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Ope Rowland believes in the ministry of every saint. Hence, he talks and writes about believers finding, grooming and operating in their ministries.

He is the author of the thriving blogs and the books- The Young Christian , Manifestation and The Intimate Life  

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Get Breathing

Ope Rowland THRIVE_Get BreathingFool! When will you ever learn that faith that does not result in good deeds is useless? Don't you remember that our ancestor Abraham was declared right with God because of what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see, he was trusting God so much that he was willing to do whatever God told him to do. His faith was made complete by what he did--by his actions. And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: "Abraham believed God, so God declared him to be righteous." He was even called "the friend of God." So you see, we are made right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. Rahab the prostitute is another example of this. She was made right with God by her actions--when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. Just as the body is dead without a spirit, so also faith is dead without good deeds.
James 2:20-26 NLT
You are alive not because you have a body but because you are breathing. There are bodies in the mortuary but you count them as dead because they are no longer breathing. That is the analogy to describe the relationship between works and faith. That is why it should be your concern to produce good works. James said just as a body without breath is dead, so also is faith without a (visible) commensurate work.
Works in this context refer to works of grace and not dead works of trying to appease God, to be in good term with God. These works spring out of a life that God is already pleased with. Your work is not to get God’s attention. It is a reflection of what God is doing in your life.
You do not have to tell anyone that you have faith; it should be seen. A life of faith is tangible.
We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 1:3 NIV
And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Greece, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don't need to tell them about it,
1 Thessalonians 1:8 NLT
Faith can be seen. The work their faith produced made others to know that their faith was alive.
In the spiritual realm, your faith is the body. The breathing of that faith is works. Therefore, someone who claims to have faith without works has only body without breathe. That person is dead. That faith is dead when there are no works.
 What are those things that affect the breathing of men that men do not breathe?
HEREDITARY FACTOR
Some people have breathing challenges because of the gene that was passed on to them.
One of the things to check if you claim you have faith and do not have works is your lineage. Check from whom you were born. Check the faith you claim you have received. Some are born into the kind of, “Come, Jesus will solve all your problems.”  They did not receive that kind of faith that teaches holiness, service and commitment from them. If those are not part of the faith received, such faith will have the challenge of not breathing. The demand might be to bring your life to Christ genuinely.
DIETARY FACTOR
Some people have breathing problem because of what they eat and drink.
The food of faith is the word of God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing of the word of God. Are you receiving a balanced diet? When it comes to feeding your faith with the word of God, with what word are you fed? You eat only carbohydrates no protein, no fats, no vitamin, only carbohydrate. That person will not live a healthy life.
All the word of God some receive is that which talks about money. It is time to go back and take a balanced diet. Do not just only stop at taking the word of God that boost your faith to receive money and excel, what about the faith that demands obedience from your life? Do you digest the word of God that demands service, sacrifice and more commitment from your life?
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTOR
There are places where the polluted air is causing breathing problems to the people staying there.
In the world we are, everywhere we get to, there is that pollution in the spirit realm. The air around is that calling people to ungodliness. You do not require much temptation to do wrong, it is everywhere around you. You look left and right, it is ungodliness. It might disturb your work production: producing the works of saying, “No to ungodliness.”
You cannot run away from this world as you have been sent to this world on a mission. You stay! However, you can carry and wear your nose mask everywhere to filter what comes into you.
And the LORD God formed a man's body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life. And the man became a living person.
Genesis 2:7 NLT
For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
Ecclesiastes 12:7 NLT
Carry your nose mask and receive the correct gas into your nose. A constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit will save you.
INADEQUATE EXERCISE
Some people have breathing problem because they do not exercise enough. To regularize your breathing, you will have to improve on your exercise. Exercise is to generate heat energy in your body and channel them to the appropriate quarters and your breathing become normal.
That is the work of prayer!
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
James 5:16 KJV
A prayer that is fervent in nature will produce works. Your lack of works indicates something about your prayer life. Something needs to be corrected if men cannot see our faith by our works and we need to keep telling them we have faith. It is time to exercise in the spirit. It is time to start praying. It is time to take your spiritual fervency to another level. It is time to pray. It is time to travail. That is your spiritual exercise.
OVER ACTIVITY
When you overwork your system, you might have breathing challenges.
And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
Mark 6:30-32 KJV
Come and take a rest. Some do have works but are no longer breathing regularly again. Their good works is not coming forth as it ought to again. It is because they are over laboring themselves with activities.
Come back to Sabbath. You must never lose sight of the principle of Sabbath.  The principle of Sabbath is not all about doing nothing but that you might spend that time with God. How much time do you spend with God? A man, who is far from the presence of God, a man who is far from his personal altar, will have little work to show for his faith.
Get breathing again because your faith without breathing, your faith without good works is zero; it is a dead man on the street.

 

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