I still have not met anyone who is averse to succeeding in life. The will to succeed is essentially intrinsic in man, from the earliest days until now. God has given us a recipe for success in life and that is the Word of Faith.
- The Just shall live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4). The just shall live by the word of God. The just shall thrive, survive, win, run, rule and control the systems of life not to the limits of natural life, but by the word of God. I John 4:4 “This is the victory that overcomes the world even our faith”.
In Luke 4 from verse 1 - 4, Jesus haven been fasting for 40 days was hungry and the written that Satan cam to tempt. Notice the first temptation, “If you are the Son of God, turn this stone into bread". Now Jesus was hungry and what is the natural answer for hunger? - Bread or food. But you know what Jesus answered, "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.
For the first time, Jesus instituted a whole new way for man to live. Up until then, man lived by bread. Bread signified the natural sustenance or limitations of man. Naturally man would die without bread. Bread represented the natural system of life. It was known that natural man was limited to the system of natural life, but when Jesus came, he opened another door. From that day, he took man away, and broke man free from the limitations of natural life; He gave men a whole new opportunity, a higher life to live beyond the limits of natural life, so that when the natural life fails or comes to its wits end, you can come up to the next level by taking on every word of God". From that day, man was no longer limited to the dictates of natural life.
Have you noticed that the statement was first made in Deuteronomy 8:3 where God was talking about the Israelites in the wilderness? It records that God gave them angel’s food, that their fathers knew not, that he may teach them that man does live by bread alone, but man can also live by the word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. There in the wilderness, God was trying to teach them and to us a lesson. He wanted Israel to know that there was another higher way of getting things done other than the natural means, that they could get things done by stepping into the word of God. If God says it and they took hold of it, they could break through natural barriers and get things done even better than the natural could. He fed them manna for 40 straight years.
But when Jesus came, he didn’t use the same word "that man does not". At the temptation, He instituted it. He established it as a decree. Yeah before now, man only lived by bread, man was subject to the limitation of natural life, but from today henceforth it SHALL no longer be so. Man SHALL NO longer live by bread only, from today, man has an option, he shall live by every word of God. When the system of life comes to its wits end, man can step up to a higher life. When men and situation say this is the natural end, this is the point of no return, you can lift your eyes up to hills and take on another life when they say it is over, you can smile and scream, “With long life shall He satisfy me and show me His salvation. The word says by his stripes I am healed, and I receive it in the name of Jesus because I don’t live by bread alone, I live by the word of God. If God said it, I believe it and that is it! The bible says that if anyone is sick, let him call on the elders of the church and let them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord and the prayer of faith shall completely salvage the sick" You can begin to declare that as hands are laid on me in the name of Jesus, my body becomes healed completely'. Now you are stepping beyond the limitations of natural life into the word.
Let share 3 things that will help you live by faith:
1. Meditating on the word. Take time to fill yourself up with the word of God. Begin to pay attention to the word. This will also involve creating an atmosphere of the word around you, listen to teaching tapes that bless you, hear music and read books that stir you up and with all, pray in the spirit and do anything else that keep you filled afresh with the word of faith. Faith will come by hearing and hearing the word of truth. The more you hear, the more faith you develop.
Mark 4: 24 says" Take heed what you hear, for the measure of thought and study you give to the word will determine the virtue (substance, power, light, faith, illumination) and knowledge that will flow to you”. You can’t live by the word if you don't know it, or of it is not fresh in your heart. If you come under life's fire, you need to be able to draw your sword of the Spirit and wield your shield of faith, because you have been paying attention to the word.
2. Make your way prosperous, by acting on the word and giving the word first place in your life. The bible says seek ye first the kingdom of heaven (God's way of doing things) and His way of being right (his righteousness) and all these things shall be added unto you. Give God's word and instructions first place in your life. Living right, Obeying and acting on the word you hear on prayer, tithing, walking in holiness and righteousness; loving your wife, giving to the poor. Praying for the sick, praying in the spirit etc. And you will see the power of God flow through your life and ministry to bring you miracles.
3. Be obedient to the word in and out of season. Obey God when it is tough or when it is easy. When things are tough, it may be difficult, but we are committed to God and we give him first place. We may cry, but we obey, we may sweat, but we obey. It is the side we have taken. We are fully committed to obeying God’s word. See what Jesus said, “If you abide with me and my words abide with you, you shall ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you”. He also said “He that hears my word and does them, the father and I will come and make our abode with him”.
Remember the word of Samuel to Saul in I Samuel, "It is better to obey than to make sacrifices”. Let me give you a word of encouragement, God values your obedience and the efforts you make at keeping His word. God’s spoke to me once and said “I am like Management, I am watching, and I will never forget your labour of love”. God rewards the efforts you make. Mal 3: Those that feared the lord spoke often one to another and the Lord heard and a book of remembrance was opened before him of those that feared him and called upon his name. Obey God.
Memory Verse: Heb 10: 38 “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draws back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him”.