The end of your faith and the circumstances surrounding the end of your faith was one of the messages preached at 2015 Abuja Faith Conference by Pastor Dele Osunmakinde. He picked his main text from 1Peter 1: 3- 12.
The very first opening statement made was that you are not in faith for every matter perpetually. “What on earth is PDee talking about again?” was the question popping in my heart as he made this statement.
He explained that there comes a season in your walk with God regarding a particular thing/situation that you have to come to the end of that faith regarding that thing. A time when you need to start believing God for something else entirely so that you can move from faith to faith, he continued.
The operation of God is called Grace and is happening independent of you. God did what he needed to do in Christ Jesus without involving you and I. So, Grace of God is what the new covenant brought to us. The inheritance God has given to us in Christ is incorruptible and there must never be a time in our lives as a believer that we should begin to feel that devil has taken away our inheritance. IT’S NOT POSSIBLE, Pastor Dele emphasized!
No factor on the face of the earth can take away the inheritance God has given to you. What God has given to you cannot be corrupted and defiled. This means that a believer may decide to corrupt himself but the plans and purposes of God for your life remains intact!!
Inheritance is a product of Grace and God has put those things in place in spite and independent of you.
What God requires of you as a walk of faith is for you to connect with this inheritance that is incorruptible, undefiled and does not fade away.
The inheritance is a product of Grace not your works. There is no time you are luckier in God because every time you do the cross sectioning of the work of your faith you realise that every time & 100% of the time you have all the resources you need to do anything you want to do on the face of the earth.
Acts 20 says As you begin to exercise yourself in the word, you get to a point that the inheritance can accurately be given to you. So what faith walks does is to deliver the inheritance into your hand.
Grace made the inheritance available not faith. Grace is the operation of God, faith is the believer cooperating with that operation.
Pastor Dele emphasized that “Whenever you are coming to the end of your faith regarding a situation (thing, circumstances), one thing that should be the hallmark of that season is that you should be joyful. You should rejoice! What you should do while you are waiting for visible outcome of your faith is to rejoice.
Our First case study: ABRAHAM
To put this in perspective, Abraham’s waiting period was the moment he became the father of Nations. Whenever you ask God to do something for you, the first thing God will tell you is “What HE has made you”. Abraham asked God for a son, God told him – HE has made him Father of many nations.
You don’t go to God thinking you want to move from negative to positive, how it works is that you must move from positive to positive. That is why it is from faith to faith, it is from Glory to Glory, Strength to Strength!
He that comes to God must first believe that “He is”. This means that any time you have a challenging situation, your first attitude towards it is that you must know FIRST that “God has done something about it”. God is not absent. The way most people approach God is that “He is not” there; that he is not available and he is on vacation. That is a wrong attitude!! HE IS means God full ground gidigba!!!
Always remember that anytime you approach God with your needs, God has already made you something bigger than your needs. Always first find out what God has made you whenever you have a need! It is always bigger than your need (Study Romans 4: 17-18).
So, how do you know you are moving towards the end of your faith – There will be an aspect of the programme of God on the face of the earth that you are the one in charge. Waiting period is the period of capacity building. It’s the time you are running and not fainting because it’s a time you are moving from strength to strength.
God wanted to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah but yet, He still decided to discuss it with Abraham because he has made him (Abraham) father of nations. So what aspect of the programme of God are you in charge of?
Abraham wants to father Isaac, but God has made him the father of many nations!
Using Abraham as an example, there are three things you will do to get to the end of your faith
1. There are battles you will fight
This kind of battle, you are not involved so that you can loose. So you can’t loose. So when you ask God that you need a child, God says I have made you a mother! Manifest being a mother at another level, become a mother!!.
2. There will always be an opportunity for you to sow seeds
Seed is not money, Seed is being faithful in that which is another man’s! God will give you an opportunity to meet a “Melchizedek”. Melchizedek says blessed be Abraham of God, the possessor of heaven and earth.
3. You come into Spiritual Maturity Hebrew 11: 2
You need capacity to obtain what you want to obtain.
Waiting period is not the period you give up. Those who wait are at the beck and call of Jehovah move into power. There are certain things you can’t obtain as a baby. It took Abraham 25 years.
The season that launches you to the end of your faith is your movement from promise to prophecy.
Abraham trained Isaac as a man of faith. One of the ways Abraham trained Isaac is that “When God speaks to you regarding a thing, you obey immediately and exactly”.
When God wants to launch you into prophecy, men of God will show up (1st peter 1: 9-11). When you move from promise to prophecy, one of the element that gets introduced is Time – so you know how long. For 24 years, Abraham waited in the promise but in the 25th year, time was introduced. And he said by this time next year, you shall embrace a son.
That is why you have to be sensitive. God showed up as three men to Abraham and he didn’t miss it. Whenever God want to move you into prophecy he does not appear as God, he appears as man.
Abraham as a father had to entertain people. That means being hospitable is very important. This is the season to genuinely care about people, genuinely show concern for people. Mighty manifestations of God comes in human form!
That is why the highest manifestation of God in the flesh is that He became a Man.
Becoming who God has made you gives you an opportunity to partake of deeper secret in God. When the three men were going they weren’t branching towards where Abraham was, but it was Abraham that ran after them and welcome them.
God being humorous said Sarah laughed, but Sarah said no, “I didn’t laugh.” God was not against Sarah’s laughter because God was trying to tell her that it was as she laughed, she conceived. The meaning of Isaac is “Laughter”. Sarah later recounted the story by saying “God has made me to laugh and everyone who hears shall laugh with me”. This is called Joy unspeakable, full of Glory. So laugh!!
When you move into prophecy, Joy is a tool. Laugh at a time you don’t feel like laughing. Are you feeling dejected, rejected…Can you laugh!! Laughter is prophetic because God made her to laugh. Sarah first thought her laughter was a response to unbelief but when she got the message, she said “God made me to Laugh”.
There is Laughter in Faith. Enemy is confused when you laugh even when the situation is not bringing laughter but you laughed!! Men don’t receive the promise in their low moments, they receive it as an elder.
Our second case study: NOAH
Hebrews 11: 7 Imagine Noah after receiving the instruction from God to build an ark decided that instead of building an ark, he will start praying so that the rain will not fall. That means Noah will not be interacting with what we called the righteousness of faith. It also means that noah will be running contrary to the plans and purposes of God.
Some of the elements we recognized from Noah’s Experience are:
1. Build an ark: Every faith that is righteous will require that you become a builder. Noah’s obedience cause not only the human race to be preserved, Animals were also preserved. Walking by faith is doing something bigger than your need for God. Do you know that after the flood was over, no one owned anything again other than Noah? There was wealth transfer.
2. Godly Fear: When you fear God, you are exposed to wisdom. There is no fear of God in you when God gave you an instruction and you abandon it. Once you fear God, wisdom is released. A high level of wisdom was demonstrated by Noah to bring the animals into the ark.
3. Prepare an ark: Every flood that will come god would have communicated the arc that will survive it. Any ark that will survive the flood, the dimension must come from God. God gave Noah the length, height, width, etc.
How do you know you are getting to the end of your faith? Everything about your life will start assuming the laws of precision. You won’t be doing things anyhow – your prayer, your giving, your worship, etc. You can’t afford to be dimensionless. Don’t do things haphazardly.
4. Ever before the world start condemning you, you must condemn the world.
A man of faith must not abandon his faith walk because what God said is yet to happen (Noah did not abandon the building of the ark even when the flood was yet to come). Noah walked by faith not because of the flood, he walked by faith because God said so. Noah build the ark because he wanted to obey God. Imagine Noah decided to abandon the ark building after 1 year of no flood? That will be disastrous and nothing will be preserved including Noah himself!
Follow God in everything you do! God Bless You!
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