according to your faith

Perhaps you don’t walk with God the way you used to and you want to know how to rekindle your faith in God. Jesus said, “According to your faith let it be to you.” Maybe you feel that God does not answer your prayers. And when you pray for something and it does not come to pass, do you make false accusations against God, accusing Him of things He did not do? Do you rationalize your unanswered prayers, saying things like, “God doesn’t always give us what we want,” and “I guess God didn’t want me to have it?” That’s not what the Bible says. The Bible says, “If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-14). So, I ask you, did it ever occur to you that maybe it is being done to you according to your faith?

Faith Comes by Hearing…

The Bible says that faith comes by hearing. If faith comes by hearing, what are you listening to? Who has your ear? The scripture says God has given everyone the measure of faith (Romans 12:3).  What that means is everyone has faith to believe in something or someone. So, is your faith in God, or is it in something or someone else?

Whoever has your ear also has your faith. Every day we hear bad news. It bombards us 24/7. We hear bad news about COVID-19, bad news about murders, bad news about carjackings, cancer, social unrest, and death. And it doesn’t stop there. On any given day, what percentage of your hearing is the good news of the gospel of Christ? How much God are you listening to? Remember, whoever has your ear also has your faith.

To develop faith, one must simply believe God in his word. For example, if you’re seeking God for healing, God says in Isaiah 53:5, “He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we are healed?“ Jesus said, “According to your faith let it be to you.” So, when you ask God to heal your body, do you believe God or do you believe the medical report?

…And Hearing by the Word of God

“…And hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
It is possible to hear and not hear God. God speaks to everyone in His word. But hearing the deep things of God only comes by revelation of the hidden mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. And such revelation can only come from God; for God is Spirit and He speaks to our spirit because we are a spirit in a body. What are you hearing in your spirit? Are you hearing God, or are you hearing the world’s bad news and gossip? Whatever has your ear, also has your faith.

Falling in love with God is the beginning of what I call “absolute” faith. Absolute faith comes from hearing revelation of the hidden mysteries of God. Absolute faith believes God and believing faith speaks as though God is speaking. Listen to what the Spirit of God says about speaking faith: “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13). If your words align with the world’s faith, according to your faith it will be to you. Hear what the Spirit of God is saying. Speak words that are in agreement with your faith in God. According to your faith let it be (allow it to be) to you.

Two Blind Men Healed

“When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, ‘Son of David, have mercy on us!’ And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then He touched their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith let it be to you.’ And their eyes were opened.” (Matthew 9:27-30)

The scriptures tell us that Jesus healed at least six blind men and all six cases were different. The two blind men in this story acknowledged Christ as the Son of David. That means they truly believed He was the Messiah. They persisted in following Him right into the house where He was staying. And because they sought Him in faith, Jesus honored their faith. When the two blind men responded “Yes, Lord” to Jesus’ question, in essence, they were making a declaration of faith. Their confession of faith released the power to manifest their healing and their eyes were opened.

Could We Be Suffering from Blindness?

Blindness is the state or condition of being unable to see because of injury, disease, or a congenital condition; a lack of perception, awareness, or judgment; ignorance. We don’t know why the blind men in this story were blind. We just know they were unable to see. In many ways were are also blind. Our lack of perception has diminished rendering us incapable of distinguishing right from wrong. We have lost the ability to consider one another. We live in ignorance based on baseless conspiracy theories. To sum it up, we have forgotten the true meaning of faith.

Jesus asked the blind men, “Do you believe I am able to do this? What is your this? Do you believe Jesus is able to see you through that dilemma you’re in? Is your faith strong enough to believe Jesus can heal your disease? Maybe it is being done to you according to your faith.

Your Confidence in God Can Deliver Another

In the Book of Mark, four men had a paralyzed friend. When they heard that Jesus was preaching in a house in Capernaum, they brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus that He might heal him. So many people had come to see Jesus that these men could not get near the door. So, they went up on the roof of the house and uncovered a section of the roof above where Jesus was preaching and lowered their paralytic friend into the room. When Jesus saw their faith He said to the paralyzed man, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And immediately he arose took up the bed and walked out of the house (Mark 2:1-12).

Did you know that your faith has the power to heal or deliver your friend? The Bible says when Jesus saw the faith of the paralyzed man’s friends, He healed him. Is there someone you would like to see healed, or delivered from addiction? Bring that one to Jesus. When you pray for them, close your eyes and see them healed; see them delivered from drugs. Don’t intellectualize your prayer, only believe that Jesus is able to do this. According to your faith let it be (allow it to be) to you.

Faith Anticipates Positive Results

I read a story about a small farming community that had been experiencing a terrible drought. Their crops were dying from a lack of rain, and everyone in the community was worried because farming was their livelihood. The local church pastor asked that everyone in the community gather in front of the church for a special prayer service to agree in faith that God would send rain to save their crops. Everyone in the community came out to pray.

As the pastor prepared to begin the prayer service, he couldn’t help but notice a young girl quietly standing in front with a large umbrella opened beside her. When he saw the umbrella he thought, “What an awesome display of faith. The whole community had come out to pray for rain, but only this young girl brought an umbrella.” The fact that she brought an umbrella was proof that she believed God would send rain.

God has given everyone the measure of faith (Romans 12:3). There are two levels of faith: little faith and great faith. Doubting God will diminish your measure of faith to “little faith.” Trusting God will increase your faith and your measure of faith will become “great faith.”

Since no one has seen God (John 1:18), the only way anyone can know God exists is by faith. We receive from God according to our levels of faith. We can only receive from God that which we have faith to believe Him for. Don’t just hope for things. Believe that God has already given them to you. Believe God for that job promotion, that healing, and the revelation to understand faith. If you do this, according to your faith, it will be done for you.

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Recovery from Heroin
Heroin is an opioid drug made from Morphine. It belongs to the category of opium related painkillers. It looks like a white or brown powder, or a sticky black tar. Many people smoke or snort heroin, while some inject it into their veins. The number of people who use heroin has steadily risen over the years.
Why do people use heroin?
Some people take it as a means of reducing pain.
Some people take it in order to deal with anxiety, worries and other stressors.
Those who become dependent on or misuse these drugs may start looking for a stronger, cheaper, higher one.
Heroin is dangerous. Research showed that overdose death rate rose and some of these deaths happen because heroin is laced with other drugs such as this painkiller: “Fentanyl” No matter how you take it, whether by injection, snorting or smoking, heroin gets to your brain quickly and it’s also easy ever addicted. After using heroin just one or two times, it can be hard to stop yourself from using again.
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You see, the moment you take heroin, you get this ecstasy; this rush of happiness or good feelings just in a rush. Then after that rush of good feelings, you thinking and walking rate becomes slow; at times you feel like you are in a dream.
How does Heroin affect you?
It blocks your body from getting pain messages and slows your heart rate and breathing.
Overdosing leads to death.
What are the effects of taking Heroin?
Taking Heroin results in:
Dryness of the mouth.
Flushed skin
Heavy arms and legs
Collapsed veins
Upset stomach
Itchy brain
Heart valves infection
Liver disease
Skin infection
Kidney disease
Mental disorders
Lung diseases
Menstruation problems
A higher chance of getting HIV/ AIDS, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C
Have you ever tried withdrawing from Heroin on your own by personal struggles to stay sober?
If you try to stay sober from Heroin, you are likely to see these signs:
Severe muscle and bone pain
Diarrhea and vomiting
Cold flashes
Uncontrollable leg movements
Health problems
Trouble at home, work or school
Loss of white mater in the brain which affects decision making and control.
“Can I ever be free from Heroin? I want to be free”
Is this your heart’s cry? Does it really break your heart that you found yourself trapped by Heroin and you just can’t find freedom? I announce to you that you can be free! Sounds quite amazing? Yes, you can be free! Jesus paid the price for your complete dominion over Heroin. He has the power to break the chains of this addiction.
Think about the effects of being addicted to heroin. For how long will you struggle on your own, depending on yourself? Your life is so beautiful and your future is so bright, you must not allow Heroin destroy you. Your destiny is so promising and should not be truncated by Heroin. Your soul is so precious and should not be wasted by addiction to Heroin.
Dear reader, you’ve been fighting on your own to set yourself free, but the more you struggle, the more it threatens your life, future, family, health, present and eternal destiny; it even threatens the reality of living a beautiful life. Think about this!
Now, I know a Deliverer who has the power to liberate you and make you escape the snare of addiction. His name is Jesus! The Bible says, “Surely, he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4,5)
He did that just for you!
Do you know that He is the Mediator between you and God. Despite the fact that sin, and this addiction has separated you from the One who loves you, Jesus is the Mediator. God sent Him to pay the price of Mankind’s redemption; and yes, to redeem you from sinful nature of humans and Heroin which seem stronger than you are.
You need to repent and get reconciled with God. He is a holy God; and He loves you. But you can’t access Him based on religion, depraved merits and others. That is why He sent His Sib, Jesus who is The Way. Jesus says: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)
So, you need to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins in order to make right with God. Surrender to Jesus and welcome Him into your heart as Your Personal Lord and Saviour. He will liberate you from the chains of sin and Heroin.
Do this now!
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By Eric Dunbar

Once addicted to crack cocaine, my story is not unique but inspiring. I have been a professor of faith for most of my life. Before you inquire about my credentials, let me explain. I don’t mean professor as in “teacher” but professor as in “squatter.” For most of my life, I have been trying to occupy what I had never fully possessed, namely, faith. You see, my trust was in God long before I used drugs. To this day, I cannot tell you what happened to cause me to be addicted; it just happened. After a lifetime of serving God, somehow, I became a crack cocaine addict. I grew up in the church. I was born with talent. I started playing the organ for local churches at the age of eight years. I cultivated strong confidence in God early in life. From the time I was five until I was eighteen years old, I can’t remember ever missing a church service. I started playing keyboards in a popular R&B band at the age of nineteen years old. Midlife When you’re young, life is all about having fun, and I was indeed having a lot of fun. Playing in an R&B band exposed me to the rigors of nightlife, leading me to deviate from the church. I started experimenting with all kinds of drugs. At first, it was marijuana, then pills, and soon, I was using cocaine. All the while, I still attended church, although not as often. When I was married, my infrequent music revenue was inadequate to raise a family. So I left the band and found a job. I have always had confidence in God, but I didn’t know how to implement my faith. When my first child was born, I renewed my faith and got heavily involved in the church. A few years later, my pastor inspired me to begin a cell ministry in my home, where I faithfully worshipped God and held Bible studies every Tuesday. About seven years into my marriage, I slipped back into drug use. This time cocaine was my choice drug. Soon after, I learned to cook cocaine, converting it into a rocky substance called crack. That was the beginning of a life of trouble. I had become a slave to the drug; crack cocaine was now my master. Confident Expectation My wife threatened to leave if I didn’t control my addiction. Nevertheless, I remained confident that God would deliver me. But my wife insisted that I seek help. I wanted to save my marriage, so I enrolled in the Narcotics Anonymous Twelve Step Program. I completed the required thirty-day classes, and I went home drug-free. Fifteen days later, I was once again smoking crack. My crack smoking eventually led to my wife divorcing me. I lost my family, possessions, and everything dear to me. Life had become challenging, and I was near depression. My parents taught me that faith believes, so I understood the principle of faith. I had faith that God would liberate me, so I continued to pray that God would soon rescue me from this evil that had come upon me. One day I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on this scripture: “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). “I don’t go to church anymore,” I said to myself, so how can I hear the word of God? Then I thought to read the word aloud to myself. The Bible was now my best friend. I read the word to myself. The word of God came out of my mouth and went back into my ears. Alas, I was hearing the word of God. I still craved crack cocaine and got high whenever the opportunity presented itself. But for the next two years, I mostly stayed to myself, reading the Bible aloud, quoting scriptures, and praying. Believing Faith Speaks After two years of practically being alone with God, my craving for crack cocaine was gone. My confidence in God rewarded me with freedom. I learned that believing faith speaks. No longer did I profess faith, but I now possessed it. Faith is having confidence in the things we hope for. Although they are not visible to our physical eyes, we believe that God is working our hope into physical existence. It is the bridge linking us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality. When we trust God, it guarantees that God’s promises and Biblical revelations are true. We cannot detect these revelations and promises of the word of God with our physical senses. However, by trusting God, we have the confidence that our expectation will come to pass. Faith is the quintessence that the things we hope for become so concrete that even belief itself becomes a definitive reality of those things that are not yet visible. Your faith becomes so tangible that you believe you possess those things in the spiritual realm.

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