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So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10.17

But how does this actually happen? By the power of IMAGINATION!

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe (imagine) that you receive them; and you will have them. Mark 11.24

Many say they “believe,” but neglect the power of IMAGINATION, and therefore are fallen in the faith.

God, Himself reveals this power to us:

The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, “Surely, as I have thought (imagined), so it shall come to pass…” Isaiah 14.24

There are 4 elements that TRANSFORM a person’s life: Imagination, Faith, Courage and…
So, you listen to the Word or Promises of God being preached, you “imagine” living the fulfillment of this Word or Promise, Faith is activated and materializes, generating courage for… what? Now comes the fourth element that makes all the difference: the Foolishness of Faith!

Pay attention:

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1.18

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1.21

Because of the first three elements – Imagination, Faith, and Courage – the foolishness of the message generates this “foolish” Faith, which does “foolish” things that please God and displease the world.

The foolishness of faith helps us imagine (see) the cure of any illness, including incurable ones. We see our relatives and friends that addicts being delivered by the power of God and becoming servants of the Most High. And so on…

Now you know why the devil does not want you to come to the Universal Church? Because here the Holy Spirit will lead you to “think” or “imagine” what God can do WHEN you have the courage to manifest a “Faith that is foolish to this world” on the Altar.

This is the faith that led David to fight against Goliath. God was just waiting to use someone to shame the enemies of His people. Understand that everything was possible because David “imagined” himself defeating the giant Goliath. Where do we find this evidence?

So the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be (Promise) that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.” Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” And the people answered him in this manner, saying, “So shall it be done for the man who kills him.” 1 Samuel 17.25-27

The promise was so great that David asked them to repeat it for him so that he could “imagine” himself in that position. At that moment, the foolishness of Faith was born within him, and he went for the “all or nothing,” which is the faith that forms the foundation of the Universal Church. Result: with battles and patience, David experienced the promises, and his life was TRANSFORMED.

This is what God wants to do in our lives too, WHEN this “foolish” Faith is revealed on the ALTAR!
Now, do not expect praise from those who belong to this world, because:

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2.14

Bishop Macedo
Bishop Macedo

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