A FREE EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK “I MADE IT THROUGH” BY BUKKY AGBOOLA.
“This was the first of many faith lessons to come on my journey. It is of supreme importance for us to understand that faith is not built upon the strength of our needs, adversities, willpower, experiences, or ideas. The intensity of our desire to receive or acquire God’s assistance during any given situation is not enough to produce faith. Our needs alone, great and sometimes dire as they may be, such as the healing of terminal diseases, addictions, financial breakthroughs, a desperation for relationship rescues, will not by themselves produce the victorious faith in God that we so crave. For faith in God to be truly birthed, nurtured, and victorious, we must aggressively pursue and expose our minds and hearts to God’s word (the Bible) on a daily basis. This seeking after God through His word and prayers will result in an encounter with Him and His word that releases from the vast resources of the scriptures specific prophetic responses to our particular circumstance.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? (Romans 10:14 KJV)
Faith is birthed and nurtured through this divine process in our hearts by first hearing the word of God, receiving it, fully trusting in and getting that word established in our hearts, and then confidently acting upon our belief in that word. For our faith to grow, we must continue to be nurtured by the word of God, our “sword of the spirit.” The outcome of our confident assurance in God whatever His answer to us is, will be what the Bible calls “good success.”
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8 ESV)
The sharing of this principles of genuine Christian faith is one of my key reasons for writing this memoir and sharing my journey of faith with you. I hope to be able to play a very small part in sparing others the trial and error that a desperate soul may engage in when circumstances become extremely difficult. I endeavor to spare and help as many as possible to avoid the crushing sense of defeat and disappointment that may ensue when our desperate pleas seem to be unheeded.
If our expectations are not built on the assurance of faith that is found in hearing, receiving, and acting upon all of God’s promises in His word alone, we will encounter and experience much spiritual and other failures. Though God’s compassion is very great and he may sometimes sovereignly intervene in our circumstances with acts of mercy, this alone will not give us His believing children the consistent access to divine assistance we all need. God strongly desires to meet our needs, and we so desperately need him in our most difficult moments, but He acts based on His word, so to experience His divine hand in our lives, we must connect our needs to God’s word. Increasing our knowledge of the power that lies in God’s word and strengthening our understanding of where our victory in Christ lies, we can prevent presumptuous actions that can negatively impact our walk with God.”