Doing the “Forbidden”

Often I hear people saying: “I have been going to the church and nothing is happening.” Sentences like: “God doesn’t hear me; I don’t deserve; Who am I; I’m a sinner, It’s to hard; I don’t have this; My faith is little; That’s not for me” are just an excuse to justify the lack of  God’s power in their lives.

Isn’t that peculiar? Why then are those that testify about God’s greatness in their lives? What makes the difference?

Well, the difference lies on how you are using your faith: Religiously or Intelligently.

The Religious faith:

  • It’s all about theory
  • Complains about the problems
  • The person is on the comfort zone, no risks whatsoever
  • Fearful and doubtful
  • Accepts mediocrity and life not so bad
  • Gives up
  • No commitment
  • Follows the normal procedures

The Intelligent faith:

  • It’s all bout deeds/Actions
  • Seeks an alternative for the problems
  • Takes risks by faith
  • Bold and courageous
  • Fights to excel in life
  • Perseveres
  • Compromise with God’s word
  • Does the abnormal

Let’s see some examples:

  • Noah that build an ark by God’s commandment and saved his family
  • Abraham that sacrificed his son on the Altar
  • Moses who defied pharaoh and open the red sea
  • Joshua who marched around the walls of Jericho and they collapsed
  • Elijah who defied the profits of Ball and sacrifice the bull on the altar, asking God’s fire from heavens
  • David who fought against goliath and overcame him
  • Queen Esther that enter the king’s presence defying death
  • Blind Bartimaeus who stand up and cried out
  • The paralytic men who go trough the ceiling
  • The hemorrhagic women that touched Jesus garment

Anything common in all this people?

Certainly!….Faith with deeds, actions, obedience and Sacrifice. Doing the abnormal, going against the odds, doing the “Forbidden”.

What kind of faith do you have?

James 2:20-22

 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?

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8 Responses to Doing the “Forbidden”

  1. Hellena Gusinyu says:

    I don’t know why the type of christians who say they believe in god and if problems comes they will say god doesn’t answer my prayer. But they dont take action in their faith.Jesus did not come into the world to rule over people but to serve and to die for us.I like the story of Bartimaeus he was blind but he used his faith he did not give up, friends told him to be queit but he kept on calling until he could talk to jesus.He threw off his coat and came to jesus, and he was asked what he wanted he said Rabbi i want to see he believed that jesus was the messiah.Bartimaeus did go against the odds.Thank you pastor for sharing with us.

  2. Lluvial Godfrey says:

    I completely agree with this. It’s not enough to just complain about our problems, we need to go and act.

  3. Beatrice Emiku says:

    Dear Pastor,
    I totally agree, faith without action is dead, nonexistence and just not worth exercising. God kind of faith is all or nothing. A faith that is willing to sacrifice and lay all down without looking back like Lot ‘ s wife.

  4. Ruth Njeme says:

    Hello Pastor Elijah!
    Doing the “forbidden”, that is doing what one thinks he or she can’t do but it only takes courage, boldness and above all faith in the Lord who says clearly in his word that, “IF HE IS WITH US WHO CAN BE AGAINST US.” This shows that if one only believes and have faith to ” Take the bull by the hand”, meaning doing all what it takes,he or she will achieve whatever goal they want to conquer in their lives. So being a Christian,and not taking action in your faith,but only being religious will lead no one any where. In God’s word he says,” WITHOUT FAITH, IT IS IN POSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM.” If he is not pleased, it is because the person’s faith is not being manifested to take action. As such the person will not see the promises of the blessing of God in his or her life. At the same time, it takes the individual to diligently obey the commandments of God.
    Stay Blessed.
    In Faith,
    Ruth.

  5. Yetunde Omoniyi says:

    I’ve learnt that ONLY intelligent faith which requires action and perserverance will allow us to see the results.

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