• Bishop Keith Butler

Employing Faith

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?  Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. (Luke 6:46-49)

The first two keys to walking in the perfect will of God are accepting Jesus as Lord and spending time hearing and receiving from the Word. The third key is revealed in Luke 6: decide to employ the five elements of faith.

The five elements of faith are hearing the Word, receiving the Word, believing the Word, speaking the Word, and acting as if the Word is true.

Jesus told us in Luke 6:46-49 how to follow Him and be protected from the damaging attacks that come with living on this earth. In fact, Jesus said that someone who employs the five elements of faith is like a man who can survive a category five hurricane that crashed into his life. If you live long enough, you will find yourself in the middle of a storm. The Bible never says that Christians will never go through storms; it merely states that the storms will not take you out!

A category five hurricane could come against the whole nation. Still, those employing the five elements of faith will be spared damage. For example, an economy may be going through a recession, but it won’t affect them. Sickness could come upon everyone in your neighborhood, but it won’t take you down if you’re practicing the five elements of faith.

Practical Application – Storms are inevitable in this life. You are either currently going through a storm or preparing for the next one. Exercise the five elements of faith, and you'll come out of every storm victoriously.

Matthew 7:24; Matthew 16:18



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