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Kingdom    influence    greeting    to you    in Jesus    Name    and    I will    like    to welcome you    to    the    month    of April    2018.    It    is    the    4 th  month    of the year and it is our post-resurrection season. To God alone be all the glory. Our    series    this    month    is    on    Faith,    particularly    on    “working    your    faith”    what    is    the    process    or    “discipline”    in    making    our    faith    work for    us? We    don’t    hear    enough    of    the    word    “discipline”    in    our    churches    any    longer;    people    just    don’t    like    to    be    disciplined.    Faith    is not    all    about    profession    but    as    I    have    said    many    times,    faith    is working    out what you    really    believe.    “My    brothers    and    sisters, what good    is    it    if    people    say    they    have    faith    but    do    nothing    to    show    it     …    But    how    can    I    see your    faith    apart    from your    actions?    Instead, I’ll    show    you    my    faith    by    putting    it    into    practice    in    faithful    action”    (James    2:14,    18).    The    problem    is    we    live    in    a    microwave    society where    no    one    wants    to    work    for    something    before    they    get    it.     We    don’t    want    to    build    anymore;    they    just    want    to    have Matthew    7:24-27,    we    saw    the    principle    of    discipline    and    building    by    faith    on    a    rock    as    against    building    on    the    sand.    Jesus    many times    in    the    Bible    uses    parables    to    express    or    teach    us    eternal    truth    and    in    some    passages    He    will    use    agricultural    terms    i.e. “whatever    a    man    sows,    that    is    what    he    will    reap”.    In    this    passage    however,    He    is    using    architectural    terms    to    speak    to    us.    This implies    that    for    you    to    physically    see    the    building,    a    lot    of    ground    work    must    first    be    done,    it    will    not    only    involve    some    ground work    but    it    involves    tenacity.    For    this    reason    we    see    many    believers’    struggles    with    faith    and    possessing    their    possessions. Nobody    want    to    build…    to    have    a    good    character,    takes    building,    to    have    a    good    relationship    takes    building,     it    may    take    stress, or    disappointments    and    aggravations    but,    a    person    who    want    to    build    must    be    ready    for    all    these    because    they    are    part    of    the process,    and    it    takes    discipline.    Jesus    in    this    passage    is    not    teaching    us    how    to    build    a    house    but    how    to    build    our    life.    The concern    here    is    that    most    Christian    has    the    tendency    to    be    hearers    and    not    doer    of    the    Word    of    God    they    hear.    They    love    to hear    the    word;    they    will    come    to    church    and    hear    the    Word    or    connect    on    the    television    to    hear    the    Word.    I    understand    that “faith    comes    by    hearing    and    by    hearing    the Word    of    God”    (Romans    10:17).    But    the    faith you    have    is    useless    if you    are    not    going    to work it out in and for your life and circumstances. It is not about hearing the Word but doing what the Word say to do. He    doesn’t    want    us    to    hear    about    faith    for    victorious    living    and    refuse    to    work    it    out    to    live    victoriously,    it    is    not    enough    hearing about    loving your    neighbour,    we    must     put    it    to    practice    even    if    it    takes    several    times    to    master    the Word.    It    is    not    about    hearing it    and    quoting    it    but    it    is    actively    engaging    in    the     process     of    doing    what    you    hear.    When    what    you    believe    infiltrate    your behaviour,    that    process    is what    gives    us    the    foundation.   We’ve    got    to    develop    the    discipline    of    doing    the Word    of    God,    there    is not    short    cut    to    successful    kingdom    living,    working your    faith    take    serious    discipline.    In Jesus    story    of    the    two    people    that    build, we    must    understand    that    the    same    circumstance    was    presented    to    them.    One    spends    time    to    prepare    “discipline”    while    the other    did    not    prepare    but    start    building.    The    man    who    built    on    the    rock    had    to    dig    deep    to    build    and    the    other    man    built    on    the soil,      the      different    was      the      preparation      or      “discipline”.    The      test      here    was      not      about      the      soil      but      about      our      preparation      or “discipline”,    both    of    them    did    not    find    it    conducive    to    build.    However,    the    one    man    was    willing    to    go    through    the    discipline    or process    and    the    other    was    not    willing.    They    both    had    the    option    of    building    their    houses    on    the    rock    but    he    was    not    willing    to Our    problem    then    is    not    the    condition    or    situation we    find    ourselves,    the    problem    most    Christians    have    is    the    discipline. They    are not    disciplined    enough    in    working    their    faith,    both    of    these    men    stepped    into    the    same    soil    that    was    not    conditioned    for    what
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Kingdom     influence     greeting     to you     in Jesus     Name     and     I will     like     to welcome you     to     the     month     of April     2018.     It     is     the     4 th  month     of the year and it is our post-resurrection season. To God alone be all the glory. Our     series     this     month     is     on     Faith,     particularly     on     “working     your     faith”     what     is     the     process     or     “discipline”     in     making     our     faith     work for     us? We     don’t     hear     enough     of     the     word     “discipline”     in     our     churches     any     longer;     people     just     don’t     like     to     be     disciplined.     Faith     is not     all     about     profession     but     as     I     have     said     many     times,     faith     is working     out what you     really     believe.     “My     brothers     and     sisters, what good     is     it     if     people     say     they     have     faith     but     do     nothing     to     show     it      …     But     how     can     I     see your     faith     apart     from your     actions?     Instead, I’ll     show     you     my     faith     by     putting     it     into     practice     in     faithful     action”     (James     2:14,     18).     The     problem     is     we     live     in     a     microwave     society where     no     one     wants     to     work     for     something     before     they     get     it.      We     don’t     want     to     build     anymore;     they     just     want     to     have Matthew     7:24-27,     we     saw     the     principle     of     discipline     and     building     by     faith     on     a     rock     as     against     building     on     the     sand.     Jesus     many times     in     the     Bible     uses     parables     to     express     or     teach     us     eternal     truth     and     in     some     passages     He     will     use     agricultural     terms     i.e. “whatever     a     man     sows,     that     is     what     he     will     reap”.     In     this     passage     however,     He     is     using     architectural     terms     to     speak     to     us.     This implies     that     for     you     to     physically     see     the     building,     a     lot     of     ground     work     must     first     be     done,     it     will     not     only     involve     some     ground work     but     it     involves     tenacity.     For     this     reason     we     see     many     believers’     struggles     with     faith     and     possessing     their     possessions. Nobody     want     to     build…     to     have     a     good     character,     takes     building,     to     have     a     good     relationship     takes     building,      it     may     take     stress, or     disappointments     and     aggravations     but,     a     person     who     want     to     build     must     be     ready     for     all     these     because     they     are     part     of     the process,     and     it     takes     discipline.     Jesus     in     this     passage     is     not     teaching     us     how     to     build     a     house     but     how     to     build     our     life.     The concern     here     is     that     most     Christian     has     the     tendency     to     be     hearers     and     not     doer     of     the     Word     of     God     they     hear.     They     love     to hear     the     word;     they     will     come     to     church     and     hear     the     Word     or     connect     on     the     television     to     hear     the     Word.     I     understand     that “faith     comes     by     hearing     and     by     hearing     the Word     of     God”     (Romans     10:17).     But     the     faith you     have     is     useless     if you     are     not     going     to work it out in and for your life and circumstances. It is not about hearing the Word but doing what the Word say to do. He     doesn’t     want     us     to     hear     about     faith     for     victorious     living     and     refuse     to     work     it     out     to     live     victoriously,     it     is     not     enough     hearing about     loving your     neighbour,     we     must      put     it     to     practice     even     if     it     takes     several     times     to     master     the Word.     It     is     not     about     hearing it     and     quoting     it     but     it     is     actively     engaging     in     the      process      of     doing     what     you     hear.     When     what     you     believe     infiltrate     your behaviour,     that     process     is what     gives     us     the     foundation.   We’ve     got     to     develop     the     discipline     of     doing     the Word     of     God,     there     is not     short     cut     to     successful     kingdom     living,     working your     faith     take     serious     discipline.     In Jesus     story     of     the     two     people     that     build, we     must     understand     that     the     same     circumstance     was     presented     to     them.     One     spends     time     to     prepare     “discipline”     while     the other     did     not     prepare     but     start     building.     The     man     who     built     on     the     rock     had     to     dig     deep     to     build     and     the     other     man     built     on     the soil,        the        different     was        the        preparation        or        “discipline”.     The        test        here     was        not        about        the        soil        but        about        our        preparation        or “discipline”,     both     of     them     did     not     find     it     conducive     to     build.     However,     the     one     man     was     willing     to     go     through     the     discipline     or process     and     the     other     was     not     willing.     They     both     had     the     option     of     building     their     houses     on     the     rock     but     he     was     not     willing     to Our     problem     then     is     not     the     condition     or     situation we     find     ourselves,     the     problem     most     Christians     have     is     the     discipline. They     are not     disciplined     enough     in     working     their     faith,     both     of     these     men     stepped     into     the     same     soil     that     was     not     conditioned     for     what
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