Victory Shout for Faith Works

Dr. Isaac Paintsil

Scripture for the day: “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1Corinthians 15:57

Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower was an American politician and soldier who served as the 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961. During World War II, he became a five-star general in the Army and served as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the successful invasion of Nazi-occupied Normandy in 1944-45 that significantly altered the trajectory of the war and brought victory to the Allied Forces. He is famously quoted as saying, “There are no victories at discount prices.” This quote applies in the spiritual realm as well. As we get ready for the Decade of 7for7, we must not look for victories at discount prices. We must be courageous to add corresponding works to faith in our lives, circles of influence, towns, cities, nations, and the world.

On at least three occasions in the scriptures, certain persons were carefully chosen by God to embark on divine ventures that brought great victories to the people of God. These were “Kairos” moments when all the stars were perfectly aligned for victory, but needed corresponding, practical works of faith of the designated people. These were moments of the convergence of God’s word of prophecy, divine timing, faith, and corresponding works. The chosen people of God needed to act and thankfully, they did, being fully aware that there were no victories at discount prices. The following are their declarations prior to embarking on their divine assignments:

  • Queen Esther said in Esther 4:16b, “And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
  • Jacob said in Genesis 43:14b, “If I am bereaved, I am bereaved!”
  • The four lepers said in 2Kings 7:4b, “Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.”

In all the above instances, men and women were ready to “put all on the line,” including the eventuality of death for victory. I refer to their emphatic statements as “victory shouts,” not after, but prior to their audacious works of faith. Interestingly, none of the heroes mentioned above died in their God-given missions; rather, their mountain-moving faith wrought amazing victories for the people of God. It is now our turn, the global Oasis family and all elect remnants! The divine stars are perfectly aligned for an end-time revival. Ours is to drive through this Kairos moment and great mission by faith and its corresponding works. I am ready and I sincerely hope you are too. Indeed, faith works, and faith without work is dead. In the process, “If I perish, I perish; If I am bereaved, I am bereaved; and if they kill us, we shall ONLY die.”

It is the penultimate day of the end of “Octoberfast 2020.” I trust we have been refreshed, educated, blessed, and empowered for the Decade of 7for7. I earnestly look forward to the recurring declaration of the scripture reading for today after every successful expedition in the coming months and years that, “…thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1Corinthians 15:57. “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we, His servants, will arise and build.” – Nehemiah 2:20. “Flow, Oasis of ever-increasing faith and faith works in the Decade of 7for7, Flow!”

– Rev. Isaac Paintsil