During times of tribulations, hardships, stress, pressure, loss, heartbreaks, storms and confusion, having and remaining in faith can almost seem alien if not difficult. Living in faith during these times is not impossible, in fact, remaining in faith is declaration of belief in the power of God and our trust in Him despite everything that is going on around us. By using the elements of a house, we may be able to see how it is possible to live in faith despite the adversities and tribulations we face…
Roof of Declarations
stating the unseen as being said and done
When we are indoors, we cannot see the roof of our house but we trust that it fulfils its purpose of protecting us from rain, snow, heat, wind, pigeons… you name it! A roof’s function is to cover, drain (keep out) and insulate; whilst we are indoors remaining dry, cool and/or warm, the roof shelters us from animals and unpleasant weather… The purpose, power and importance of our spiritual declarations could be considered in the same manner. Although we are yet to see peace, happiness, elevation, achievement, love and victory during our difficult time, when we declare good things and in hope, we say things which are yet to be seen but we trust that they will be fulfilled. Just like the roof over our heads, we do not see our declarations at the time but we know they will manifest in the days to come and will protect us until the storm is over. Our declarations are so powerful, that reassurance in God having listened and heard is enough to comfort us and keep out further torture, pain and disappointment despite not having what we have asked for in front of us just yet. Just like the roof which, although we do not see it whilst we are indoors but have confidence that it is there, once we make declarations, we can confidently leave our requests with the Holy Spirit, knowing He will take them up to our God in heaven, who listens and protects us from above whilst His will is being done. We do not see Him or it happening, but we trust, in faith, that our problems will be solved.
More to that, the roof holds the walls of the house together and even creates an extra room – the attic – should we need it for extra storage. The depth of our faith in our declarations should be the same. God remains within us, always, and continues to work and hold us upright despite the storms on the outside. Eventually, when we experience our breakthrough, we will receive an overflow of blessings that God has prepared for us during our time of perseverance and longsuffering, that will require extra room to keep them. Ultimately, we will have to turn our attic into another room to make more space for the manifestation of our declarations through the power and grace of our Lord.
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see”
~Hebrews 11:1, NLT~
25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”
~Romans 8:25, NKJV~
Shower Room of Cleansing
removing thoughts which isolate us from God’s unconditional love
God’s unconditional and eternal love for us means that He has and will always love us. We, however, tend to push Him away when we are going through hard times or when we have fallen from His grace. He does not stop loving us when we do wrong, nor does His love fail us or abandon us when we are going through tough times; if anything, it is at this moment that we ought to draw closer to God because his love promises to heal, to restore, to forgive and to uplift. God tells us that when He washes away our sins, he clears them forever, and we are brought to life with Christ, therefore, we should constantly seek His forgiveness so as are continuously cleansed and renewed. (Read Colossians 2:13-14) Receiving God’s forgiveness is the key to freedom from self-pity and self-destruction – we tend to think irrationally when we do wrong or are going through hard times “Why am I always suffering?”, “I am a sinner, does God really love me?”. God’s grace means His love is not dependent on human effort; we are not blessed because we are good, we are blessed because of His love for us. We need to have faith in God’s forgiveness so that we are no longer held hostage in our self-pity party because ultimately, this will draw us away from experiencing God’s free love. If we constantly ask to be cleansed and humble ourselves to ask for His help, He will strip us of the anxieties, pride and weaknesses that the enemy uses to us turn away from God
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
~1 John 1:9, NKJV~
Walls of Word of God
the frame of faith is the word of God
God does not expect us to wake up having crazy faith, however, because the word is the source of our faith, this means we ought to spend more time in the word of God if we want to see our faith in Him grow. In terms of our house of faith, if we build on the word of God this means…
~ We will dwell in the presence of God day and night, getting to know Him and the plans He has prepared for us. His word is Him, so the more we spend time in His word the more we spend time with Him Read John 1:1
~ We will live within the plans and promises of God because we will speak and declare life into our circumstances using the power of His word Read Joshua 1:8
~ If God is His word, and the word is a seed of wisdom, success, health, prosperity… I hope you can see where I am going with this… and our house is built on His word, we will live in wisdom (power), success, health, prosperity, victory, freedom, elevation, joy, boldness, peace, strength.
When the storm comes, we have the word of God to shelter under and run to for safety. When we need peace and quiet, we have the word of God to block our exterior noise. When we need rest from our busy lifestyles, we have the word of God to comfort us and bring order. When we need food and a change of clothes, if we are constantly living in the word of God, our daily bread, we have our source of strength and energy for the day and it clothes us with boldness and power – usually robbed from us in different situations we face.
17So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
~Romans 10:17, NKJV~
The Grass Needs Trimming
fixing what is broken on the outside so we can live in peace on the inside
Sometimes we block our own blessings because we still hold grudges against others. When we are caught up with the feeling that everything is going wrong or that everyone is against us, we forget that we can access immediate peace, simply by forgiving those who once hurt us. Regardless of whether we receive an apology or not, we will conquer pain, guilt and heavy burdens by deciding to share love and mercy on others. It is easy to fall into the mindset of a victim; waiting on others to make the first step in apologizing and showing kindness, but just know your blessings will not move any faster towards you. Yes, we get hurt and it is hard to love again when all we had to give was love, but remember we are talking on the house built on faith; faith in that, although we are hurting and broken, God will restore His love in us, so we can learn to love unconditionally whenever and wherever, not just when it suits us. This, then, will enable us to experience the manifestation of God in our lives despite having been heart-broken, used and abused. If we can have the attitude to forgive those who trespass against us, we ultimately enter a dimension of peace and freedom from pain and hatred – both of which would only see hostility and cold-heartedness. We are not saying that we are naïve to the pain from a heartbreak or betrayal, but we are choosing to activate happiness and peace in our lives now, rather than waiting for it to come round after months and years of mourning over a painful break-up. “Kill them with kindness” as they say… do not return evil for evil but… Read Romans 12:17. Let kindness and gentleness be your revenge so that you can carry on in peace knowing that beneath your grass is new soil that you can use to plant new fruits of better relationships and friendships. You have been hurt once, but you can choose to love and be loved again…
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,”
~Matthew 5: 43-44, NKJV~
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