Guiding Principle #5
Exercise faith using the Word of God.
The Word of God is a weapon against temptation, evil and negative thoughts, or anything that opposes God (Philippians 4:8; Hebrews 4:12; Matthew 21:21-22)
A born-again believer and follower of Jesus Christ must exemplify a life of faith—conviction, confidence, assurance, and trust in God—the just shall live by his faith (Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38). In other words, Christians are confident and sure of the reality of God’s existence without any facts or their senses’ perception of His reality. “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title-deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]”Hebrews 11:1 Amplified Bible.
During Jesus’ earthly ministry He taught the disciple about faith. He even rebuked them for their lack of it on occasion. Furthermore, Paul states in Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith it is impossible to God…” In addition, Paul used a soldier’s armor as an analogy for believers to withstand the plots and schemes of the enemy. Faith is referred to as a “shield” to quench (put out, extinguish) the fiery darts of the devil. It is your conviction in what God said in His Word that you must use to extinguish (put out, quench) the fiery darts, which are thoughts that the enemy brings to your mind that opposes the Truth. The Word of God is also called the “Sword of the Spirit. (Refer to Jesus’ example when He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, Luke 4:1-13, Matthew 4:1-11).
Therefore, your faith must be exercised and expressed in your prayers—prayers that are in agreement with God’s Word, which is the truth and ultimate authority in your life. Again, your communion with God is critical to your growth and maturity, which is also evident by your faith. Because you have faith in God, you pray; you make your requests known to Him, and you expect Him to answer because He said He would in His Word. In prayer you also ascribe to Him worthiness as declared about Him in the Word. This is why using the Word of God is essential in prayer. God watches over His word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). Exercising faith using the Word of God causes Him to respond; therefore, pray the Word.
A SAMPLE PRAYER using the Word of God:
Heavenly Father, I thank You that the communication of my faith becomes effecttual by my acknowledging every good thing which is in me in Christ Jesus. I hear the voice of the Good Shepherd. I hear my Father’s voice, and the voice of a stranger I will not follow.
Father, I believe in my heart and say with mouth that this day the will of God is done in my life. This is the day You have made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. I walk in a manner worthy of You Lord, fully pleasing to You and desiring to please You in all things, bearing fruit in every good work. Jesus has been made unto me wisdom. I single-mindedly walk in that wisdom expecting to know what to do in every situation.
I commit my works to you Lord, and You make my thoughts agreeable to Your will, and so my plans are established and succeed. You order my steps and make them sure.
I thank You for everything for this is Your will concerning me; I give You praise in Jesus’ name. Hallelujah! Amen.
Ref. scriptures in the above prayer: Philemon 1:6; John 10:27, 5; Colossians 1:9, 10; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Proverbs 16:3, 9; 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
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