Will You “Dare To Believe”?

Believe, God is with you

 

 

Judges 6:11-16 NLT Then the angel of the LORD came and sat beneath the oak tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash had been threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!” “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The LORD brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” “But LORD,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” The LORD said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”

Gideon was so afraid and had such a low self-esteem that he was hiding from his enemy down in the winepress trying to thresh wheat. Wheat was threshed high up on a hill by throwing it up in the air and letting the wind separate and carry away the chaff from the wheat seed. Here he was trying to hide from the enemy and still provide for his family.

Have you ever felt like Gideon? Have you ever felt like the enemy has stolen every thing that you have ever counted important in your life? Have you ever felt like you were the least important person on the face of the earth? Gideon had such a picture of defeat in his mind that he couldn’t see past the “why’s” of what had happened. Maybe “why, God, why?” has become bigger in your mind, as it was in Gideon’s, than the thought of “who, God, who?” should be. God sent a special messenger to Gideon to deliver an important message: “You don’t have to hide from your enemies. I will empower you to defeat them. It is because of My empowering you and sending you out that you will win over the enemy.”

God has that same message to send to you today! He has placed within you the potential for greatness. It is by His strength and empowerment that you can do the things that seem to be impossibilities. Don’t allow a disability or lack of funds to hinder you from doing the great things that God has given you the dreams to fulfill. How do you see yourself? As Gideon, the least of the least? God had a different picture in mind for Gideon to meditate on.

Judges 6:34 NKJV But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon; then he blew the trumpet, and the Abiezrites gathered behind him.

The original Hebrew text for the phrase, “the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon” actually translates as “the Spirit of the LORD clothed Himself with Gideon”. Gideon was a different person when clothed with the Spirit of the Lord. When Gideon aligned himself with God’s viewpoint of who he was empowered with God’s Spirit he was able to believe that what God had said to him would actually come to pass. He dared to believe that God’s viewpoint of him was greater than anything he thought about himself or could see happening around him. It changed him from the inside out and he began to live out of the truth of God’s word rather than his natural senses.

Judges 8:10-12 NLT By this time Zebah and Zalmunna were in Kardor with the remnant of 15,000 warriors—all that remained of the allied armies of the east—for 120,000 had already been killed. Gideon circled around by the caravan route east of Nobah and Jogbehahm, taking the Midiante army by surprise. Zebah and Zalmunna, the two Midianite kings fled, but Gideon chased them down and capture all their warriors.

Wow, here we see a different picture; the picture of what God had called Gideon to begin with, a Mighty hero; one who had saved his people from their enemies! What a difference it makes when we see ourselves as God sees us and allow Him to empower us to do what we feel is impossible. Gideon had to “dare to believe” that what God said would happen in his life.

What do you need to “dare to believe” for from God today? Are you living out of your past failures and disappoints? Do you have a dream that is unfulfilled? Do you feel as if you are about to go under for the third time? What do you need to change in your life? Is your enemy bigger than your God? Maybe it’s the enemy of poverty, or sickness or mental anguish. Whatever enemy you are fighting you can “dare to believe” God for His delivering power and victory in your very own life and situation. You are no different that Gideon. God is still in the delivering and empowering business! But you must choose to step out and follow Him. Follow His directions even when it looks like it’s an impossibility. God will not force you to believe and He will not drag you out of your complacency or fear. He has a part to play and you do as well! Your part is to believe and act on that faith and His part is to work the miracle as He cloths Himself with you. He is like the hand inside the glove and you are the glove!

The miraculous is awaiting you…..will you “dare to believe” God today?

Father, I thank You for never changing. Your word says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever! And You have said in Acts 10:34 that You are no respecter of persons. What you have done in one person’s life You will do in another’s. Thank You for being faithful to Your word.

Father, I bring those before You today who need a miracle in their life. I pray that they will reach out to You and believe You for the miraculous. All power is embodied in You; there is nothing that can stand against You and You have said that all things are possible to him who believes. Father, grant them the strength and courage to believe and act on Your word. Empower them for the greatness that You have placed within them. Do the miraculous in Your people today, Father!

Thank You for the victory, Lord. It is as we trust You and follow Your directions that You will move us forward into that good plan that You have for our lives. I pray that this will be their day of deliverance and salvation. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Smokescreens

Smokescreens

Smokescreens have long been used as weapons of warfare, to hide the enemy’s movements, tactical maneuvers and equipment that are being used to attack and defeat their enemies. Today, every believer has an enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy the life that God has planned for them. That enemy is Satan, the devil, our adversary, and the one Jesus refers to in John 10:10 as “the thief”, who comes only “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy”.

 

The smokescreen is designed to block a person’s view, to keep that person from knowing what his enemy is doing and planning as his next strategic move in the war to defeat, to kill and destroy and to win the war. Jesus said that our enemy has only one plan for our lives, which is to steal, kill and destroy. He often sends up smokescreens to keep us from seeing the good plan that God has for each of our lives. That smokescreen may come as a negative doctor’s report, the loss of a loved one, depression, mental illness, a failed marriage or the loss of a job. In all those instances we see loss, the plan to destroy and kill the vision that God has for our lives. Fear, anxiety, loss, sickness, lack and disappointment are all plans that the devil has to steal the abundant life that Jesus died to give us.

 

So, what can we do when these smokescreens arise in front of us? The most important thing we can do is go back to the truth of God’s word. I’ve often had to ask myself this question: “What does God’s word have to say about my situation?”.

 

When sickness comes we can go back to the Word of God which says that God is our Healer. (Ex. 15:26) God brought His people out of Egypt and His word records in Psalm 105:37 that there was “none feeble among them”. He gave Jesus to die for us, who was made sickness and sin for us that we might be healed, spiritually and physically. The Holy Spirit spoke through Matthew that Jesus “Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses” (Matt. 8:16, 17) that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet about Jesus being our sacrifice for sin, sickness and disease. (Isaiah 53:4, 5) Jesus became sin that we might become the righteousness of God in Him and it is by His stripes that we are healed. (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:24) Sickness is a by-product of sin as there was no sickness in our world until Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. It was then that sin and sickness came into our lives.

 

Jesus is the exact representation of the Father God, and the Word says in Acts 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Jesus’ ministry was that of teaching, preaching and healing. (Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 9:35) He sent His disciples out to do the same thing: teach, preach, and heal (Matthew 10:1;7, 8) And again we see that when Jesus sent the seventy out He gave them the same instructions: preach and heal the people. (Luke 10:9) In His last instructions to those of us who would believe in Him, Jesus gave what we know as the Great Commission, in which He told us go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature; to cast out demons, speak with new tongues, do battle against demonic forces, and to heal the sick. (Mark 16:15-18)

 

Smokescreens were designed to get our eyes off the vision; to turn our focus from God’s plan to save, heal, deliver and set people free, and to destroy the lives of those who were created in God’s image and likeness and called to spread the good news of His Gospel to all the world.

 

Lack is a smokescreen that goes against God’s word which says that He will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)  God never runs short on His supply and it never runs out. When lack comes knocking on your door, look to see what might have sent it, correct anything you might be doing to hinder the flow of God’s provision and receive Him as your Provider.

 

Fear and mental instability is not God’s plan for your life. It is a smokescreen to get your mind off of the truth of God’s word. 11 Timothy 1:7 says that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”. Fear and mental problems, a feeling of hopelessness and no strength to fight the attacks of the enemy all come from the spiritual attack of the devil to steal, kill and destroy because the mind is the battlefield. Instead, God’s word instructs us to set our minds on God and trust in Him and we will have perfect peace and strength. (Isaiah 26:3,4) Paul tells us in Philippians 4:4-8 that if we will not be anxious, but instead pray about everything and think on the things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of a good report that His peace will guard our hearts and minds. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 tells us to take the thoughts that come into our mind that are from the enemy captive and bring them into obedience to the Word of God. We do not have to receive every thought that comes into our minds. God has given us the ability to arrest wrong thoughts and replace them with the right ones.

 

Your children and grandchildren are to be taught of the Lord and experience great peace, (Isaiah 54:13) and they are to be blessed and mighty on the earth (Psalm 112:2) Great are the promises of God for your life; they are all “yes and amen” through Christ Jesus as He is glorified in your life! (2 Corinthians 1:19, 20) God means for you to be the head and not the tail, to be above and not beneath, and to experience His blessings upon your lives. (Deuteronomy 28:1-14)

 

Smokescreens are designed by the enemy to take your mind off of the truth of God’s Word for your life. The way to overcome is to change your focus from what is going on around you to what God says in His word. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and His words to you are spirit and they are life. (John 14:6; John 6:63) What does He say about you? What does He say about your life? How can you change your focus from what you see happening around you or what you are experiencing in your physical being or the world? Paul describes this in Romans 1:16-18 as living by faith.

 

Romans 1:16-18 NKJV For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

 

The gospel of Christ is the good news of all that He died to secure for us on the cross: forgiveness of sin, freedom from sickness, lack, demonic oppression and everything that would come against us as His children. But notice that the prerequisite for receiving is through believing. Faith is the vehicle that gets God’s grace into our lives. Everything that Jesus died to give us is included in God’s grace but comes into our lives through our faith. Ephesians 2:8, 9 says that it is “by grace” that we are saved “through faith” because it is a gift of God that can’t be earned through anything that we might do or any way we might perform to try to obtain it. It is free for our receiving and when we say “yes” to Jesus we are saved; born again, freed from the devil’s grasp and delivered from his power to steal, kill and destroy our lives. We then walk it out or as the Word says “live by faith” every day as we depend on His provision as described in His word. God’s word is His revealed will for each of us but if we don’t know the “will” we won’t operate in it’s provisions.

 

Do you know and understand the last “will and testament” of God for your life? It’s found in His word!  Where God’s will is not known, faith cannot be exercised to receive. Hebrews 8:6 says that Jesus is the Mediator of a better covenant that was established on better promises. He is the Intercessor, the One who stands between you and God proclaiming that He died to save you; spirit, soul and body and that when you place your trust in Him you will experience that salvation. Believe and receive; doubt and do without!

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Smokescreens…..what is the devil throwing up between you and God that is causing you to focus more on the symptoms of destruction rather than the saving grace of God? Place your trust in Him; proclaim His promises in the face of life’s problems and experience the provision that God has made available to you through Christ Jesus, His Son.

 

Romans 8:31, 32 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

 

God gave His very best when He gave Jesus to die for you. Will you receive Him today as your Savior, Healer, Deliverer and Provider?

 

Father, I come before You today to thank You for providing all that I have need of spirit, soul and body. I thank You for giving Jesus to die for me, to be my Savior, my Healer, my Deliverer, and my Provider. I don’t always understand why things happen the way they do but this one thing I know: that You are good all the time and the devil is bad all the time. Good comes from Your hand and evil comes from the hand of the devil. I thank You for turning those things that he sends to destroy me into good that will be of benefit to me. I pray for those who don’t know Jesus that today might be their day of salvation, the day that they give their hearts to Him. I pray that You will grant those who don’t know Him as Healer, Deliverer, and Provider the understanding that they need to receive Him for all of life’s needs. I pray that today we will walk in a deeper revelation of Who He is to us as believers in Christ Jesus. I ask You to open the eyes of our understanding to see all that You have provided for us in your work of redemption. And I thank You for all that You have died to give us. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Believe!

BElieve

Isaiah 43:10-13 NLT “But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the LORD, “And you are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God; there never has been and never will be. I am the LORD, and there is no other Savior. First I predicted your deliverance; I declared what I would do, and then I did it—I saved you. No foreign god has ever done this before. You are witnesses that I am the only God,” says the LORD. “From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions.”

 

God says in this portion of scripture that there are three things that we have been chosen in Him to do: 1) we have been chosen to know Him; 2) we have been chosen to believe in Him; 3) we have been chosen to understand that He alone is God.

 

It’s imperative as children of God, those who are called by His name, His people, His own family, that we know Him, believe in Him and understand that He alone is God! There is no way that we can be effective witnesses and serve the One true and living God without these three things being prevalent in our lives.

 

We must know Him! Jesus said in John 17:3: And this is the way to have eternal life—to know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. (NLT)

 

What does it mean to “know Him”? The Greek word for “know” in that verse is the word “ginosko” and it means a knowledge obtained not by mere intellectual activity, but by operation of the Holy Spirit upon acceptance of Christ. This knowledge is not marked as finality in the fact that there is an initial meeting and a continuous growth process in knowing Him. This verb is the same word used for a husband knowing his wife sexually. It is a progressive knowledge learned through experiencing life with someone. We come to know God initially through accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord, but then we grow in knowing Him through experiencing Him as we fellowship with Him through prayer, Bible study and fellowship with the Spirit of Jesus, the Holy Spirit. There is an intimacy involved in “knowing God” that moves beyond intellect or mental assent into the realm of spiritual intimacy that comes as we grow closer to Him through our relationship with Jesus Christ. We have been chosen to know Him!

 

We have been chosen to believe in Him! The Hebrew word for “believe” in Isaiah 43:10 is the word “aman” and it means to be firm, endure, be faithful, be true, stand fast, trust, have belief, believe. In the passive stem, “aman” has several emphases. First, it indicates that a subject is “lasting” or “enduring”. It also signifies the element of “being firm” or “trustworthy”. In one scripture, Isaiah 22:23, aman refers to a “firm” place, a place into which a peg will be driven so that it will be immovable. The peg will remain firmly anchored, even though it is pushed so hard that it breaks off at the point of entry. The word also means “trustworthy”. In all these different meanings we see one common strand of understanding: we have been chosen to believe in Him because He is the One person that we can know will be faithful to us regardless of what we are experiencing in our lives. He is the anchor that we can ground ourselves to knowing that He will never change; He is always enduring and trustworthy! We can be assured that God will not move away from us or change His feelings about us. He is faithful!

 

The first biblical occurrence for “aman” is found in Genesis 15:6: And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD declared him righteous because of his faith. It was not primarily in God’s words that he believed, but in God Himself. In other words, Abram came to experience a personal relationship with God rather than an impersonal relationship with His promises. We can read God’s word and know that He is faithful to His word and His promises are true, but until we “believe” God, knowing that He will do what He has said in His word and fulfill it to us personally, that we will experience “knowing Him and believing Him. He is a personal God that wants His children to know Him individually and trust Him to do what He has said He will do in each of our lives. We are chosen to “believe in Him” as in “trusting Him”, personally!

 

We have been chosen to understand that He alone is God! When God gives a promise and says He is going to do something, there is no person on earth or demon in hell that can reverse that promise. He is faithful to do what He has said He will do. When we pray and ask God to take care of something for us we can be assured that He will do that. In praying and seeking His will in a situation, when God gives you the scripture that promises His provision for your need ,you can be assured that if you believe, as in “trust” Him by standing on His promise and expectantly waiting for its manifestation, that He will do it. Abram “believed” God; he didn’t just believe “in God”, but he believed that what God said He would do and he waited 25 years for the fulfillment of God’s promise. That doesn’t mean that Abram sat down and didn’t do anything while he waited for God to fulfill His promise. This word “aman” in it’s New Testament counterpart is “pisteuo”. It means to trust in, have faith in, be fully convinced of, acknowledge, and rely on. It expresses reliance upon and a personal trust that produces obedience. It includes submission and a positive confession of the lordship of Jesus. We see “pisteuo” as not just a trust in or reliance upon God, but believing Him so much that we act upon that belief through something that we do. We act as if the promise has already been manifested. We see an example of this in Romans 10:9, 10:

 

(NKJV) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

In this scripture we have a perfect example of “believe”. There is two parts to it: believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth. So, we see that to “believe” is more than just waiting for God to do what He has promised. There is an action that goes with what we are believing in our hearts. In this case, we speak out what we are believing in our heart that He is going to do based on His promises. Many times when Jesus healed someone he would ask them to do something to show their belief in what He was doing in their lives.

 

Matthew 12:13 Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out and it was restored as whole as the other.

 

Jesus often said to those to whom received His healing touch that it was their “faith” that had made them whole. They believed in Him, reached out to him in faith and He proclaimed that it was their action tied to their belief that drew upon His healing power and made them well. We have been chosen to understand that He alone is God and no one can oppose Him or reverse His actions! When we come to Him in faith believing that He will do what He has said we can know that when we act on His promises He is faithful to do them!

 

Do you know God? Are you believing Him for specific promises that He has made to you? Do you understand that He alone is God and what He has said no one can oppose or reverse His actions? God wants you to know these things! He has chosen you to be in Christ Jesus, alive spiritually in Him so you can have a living and vital relationship with Him. These are all promises that are fulfilled as you grown in your relationship with Him. But it begins with an initial introduction to the Lord Jesus Christ. If you haven’t received Him as your own personal Lord and Savior that is where the relationship begins. Ask Him into your heart today and He will come in through the presence of His Spirit to live with you and walk through every day with you.

 

Father, I bring those before You who may not know You personally. I pray that today will be their day of salvation. I ask You to draw them by Your Spirit into a living and vital relationship with Jesus as they pray to ask Him into their hearts. I thank You for touching them, for showing them their need to receive Him as their own personal Lord and Savior. Father, I pray for those who may be struggling with faith issues this morning. I pray that You will show them the promises in Your word that meet the need in their lives and help them to stand firmly as they believe You to bring those promises into manifestation. Father, open blinded eyes this morning to see that You are God and there is nothing too difficult for You. Touch hearts and bring people to salvation, healing, deliverance and freedom through Your Spirit’s power in their lives. Father, move in their lives in ways that they will see and understand that it is You and not any coincidence or chance happening. Bring glory and honor unto Yourself in each person’s life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Going And Growing!

Okay, folks, we’ve had a couple of inspirational blogs so now it’s time to pull up to the table and share a meal of the meat of God’s word. There’s an old song we used to sing years ago entitled “Come and Dine”. Here’s the chorus:

‘Come and dine’, the Master calleth,’Come and dine’
You can eat at Jesus’ table anytime.
He who fed the multitude,
Changed the water into wine
To the hungry calleth now, ‘Come and dine’.

So, this morning I invite you to come and dine with me at the table of God’s word!

Hebrews 5:12-14 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Hebrews 6:1-2 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

 

When we are babes in Christ we need constant milk whereby we grow just as babies begin their lives. But as we are fed the milk of God’s word and begin to put our roots down in Him we find the necessity of going forward and growing in the things of God so we can be nourished by the solid meat of the word and not just the simple, feel good scriptures that give us the warm, fuzzy feelings. There is a place for inspirational messages and a different place for those that challenge us and cause us to grow up and become the over-comers that God intends for us to be. It is only as we exercise what we learn that we will grow. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Paul said in Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

What happens when we go through a crucifixion? It is the dying of our fleshly motivations in living life so that Christ can live through us to His honor and glory. We see from the crucifixion of Jesus that He had to lay aside His will in order to fulfill the will of the Father. It takes faith to do that. Paul said that once he had crucified his flesh, in order to continue to live the life that God wanted, he had to do it by faith.

Faith makes things possible, but not always easy! Walking by faith means that instead of reacting to something that happens in my life, I will respond according to God’s word regarding that situation. Faith is believing what God says before I see the reality of it. We often make the statement that “seeing is believing”, but faith says that “believing is seeing”.

Abraham is listed in God’s word as being the “father of faith”. As we look at the example of how he lived his life by faith we can see a pattern to follow in living our lives.

Romans 4:17-21 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

God gave Abram a promise: that He had already made him the father of may nations. Abram could then either react in disbelief because it had not yet been manifested in the natural, or he could respond in faith by choosing to believe what God said over what he saw in his situation. He saw the deadness of his body and that of Sarah, his wife. He heard the negative voices that came into his mind saying “this is not possible. You both are too old. It’s never going to happen. Look at how long you’ve been waiting for this promised child to arrive.” All those things came against him, just like they come against you. But Abram didn’t waver in believing what God had said, but he made the choice to stand with God and resist the enemy that tried to come to destroy the covenant promise that God had made to him.

God promised a child to Abram and Sarai and when He made the promise He sealed it with the sacrifice of a blood covenant.

Genesis 15:8-11 And he said, “Lord GOD, how shall I know that I will inherit it?” So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon. Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

Child of God, He has made promises to us throughout His word, sealed by the blood of Jesus that are covenant promises. It’s time that we shoo the vultures away from our covenant and begin to take a stand on His word that paves the way for the manifestation of His promises. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy our lives, God’s promises to us, and we are the ones that have to enforce the protection of those promises through faith until we see the reality of them. Faith looks out into the future and grasps what God has promised as if it already exists.

Colossians 3:1-3 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

What are you thinking about? Do you have your mind set on the things of God or what you see going on around you? Abram had to lay aside the negative thoughts and pictures of his situation in order to embrace the truth of God’s promise. He had to die to self and live in God. We have been born again, given a new life, and that life is the life of faith that God lives within us; we are in Christ Jesus, a new person, created in His likeness and image and given the ability to function by faith through His strength and power.

We are to put off the old man and “put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge, according to the image of Him who created him,” (Colossians 3:9,10)

God gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did! (Romans 4:17) Are you calling things that don’t yet exist as though they did or are you reacting to the situation by speaking about the reality of life as it is now?

Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things now seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand the the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

Faith sees things that are not real in the natural, but understands that the spiritual viewpoint over-rides the natural. The spiritual is real, the natural is a manifestation of what we have already seen in the spirit realm. If your focus is on the negative aspects of life, you will find that those negative things which you have meditated on will become a reality in your life. The elders obtained a good testimony through believing that what God said was the reality and then walking it out. God framed His world by what He said. He brought the spiritual into the natural through His words.

Paul said that even though he went through persecutions and difficulties that he realized that God was working in his life and the situations he encountered were so that the life of Jesus might be manifested in him. He said in 2 Corinthians 4:13: And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak. You see, faith takes God’s promise, believes it first and then speaks out of the mouth what is believed in the heart. Speaking gives faith the avenue to bring into your natural world what God promises in His word!

Jesus said it this way in Matthew 12:34 “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

What we put into our hearts and meditate on will eventually come out of our mouths! If we believe that God lives in us and is the greater One within then we will begin to speak that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! (1 John 4:4; Philippians 4:13) If we believe that the same power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead lives in us and has seated us far above the principalities and powers that are arrayed against us, then we will speak that and act on it! (Ephesians 1:19-23)

Jesus encountered a “faith issue” with His disciples in Luke 8:24, 25. They encountered a terrific storm in their lives as they were crossing the sea and Jesus was asleep in the boat. As the storm raged the disciples became more and more fearful of what was going to happen. They awoke Jesus and this is what He said to them:

Luke 8:25 NIV He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked His disciples.

This morning I ask you, “where is your faith”? Are you believing the lies of the devil that your life will never be any different than what it is today; that the bad things that he has brought into your life are what exist in your future? Or will you stand up and say, “no, I choose to believe that God has a good plan for my life and that is what exists in my future”!

Father, I thank You that You have equipped us with the God-kind of faith; faith that believes Your word and acts on what You have said. Father, I pray that as we are challenged to walk in faith that we will not be offended by what we read in Your word, or by the messengers that you send into our lives to share that word with us, but that we will be encouraged knowing that You have already made the way possible to for us to live as over-comers; soaring above the storms of life, rather than chickens who always are looking here and there for a morsel of food, hoping that the bareness of the ground around them is not an indication of the future. May we be not only hearers of the word, but doers! Thank You, Father, for the victory that is ours in Christ Jesus. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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