In the words of one of my favorite musical groups in high school – Journey – “Don’t Stop Believing!” Except rather than believing for emotion and a “feeling” as they sang about, let us believe God and His Word and receive the manifestation of His promises as tangible realities in our every day life. Let us continue to see Jesus before us and believe upon Him and His finished work on the cross that freed us from the curse and gave us access to the throne room of God. Don’t stop believing upon Jesus in your mind…let go of all those wearisome and burdensome thoughts and lies of the enemy and receive, instead, the word of the Lord for life. I am continually encouraged to hear of the testimonies that keep coming in of God’s love and faithfulness as you are continuing to believe (agree with AND rely on) His Word. I know I said that in the beginning of last week’s email, but since then, I’ve had 2 more testimonies come in from people who have been believing God in a particular area…I think there have been at least 5-6 I can think of specifically in the area of employment alone within these past few months. Some have been regarding new jobs, pay raises, new perks within the same company…God’s faithfulness continues to pour out upon us through His grace, and He is no respecter of persons. His Word remains true for all, and ANYONE who believes upon Jesus receives! (Mark 11:23-24) We discussed the “process” of believing last week in class as we looked at the example given to us through the Samaritan woman at the well. I encourage you to watch last week’s teaching if you missed it and to take notes as I went through many of the things we can often experience in the process of believing upon Jesus as He is presenting Himself to us…We saw that it took some uprooting of things in her thinking and some redirecting to truth at her core, but through conversation with Jesus (just as we have with Him today in the scriptures), she was set free! The conversation between Jesus and this woman who would have been considered at the very “bottom of the bottoms” continued long enough for Jesus to reveal Himself to her as Messiah and she accepted Him. It was at that moment of acknowledging and seeing Jesus as Messiah that she was set free! First on the inside, and then on the outside!! She was likely freed from the emotions that held her back in life and kept her facing the same broken circumstances over and over…she was broken on the inside, so her life continued to be broken on the outside. Jesus set her free from self condemnation and worthlessness and came to a woman who would have been considered as a woman of inferior status. According to historians, it was most often the young, strong women in the household that came to the well to draw water, and she wasn’t in this category. She was older, married 5 times, and now with another man she wasn’t married to. This was a picture of her not having provision or covering in her life…likely no one was caring for her. The man she was with when Jesus met her may have even been someone else’s husband…we don’t know the details, but we do know that Jesus was more concerned with getting a hold of her heart than he was about any of it! He came to this older, lower class woman, and introduced Himself as the “gift of God”…she didn’t see him that way initially, but she soon through this conversation, came to receive that gift of God and realized he came for her, and to give to HER…it was never about the water she could give him out of the well. She may have come at the later hour because it was a time less likely to have had other people there at the well…she may have had embarrassment, insecurity, and was certainly in the middle of sin…but when she met the Messiah face to face and He revealed Himself to her, her heart was open and she received Him. Then she RAN into town in front of everyone!!!! My oh my how we change once Jesus gets a hold of us on the inside!!! What this woman likely had once feared (the townspeople), she went running toward full speed! How we believe in our hearts – about Jesus, about ourselves, about others – influences what we do greatly. This woman considered insignificant to many was shown great value by Jesus, and she went down in history as having the longest recorded conversation in the whole bible with Jesus. A woman who was likely full of much shame was forever changed by the Messiah, and everyone began to see her in a whole new way. She saw the message she had received from the Lord as being of value, and she also saw herself as having value in carrying that message. Others listened to what she had to say, and as John 4:39 tells us, “many believed in him because of the woman’s testimony.” That’s what happens when we get Jesus inside our heart!! She hadn’t listened to hours of sermons; she hadn’t confessed scriptures; but she HAD met with the Messiah face to face and that’s what believing is all about!! Prayer is about meeting with God face to face in conversation. We have access to The Father through the Son, so it always begins with seeing Jesus (the Word, the scriptures) and holding Him in our heart, and He brings us before the Father (they are of course united together as one). Know that when we read the bible, have a prayer confession sheet, attend church – whatever it is we do in our Christian life to “grow up into Christ” (Eph 4:15) – our primary target is to simply […]
Know today that God has already provided everything you need…and even if you haven’t seen the provision yet with your eyes, KNOW that he HAS provided it for you. Here are a few scriptures to remind you that God prepared everything you would need at the creation of the world, before time began…WAY before you and I were ever born. His promises are real and they simply exist in the supernatural realm first before they manifest here on earth. We know and believe that God dwells in the unseen, that angels and heaven are in the unseen, and we understand they are real and have very real shape, form, and existence. Therefore, so does every provision God has made for you. IT ALREADY EXISTS in the supernatural and has a very real shape, form and existence. Everything we see with our eyes first originated from the unseen. Allow the Holy Spirit opportunity to lead you into all truth in this area, because as you understand in your core this truth, it makes trusting in God and believing (agreeing with AND relying on) His word simple and easy. God is always faithful and He will never let you down!!! His word NEVER returns up void but accomplishes the purpose for which it was sent — and Jesus (the Word) tells us His purpose in John 10:10 when He says: “I came to give you life and life more abundantly.” As you believe (agree with AND rely on) God’s word, you will receive the manifestation of that provision of life into your life here on earth. God already has provision waiting for you in the supernatural realm, and He thought of it well before you ever knew you would need it. He made it out of love and gave that provision the very best shape and form possible for you. He thought of you the whole time He shaped it and made it perfect for you. Here are some scriptures to be refreshed in that we’ve gone over in class before showing us that God has made every provision for us BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD: [Rev 13:8 NIV] 8….the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. (This shows us that Jesus was first slain before the earth ever existed…the cross was not the first time…that was just the natural manifestation of what already existed in the supernatural.) [Tit 1:2 NIV] 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, (God’s promise of eternal life for us didn’t first become available to us the day we invited Jesus into our heart. His promise for eternal life existed in the supernatural before the beginning of time!!! We simply received the manifestation of it in the natural the day we decided to agree with and rely on Jesus as our personal Lord and savior.) [Col 1:15-18 NKJV] 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (This scripture is of course speaking about Jesus (the Word)…and reveals to us that everything that God has made was made through Jesus (the Word) and that He made visible AND invisible things for us.) [2Ti 1:9 NKJV] 9 who has saved us and called [us] with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, (This scripture reveals to us that God’s purpose and plan to save us from the curse and to provide us salvation through His grace in Christ Jesus was in His heart and in His plan and in His provisions BEFORE TIME BEGAN.) [1Co 2:7 NKJV] 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden [wisdom] which God ordained before the ages for our glory, (This scripture reveals to us that all the wisdom of God has been hidden FOR OUR GLORY … He did not hide His wisdom from us, but instead FOR us and for our glory (victory, manifestation of His promise) and He put it all in place for us “before the ages”) Personal Prayer for today: Father God, I thank you for your great love for me. I thank you that your love is so great for me that before you ever made me, before you even made the earth for me, you thought of everything I would ever need or desire. I thank you for being my provider. I acknowledge you as my provider. I repent from anyplace I have doubted you or sought to provide for myself or sought another source. I thank you that you have made every provision of life abundantly for my life here on earth and I receive it today through Christ Jesus. In His Name I pray, believe and receive, Amen.