Possibilities of faith in Christ – Part 2
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.” The prayer of every believer is to experience God’s wonders in their lives. God hears our prayers. But if we must receive or experience these wonders, we must pray in faith. As we pray in faith, He gives us one, the wonder of His salvation (Acts 13:38-41). Salvation is a wonder because only Christ can grant us pardon for sin. Two, the wonder of His selection (1 Corinthians 1:26-28). God chose us, even when we were yet sinners and brought us into the kingdom.
Apostle Paul said: “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.”
Three, the wonder of His sacrifice (1Corinthians 5:7). Christ bled and died for us so that calamity, damnation, hell fire and judgment will pass over us when we manifest faith in His sacrificial blood. Four, the wonder of His substitution (Hebrews 2:9). Christ has “taste(d) death for every man.” He bore our punishment, shame and eternal death. Therefore, He becomes our Substitute. Five, the wonder of His sanctification (Joshua 3:5). To experience unprecedented wonders in our lives, we must consecrate and submit ourselves to God. “And Joshua said unto the people, sanctify yourselves for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
Six, the wonder of the spirit baptism (Matthew 3:11; Zechariah 2:5,8). There is need for the Spirit’s power in our lives. Baptised in the Holy Ghost, we have a wall of fire around us that makes us untouchable. Seven, the wonder of supernatural healing (Acts 3:6,16). Unlike people who are always sick, we receive “perfect soundness” through the prayer of faith.
Eight, the wonder of spectacular deliverance (Acts 5:14-16). Faith grants us spectacular deliverance just as multitudes were healed by Peter’s shadow.
Nine, the wonder of special miracles (Acts 19:11,12). “And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: so that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.” Ten, the wonder of sustaining supplication. The Lord is praying for us all. He will wipe our tears and take our sorrows away.
Eleven, the wonder of His sufficiency. Christ is our sufficiency. He supplies whatever is lacking in us. Twelve, the wonder of His supremacy. At the mention of the name of Jesus, every knee – in your family, community and life – must bow.
“We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” God secures and preserves the believer from the wicked one through faith. He promises to keep us alive until we fulfill His plan and purpose for our lives. Therefore, the believer:
(i) “Sinneth not” (Psalm 119:1-3,9,11). As children of God, we must not sin. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
(ii) “Keepeth himself” (Jude 1:21,24,25). Born of God, we must lock the door against the devil and sinners in the world so that they will not bring in their defilement into our sacred lives. “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”
(iii) “That Wicked One Toucheth Him Not” (Genesis 26:11,12; 1 Kings 13:4; Psalm 125:1-5; Zechariah 2:5,8). As children of promise, God has vowed that no one will be able to touch us. Therefore, we should continue in the productive venture we are engaged in and nothing will stop us.
“For thus saith the Lord of hosts; after the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.”
• Further reading (King James Version): 1 John 5:1-5,10-15,18; 1 John 5:14,15; 1 John 5:18.
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