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The Winning Faith


Copyright 2018 Tolulope Odunsi

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Prologue

Chapter One -Developing Faith to Win

Chapter Two - Winning By Faith

Chapter Three - Building a Winning Faith

Chapter Four – Whose Report Do you believe?


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Acknowledgements

First of all, I wish to profoundly thank God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit for giving me life, grace and strength to write this classic book. My deep appreciation also goes to my highly cherished Wife and Children; Mojisola, Shalom, Favour, Goodness & Mercy for their unflinching support, love and cooperation all the way.

Finally, I like to use this opportunity to thank all my mentors, friends, family, customers, teachers, lecturers, counselors, pastors, bosses, and neighbors who invested in my life in one way or the other. Thank you All.


Prologue

In the book of Hebrew 11, we were told of several men and women who fought diverse kinds of battles in their respective generations. It was recorded in verse 33 of that chapter that through faith they subdued kingdoms, escaped the edge of the sword, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of aliens etc. These men and women fought and won the battles of life by their faith. In fact, it was written in verse 6 that without faith it is impossible to please God. What does this mean? If God is to take over your battles and fight for you, you must have faith to hand over the battles of your life to Him.

You should be able to trust and have confidence in God to fight on your behalf. Many of us want to be in control of the battles we don’t have the required arsenal to overcome. In Exo 14:14, God told the Children of Isreal that he will fight for them but they have to hold their peace. In other words, stay out of this and give me a chance to show you that I am your God. Unfortunately, many of us do not even give God a chance to fight for us. A number of us go ahead to attempt to fight and come back with wounds and regret. Apostle John wrote in 1 John 5:4 that whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world and the victory that overcomes the world is our faith.

In other words, whosoever or even whatever can be fortunate to be born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Wow…astonishing! The victory that wins in this world of battles is our faith. The good book is saying that for you to be a winner in life, your faith is very important.

Therefore, the key to winning in the battles of life is our faith. Your faith is crucial in overcoming the battles of life. No wonder Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Tim 6:12 that we should fight the good fight of faith. The truth is the only fight we are called to fight is the fight of our faith. Whether you are fighting a physical or spiritual battle, faith is required to win. It took faith for David to defeat Goliath, it took faith for Abraham to defeat the 4 powerful kings, it took faith for Gideon to subdue the Midianites ( Judges 7), it took faith for Moses and the children of Israel to cross over the red sea and let the their enemies perish. Jehoshaphat had to believe in the Lord His God to fight his battles before victory could be won (2 Chro 20:20b).

The major tool you need to overcome in life is your faith in God. This book will teach you how you can win in life by applying your own faith. You will learn how you can build a winning faith to always put your enemies at bay. Contrary situations and circumstances will be forced to bow before you after you must have read this book. Happy Reading!


Chapter 1: Developing Faith to Win

There are two major levels of faith:

1. Faith to be saved

2. Faith to live as a Christian



Faith to be saved



Rom 10:9-10

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”

The first thing a sinner has to do to be born again and have access to God is to have faith. He has to believe in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and then confess with his mouth the Lord Jesus, and he shall be saved. It’s that simple. Faith is greater than righteousness because it is with the heart that man believes unto righteousness. Righteousness is obtained through faith so without faith there cannot be righteousness. If you don't believe in Jesus, you cannot be saved. You must believe to be saved.

Based on the foregoing, I can safely propose the following equation:



Salvation = faith (believe) + confession

You must believe in the finished work of Christ before you can be saved. After this simple exercise of faith, you will be given the grace to go and sin no more. Faith gives you access to grace. In other words, the Grace of God is not accessible to anyone without faith.


Faith to live as a Christian

The other level of faith we want to look at is faith to live as a Christian. After you have given your life to Christ, you have to take your faith level to another height. The reason for this is not far-fetched. The bible in four different scriptures stated and emphasized that the Just shall live by Faith (Hab 2:4, Rom 1:17, Gal 3:11, Heb 10:38). Undoubtedly, this repetition underscores the importance of the just i.e. a born again Christian, living his life daily by faith.

The four scriptures are stated below for your perusal and meditation:


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