Nugget of the Week


The Faith That Works by Love

For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).

What does it mean to have the faith to believe? It means trusting in God and His love.

In the beginning mankind was created in His image for intimacy and fellowship that the dominion of God’s Kingdom might be expressed on earth through love. When Jesus came, He expressed the Kingdom of God on earth through His works. When Jesus healed the sick, cleansed the lepers and raised the dead, He revealed that it is God’s heart to reveal heaven on earth because of God’s love for the world. When Jesus died upon the cross for our sins, it was because of the Father’s love to restore us back to Him love for intimacy and fellowship.

But that’s not all; it was to restore us back to Eden. What Satan obtained from mankind through the fall, Jesus recaptured and gave it back to mankind.

This is the faith that works by love and we know love never fails.

To be a “believer” is to believe in God. God, who is faithful, has called us to be full of faith.  Those who trust in Him have their reliance upon Him, because they know of His love for them. When we understand that God is for us we can place our confidence in Him.

Fear- The Source of Unbelief

Fear is the number one cause of unbelief.  Fear is the opposite of faith and is quite destruction because fear immobilizes a person and imprisons them. The biblical command is often repeated throughout the Bible, “Do not fear.” When Joshua took over the mantle of Moses to lead God’s people, the Lord told Him, do not fear,

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid nor be dismayed,: for the Lord you God is with you wherever you g” (Joshua 1:8) .

Fear such as fear of man, fear of failure and fear of rejection, paralyze the heart where true faith sees and believes. Fear can blind you and mislead you. The faith believes is the one that has their trust in God. It is a walk of faith with the understanding that Christ is always with you illuminate the way that you may see the pathway to navigate through life.

Prophetic vision is your most valuable possession. Every day you must guard your heart and stay clear from those that make you lose your vision or that distort heaven’s realities. Things like discouragement breed the loss of courage which is the beginning of a loss of vision; the root is that of fear. Discouragement also blinds the eyes our heart. To see the Lord daily and fellowship with Him is the greatest way in which our vision grows as it renews our faith and courage in Christ. Vision and faith work together. Those who do not have prophetic vision able to see the Lord, have weak faith.

A fear that is quite prevalent is the fear of deception.  This fear is rooted in the belief of the devils ability to deceive them than in the Holy Spirits ability to teach them. These people have more faith in the devils ability to mislead them than in the Holy Spirits ability to lead them. Deception is the ploy of the devil that comes as an angel of light, delusions that on the surface appear as wisdom, but its roots is in the wisdom of man, not the wisdom of God.  We must understand that any wisdom that does not lead us closer to God is a false wisdom.

Another stronghold is that of suspicion. Suspicion is not true discernment as its roots is anchored in fear- the fear of being deceived, mistreated and betrayed. Those who claim to have discernment that is suspicious usually are those who are wounded that are in need of inner healing. Trust in God is based on love, the source of our belief, for faith works by love.

The reason why perfect love cast out all fear, is because God’s love is perfect. Those who walk in His abiding love walk in great peace, the peace that crushes Satan under our feet. The authority to cast out demons and live as overcomers in Christ is found in rest. Rest comes from abiding in the Prince of Peace.

Satan has no power over you except through agreement.

We must guard our hearts with all diligence, for out of the heart are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23) Issues such as jealousy, envy, bitterness and the cares of this world, distorts prophetic vision.  Faith works by love and without God’s love and His love for others, we will see through a distorted veil.  A decayed heart invites demonic influences which distort vision even further of the true realities of heaven and our ability to walk in the glorious presence of God. Jesus said that if our eye is single, we will be full of light, the light of Christ. But if our hearts, the place of prophetic vision is seeing that which unclean and evil, darkness prevails.

Unbelief has its mooring in the natural realm, those who believe understand that the spiritual realm is superior to the natural realm. Those who live by sight, live by what they see and hear in the natural. What they have learned and have been taught becomes their reality, which is the perspective seen from below rather than through the eyes of Spirit “For we walk by faith, not by sight (1 Cor. 5:7).

Those who live by their own reasoning and understanding will react to what they see in the natural which then becomes the foundation for what they believe. Their reaction to perceived reality is usually counterproductive. A response to the truth -God’s truth and wisdom will always prevails over error.  Jesus however, did “not judge after the sight of His eyes, nor reprove after the hearing of His ears” (Is. 11; 3).

The doctrine and understanding that Jesus revealed with great authority, was that which the Father revealed to Him. His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are always higher than ours. To know them we must come to Him by faith to receive them.

In His Heart with love

Roy Roden