For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.
Galatians 5:6 AMPC
Have you ever wondered why your faith seems not to be producing results as you expect? Are you tempted to say like some people will say that “this faith thing” does not work?” I believe this short piece will open your eyes to what has been missing in the equation.
As strong and powerful as faith is, it is important to know that it is a virtue that does not work alone if it must produce results. Among other kingdom virtues that must go along with faith is the virtue of love. If your faith must produce the needed result you desire, it must work through love. Faith must pass the channel of love before it can deliver the needed result.
As great and valuable as the virtue of faith is, you must understand that in God’s kingdom, love is greater than faith. (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Galatians 5:6 tells us that faith works through love. And that the only thing that counts in Christ Jesus is the faith that works through love. It implies that the virtue of love and faith are very vital for everyone that is in Christ Jesus.
If you are like me who wants to do great exploits for the Lord by raising the dead, healing the sick and working in the miraculous, then it is important to understand how faith works through love.
Faith works through love because:
·        Love gives faith the power to operate.
·        Love energises and empowers faith to work
·        Love is what activates faith.
·        Love is the driving force behind faith.
And this love is no other love but agape love, which is the God’s-kind-of-love, that is what is spoken of in Galatians 6:5.
How Faith works through love
When you have faith for something, it is important to know that it is not your “faith” that produces the result you desire. Rather, it is God Himself who acts to bring to pass your godly desires. The Lord is the One who gives us what we have “faith” for. And don’t forget that “God is love” (1 John 4:8).
Since God is love, then we can say that Love (God) is what acts on our behalf to make our faith productive. Thus, you can see that when there is no love, nothing works just by faith.
And don’t forget that God never fails (Zephaniah 3:5) even as love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8). You will not fail to have the answer to your prayers when your faith is working through love. This is because God is love and when you walk in love, you exhibit God even in your prayers and command His manifestations.
I have heard this same testimony from many leading healing ministers like Curry Blake, and Benny Hinn. They said that some persons who come to give testimony of how God healed them in a meeting said that when they stopped focusing on themselves (even though they were seriously sick) and started praying for another person who is sick in the meeting, they themselves miraculously get healed even before the healing minister calls up their case. That is an example of faith working through love.
Most times, we are so engulfed in our problems and challenges that we don’t see the windows of opportunities that God brings our way to show acts of love to others. Taking advantage of such opportunities is an act that will definitely strengthen our faith.
When love is absent, faith will be weakened. Your faith becomes effective when you are firmly established in love. You can see why the devil does everything he can to stop you from walking in love with your neighbour. The devil understands that if you are made to start hating another man, your faith will become paralyzed.
But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and WALKETH IN DARKNESS, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that DARKNESS HATH BLINDED HIS EYES.
1 John 2:11
Not walking in love will spiritually demoralise and disarm you from walking in God’s fullness.
Are you harbouring hatred against your spouse and expecting God to hear your prayers? Could this be the reason why your prayer for your marriage is not yielding results?
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
1 Peter 3:7.
Considering the fact that there is hatred and anger in the hearts of many Nigerians against our nation and our leaders, most believers are not left out in this net of hatred and anger. Could this be why our prayers for our nation Nigeria is not yielding much results?
So I want men everywhere to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from sin and anger and resentment.
1 Timothy 2:8 TLB
I realised that when I am bittered against another person, I hardly have faith to help the person. But on the other hand, I observed that I easily get words of prophecy or words of knowledge for people that I love whom I pray for consistently.
Walking in love was one of the secrets of Jesus’ exploit on earth. Before he does miracles our Lord Jesus always exhibits the virtue of compassion which is one feature of love. The signs, wonders and miracles He did were first activated and energised by the love He had for men.
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
Matthew 14:14
Before Jesus gave sight to the two blind men, He had compassion on them.
So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.
Matthew 20:34
You have seen that the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ worked through the channel of love and compassion. And just like Jesus, we will do great exploits with our faith if when our faith passes the love test.


Besides other functions of faith, I will love to show you two important functions of faith. If you can apply this truth in the order it is presented, you will definitely see results as you exercise your faith.
First, Faith Is For Pleasing God
The first and most important use of faith is for pleasing God. I know this might sound different from what you’ve been taught that faith is for receiving from God. We will come to that, but it is very important that you accept the truth that primarily, the use of faith is for pleasing God.
Going to the book of Hebrews 11 that talks about faith, verse 6 points to the fact that faith is for pleasing God.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:6
Looking at the patriarch of faith, you will discover that their primary motive of believing and following God was not to receive from God but to please him. Every exhibition of their faith was geared towards pleasing God.
For instance, there was no record that Enoch had a personal need that compels him to follow God the way he did.
Even father Abraham; although he had needs, nevertheless despite his needs, he was willing to forfeit his needs to please God. That was why even when one of his major needs was met (that is, the birth of Isaac), he was willing to sacrifice Isaac just to please the Lord in whom he had faith in. Thus, you can see that Abraham’s faith was primarily to please God.
In the same vein, our faith should be aimed at pleasing God by first of all believing that God is real (that He exists). Next, is to exhibit our faith by living our lives every day to please this God who is real, in accordance with His will.
Therefore, you can’t say that you have faith in God when in secret you can still comfortably break His law. Your action simply shows that you don’t really believe that He exists. If you do, it will affect your conduct both in the secret and in the public.
Thus, when you decide not to do that evil, not because anyone will know, but simply because you have faith that God is real and He sees you even in that dark room; that is faith.
This is the starting point of the function of faith in the life of a believer.
Secondly, Faith Is For Spiritual Transactions
The second use of faith that I will love to share with you is that faith is for spiritual transactions.
You can’t do business in this Kingdom that we have been brought in if you lack faith. That is why God gave us a measure of faith when we got born again (Romans 12:3). This is to enable us to transact effectively in this kingdom of light. And the good thing is that, we can grow our faith so as to do bigger spiritual transactions.
So, what do these transactions entail?
i.                    To receive anything from God, you need faith.
ii.                  You need faith to put to fleet the host of darkness that crosses your path.
iii.                You need faith to enforce the authority that has been given to you in Christ Jesus.
iv.               You can’t effectively relate and walk with the Holy Spirit without faith.
v.                 It takes faith to obey God even when it does not make logical sense.
Sincerely speaking, you can’t do any of the above spiritual transactions if you lack faith. Even though you have faith, if you don’t know how to transact, you will still be ineffective.
But thank God for the instrumentality of God’s word and the Person of the Holy Spirit that has been given to us to help us learn how to put our faith to work. The more we yield to Him, the more our faith produces results.


It is my discovery and experience that if a minister of the gospel lacks compassion for anybody or any people that he is ministering to, he can’t really minister in the power of God to meet their needs. But when compassion is developed, it is easy to release and flow in the anointing. For the anointing flows when compassion is present. I am not talking about head-knowledge love, but real compassionate love for the person or people you are ministering to.
This is one basic truth everyone who wants to do miracles and walk in the miraculous must understand. If you lack compassion, you can’t see the power of God flow through you.
This principle was exemplified by our Lord Jesus Christ; compassion always precedes the miracles He does. Before Lazarus was raised back to life, the Bible recorded that “Jesus wept” (John 11:35); that was an expression of compassion. Such compassion is the kind of love that always changes situations.
Some references that point to the fact that our Lord Jesus always shows compassion before doing miracles are found in the following scripture:
35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 But when he saw the multitudes, HE WAS MOVED WITH COMPASSION ON THEM, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
 37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Matthew 9:35-38
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was MOVED WITH COMPASSION TOWARD THEM, and he healed their sick.
Matthew 14:14
Before Jesus fed the 4000, He had compassion for them.
Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I HAVE COMPASSION ON THE MULTITUDE, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
Matthew 15:32
Before Jesus gave sight to the two blind men, He had compassion for them.
So JESUS HAD COMPASSION ON THEM, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.
Matthew 20:34
I can go on and show you many other scriptures, how Jesus’ compassion precedes the miracles He did. So, you can see that He didn't just have sympathy, but He also went further to give a helping hand. His love was practical; with the aim of changing a situation into something better.
It is my discovery that the stronger the compassion that I have for the people I am ministering to, the stronger the anointing of God flows to bring healing, baptism of the Holy Ghost, deliverance and enlightenment.
Do you want to see the sick healed through your hands? Have compassion for them.
Do you want to see insane (mad) people delivered through your hands? Have compassion for them.
Do you want to be used by God to feed hungry people, to meet the needs of orphans and the less privileged? Have compassion for them.
Your compassion does two things; it opens you up for God to give you the resources to meet the need at hand and it also helps you to channel the resources appropriately.
One of the reasons why God is using me in the area of enlightening the body of Christ with the truth of the word of God is simply because of the compassion I have for brethren who are sincerely ignorant about the basic truth of the Kingdom of God. It is not compassion that is infected with pride or criticism, but one that is filled with love, humility, sympathy and is willing to be used by God to bring light to the Church through the instrumentality of the word of God which in itself is light itself.
Without genuine compassion, our ministry becomes showmanship and eye-service that is only geared at receiving the praise of men not minding God’s approval.



- Pst. Gavin Aleogho

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV


I have often been asked, “why is it that a lot of Christians do not live a life of practical love for their neighbours, despite the fact that a lot is being said about love in Christianity?”


I believe one of the missing components that hinder a lot of Christians from expressing true love to their neighbours is the component of compassion.


It is my discovery that if you lack compassion you can’t show kingdom love to anybody. You can claim to have lip-service love, but when it comes to the practicality of agape love you will be found wanting.


It is the element of compassion that allows us to have pity on our neighbours and go further to show them God’s love, practically. Thus, agape love cannot be expressed when compassion is lacking in our hearts. For compassion is a thing of the heart. It is not a thing of the head.


Compassion is showing sympathy for the suffering of another with the desire to help. Thus, it is not enough to just have sympathy. If it is genuine compassion, you must move to the next stage of asking yourself, “what can I do to help this person?”


Agape love must involve having sympathy for your neighbour who is in need and also the willingness to give a helping hand to get the person out of what he/she is going through.


When we were lost in our sins, God didn’t just have pity on us, He went further to provide a solution to our sinful state by giving His Only Begotten son to die for us.


But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8


Why is compassion vital in the act of showing agape love?


God’s -kind-of-love is transformational in nature. That is, it has the ability to change the object that it loves. But this cannot be achieved without the element of compassion. If you lack the element of compassion in your heart, your love will not be able to change or affect another man.


True love is action and it is aimed at transforming another man’s situation into a better situation. When compassion is lacking, our love only becomes lip services, without the power to change anybody.


For instance, if you are concerned with the sinful state of a neighbour who is not born again, then your compassion should push you to do the needful of praying and preaching the word of God to the neighbour.


In the same vein, if you claim to love your neighbour who is in need, then your compassion should push you to give what you can to help get the individual out of that situation.


So, you can see that compassion is the driving force that causes our love to flow from our hearts to another person.


If compassion must have enough driving force, then it must have the element of sympathy. And sympathy is the ability to understand and show pity or sorrow for the pain or distress of another. Thus, genuine sympathy is given birth to when we understand the situation a person is going through and then identify with the person in question, by putting ourselves in their shoes. That is what is called empathy.


Empathy is the ability to identify with and understand somebody else's feelings or difficulties. It is the act of putting yourself in another person’s shoes so as to feel what they are feeling.

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

Romans 12:15


That was what our Lord Jesus Christ did for us, He identified with our weakness by coming to the earth and putting on flesh so as to feel what we were going through.


Hence, our Lord Jesus Christ knows what it means to be living on planet earth.

He knows what it means to be weak in the flesh.

He knows what it means to be tired.


For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Hebrews 4:15.


For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

Hebrews 5:1-2.


It is difficult to give a helping hand to a neighbour when you can’t feel what they are feeling. You have to put yourself in their shoes. If you were in their shoes, how would you want to be treated?


 Compassion Is One Of God’s Character


The following scriptures point to the fact that God our Father is a compassionate God.


Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23


As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.

Psalm 103:13


If we claim to be God’s children, we must also exhibit this attribute of compassion in dealing with our fellow humans.


Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV


-Pst. Gavin Aleogho
He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.
Ecclesiastes 10:8
To understand the defence and security system that the Lord has given to the believers against the onslaught of the devil, it is important to look at God’s dealing with the Israelites right from when they left Egypt to the time of the Judges and the Kings.
God did all and gave all that is required for the protection of the Israelites. He ensured that they were immune to all the attacks from their enemies. But like you must have discovered as you read the book of Judges, 1 Kings and 2 Kings, that as long as the Israelites abide by God’s rules their defence system remains intact. But whenever they break God’s law, their defence system gets weakens, giving the enemies an advantage over them.
In the same vein, in this era of grace, God the Father has done all He ought to do concerning our protection from our archenemy the devil and his agents. The Lord didn’t just save us from our sins. The Lord went further to do the following for us, to put us in an advantageous position against the devil.
Among many things He did for us are:
1.     He took us away from the domain of darkness to the Kingdom of His son (Colossians 1:13). It therefore means that nothing of darkness should have a grip over us.
2. He made us set together with Christ Jesus in the heavenly place far above all satanic hierarchy (Ephesians 1:20-23, 2:6). It therefore means that the devil and all his agents are under us.
3. The Lord assigned angels to encamp around us. (Psalms 34:7). Implying that at every moment, we are not alone.
4.     He gave us the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. This is why the Apostle John wrote to us that we don’t need to be afraid. Why? Because “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”  (1 John 4:4). The Greater One in us is the Holy Spirit.
Like the Israelites of old, the devil cannot do anything against you except you give him that opportunity. That is why the scripture admonishes us not to give the devil any opportunity.
“and give no opportunity to the devil.”
Ephesians 4:27 RSV
The truth is that the devil, our enemy, is always seeking for any opportunity to kill, steal or destroy us. (1 Peter 5:8, John 10:10a). He won’t hesitate to take advantage of any opportunity he finds even in the life of Christians. Thus, it is important for us to know the ways and avenues we are likely to give the devil a foothold in our lives, thereby breaking our spiritual hedge.
1. Ignorance Of Your Place In Christ
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Hosea 4:6
The devil is a trickster who always takes advantage of every opportunity he finds to steal, kill and destroy. He doesn’t fail to take advantage when he finds a believer who is ignorant of his rights and privileges in Christ Jesus.
One of the best knowledge every believer in Christ should arm themselves with is the knowledge of their place rights and privileges in Christ Jesus. Knowing this truth will help you to put the devil where he belongs; which is under your feet.
2. Negative Attitude To Offences
A lot of believers are unaware of the catastrophically damage that the devil is aiming at doing to us when he brings offence our ways. Offence in and of itself is not the problem. However, our attitude to offence can bring us to the place of darkness which the devil intends, where he can effectively do his havoc in our lives.
Outside darkness the devil cannot operate. When we allow offence to make us begin to hate our fellow man, we automatically bring ourselves into the domain of darkness where the devil operates effortlessly. This is the truth that is exposed to us in 1 John 2:9-11.
He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.  But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
1 John 2:9-11.
3. Disobedience To Divine Instructions
1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 15
In our walk with God, our security is reinforced as we walk in obedience to the divine instructions that we’ve been given. Living in disobediences only makes us vulnerable to the wiles of the enemies.
Besides the general instructions of the Lord that are found in the Bible, you have to also take heed to the instructions of God that were given to you, personally. Going into a marriage or taking a job which the Lord has previously instructed you not to take will only make you vulnerable to the wiles of the devil. That was the case of the young prophets in 1 Kings 13 who walked contrary to the instructions that the Lord gave to Him and he paid dearly for it with his life.
4. Sin In General.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:23
On a general note, every sin that we commit as believers weakens our spiritual defence system. It may not be obvious to us initially but as time goes by, the resultant effect will become obvious to all. This is one reason why we should never allow any sin to have dominion over us.
After rededicating his life to Christ, a man attested to the fact that when he was collecting bribes the problems that were coming to him were so much that the huge money he was getting from the bribe was not enough to solve the problems. However, after making a commitment to forsake these old ways, he observed that all the doors of these unexplainable problems were closed up. He said that with just his salary, he is able to achieve what he could not achieve with the huge money coming from bribing and illegal sources. This is just to show to you that sin makes us vulnerable to the devil.
5. The sin of immorality
We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did-and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.
1 Corinthians 10:8 NIV
Like I stated, every sin that a believer commits weakens their defence system. But one obvious sin that does great and immediate damage to the defence system of the believer is the sin of immorality.
Like the scripture says, the sin of immorality is not just a sin against God but it’s a sin against our own selves which includes a sin against our spiritual defence system. It is a quick way to bring down and break your spiritual hedge. This is why sickness, diseases and even demons are being transferred easily because the sin opens the door and gives the devil unhindered access to the individuals.
16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
 17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
1 Corinthians 6:16-20
6. Strongholds of the mind.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
About 90% of spiritual warfare against the believers begins in the mind. This is what is known as the battle of the mind. When the devil succeeds in winning the battle in a man’s mind, he has defeated the man. But if you have not been defeated in your mind, you can’t be defeated in life. This is why our mind and heart needs to be guarded.
We are strongly admonished in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to cast down every thought that does not align to the will of God for our lives. It is your responsibility to cast-off guilt and condemnation consciousness that the devil is trying to instill in you. Get rid of wrong beliefs.  Get rid of the sense of unworthiness and demon consciousness. And be conscious of your rights and privileges in Christ. Be conscious of your position in Christ Jesus which is a place far higher than every demonic hierarchy. Be conscious of the presence of the Lord and the host of heaven with you. By doing so, you are conditioning your mind to be victory conscious.
7. Wrong use of the tongue
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 18:21
If death and life are in the power of the tongue, it therefore implies that the wrong use of the tongue will administer death to an individual. This is one way the devil causes us to break the spiritual hedge around us; through the wrong use of the tongue.
Many parents have strip-off the default spiritual hedge that their children have through the negative words they keep speaking against them. As a parent, you must understand that God has placed you in a place of authority over your children. Whatever you allow is what is allowed into their lives. So if out of ignorance or anger you choose to speak negative words to your home, marriage and children, be ready to accept the outcome of your tongue’s investment.
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
James 3:10-12
8. Associating with the devil
Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
John 14:30
A direct or indirect association with the devil or anything that belongs to him will give him a foothold in our lives. This is a major reason why we should have nothing to do with anything associated with darkness. This includes and it is not limited to the following:
-Receiving anything from the devil or his representatives.
-Listening or obeying instructions from the devil or his agents like native doctors, shrine Priest, False Prophets, False Religions etc
-Accepting any object that is from the dark world. This object can include an armlet, handkerchief, water, candles, oil etc.
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
Ephesians 5:11 NIV
Doing otherwise will only give the devil a legal ground to operate in your lives which will always be against your progress.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Romans 6:16.

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