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Developing Unwavering Faith

Do you ever find yourself wondering why something hasn’t happened yet? Do you struggle from time to time wondering if what you’ve been believing for is going to come to pass? We all have thoughts of doubt at times but it’s what we do with those doubts that matter. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 in the Amplified Classic Bible tells us how to manage our thought life. “For the weapons of a warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, 5 [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Our faith can’t afford negative thoughts running freely in our minds. Romans 4:19-21 NKJV “And not being weak in faith, he [Abraham] did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waiver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He promised He was also able to perform.” Abraham did not waiver because he strengthened himself by thanking God in advance. Hebrews 11:6 says that we must have faith and believe that God rewards those who seek Him. Faith first and foremost isn’t used to get us stuff but to help us seek Him. When our faith only becomes about the getting of stuff you better believe you will get discouraged. Our faith must primarily be based on and in our daily relationship with God just because of the fact He is God.

Hebrews 12:2 NIV “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” Proverbs 4:24-25 in the Message Paraphrase, “Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions.”

When we keep our focus on Jesus and the Word of God and couple that with speaking things that are in line with God’s Word our faith will stay at an expectant level. A negative thought left unspoken dies. When we speak the thought of doubt is when the seed is planted and weakens our faith. To keep our faith strong our praise needs to be strong. Abraham thanked God before he ever saw the promise come to pass and we need to do the same.

It’s easy to allow negative thoughts to change our faith but when we have those thoughts we literally need to speak to them. Jesus spoke to the fig tree and it died. If we will speak to doubt and negativity it will die.

Faith is strengthened through time in the Word, praise, and helping other people. If you are believing for something, find someone believing for the same thing and sow into them. If you are believing for a family member to get saved, begin praying for a friends unsaved family member.

Faith only produces when it is firing on all cylinders. Get in the Word, start praising God, and sow into someone else and you will walk in an unwavering and immovable faith!    

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3 Keys to Building Faith

Have you ever had the thought ‘is my healing ever going to come?’ or ‘am I ever going to receive a breakthrough’? Sometimes we can find ourselves discouraged when what we are believing for doesn’t come in our timing. There is a truth for us concerning this in Mark 4:16-17 AMPC “And in the same way the ones sown upon stony ground are those who, when they hear the Word, at once receive and accept and welcome it with joy; 17 And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away.”

Romans 10:17 says, “faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the Word of God.” When we hear the Word faith will come but that faith is not without opposition. Mark 16:17 says trouble arises on account of the Word. We have an enemy who is going to fight the process of building our faith every step of the way. This is why we must determine at the outset of whatever we are believing for that we will not be denied and we will not back off of our faith.

Something from our thoughts to our circumstances will always try to knock us off our faith, so how do we stay in faith? The following are three keys to building your faith and keeping it strong all the way through to manifestation.

Proverbs 4:20-27 KJV “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. 24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. 25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.”

Keep your eyes on the Word

The Message Bible says, “keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions”. When thoughts come that say you won’t get what you are believing for, that is a sideshow distraction, it is something to be ignored!

Matthew 6:22 KJV “The light of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 “But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness!”

When we are singularly focused on the Word, the Word will produce results. It goes back to what we read in Mark chapter four a moment ago, we can’t allow the Word to be stolen from us through wrong thoughts or hardships. The Bible says persecution comes because we decide to grab hold of the Word, to stay with that Word we must focus on it and keep our eyes off of anything contrary to it. We must take the full Word, we can’t wonder about God’s will. His Word is His will, when we allow doubt and unbelief in, the light in us actually becomes darkness. Stay singularly focused on the Word and it will begin to bring forth results.

Keep your ears on the Word

Proverbs 4:20 NLT “My Child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words.”

Mark 4:23-24 AMPC “  If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend. 24 And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.”

When we hear something the first time it is seed, every time after that it is being watered and when we’ve heard it enough to take root we will have results. We can’t just hear teaching on healing once, faith comes by hearing and hearing. We must continually hear the Word for our faith to be built. The Woman with the issue of blood heard the things Jesus had done. Not one thing but things, when we continually hear the Word faith comes alive.

The measure of thought and study you give to the truth you hear is what you receive from. If what you hear is contrary to the Word and faith that is what you will receive from. I can’t spend my nights in front of shows that don’t build me up and expect to be strong in faith. We must give our ears to hearing the Word and good and positive things that are in line with it to see our faith built up.

Speak the Word

Mark 11:23 KJV “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass shall have whatsoever he saith.”

Our words are so important and so powerful, they are a key component to our faith. This verse says we can’t doubt, we must believe. This goes back to ignoring those sideshow distractions. When we speak the Word faith is built, when we speak things contrary to faith doubt and unbelief are built.

2 Corinthians 4:13 KJV “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believe and therefore have I spoken; we also believe and therefore speak.”  We train ourselves in negativity by thinking it, hearing it and speaking it, we train ourselves in faith the same way.

Let today be a new day, let today be a decision day that from today forward you will keep your eyes on the Word, you will listen to the Word and you will speak the Word. When we give the Word first priority it will produce the promises of the Word in our lives. Don’t give up and don’t get discouraged, when we mess up, we simply repent and get back to the Word and get in faith. Get in faith, let’s stay in faith and let’s watch faith produce in our lives.

What is faith?

greg abbottLet’s talk about faith, no, we aren’t going to read Hebrews 11:1in the Amplified Bible. Too many times when we talk about faith it’s in the context that we have faith God will do something for us.

If we boil faith down we could simply say that faith is trusting God. This is where we can get out of whack in our belief. It’s not faith to believe that everything is going to turn out to our definition of perfection. True faith is believing that no matter what the circumstance that God will see us through.

Earlier this week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted “Pray as if everything depends on God. Work as if everything depends on you. Let’s work together to fix America.” The tweet got hundreds of retweets and many positive responses. However, an atheist did respond, if there is a God, get out of your wheelchair.

Governor Abbott lost the use of his legs after an accident, yet he persevered through the hardship through work and faith and ended up being voted Governor of Texas.

To me, this is a perfect picture of faith. Yes, I believe in healing, but there is more to healing than what we at times can think. Governor Abbott could have become severely depressed after his accident and given up on life. He didn’t do that, he choose to believe that even though life had taken an unexpected turn that God still had a plan. – This is faith.

Some might say believing in God is emotional or mental weakness. I happen to believe in God. The faith of Greg Abbott inspires me because even in the midst of a life altering circumstance he choose to trust God.

This man’s story is the picture of Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”

Faith is not believing that everything will work out to my idea of perfection. Faith is knowing that whatever may come my way, God is there to see me through.”

The Dichotomy of Faith

faith1Last week I was reading through Matthew, and the stories in chapter eight really leapt out at me. Each story deals with faith, but two different kinds of faith.
Verses one through four tell the story of a leper that came to Jesus. The leper said, if you are willing, you can make me clean. It is obvious the man believed Jesus could do it, he Just didn’t know if He would.
This describes many in the Church today, we believe God can do anything, many just doubt His will, like this leper. Jesus answered and said I WILL.
This one story alone settles the will of God concerning healing, I WILL.
Many people ask about the blind man. Scripture says this man was born blind to reveal God’s glory, and many stop there. The problem is, the blindness wasn’t God’s glory the healing was.
Scripture says all the promises of God are yes and amen.
Isaiah 53 and Psalm 103 prove to us that Jesus’ death on the cross is not only sufficient for sin but for sickness as well.
Many teachers have taught and many believers have believed we should pray if it be thy will concerning healing. Friends that is an illegal prayer, Scripture is abundantly clear that healing is God’s will.
Psalm 107:20 KJV “He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.”
Exodus 15:26 KJV “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.”
Mark 16:18b KJV “They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover“.
Healing is all over the Bible and no where do we see Jesus saying no to anyone. The only thing that ever prevented healing was doubt or unbelief.
I will deal with doubt in more detail in a later post, in this I just want to show these two different approaches to Jesus.
The second man was a centurion who had faith at a very high level, so high that he understood the authority of the spoken Word.
This man didn’t ask Jesus to come lay hands, he simply said speak the Word and healing will come. Jesus was amazed at his faith! But notice Jesus didn’t even speak the Word; verse thirteen, “And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed that selfsame hour.”
This guy had such faith and so understood the authority of the spoken word he had it when He said it Jesus didn’t even speak it, He simply confirmed the man’s faith.
Let’s look at Mark 11:23-24 KJV “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
We have it when we say it, not when we see it.
We have it when we say it, not when we see it. This is faith.
When we look at the two very different faiths in this chapter, one of God can and the other of God will, we see room for growth in our walks of faith.
Don’t allow the enemy to condemn you if you are in the beginning stages of developing your faith, each one of us has to start with little faith and as we pursue God, study and do His Word we grow in faith.
Today I want to encourage each of us to do what the disciples did and say, Lord increase our faith. I declare each one of us is rising to a new level, yes, even levels of faith this year! We are growing and we are maturing in faith in Jesus name.
I’ve got some books to recommend for you on the things we have talked about today.
Ever Increasing Faith by Smith Wigglesworth will help you reach new levels in your faith walk.
Christ the Healer by F. F. Bosworth will help grow your faith. He deals with God’s will concerning healing, Paul’s thorn in the flesh, and much more.
The Power of Your Words by Gossett and Kenyon to help you learn the power and authority of words and help train you to speak in line with the Word of God.
These books have and are still a great blessing to me and I know they will help you grow to new levels of victory in your life.

Developing Faith for the Supernatural

bibleWe’ve all heard that faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. So why is it that many believers can go to church and hear the Word yet not develop faith? There can be several reasons for this, one, faith is not being preached. The amount of permissive unbelief that is preached is astounding.

Let’s look at this verse, Romans 10:17 KJV “So, then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. You see it’s not enough to hear a teacher teach the Word, you must continually hear. Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the Word of God.

You can hear doubt and unbelief or you can hear faith, it’s what you hear, it’s what you listen to that leads you.

Proverbs 4:20-23 AMP “My son attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. (21) Let them not depart from your sight, keep them in the center of your heart. (22) For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. (23) Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life”.

Being a Word centered person is very key, that is why Yeshua (Jesus) endorsed the law in his teaching on the mount. He said in Matthew 5:17-20 CJB “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened. 19 So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of theTorah-teachers and P’rushim, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven!”

So how do we develop faith for the supernatural and live by the Word?

  1. We need to spend time in it daily, a service once a week doesnt cut it. We need to live a life of love and obedience seven days a week not just one. Jesus said, he who loves me will keep my commandments. We can’t keep what we don’t know and we don’t know what we don’t spend time in.
  2. Read books that held develop and strengthen your faith, listen to teachings. If we want to do the greater things that have been promised were going to have to have a faith level that matches those greater works. If you don’t know what books or authors to read check out the bookshelf. If you want somebody to listen to check out the links on the side.
  3. 2 Peter 1:1 says to them who have obtained like precious faith. Anyone can be a Christian. The issue is, are the Christians you are around building up your faith, are they encouraging you or bringing doubt into your life? In order to develop faith for the supernatural we need to be around people that speak faith more than doubt. Our close friends need to be people of faith in the Word not sometimes He does, sometimes He doesn’t.

I know these are all things we have probably all heard before, but it’s not what we’ve heard its what we hear and act on.

It is my prayer that these three things being done in your life will help you begin to walk in new levels of faith and seeing the works of the word manifest in your life.

Developing a Heart of Belief

faithA few nights ago I was listening to a message by Bill Johnson and before he began his message he shared an incredible testimony and when I heard the testimony my first thought was yeah right that didn’t happen.

Have you ever heard a testimony and thought that it wasn’t real?

When I caught myself that night I was disappointed in myself for having that type of unbelief in my life. I repented and then asked the Holy Spirit why I had unbelief.

This post has come out of that time, it’s not going to be long, I just want to share some points with you.

It’s easier to resort to a fleshly unbelief than it is to have faith in the supernatural. The reason for this is simple we live more out of the physical realm than the spiritual.

The only thing I wanted to know that night was how I could develop a heart of belief.

One of the things Bill Johnson said was, “to increase your faith for the miraculous surround yourself with and constantly read testimonies of the miraculous”.

What a novel idea, so I have started to do that.

I also realized another reason for my quickness to unbelief was that even though I spend time in the Word and prayer every day, my time consuming media other than the Word is considerably more.

I have to make a decision, each of us has to make a decision, the amount of God’s presence we experience and the amount of miraculous we see will be in direct proportion to our time with Him verses other things.

The thing is, we all know this to be true already, the problem is most of us could admit we don’t spend enough time with Him.

Nothing I’ve written today is ground breaking, we all know this, what I want to point out is I truly haven’t been doing what I know and that’s why unbelief answered the testimony instead of faith and praise.

How do I change that? by changing my lifestyle and renewing my mind.

How do I renew my mind? Spend time letting the Word penetrate my heart, mind, and brain.

I encourage each of us to take a self inventory. Am I more prone to belief or doubt?

Do I want to begin to change? If the answer is yes, start today.

Take a Leap

I believe the greatest verses on faith are found in the fourth chapter of the book of Romans. Verses 19 “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” (KJV).

Genesis twelve begins the story, “Now the Lord said to Abram,

“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,

And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (NASB)

 

Talk about a leap of faith! Abraham had no idea where he was going, at this time his name didn’t even reflect the promise, but when he stepped out in faith things began to change!

 

We are called to be a people of faith. What is faith? Hebrews 11:1 in the Amplified Bible defines faith in this way, “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]”

 

Faith doesn’t give the natural the final say it gives the supernatural the final say!

 

To develop faith we must renew our minds to the Word of God so that our minds can be transformed. We must go from a Greek way (natural/worldly way) of thinking to a Hebraic (Biblical) way of thinking. We do this not only by reading the Word of God, but by studying, thinking, and meditating on the Word.

 

Joshua 1:8 (AMP) “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.”

 

Proverbs 4:20-27 (AMP) “ My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. 24 Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you. 25 Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you. 26 Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright. 27 Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil.

We cannot have a renewed and transformed mind by simply going to church, we must have personal time in prayer and study. We must be willing to align ourselves rightly with God and His Word.

A chapter a day keeps the devil away will not help you to advance in your life, you must be willing to go deep in prayer and dive into the Word of God.

If you are not wanting deeper things, cry out for a desire for the deeper things of God.

I would encourage you to get the following books that are available on the bookshelf, A Time to Advance, New Creation Realities, and The Supernatural Power of a Transformed mind. These books will help realign your thinking to the Word of God and enable you to walk in all the BLESSING God has for you.

The disciples prayed that their faith may increase and Jesus said your faith is like a seed. A seed must be watered to grow. We water our faith by, reading, studying, discussing, confessing, and declaring the Word of God in and over our lives.

Today, pray and ask for your hunger of the Word to increase, ask to begin to walk in new levels of faith and believe you receive when you pray and it will be done.

Set aside time each day for a more directed time of prayer and study.

Surround yourself with people of faith and encourage one another.

These are just a few biblical keys to seeing your faith go to a new level.

The Faith and Words Connection

fwToday I want to talk about the connection between words and faith. We know according to Romans 10:9-10 that salvation comes by grace and faith through the confession of our mouth, that is the beginning of our faith and our words but there is so much more.

Faith is defined in Hebrews 11:1 (AMP) “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].”

The power of our words are revealed in a number of passages but to start with we will look at Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” The Message says, “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit you choose.”

Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope [faith (KJV)] without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Our faith is what we believe, what we know, and what we trust and faith is released or shown by the words we speak. If we say something it’s because we believe it, If we talk about something a lot it’s because we enjoy it, if we talk positively about someone, their traits and their advice it’s because we trust them.

We should enjoy spending time in the Word of God, it’s our direction for life, it is God speaking to us. We should believe in and have faith in the Word enough to speak it out loud in situations, when we get a bad report we should believe the report of the Lord, which is the Word of God and declare it out of our mouth. When people come to us with a problem or complaining about something we should answer with the Word of God. If someone comes to you and says they are having back problems call them healed in Jesus name.

One of the key verses on the connection of faith and words is Mark 11:22-24 lets look at it and notice how many times Jesus talks about saying something. Mark 11:22-24 “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Notice the order in the verses, we are to have faith in God, we are to say, we are to believe, and we are to receive. Let’s look at some language right quick,

“Have faith in God.” – Some translations say have the God kind of faith. God does everything by words; he created the world with words.

“I say to you…”

Whoever says…” – any and every believer can say.

“Does not doubt in his heart…” – Jesus got rid of those who doubted he could raise the girl up in Matthew 9:25, we need to surround ourselves with people of like precious faith, 2 Peter 1:1.

“But believes…”

“Those things which he says will be done…”

“Therefore I say to you.”

Whatever things you ask” – Whatever you ask in faith, this is a blank check for anything you can believe for within the guide of scripture of course.

 believes that those things which he says will be done…” – There is no room for doubting, we must believe, we cannot second guess and we cannot have two confessions. We cannot say we are healed in church and say we have pain at home, our second confession cancels out the confession of faith. We can’t pray for finances and talk about not having the money to pay our bills. Proverbs 6:2 says we are snared with the words of our mouth. James says a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. We cannot have two confessions. We must retrain our minds and our mouths to only speak what lines up with the Word of God. As E.W. Kenyon said, you will find that you have been so carefully trained in the confession of wrong, of failure, of weakness, of sin, of sickness and in want that it will take a great deal of discipline through the Word to cure you of the habit. (The Power of Your Words, pg. 24).

“He will have whatever he says…”

 “Therefore I say to you…”

Whatever things…”

Believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

In order to have faith and learn and retrain ourselves to speak right words we must be in The Word. Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. Faith doesn’t come by having heard, we must continually hear, we must continually learn. Find teachers that will teach faith and train you in right words, get the CD’s and DVD’s spend daily time in the Word, read through the Bible, its not too late to start, if you’ve done it before, do it again you will always see something new if your heart and spirit is open to the leading and teaching of Holy Spirit.

If you have heard this for the first time, I will talk about it more in the future but a good place to start learning this truth and how to retrain your mouth is the book, The Power of Your Words by Don Gossett and E.W. Kenyon. I have barely scratched the surface in this teaching, but pray what we have gone over has been a blessing to you and stirs your heart to speak right words.

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