September 23, 2018
Romans 1:17 (NASB) For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”
Galatians 2:20 (NASB) I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I LIVE BY THE FAITH IN THE SON OF GOD, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
To objectively understand the principle of ‘living by faith’, we need several understandings as follow:
1. Make sure that our heart is guarded to stay hungry & thirsty of God’s reality, so the quality of our personal relationship with God could keep growing stronger
Without having a healthy spiritual life, it is impossible for us to receive direction/guidance from His Spirit. No word will enter and work in our hearts. Automatically, our faith life won’t work/manifest. Faith will only work/manifest in a person’s life when the power of the word enters his life. And it will only happen in those who have a heart that is always fixed towards the truth & hungry and thirsty of God’s reality.
Overcome every form of worldly/carnal lifestyle and heart attitude, so our hearts will no longer contain mixture. If we want to love God, there must be no space in our hearts for the love of this world! (1 John 2:15)
2. Understand living by faith from the perspective of ‘corporate living’, not individualistic life
Believers often try to understand the principle of ‘living by faith’ from their individual perspective. So they only ‘understand’ it to the point of reaching success in their life. Whereas the pattern of ministry in the end times is the ministry of the Body of Christ – which means corporate life!
a. It is important for someone to plant/merge themselves in a spiritual house: so that they could participate in realizing the ministry of the Body
b. It is important for a congregation to have quality relationship with their spiritual father/leader: God always sets a leader to cover a local congregation; and through the leader, God will realize the pattern of ministry; the Body of Christ
c. Believers will easily receive direction/guidance/vision in their life when they have a living fellowship with God and when they merge themselves in a local church (under the covering of a spiritual leader)
What they personally receive from God could be confirmed by the spiritual father/leader. It becomes easy for them to receive the direction/guidance they need from their spiritual father in order to fulfill the vision.
d. The spiritual father himself has the freedom to position the congregation/spiritual sons in God’s greater agenda
As a result, the congregation/spiritual sons could find their position & function in the movement of the Body that God is birthing.
e. When the sons feel that the vision/direction they personally receive from God (and confirmed by their spiritual father) is ‘too big’ for them, that’s the time they must decide to keep following the direction!
It’s an act of faith when they decide to keep obeying the direction without wanting to be distracted by the various natural facts and limitations! This is the faith life which will position us to participate in bringing in the reality of God’s kingdom, and to bring impact for many people!
Take the action to remove every human consideration, and walk in the power of faith. That’s the way we make ourselves available to answer and fulfill God’s plan through our local church. #iLoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus