I will start today's article on the note on which it ended: it's spiritual mediocrity to make excuse for our lack of faith even in times of crisis. For David said, "when my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I"! It is during the storms of life and crisis of life that we must seek higher ground in Christ! Or is our faith meant to be strong during the good times only? Is faith only made for good times? Up when the times are good and down when things are challenging?
In the face of life's challenges, our faith is our principal weapon of defense and victory
Eph 6:16 tells us this,
"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked"
So faith is principally needed when the devil is on the onslaught. Woe betides the man whose faith is down and out when the enemy is out for a kill. Hence Jesus told Peter the enemy is out for you, to get you, but I have only one prayer for you, that your faith will be strong! Why? A strong faith puts the enemy at bay!
Who needs faith when things are working?
Who needs faith for good times?
My faith is high when things are good? High? Nothing is high. You don't need faith in such times.
Faith is never tested when times are good
In good times you build up your faith for bad times, for it's during the trials and challenges of life that our faith is tested! For it is in the day of adversity that your strength is tested. That is what the book of Proverbs records,
"If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small" (Proverbs 24:10)
In the days of adversity, our strength is tested! What will build up before the days of adversity is what determines our survival and victory during the days of adversity! The days of adversity reveals our true worth and character. And talking about the strength we know where the source of strength comes from, the Bible says in Proverbs 24:5 that a "wise man is STRONG, yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength". Further down in Daniel 11:32 the Bible says the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits!
Strength has it's a source in the knowledge of God, this knowledge is what builds faith in us to withstand the adversities of life. How much of this faith or spiritual strength that will manifest is determined by how much of God's word has taken root in our hearts and in our lives
In Matthew 13 we have the parable of the shower that went to sow the word and the Bible tells us something powerful in verses 20-21,
"But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended'
The word that bears fruits is the one that has roots! How many words do we receive in our churches today with loud shouting and " preach preacher" rants that aren't producing a result in the church today? How we have sung about walking in power and miracles and yet question if God is alive when challenges come? The words were received with joy but they have no roots, received on the surface but without depths! So when persecution came to test the strength and depth of the word we were found wanting.
There was no persecution until the revelation was sown, exams always come after lectures have been received. Persecution is what reveals the strength and depth of revelation! The revelation that has no root will bear no fruit! The faith we have built up or failed to build up is always reveal during trying times and challenges!
Paul encouraged us to fight the good fight of faith. The word fighting suggests a conflict, a battle and that's where you will always find faith, fighting spiritual battles in order to procure victory for the saint.
In 1 John 5:4, we are told,
"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith"
The word overcome suggests there is a fight, faith is a combative weapon!
Each time the storm came Jesus always ask the disciples where is your faith? For that is when their faith is needed most, to fight the storms of life! No wonder the master gets furious when he can't see faith in action!
If our faith is only up during good times then what we call faith is not faith at all!
Faith is made for the days of battles!
Faith is the believer's weapon of victory and there is no victory without battle
The three Hebrew boys were tested. Daniel's faith was tested, when your faith is tested stand up strong on the word! Put your life on the line for God!
And before the day of adversity comes, build up strength in the word, in revelations, not in motivations that is fleeting, in revelations! When you have enough words stored up on the inside then in the day of confrontation you won't need to think or plan your response, no! The overflow of the word will lift up a standard against the attack of the enemy! It will dictate your natural response!
Revelation can regulate your spiritual response to the crisis of life!
And here is where the problem of the church is, here is where the believers face challenges, we try to build strength in the days of battle! A wise man said if you are trying to get ready when you should be ready then you are already late! In the days of adversity, we don't build strength, we manifest built strength! In the days that seem we don't have challenges are the days to build up strength for the future, however many of us in the good times sleep off and allow the enemy to sow tares! The Bible says while men slept the enemy came and sowed tares! The days of no confrontation are the days to build up revelations for the coming days of persecution! And it will so happen that when persecution comes it will found us ready, strong, and rooted to deal with it. The covid 19 crisis caught the church napping and sleeping so much that the voice of faith became lost, the voice of faith was the minority voice! Even in the church, the voice of fear, doubts, and panic sounded loud and clear! The one who dared to speak the voice of faith we're ridiculed not by unbelievers but by so-called believers! The mere recollection of what has transpired these past few months breaks my heart!
The covid-19 test came for the church and we all "fumbled" with that test. Covid19 adversity has revealed that our revelations are not yet rooted in our hearts hence our strength was small in the days of fear. We made God so small, Jesus was belittled while the virus was magnified! The church, the beacon of hope became a ready voice for fear and doubts, denigrating the power of God while standing on the wisdom of men. Yet the covid 19 test is just one of the many evils and darkness that will visit the world as the end of ages approaches!
I sound a prophetic alarm based on scriptural revelations that dark days are yet upon the world and the church, the enemy has but a short time and so he would do more wickedly as the enemy battles for the souls of men and destinies of nations! For the days of covid-19 has revealed an unprepared church, a church that has received the word with joy but yet has no root in itself, a church that has a form of godliness but denied the power thereof, a church that has relied more on motivations than revelations, a church that needs to be closeted in and be renewed in the power of God for her to take her place in the world!
When Christ comes for His church, it will be a church without spot or wrinkle, it will be a church that is built up in glory and power! A church steadied by the revelations of the word that nothing shakes her stand in the world! It will be a church that is indeed walking in power, walking in miracles, and living the life of God on the earth! This is the church that Jesus died for, it is the church I long to see flourish on the earth just before the end of times! It is to this church I write in POWERTALK saying "awake thou that sleepest and arises from the dead and Christ shall give thee light". Amen.
The failure of the past offers a valuable lesson for the future, let's not go back to the days before covid, let's not feed on that which does not give strength, let us feed on the strength of the word, closeted in prayers and intimacy with the father as we prepare ourselves a glorious church for the master! The greatest revelation of this hour is not whether we need an online church or not, it is that we as a people need supernatural strength that can only come as we wait upon the Lord in every way possible.
Thank you for following this series of teaching from March till now. Thank you for following. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for preaching this. Thank you for using this on every available platform to you, thank you for standing strong with the word! Got any thought, testimony, feedback on this month's long series that you will like to share, please do not hesitate to share. God bless you and watch over you and yours. Amen.
"When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory"( Psalm 102:16)