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What is your Hebrews 11 Faith story?

Faith is not wishful thinking. Neither is it something you switch on and off during a time of need or convenience. It is a walk and a lifestyle seen in our daily acts of obedience in reverence to God’s word. We cannot please God because of how successful or charismatic one is while acting out of His word. This kind of success is credited to one’s personal determination and ambition.

We please God is by living by faith founded on His Word! True pursuit of faith is sought by sons of God; those who are in a relationship with the Father, commune with Him daily and are in pursuit to know the rewarder (God) more than they are motivated to seek the rewards from Him.

This got me thinking. If we, the modern-day-bible believing Christians were to re-write the bible chapter of Hebrews 11, what would our life story reveal about what faith is?  What would your story be? Here are some of past testimonies from few years back shared by my faith circle:

By faith we cheerfully and willingly gave towards missions, also partnering in labour in the great commission, because we esteemed the preaching of the good news to the poor better than accumulating wealth for our own personal ambitions, pleasure and projects only.

By faith we diligently modeled Christ to our children through family devotions, encouraging active participation in the local church and teaching them the ways of the Lord. We believed children are a heritage from God and it is a divine call for every parent to raise a godly offspring for God (Deu 6:5-9).

By faith we rightly divided the word of truth without drifting into enticing words and perverted doctrine to draw followers and congregants to self. We believed in the divine sufficiency of grace knowing that what Jesus had started in our lives and ministry, He would bring to completion without having to fake anything or perfect by our own humanly works. What was begun by the Spirit would be perfected by the same Spirit of God.

By faith we waited on God and He gave us godly families just as he gave Shiphrah and Puah who walked in the fear the Lord (Exo 1:15-22)

By faith we remained faithful to our walk of faith and calling, even when we did not see instant results knowing that as we continuously plant and water, God in his time would bring the increase (1 Cor 3:6).

By faith we addressed our personality weaknesses, fear, rejection, failures, intimidation, addictions and self-esteem issues by prayers believing His grace stands out in our weakness (2 Cor 15:9). We believed in Him who is able to use the seemingly weak things to shame the wise and He did (1 Cor 1:27)

By faith, we forgave our offenders, accusers and enemies without having to send anything back to sender because we have tasted of His unconditional love and hate cannot find a place in us (Luke 6:27, 35). We couldn’t help but love them back, trusting in God’s justice system for He is a righteous judge (Ps 89:14).

By faith we refused to give brides to the corrupt road officers, choosing to spend the night in a prison cell and refusing to compromise our integrity. We believed God as a deliverer and a present help in trouble just as He was with Joseph, Daniel, Shadrack, Misheck and Abednego.

By faith we traveled far and wide to spend time in God’s presence, putting on hold personal plans, missing out big business and latest TV shows, because we believed a day in his presence (or a night or a week at church conference) is better than a thousand days in the office, watching soccer or playing video games.

By faith we served faithfully in our local church, not out of compulsion or with a need for recognition. But because we believed greatness in God’s Kingdom is reflected through servanthood and faithful stewardship. We believed God as the only rewarder and upholder of the humble (I Pet 5:5b).

By faith we obeyed the call to plant a church trusting Jesus as the builder and that He would draw church members (sons)to Himself when glorified.

 

The Just shall live by faith…Rom 1:17

 

Every small act of faith matters. It begins at the size of a small mustard seed and grows to a huge tree that provides shelter for others. Do you have a Hebrews 11 modern-day-faith story? Believe the Word! Live it! see what happens

© Copyright 2019 – Mary K.

My all time fave says it better in lyrics: The Blessing by John Waller

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The truth about the great commission is…

The local church is as a womb that provides spiritual nourishment and spiritual renewal constantly recharging the believers’ faith. This process is not in full effect if ever the great commission is bypassed by a church.

This month, my local church, Uzima Centre, has spent considerable time praying, planning and labouring (both physical and spiritually in prayer) in hosting a five days Tent Meeting Crusade at Ruiru City Stadium, Kiambu County. Here are some of the practical truths about the great commission i have learnt from my active participation of the ongoing 2019 Tent Meeting planning and those held in the past:

The genesis…

During His ministry here on earth, Jesus called the twelve disciples to be with Him, and then sent them out into all nations, giving them power and authority over All devils and commanded them to Heal the sick (Luke 9:1).  He laid down the model for the great commission which applies to His disciples today.

The truth about the great commission is that…

  1. You have to be with Him.

Mary sat at His feet, John rested on His bosom, while Peter, James, John and Matthew took up apprenticeship when they followed Jesus without much hesitation, even when it meant their profession would be at stake. Read your bible and pray every day sounds cliché, but the truth is that nobody has ever grown spiritually, received power, authority and commissioning without having spent a considerable time with Jesus (The Word) and serving under another’s authority. The sons of Sceva attempted their own one-day-self-appointing-and-commissioning but ended up with a thorough beating from the devil (Acts 19:11-20). The truth is that, you have to be planted in a local church where you are grounded in the Word and matured in Christ.

Uzima Centre Sunday worship, Equip & Leadership training program and worship training 

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2. You are not your own provider lest you glory in your own provision.

In Luke 9:3 Jesus forbade them not to take anything for their journey. The great commission is not a personal project but a God-given assignment in a set time and season. I am yet to see a kingdom vision that doesn’t require Faith in God. Truth is that, every God given vision may look intimidating but it calls for total dependence on God. The harvest is His, and so are the laborers and resources. We have access to them by prayer (Matt 9:37-38)

Uzima Centre believers labouring in Tent Meeting ground preparation, Ruiru City Stadium

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3. It takes a leap, stretch and exercise of faith.

Resources are spent for the mission, the invitations and fliers are sent out, numerous prayers are made, other mission distracting appointments are cancelled, family dinners are sacrificially missed, like the sower the seed of Word of God is scattered and an alter call is made. No one has the script of the final turn-out of events but God. The minister can do as much as believing, exercising faith and trusting God for a greater harvest by banking on the written and rhema (spoken) word until it is established. I have known our faith to waver but never has it been the nature of God to lie. The great commission is a call to step out of the boat like Peter at His command.

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4. It brings unity among the believers.

The early church embodied unity in serving together, reaching out and the results were tremendous (Acts 2:41-47). It takes humility to submit to another person’s kingdom vision and make it happen while yours is still on a-burning-heart-desire-stage 😉 . Just as Jesus submitted to God’s plan of redemption and the church submits to Christ, the believers are to submit to their appointed authority in church. Also, unity among believers brings an understanding that every person is a significant part of the body of Christ, whether seen or unseen. It is then that together they can accomplish much, attract a godly blessing and together make up a fixed dwelling place for God by His spirit.

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5. It’s the fulfillment of the command to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue and have dominion (Gen 1:28)

Reaching out is about adding into God’s ever increasing kingdom. The command to multiply is not only limited to procreation. All newly born-again believers who come to Christ are likened to a baby (I Peter 2:2). They grow from milk to meat after proper feeding of the word, becoming the light and salt to the world, a fragrance in this polluted world and a river that refreshes many.

 

Uzima Centre Tent meeting dates & Sunday School and Service

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© Copyright 2019 – Mary K.

If you so find yourself in Ruiru, Kiambu County (Kenya) on a Sunday, Uzima Centre Church, The Thika Road Church of Distinction, will be glad to worship together with you !

Tent Meeting crusade: 31st July – 4th Aug 2019 Join us!