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Faith Against Fate

By John Felix
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“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”

- Hebrews 11:1
God expects us to live beyond our present surrounding circumstances: to see beyond the clouds of our present sorrows, failures, shame and woes, and create for ourselves, a world of our own according to our own taste, fashion and overall expectation; that will not only exist in our non-physical, immaterial minds, but would be birthed to reality by our undoubting faith.

See what Isaiah 54:1-3 says:
“ 1 Sing O barren that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, that thou didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.

2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not. Lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inherited.”

A good tarry in meditation upon that scripture will reveal to us the vitality and need for expanse in our thinking. That is why there is hope for him that is on the ground – to go from grass to grace. This has inspired the likes of the Martin Luther Kings, the Bill Gates, the David Oyedepos, the Felix Meduoyes, Sunday Adelajas and a host of others who have been known to rise upon the storms, scaling heights and hurdles to get to their actual place of manifestation in destiny. Of course, it would appear sound if the man on the grass remains on the grass and even dies and gets buried in the grass; but with these scriptures and the aforementioned people of great stories in mind, such an ideological philosophy is rendered inoperative.

We must learn to see how God sees – seeing with the eyes of faith: strength in weakness, joy in sorrow, freedom in slavery, wealth in poverty, life in death and victory in defeat. We must learn to think and act the way He does. Faith is a unique power of dominion God has given to man to use as a control instrument over the earthly realm. Regardless of how different from the present the picture looks, it can always be realized once it can be formed in our minds and believed powerfully by our heart. One may wonder ‘how’. But that question is insignificant. The truth is that the realities of the picture we imagine, the ideas we conceive and the future we envisage are all consequences of the power of our faith. Never bother about the ‘how’ because somehow it will come to pass. It is our dominion over the principle of nature: we’ve got the image, nature has got the method. It knows and will implement the ‘how’ to bring our expectation to pass.

The barren woman that has not borne, the dull student who has not passed an examination, the desolate man that has got no money, all need to look beyond their present circumstances and meditate upon a better upon a better life – what they would have wanted to be – and speak it forth. Look at what James the Apostle had to say about the latent power that lies untapped in the tongues of we ignorant men:

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things…and the tongue is a fire…and setteth on fire the course of nature…James 3:5-6.

Many fail to realize that the principle of confession is superior to the natural principle of sowing and reaping. As a matter of fact, it was established before the law of nature was pronounced. See their order in the book of Genesis:

19 “… and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof”. - Genesis 2:19

22 “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease”. - Genesis 8:22

Viewing the former from the dimension of the latter; we sow seeds with our tongue which are bound by a more supernatural law to germinate, bringing forth what we called to be.

Neither the barren that has not borne nor the poverty-stricken man is a project abandoned by God. But until we realize the resource of solutions – the creative power of faith – that God has given to us to solve every problem, answer every questions and see into every mystery, we would remain ignorant in our assumption of Him as an unfair God.

When you find yourself in the midst of terrible situations, God does not expect you to surrender to fate, but to faith in Him. The difference? Fate is the destiny generated for a man by his personal fears arising from his inferiority mentality towards his world. On the other hand, faith creates an entirely different paradise of possibilities through foresight into deep revelations of ‘how’ things ought to be even though they might not bear resemblance with the natural picture of the present.

Fate according to many is luck – what just happens by random chance; fortuitous combination of circumstances – and is most times manifested in the negative dimension, ill-luck. But when you’ve surrendered all to faith in God, you’ve not surrendered to luck. Luck has just at 1% probability. God’s faithfulness to our faith in Him is not probable, but certain – even beyond the 100% mark. If God says you can, then you can. Read His Word, Meditate on His Word, Believe His Word, Confess His Word, Practise His Word and see it manifesting in your life today. If God says I can, then I can. Yes, you can!

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