Summary: Faith is not something you do for a while and stop. No! It is a lifestyle. The scriptures declares "The just shall live by faith" (Hebrews 10:38). He shall "live by", it becomes his lifestyle. In this sermon i will be sharing on making faith a lifestyle.
"Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him." (Hebrews 10:38).
Faith in the kingdom is a lifestyle thing. It is not something we do to have a breakthrough and then relapse back into defeat. No! We were born into victory in Christ. It is a life of the spirit filled with glory and power, but we live in a physical world where the human senses is constantly at war with the things of the Spirit.
A young fella once asked me "Mr Preacher? Do you ever get tempted with sin?" My reply was "Jesus was tempted in the wilderness at a very crucial point in his life and that was the beginning of his earthly ministry and what difference does it make to me. The problem is not the temptation we face but our response to God's Word".
The enemy's target is not you but the Word at work in you. He careless if you were here or there but when there is something different about you. He begins to roam about trying figure out things that cant be found in the sense realm. He came to Jesus with the best he got, an onslaught on the sense realm. "And when the tempter came to him, he said, If you are the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread." (Matthew 4:3).
Two things are clearly stated from that scripture: (1) An attack on His Identity: "If you are the son of God" Now that's not a question but a reaffirmation of what he already knows, otherwise he won't be using a conditional clause "if" without a background of whom he was. Therefore he was deliberate with an intent to get Jesus out of the Word into the sense realm. No wonder the next words he used were "Turn these stones to bread" an impossible task in the sense realm to keep Christ in a dilemma "wondering if he was truly the son of God and if so, why not show a proof of self gratification instead of the mission at hand." Now that was a complete spiritual torpedo shot to alter the cause of his destiny and that strategy still applies till date. The enemy uses the same old game tricks on believers even today.
Today so many have fallen for that same temptation. They have walked out of the mission into turning stones into bread and that cant ever be done and they end up in circles wondering if God had forsaken them. Refuse the devils suggestions any day and anytime. Choose to remain on the Word and live daily by it.
My mission this morning is not show you how subtle the enemy can be but to share with you on timeless truths of God's word and how to make faith a daily lifestyle. The response of Jesus was the one thing that has changed my life forever. One evening as I meditate on these words "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' (Matthew 4:4).
NOTICE: He equates living on bread to living on the Word of God. You don't eat food once a while, maybe after some months then you feel like eating again. No! it's a daily thing. The same should apply to the Word of God.
The difference between the sense and the Spirit realm is ability to live in the Word. Oh! Yes. Living in the Word. I can shout that a thousand times, until all that has kept you bound for so long begins to drop off you. I decree in the name of Jesus every form of distraction set against you be unveiled by the Power of the Holy ghost.