Pastor Tunde Bakare
August 6, 2017
The Citadel is a Faith Project
Main Text: Job 14: 7-9, 14, 15
Sometimes when we embark on a purposeful project of any kind, especially a God-driven and massive task, the humongous requirement for the accomplishment of such project sometimes appears to shake our faith and challenge our commitment to the work of God. But the truth is: any project that is originated from God will surely be accomplished by His people, regardless of any seemingly insurmountable challenges the people may face. However, it is important that you know that walking by faith is not easy. If you think walking by faith is easy, you have not really walked by faith.
When you make up your mind to trust God, the odds are usually stacked against you. Looking at the biblical heroes of faith like Noah, Moses and David, men who built as they were led by God, many people may think that they had it easier because God spoke to them directly. That is true but it did not make their obedience easier. So from them, we learnt practical definition of faith.
Faith is acting like it is so, even when it is not, in order that it might be so just because God said so. That does not in any way suggest that you will have to fake it till you make it. Faith is not a fake-it-till-you-make-it business. You are not being asked to pretend that something is real when it is not. Rather, faith is about believing that what God says is true, even when there is no evidence available. And the only way to know that you believe what God has said is true is by acting on it. However, it is also very important that you know that acting on God’s word because you believe does not mean all your problems will suddenly evaporate.
Sometimes faith does not change your circumstances, but it changes you by giving you the tenacity to hang in there till your desired change comes (Job 14: 7-9, 14, 15; 23: 8-12). From Job’s experience, we see that faith gives you the fortitude to endure afflictions, trials, delays and betrayals with confidence that God is working on your behalf; that is why faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not yet see (James 1: 12; 5: 11).
Furthermore, faith is trusting in the faithfulness of God as well as following the footsteps of ordinary people who did extraordinary things by their faith (Hebrews 13: 5-8). Faith is the currency of heaven. When the Bible says the just shall live by faith, it does not mean little sporadic bursts of faith; it is about a lifestyle.
This message teaches the ABCs of faith and the nature of faith project. It points out how we can accomplish any God-given project regardless of how gigantic or seemingly impossible the project may seem. This message also highlights how to rise above every intimidation and discouragement of the Sanballats and Tobiahs of this world. Likewise, it shows how The Latter Rain Assembly is able to accomplish the “Citadel Project” in spite of all the odds. Above all, the message teaches how one can access heaven’s provision to accomplish one’s God-initiated project, even in the midst of economic recession and daunting financial distress.