Tuesday 24 May 2022

The Favored One - Part Eight.

Landmark Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos.

 ​“So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.”” ― Daniel 1:11-13, NKJV. 

TFO Keynote #28: Strong Faith is not that which suddenly comes on us. It is built by practice and exercise. (Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Timothy 4:8-10; Matthew 6:33)

We have each been given the faith we need to live the life we have been given. It is a measure and it is right. (Romans 12:3; Matthew 25:14-30)

Our measure of faith can be likened to our talent or gifting. It was given to us to profit thereby. (Romans 12:3; Matthew 25:14-30)

Our measure of faith can expand or contract depending on our use or not of it. It expands when we exercise it. It contracts when we don't. (Romans 12:3; Matthew 25:14-30)

Our measure of faith is to cause us to be all we have been created to be. (Romans 12:3; Matthew 25:14-30)

There is something known as the gift of faith. It is one of the power gifts. It can be seen as faith turned out to move on the behalf of others, as the Holy Spirit decides to manifest Himself. (1 Corinthians 12:9)

There is something also known as the fruit of faith, better known as faithfulness. The same thing. It can be seen as faith turned in to produce character in the bearer. (Galatians 5:22)

TFO Keynote #29: Fasting, biblically speaking, is an act of self-humbling. Fasting is a way of bringing our physical being under control. It is a kind of circumcision whereby we cut off the excesses in our life (1 Kings 21:29; Psalm 69:10; Psalm 35:13; Ezra 8:21; Isaiah 58:3-5; Matthew 6:16-18)

Fasting is bringing your soul under control.

Fasting is the humbling of the soul. (Psalm 35:13)

Fasting is an act of self-humility before God. (Isaiah 58:3-5)

Fasting is not just from food. You can fast from anything you need to gain mastery over. (Daniel 10:3)

Fasting is an act of calming the soul, in a bid to communicate and or have communion with God. (Ezra 8:21-23; Acts 13:1-3)

“Fasting is an act of self-humbling by declaring our need, and also by showing us afresh how weak we really are.” ― David Mathis.

Christian fasting is a spiritual discipline, which means it is a habit or practice that helps us to grow in our faith and turn to God for help in accomplishing our calling in the world.

God's expectation for us is not just a once-in-a-while or intermittent fasting. We are called to live a fasted life, where all that fasting entails is a part of our life, on a continual, everyday basis.

The Saint.

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