January 6th, 2019- First Sunday of the Year. First worship at Celebration Church and can I tell you it was amazing. The praise, the worship, the preaching, the people! I would be writing a summary of the sermon titled ‘Faith is Tenacious.’
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1 KJV
Faith is the ability to hold on unrepentantly to the word of God. As important as the context of faith, is its character; it must be undying/tenacious. As believers, we are to cultivate undying faith, faith that doesn’t waver no matter the circumstances. No matter who or what you are, you won’t get through life without your faith being tested. In fact, mine was tested today. Let me give you the gist:
Concerning my internship, I still haven’t gotten a job. I really hoped today would be THE DAY, yunno. I even wrote it down in my journal before actually going to the company, thanking God that I got it.
I went out excited, finally I’d be getting a job but I got there and was made to know, clearly, that they had no need for interns at the moment. How sad! I wanted to cry, legit! I didn’t feel like talking to anyone at that point and whenever I feel that way, it automatically leads to anger and then the lack of zeal to pray or study. In just a blink of an eye, that would have been my story but I’m here writing about faith. Does that mean my faith is completely tenacious? It doesn’t. But steadily, I’m building it and I’m growing.
Back to the teaching, there are many milestones in spiritual growth but tenacity is a major milestone in the growth of faith.
“And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.”
Mark 8:23-25 KJV
Examine the blind man’s faith. Mind you, this was Jesus healing this man and it wasn’t perfect at first. Some people in such circumstance would get angry but anger wouldn’t solve the problem, this blind man had so much faith that he would be healed, he stayed till it was final. Imagine if he left disappointed after the first time, uncle would be seeing trees for the rest of his life.
Dear believer, train yourself to the extent that if everything crumbles, you’ll still stand. For as long as an experience can change your conviction, your conviction cannot change your experience. Let nothing be strong enough to make your faith waver.
In a world full of evil, Noah’s family was the only good one at that time. Noah built the ark for 60 years, imagine the mockery he had faced from others but his faith in the Lord was so strong and he kept on building not letting his faith waver for 60 years.
Tenacious faith isn’t just something you speak for yourself and go to bed, no! You lose sleep, you study, you pray, you grow; grow that faith till it’s unwavering!
Let your faith in the Gospel be so so strong that nothing can shake it. Preach the Gospel as seriously as it is.
I love you and God is crazy in love with you, darling!