The issue of our faith is paramount in this kingdom, as we rise or fall depending on our faith. It is for that reason that Jesus once looked at the lepers that came to him for healing in Mathew 9:29. Because these lepers believed, he said to them, “According to your faith, let it be to you.”
In Mathew 9:20-22, which gave the story about a woman with the issues of blood. It says, “and suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment.
For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her, He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
However, in the case of the woman of Canaan as seen in Mathew 15:28 Jesus told her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.”
At other times, Jesus chided or rebuked his disciples as he said to them in Matthew 8:26 saying, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?”. Since it is to us according to our faith, as individuals, it is us that determines the state of our faith.
The book of Hebrew 11:1 defined faith, saying, “now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith can also be defined as a living force, drawn from a living word to produce a living proof.
According to Bishop David Oyedepo, it is faith that defines the quality of every believer’s destiny, as we are able to take full possession of our inheritances in redemption active and aggressive faith.
Moreover, Ephesians 6:16 declared saying, above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
Most a time, some people allow their faith to be throttled, while some develop and build their faith to be a strong or robust faith that can withstand every opposition of the devil.
However, some people like the apostles thought that they can request Jesus, and he will increase their faith. They approached Jesus in Luke 17:5 where the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
Yes, it is true a man/women of God can impart faith on us but to build and sustain a strong or robust faith, faith that will stand the test of time, it is our individual or personal responsibility to build it.
How then can we build a strong and robust faith, you may ask? First and foremost, the Bible said in Romans 10:17 saying that “so then faith comes by hearing, and hearing(understanding) by the word of God.
Since it is the hearing and hearing(understanding)by the word of God that faith comes, it is necessary therefore that we take our time and sit down to listen to the messages of anointed men/women of God.
The devil, since he knew that it is through hearing and hearing (understanding) the word of God that faith comes, he decided to appoint many of his agents, sorcerers and diviners who posses as pastors to equally preach his messages.
For that reason, some unsuspecting believers fall victims and casualties of these scammers who operates with the spirit of sorcery and divination to confuse even some very elect.
One thing with these sorcerers and diviners that posses as pastors is that they can prophecy to you and tell the most secret things of your life. These sorcerers and diviners have taken the center stage that they had made even some genuine men/women of God to now look as if they are the fake pastors.
If we want to build a strong or robust faith, it is necessary that we give heed to Jeremiah 3:15. Here God says, “and I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding”.
That is to say, any man that claim that he is a man of God, must in addition to demonstrating the act of giving you accurate prophecies such man must be able to rightly divide the word of God as to impart on you with knowledge and understanding, otherwise such is a fake man of God or pastor.
In other words, both miracles of healing and accuracy of prophecies alone does not prove who is a true man of God or pastor. It is the ability to communicate the mind of God, by dividing the word of truth or to feed us with knowledge and understanding, such is a true or genuine pastor.
This is the end of part one. Please keep a date with us as we will continue in part two to look at faith boasters as to build a strong and formidable faith.