Faith Above Circumstances

June 21st, 2018

He has said unto me, My power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore will I glory in my weaknesses, that the strength of Christ may rest upon me. Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Cor. 12:9, 10

 

There is almost no word that is so imperfectly understood in the Christian life as the word weakness. Sin and shortcoming, sluggishness and disobedience, are set to the account of our weakness. With this appeal to weakness, the true feeling of guilt and the sincere endeavour after progress are impossible. How, pray, can I be guilty, when I do not do what it is not in my power to do?  The Father cannot demand of His child what He can certainly do independently. That, indeed, was done by the law under the Old Covenant; but that the Father, under the New Covenant, does not do. He requires of us nothing more than what He has prepared for us power to do in His Holy Spirit. The new life is a life in the power of Christ through the Spirit.

 

The error of this mode of thinking is that people estimate their weakness, not too highly, but too meanly. They would still do something by the exercise of all their powers, and with the help of God. They know not that they must be nothing before God. (Romans 4:4, 5; Romans 11:6; 1 Cor. 1:27, 28) You think that you have still a little strength, and that the Father must help you by adding something of His own power to your feeble energy. This thought is wrong. Your weakness appears in the fact that you can do nothing. It is better to speak of utter inability -- that is what the Scriptures understand by the word 'weakness.'  'Apart from me ye can do nothing.'  'In us is no power.' (2 Chron. 16:9; 2 Chron. 20:12; John 5:19; John 15:5; 2 Cor. 1:9)

 

Whenever the young Christian acknowledges and assents to this his weakness, then he learns to understand the secret of the power of Jesus. He then sees that he is not to wait and pray to become stronger, to feel stronger. No: in his inability, he is to have the power of Jesus. By faith he is to receive it; he is to reckon that it is for him, and that Jesus Himself will work in and by him. (John 15:5; 1 Corinthians 1:24; 1 Corinthians 15:10; Ephesians 1:18, 19; Colossians. 1:11) It then becomes clear to him what the Lord means when He says, 'My power is made perfect in your weakness.'  He knows to return the answer, 'When I am weak, then am I -- yea, then am I -- strong.'  Yea, the weaker I am, the stronger I become. And he learns to sing with Paul, 'I shall glory in my weaknesses.'  'I take pleasure in weaknesses.'  'We rejoice when we are weak.' (2 Cor. 11:30; 2 Cor. 12:9, 11; 2 Cor. 13:4, 9)

 

It is wonderful how glorious that life of faith becomes for him who is content to have nothing, or feel nothing, in himself, and always to live on the power of his Lord. He learns to understand what a joyful thing it is to know God as his strength. 'The Lord is my strength and song.' (Psalm 89:18; Psalm 118:14; Jeremiah 12:2) He lives in what the Psalms so often express: 'I love Thee, O Lord, my strength;'  'I will sing of Thy strength: unto Thee, O my strength, will I sing praises.' (Psalm 18:2; Psalm 28:7, 8; Psalm 31:5; Psalm 43:2; Psalm 46:2; Psalm 59:16, 17; Psalm 62:8; Psalm 81:2) He understands what is meant when a psalm says, 'Give strength to the Lord: the Lord will give strength to His people;' and when another says, 'Give strength to God: the God of Israel, He giveth strength and power to His people.' (Psalm 29:1, 11; Psalm 68:34, 35) When we give or ascribe all the power to God, then He gives it to us again.

 

"I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and ye have overcome the Evil One."  The Christian is strong in his Lord: (Psalm 71:16; 1 John 2:14) not sometimes strong and sometimes weak, but always weak, and therefore always strong. He has merely to know and use his strength trustfully. To be strong is a command, a behest that must be obeyed. On obedience there comes more strength. 'Be strong ... and He shall strengthen your heart.'  In faith the Christian must simply obey the command, 'Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.' (Psalm 27:14; Psalm 31:24; Isaiah 40:31; Ephesians 6:10)

 The God of the Lord Jesus, the Father of glory give unto us the spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, that we may know what is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe. Amen.

 So long as the Christian thinks of the service of God or of sanctification as something that is hard and difficult, he will make no progress in it. He must see that this very thing is for him impossible. Then he will cease still endeavoring to do something; he will surrender himself that Christ may work all in him.

 

The complaint about weakness is often nothing else than an apology for our idleness. There is power to be obtained in Christ for those who will take the pains to have it.

  1. 'Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.'  Mind that. I must abide in the Lord and in the power of His might, then I become strong. To have His power I must have Himself. The strength is His, and continues His; the weakness continues mine. He, the Strong, works in me, the weak; I, the weak, abide by faith in Him, the Strong; so that I, in the self-same moment, know myself to be weak and strong.
  2. Strength is for work. He who would be strong simply to be pious, will not be so. He who in his weakness begins to work for the Lord, shall become strong.
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God Our Provider in Covenant

May 11th, 2018

NEW LIFE IN CHRIST - Transformation, as partakers in the divine nature we are redeemed from the sway of sin which came as a result of turning from God to having been influenced by satanic propaganda.

 

God calls us to put Him first which means that we seek Him and His Kingdom and are not influenced by untamed faculties as we are partakers in the divine nature.  Our goal in life is to do God's will.

 

Those who are continuously influenced by the Holy Spirit and are led by Him, are the Sons and Daughters of God. 

 

God’s Holy Spirit in us, as Christians, is our greatest gift from God. When we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit we receive the gift and the giver, because the gift is the giver. The Holy Spirit is our unity with God, our source of communication from God, and the guarantee that we are His children. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (Romans 8:14-17)

 

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Love. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (Romans 5:5)

 

When we walk in obedience to the Holy Spirit we experience inner love, joy and peace. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-25)

 

God is pouring out His Holy Spirit. “But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. (Acts 2:16-18)

 

The Holy Spirit is promised to those who receive Jesus Christ as savior. Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)

 

The Holy Spirit produces rivers of liquid life inside you. On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:37-39)

 

For we are God’s masterpiece, created in the Messiah Jesus

to perform good actions that God prepared long ago to be our way of life. —Ephesians 2:10

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Law of the Spirit of Life

February 15th, 2018

For the law of the pneuma of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:2  

For the law of the Spirit of life which is in Christ Jesus, the law of our new being, has freed me from the law of sin and of death.


Romans 8:2 The Law of the Spirit Sets Us Free

The Law of the Spirit of Life. Origen: The law of the Spirit of life is the same thing as the law of God.… For to serve the law of God and to be under the law of the Spirit is to serve Christ. To serve Christ is to serve wisdom, which is to serve righteousness, which is to serve truth and all related virtues. Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans.

 

The Spirit of Life in Jesus Christ. Ambrosiaster: Paul holds out security for us by the grace of God, so that we should not be tempted by the suggestions of the devil as long as we reject them.… We shall instead be rewarded if we repel the counsels of that sin which remains in us, for it demands great skill to avoid the tricks of the enemy within. “The law of the Spirit of life is the law of faith.” For even the law of Moses is spiritual in that it forbids us to sin, but it is not the law of life. It has no power to pardon those who are guilty of the sins which merit death and thus to bring them back to life.… Therefore it is the law in Christ Jesus, that is to say, through faith in Christ, which frees the believer from the law of sin and death. The law of sin, which Paul says dwells in our members, tries to persuade us to sin, but the law of Moses is a law of death, because it puts sinners to death. Commentary on Paul’s Epistles.11

Chrysostom: “The law of the Spirit of life” is just a way of saying “the Spirit. “For as he calls sin the “law of sin,” so he also calls the Spirit the “law of the Spirit.” But Paul also called the law of Moses “spiritual.” What is the difference? It is great! For the law of Moses was spiritual, but here we are dealing with the law of the Spirit.… The law of Moses was merely given by the Spirit, but this one gives those who receive it a large measure of the Spirit himself. This is why Paul called it the law of life, in opposition to the law of sin, not to the law of Moses. For when he says that it freed him from the law of sin and death, it is not the law of Moses which he has in mind, because he never calls it the law of sin. In any case, how could he have done so since he had called it “just and holy” on so many other occasions, and destructive of sin as well? Rather, the law of sin is the force which wars against the law of the mind. The grace of the Spirit put a stop to that war by slaying sin and making the contest light for us, putting a victor’s crown on our heads at the beginning and then drawing us into the struggle with enough help to win it. Then, as he always does Paul turns from the Spirit to the Son and the Father, showing that we are dependent on the entire Trinity. Homilies on Romans 13.

[Pseudo-]Constantius: Those who are in Christ do not serve the lusts of the flesh, and therefore they are not bound to be condemned. The Holy Letter of St. Paul to the Romans.

Pelagius: Note that Paul calls the law “grace.” Pelagius’s Commentary on Romans.

Set Free from the Law of Sin and Death. Theodore of Mopsuestia: The apostle says that the resurrection takes place by the working of the Spirit. … Paul calls the Spirit the “Spirit of life” because the Spirit is the firstfruits of the eternal life which we shall then enjoy. The Spirit has been given to us in the hope of immortality, and faith in Christ has permitted us to enjoy him, because he has set us free from death and sin. Clearly Paul is using the things which are to come as evidence for what has been promised to us in Christ. Pauline Commentary from the Greek Church.


Romans 1:4 In this passage the nature of the Lord Jesus is being set forth. God's gospel is "concerning His Son Jesus Christ": hence, it is necessary, at the outset, to define His true nature. As regards his flesh He was "of the Seed of David." As regards his pneuma He was "the Son of God." And this pneuma was "holiness "itself. The word is remarkable: it is ἁγιωσύνη (hagiosunē). It does not occur at all in Greek Literature. And in the New Testament it is found only here, and 2 Cor. 7:1 ("perfecting holiness in the fear of God)," and 1 Thess. 3:13 ("unblameable in holiness before God"). The expression "pneuma hagiōsunēs" must therefore not be confounded with pneuma hagion. Hagiōsunē denotes the attribute of holiness itself; not merely holy as to character. Hence, "pneuma hagiōsunēs," a pneuma of holiness, being the Genitive of Apposition, means a pneuma which is holiness itself. This agrees with Luke 1:35 where it is distinctly stated to Mary: "that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." The Divine spiritual nature of Christ which He had from the Holy Spirit Himself is here put in contrast with the human flesh which he had of "Mary" as "the Seed of David."

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Ask, Seek and Knock,

January 16th, 2018

Matthew 6:11   —Give us this day our daily bread 9 Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

In addition, this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: we are sure that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. 1 John 5:13-15

Jesus tells us in John 15 how to have perfect security and all our needs met, HE SAYS: "I AM the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. 4 Dwell in me, and I will dwell in you.  Live in Me, and I will live in you.  Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me  cut off from vital union with Me  you can do nothing. 6If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a  broken-off  branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned. 7If you live in Me  abide vitally united to Me  and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. 11I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure, complete, and overflowing. 16 You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you  I have planted you , that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting  that it may remain, abide , so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name  as presenting all that I AM , He may give it to you. 26 when the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who comes (proceeds) from the Father, He  Himself  will testify regarding Me.

Even as the Father Has Loved Me, I Also Have Loved you-John 15.9

Here Christ leaves the language of parable, and speaks plainly out of the Father. Much as the parable could teach, it could not teach the lesson of love. All that the vine does for the branch, it does under the compulsion of a law of nature: there is no personal living love to the branch. We are in danger of looking to Christ as a Savior and a supplier of every need, appointed by God, accepted and trusted by us, without any sense of the intensity of personal affection in which Christ embraces us, and our life alone can find its true happiness. Christ seeks to point us to this.

And how does He do so? He leads us once again to Himself, to show us how identical His own life is with ours. Even as the Father loved Him, He loves us. His life as vine dependent on the Father was a life in the Father's love; that love was His strength and His joy; in the power of that divine love resting on Him He lived and died. If we are to live like Him, as branches to be truly like our Vine, we must share in this too. Our life must have its breath and being in a heavenly love as much as His. What the Father's love was to Him, His love will be to us. If that love made Him the true Vine, His love can make us true branches. "Even as the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you."

Even as the Father hath loved Me-And how did the Father love Him? The infinite desire and delight of God to communicate to the Son all He had Himself, to take the Son into the most complete equality with Himself, to live in the Son and have the Son live in Him-this was the love of God to Christ. It is a mystery of glory of which we can form no conception, we can only bow and worship as we try to think of it. And with such a love, with this very same love, Christ longs in an infinite desire and delight to communicate to us all He is and has, to make us partakers of His own nature and blessedness, to live in us and have us live in Himself.

 

And now, if Christ loves us with such an intense, such an infinite divine love, what is it that hinders it from triumphing over every obstacle and getting full possession of us? The answer is simple. Even as the love of the Father to Christ, so His love to us is a divine mystery, too high for us to comprehend or attain to by any effort of our own. It is only the Holy Spirit who can shed abroad and reveal in its all-conquering power without intermission this wonderful love of God in Christ. It is the vine itself that must give the branch its growth and fruit by sending up its sap. It is Christ Himself WHO must by His Holy Spirit dwell in the heart; then shall we know and have in us the love that passes knowledge.

As the Father loved Me, so have I loved you-Shall we not draw near to the personal living Christ, and trust Him, and yield all to Him, that He may love this love into us? Just as he knew and rejoiced every hour-the Father loveS Me-we too may live in the unceasing consciousness-as the Father loved Him, so He loves me.

As the Father loved Me, so have I loved you. to apprehend how exactly the life of the Vine is to be that of the branch CONSIDER THAT JESUS IS the Vine, because the Father loved HIM, and poured His love through HIM TO YOU, And so YOU love me, and YOUR life as A branch is to be like JESUS, a receiving and a giving out of heavenly love.

 

Hebrews 11: 1 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 .

 

IT IS BY FAITH THAT WE PLEASE GOD AND ARE SATISFACTORY TO HIM AS WE ARE TOLD IN Hebrews 11:6 and it follows with this faith is a result of our intimate relationship with God as it says "For whoever would come near to God must  necessarily  believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him  out . Our encounter with God is faith producing because we come into the presence of the one who loves us knows us intimately and completely. He has infinite resources and angels are one of the ways he cares for us as we see in Psalm 91:11 For He will give His angels  especial  charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways  of obedience and service . You may be feeling powerless and helpless and you may feel like prayer is so small in the face of all your troubles; you may be reaching for a better way of life, to improve your finances and the quality of your life, to live in peace and security, you can achieve what you are seeking by trusting in God's love, knowing that he is prepared to meet your needs as you obey and trust him. Therefore, your faith needs to be in him and not in yourself that is not in sense knowledge but in God's love and ability.

Matthew 6: 8 Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him is underscored by luke 12:7  even  the very hairs of your head are all numbered. this love God has for us is continuous and bid you to commit yourself and all your interests, individually and as a whole to God's faithful, infinite love and providential care, in accordance with the words of Peter: Casting the whole of your care  all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all  on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1 Peter 5.7), cast all your care upon him who can do everything. And again, In nothing be anxious (Philippians 4.6), or what is more, Cast your burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain you. (Psalm 55.22) Or again, It is good for me to hold fast to God, (Ps. 73.28) and I have always set up God before me. (Psalm 16.8)

In God's sovereignty, we know that He knows everything and because of his love, we know that he cares for us. These two principles bring us to patience and trust when we cast our cares upon him and seek to do his will. two of the fruit of the spirit patience and self-control ,which the holy spirit works in us, come as we cast our cares upon the lord knowing that our father already knows what we have need of before we ask him. The holy spirit works in us to seek first the kingdom of God and then as Jesus said in Matthew 6:6 the consequence is that "all these things shall be added unto you."

Knowing that your father knows what you have need of before you ask him becomes a powerful force in your life when you believe that his will is to meet your needs and that your prayers activating your faith will bring his provision into your life and circumstances.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. That is:

Let us then fearlessly, confidently, and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God's unmerited favor), that we may receive mercy  for our failures  and find grace to help in good time for every need  appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it .

 

Matthew 7:7 Keep on asking, it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking  reverently , and  the door  will be opened to you.

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Prayer Infuses Grace

September 29th, 2017

PREVAILING PRAYER I Appointed You That Ye Should Go and Bear Fruit, and That Your Fruit Should Abide: That Whatsoever Ye Shall Ask of the Father in My Name, He May Give It You—John 15:16

 

IN the first verse of our parable, Christ revealed Himself as the true Vine, and the Father as the Husbandman, and asked for Himself and the Father a place in the heart. Here, in the closing verse, He sums up all His teaching concerning Himself and the Father in the twofold purpose for which He had chosen them. With reference to Himself, the Vine, the purpose was, that they should bear fruit. With reference to the Father, it was, that whatsoever they should ask in His name, should be done of the Father in Heaven. As fruit is the great proof of the true relation to Christ, so prayer is of our relation to the Father. A fruitful abiding in the Son, and prevailing prayer to the Father, are the two great factors in the true Christian life.

 

That whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These are the closing words of the parable of the Vine. The whole mystery of the Vine and its branches leads up to the other mystery—that whatsoever we ask in His name the Father gives! See here the reason of the lack of prayer, and of the lack of power in prayer. It is because we so little live the true branch life, because we so little lose ourselves in the Vine, abiding in Him entirely, that we feel so little constrained to much prayer, so little confident that we shall be heard, and so do not know how to use His name as the key to God's storehouse. The Vine planted on earth has reached up into Heaven; it is only the soul wholly and intensely abiding in it, can reach into Heaven with power to prevail much. Our faith in the teaching and the truth of the parable, in the truth and the life of the Vine, must prove itself by power in prayer. The life of abiding and obedience, of love and joy, of cleansing and fruit-bearing, will surely lead to the power of prevailing prayer.

 

Whatsoever ye shall ask. The promise was given to disciples who were ready to give themselves, in the likeness of the true Vine, for their fellow men. This promise was all their provision for their work; they took it literally, they believed it, they used it, and they found it true. Let us give ourselves, as branches of the true Vine, and in His likeness, to the work of saving men, of bringing forth fruit to the glory of God, and we shall find a new urgency and power to pray and to claim the "whatsoever ye ask." We shall waken to our wonderful responsibility of having in such a promise the keys to the King's storehouses given us, and we shall not rest till we have received bread and blessing for the perishing.

"I chose you, that ye may bring forth fruit, and that your fruit may abide; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you." Beloved disciple, seek above everything to be a man of prayer. Here is the highest exercise of your privilege as a branch of the Vine; here is the full proof of your being renewed in the image of God and His Son; here is your power to show how you, like Christ, live not for yourself, but for others; here you enter Heaven to receive gifts for men; here your abiding in Christ has led to His abiding in you, to use you as the channel and instrument of His grace. The power to bear fruit for men has been crowned by power to prevail with God.

 

"I am the vine, my Father is the Husbandman." Christ's work in you is to bring you so to the Father that His Word may be fulfilled in you: "At that day ye shall ask in my name; and I say not that I will pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you."

 

The power of direct access to the Father for men, the liberty of intercession claiming and receiving blessing for them in faith, is the highest exercise of our union with Christ. Let all who would truly and fully be branches give themselves to the work of intercession. It is the one great work of Christ the Vine in Heaven, the source of power for all His work. Make it your one great work as branch: it will be the power of all your work.

 

In My name. Yes, Lord, in Thy name, the new name Thou hast given Thyself here, the true Vine. As a branch, abiding in Thee in entire devotion, in full dependence, in perfect conformity, in abiding fruitfulness, I come to the Father, in Thee, and He will give what I ask. Oh, let my life be one of unceasing and prevailing intercession! Amen!

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Prayer Is How We Receive From God

September 29th, 2017

How To Receive From God

 

For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will receive it. Mark 11:24

 

How do we receive all that Jesus bought and paid for through His death, burial, and resurrection? Well, we know that faith operates on God’s known will. So first we must look into the Word, where we find it’s God’s perfect will for every person to be born again and healed. Next, we make a point of contact, which occurs when we believe we receive—not necessarily when we see our petition come to pass. Imagine a reservoir of water held back by a dam and a dry valley below.The two represent a “greater” and a “lesser”—a reservoir full of water and a valley that’s dry. If you were to open the spillgate so that contact is made between the two, the greater would flood into the lesser.

 

In the same way, our point of contact can be likened to “opening the spillgate.” The moment we release our faith—the point of contact—the greater anointing and power that is in Jesus Christ begins to flow into the “lesser,” our bodies, whether we feel it or not. God’s healing power begins to effect a healing in our physical bodies the moment we believe we receive. In John 11:40, Jesus said to Martha,“ I told you if you’d believe, you’d see the glory of God.” Notice He didn’t say,“ I told you that when you see God’s glory, then you’ll believe.”

 

Anyone can believe when he sees or feels something. But as Christians, we’re supposed to believe we receive our answer before we see or feel it, because we believe the Word. What else are we supposed to do? We are to say what we believe:“Thank God, I believe I’m healed by the stripes of Jesus.”Do we necessarily feel any different? Not always, but that’s all right.

 

Our feelings won’t change God’s Word, but God’s Word will definitely change our feelings when we hook up with Him!

Confession: Today I make my point of contact with God. By faith I open the spillgate of His goodness, and His healing power flows into me as I believe I receive!

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Ask, Seek and Knock God Cares for You

August 23rd, 2017

Ask and You Shall Receive

 

 

Matthew 6:8    Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

 

 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”

I do not pray using vain repetitions, repeating the same things over and over, thinking that the quantity of my praying is going to get the results that I need.

 I do not focus on quantity of words, but on quality of words—words that I know are in line with God’s perfect will.

 

My heavenly Father knows what I need even before I ask Him and He is

more than willing to provide for me.

(James 1:6-8; 4:1-10; Mark 1:35; 11:22-25; 16:20; Proverbs 18:20,21; 1 John 5:14,15; John 14:13,14)

Matthew 7:7 Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.

    8For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.

    9Or what man is there of you, if his son asks him for a loaf of bread, will hand him a stone?

    10Or if he asks for a fish, will hand him a serpent?

    11If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!

Matthew 18:19 Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven.

 

DECLARATION OF FAITH

I will ask and keep on asking until I have received what I am asking for.

I will seek and keep on seeking until I have found what I am looking for.

I will knock and keep on knocking until the door is opened to me.

I know of a certainty that when I ask, I will receive; when I seek, I will find;

and when I knock, the door will be opened to me.

(Mark 11:22-24; Proverbs 8:17; Deuteronomy 4:29; 1 John 5:14,15)

Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.

Luke 11:9-23     9So I say to you, Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you.

    10For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened.

    11What father among you, if his son asks for a loaf of bread, will give him a stone; or if he asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent?

    12Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

    13If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts [gifts that are to their advantage] to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!

John 14:13   And I will do  I Myself will grant  whatever you ask in My Name  as presenting all that I AM , so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son.

14 Yes  I will grant  I Myself will do for you  whatever you shall ask in My Name  as presenting all that I AM .

John 15:7 7If you live in Me  abide vitally united to Me  and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

    8When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.

John 15:16 16You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you  I have planted you , that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting  that it may remain, abide , so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name  as presenting all that I AM , He may give it to you.

John 16:23 23And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me  you will need to ask Me no questions . I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name  as presenting all that I AM .

    24Up to this time you have not asked a single thing in My Name  as presenting all that I AM ; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.

Philippians 4:6 6Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

 6-7 Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Philippians 4:19  And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

James 1:5   If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God  Who gives  to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.

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Taking with the Hand of Faith

August 20th, 2017

The Faith That Takes

"Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye have received them, and ye shall have them" (Mark 11:24).

 

What a promise! It is so large, so Divine, that our little hearts cannot comprehend it. In every possible way we seek to limit it to what we think is safe or probable. We don't allow it to come in just as He gave it to us with its quickening power and energy. If we would allow it, that promise would enlarge our hearts to receive all of what His love and power are really ready to do for us.

 

Faith is very far from being a mere conviction of the truth of God's Word or a conclusion drawn from certain premises. It is the ear which has heard God say what He will do and the eye which has seen Him doing it. Therefore, where there is true faith it is impossible for the answer not to come. We must do this one thing that He asks of us as we pray: "Believe that ye have received. "He will see to it that He does the thing He has promised: "Ye shall have them. "

 

The essence of Solomon's prayer (2 Chronicles 6:4) is, "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who hath with His hands fulfilled that which He spoke with His mouth to my father David." This should be the essence of all true prayer. It is the joyful adoration of a God whose hand always secures the fulfillment of what His mouth has spoken. Let us in this spirit listen to the promise Jesus gives because each part of it has a Divine message.

 

"All things whatsoever. "From the first word our human wisdom begins to doubt and say, "This can't possibly be literally true." But if it isn't, why did the Master say it? He used the very strongest expression He could find: "All things whatsoever." And He said it more than once: "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth" (Mark 9:23); "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed... nothing shall be impossible to you" (Matthew 17:20). Faith is completely the work of God's Spirit through His Word in the prepared heart of the believing disciple. It is impossible for the fulfillment not to come, because faith is the pledge and forerunner of the coming answer.

 

"All things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer believing, ye receive. " The tendency of human reason is to intervene here with certain qualifiers, such as "if expedient," "if according to God's will," to break the force of a statement which appears dangerous. Beware of dealing this way with the Master's words. His promise is most literally true. He wants His frequently repeated "all things" to enter our hearts and reveal how mighty the power of faith is. The Head truly calls the members of His Body to share His power with Him. Our Father places His power at the disposal of the child who completely trusts Him. Faith gets its food and strength from the "all things" of Christ's promise. As we weaken it, we weaken faith.

 

The whatsoever is unconditional except for what is implied in the believing. Before we can believe, we must find out and know what God's will is. Believing is the exercise of a soul surrendered to the influence of the Word and the Spirit. Once we do believe, nothing is impossible. Let us pray that we do not limit Christ's "all things" with what we think is possible. Rather, His "whatsoever" should determine the boundaries of our hope and faith. It is seed-word which we should take just as He gives it and keep it in our hearts. It will germinate and take root, filling our lives with its fullness and bearing abundant fruit.

 

"All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for." It is in prayer that these" all things" are to be brought to God. The faith that receives them is the fruit of the prayer. There must be a certain amount of faith before there can be prayer, but greater faith is the result of prayer. In the personal presence of the Savior and in conversation with Him, faith rises to grasp what at first appeared too high. Through prayer we hold up our desires to the light of God's Holy Will, our motives are tested, and proof is given whether we are indeed asking in the Name of Jesus and only for the glory of God. The leading of the Spirit shows us whether we are asking for the right thing and in the right spirit. The weakness of our faith becomes obvious as we pray. But we are encouraged to say to the Father that we do believe and that we prove the reality of our faith by the confidence with which we persevere. It is in prayer that Jesus teaches and inspires faith. Whoever waits to pray, or loses heart in prayer because he doesn't feel the faith needed to get an answer, will never learn that faith. Whoever begins to pray and ask will find the Spirit of faith is given nowhere as surely as at the foot of the throne.

 

"Believe that ye have received." Clearly we are to believe that we receive the very things we ask. The Savior does not say that the Father may give us something else because He knows what is best. The very mountain that faith wants to remove is cast into the sea.

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Dependence on God

August 15th, 2017

1 Chronicles 3:1–4:23; 1 Timothy 3:8–16; Psalm 77:1–20

 

When we locate a problem, often we fixate on it. we in the natural, think that if we analyze it enough, We can solve it. This is a problem when we come to difficult issues that require someone else’s expertise. Stubbornly, we want to figure out the problem myself. We want to be self-sufficient. When God is the only one who can solve my problem, I’ve just created an impossible scenario.

When the psalmist hit troubling times and questioned the things that were accepted truths in his life, he didn’t seek his answer from anyone but God. When he felt far from God and questioned all he had taken for granted, the questions he asks are close to those in our own hearts: “Why God? Have you removed your favor?” (Psa 77:7). “Has your steadfast love ceased forever?” (Psalm 77:8). “Do your promises end?” (Psalm 77:8).

 

It would have been tempting to dwell on his personal experiences to answer these questions. But instead, the psalmist turns to study God’s redemptive work. This seems counter-intuitive to us, but we find this practice throughout the psalms. Why doesn’t the psalmist simply address the problem at hand? He knew that to understand God’s work in the present, he had to look to the past. He had to consider God’s work in humanity—His wonders of old, mighty deeds, holy ways, and power among the peoples. Ultimately, though, the psalmist looks to God’s work of redemption in the exodus from Egypt. He needed a backward glance—a look at God’s faithfulness to His people in the past.

 

We have an even greater redemptive story than the exodus. When things seem to go wrong, when we question God’s plan for our life, we can look back to Christ’s work on the cross. We’re not leaving our story for another one when we do this; instead, we’re acknowledging Christ’s ongoing work in our lives through the Holy Spirit. His work sets our entire life in perspective.

 

When life seems complicated, don’t try to be self-sufficient. When your emotions dictate otherwise, take a backward glance at the cross and reckon in your mind and heart what is already true of God’s love for you. There has never been such a testament of His love. Then take a faithful step forward, trusting in Him.

 

How are you trying to be self-sufficient? How are you taking a backward glance at the cross and stepping forward in faith?

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The Spiritual Law of Resurrection Changes Circumstances

August 12th, 2017

For the law of the pneuma of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:2  

 

For the law of the Spirit of life which is in Christ Jesus, the law of our new being, has freed me from the law of sin and of death.

 


Romans 8:2 The Law of the Spirit Sets Us Free

 

The Law of the Spirit of Life. Origen: The law of the Spirit of life is the same thing as the law of God.… For to serve the law of God and to be under the law of the Spirit is to serve Christ. To serve Christ is to serve wisdom, which is to serve righteousness, which is to serve truth and all related virtues. Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans.

 

The Spirit of Life in Jesus Christ. Ambrosiaster: Paul holds out security for us by the grace of God, so that we should not be tempted by the suggestions of the devil as long as we reject them.… We shall instead be rewarded if we repel the counsels of that sin which remains in us, for it demands great skill to avoid the tricks of the enemy within. “The law of the Spirit of life is the law of faith.” For even the law of Moses is spiritual in that it forbids us to sin, but it is not the law of life. It has no power to pardon those who are guilty of the sins which merit death and thus to bring them back to life.… Therefore it is the law in Christ Jesus, that is to say, through faith in Christ, which frees the believer from the law of sin and death. The law of sin, which Paul says dwells in our members, tries to persuade us to sin, but the law of Moses is a law of death, because it puts sinners to death. Commentary on Paul’s Epistles.11

 

Chrysostom: “The law of the Spirit of life” is just a way of saying “the Spirit. “For as he calls sin the “law of sin,” so he also calls the Spirit the “law of the Spirit.” But Paul also called the law of Moses “spiritual.” What is the difference? It is great! For the law of Moses was spiritual, but here we are dealing with the law of the Spirit.… The law of Moses was merely given by the Spirit, but this one gives those who receive it a large measure of the Spirit himself. This is why Paul called it the law of life, in opposition to the law of sin, not to the law of Moses. For when he says that it freed him from the law of sin and death, it is not the law of Moses which he has in mind, because he never calls it the law of sin. In any case, how could he have done so since he had called it “just and holy” on so many other occasions, and destructive of sin as well? Rather, the law of sin is the force which wars against the law of the mind. The grace of the Spirit put a stop to that war by slaying sin and making the contest light for us, putting a victor’s crown on our heads at the beginning and then drawing us into the struggle with enough help to win it. Then, as he always does Paul turns from the Spirit to the Son and the Father, showing that we are dependent on the entire Trinity.

 

Pseudo-Constantius: Those who are in Christ do not serve the lusts of the flesh, and therefore they are not bound to be condemned. The Holy Letter of St. Paul to the Romans.

 

Pelagius: Note that Paul calls the law “grace.” Pelagius’s Commentary on Romans.

Set Free from the Law of Sin and Death. Theodore of Mopsuestia: The apostle says that the resurrection takes place by the working of the Spirit. … Paul calls the Spirit the “Spirit of life” because the Spirit is the firstfruits of the eternal life which we shall then enjoy. The Spirit has been given to us in the hope of immortality, and faith in Christ has permitted us to enjoy him, because he has set us free from death and sin. Clearly Paul is using the things which are to come as evidence for what has been promised to us in Christ. Pauline Commentary from the Greek Church.

 

Romans 1:4 In this passage the nature of the Lord Jesus is being set forth. God's gospel is "concerning His Son Jesus Christ": hence, it is necessary, at the outset, to define His true nature. As regards his flesh He was "of the Seed of David." As regards his pneuma He was "the Son of God." And this pneuma was "holiness "itself. The word is remarkable: it is ἁγιωσύνη (hagiosunē). It does not occur at all in Greek Literature. And in the New Testament it is found only here, and 2 Cor. 7:1 ("perfecting holiness in the fear of God)," and 1 Thess. 3:13 ("unblameable in holiness before God"). The expression "pneuma hagiōsunēs" must therefore not be confounded with pneuma hagion. Hagiōsunē denotes the attribute of holiness itself; not merely holy as to character. Hence, "pneuma hagiōsunēs," a pneuma of holiness, being the Genitive of Apposition, means a pneuma which is holiness itself. This agrees with Luke 1:35 where it is distinctly stated to Mary: "that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." The Divine spiritual nature of Christ which He had from the Holy Spirit Himself is here put in contrast with the human flesh which he had of "Mary" as "the Seed of David."

 

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