- Homily /
- Prophetic Faith
Dear friend in Christ,
I do not over exaggerate when I tell you that yesterday’s sermon by the lead pastor of Celebration Church was the best I’ve ever heard. The title is prophetic faith. Frankly, faith is a topic that believers know well. After all, we are saved my grace through faith in Christ Jesus. Eph 2:8-9. But here’s what you did not know (at least me): Faith has a context and a motive. If not applied this way, you will fall for temptation thinking it was an act of faith. I will explain with an example.
Look at what Psalm 91 vs 11-12 says: “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” This has been quoted many times in time of physical problems. You’re about to go out in the morning and you say this prayer, and rightfully so. But see Matt 4 vs 5-6, when Jesus was tempted by satan: “Then the devil took Him to the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple. “If You are the Son of God,” he said, “throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command His angels concerning You, and they will lift You up in their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’
Jesus knew that in that moment, him taking that jump off the cliff would not be an act of faith, thereby falling into temptations. And then it hit me. We have been practicing faith as though it was the same with possibility mentality. You get into a tough accident and immediately our prayer is “Lord as you have promised us, you will take care of us”. And honestly, there is nothing wrong with it. You even quote Mark 11 v 24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.”
We say these prayers steadily, and when we see that our prayers are not being answered. We start crying even more about our lack of faith and why. But see something here in James 4 vs 3: “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” Basically, a prayer for more money to buy material things will be a wrong motive prayer as opposed to praying for money to be used for the gospel. I don’t know if this is you too, but I have prayed amiss in faith and wondered why it was never answered. I will leave you now to watch the powerful service here and have your eyes opened to what faith is required of us.
I leave you with this last point. We so often quote Phillipians 4 vs 13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” and interpret it out of context. But as we have learned, to understand a context, we must look at the pretext and post text. Let’s read from verse 11-13 “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Basically, come rain or sun, I do not pray to avoid pain and suffering/lack as an act of faith; rather I am confident that no matter what I face, I can do all things in Christ who gives us strength. That is faith
Please watch the service here