Apostle Grace Lubega
Hebrews 4:2(AMPC); For indeed we have had the glad tidings [Gospel of God] proclaimed to us just as truly as they [the Israelites of old did when the good news of deliverance from bondage came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) by those who heard it; neither were they united in faith with the ones [Joshua and Caleb] who heard (did believe).
In the life of faith, associations matter.
Our theme scripture speaks of the children of Israel who received the word but did not benefit from the message because they did not unite the message with faith.
Uniting the message with faith has various facets and one of those is in keeping company with people of faith.
How do you expect to keep your faith when you are constantly around naysayers and people who spew negativity from all corners of their being?
How do you expect to stand in faith when your associations are of those whose confessions are constantly negative?
Unite the Word you receive with faith by being around people that provoke you to believe more.
In fact, if you see that a certain Word is working mightily in someone’s life but you are struggling to achieve results with the same word, deliberately make that person your friend, take them out for a meal and listen to how they deal with the Word.
Associate with faith. Hallelujah!
Often, people seek to network with those who have political ties or have fat bank balances. But I urge you to make some faith associations.
Relook at your contact list and assess if the bulk of your friends frustrate your faith or build it.
Glory to God!
FURTHER STUDY: Romans 1:17, 1 Corinthians 15:33
In the life of faith, associations matter. Unite the Word you receive with faith by being around people that provoke you to believe more.
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for this Word. I am a believer and I am totally sold out to live a life of faith. My inner circle is of men and women of faith; my associations are with people of faith. The Word benefits and profits me greatly because I deliberately cultivate a life of faith. To the glory of your name, Amen.
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