenge is a call for you to prove or justify something. Let me say it again; Challenge is a call for someone to participate in a competitive situation or a fight. It could be a competitive situation, or a fight to decide whether you are superior or not.

So, number one; challenge is a call for you to prove something, or justify something. Number two; Challenge is a call for you to come and participate in a competitive situation or a fight to decide who is superior. Number three; challenge is the disputes for the validity of the truth. When you are invited to a challenge, you are invited to come and prove and justify something; you are invited to come and participate in a competitive situation to fight for a superior stand or position. Therefore, you are called to a challenge to dispute the validity of the truth. So, is it true or not? You are called to come and defend and decide whatever this that you are holding on to, is it a lie or the truth? So, based on these three definitions, I want us to go to Mark chapter 9:23, Jesus said to him, if you can believe; all things are possible to him who believes”. What's Jesus saying here? This was a man, that had an issue that came to Jesus, and Jesus said to him, that this is a challenge, but if you can believe; what are you going to believe on? If you can believe the truth, if you can believe the word, if you can believe God, Jesus said, all things are possible.

What is possibility? Possibility talks about the fact that every time a challenge shows up, the answer is a yes. Every time a challenge shows up, the answer is victory. Every time a battle shows up, then you are certain of victory in that battle. All things are possible. It's like you're saying, the answer is always yes, that's possibility. If it is impossible, then it is a no. But if you believe the answer will always be yes, that's possibility. Possibility means there is an open door, possibility means that you will always find a way out, possibility means that you will always get what you desire; that's what Jesus is saying to this man. If you believe; what's the precondition, if you believe; what are you believing on? If you believe on the word, if you believe the truth; He said all things are possible to him who believes.

So, the challenge is; what do you believe? We would be looking through a lot of Scriptures, but it is important for us to build this foundation. Hebrews chapter 11:1,6 and11, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” But how do we experience it practically? How do we experience God practically in our faith? It said, Now Faith is the substance, meaning faith is not empty. When you have faith, there is a substance to faith- when you have faith. Faith is not existing in vacuum. Faith has a basis, faith has a substance. And he said, faith is the substance of things that you are hoping for. So, the question is: as a child of God, are you hoping for something? No matter how much you desire for God to bless you, if you are not hoping for it there's no substance to your faith.

The substance of things hoped for, why did the Bible say that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all you ask; when you ask, what you do? You say it, you verbalize it. Did it stop there? The Bible says and think. So, God is able to bless your thoughts. Are you thinking about something? Are you hoping in your mind for something great to happen? It is the substance of your faith. Many believers are still wallowing in the letters I believe God can do it, God will do it there is no doubt you are speaking the truth. But will He do it for you; is the question. Is He able? Yes. Is He able to do it for you? Yes. But are you playing your parts? Are you asking? Are you thinking? What is the substance of your faith? So, it says, now faith is the substance. So you can't say you have faith without the substance. Number two, “things hoped for”; the evidence, results. If evidence is a big word, another word to replace it is results. Evidence talks about results; what is the evidence that you went to school? You bring out your certificates. What is your certificate? The result, the prove. Now the challenge of your faith is that there must be Evidence. What is the evidence? Faith is the substance; you are asking for something, you are thinking of something that the Lord will and can do for you; then you have results, evidence of things that you have not seen.

 How can you have evidence of things you have not seen? That's why faith is spiritual. What is the evidence that God can turn the economy of Nigeria around? What is the reason? What is the prove? If you are challenged and you're saying; there's nothing God cannot do, with God all things are possible. What is the evidence that God can turn the economy of Nigeria around, in spite this galloping inflation? Your evidence is the word then you will turn to the Scripture, where Elisha prophesied; He said, by this time tomorrow, a measure of wheat or barley will be sold for two shekels, and it came to pass; that is what? Evidence. Have you seen it? No. But it is in the Word.

That's why faith and the Word are like siamese twins, faith cannot operate outside Word because the evidence of faith is the Word. So, when your faith is being challenged, there are two things that are being challenged. Number one, your substance; Number two, your evidence. When we say we are fighting the fight of faith, what are we fighting for? What are we trying to prove? What are we trying to justify? What is that competitive situation we are participating in, that we have a substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not seen? And the two must marry. Let's see Hebrews chapter 11:6, but without faith, it is impossible; what did we call possibility, possibility means victory, answer, you have a way. But when it is impossible, what does it mean? No, no way, no answer, no results. So without faith, you cannot have results.

Without faith, there can be no way. Without faith, the answer cannot be Yes. Without faith, it is not possible to make a head-way, it is not possible to receive. So, the Bible says in verse 6 of Hebrews chapter 11, but without faith, it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe Is it might believe? Must! Must talks about a categorical statement, no other condition. Must believe that He is; He is what? The truth. He that comes to God must believe that He is the Truth, He is the Word, so that you can have evidence, because if you don't believe that He is, you cannot prove and have validity for your evidence. So, when you go through the Scriptures and go through the word, do you see lies or the truth? When you go through the pages of the Scripture, and you listen to the Holy Spirit, are you listening to lies, or the truth? Must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

How do you seek Him? You seek Him by pursuing faith. Without faith, it is impossible. He is a rewarder of those that pants after Him in faith who has substance of things hoped for, and evidence of things not seen. Let's see verse 11 of that Hebrews chapter 11; an example, by faith, Sarah herself also received strength; who is Sarah? Sarah is the wife of Abraham, that when God visited her, she had passed childbearing. Sarah was that woman that was holding on to the promises of God, and was challenged on her faith, in fact at a time when the Lord visited her, and her husband, and the angels declared, they said, according to the time of life, Sarah will bear a son and Sarah laughed (really, will it happen). And they asked her, Sarah you laughed and she said no that she did not laugh that it is just a mystery.

And that's how some of are, God is speaking to you and you are laughing. How can these things be, the physical conditions are not adding up. What you are going through is not adding up. What is happening in the nation is contrary, what is happening in your family is not favorable. And God is saying this to you; how will this things be? And the Bible says and by faith, Sarah had the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen; that is faith. That if God said, no one shall be barren, I believe it; even though I'm ninety-nine, if God said that He is going to bless the fruit of my womb: yes, I believe it. And by faith, Sarah herself, not Abraham, Sarah herself, also receive strength to conceive; meaning that there was an experience that shifted from the Sarah that laughed to the Sarah that received strength to conceive. It was not the same Sarah that laughed in doubt and unbelief that received the seed. Sarah shifted, the Bible says and Sarah herself; because faith is personal.

People cannot have faith for you. People can encourage you to have faith for yourself, but you need that faith by yourself. And that's why you will see through the pages of Scripture; Jesus made us understand, He will always point to the faith of people; why is it vital, why is it important, because that's the challenge; when Jesus was going, He said when He comes back, what did He say He will like to find when he comes back? Did He say will He find human beings? Will He find food? Will He find shoes? What was Jesus saying that might be lacking when He comes back? Faith, because faith is important. He said when I come back, will I find faith on the earth, will I find people that still have the substance of things hoped for; evidence of things not seen. And you know what that showed me? It showed me that people have not started getting wearied of the second coming of Jesus Christ; its like we just started.

 

Because it will get to a time people will no longer have faith for the second coming of Jesus Christ. People would have been weary and be tired, the substance and the evidence will be going low and that's why Jesus said when the Son of Man returns, will He find faith? So, whatever it is; that looks as if people are not having faith for anymore, is what you; as a child of God must start building your faith for: because for everything that is counterfeit that the devil throws around, there is the original in God. When it looks as if it is only the devil that can give prosperity and wealth, then as a child of God, you sit down and say, Lord, I have faith for this thing; I know it is possible in the kingdom: You said, You died to receive for us riches, it is not in heaven, even on earth; He died to receive for us, and He knows where we are.

So, Sarah herself by faith received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age. (How can a woman give birth at ninety-nine, let's say the menopause that time was very long). Let's even think about it now; how can a 60 year old woman give birth to a child? It's a mystery, she's past the childbearing age. Meaning that God went into her system, altered the natural reproductive cycle and put a seed there: in that weak uterus. Let’s read the concluding part of verse 11, because she judged Him faithful; he that comes to God must believe that He is and He is a rewarder, how do you know that He is a rewarder? The Bible says, this is how Sarah knew that He was a rewarder; she judged Him faithful who has promised. How do you judge God? Do you judge Him wicked? Do you judge Him insensitive? You know there are some of us that say, if God is sensitive to my needs, He will show up now; if God is sensitive and He loves me the way He says, He should have showed up twenty years ago. If God is a good God, like He said, by now I should be leaving in my own house. But at ninety-nine, the Bible says Sarah judged Him faithful that promised.

So, faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen. I want us to see Proverbs chapter 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Why? Because, in your own understanding, it is impossible. Trust in the Lord with all your heart because that's where possibility lies. Without faith it is impossible; with faith it is possible, Jesus speaking in  Mark, He said, all things are possible if you believe; if you believe is what? Faith, all things are possible to them that believe. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Trust Him as you ask and think; as you are thinking, you are not thinking in your own understanding. You are thinking with the mind of Christ, you are thinking with trust. As you are asking, you are not asking based on your own limitations, you are asking with your trust in God. You are not leaning on your own understanding, because if you lean on your own understanding to ask and to think: it is impossible. But when you are trusting in the Lord with all your heart, to ask and to think; all things are what? Possible. So trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him. Believe that He is, in all your ways believe that He is and He will direct your paths; (to failure, to impossibility), He will direct your path: to what? Possibilities.

In Matthew chapter 17:20, Jesus was speaking; He said, if you have faith, as small as a mustard seed, if you can just muscle up the faith, let it even be as tiny; you know, mustard seed is very tiny, let it be as tiny as a mustard seed. He said you will say to this mountain, be thou removed and cast into the sea. What did Jesus say? You will have what you say; Faith. What is the secret; faith, you have faith. If you don't have faith, you can move no mountain. But with faith, even if it is as tiny as a mustard seed, you can move the mountain and God is not lying. Matthew chapter 21:22, And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing not just believe, believing whatever you ask in prayer, even though you have finished praying, what must you continue to do? Believing, you continue to carry it with your faith; so when you have a prayer request, it is not done at the place you pray, you continue to carry that request in the place of faith; you carry it with faith. It's like you are carrying it in the womb of faith, believing; He said you will what? Receive. The key to your receiving is believing. So what are you contesting for? What's the challenge? The challenge in the kingdom is a faith contests. In the kingdom of God, our major challenge is faith contest; like we are on faith battle.

The devil knows that the key to your possibilities is your faith. The devil is aware that the key, the secrets to your possibilities; to your victory is faith. 1 John chapter 5:4, the Bible says, For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory. Very potent; this is the victory that overcomes the world, our prayer? our worship? Our faith! this is the victory, this is the key that gives us unending victory; possibilities in all areas: our faith, believing; substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen.  

Our faith, this is the victory that overcomes: not yesterday, not last year, not in the times of Peter and John. Even now, this is the victory that continues to overcome the world everytime. What the world system has been created to do is to snap you out of faith, stifle faith out of you so that you believe in the things that are seen; the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, the pride of life, you are doing things by sight and not by faith. And Bible says we walk by faith, we live by faith: we are victorious by faith and not by sight. So, what has God created as a system in the kingdom that helps us to win the world on a daily basis? Our faith.

Without our faith, we cannot overcome; we will try and be frustrated until we engage our faith. In James chapter 1:6, James was saying to believers here, he said but let him ask in faith, with no doubting. You are not doubting the substance, you're not doubting the evidence. Not doubting, for he who doubt is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind; unstable. Why do we look in the world and see so many believers unstable? One day, they are in the kingdom; another day, they are in the world; very confused because their faith is not stable. He said, let him ask in faith; the only way that you can be guaranteed stability in the kingdom is that your faith is deployed. Our guarantee in the kingdom is what? Faith, our anchor hold. So the challenge in the kingdom is a faith contest. Why are you not serving and trusting God with the whole of your heart; because the devil is saying to you, it is a waste. Why are you pouring yourself so much? Why are you preaching to a few people? And it looks as if you're preaching to one thousand, don't deceive yourself, look at your reality; they are a few but Bible says they were few in number moving from one nation to another; God did not say because they were few He will lift up His protection, He will stop serving them, He will stop pouring into them.

He said they were few in number moving from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another, He suffered no man to do them wrong. Yes, He reproof kings for their sake, saying touch not My anointed and do My prophet no harm. Never look at your stature or where you are coming from or your background to judge whether your faith will work. Your faith is solely in God; understand this, that you are serving the Lord Christ is your focus. So as you are seeking the kingdom, as you are giving in the kingdom, you are in a faith contest. What are you doing? You are proving and justifying that your faith in God is not as scam. That God is not a man that He will lie nor the Son of Man that He will repent, if I believe Him; all things are possible because I believe. What are you doing? You are engaged, you are participating in a competitive situation while others are using their money, their power and their influence, what are you using? Your faith. And as you are in that battle, you say let God be true and every man a liar. That's a contest of faith.

As you are doing the will of God and it looks like other people are looking at you. Why are you wasting your time, your mates have moved ahead, they have done this and they have done that; you are staying in that place: in that faith zone as you are competing and you are saying; have known the truth and this truth that I have known will make me free. You are validating the truth. How will the world know that the word of God is true? Your life and my life. That's why I love the Scripture in 1 Timothy chapter 6:12 “He said, fight the good fight of faith.” Meaning that you are in a battle; Fight the good fight. The only fight that the Bible admonished us to fight is the fight of what? Faith.

God never said we should fight for religion or fight for Jesus. He did not say, fight for your Lord Jesus Christ, He did not say fight for the Holy Spirit, neither did He say fight for your Father in heaven, He did not say fight for your country; the only legalized fight in the kingdom is the fight of faith and He called it; a good fight. So, when you are fighting for your faith, how do you fight for your faith? The way we fight for our faith, Jesus was speaking; He said, if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off, that's how to fight. He said if your eyes causes you to sin, pluck it out. You fight the fight of faith by subjugating the flesh. Bringing your body under, the Bible says the flesh has its desires which is contrary to the Spirit, contrary to the truth, contrary to the will of God. So when you are fighting for your faith, you are contending for your believing God. And the flesh cannot please God. So you are bringing your body under all those desires, those affiliations of the flesh, you are saying no. And Jesus said it is as strong as though you are cutting off your hand, that's the kind of experience.

This body that you love eating and watching TV, we are going on a fast, that's cutting it off; this body that you will be falling asleep while I'm reading the Bible, we are going on retreats. What are you doing? You are cutting it and plucking it out. The Bible says fight! That's how you fight, you contend. Fight the good fight of faith; he says when you fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life. If you don't fight the good fight of faith, you cannot lay hold on eternal life; to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. So, you are called to participate in a faith walk, and it's not a sprint race, it's marathon; you cannot walk in faith for three months and abandon it and say this thing is not working. You can't walk in faith for one year and abandon it; it is not a 100 meter dash. Faith is a marathon. You keep fighting the fight of faith, you keep walking in faith. That's why it's called believing present continuous tense. It doesn’t end; you keep at it. It is at keeping at it that you get your evidence, your results, so battle for the truth. For you to put your faith to walk, you must prove the word. Your faith is what proves that the word is true.

Romans chapter 1:17, For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; for as it is written, the just shall live by faith. The just shall live by faith. Your faith proves that the Word of God is true. If we don't walk in faith, the word of God will not be proven to be true; and that's why we said it is a challenge. If something you are contesting for, you are trying to justify; you are proven. So what is our call as believers? We are called to prove that the Word of God is true. So, if you are not proving daily that the Word of God is true, then you are not walking in faith. So, what does that mean to us? Challenges will come, difficult times will come; will you rest on your axe, will you give up? The Bible says if you faint in the days of adversity, meaning that the days of adversity will come; it is because your strength is little. Another word you can use to replace that strength is your faith.

So, when we look at giving, the kind of challenge we're called to, we give because that's the focus, is that not what God said, in Malachi 3:10? He said, bring the tithes into My storehouse, and God said, try Me, challenge Me; every time we read the Word, God is throwing a challenge to us. Everything you read in the word as true is a challenge to your life. Will your life prove this word as true? The Bible says and it got to a time, the Holy Spirit and the presence of the Lord filled Peter that his shadow was healing the sick. Is the Holy Spirit potent enough like that in our lives? If you have faith, try me. So what are we suppose to give to God? Our faith. He that comes to God, must come believing that He is; what you present to God all the time you come to Him is your faith. So, as you come to God, you come to God with your faith, and your faith can carry different bodies. As you come to God in the place of prayer, present your faith to Him, because that's what makes you acceptable, pleasing. As you worship, you worship in faith; as you pray, you pray in faith; as you give, you give in faith; as you serve, you serve in faith. Because without that faith, it is impossible. Our possibilities is to the degree of our faith. All things are possible to him who believes; all things. You receive all things by faith. In the kingdom, the challenge is the challenge of faith.


Thanks for the gift of your time, I am Lara Gboyega Adedeji!

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Word of Confession: (Optional)

Lord Jesus, I confess to you that I have sinned against the LORD God - in the rebellion of my heart, I have disappointed your expectations on my life. I have fallen from Your grace and followed wrong influences around me. Today, I retrace my steps back to you - and I ask that in your mercy you accept me as your son and give to me (again) the promise of the Father - the Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus, please, come and make my heart your home, and from there rule in the affairs of all men. In Jesus Name I have prayed.

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The world is moving and evolving at a very high speed; But the virtue, quality and advantage you require to maintain the equivalent speed, stability, perspective and sanity in this world is godliness and contentment. Without these; you will find it difficult to either be on top of the world or to catch up with the pace at which it is moving.


Published: | Monday 19th July 2021


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The world is moving and evolving at a very high
  The world is moving and evolving at a very high
  The world is moving and evolving at a very high
  The world is moving and evolving at a very high
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