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Faith becoming Effectual

The Apostle Paul writes a letter to a group of people within a home based Church. These people were....

Phm 1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, UNTO PHILEMON our dearly beloved, and fellow labourer,
Phm 1:2 AND TO OUR BELOVED APPHIA, AND ARCHIPPUS our fellow soldier, AND TO THE CHURCH IN THY HOUSE:

We are all called to proclaim the Gospel to the world, but are we really effective in what we say? Is there power in the words we speak as we are out and about in our daily lives? After the Apostle Paul had heard about the faith, and the love these people had towards the Lord, and to each other he gave them some good advice on how to become “effectual” in how they share their faith.

Phm 1:4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,
Phm 1:5 HEARING OF THY LOVE AND FAITH, WHICH THOU HAST TOWARD THE LORD JESUS, AND TOWARD ALL SAINTS;

Phm 1:6 THAT THE COMMUNICATION OF THY FAITH MAY BECOME EFFECTUAL by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

The word “COMMUNICATION” means, “TO SHARE, TO HAVE FELLOWSHIP, TO COMMUNICATE”. The word “EFFECTUAL” means, “ENERGY, ACTIVE, POWERFUL”.
Before the sharing of our FAITH can become powerful, and full of energy we must first acknowledge (which means to confess) every good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus!!! Before our faith can become effectual, it will only come by the "acknowledging (confessing) of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.!!

Why confess the Word of God out of our mouths? We confess the Word of God so we can believe (have faith in) the Word of God. Why? Because faith only comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God!!! (Romans 10:17)

Memorizing the scriptures does not give power to what the scriptures says. There is no power in the human brain that can make faith effective!!! We confess the Word to get that Word into our hearts (spirit). It is within the heart (spirit of man) where faith becomes “effectual” which is why the bible tells us to protect our hearts above all because out of it flow the “issues” (forces) of life. (Pro 4:23)

The word, “ISSUES” means, “the start, or beginning, or the source of life”. The Word of God does not become the “SWORD” of the Spirit until it gets into man's spirit (heart)!!

When the Apostle Paul was teaching on getting saved the question was, “what does the righteousness of faith say?”

Rom 10:8 BUT WHAT SAITH IT? The WORD IS NIGH THEE, EVEN IN THY MOUTH, AND IN THY HEART: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

Notice: the Word must first be in our mouth, before it gets into our heart!! Only after it gets into our hearts does it come out of our mouths as the sword of the Spirit. As Jesus once said, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matt 12:34)

The communicating of our faith to others will not become effective, or effectual, nor full of energy, or power to cause a change to the hearers unless it comes from the heart of man where the issues of life spring from!!!
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