One of my favorite things about God is that He remains faithful even when we are faithless (2 Tim 2:13)…Be encouraged to know when you feel like your faith has run out, you can rely on God’s faith to build you up AND to fulfill His promises in your life. It’s HIS faith working in us anyway, so best to rely on His power and not our own to bring those promises in our lives to fruition. So how do we do that? Simply by surrendering ourselves to Him and accepting His word as truth no matter what things look like or feel like, including our own bodies. God is faithful and He will do that which He promises to do! (1 Thess 5:24) Faith is a gift to us that COMES to us from God when we hear the word (Rom 10:17). Every time we speak the word or hear another speak the word, God’s faith is coming to us, and I would say even for a deaf person, as we also meditate on the word and think on and it and hear it in our thoughts, faith comes to us hearing the word in our heads too! How awesome is it that God shares so freely of Himself with us! While we read Jesus often saying “your faith” has made you well, it’s important for us to recognize and understand that it wasn’t that these people had some great faith they had built up out of their own will power and could therefore be credited as having this awesome, amazing faith because they had done all the right things or in their case even that they likely had heard Jesus preach more than once! BUT they did believe, meaning they ACCEPTED what Jesus (the word) said and allowed His words to enter into their hearts and fill them with hope which enabled God’s miracle power to be released without limit….Many times Christians think faith is something we should strive to build up on our own until we one day reach this great place of maturity and can move mountains…it’s religious thinking for us to think based on our own efforts we could ever achieve anything so great. Faith is being fully persuaded by God – it’s a place of surrender, acceptance, and openness to God. It’s a place of accepting His word as truth and allowing His truth to minister to our hearts. Faith is a GIFT that comes to us from God and is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). We can only be full of faith and have faithfulness when we allow ourselves to be filled with His Spirit. THIS is how one has great faith working in them…by allowing GOD’s faith to consume; surrendering all our own thoughts, plans, ideas, emotions; letting go of ourselves completely and saying, “yes” to God. “Yes, Lord, I believe. I believe your word is true! No matter how I feel, no matter what things look like, I believe you are the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Alpha and the Omega, the One who is forever faithful, and I put my trust in you.” Hope in God never disappoints (Romans 5:5). Sometimes we expect God to do something He never said He would do, and that’s where disappointment can come in and the enemy tries to use it against us to separate us from God. We must put our hope in Jesus (the word of God) alone! When we hope in something God has spoken to his people in his word: “by my stripes you have been healed,” “peace is yours,” “the joy of the Lord is your strength,” “you have favor everywhere you go with everyone who sees you,” “you are blessed when you go in and when you come out,” as many promises as GOD HAS MADE they are yes and Amen to us as 2 Corinthians 1:20 tells us. God is no respector of persons, so if he has healing for one, then he has healing for all. Joy for one, then joy for all. Our part is to simply surrender our hearts, call down all the negative thoughts, emotions and lies of the enemy that try to come our way, and RECEIVE that which God has already spoken and promised to us in His word. HE IS FAITHFUL! Faith in God is a place of surrender and acceptance that His word is true no matter what, and as we “grow” in faith, it’s really just God’s faith growing in us as we allow him to take over more and more and truly become one.
~The Blessing ~ What IS the blessing and how does understanding the blessing empower us in our prayer life? The first thing God does after He creates man is bless Him (Gen 1:28). He then goes onto say “be fruitful, increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it.” God is in the business of setting us up for success; and equally important to know, is that without His blessing, we could never do what He called us to do anyway. Before He gives any directives, He empowers us to do that which He calls us to do. The word Jesus uses for “blessing” in the Greek is “makários.” You can study this out in the Strong’s Concordance (G3107). Here’s what Strong’s says: Makários (from mak-, “become long, large”) – properly, when God extends His benefits (the advantages He confers); blessed. 3107 /makários (“blessed”) describes a believer in enviable (“fortunate”) position from receiving God’s provisions (favor) – which (literally) extend (“make long, large”) His grace (benefits). This happens with receiving (obeying) the Lord’s inbirthings of faith. Hence, faith (4102 /pístis) and 3107 (makários) are closely associated (Ro 4:5-7,14:22,23; Rev 14:12,13). blessed, happy, joined to the names of God ———————————————————————————— The blessing is an empowerment. Every place in the bible you see someone “blessing” another person, they are empowering them. A father, before he died, would bless his children, proclaiming an empowerment over them, often along with a declaration over their life. Even Jacob, when he is reunited with Joseph, blesses Pharoah? (Gen 47:7) Wait, Pharoah? Why would Joseph bless Pharoah? Now keep in mind there are several men named “Pharoah” in the bible. This particular Pharoah, though still representing Egypt, showed favor to Joseph, Jacob’s son, and even gave him the position of being his right hand man over the entire kingdom. We of course know it was God who positioned Joseph here, but Pharoah was a part of God making provision for Jacob, Joseph, and his family. I’d say that’s a good reason to bless someone. The Israelites didn’t take “the blessing” lightly and understood and saw the fruit of the blessing in their lives. Jacob blessed Pharoah with a thankful heart. Deut 30:19 says: “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life… In Genesis 22:17, God tells Abraham (the father of faith – meaning the first who would hear His voice and believe and trust in Him): “indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18″In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” What’s important to recognize here, without me having pages and pages to type, is that as you look at Abraham’s life, the blessing upon his life had NOTHING to do with his performance or him being worthy to receive that blessing because of all his good works. On the contrary, the evidence of God’s blessing being fulfilled in our life comes BY FAITH (by believing God is faithful to do that which He promised to do, and really that through Christ, He already has – now our part is to simply agree with His word and receive it in our hearts to birth it forth from the supernatural into the natural). Abraham got caught up in fear a few times and lied putting his wife and his own life at risk; He slept with his maidservant (upon His wife’s suggestion?) thinking that might be the pathway to God’s promised child in their life?? YET, time and again, God’s grace poured out on Abraham and the blessing (empowerment) continued to prevail in his life, because God’s goodness is the originator of the blessing, not man’s works. Abraham DID have a heart for God, he just messed up, like we all have sometimes, and God STILL showed up. He was trying his best, but he made some mistakes along the way. 2 Tim 2:13 says: If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. There are three things I feel important for us to get in our hearts concerning the blessing of God: First, WE MUST KNOW WE ARE VIRTUALLY INCAPABLE OF FULFILLING GOD’S DESIRES FOR OUR LIFE ON THIS EARTH WITHOUT THE POWER OF HIS BLESSING. We might as well quit trying to accomplish something on our own or to “make it happen” like Abraham did with Ishmael. Instead, when we trust in the word of the Lord, and God’s blessing upon us to produce the promise, then we will birth the Isaac God has destined for us and spare ourselves from the heartache and difficulties that giving birth to Ishmaels can produce for us. It’s exciting to trust God, and it requires faith and patience. The way we exercise faith and patience is by meditating on what God has spoken to us in the bible, and in our hearts, and allow those images and His faith to grow in us. I’ve heard it said that we don’t possess faith, faith possess us! Just like God told Abraham to look at the stars to help get a picture in his heart of the number of his descendants, He desires for us to meditate on His word and the things He has spoken into our lives – to dream and vision and see those things coming to pass. Then, to rest in what He has spoken and know that only God can and will make it happen. The HOW isn’t our part to figure out. Sometimes the waiting can be challenging when there are seasons or things happening that we can’t see happening as God is working on our behalf, but we can always know God is not a man that He should lie. The […]
Faith Brings Peace and Joy that Overcomes our Circumstance The Root to the Fruit = love Romans 5:3: “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” If you’ve ever gone through a challenging situation, you know that someone telling you to persevere sounds a whole lot easier than it really is in practicality – especially when you’re setting out to do it on your own. The truth is, when we turn the situation over to the Holy Spirit living in us, it’s in many ways a whole different ball game. On our own, it’s like we’re struggling just to make it to first base, but in His spirit and by the power of His might, we make it to first, then second, then third, then finally, we slide into home plate!! God’s Word declares we are more than overcomers in Christ (Rom 8:37). Being IN CHRIST is the key…to me this doesn’t only mean being saved, or considering ourselves to be in relationship with God, because there are many Christians who have not seen the overcoming power of Christ in their lives, so that must mean there is more for us to get here than just declaring we are a Christian. John 15:4 immediately comes to mind: “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” What this speaks to me is that when we’re going through something, facing a challenging situation, circumstance, person, doctor’s report, repeated failure, whatever it may be…that it’s when we abide in Christ through the gift of His Holy Spirit living in us that we will actually experience the overcoming power and see the fruit of that produced in our lives. The practical application of “abiding in Him”, or what that “looks like” is really no different than any other given day is meant to in the life of a believer. It’s about casting our cares up to The Lord and not letting them stay in our hearts where they try to trouble us, discourage us, or bring us down. Instead, we are meant to make an exchange with God (that’s what we do through prayer). We exchange our thoughts for His, and we’re meant to do this on a daily basis. When Jesus hung on the cross, he was faced with the greatest challenge of all (and “challenge” isn’t even a word that really does justice in describing the magnitude of what He faced on our behalf). Yet, he faced it. However, He didn’t overcome death by His own will power. He didn’t take on the sins of the world in His own strength…instead, He sweat great drops of blood Luke 22:44. Let’s see what Jesus experienced in His greatest trial and how He responded prior to seeing the manifestation of victory: Luke 22:44: “And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” Luke 23:46: “And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.” Having said this, He breathed His last. 47Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, ‘Certainly this man was innocent.’…” In His greatest trial, Jesus committed Himself to The Father, just like He always had. It was no different for him then than it was on a daily basis. John 5:19 gives us a picture of this daily commitment and what it looks like to abide in the Lord and to have Him abide in you: “Jesus gave them this answer: ‘Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does…” Jesus was used to being reliant upon The Father and His Holy Spirit to lead Him in every way and to empower Him to do what God had called Him to do. Dying on the cross wasn’t the end of the story for Jesus, but instead it was the beginning of the birthing of the church, of you and I, and it was His greatest victory. His greatest trial produced His greatest victory. On His own, He could have done nothing, so his circumstance was no different than ours in the sense that we are ALL reliant on the supernatural strength that comes from God alone to really walk the walk and live the life of victory and fulfillment God has promised us. When we abide in Him, and He abides in us (through the Holy Spirit) we bear much good fruit, as John 15:4 says. This is a promise for us to cling to with expecting hearts as we put our faith, hope, and trust in The Lord who is not a man that He should lie. Rest assured that when you are truly abiding in Him, you WILL bear much fruit! But also recognize the fruit comes from the Holy Spirit living in you, not from your own efforts or works. Whatever we do that produces fruit, are the actions that accompany our faith in the one who has spoken into our hearts. So, we commit our spirit to Him, not only in word, but in deed. We commit to His thoughts, rather than our own when we face those challenges before us. We commit to His way, rather than our own way, to His emotions, rather than our own emotions. We commit to Him, and He is love. Love is: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not […]
Faith Refresher (most of this post is from Strong’s Concordance & Blueletterbible.org): FAITH = Faith defined according to Strong’s Concordance based on the Greek word “pistis” 4102 pístis (from 3982/peithô, “persuade, be persuaded”) – properly, persuasion (be persuaded, come to trust); faith. ******Faith (4102/pistis) is always a gift from God, and never something that can be produced by people. In short, 4102/pistis (“faith”) for the believer is “God’s divine persuasion” – and therefore distinct from human belief (confidence), yet involving it. The Lord continuously births faith in the yielded believer so they can know what He prefers, i.e. the persuasion of His will (1 Jn 5:4). [4102 (pistis) in secular antiquity referred to a guarantee (warranty). In Scripture, faith is God’s warranty, certifying that the revelation He inbirthed will come to pass (His way). Faith (4102/pistis) is also used collectively – of all the times God has revealed (given the persuasion of) His will, which includes the full revelation of Scripture (Jude 3). Indeed, God the Lord guarantees that all of this revelation will come to pass! Compare Mt 5:18 with 2 Tim 3:16. 1. The root of 4102/pistis (“faith”) is 3982/peithô (“to persuade, be persuaded”) which supplies the core-meaning of faith (“divine persuasion”). It is God’s warranty that guarantees the fulfillment of the revelation He births within the receptive believer (cf. 1 Jn 5:4 with Heb 11:1). Faith (4102/pistis) is always received from God, and never generated by us. Ro 12:3: “For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith (4102/pistis)” (NASU). Eph 2:8,9: ” For by grace you have been saved through faith (4102/pistis); and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (NASU). Gal 5:22,23: “22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith (4102/pistis),23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” 2 Thes 1:11: “To this end (glorification) – indeed each time we pray about (peri) you for the purpose (hin) of our God counting you worthy of the call – even that He may fulfill (His) every good-pleasure that comes from (His) goodness and work of faith, in (His) ability.” Reflection: Faith is only (exclusively) given to the redeemed. It is not a virtue that can be worked up by human effort. 2. Faith (4102/pistis) enables the believer to know God’s preferred-will (cf. J. Calvin; see 2307/thelçma). Accordingly, faith (4102/pistis) and “God’s preferred-will (2307/thelçma)” are directly connected in Scripture. 2 Ro 12:2,3: ” And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will(2307/thelçma) of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. 3For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith(4102/pistis)” (NASU). ” BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH(4102/pistis); AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK,MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM” (NASU). 1 Jn 5:4: “For whatever is born of God conquers the world; and this is the conquest that has conquered the world – our faith (4102/pistis).” 3. In sum, faith (4102/pistis) is a persuasion from God that we receive as He grants impulse (“divine spark”; cf. the Heb hiphil form of believe, *mn, in a later discussion). Faith is always the work of God and involves hearing His voice – whereby the believer lays hold of His preferred-will (cf. J. Calvin). Hab 2:4: “Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live in his faith” 4102/pistis, “faith from the Lord”). More on what faith is . . . and isn’t 1. In Scripture, faith and belief are not exactly the same. Faith always comes from God and involves His revelation therefore faith is beyond belief! 2. Faith is God’s work; faith is never the work of people. We cannot produce faith ourselves, nor can we “drum it up at will.” Rather, faith comes as Christ speaks His rhema-word within (see Ro 10:17, Gk text). 3. In all of Scripture, only the term faith is ever used in the following way: Ro 14:23: Whatever is not of faith (4102/pistis) is sin.” Heb 11:6: “And without faith(4102/pistis) it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (NASU). The Lord offers to in-birth faith in each scene of life – so that each matters equally in eternity . . . no matter how insignificant they seem (Lk 16:10 with Lk 17:6 and 2 Pet 1:2). *****Our part is to simply receive the divine persuasions (FAITH) as God speaks to us through His Word and by His Holy Spirit. As we agree with His word (the bible) and the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth, we allow God’s faith to have full effect in us without our own thoughts and limitations getting in the way. It is then that we see what God has promised come to pass in our lives (healing, peace, joy, freedom, forgiveness, redemption, provision…), because we have allowed his faith to also become our faith as we’ve said “yes, I believe and therefore I receive.”
Sharing some of a past teaching with a little extra: Series Title: “Faith Like a Child” Part 5: “Seeds of Substance” A. Faith is the substance…. [Heb 11:1 KJV] 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. [Heb 11:1 AMP] 11 Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. 1. Faith is more than belief. Belief is a conscious decision of the mind to let something into our heart, but faith comes from God. Faith is not simply a belief system; faith is a supernatural system God has set in place that involves Him planting seeds into the hearts of people who allow Him to, and those seeds have the power to produce from the unseen realm of our heart into the natural realm in which we live. 2. Faith is the substance…Faith IS the substance of a promise you are believing for…it is a seed of the actual promise itself. For instance a seed of healing in your body. a. Substance defined in dictionary: the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists and which has a tangible, solid presence. 2. Faith is not an abstract belief. It is a concrete, real existence of something from God. It is an unseen seed that gets planted in our hearts when we believe God for something He has spoken to us through His Word. When we believe, we give permission for that seed to get planted in our hearts and to grow. 3. Like DNA in our natural body, faith is a supernatural DNA or deed that guarantees something from God’s word (the bible) will come to pass in our lives. You may not be able to see your DNA, but it is written code that though unseen produces everything seen in your body (brown eyes, blonde hair, etc.) 4. If we were to compare it to a natural seed we plant in the ground, it’s no different than if you were a farmer and you were hoping for tomatoes and then planted some tomato seeds. Faith is the actual seed itself, like a tomato seed, that when it gets planted in the unseen womb of your heart, it grows. The only difference between a seed of faith and a natural seed on the earth is that we cannot see a seed of faith with our natural eyes. 5. Just as we plant seeds in the ground on earth to make things grow, God’s spoken word (from his heart into ours) is seed He plants into our hearts that is meant to grow and produce an expected result. 6. Meditating on the word and confessing the word prepares the soil of our hearts and fertilizes it so that we are ready to receive and produce what God desires to plant in us. 7. We are called to speak the word and agree with what God’s word says on a daily basis as God tells us to “meditate on his word day and night” and promises that this will lead us to have good success in our life. Yet, it is important to recognize faith itself is not reading or confessing a scripture 100 times. It is an awesome thing to really help wash away lies in your heart and limitations that may be acting like weeds in your heart, but faith itself is generated from God and not from man. God and man work the soil of the heart together. God plants His seeds and man tends to them and to the weeds around them in his heart so those seeds grow without limitation. 8. Faith, however is the substance…the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen. (Heb 11:1) Faith is the substance (the seed itself) that God speaks into our hearts that has power to grow and produce that which He promised. Example: A woman is told by the doctor she has cancer. She believes God is her healer and therefore begins to meditate on all the promises of healing on a daily basis. Only God sees what is in a man’s heart…perhaps those words that have been spoken from the doctor or friends and family are still lingering in her heart also as seeds…really acting more like weeds. Every time she speaks the words and clings to the word, she is washing her heart. She is washing the soil, removing all the weeds and lies that are coming against the promise of healing she reads of in the word. Then one day, when on the outside everything may look the same, she gets this KNOWING that she is healed. She knows that she knows that she knows she is healed! This is evidence that it was no longer her mind speaking, “I am healed,” but instead she heard from God on the inside of her heart, “by my stripes you are healed” and it became rhema (alive) in her and that seed became SETTLED in the soil of her heart. Just like when a woman knows she is pregnant and senses that baby growing inside of her, someone one has received a word from God and is walking by faith KNOWS there is a baby growing inside of them. No one else may be able to see that baby yet, but she knows that baby of healing is growing in her. Side note for a few minutes and then back into “seeds of substance”: In this process of receiving a promise fully manifested in our life, we must never let the lie of the enemy touch our heart that says, “God is withholding from us,” “God is mad at me,” “Maybe God wants me to go through this to teach me something,” “I’m not worthy”…NOT at all!! None […]
Looking expectantly…I feel impressed to share the importance of “looking expectantly” after we’ve prayed and to give testimony of how much I have seen happen on behalf of others I’ve been standing in agreement with in prayer these past few weeks with this in mind…It’s not a new concept, yet sometimes we need a simple faith refresher…and usually when we get a refresher, it comes with a fresh anointing that teaches us even more than what we previously understood and brings even greater clarity. Perhaps it’s because there was already a foundation set, so it comes like another building block of faith. While praying for someone 2 Sundays ago after class, the thought came to mind to share with her the true meaning of the scripture Isaiah 40:31: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” We weren’t talking about anything that had to do with waiting on The Lord; the thought just came into my head to share with her and to explain the true meaning behind it. This has been one of those verses that is often misunderstood and used out of context unfortunately. One of my favorite things to do is to look at the Hebrew and Greek translations of the bible so I can see what was really being spoken in the original text before it was translated into English, knowing sometimes there are things that can get lost in translation. This scripture is perhaps one of the greatest examples I’ve come across over the years and it’s stuck with me. I’ve had an understanding of the true meaning of it for a good number of years, but then a few weeks ago, as I shared the meaning with someone else, I personally was refreshed in it, and with that fresh anointing, I too received…with greater clarity the second time and more than clarity and understanding…this time it wasn’t only head knowledge but a fire in my belly that stirs me up with inward momentum into action as I pray and all the way to seeing the manifestation of that which I prayed. The phrase I want to share about is the phrase “wait on The Lord.” Sometimes when you look at the original Hebrew or Greek, it’s clearly the same as what was translated in English, then other times, it’s quite different. This is one of those times when I first looked at this I realized there was so much more to get than what the natural mind’s interpretation of “waiting on the Lord” looks like. Here is the Hebrew word and definition from Strong’s Concordance: qâvâh kaw-vaw’ A primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), that is, collect; (figuratively) to expect KJV Usage: gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon). Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions קוה 1. to wait, look for, hope, expect a. (Qal) waiting (participle) b. (Piel) 1. to wait or look eagerly for 2. to lie in wait for 3. to wait for, linger for 2. to collect, bind together a. (Niphal) to be collected Origin: a primitive root TWOT: 1994,1995 Parts of Speech: Verb So here is what The Lord spoke to me years ago and then refreshed in me again a few weeks ago…I saw that “waiting on The Lord” is not a passive behavior like we’re just sitting on the couch or sitting under a tree “waiting on God to do something.” It can sound religiously pretty even to think that when we’re trusting in God, we’re just hanging tight and letting Him do His thing because God knows best and we only want His best of course. If He wants something for us, then we’ll have it, and if not, then we won’t. Um…no. This is not what this scripture is saying and this is NOT how God intends for the “just to live by faith” on this earth. God does not intend for us to live in the dark and walking by faith does not mean “well if God wants me to be healed, then I’ll be healed”; “if God wants me to be prosperous, then I’ll be prosperous; if God wants my relationship with that person to be restored, then it will be restored.” We are meant to live by faith by KNOWING the will of God in His word (we of course have to read the bible to know what it says and what God has promised to us). Faith begins at the KNOWN will of God. If we don’t know what God’s will is, then we can’t receive the inward birthing of faith in us, because there has to first be hope in the word generated in our hearts. (Side note here too is that “hope” in the bible when you study that out means “confidence” unlike the worldly mentality of hope being maybe it will happen and maybe it won’t…hope and faith are made up of the same God material. Hope is your confidence in God and His Word, and faith is the substance from God of what it is you hoped in Him for… God desires for us to know what is ours, receive His promises in our heart, and to speak out what is ours according to what God promises…especially when we are faced with things that look completely contradictory to what God promised is ours. We’re supposed to speak directly to the root of lack, to the root of sickness, to the root of unforgiveness, to the root of depression, to the root of offense…whatever the negative is that we are facing, we are called to speak the word and release faith as we do to see those things change by cursing them at the root, just like Jesus did with the fig tree that represented deception. It had leaves on it but no fruit. Another example is Father God facing darkness at the […]
We have a scripture sheet entitled “Recompense” with verses specifically pertaining to God’s promise for recompense for His people that you can print out from our scripture page to use during your personal prayer and meditation time. Recompense is payback for what was stolen and the word promises 7 times any time the thief is caught! The thief is the devil, and as a born-again Christian, Jesus has redeemed us from the curse by His blood and already bought back everything that belongs to us with His blood, so the devil has no right to any of our joy, peace, health, wealth, possessions or anything else. BUT, he still keeps coming to steal from God’s people and the only way he can do it is by convincing us to believe a lie. Knowledge is power and many Christians don’t understand they have power, dominion and authority restored to them on this earth and over the enemy through Christ. Therefore, the enemy keeps stealing… Luke 10:19 (Jesus speaking): I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Now this doesn’t mean we go doing foolish things like putting ourselves in harm’s way and setting out to trample on snakes and scorpions!! Only religious activity would suggest something like that. However, it does mean that if we ever face a situation where harm is in our way, we have a promise we shall trample and overcome it! It’s literally true, but also pictorially true that Jesus gives us authority to overcome ANY harm or scheme of the enemy and over ALL the power of the enemy. Too often Christians let the enemy come in and just steal away…thinking they are powerless to do anything about it. Religion even somehow teaches that GOD had something to do with it! Ewwww, yuck! Man’s attempt to reason things is just plain foolishness when you have an understanding of who God is (God is LOVE: 1 John 4:8). It is important for us to have an understanding of God’s word in context of all the scriptures put together and seeing everything through God’s heart and not just “piece mealing” scriptures out of context (most often from the Old Testament). The people in the Old Testament didn’t have Jesus. Job didn’t have Jesus. The Old Testament and stories like the Job are meant to show us our need for a savior — someone to intervene for us, because on our own, no matter how “well-behaved” we are like Job was, no matter how “good” we think we are, we are still fallen and cannot stand up against the enemy. Without the blood of Jesus, the enemy DID have the right to take from God’s people in the Old Testament when they sinned, because they had broken covenant with God and their covenant was conditional and temporary based on their perfect obedience which no one could attain…it just went from one sacrifice to another cleansing people from their sin and bringing them back into right standing with God who can’t be in the presence of sin. BUT when Jesus came, He was the final sacrifice and did a complete work (John 19:30) to restore us back into our original position that God had given us in the garden under His grace. Romans 5:10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 2 Corinthians 5:18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. As Christians, we can only rule and reign on this earth and exercise the power, dominion and authority we have through Christ to the measure of our understanding of what our legal rights are. If we don’t know what is ours, the enemy will take it from us! Just like he took Adam and Eve’s identity in the garden when he convinced them to believe a lie that they weren’t already made in God’s likeness and image. The truth was that God declared when he made us that we were “made in his likeness and image” but because they didn’t have an understanding of who they were and of the great power they had as God’s created beings on this earth, the enemy was able to come and take it from them! Again, Jesus did a “finished work” as He personally called it when He died on the cross and gave up His life so that we could again have LIFE and have it to the full (John 10:10) ON THIS EARTH AND for eternity…not just for when we get to heaven. God wouldn’t have made us and given us the earth if He didn’t want us to also have life here, and from beginning to end, He is always pouring out His blessing, His grace, His mercy, and His love upon us…even when we mess up! Jesus didn’t just win you the right to eternity in heaven; he restored you back in to the rightful position you had in the garden with authority over the enemy and over the earth and everything in it (except for other people). Go back and read Genesis and how God blessed man and all He gave him in the garden…that is now again our promise since Christ has redeemed us. Why do I bring all this up? Because it’s not just enough for God’s people to celebrate when they get free from something…when we weren’t meant to have that “something” happen in the first place! If the enemy has stolen some health from us and brought sickness, we celebrate when we are healthy again, but what about all the lost days, lost time, lost peace or joy if he managed to steal that too? There is a promise for RECOMPENSE (payback to us […]
“Your feet will never take you where your mind has never been.” — Bill Winston Thought: sometimes we spend too much time in activity…thinking if we just keep moving we’ll get to our desired destination, but the truth is that we’ll just keep walking into all the same places we’ve already been. If we’re desiring a different result in an area of our life, or to go into new territory, then we’re going to have to first start thinking differently and seeing ourselves already there in our mind’s eye. Take time to vision… Here are some notes from a Prayer School teaching a few years ago relating to the power of the subconscious mind and how it affects our prayer life. I. WHEN YOU PRAY, THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND OF THE SOUL CANNOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE ACTUAL POSSESSION OF ABUNDANCE AND SUCCESS OR YOUR MERE VISUALIZATION (the eye of faith). Your subconscious will find ways to make things a reality before you see it. The key is the subconscious has to agree with it before it can be activated inside of us. Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. A. What is the subconscious really? What does it do? 1. Your subconscious mind is your ultimate video, voice, and thought recorder. From this lifetime and even in the womb, your subconscious mind has recorded everything that you’ve seen, heard, thought or experienced. 2. To this point, scientists have been unable to explain what the approximately 90% of your brain that you don’t use does? The subconscious mind exists within that 90% majority. 3. The word subconscious is easily broken down. Sub means below and conscious means awareness, so subconscious simply means that which is below your awareness or, what you are not aware of. a. Are you aware of your heartbeat every second of every day? What about your breathing? How many times have you blinked your eyes today? Do you consciously digest your food? Most of us do not even chew our food consciously. This is a subconscious action. b. Have you ever been driving on the highway and got so lost in your thoughts or listening to music that you couldn’t even remember the last exit sign, how fast you were driving, or the fact that other drivers were around you? That is because your mind was consciously thinking or listening to music and that all or most of its energy was focused on the music and you were subconsciously driving. c. This means you were driving solely by your mind’s retention and execution of the ability to maneuver a vehicle. This is why young people are told to “pay attention to the road.” Cliches are also a form of subconscious mind programming. d. We use the automatic functions of our subconscious mind on a daily basis. Mundane routines such as brushing your teeth, combing or brushing your hair, chewing gum, folding clothes, mowing the lawn, cleaning windows, washing dishes, vacuuming….I think you get the point. Any activity that you have done repeatedly is planted prominently in your subconscious mind. It is not by chance that repetition is one of the best ways to program the subconscious mind. Ever wondered why you see the same commercials over and over? 4. Your subconscious mind is programmed by you, your family and friends, society and everything else outside of you. Your subconscious mind does not discern between what is true or false. Your conscious, or rational and reasoning mind does that. The subconscious accepts everything. That’s why it’s critical that you filter what is embedded in it. We live in the information age and what you are aware of is vital in navigating this physical reality. It’s all about being aware of the unaware. Or conscious of the subconscious. You are the center and gatekeeper of your subconscious mind and heart if-you-will. Everything is a perspective of your mentality or consciousness. You can program yourself for happiness and success or let everything outside of you program your mind with fear and thoughts of failure. Thoughts become things. The choice lies within you. 5. For the sake of simplicity, let just say it’s the super computer in your brain that takes care of everything you are too busy to consciously do. (Know that it’s actually much more than that…) a. When you first learn to walk, you do so consciously. As you get used to it, you can walk while thinking about other things. You don’t have to focus on the act of walking anymore. Your subconscious mind is doing it for you. Same for millions other things. It takes care of most of the daily routines, leaving only a few things for your conscious mind to worry about. b. Our habits and inner wiring are constantly being developed and reinforced. Through practices and other means of external inputs, information is installed into the subconscious, and later it will resurface as we need it. c. Our subconscious mind has other functions as well. One of its big functions is to make our imagination come true. For example, if you focus on a direction when you drive, you tend to drift toward that direction. If you focus on not to imagine a big yellow chicken, you will form that image in your mind right now. If it’s your favorite food, soon you will form a powerful desire to eat it. d. The subconscious also guards our belief. Most people make true of what they love, rather than to love what is true. How do they do it? By blocking out any evidence that contradicts their belief. We all have met someone who put words into our mouth, who accused us of saying something we didn’t say, or ignored what we did say. In their reality, they are right, because their subconscious mind blocks out what they don’t want to see and hear, but create something they want to see and hear. e. If we control our subconscious mind, […]
There is a personalized scripture sheet entitled “I am the righteousness of God” you can print off our scripture page to accompany this blog post, and we also have a video teaching on this topic available to watch as well. If you are a born-again Christian who has received Jesus as their personal Lord and savior, then it is important you believe you are the righteousness of God as He says you are in 2 Cor 5:21. You’re not righteous because of any good things you’ve done or because you deserve the right to be called the righteousness of God; but you are righteous solely because of the blood of Jesus that has qualified you. 2 Corinthians 5:21: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be MADE the righteousness of God in him. It is because of God’s love and mercy and grace towards us that we get to receive such a GIFT of righteousness (unearned) Romans 5:17 speaks about this GIFT of righteousness given to us making it clear that we do not BECOME righteous (as some translations say), but we are MADE righteous by receiving it by faith as a gift, even when we don’t feel like it, but choose to accept what God says about us and believe it to be true, just as we choose to believe anything else His word speaks to us. Romans 5:17: For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) When we RECEIVE the gift of righteousness given to us through God’s abundant grace (unearned favor towards us), we position ourselves to reign in life through Christ! (Romans 5:17) Woohoo!! Receiving God’s grace AND His gift of righteousness is what sets us up to reign over sickness, disease, poverty, oppression, etc. But as long as we still see ourselves as UNrighteous OR we are SELFrighteous (doing things to try and earn God’s blessing)…we will not be reigning in life through Christ over anything. Righteous behaviors (like going to church, reading your bible, feeding the poor) will never produce righteousness. These things cannot MAKE you righteous…only the blood of Jesus can make us righteous when we accept His finished work on the cross on for us – having led a perfect sinless life and then taking upon our sins on the cross and paying the price for us. So righteous behaviors cannot make us righteous, BUT righteousness DOES produce right behaviors. God FIRST calls us righteous, and THEN we start acting rightly. As we see ourselves righteous as He declares we are (even if we just messed up 5 minutes ago) that image of ourselves as righteous gets in our heart, and we start seeing changes happening in our lives…we start having the right behaviors and no longer wanting to do the things we used to do. If we are striving to earn something from God through “righteous deeds” or “good works” we are striving in vein…when we receive the GIFT of righteousness, we WANT to do good things just because we want to, because it’s God’s nature working in us and causing us to have His love for the people around us. That’s why there’s no fear in the message of grace, because grace teaches us to say no to ungodliness and sin and worldly passions and to live a self-controlled, upright and holy life (Titus 2:12). Someone who receives the gift of grace AND the gift of righteousness doesn’t WANT to do those wrong behaviors anymore…when you’re loved by God and forgiven and receive Him living inside of you, you naturally begin to mirror who He is. We’re not perfect and still fall short, but more and more, the GIFT of righteousness has its way in us as we keep receiving it. That’s why Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33 to seek FIRST His kingdom AND His gift of righteousness and then everything else will follow (all your needs will be met etc)…many of us are good at seeking and receiving God, but not near as many have been seeking and receiving His righteousness. We must begin to see ourselves righteous (made right with God, holy and blameless in His sight, able to have intimate fellowship with Him with nothing separating us) in order to reign in life through Christ. If we can’t see ourselves righteous, then we aren’t able to accept the spiritual identification God has given us which gives us access to the heavenly storehouse of blessings He’s has stored up for us to make withdraws from in this life time. (Deut 8:12) If we want to receive His healing in our body, His provision in our finance, favor, any promise you find in the bible, it all starts by first receiving him AND His gift of righteousness…you need to first accept your ID card before you can go to the bank and make a withdraw. If we are still seeing ourselves as too far off from God for Him to ever be able to bless us, then we are unable to believe or receive anything God promises us or make withdraws from His heavenly storehouse, because we don’t even believe we have access to it. If we mess up and think God has now shut the heavens up above us, then we can’t access what He has stored up for us because we are full of doubt and fear. It requires faith to believe you are the righteousness of God as He declares you are and to boldly come before His throne as His word tells us to in order to obtain His grace and mercy and to make those withdraws from His heavenly storehouse of love, joy, peace, healing, provision, whatever we have need of. (Hebrews 4:16) The enemy has been robbing Christians from their identity since way back in the garden, and when he […]
What does it mean to be born again? This is a question asked by a religious leader of the day, Nicodemus, during the time Jesus walked on the earth…Well known among the Pharisees, being a member of the Sanhedrin himself, Nicodemus comes to Jesus during the night to seek the truth from Him, because He recognizes Him as a God-sent teacher whose signs bore witness to the presence of God…He might not yet be ready to call him Lord and Savior, but something in him is pulled to know more….There is so much about this story that I love. First, the fact that Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the night – a little timid, unsure…afraid of what his peers might think…but nonetheless, he goes to Jesus and Jesus meets him right where he is at! Such a picture of God’s love and grace for us. Jesus replied that Nicodemus could never see the kingdom of God without being “born again” (John 3:3 ) or “born of water and of the Spirit” (John 3:5 ). Nicodemus could only marvel at the impossibility of such a thing (John 3:4, John 3:4, 3:9 ), but the text does not indicate whether Jesus was finally able to make it clear to him. However, we do see that something has changed in his heart because, true to his name, Nicodemus defended Christ before his peers (John 7:51 ). I was led to study this story out a few days ago and I found it awesome that Nicodemus’ name means: “innocent of blood.” And the picture we see of his transformation produces I believe just that…he could have stayed on the side of disbelief with all the other Pharisees and religious leaders of the day who were more concerned above puffing themselves up and caught up in pride and thinking since Jesus wasn’t what they expected that He couldn’t possibly be the Messiah…Nicodemus could have stayed in that circle — always wondering if he should have gone to Jesus himself, and then having blood on his hands by being a part of having him crucified…but instead, he chose to seek the truth himself. He chose to set aside all he thought he knew, all he’d heard his whole life, and his own pride…and he went to Jesus, a bit timid and ashamed probably wondering what both sides would think of him, but ultimately, the result was life changing. Instead of him having blood on his hands, he was one who defended Jesus at the crucifixion, finally making a public display, out in the open that He believed Jesus was who He said He was – “I am.” Savior and redeemer sent to die for the sins of mankind. He experiences his friends turning on him and questioning who he is: “Are you a Galilean peasant?” and “Are you ignorant of the Scriptures?” (John 7:52 ). They were putting him down for believing which in the end proved to be the truth when Jesus rose from the dead just like He said He would! And not only did Nicodemus publicly defend Jesus, but he was also a part of preparing his burial. What an honor and memory he would have had after Jesus rose from the dead to look back on and marvel at how He had made the right choice to believe. John 19:39-41 tells of Nicodemus’ contribution that was enough aloes and spices to prepare a king for burial, “and so he did” says the text. On one level, the burial was a simple act of Pharisaic piety, but on a deeper level, it recognized that in His suffering and death, Christ fulfilled His role as King of the Jews. Are you believing on Jesus even when others aren’t? Whether it means going to him in the night, a little timid, embarrassed, or afraid for the first time, or renewing yourself in your relationship with Him daily, despite others telling you what the Word says isn’t true, in the end the only thing you’ll look back on and be thankful about is having believed!