Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike
Victory through Faith
Lazy believers cannot operate by faith
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Yea, a man may say thou hast faith and I have works, show me thy faith
Faith without works is dead….
People who exhibited works in the bible, they did not just profess their faith and sit back waiting for God to complete it…. Remember Abraham and how he waited for Isaac for 25 years after the promise to manifest? Or Rahab- the harlot?
In order to operate in faith you need to take steps, (spiritual steps) you cannot be stationary and expect God to act on your behalf- or better still come down and make all the moves you ought to. Your faith must be mixed with some acts or works.
In Matthew 15:27-29 we find the account of the woman whose daughter was possessed with demons, whom the disciples sent away, but Jesus helped her when she had showed that she did indeed have faith. She was determined, she showed her faith by works…she didn’t sit at home and say since she had faith her daughter’s healing would be sure…
25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”
27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
Jesus said to her in verse 28 “great is thy faith woman” and from that day her daughter was made whole.
As believers we tend to deceive ourselves, that since we have faith we do not need to do anything in the form of works.
When you operate by faith, you are focused to your target, unwavering in your belief.
The account of the woman with the issue of blood for 28 years, found in Luke 8:43-48
43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
We read of a woman focused on getting her healing, she made up her mind, believing that just a touch of the hem of the garment of Jesus she would be made whole. She did not look at the prevailing situations- the press of the crowd who would be milling around Him also. Jesus felt power (virtue, anointing) leave Him….. And He said to her- ‘your faith has, made you whole.’
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
John 8:1- devil was called a liar and the father of all liars.
The tactics of the devil is to lie and many believers have given in to these lies.
The Lies of the devil about Faith:
i. You do not need to pray too much or aggressively as your faith is sufficient:
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always,
17 pray without ceasing,
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Prayers can never be too much. Prayers are like seeds and they grow and germinate at different times, working for us at different seasons. Prayers are not discretionary.
1 Chronicles 4:9
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, “Because I bore him with pain.”
10Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.…
We read the story of Jabez…he prayed through, having acknowledged that God was his source, he operated by faith, he prayed till something happened- God changed his name for good.
1 Thessalonians- pray without season and ceasing.
The story of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1:
1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:
2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.
4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:
5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.
6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.
7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.
10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.
13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORDremembered her.
20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.
21 And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.
22 But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide for ever.
23 And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him.
24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young.
25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.
26 And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.
27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:
28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.
The woman and the unjust judge..she kept disturbing the judge till he answered her. Luke 18:1-8.
The Parable of the Unjust Judge
18 And he told them a parable to show that they must always pray and not be discouraged,
2 saying, “There was a certain judge in a certain town who did not fear God and did not respect people.
3 And there was a widow in that town, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary!’
4 And he was not willing for a time, but after these things he said to himself, ‘Even if I do not fear God or respect people,
5 yet because this widow is causing trouble for me, I will grant her justice, so that she does not wear me down in the end by her[a] coming back!’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge is saying!
7 And will not God surely see to it that justice is done[b] to his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night, and will he delay toward them?
8 I tell you that he will see to it that justice is done[c] for them soon! Nevertheless, when[d] the Son of Man comes, then will he find faith on earth?”
ii. You do not need to add fasting to your prayers:
By fasting, you deprive yourself of food, pleasures added with prayers and you will break through. Do not be religious as you can never operate by faith. Even unbelievers acknowledge the power of fasting…the recognize it and use it..
Fasting is very powerful, it opens the eyes of your spirit man. Jesus says this in Matthew 17:20-21 about fasting.
20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[a] 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.
21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”[b]
Faith as a grain of the mustard seed…especially v 21:
However, this kind does not go out by PRAYERS AND FASTING…….
He acknowledges that some circumstances, with faith will go, some will go with a combination of faith and prayers, then some will only go by faith, prayers and the FASTING. And this is the author and finisher of our faith talking…..
Fasting is biblical, it is not an injunction from the pastors or men of God…There is POWER in fasting.
iii. You do not need any servant of God, you can do it alone:
The world tends to deceive people by telling you that there are fake men of God, yes this is true but there are also genuine men of God.. and you need to join your faith with theirs to achieve, to break through.
God uses men to speak and help, sometimes a man’s help will come only through a certain person…The woman who was childless and Elisha prayed for her.
Faith works with other enablements: prayers, fasting, using men of God
In 1 Samuel 9:6, we read of the account of Saul while searching for his father’s donkeys.
Namaan- got his healing through the little maid in his household
iv. You do not need to go to church, or attend church programmes.
You cannot compare physical attendance to special viewing- watching T.V etc.
These are the lies of the devil.
Mark 2:1-5- the sick man who was brought to Jesus.
Many deceive themselves, with their erroneous beliefs, propaganda, thoughts…All in all LAZY.
v. You do not have a any part to play, God will do it :
God can never appear to man, some mighty epiphany of God- remember the still small voice in 1 Kings19:11-13 He came in, while Elijah expected He would be awesome in His appearance. Those operating in faith, listen to God, they are sensitive in their spirit, they have a close relationship with God, such that they hear Him, they listen and obey His instructions. God will give an instruction, then you will play your part, by obeying and then alone will your breakthrough come.
vi. You do not need to accept any information or instructions.
People are given instructions, and refuse to obey or take the instructions….even Jesus whilst the devil tempted Him, rebuked him, when the devil said He should jump from the pinnacle- when we do not obey simple instructions from God we act in pride.
Faith is not pride, it is not tempting God Jesus rebuked the devil that he should not tempt God. Acting foolishly, taking unwise risks with your life, claiming to have faith is not faith.
Father increase my faith.
Give me evidence of my faith.