Fortress of Joy is a faith church, it was established and built by faith. We teach faith, we believe God’s Word, but at times we can let things slip. Seems like to me I always have a faith project I am working on. I will use my faith to get the victory and almost immediately another project springs up. What is going on? The Lord says: this is how you live by faith. As long as the devil is out doing his business, we will need to rely on the faith God’s Word created within us.
Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
Now I realize this is a commonly known Scripture, but are you hearing and hearing God’s Word? If we have a failure in our faith walk it’s because we let the basic things slip out of our grasp! We must never let our faith life become a routine, faith is a way of life that assures us of a victory.
Romans 5:17 If you receive the gift of righteousness that comes by faith, you will reign in life by one Christ Jesus.
So, are you reigning in life or is life raining on you? The degree of success you have in life is your litmus test. If you are pleased with the way things are going and you’re using your faith, you passed the test. If things are not going so well and frustration is settling in, you may have not been faithful with your faith. This does not mean you’re a failure, it means you’re not using the gift God gave you to reign in life. It’s never too late to activate your faith and begin to call those things that are not as if they were.
Mark 11:23 Whosoever shall say to this mountain, be removed and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but he believes the things which he says shall come to pass; he will have what he says.
I’m sure we have heard and read this Scripture many times but are we doing what it says to do? Living by faith does not have a cruise control, we must remain in control at all times. Faith cannot come out of you if it was never put in to begin with! If your words are not grounded in faith, the mountain will not hear you. Jesus gave us this faith law a day after He cursed the fig tree. When Jesus came to that tree it had no fruit when it should have. The Bible said he “answered” it, the fig tree let Him know it would not give Him what it was created to give. Our mountains speak to us all the time, they tell us they are not going to do what they were created to do.
Mountains are symbolic of the problems and obstacles in our lives. The mountain of debt speaks to us, the mountain of sickness speaks to us, the mountain of fear has us on speed dial. If we don’t remain sober and alert we will just stand there and let our mountains tell us what they’re gonna do. But if you’re influenced by God’s Word you will have the final say: Oh, my faith will take care of this: not unless you engage it, not unless you release it. Not knowing what to do can be an indication you need some more faith. All you need is faith the size of a mustard seed. Got faith?
God wants me to prosper,
He gives me power to get wealth.
He has redeemed me from poverty, I shall lack no good thing.
I will gain wealth and God will get the glory.
God will rebuke the devil for me, the devil cannot rob from me.
I am just too blessed.
You will declare a thing, and it will be established for you
Declarations over our children:
I declare my child(ren) shall be taught of the Lord
I declare great is the peace of my child(ren)
I declare my child(ren) hear God’s voice and walk in truth
I declare my child(ren) serve God all the days of their lives.
Declarations over America:
We declare that the power of Christ’s redemption is greater than the power of sin and death in America
We declare that America will be saved
We declare that truth will win in America. Lord send revival
We declare that life and decency will prevail in the United States
We declare that the Supreme Court will honor truth and justice, not their own ideals and desires
Declarations over our church:
We declare that FOJ will have a platform for the Holy Spirit to work from
We declare we are making room for the gifts of the Spirit to flow
We declare the spirit of boldness is replacing the spirit of fear
We declare we are putting every distraction, anything that would entangle us and we run with endurance in our vision.
We declare and believe revival is coming