During the past forty years of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, I learned the greatest and most powerful secret of the Faith: sacrifice. I did not learn this at Theology school or during the first thirteen years of faith. I learned this with the growth of the UCKG, while exercising intelligent faith, even though I stumbled in its mysteries, and sometimes fell into the trap of emotional faith, but anyways…
The Holy Spirit thought it best to lead me to deserts to learn how to separate emotional faith from rational faith. The difficulties of the desert force us to use intelligent Faith to survive. Through my own experience, I learned that the greater the sacrifice, the greater the firmness of conscious faith, and the greater the achievements. I don’t remember achieving one single victory based on prayer or fasting alone. Though this is fundamental in our communication with God, they still have to be accompanied by action, which may seem “crazy,” impetuous, but loaded with the conviction of the Spirit of God.
For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Philippians 2.13
I confess, many times I was terrified and tried to retreat. However, it was too late, so I had to move forward. I had no other choice. If it weren’t for the guidance of the Spirit of the Almighty, I would certainly be lost.
I don’t believe any hero of faith in the Bible was brave on his own. Instead, their audacity and courage came from the One that worked in them, both to will and to do.
Sacrifice confirms the faith and stimulates the courage of the person that is sacrificing. Israel can certainly agree. In the past, before going to war, the priests presented sacrifices to God. Such sacrifices had nothing to do with the forgiveness of sins. They were sacrifices of thanksgiving or anticipated gratitude for the victory over the enemies. Clothed with the armor of the faith that the Lord of Hosts was with them, the soldiers set out upon the enemies without the slightest concern of their military might. The sacrifices signaled the alliance with the Almighty and, consequently, the conviction of victory.