Sunday, August 19, 2018

ABOUNDING IN FAITH

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Colossians 2:6 - 7 (KJV)
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

In Luke 17:11-19 Jesus encountered ten lepers and cleansed them by His word. He started the healing process and expected them to continue in step with Him. This He did in order for them to learn an invaluable lesson (concerning abounding faith) as they sought wholeness from leprosy. But none of them passed this test except one. What went wrong?

Our walk with God must begin, continue and conclude through faith (Rom 1:17). We can't expect to enjoy the fullness of God's blessings if we start with faith but switch and try to finish in the flesh. The Bible calls that foolishness (Gal 3:3).

In desperation, many call on the Lord as the author of their faith but fail to continue in step with Him as the Finisher of their faith (Heb 12:2). Among other reasons, they give up or try to help God when they don't see immediate signs of relief.

Unlike the nine lepers, we must abound in faith –through Thanksgiving. It means that the period between when we ask God and when we see manifestations of our answer must be filled with praise and thanksgiving. This is one sure way to defeat the enemy and not truncate (but enjoy) the fullness of God's blessings (Lk 17:15-16).

Regardless of what you're seeing at the moment concerning that which you're believing God for, go into today with thanksgiving and praise in your heart, and as you do this, Jesus the Finisher of your faith will raise you up in righteousness and make you whole (Luke 17:19).
—Chibo E.C.

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