Essentials for Your Faith Walk

  • Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
  • John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
  • Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
  • John 14:16, 26 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth… But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

You determine whether you live a victorious or defeated Christian life. As a born-again believer, you have a complete spiritual arsenal at your disposal. You need to know what it consists of, how to use it and then actually use it. Without it, you are defeated before you begin.

Essential elements you need to know to have a solid faith walk and how to use them:
  1. Salvation – It is more than your ticket to eternity in the presence of our awesome God. The price Jesus paid on the cross with His own blood redeemed us from every curse (see Deuteronomy 28 for the blessings and the curses). It has given you healing, freedom, protection, joy, peace, and victory in every battle against the enemy whom Jesus defeated (Colossians 2:15). As a result, the promises identified in the Word are now your rights and privileges as a born-again believer. These promises have been freely given to you and there is no need to ask God to do something Jesus has already done for you. When you understand that Jesus took away your sin, sorrow, sickness and shame, there is no need to hang on to them. Claim what is rightfully yours. You will likely have to fight spiritually for it, as Satan wants to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) what is yours.
  2. The Bible – It is the very Word of God, which He uses to speak to you. It outlines all God’s promises, what God and His Son have done for you, your rights and privileges as well as your obligations, who you are in Christ, etc. God’s Word is a weapon and part of the armor identified in Ephesians 6. It was the weapon used by Jesus against the enemy in the desert: “it is written”. The Word of God is alive and active and sharper than any double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). It is also life and health to you, if you keep God’s Word in your heart (Proverbs 4:20-22). Jesus said that if you remained in Him and His words remained in you, you could ask whatever you wish and it would be given you (John 14:13-14). You must know God’s Word and use it to be of value and to ensure your victory.
  3. Holy Spirit – The very Spirit of God has been deposited in you when you became a born-again believer. He is with you forever so you are never alone. He is called your Helper, your Counselor, your Teacher, and the One who leads you when you choose to live by the Spirit. He empowers you through the baptism with the Holy Spirit, which has for evidence the speaking in tongues. He also teaches you the Word and reveals Jesus as well as the power of His Name.
  4. The Name of Jesus – Jesus has given you His Name to cast out demons and to cure every sickness and disease (Mark 16:17-18). At the Name of Jesus, every knee will bow in heaven, on earth and under the earth (Philippians 2:10). You need to know the power in the Name and use it to defeat the enemy.
  5. A request – Any need presented to God in the Name of Jesus. John 16:23 states that the Father will give us whatever we ask in Jesus Name. Jesus is the way to the Father and His Name is the power behind the prayer. You have access to approach the throne of grace with confidence (Hebrews 4:16) and know that your heavenly Father hears your prayers. Therefore, present your requests to God. Note that certain things have been paid for by Jesus and already belong to us. We don’t have to ask God for salvation, we just receive it by accepting His Son as Lord and Savior. Healing has already been paid for by Jesus (1 Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:17), therefore we need to use the power and authority given to us as per Luke 9:1, Matthew 10:1, Mark 16:17-18.
  6. God’s armor – Ephesians 6:10-11 calls you to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Satan is real and he is out to steal, kill and destroy you, your family, your finances, your joy, your peace, your freedom, etc. However, Jesus came that you might have life more abundantly (John 10:10) and He has defeated the enemy (1 John 3:8). As a born-again believer, you need to enforce the victory by using the power and authority given to you (see topic Power and Authority as Weapons). Use all God has given you, including your armor, to fight the good fight of faith and obtain what is rightfully yours.
  7. Having control over your mind – Renew your mind (Romans 12:2) and take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). Doubt, unbelief, fear, worry and distractions are the weapons that our enemy, Satan, uses the most and they are very subtle. You won’t necessarily credit Satan with these negative thoughts and emotions and may even think they are normal. Don’t be passive when you start to doubt or fear or worry but use your authority and command them to go in the name of Jesus. Satan is a master at deception so you need to be aware of his schemes and tactics. Be alert and on your guard, and fight the enemy with the authority Jesus has given you. God instructed us not to be anxious about anything and gave us His formula to succeed every time (Philippians 4:6-8).
  8. Thanksgiving, praise and worship as well as fellowship with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit – These are not only instruments of love to God but wonderful spiritual weapons. They deepen your relationship with them and allow you access into their very presence. You have the opportunity to have a two-way communication that will provide joy, peace, intimacy, strategy, words of wisdom, revelation on the Word, revelation on your situation or for things to come, and so much more. The benefits of true worship—surrendering yourself to Him from your heart—are endless. (See topic on Worship.)
  9. Power of love – Galatians 5:6: The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. 1 Corinthians 13:2: “…if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” God’s own love has been shed abroad in your heart (Romans 5:5), therefore you have the power of love at your disposal. It is a force to be reckoned with. It is the only command Jesus gave us – to love our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We are to love our enemies, bless those who persecute us, repay evil or insult with blessing, choose peace over anger, and forgive to be forgiven by God. Walk in love so Satan can’t have a foothold in your life.
  10. Obedience – When you obey God’s Word, you have full access to God. You can engage Him and trust Him to have your back in any situation. God values obedience. He called David ‘a man after His own heart’, as David did what God asked Him to do (Acts 13:22). Obedience is a pre-condition to receiving the fullness of God’s grace and favor in our lives. Jesus said in John 14:15: “If you love me, keep my commands”. There are great rewards for obedience so when you see a command in the Word or sense a leading of the Spirit, obey. The Word says in James 2:17 that faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
  11. Prayer – It is a powerful weapon. It invites the Creator of the universe, who is also your Father and Daddy, into your situation. Team up with your Covenant Partner because where you are weak He is strong. Keep the lines of communication opened with Him at all times by praying. Paul also tells us to pray in the Spirit on all occasions (Ephesians 6:18).
  12. The supernatural – Don’t be limited by what you see in the natural. Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). God can do immeasurably more than all you ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). 2 Kings 6:17 gives us a glimpse into the spiritual world. Elisha prayed that his servant would see God’s supernatural protection and the Lord opened his eyes and he saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire. Let’s just get God involved and allow Him to meet our request as He sees fit.
  13. Who you are in Christ – Know who you are in Christ. You are a son/daughter of the Almighty, if you’ve made Jesus your Lord and Savior. You are co-heir with Jesus (Romans 8:17). You are in Christ and Christ is in you. You are seated with Christ (Ephesians 2:6). You have power and authority (Luke 9:1). You have God’s ear (1 John 5:14). You also have God’s protection and so much more (Psalm 91).
  14. Power and authority – You have been given power and authority over the enemy and his every scheme (Ephesians 6:10-18, Luke 9:1, Mark 16:17-18) and nothing will harm you (Luke 10:19). Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). You can command enemy forces to leave in the Name of Jesus every time there’s an attack on your family, your possessions, your job, etc. You can take authority over all the flaming arrows the enemy throws at you and none need to come through (Ephesians 6:16). You can command evil spirits to come out of people as Jesus did to set people free of infirmities.
  15. Binding and loosing – Jesus has given you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19). Bind evil forces from operating in a particular situation in your life and loose the power of the Holy Spirit over it.
  16. An established heart – An established heart concerning the truth of the Word of God will allow you to obtain His promises. You will not be tossed to and fro like the waves but you’ll stay grounded on the Rock. Doubt, unbelief and fear will not be able to grow in a heart where the Word is well sown and watered daily and where fellowship with the Father in prayer, praise and worship is prioritized.
  17. Meditating on the Word day and night – Joshua was told to not let the Word depart from his mouth but to meditate on it day and night as this would make him successful and prosperous (Joshua 1:8). Meditating on the Word allows the Holy Spirit to bring revelation of God’s heart on the matter.
  18. Covenant partnership – You are in a covenant partnership with Almighty God. Where you are weak, He is strong. When you don’t have the resources, He can provide. When you need wisdom, you can ask Him for it (James 1:5). When you have challenges doing something that is said in the Word (i.e. forgiving someone), He can help. When you are in need of creativity, He can assist. When you have a relationship challenge, He can see you through. There is no end to what God can do for you as your Covenant Partner (John 16:23-24). You need only engage Him and He’s there for you. He is your Partner and He is trustworthy and faithful. Partnership, however, is a two-way relationship. He also requires something of you. When He needs you, He needs to be able to call on you (i.e. to help the poor, give to the needy, lay hands on someone who needs healing).
  19. Fasting – There is spiritual development in fasting. Jesus fasted for 40 days and He returned in the power of the Spirit (Luke 4:14). Fast for breakthrough and take the time to listen to what the Holy Spirit has to say to you.
  20. You’re never alone – God will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He is with you all the time so whatever circumstance or need comes your way, you are never alone to tackle it. You plus God means an assurance of victory.
  21. An expectant heart – This is extremely important because it means you trust God and you trust His Word. Your perspective must change once you’ve asked God for something in faith. Mark 11:24 says that “whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” You need to know without a doubt that you will receive whatever you asked the Father in faith. This means that you thank God as soon as you ask because you already know it is yours.
  22. Additional weapons – You have additional weapons such as joy, patience, and perseverance. You have all the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Hebrews 6:12 says to not become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. You need to rejoice in the Lord always (Philippians 4:4), and the joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). You need to exercise the fruit of the Spirit and put them to work for you. It’s not a matter of asking for them but rather to understand they are already yours to use.

When we don’t know the essential elements to our faith, it’s like entering a boxing ring without knowing our opponent, what his strengths and weaknesses are when he knows all of ours. We are totally unprepared for what he throws at us. It’s also being ignorant of our own strengths, keeping us on the defensive at all times.

Call to action: Get to know the essential elements to your faith and use them to obtain every victory in Christ. God has not called you to be on the defensive but on the offensive, so “fight the good fight of the faith”. Know and understand what belongs to you, Who is in your corner or should I say in you, who you are in Christ, and how to fight to ensure your victory. Instead of being defeated and terrified like the Israelite army before the Philistines and Goliath, you will be fearless and confident like David (1 Samuel 17:45). He was an army of one and defeated Goliath with a stone. It’s time to put your faith to work for God. It’s time to let your faith reflect God’s glory.