10 THINGS THAT CAN STOP YOUR FAITH FROM WORKING
LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF GALATIANS 5:6
"For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything , nor uncircumcision ; but faith which worketh by love ."
1. Religion ."This is how we use to do it here". "religious doctrines" . Doesn't create room for the Holy Spirit to do something new .Isaiah 43:19a" Behold I will do a new thing;now it shall spring forth ; shall ye not know it?" God works through our faith , if only we would believe , then we would receive fresh and divine revelations from above concerning the new and fresh thing he desires to do in our lives.
2. Offence - This is another big obstacle to our faith. We get easily offended when persecuted , we take offense when God is not answering our prayers like now God ,i want it now. . And the master deceiver "Satan" just sits back and watch "laughing." Jesus said in John 16:1 (NLT)" I have told you these things so that you won't abandon your faith."
3.When you give up , faith stops working . Jesus encourages us from scripture , that we should be persistent in our faith . Luke 18:8b (Amp version)"when the son of Man comes , will He find [persistence in ]faith on the earth?".
4.Bitterness will stop your faith from working .Heb 12:15 "lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you , and thereby many be defiled;" Let it go ,let it go !Amen.
5.When you allow your self to be discouraged . Your faith stops working. why? depression cannot work faith ,staying hopeful and expectant does. Prov 15:13 ."A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken."
6. When Satan steals your joy ; faith stops working. Jesus said in the book of John 15:11 "These things have I spoken unto you , that my joy might remain in you , and that your joy might be full" . When offence comes , it steals your joy . ( it hinder your expectations) It can be that bad!
7 . When you are depressed , faith stops working. why? Scripture says in his presence there is fullness of joy . psalm 16:11 . Depression brings you out; not into his presence. joy takes you into His presence ( favor , blessings etc)
8 . When you fail to be kind to others, lack endurance , easily provoked , you find it difficult to forgive, clearly shows you are not working in love . It hinders your faith from working . 1 Cor 13:13 says the greatest cure on earth is love , for God is love. "Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love."
9 . when you give in to murmuring and complaining