By Bishop David Oyedepo
Many people want to triumph in their businesses, careers and in the affairs of life, but they are quite ignorant of what it takes to do so. Some think of succeeding through short-cuts, not knowing that such short-cuts lead to dead-ends. Others feel they can triumph by cutting corners and playing pranks! These are not the ways to sincerely triumph in the affairs of life. God has a master key which unlocks every door to triumph. When you have this master key with you, the doors to triumph will open for you.
This week, I want to introduce you to that master key to triumphâ€”faith. Before I define faith, it is important that you understand some basic facts about it. Faith is a universal currency; it delivers at the same rate in every nation of the earth. It has the same purchasing power all over the whole world.
Everything about God and your destiny has to do with faith. Faith is the foundation for the fulfilment of every vision. It is the key for the realization of every mission, dream and purpose.
Without faith it is impossible to move God. (Hebrews 11:6), and without Him, you can do nothing. (John 15:5). It is very important to understand that without faith, you are bound to fail. This is because the Bible says: “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” (Psalm 127:1).
Without faith, we canâ€™t get at God, and without God, according to scriptures, we can do nothing; our plans are bound to fail. Therefore, without faith, there is no future. Faith is it! It is faith that makes all the difference! Faith is the baseline for fulfilment in every area of life. (II Peter 1:5-8). Absolute faith equals absolute victory. Why? It is because faith commits Godâ€™s integrity and when God is committed, the deed is done!
Triumph becomes a way of life when faith is actively at work. We have to be delivered from the belief system of the world, which promulgates faith in dreams and faith in self. Some people say, â€œHave a vision, believe in yourself, youâ€™ll accomplish it!â€ This philosophy can be most destructive. It does not just work that way in Godâ€™s kingdom. Faith is a demonstration of confidence in God, not in self.
That is the difference between the belief system of the world and that of Godâ€™s kingdom. Faith in God is what makes the journey of life great! Every outstanding thing in the kingdom of God is a direct product of faith in God.
Have you ever realized that every test is a test of faith (James 1:2)? Every test that you will ever confront in your journey is a test of faith, to find out if you are depending on yourself or on God. It is to find out whether you are looking up to God, yourself or looking around. If every test is a test of faith, then you need a fight of faith to go through. No wonder, Godâ€™s Word stresses: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” (I Timothy 6:12).
Without faith, you are bound to fail. We are told in scriptures that God tested Abraham, and at the end of it, He said: “…Now I know that thou fearest Me.” (Genesis 22:12). Also, the Bible narrates when Satan came against Peter and Jesus told him: “Iâ€™ve prayed for you that thy faith faileth not.” (Luke 22:32). That means, without faith, you and I donâ€™t have a future. I believe that is why this teaching is coming to you right now, for God to teach you the steps to take to get to where you are going. What then is faith?
Faith is behaving according to Godâ€™s Word: Faith is not just the belief in God; it is behaving according to Godâ€™s Word so as to become Godâ€™s will. This is very important because God is God of knowledge, and He weighs our actions per time (I Samuel 2:3)! God watches your actions to determine His intervention. The Bible tells us about a barren woman named Hannah. She went to Shiloh and prayed silently. Then the priest told her, â€œYour petitions are granted,â€ and she went home with a good countenance. Later, God visited her! She got pregnant and was delivered of a baby boy called Samuel (I Samuel 1). What happened was that Hannah put up the acceptable behaviour for God to intervene in her case.
Concerning Godâ€™s Word, there are things to obey and ways to behave. For example, it is Godâ€™s will for me to prosper and be in health (III John 2), and joy is a scriptural therapy for health.
The Bible says: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22). So, if you want to enjoy divine health, then you must behave according to Godâ€™s Word which is joy, in this regard. You canâ€™t be healthy, no matter how much you confess Godâ€™s Word, if you are not joyful. A merry heart services the body, the lungs, the liver, the blood, etc, like a medicine. It is very importance for you to know this! Faith is behaving according to Godâ€™s Word.
Friend, the power to exercise your faith by behaving according to Godâ€™s Word is available, if you are a child of God. You become a child of God by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. You can be a child of God now by saying this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!”
Next week, I will continue this teaching. May God bless you!
I invite you to fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Ota, the covenant home of winners. Our midweek services hold on Wednesdays between 6.00 and 8.00 p.m. We have two services on Sundays between 7.00 and 9.30 a.m., and between 10.00 a.m and 12.30 p.m.
Every exploit in life is a product of knowledge. For further reading, please get my booksâ€”Exploits of faith, Winning faith and The law of faith.
I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through, Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos; or call 7747546-8; or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org