MEMORY VERSE: HEBREWS 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

Faith is the conviction based on past experiences that God’s new and fresh surprises will surely be ours. There are two words that describe faith- assurance and contraction. These qualities need a secure beginning and an ending point. Secure beginning is belief in God’s character. He is who He is. The ending point is belief in God’s promise. He will do what He says He will do. Faith is when we believe God’s promises, though we are yet to see them physically. It is faith when we believe that whatever we are still praying for has already been granted as Mark 11:24 states.

In today’s passage, the heroes of faith mentioned – Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and his wife, Sarah; Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Amram and his wife, Jochebed; Moses, Joshua and Rahab – died without receiving all that God had promised, but they never lost their vision of heaven. Many Christians become frustrated because their needs, wants, expectations and demands are not immediately met. Take courage: Romans 5:3-5 says sufferings/trials produce perseverance, perseverance produces character and character produces hope and hope never brings disappointment. God has never disappointed those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6). If you, too, diligently seek God, He will sooner or later turn despair to reality and your hopelessness will end in songs of praises. Hallelujah!

PRAYER: O God! Don’t allow me to waver in my faith in You but strengthen it to category one faith like that of Abraham for in Jesus’ name I ask. Amen.

When Jesus said, in John 10:10 that, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly,” He was referring to spiritual warfare – this depending on how you perceive or accept it is very real.

Likewise, in 1 Peter 5:8, the enemy who is the thief is also likened to a roaring lion that walks about seeking who to devour.

Truth is while God is chasing us down with a heart full of love, Satan is chasing us down with total hatred.

In other words, it is an already established fact the enemy will taunt you, but when he comes at you – roaring ferociously too, just so you are destabilized and afraid, all the Lord is simply asking is faith in Him: The size of a mustard seed.

A type of radical faith was displayed in the case of a popular man in the Bible – Daniel, you probably would have heard of Daniel and the lions’ den. Maybe as a child in Sunday school or perhaps, while you listened to a sermon in church, but just in case you haven’t, here is a rundown.

One day, King Darius of the Medo-Persian Empire divided his territory among high officers. Daniel was one of them, and he was favoured by the king.

“Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.” (Daniel 6:3)

So, once it became obvious that Daniel was favoured and highly preferred, the other administrators and high officers became jealous of him. In fact, they began to pay close attention to the way Daniel did his job, hoping to find a fault, but they couldn’t find one no matter how hard they tried. Daniel was a good man, but the men knew something else about Daniel — and that was that he was religious.

“Then said these men, we shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” (Daniel 6:5)

When all else failed, the men conspired to manipulate King Darius into signing a law – “All presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the dens of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.” (Daniel 6:7-9)

Despite the new decree, Daniel was unbothered and unrelenting because he refused to compromise the service of his father. The jealous men found Daniel praying, and off they went to snitch.

“Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, He will deliver thee. And a stone was brought and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.” (Daniel 6:16-17)

Now, King Darius liked Daniel. He didn’t want Daniel destroyed by lions. But King Darius had made a law that he was forced to keep. After Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den, the king fasted and struggled throughout the night. Early in the morning the next day, he decided to go check on Daniel.

So, once it was confirmed that Daniel was alive, the king commanded the release of Daniel from the den. Because Daniel trusted and believed in God, the Lord didn’t allow a slight scratch on him.

Two other people who through their faith in God were able to overcome trials and challenges that roared against them are:

David: This great man was at a point in his life a responsible shepherd, he protected and guarded his sheep with his life. It was recorded in 1 Samuel 17:34-35 that while he tended the sheep, he defended the sheep. One time it was a lion that attacked the sheep and tried carrying off a lamb. David killed the lion. Another time a bear grabbed a lamb and again, David killed the bear.
David could have allowed the wild animals have their way by devouring animals from his flock at will, but he chose to fight and kill them. This is only to tell us that by faith, you also are called to protect what the Lord God has given you to guard.

Samson: While Samson and his parents walked through the vineyards of Timnah, a young lion came roaring toward him, the Spirit of the Lord came on him and he literally tore that lion apart with his bare hands. (Judges 14:5-6) His great strength came from the Lord…at the right time. This is just to show that when the Spirit of the Lord is involved in your situation you also can do amazing feats of strength. It is God’s strength, not your own that will give you victory.

Samson’s faith must have greatly grown after that encounter. This is because whenever you have victory, your faith will be strengthened.

Permit us to confirm to you this day that God still shuts the mouths of lions. More specifically, God shuts the mouth of a roaring lion named Satan.

Maybe you often find yourself in lions’ dens. You feel like Satan is surrounding you. You feel like you’re being devoured and destroyed. Satan is telling you lies – About God. About yourself. About others. He’s convincing you to lose hope. “There’s no use in trying. You’ll never be healed. You’ll never get help. They’ll never be saved. You’ll never get God’s attention.” The lies and accusations come like roars from Satan’s mouth.

Please be rest assured that God is greater than Satan. Jesus is victorious. Cry out the name of Jesus and watch as God shuts the mouths of lions.

Many people think faith is acting like something is so when it really isn’t so, and if we do that long enough, then it will become so. But that’s not it at all. Faith is real.

Hebrews 11:1 says,

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Faith is substance. This is saying that faith is real. It is the evidence of things not seen. Notice it didn’t say “things that don’t exist.” They do exist. They just aren’t seen.

Even in the natural world, we’ve come to realize that there are things that do exist that we can’t see. We can’t see television signals, but they do exist. In fact, wherever you are right now, there are television signals right there with you. If you say “No there aren’t” just because you can’t see or hear them, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. It just means you aren’t very smart. They do exist, they are just unseen. They are unseen realities.

A television set can make unseen signals visible. When we see the images is not when they became real. They were already there. A television set doesn’t generate images. The set just receives the signal and converts it into sights and sounds that we can perceive. But the television signals were already there before we tuned them in…


TEXT: LUKE 8:22-25
MEMORY VERSE: Luke 8:25 “And He said unto them, Where is your faith?
And they, being afraid, wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man
is this! for He commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey Him.”
One day, a little girl and her friend were with the father at night. Suddenly, there was power failure and everywhere went dark. This little girl, who was afraid of the dark, screamed and the father lit the candle. The little girl said to her friend “Why are you screaming when dad is here with us? Next time just relax and sit quietly and he will light a candle for you.”

Our text today is very similar. There was a storm on the sea and Jesus was asleep in the same boat. Here, the disciples saw the raging storm as a danger to them while the Lord of the universe was right there. Many people forget easily, like that same girl, that Father is there with them. They only focus on the storms and problems and put themselves in a terrified position.

We have a Father, Almighty Father, the King of kings and Lord of lords who controls the entire universe, including its contents. It was very wrong to have become afraid, knowing the ability of Christ, knowing what He can do in every situation. Fear is an insult to the Father when we should have demonstrated faith. When you have a prevailing issue in your family and you begin to run from pillar to post, where is your faith? When you have a sickness and the doctors tell you your life is going to be over soon and you start to fidget, where is your faith? When there is darkness over your life and confusion sets in and you feel like ending everything, where is your faith? The truth is that God is always with us in every situation –in sickness, want, enemy’s attack, etc. We only need to strengthen our faith and fear will give way.

PRAYER: Increase my faith in You, Lord. Let me have confidence in Your unfailing love, I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.