Beginning with a session of prayer and singing in tongues, Bishop Butler continued his topic from the previous evening. Referring to Ephesians 3:14-20, he noted that many people focus on v.20 when thinking about faith, but in actuality, God can only do ‘exceeding abundantly’ in accordance with what is active and effective in us. Faith is only activated by love, to which it is inextricably linked (Galatians 5:6). He also noted that faith comes through the repetitive hearing of God’s Word (Romans 10:17) and recommended that we read Scriptures aloud to ourselves, as God didn’t intend for the Bible to be read silently.
From Romans 5:3-5, Bishop Butler assured the gathering that the Holy Spirit has already poured out love in our hearts and that what is needed is to act on that love. We can do this by giving, since love always gives, as demonstrated by God Himself in John 3:16. Real men of faith, he pointed out, are givers, quick to forgive, and non-judgemental. Bishop Butler further pointed out from 1John 5:1-3 that with love for God and our brethren, we should obey God’s instructions, because He uses us to affect the lives of others that He loves. Doing so does not ask too much of us (v.3) and this is how our faith becomes activated through love. He also stated that faith without love is nothing (1Corinthians 13:2). Reading from 2Thessalonians 1:3, he established that if we have decided to walk in faith, then we must also decide to walk in love.
On breaking it down he pointed out that faith is simply believing what we have heard about God from the Scriptures. As we keep hearing, we keep believing. If a believer really has faith, the Word is what will come out of him when the pressures of life squeezes him and he can be bold in the day that Satan tries to accuse him, because perfect love casts out fear (1John 4:16-18).
Continuing, Bishop Butler revealed that we should win all the time and not just sometimes. He explained that what prevents believers from always winning is that their love isn’t fully activated. He encouraged us to start showing love to our enemies; those that despitefully use us (Matthew 5:44), because love never fails. He mentioned the example of the early Church and said that if you desire victory, your hallmark should be love and patience (Hebrews 6:13-15), not power. Standing on these virtues, we can laugh at the devil when his attacks come. The disciple John is a good example of one who understood love. He even referred to himself as the disciple that Jesus loved. He believed in God’s love for him so much that he was able to avoid the kind of violent death that befell the other disciples in the Bible.
Bishop Butler concluded for the evening with 1Corinthians 12:14 and 1Corinthians 11:28-30. He pointed out that everyone in the Body of Christ is important, not just to God, but to each other, as fellow members of the same body. He stressed that we are to examine ourselves, not others (v.28) and warned that the lack of love led to many (not a few) being weak, sickly and dying (v.30), despite the faith in the church. Bishop Butler then testified that giving, in love and obedience to God, always opens the door for something greater to come to you.