If the Lord be for you, who can be against you? No matter how big or small a problem may appear before you, it shall be leveled by the power of God. Why? Because you serve the Lord God who made the entire universe; all things submit to him, therefore, all things must submit to you!
God will be with you in any situation to earn you victory and glorify his name. Sing along as Rev. James Taiwo leads this song (The Lord Is My Shepherd) throughout the message.
The Lord is my shepherd any time any day I have no reason to fear The Lord is my shepherd any time any day I have no reason to fear He’s the Lord over the sea He’s the Lord over the land I have no reason to fear
He’s the Lord over the sea He’s the Lord over the land
I have no reason I have no reason I have no reason to fear
Faith-in-action is the best means of obtaining God’s benefits. People who have expressed their faith in God ought not to limit their efforts into serving God only, they ought to also aspire to receive some significant benefits from the Lord as well. Christians ought to make their faith applicable to their personal situations to experience God’s miracles.
Children of God must take practical steps into bringing their expected miracles into reality. To better understand this fact, let’s use the situations of a Greek woman notable as a Syrophoenician woman in the Bible as a case study. The woman took the bull by its horn to achieve her expected victory.
The Syrophoenician woman had a daughter who was tormented by the evil spirits; she brought her situation to Jesus, and the Messiah turned down her request. However, she refused to be discouraged. She was persistent with her request until Jesus healed her daughter.
The result of the Syrophoenician effort paid off, but the process of obtaining her expected help from Jesus was not so easy. Anyone could have easily given up when the Master refused to honor his or her request, but Syrophoenician woman was different.
Jesus said “No” to the Syrophoenician woman, but she insisted that he must say “Yes.” The Syrophoenician pestered Jesus with her persistent request until Jesus reversed his decision and said “Yes” also.
Perhaps I can imagine what someone would be thinking right now. Maybe you are questioning yourself, “how come Jesus- the good Master rejected the poor woman’s request to heal her daughter?” Well, of course, Jesus was indeed a caring Son of God – A great deliverer and a perfect healer for that matter! Jesus turned down the request of the Syrophoenician woman to test her faith. Christ wanted the woman to prove her faith as a true believer. The woman passed the test!
The Syrophoenician woman proved her worth as a true believer in Jesus Christ. Her persistence proved that she knew what she believed. She was confident that Jesus had the capacity to solve her problem, so she refused to turn somewhere else. The behavior of the Syrophoenician woman could be perceived as if she won’t let Jesus proceed on his journey until he had done something concerning the spiritual health of her daughter.
Someone could literarily hear the Syrophoenician woman saying, “Master I won’t let you move an inch until you have delivered my daughter.”
The persistent attitude of the Syrophoenician woman changed the dynamics of her daughter’s situation. Jesus responded with a positive affirmation and delivered the woman’s daughter from the power of darkness.
History credited the Syrophoenician woman for her steadfast faith. Read the brief Bible’s account of the Syrophoenician lady and Jesus Christ:
“From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.” Then He said to her, “For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed. (Mark 7:24-30 NKJV).
Persistent faith will bring you benefits!
Learn some Important Lessons of Faith from the Syrophoenician Woman
Syrophoenician woman heard about Jesus’ unbeatable power to do all things and believed.
She did not keep her faith to herself but she walked up to Jesus to ask for his help.
Syrophoenician woman was a humble person who would not take any offense from Jesus’ rejection of her request. (The woman’s attitude did not change towards Jesus even though he turned down her request).
Syrophoenician woman was persistent with her request that Jesus must heal her daughter even when it appeared that her effort was fruitless.
Syrophoenician lady understood her right as a true believer in Jesus Christ deserving his undeniable miracles.
Faith and Action go side by side. Learn the benefits of faith-in-action
Clear Facts about Faith, Action, and Benefits
The God of the Bible is still alive to benefit whoever will reserve an absolute trust in him.
Christians ought to maximally explore their opportunities in God. Believers must believe in the power of Jesus Christ as the main solution to their problems. In fact, any devoted Christian ought to understand that nothing goes beyond the reach of the power of Jesus Christ.
Christians must not pocket the faith they have in Jesus Christ. They must act on their faith to turn every necessary table to their advantage. Every Christian ought to be able to make an affirmative statement that he or she has the entitlement to have victory in any situation that confronts him or her.
Bible has stated it clearly that Jesus Christ has the power to control all situations. It is written, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV).
Christians must profess their faith in God’s power to meet their needs. They must demonstrate the courage to profess their expectations over their situations.
If a Christian could not consider himself or herself as the bonafide child of God deserving his miracles who else would do? Every child of God has undeniable right to receiving God’s miracles which are not limited to healing, deliverance, peace, and prosperity. You ask why? Jesus Christ-the Son God has purchased Christians (the believers) with his precious blood. In other words, Christians are the blood-relative of God; they deserve to receive his unfiltered benefits.
God is the Giver; you are the receivers, therefore you have to put up some nice attitude in the presence of God to befit his blessings! Remember, God can give anything at will and he can take it away at will. So, stay humble before God as you present your petitions to him.
A delay is not a denial. Christians must consistently pray until their prayers are answered. No believer should mistake his or her persistent prayers as “vain repetitions.”
Persistent Prayers show your dependence on God. It proves that you trust that God has the power to solve your problems – Meaning the more a Christian prays (in the name of Jesus Christ), the more his faith will arouse, and the likelihood of him receiving the expected answer sooner. Christ said, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).
How Can A Christian Put His of Her Faith To Action?
Learn from the Syrophoenician woman in the Bible:
She had a need; she walked up to Jesus, and she made a persistent request about her need until Jesus favored her.
Syrophoenician woman refused to be discouraged when Jesus turned down her request.
Syrophoenician woman persisted until Jesus responded with a solution.
Syrophoenician woman walked back home with her problem solved. (Jesus took care of it.)
As a Christian, you must take a pragmatic approach to addressing your problem.
Pray to God and act!
Understand that you are a child of God deserving to receive his benefits.
Walk up to Jesus in prayers.
Do not give up on your efforts even when it appears things are not working.
Prepare your mind as people may turn you down- Don’t let rejection destroy your morale.
Understand that you occupy a special place in God’s mind; he will never ignore you.
God will create a situation that will turn to your benefits; he will send the necessary helper as you make your efforts.
Be confident in God and know:
Your God cannot be restricted and he cannot be defeated.
Your God whom you serve and trust will not leave you comfortless.
Your God will respond to your needs and make your face shine.
In recap to the teachings on faith and action, Christians must venture to take the full benefits of their faith in God. They must venture to complement their faith with the necessary action that will generate the expected result.
Dear God I know that you have the power to do all things. You are God that answers prayers, and there is nothing too difficult for you to do. I am asking that you give me the strength to reserve an absolute trust in you.
Please give me the power to be proactive with my faith by taking every necessary step that will propel me to victory. Also, help me to exercise faith as I pray so that my joy can be full. Give me the ability to confess the promises of the scriptures into my situations. Let my faith declaration result to my healing, deliverance, prosperity, and other benefits. Please fill my mouth with the testimony of your goodness. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. If you like what you’re reading, subscribe here
Every child of God must take a stand to enjoy the rightful position that God has destined for his or her life. God has the power to restore losses and make all things become beautiful. In fact, the Bible attested that there is hope for a tree that is cut down, it will sprout at the scent of water. Listen to the full sermon by Dr. James Taiwo.
In the redemption process of mankind, the blood of Jesus Christ plays an indispensable role. The blood that was shed on the cross of Calvary, brought about the salvation of our souls and set a precedence for every believer to live an overcomer’s life. The blood also contains God’s supernatural power to perform various miracles and to heal all kinds of sicknesses.
The Scenario Of The Blood Of Jesus Christ
Two opposing forces: The force of God and force of Satan competed for victory over Christ’ mission to save the world. Satan, the enemy of righteousness influenced the opponents of Christ (the Pharisees and the Roman’s authority) to arrest him with the hope that they would kill him and permanently stop his mission.
The enemies colluded and brought various false allegations against Jesus, of which he was completely innocent. The enemies beat Jesus, hung him on the cross and left him to suffer till death.
“Crucify him, crucify him!” was what the enemies of Christ were shouting. They wanted him dead by all means with the hope that his mission to save humanity will be permanently stopped. However, while the enemies plotted and carried out their atrocity against Christ, God and his angelic hosts were eager to take the advantage of the situation. Their expectation was to see the Lamb of God sacrificing his life by shedding his blood for the remission of human’s sins.
The enemies killed Jesus, but while they were celebrating their victory, God raised him from the dead on the third day, awarded him an unbeatable power over death and also turned him to be the Savior of the world.
God beat Satan hands down by resurrecting his Son Jesus Christ to life after he was crucified! The enemy who had earlier thought he won the battle soon realized he was a loser.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ awards the gift of eternal life to anyone who will believe in his name. Hence, whoever confesses Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior will be saved!
What Has The Blood Of Jesus Christ Got To Do For Me?
The blood that Christ shed on the cross consists of everything that humanity need to live prevalence life on earth! Through the blood, a person can receive forgiveness of his sins; he can have his sins washed away and become cleansed to befit God’s kingdom. Someone who is sick can receive his (or her) healing through the blood of Jesus. The list of the benefits that a person can receive from the blood of Jesus goes on and on.
It is written, “Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11 NLT).
Anyone who reserves his confidence in the name of Jesus Christ and believes in the power of his blood will prevail over satanic afflictions. More importantly, the person will have strength to live above sin as the scripture stated,
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 NIV)
Victory For All Through The Blood Of Jesus Christ
It is important to mention that people who have confessed their faith in Jesus and believe in the power of his blood will have God’s power to effectively evangelize gospel. After resurrection, Christ endowed his power on his followers (Christians) and said,
“…All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:18-20 ASV).
With reference to the above Bible passage, it means not only did Jesus handed his baton of victory to his followers to live prevalent lives over Satan and his cohorts, he has also granted us his power to make disciples of all nations. That is, Christians now have power to loot the camp of our enemies and yield meaningful fruits for God’s kingdom!
A confident Christian must be able to say, “If Christ has said it I believe it!” All children of God must now go by the strength of the Almighty God to do exploits for his kingdom. We must preach the gospel of Jesus Christ from coast to coast. We must proclaim his gospel message throughout the world to lead multitude of people to God’s kingdom! The power of God that dwells in us will help us prosper and prevail on all fronts.
Meanwhile, not only do Christians have rights to preach the gospel, we also have every right to exercise God’s power to set the captives free! A person who believes in the name of Jesus and the power of his resurrection automatically has the right to heal the sick. If the person can apply faith to his declarations, then mountains will become plain and valley will level up for his benefits, and all glory will be given to God!
In short, a situation of any kind will submit to the power of God found in the blood of Jesus. Anyone who mentions the name of Jesus Christ and believes in the power of his resurrection (via his blood) will witness his miracles beyond any human comprehension.
Last But Not The Least
Isn’t it a matter of importance that I proclaim God’s blessings into your life for believing in the power of his blood?
Please let’s pray:
“I proclaim through the authority in the name of Jesus Christ and the power in his blood that all your challenges become removed! I declare God’s solution to your problem! May all the promises of God come into full manifestation over your life! May you prosper from now on, and may it be well with you every day of your life! For in the name of Jesus Christ I have made my declarations! Amen”.
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Children of God must have confidence in God and know that he is with them at all times. Apostle Paul declared, “If God be for us who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
History has repeatedly made it clear that God is ever faithful to deliver those who trust in him. He defended his children during bible time, and he is still doing the same today!
God of the universe that Christians serve is faithful to help us triumph during challenges.
Christians are God’s children; we occupy a special place in his heart, and he will benefit us with his limitless provision and protection.
It is important that we (believers) trust God when we are at the point of needs. Why? God is an Omnipotent one – His strength has no limit!
During bible time, Jehovah performed all kinds of miracle to protect and provide for his children. God’s supernatural power raised the death; parted the sea, and rained manner from heaven. God also rained stones to defend his children in the past!
A special example of how God delivered his children from trouble can be found in 2 Chronicle 20. God’s children were oppressed and surrounded by enemies that outnumbered them.
The enemies intended to loath the land of Judah and kill God’s people. However, Jehovah turned table against the enemies.
King Jehoshaphat of Judah called on God for his defense. He cried out to God in prayer and trusted him for help.
The king prayed,
“O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You” (2 Chronicles 20:12).
God responded to Jehoshaphat’s prayer with a promise to deliver his land from the oppressors. Jehoshaphat trusted God and made a decision to start praising God immediately.
King Jehoshaphat demonstrated his confidence in God!
As King Jehoshaphat trusted God for his promise, he organized people to praise God. His action impressed God who immediately insinuated confusion in the camp of his enemies. The enemies began to kill each other until no one remain standing. Bible reported,
“Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another” (2 Chronicles 20:22-23).
God’s Strength Is Ever Active Till Date
The living God that Christians serve has undiminished strength. God can go to any extent to care for his people. Jehovah who is an Omniscient one will help whoever reserves his complete trust in him!
A person’s attitude towards God will dictate the amount of breakthrough he will receive from him. That is, the more a person trust God, the more his blessing would be. Therefore anyone who intend to receive full benefit should question himself (or herself) whether he deeply trust God or not.
Do you genuinely and deeply trust God during your difficult moment?
To enjoy God’s defense and provisions, your heart must fully rest on God! You must have confidence that he won’t disappoint you when you need his assistance.
Dear God, I am grateful that you are alive and ever active to defend your children from their troubles! I know you care and you will solve my problems.
Please increase my faith so that I can have confidence and trust you! As I trust you, let my trial turn to a testimony, and let me celebrate my victory to the glory of your name. For in the name of Jesus Christ I have prayed. Amen.
The question whether God exists or not is often asked, and it deserves to be analytically answered for the sake of clarity and affirmation.
Does God exist? Yes he does, and here are the justifications for the answer:
Both nature and the scriptures affirm the existence of God.
Does God Exist?
The scripture plainly describes people who deny God’s existence as fools; it further warns the skeptics to repent or else risk the judgement of condemnation that will follow after.
The scripture stated,
“The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity; there is none who does good. God looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. Every one of them has turned aside; they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, No, not one” (Psalm 53:1-3).
The affirmative condemnation for denial of God’s existence is stated: “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” (Romans 2:5-6 NIV).
Nature Prove The Existence of God
Does God Exist? Yes, he is real and his existence is undeniable. Even though we cannot see him physically, but we can see his works around us.
God’s fingerprint is all over places – Everyone without exception can see and feel his presence everywhere!
If there is no God, who could have done so many beautiful things that we see and enjoy today?
If there is no God, who could have kept the climate in its unique status – Both weather and seasons maintain their schedule in amazing chronological fashion?
If there is no God, who could have made human beings with such perfect design that we see today?
Humans can eat, excrete, walk, sleep, and wake up.
In fact, the genius creativity of God about humans is so real that we can even walk and run, and be able to release exhaust through our nostrils (a design similar to any locomotive engine).
Truly God is real and alive. His supremacy will last eternally!
God’s Ingenuity for Creation
Does God Exist? Yes! Whoever says there is no God is nothing but a fool!
The critics common arguments that all things existed by nature is absurd.
The truth remains that God created the nature itself! Nature did not produce human being, God did.
God Created the Nature
A person who denies the existence of God should question him or herself on the following:
Who could have formed the sky in such a perfect shape and colors?
Who could have made trees to mostly grow green leaves that are restful and suitable to behold?
Who could have made sunrise and sunset that never miss their schedules?
Who could have made climate and weather to repeat their yearly routine schedules without failing?
The question whether God does exists or not should not be difficult for anyone to answer.
No need for a rocket science to understand that something significant (powerful and miraculous) lies behind our created universe.
Such significant force can only come from someone who is higher in power.
No one other than God can qualify for such characteristics! He is the unique and specific deity behind the creations!
God Created Man and Woman
Does God exist? God does exist! He made human beings and furnished us perfectly.
Man (and woman) has two ears that line perfectly across his head.
Man has two legs to maintain perfect stability; He has two eyes that are complemented with eye-lashes to ward off insects and flies.
Man has a mouth to eat food and an anus to excrete his digested foods.
Believers must trust God and have full assurance that he is in control of our lives.
Jehovah is ever present with his people; he will remain close to us and remain faithful to his promises in our lives.
The heavenly Father will ever remain present to cater for us (his children) in whatever circumstances of life we may be undergoing.
God will help us overcome problems.
God will move mountains and level valleys for as many that can completely trust him.
It is important that Christians trust God in every situation.
The scripture reminds us,
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea” (Psalm 46:1-2).
Some Challenges That Christians May Face in Trusting God
The call for Christians to trust God may sound easy, but it may be sometimes difficult to demonstrate.
Christians may be tempted to look somewhere else other than to God during afflictions.
However, no matter how difficult a situation may appear, believers must always remember that God is greater than our challenges.
Christians must be careful not to make irrational decision during our trying moments.
Believers must avoid the following factors:
Temptation to focus on challenges
Temptation to seek for quick fix solution (temporal solution)
Temptation to live in pretense – (denial of a problem)
Temptation to solely rely on human knowledge (which is limited)
Importance of Trusting God
As Christians, we must understand the greatness of our God and demonstrate strong faith in him (especially during our difficult moments).
We may not have money, material, or other resources needed to confront our tough situations, but we have God who has all things at his disposal.
He owns the whole world at the palm of his hands. He is in control of all situations, and therefore will neither leave nor forsake us at any moment.
Psalm 121 declares: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep…the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
Some Facts that Christians Must Remember about Trusting in God
We serve a conquering God. Our God is able to conquer all battles of life and award us victory!
There will be no mountain so high or a valley so low that he will not take care.
God can, and he will handle the “lows” and “highs” for his children.
He will make all things work together for the advantage of people that serve him!
The purpose of God’s engagement in any situation is to glorify himself.
Since believers are his children, he will do the needful to honor himself in our lives.
That is, the Creator will fight and win battles for the sake of defending his interest in their lives.
God has a plan for all situations. He is ever active.
The fact that a problem may exist does not mean our God is passive.
He works with his own schedule and he will ultimately help his children have victory at the appointed time.
Christians must continue to trust God in every circumstance, since the Creator will show up in due time to honor himself in our lives.
Examples of People Who Trusted God and Earned His Reward
God never fails. He fulfills his promises for his people.
His wonders could be easily accounted for in the life of King David, who hailed from a common family in a small town, and he held no significant position among his siblings; yet God had a special plan for his life.
He promised to make him the king of Israel. (1 Samuel 16).
The Creator raised David from a very lowly position to a high ranking one.
He made him prevail over his life battles and crowned him as the rightful king of Israel – as He earlier promised him.
The scripture testified,
“…So David went on and became great, and the Lord of hosts was with him” (1 Chronicles 11:9).
Lesson on God’s Promises
God does not lie, and he will not change his position towards his children.
He will fulfill whatever he has promised us – under whatever condition.
Although life battle may be tough and the going may be tough, but children of God will ultimately have victory.
Since God never compromised a promise, he will not change his mind, but he will stand by his word to see his children sharing testimony.
Since the heavenly Father ever deliver on promises, all what his children should do it to profess their faith in him.
Yes, a person that is passing through a challenging moment may be tempted to doubt God.
But he or she should summon courage to keep confessing his trust in God.
They will remain temporal for anyone who keep professing his faith in God.
In fact, the Scripture stated,
“Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who intervenes for those who wait for him. (Isaiah 64:4 NEB).
Even for better comprehension, another Bible verse stated,
“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him. (1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV)
Prayer of Affirmation for God’s Promises
Dear God, please help me to reserve my unwavering faith in you under whatever condition.
Please declare your promises of goodness over my life.
I know that your promises are sure, and they will truly come to pass.
Therefore, I ask that you please declare into my life: Victory over sickness, triumph over adversity, and testimony over trials.
Grant me good health, long life, and prosperity, and help me to enjoy all your goodness throughout the days of my life.
For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.