BUILDING STRONG FAITH

Kenneth W. Hagin book on faith

…Faith is acting on God’s Word…


I enjoyed reading this precious little pamphlet (just 32 pages ¬†ūüôā ¬†).

The pamphlet highlights 6 simple yet helpful ways one can follow to build strong faith. I found the ways to be very practical and easy to apply. I’ll summarize the points:

I. Create or be in an environment that produces faith.

This means surrounding yourself with things or people that can build your faith.
This point ¬†jumped out of the page and gripped my heart with great urgency. It felt like a wake up call, so I’ll go into a little more detail on this point.

Surroundings that can affect our faith:
1. Friends or people we spend most of our time with.
The habits or tendencies of our friends tend to rub off on us. Over time.
Try hanging out with a friend that complains all the time, about everything! Or try being close to a friend that cusses in every sentence. You will one day find yourself¬†cursing¬†and you will go like, ‘where did this come from?’ (sound familiar?)
So watch who you choose to hang out with. If you want your faith to grow, find people who are on fire in their faith walk, stick around them for a while and watch yourself catch the fire!

Proverbs 27:17King James Version (KJV)

17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV)
33Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

Psalms 1:1
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

 

Jesus’ disciples were surrounded by a life of authority, power, faith, love, miracles and so much more for a very long time to a point where the people who saw them couldn’t help but notice that they reflected Jesus.¬†
———>People ¬†should notice that we have been with Jesus<————

Acts 4:13
13When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

This is not to say the rest of the people are bad or unworthy of our company; on the contrary we are to help each other up. Rather, this warns us to be very careful and intentional when choosing close friends. You can’t have everyone in your close circle ¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†

Know what you want to achieve and where you are going then choose friends that are heading there and doing what you want to do.

2. What you watch
Watch what goes into your life through your eyes. The things that you watch.
Take time to review the movies, tv programs,preachings,videos e.t.c that you watch.

3. What you hear
Be an avid ‘hearer’ (reader) of the Word, for faith comes by hearing the Word of God.
Again, take time to review the songs you listen to.
The preachers you listen to, are they preaching in line with God’s Word? (‘do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits tosee whether they are from God’ 1 John 4:1. ‘You shall know them by their fruits…’ Matthew 7:16)
What kind of conversations do you entertain?
                   What kind of books do you read the most?

II. Build your faith on the Word of God, not experiences

We get so caught up in what¬†¬†we’ve experienced¬†¬†that we are prone to putting God in a box. Just because god moved in a certain way one particular time, we begin to believe and convince others that that’s the only way He moves. People have created rituals out of what they have experienced with God.

Our faith should be rooted in the character of God, not the miracles. It should be crafted from  who God is, not what God does.

III. Look up to the Word of God, not people.

We are living in a time when people have faith in their pastors more than they have in the Word of God. People are idolizing God’s servants. This puts them at risk of being deceived. These people have the same Bible that we have and serve the same God we do.
Servants of God are in place to help us, not to replace God.

A christian book shouldn’t replace reading the Bible.
A prayer meeting with other believers shouldn’t replace personal time with God.
Listening to worship and praise songs shouldn’t replace singing to Him.
…God desires a relationship.
…He desires that you should have a personal walk with Him.

Know God for yourself.

IV. Obedience is necessary to build strong faith

Obedience is doing what you are told to do. Doing what you are supposed to do.

God does not require us to walk
 in the light of some archangel.

God does not require us to walk
 in the light of some church tradition.

...God does require us to walk in the light of the eternal Word of God.

If you don’t do what you are supposed to do, you have no right to ask of the things in his Word.

V. Be humble

God can use any body. His power and glory can be made manifest in any church gathering, family, nation or person. There is no monopoly when it comes to the gifts of God.

God used a donkey before. (Numbers 22)

VI. Have bold holiness

Don’t be afraid of the devil, he is a defeated foe. Be willing to be in the forefront of the battle, put on your armor at all times .

 

……………..building strong faith…………….

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JUNE BOOKS

Cheers to a new month! ¬†ūüôā


 

The two book topics I had for May were exciting. I had the opportunity to learn so much about leadership (serving others with your gift, leading the way, having dominion, exercising authority…) and finances (tithing, giving, budgeting, investing, sowing…). I also read through¬†two 10-days bible devotionals from the YouVersion bible app. May books deserve a more comprehensive summary. I would love to write a summary of one book in particular, Wisdom in Finances- Chris Harvey. This book truly has great wisdom and insight.

June books

#monthly reading plans

Now, onto June!‚ô•

This month has some dimensional levels to it. It has two topics that are fundamental basics to the Christian faith. One of the topics is FAITH which is the basis of the Christian life. Our Christian walk is actually a walk of faith.

Faith holds the key that opens impossible doors.
Faith is that spiritual force which opens humanity to a world of unlimited possibilities. 
Faith sees the invisible, dares the impossible, and delivers the incredible.
The unlimited power of faith~ David O. Oyedepo

The other topic is PRAYER which is the means of getting in contact with God. A way of reaching out to God. A way of building and sustaining a long healthy relationship with the Father. Communication tool. Since the month started, I’ve already read 2 books on prayer. I was too excited!

I’ve read:
1. Keys for Prayer by Myles Munroe
2. 7 basic steps to successful fasting and prayer by Bill Bright

Prayer is man giving God permission or license to interfere in earth’s affairs.
In other words, prayer is earthly license for heavenly interference.

Keys for Prayer~ Myles Munroe

 

Prayer moves the arm that moves the world.
   Spurgeon

I’ll read books by:¬†Kenneth E. Hagin (his ministry emphasized,and still does, on the teachings/message about faith).
Myles Munroe (his ‘purpose and power of…’ books are rich with information and revelations. Mind opening. The books always have a ‘back to the beginning where it all started from’ sort of approach that gives sound revelational understanding into what is being discussed).
 Dag Heward-Mills (his books have a point by point style of writing which is easy to read and understand. It also makes it way easier to remember and refer back to).
Smith Wigglesworth (he was known as ¬†‘the apostle of faith’. He wrote extensively about the messages of faith and prayer. He modelled a life of faith and prayer)
¬†Priscilla Shirer (most of her books and teachings center on the importance of having a prayer strategy which she calls ‘battle plan’).
Oral Roberts (his well-known university was built on the faith he had in God and upon his obedience. His books and preachings emphasized ‘seed-faith’).
Max Lucado and many more.

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What I hope to achieve this month:

  1. A strong prayer life
  2. An understanding of how prayer and faith work
  3. Become a woman of great faith
  4. Get these questions answered:       

               Are faith and prayer somehow connected?
               Does faith grow or increase?
               Can a Christian have doubts?
               How can I get the most out of my prayers?
               Is it mandatory to pray?

Prayer&amp;Faith

 


…A lifestyle of prayer. A life of faith…

 

MAY BOOKS

BOOK-TO-READ TOPICS

 

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¬† ¬† ‘Don’t ever get tired of reading.’

 

Starting from April this year, I started making¬†monthly books-to-read topic plans. I will focus on reading books on certain topics every month. I drew up a table with the month of the year on one side and the topics on the other side, from¬†April to December. If I will be¬†disciplined and persistent enough in following¬†this plan, my information and knowledge bank will be so well-rounded and colorful! I’ll be able to cover a lot of very good topics within a year. I will still be reading books that cover other areas, as need arises.

 

It's good to read books that are related to your purpose and desires 

but it's wise to also read books that  have unrelated but important knowledge. 

There is so much to know.

 

 LEADERSHIP AND FINANCES

This month I’ll be trained¬†in how to manage finances and I’ll be challenged to ‘lead’. I have over 20 books lined up that focus on these topics (I don’t intend to read all of them though hahaha). On leadership, most of the books are by Myles Munroe and John C. Maxwell.¬†Under finances there are a¬†couple of sub-topics like tithing, sowing, investing,budgeting,saving…so there are obviously several authors. I’ll read two books by Oral Roberts that emphasize on sowing, seed faith and the like. Some of the other authors on finances are Kenneth E. Hagin,¬†David Mallonee and Gloria Copeland.

Things I eagerly want to know about:

  1. How to invest and use money wisely
  2. How to be a good leader
  3. Financial stability
  4. Managing resources
  5. Purpose and power of tithing (plus the right way of doing it)
  6. The principle of ‘sowing and reaping’

Cheers to leadership and finances!

 

 

 

A BLANK CANVAS

A blank canvas.

I did not think I needed  one. Well, not as bad as I did.

 

The canvas of my life had too many unwanted sketches painted on it already. Some color combinations were too harsh to the eyes, others were just too ugly to look at. There were a few beautiful patches of color that I could stare at for days. Such breathtaking color mixes!

But I did not choose the colors. They were handed to me. I was not forced to use the colors that I used or paint in the ways that I did. Rather, I failed to make the decisions for myself. I had no plan. I did not know how I wanted the painting to look like. I should have said no to some of the colors. I should have come up with carefully thought-out designs. But I did not.

I used everything that was handed to me. I entertained every suggestion.

Then came a rush of dissatisfaction. It tortured me for a very long time. It went with me to bed, growled in my dreams and got up with me at sunrise. I yearned for a painting of my life that I would be proud of. Am not talking about a perfect painting but one of GREATNESS, GLORY and PURPOSE. One painted with INSPIRATION, WISDOM and PASSION.

2016 trained me. 2017 gave me the canvas. It gave me the push. Now am on my way!

Now am painting my life’s canvas. Better choices come from a renewed mind, so I’ll be posting about all the books ¬†I’ll come across along the way, how I’ll be applying the wisdom from them, and the fruits of such wisdom. I’ll also post words from so many other sources other than books. Above all, I’ll post about the amazing revelations¬†from my favorite book, the Bible.

This is the journey.