#Online Bible Study

What Kind Of Faith Do You Have?

Hello everyone!

Welcome to another time on our #OnlineBibleStudy.

I’m revved up already…

Why?

Because I take delight in God’s word, and in His truth we find our pleasures forever more!

We don’t look to the world for pleasures, we look into the word of God!

Wowzers! 🙂

 
This will be a long one but so worth it!
So please, just take up your pen, hard copy Bibles/Bibles on your phone, open it up and let’s delve into the Word!

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Source- @heatherlove

 

I was supposed to post this last week but I thank God that it’s coming on today because I need the word too.

 
When I got my Bar finals results(see post here), it affected me like nothing else…It affected my faith.
Yes, I was learning the other side of faith which we dealt with here in this post but it still affected me.
I didn’t want to believe in God for anything else.
In fact, there was something I was praying for that I just stopped believing God for.
I even attended DCC at the end of last year where they were believing God for last minute miracles and I just couldn’t find it in me to pray and expect anything again.
What if those expectations didn’t come to pass?

 
This year though, God has been teaching me all over again on the rudiments of faith..down from the basics(ever patient Father!)

 
Some of us maybe at that point where I was before, you’ve given up on believing God to work out that situation for you, try as you might, you just can’t find it in you to believe God for anything… You prefer to live with the situation like that(God forbid)…
This Bible study is for us all in the Christian faith. If you don’t need it today, you will need it later.

 
So how do we find it in us to hold onto God’s promises when all circumstances make it seem like we wont get it?

 

 

One answer…
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been led to Romans 4 this year.
So let’s go there shall we?

 
What was Abraham’s faith like?

 
Romans 4:19 says
“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”

 

 

He believed God even when there was no tangible reason to believe in God.
He kept hoping and holding onto the words of God and not circumstances.
Circumstances were inconsequential to Him.
He believed even before he had seen it come to pass.

 
Now, that’s the kind of faith that we(I) should have.
Abraham didn’t even see the complete fulfillment of what God promised him before he died.
Remember that God promised him that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars but Abraham only saw Isaac.
He didn’t see us(you and I) who became heirs of his promise as a result of what Jesus did for us.
He only saw Isaac but even before he saw Isaac, he believed God, held onto God’s word and never let go.

 
Now, I got this illustration as I studied.
That point where Abraham was where he was believing in God’s promises which had not physically manifested is like a traffic light(some of us are at that point right now too)
It’s just saying, “hold on, pause, wait, you will see action soon enough”.

 

 

The Lord said to Abraham in Genesis 12:1
“The lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.”

 

 

Was there any mighty miraculous act that was done by God that made Abraham move?
No.
Abraham moved at the words that came from God.
Now, let’s pause there for a minute…

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Some of us, when God promises us something, we keep praying, “Lord, show me a sign”
It amazes me that Abraham simply moved at the word form God
Abraham departed as the Lord instructed Him(Genesis 12:4)

 

 

Genesis 12:6
“Abram traveled through the land as far as Shechem. There he set up camp beside the oak of Moreh. At that time, the area was inhabited by Canaanites.”

 
The land God promised to give to him was still inhabited by Canaanites but Abraham still built an altar to worship God there.
Why?
Because God had told him he will give the land to him and his descendants.

 

Let’s pause again for a second.

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There was even no descendant at the time, yet God was talking about descendant(S).
How many of us have the kind of faith that would stretch that far?
But still Abraham took God at His word.

 

 

Now, let’s go down again.
Again, God told Abraham after Lot chose for himself the fertile land that He would give Him and his descendants the land as their permanent possession.
Again, Abraham believed God and built an altar to worship God.

 
Still, I am wondering, God didn’t just promise this man alone all these big things, He went ahead to say I will give these to your descendants too.
Please what descendants?
This man didn’t even have a child of his own but then ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD.

 
Now, how many seemingly “outrageous” promises have God given to us that we have scoffed at instead of building an altar like Abraham did?
We, who have no power to do anything scoff at the promises of the One who has the power to do everything!
Has God given you a promise?
We should rejoice because it is already done, it’s just waiting for physical manifestation.
Now, there are those who scoff at the promises out rightly and there are those who believe but fall away because of the “wait”

 

 

Let’s recap for a bit…
God first appeared to Abraham and gave him a hint of His promise to him when he was 75 years old.
Abraham first saw a fulfillment of this promise when he was 100years old.
Meaning that he waited for 30years(hmm, I have hope eh, there are things I’ve only been waiting on since the beginning of the year)

 
So please soak that in for a minute.
For years and years, the only thing that Abraham had to hold onto was a word from God.
For some of us, it is God’s word and a dream that we had.

 
Gen 15, again God appeared to reassure Abraham of His promises to Him(its amazing how God was appearing to Him to reassure Him of his word)
This time though, Abraham didn’t immediately build an altar to God, He asked – “Lord, I don’t even have a child yet, what good is all your blessing when you haven’t even given me a child of my own”?

 

Ah, God immediately told him to step outside(its like saying, your spiritual antenna don dey rust, we need to recharge them)
Take a look at all the stars, count them if you can, so will your descendants be(paraphrased)

 
And this verse trips me to no end…
Romans 4:3
“For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”

 

I want to ask us today, what kind of faith do you have?
Paul said to Timothy…
Fight the good fight of faith.(1Timothy 6:12)

 
That faith can be seen in two ways- the Christian faith and then faith-the raw faith of believing things that you have not seen yet and calling them forth as if they are.(Hebrews 11:1)

 
Some of us are crying- “Lord, I see no hint that my prayers and faith are even working, I am tired, I am not praying anymore”
I imagine that that statement would have made apostle Paul sad to no end.
You are already loosing the fight of faith.

 
Jesus said in John 20:29
“Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

 
So your home is fraught with issues right now?
You keep speaking that Jesus has given us His peace as our gift, my home is peaceful!
You see no way as to how God will do what He wants to do in your life?
No problem.
You aren’t meant to see the way anyway, your work is to believe in the way.
So do you believe?
Are you fighting and winning the good fight of faith?
Or are you fighting and loosing the good fight of faith?

 
Some of us are falling away because of the “wait”.
The wait is long and we are loosing faith…
But you haven’t waited like Abraham have you?

 

Psalm 37:7 says “WAIT PATIENTLY FOR THE LORD TO ACT”
I will like to rephrase that for myself as “wait patiently in active faith for the Lord to act”.

 

For some of us, the victory for our family and family members lies in our believing God and holding Him to His word.
But do we believe?
We say it doesn’t look like anything is happening, I am tired!
But there is no getting tired in this fight of faith.

 
Here’s what Romans 4:18 says again…
“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”

 

 

Abraham never wavered!
How many of us are wavering?
But we say, “Oh it’s too much for me to handle, all seems bleak”
Well, you are focusing on the physical things you see, step outside with God for a minute and focus on his word!

 
Abraham believed God’s word, not Sarah’s womb or his own almost deadened body.
You don’t have to see nothing before you believe – stop having the Thomas kind of faith.

 
Every time you feel like you are wavering, go back to Romans 4 and read from the start to finish.
The promise is received by faith.
Of course the promise is also salvation as a gift from God and it is also from Abraham’s angle, personal promises from God to us.
We are all certain to receive it if we have faith like abraham.

 
Some of us will say that we are not Abraham but Romans 4:23 says that Abraham was counted as righteous for our benefit also, so that we can be confident that God will do the same thing for us if we have the same kind of faith that abraham had.(Romans 4:16)

 
We dealt with righteousness in God in a previous post here and for this study, we are dealing with God’s promises which are also received through faith.

 
Paul says “fight the good fight of faith”.
We should also know that this fight isn’t physical, this fight is more often than not in our mind.

 
2Corinthians 10:4&5
” For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)”

 

We must cast down those thoughts that do not align with faith from our minds.
How?
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
If you have to read Romans chapter 4 or Hebrews 11 100 times a day or plug in your ears with a faith message all day, do it.

 
I am determined to win my own fight.
I will believe God even without “seeing”
He is working it all out, my own job is to believe.
And if anything wants to take my job from me, I will certainly fight them for it.
How?
By holding onto God’s promises tenaciously.

 
So do you feel yourself wavering?
Remember that God cannot lie.
Hold on.
Hold on.
Hold on.
And have the same kind of faith that Abraham had.

 

Prayer – Lord, please teach us afresh on how to have faith in you again.
Strengthen our weak knees and hold us up in faith in you again.
Thank you Lord.
Thank you Jesus.

 
As always, you know that I love to hear from you too.
Let’s discuss the word of God, the comment section is open, drop us a word you got while you studied along will you?

And if this study indeed helped you, can you please share and get others to delve into God’s word too?

 

 

Much love,
Frances.

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Tessa Doghor
    February 18, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    My quickest answer would be a very strong faith
    But no that is not true

    I have the faith of God and it is a constant
    The faith of God never changes, it is a gift.
    That is what I used as I stand justified in Christ
    so it never fails.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      February 19, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you for being real Tessa…
      I hope and pray for the time when I can answer with all sincerity that I have a strong faith!
      But yes, we do have a strong faith in Christ and we will walk in it, in God!

  • Reply
    lizzy
    February 18, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    To say I’m blessed by this is an understatement…thank you

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      February 19, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      I am blessed by this too Lizzy..so we are in the same boat yeah?
      Yes.
      Thank God for these lessons…

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    Bernadette
    February 18, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    OMG! I don’t know whether am glad or just super exited about this post. . I got the e-mail but told myself will read later. This afternoon I sat down and started reading Romans 4!
    I cannot say I have that much faith in the Lord, but the story of Abraham really moved me. I made a prayer that I have as much faith and trust in God as Abraham did.

    We sometimes doubt God and his promise. Abraham didn’t and God was pleased with him. Because of his faith God blessed him and fulfilled his promise.

    God bless the you Frances for this post!

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      February 19, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      Amen and amen Bernadette…that your faith will increase and grow, just like that of Abraham..
      Amen!

  • Reply
    Mobolaji
    February 18, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Hmmm! I constantly ask for God’s grace to help my unbelief! Sometimes, I also feel like I shouldn’t bother praying about somethings because it seems like God wouldn’t kuku answer. But to say I am amazed at this God is an understatement; how He takes time to teach us these things.
    Thank God say God no be man, because I doubt any man has that kind of patience to teach what you yourself created things over and over again.
    I ask that God helps our unbelief and that we hold on in faith for everything.
    God bless you!

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      February 19, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      @Mobolaji…
      I noted “it seems like God won’t answer” in your comment…
      But what it seems like isn’t what it is.
      No!
      The word is what it is..FULL STOP!

      May God help our unbelief…in everyday that we falter in Jesus name, amen!

      And God’s patience and love right? Blows me away everytime!

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    mateyscott
    February 19, 2015 at 3:05 am

    I have fallen in love with Numbers 23: 19- “God is not a man that he should lie or the son of man that he should repent. Has he said a thing and will he not bring it to pass?” That is exactly what he did for Abraham and so many others in the bible. God spoke the word, he did not say when the word will manifest because that is not important. What is important is getting a word for your life and holding on to it. So my prayer most days is ‘God give me a word for my life’ and I do not fret because I hold on to Numbers 23: 19. I hold on to the word of David that since he was born, he has never seen the Lord changeth. So the same God of Abraham is my God.

    The issue of Faith is very interesting. In luke 18: 1-8, we were told the story of the woman that kept pressurising a rich man to help her. The man ignored her on several occasions, but she was persistent. I love the fact that she did not give up. Because of her persistence, the man helped her. It’s interesting because many of us give up when God does not do that thing immediately. We give up forgetting God does not think like us or use our timing. It’s the same way we give up on that dream when it’s not working out. Jesus told his disciples that if a corrupt man could help the woman because of her persistence, how much more him. Then he said something that struck me. He said the problem is, there is rarely anyone on earth with that kind of persistent faith. So there are degrees of faith.

    You can have the faith that will believe a word, but give up when you don’t see its fulfilment or you can have the Abraham kind of faith; the persistent faith. Faith is removing your eyes from the ordinary and placing it in the supernatural. Peter was doing that and walking on water, but the moment he went from the supernatural realm to the natural one, he started sinking. It’s the same way we start sinking when we forget we are not waiting on God, we are waiting IN God because the word has already been released, and remember Jesus said: Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but not a dot of God’s word will pass away without being fulfilled. Why then do we fret and disappoint God? Our attitude will determine how soon that thing you are believing God for will be done. Our attitude will determine if it will be done. If God tells you, you will buy a car and you don’t have the money, tell him you believe him by buying car seats cover. You are acting on the word and that will provoke heaven to honour your faith.

    Chai Frances, my comments these days have been turning into sermons. Apologies for that darling. Let me just stop now.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      February 19, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Oh no, please continue Mayowa!
      I looove the long comments and epistles..gives me a lot to read and digest and shows that we can indeed learn from each other… and that God gives us multiple revelations in His word.

      #persistent faith!
      #attitude while waiting!
      Both very important things that you have touched on.
      I will be reading Luke 18 again, would boost up the faith more and more.

      And I am so glad that you highlighted the importance of holding onto God’s word.
      His word doesn’t change and once He has said it, He will do it.
      Yay!
      Yes!
      He will do it.

      #i am holding on to that word and I won’t let go.

      Thank you Mayowa!

  • Reply
    E'
    February 19, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Testing testing
    Hopefully this will go

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    E'
    February 19, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I KNEW this would be about our Papa Abraham. I just knew Romans 4 had to feature. Forget ooo. That man is boss!!!

    Btw do you know the Shechem Papa first went to was the ‘Banana island’ of Canaan. My God!!! Did a study on that. Dude didn’t enter Canaan and tiptoe to ‘Aj city’. He went straight to the ‘Island’. Then he now starts going round and round. Dude must have been saying ‘soon mehn SOON!!!’ As he walked around. My BIL used to drive around the island a lot when they lived on the mainland. He would just drive n be claiming it. Today they live on the island and now he drives around one estate like that claiming it. I KNOW he will soon live there.

    As for looking for ‘hints’, Joseph is my go-to. That dude slept and woke with NO inclination, hunch or HINT that he was about to be PM yet see warrapened overnight!!!

    The devil is a BASTARD!!! Always trying one stunt or the other. Seeing ain’t believing ooo. Believing is seeing in this kingdom. Soooooooooo until I get my testimonies, I stay in faith, believing and speaking.

    God bless you hun

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      February 19, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Ah E!!!!
      I can feel your fire in this!

      Believing is seeing in this kingdom!
      Believing is seeing!

      Oh, the rhema in that!

      So when satan starts saying rubbish in my mind, I turn it right back at him, in this kingdom, in the kingdom of Jesus, seeing is believing!
      You take your own stinking talk about not seeing any hints and eat it yaself!

      Me? I stay believing!!!
      Ah!
      Rhema!

      Thank you E!

      • Reply
        suzie
        February 19, 2015 at 6:58 pm

        This particular rhema strong die. “Seeing ain’t believing, believing is seeing” #Word.

  • Reply
    keke
    February 19, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Frances our spiritual antenna’s are jamming oh.
    You are confirmation for me right now that people come into our lives for reasons and you are one. I will continue to thank Him for this space, it will never run dry.

    *sigh* I am laughing and crying at the same time. I have been going over a situation in the past few days. Everything broke down, me self broke down 2 days ago to God and I kept reminding me that I will not fall away but have faith in God, wait on his promises. It was Abraham’s faith that kept me going to be honest and you have just put a new spin on things with this post.
    You know that exam I talked about preparing for, it was yesterday, a whole 6 hours exam, split into 3 hours each with a 1.5 hour break in between. During the break, i went out to find a lake and sat on the bench admiring the view instead of reading because there was nothing new I could read, grace was all I had left.
    The view was amazing and I immediately thought of my friends thinking how wonderful it would be to have a picnic here. But then I though of you, wouldn’t it be nice to have that girl Frances here with me, this view would inspire words because to stand and experience this is divine, she would love it and it has even inspired me to tour my city as a traveler, (you are not the one one that is doing challenge now) although no rock climbing involved.

    I needed this today, I usually read your post as they drop, but I thank God I waited a day because it is a beautiful addition to what God has been speaking into me.
    Wait. It will happen. Don’f fall away. I am working. Have faith. Pick my word….Hang on.

    Thank you.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      February 19, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Oh Keke…
      First of all, *hugs and e-hugs*
      You thought of me…oh.
      Your comment had me praying- “Lord let your Word get to everyone that it needs to get to, let your Word come alive in our hearts…”

      As God speaks to us and reassures us, we will do our own job and BELIEVE!

      I wish you success…good success in your exams.

      God bless you bigly!

    • Reply
      Cynthia
      February 19, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Wow!!!! I bless your Holy name oh God for hephzibahfrances.com and Frances

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      Cynthia
      February 19, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      Wow!!!! I bless your Holy name oh God for hephzibahfrances.com and Frances. I have no idea why I’ve got goosebumps all over my body after reading this online bible study but I guess that is a clear evidence of how touched I am about it and this fantastic spin on Abraham’s story of faith. The part of this study that really got me, ”
      Here’s what Romans 4:18 says again…
      “Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”.
      Key words*Even when there was no reason for hope*……and I thought I had faith in God lol!!Do we (I) always have hope and faith when all seems hopeless and bleak? Do we (I) truly have that complete faith and trust in God for his promises even though they haven’t even begun to manifest? If we(I) were Abraham, would our(my)faith have stood the test of time like his did?. I know the answers to some of these questions for myself but these should be questions we ask ourselves regularly. Abraham was truly a perfect example of a man with total and complete faith in God and like him we all should strive to have that strength of faith even when all seems hopeless. This comes right on time for me as well because I am at a stage in my life where I am actually considering giving up on a lifelong dream and settling for an alternative because(yes I shamefully admit it!) I’m kinda impatient to wait on what God’s really telling me and also the numerous obstacles along the way so perhaps this is a sign! You really are a blessing and I thank God for what he is using you to do on this blog Frances. Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!And thank you to all the other commenters as well. I learnt alot from all your comments. May we all strive and live for that strong, complete and persistent faith in God always. Amen!!

  • Reply
    Frances Okoro
    February 19, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Amen Cynthia, amen!

    Sincerely, when I see comments like yours thanking God for this blog, I just start praying…this blog even does more for me than everyone else…I can’t explain what seeing everyone’s comment on Bible study here does for me.
    I learn more… and I thank God for youths that still delight in God’s words…oh, thank you Cynthia.

    the questions you set out are ones I should periodically use to check myself and my faith in God.
    Like howfar?
    Is it still strong?
    Am I following the Abraham kind of faith or am I faltering?..

    I prayed and I pray for everyone here, may we not falter in holding onto God’s promises.
    May we not fall into the mishap of taking the short-cut that isn’t approved by God..
    May our faith stand firm and strong on the solid rock in Jesus name, amen.

    And I pray for you too, may God give you grace to hold on.
    This sign for you to hold on to God’s promises will not be in vain.grace and peace to you Cynthia.
    Grace and more grace to you.

    Thank you so much for your thoughts shared on this.
    Again, I can’t explain what all the comments on Bible studies we have do for me.
    God bless you all.

  • Reply
    suzie
    February 19, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Sometimes I find myself drifting but psalm 37:7 becomes my mantra. I like that in the “waiting” process is where God see how active our faith is, I wouldn’t want to disappoint, its God saying look at my child that waits on me with faith and along the way you give up, it hurts mehn. I have always followed your blog silently. You inspire me frances.

  • Reply
    Frances Okoro
    February 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Oh thank you for coming out from the “silent readers” today Suzie…
    I love the angle you gave on this.
    It would definitely hurt God to look at us and see us faltering..especially when all He really wants for us is to see us increase in all ramifications, including in faith.

    Oh, that we will not fail/hurt Him but make God proud even in the “waiting”, amen!

    Thanks again Suzie..for your kind words..your comment means lots to me.
    May we all continue to impact our world positively in Jesus name, amen!

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    Princess Okechukwu
    February 20, 2015 at 5:20 am

    The passage that kept popping up in my mind as I read through this post is ‘wait upon The Lord and be of good courage and He shall strengthen thy heart’- the latter verse of psalm 27.

    While we are believing in God (waiting on the promise), God doesn’t go on a break; no! He is right with us strengthening our hearts. How amazing!

    God is not afraid to keep us waiting; but are we believing enough to remember that He isn’t a man that He should lie?

    This post encouraged me, Frances. And I am so excited to read the comments of believers here- this is a powerful fellowship. May God continue to release His unction to rightly divide his Word of truth, and grace to understand and believe His word. Amen

    God bless you, Frances!

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    Frances Okoro
    February 20, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing Psalm 27 with us Princess..
    I remember that I saw that verse on youversion homepage some days back but didn’t read it like I made a note in my mind to.
    I will check it out now.

    Like someone else said in the comments here, we are waiting in God..in line with this, God Himself strengthens us when we are IN HIM…
    He doesn’t leave us lonely..
    We aren’t on our own even In the waiting..
    Probably that’s why He was always reassuring Papa Abraham…same He does for us even now.

    And amen and amen to your prayers Princess!
    It’s almost as sweet as honey(no jokes)to me to see believers dividing God’s truth like this.
    Like wow! We are still living in the Word and love the Word of God.
    May that love continually increase in Jesus name, amen.

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