Word Study For Today: The Book of Psalm 16:1-11.
Devotion: SUCH FERVENT AND RADICAL FAITH.
Texts: 1 Peter 5:7-9. | Matthew 15:21-28. | Luke 7:1-10.
In life, to overcome knotty situations that present themselves on our journey, the only kind of faith that can do the job is the fervent, militant and radical kind of faith.
Standing strong is a fundamental requirement for quenching the fiery darts of the enemy in diverse facets of our lives, and only such faith as fervent and radical, can do the job.
The Bible admonishes us in >1 Peter5:8-9a (TPT)==>8)“Be well balanced and always alert, because your enemy, the devil, roams around incessantly, like a roaring lion looking for its prey to devour. 9)Take a decisive stand against him and resist his every attack with strong, vigorous faith…”
Strong and Vigorous (Radical) Faith, is the undisputable weapon we must possess to overcome the wiles of the enemy.
Dealing at the basest level of faith will only short change us from the dynamic possibilities we have in the power of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible says in >Daniel 11:32b (NKJV)==>“…but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”
Those who know their God must possess Radical (strong) Faith that will deliver unto them great exploits.
Radical Faith is an adamant, non-compromising, non-conforming, unconventional Faith. It is taking a very decisive and unshakeable stand. It’s such Faith that believes in no other option than for God to come through in that situation being encountered.
The kind of faith that does not take “NO”, for an answer!
Radical Faith is such Faith as Abraham had >“who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “…[Romans 4:18 NKJV]. Oh, Abraham a man of like passion, bagged himself the title of Father of Faith, because he chose to be Radical in his stand, believing for the promise of many years. He refused to be deterred by the prevailing physical conditions. Strong was his Faith, Vigorous was his Faith, Adamant was his Faith, even in the face of an obvious and “incurable barrenness”.
To be Radical is to favour a drastic course; being militant in action; to follow strong convictions; being non-compromising, unconventional and non-conforming.
No wonder the Centruion (Roman Military General) had such strength of Faith [Radical in nature], that made Jesus marvel. >Luke 7:9 (TPT) says==>“Jesus marveled at this. He turned around and said to the crowd who had followed him, “Listen, everyone! Never have I found even one among the people of God a man like this who believes so strongly in me.”▪️In short, Jesus marveled at such Militant Faith. The Centurion, more like said to Jesus “Jesus, don’t put me on hold, I refuse to wait, I refuse to allow anyone distract you from giving attention to my matter. I am a man under authority, and I know how commands work… Speak only and it will be done, I believe it strongly. I’m not compromising on getting my servant raised, do the unconventional by just speaking the word of healing, I will not conform to bureaucracy of having you come, before I get you to heal him, oh no… I choose to be Radical, I am a military General; speak the word only!”
Beloved, are you up for such uncommon level of Faith? Are you up for exploits in your life? Radical Faith like that of the Cannanite woman in Matthew 15, is what you need. Faith that breaks through every rising barrier and opposition. Faith that has the right answer for every noise of the enemy, like hot knife slicing through frozen butter. She cried for mercy concerning her daughter who was under demonic attack. Jesus giving no initial reply, His disciples unyielding and asking she be sent away… this woman remained adamant. Cried the more for mercy. Matthew 15:24-27 says > “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.” 25)But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!” 26)Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.” 27)She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.”.
What a Radical expression [an unconventional response, a decisive non-conforming front]. She refused to cave in. She believed even crumbs from the table will feed the dog full. Such Faith! Even Jesus was thrilled at her Radical Faith hence in Matthew 15:28a(TPT)==>28) … Jesus answered her, “Dear woman, your faith is strong! What you desire will be done for you.”
Operating with this measure of faith is highly critical, in order to avoid the tempter getting the best of us.
It’s time to step up our game; if you don’t want the devil to mess around with your glorious destiny as scripted for you by God, then you’ve got to get Fervent and Radical in your Faith.
-Praise in songs, the Lord Almighty.
-Speak in the language of the Spirit that gives freely the gift of Faith.
-Pray that today; your Faith gets militant, unconventional, non-compromising, non-conforming, unshaken, adamant and resolute.
-Receive the Radical Faith that bows to no pranks of the devil…Declare your Victory in Christ Jesus.