Believing faith

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                                           … moves mountains!

 
      So Jesus answered and said to them,
      Have faith in God. 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.
      Mark 11:22-24

Jesus was teaching us
… not just what faith can do,
… and not just what we need to say,
but also what we need to do for faith to work.

      Faith is not the confession of God’s promises,
      … is not the confession of what you believe God can do,
      … nor the confession of what you want God to do for you.
      But…
      Faith is the confession of what you believe,
      … of what you know God has prepared for you,
      … of what you know God has already done,
      and is doing for you.

Jesus very specifically said …

      If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes
      Mark 9:23

But what is believing?

Simply this, that
… what God said is what you expect!

      … without faith it is impossible to please Him,
      for he who comes to God must believe that He is,
      and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
      Hebrews 11:6

 

For …

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                                                           God was with Him

 
What was the secret to Jesus’ ministry on earth?

      God was not doing things for Jesus or in His ministry,
      … just because of who He was,
      but because Jesus was walking with Him,
      …God could do things in Jesus’ life.

What God did in Jesus’ life,
… was not because God promised to do it,
but because Jesus was where God sent Him,
… Jesus was doing what God told Him to do.
And, because Jesus was abiding in the Father,
what the Father did was evident in Jesus’ life.

      Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you,
      the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do;
      for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
      John 5:19

The same applies in our lives.
If things are not happening as they should,
… it is probably because God is not there,
to do what He promised to do.

But how then does this work in our lives?
Simply by doing what Jesus said to do …

      If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
      you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
      John 15:7

And what happened in Jesus’ life will happen in our lives …

      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.
      Acts 10:38

 

The Law

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                                      … of Love!

 
What has the Law to do with Love?

The Law shows up sin by telling us
… what not to do!
Now all these don’ts won’t save you,
… but what they are pointing to is
the royal law!

      ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’
      James 2:8

To truly love someone,
you need to respect, honour and value them,
and that is what the law is wanting to show you.
In fact Jesus put it this way,

      Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God
      with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
      This is the first and great commandment.
      And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
      On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
      Matthew 22:37-40

Love, the God kind of love, may not seem to be physical,
… however love only becomes real in our lives
when it physically manifests or is physically expressed,
as Jesus showed us in His life on earth.

What does this have to do with the law?
The Law very graphically describes what love is NOT,
… those physical actions and things we do
that hinder or negate the Law of love!

      You shall have no other god than Elohim.
      You shall not kill, steal, destroy others or their things
      … but by valuing others, you love others,
      … and by loving others, you love God!

By simply valuing others, the Law is no longer an issue,
because you are living the God kind of love!
 

All things are possible

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                                                                              to … !

 
Jesus told us
      If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.
      Mark 9:23

Then in explaining this,
      Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God.
      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.’
      Mark 11:22-23

Yet so often it seems that it isn’t all that simple.
We say, we speak, we tell the mountain to move,
… but it just doesn’t happen that way!
Why is God not making this happen?
Simply because it is up to us to make it happen!

      Jesus did not say,
      … if you believe all things are possible to God,
      No, He said, all things are possible to him who believes… YOU!
      So if you are waiting for God to make it happen, wait on.

If you believe God’s Word that says, ‘what you say you will have,’
… then you also have to believe
that what God said would happen, HAS happened.
This simply means that for it to manifest depends on you, not God!
In other words,

      You have to believe that what YOU said according to God’s Word,
      … will happen the way YOU said it, because God’s Word is His bond.
      Then you WILL have what you say!

      And even if it takes a little while, if you believe,
      … what you have said is NOT going to change!

 

Fight the good fight

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                                                            … of faith!

 
      For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.
      And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
      1 John 5:4

Having made Jesus your Lord,
… enables you to be an overcomer.
However, something more is needed,
… for you to be that overcomer and to have that victory!
Faith…!
But it is not just about having faith.
James warned us,

      Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
      James 2:17

John told us that there is going to be a struggle,
James told us that it is up to us to enforce the victory,
and therefore Paul told Timothy …

      Fight the good fight of faith,
      1 Timothy 6:12

Because …

      But without faith it is impossible to please Him,
      Hebrews 11:6

So how do we do all of that?

      For in it (the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith;
      as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’
      Romans 1:17

In other words,
      Live what the Word says.
      Don’t just confess God’s Word,
      … stand by what you confess,
      live what you say you believe.

 

No doubt

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                                                      … in your heart!

 
      So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God.
      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.’
      Mark 11:22-23

Jesus said, if we have faith, and say to the mountain to be removed,
… then whatever that mountain or problem is, will be moved,
IF … we do not doubt in our heart, but believe!

Why did Jesus not just say that we must believe,
… but added, ‘and do not doubt in your heart?’
It is easy to say you believe God’s Word and God’s promises,
… but too often that is only mental assent,
and means that there is doubt in your heart.

Peter is a good example of having believed what Jesus said,
… but when it came to walking on what he believed, Peter sank.

      And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him,
      and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’
      Matt 14:31

Being of little faith or doubting in your heart,
… is when you tell the mountain to move,
and then think it is now up to God to make it work!
Unless you’re sure in your heart that God’s promise is yours,
… you will be doubting in your heart, and sink just like Peter.

You have to believe in YOUR heart that what God said IS done!

      … this is the confidence that we have in Him,
      that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
      And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask,
      we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
      1 John 5:14-15

 

You are free

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                                                        … to sin or not!

 
God has no problem with sin,
… because He has already dealt with it through Jesus.
We however have a problem with sin,
… until we deal with it in our own lives.

      You will never be free from sin,
      … until you realise that you are free to sin!
      Why?
      Because only when you understand that sin is not the problem,
      … but that it is about your response to sin,
      will you be free and able
      … to make the decision that only you can make,
      that YOU don’t want to sin!

Although sin is not an issue in your relationship with God,
… seeing that it has been dealt with by Jesus,
it is an issue that negatively affects your relationships with others,
and that is what God has a problem with,
because it disregards the law of Love!

      ‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
      with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
      This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this:
      ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
      There is no other commandment greater than these.
      Mark 12:30-31 (Luke 10:27-37)

Sure, you have a free will and the right to sin,
… but when you decide to go God’s way and not to sin,
that’s when God says … ‘Let Me help you!’

      But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name,
      He will teach you all things,
      and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
      John 14:26

      However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,
      He will guide you into all truth;
      John 16:13

 

Where is your faith

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                                                             … lost in fear?

 
Have you noticed how strangely negative our thinking can be?
Take the example of Jesus’ disciples. (Mark 4:37-41)

      Whilst Jesus and His disciple were crossing the lake,
      … and Jesus had fallen asleep, a mighty storm arose.
      What happened, the disciples became anxious and afraid,
      … so they woke Jesus up saying ‘we are perishing, don’t you care?’

What exactly were they expecting Jesus to do?
Obviously they wanted Jesus to save them,
… by doing something about the storm, the wind, the waves,
… and to get them safely ashore!

      Yet, when Jesus did exactly that for them,
      … they were ‘again’ afraid.
      No wonder that Jesus asked them
      How is it that you have no faith?’ (Mark 4:40)
      In other words,
      You are afraid of the negative that threatens you,
      and you are afraid of the positive that saved you!
      What do you believe?

      Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe,
      all things are possible to him who believes.’
      Mark 9:23

It is time to make a decision:
Do you really believe that God can and wants to help you,
or are you just living in fear of everything that you don’t control?
If you allow unbelief and fear to control you,
… the devil will keep pounding you with storms!

      Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
      Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
      James 4:7-8

 

Authority

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                                                                    … in Him!

 
If you know your authority,
… you have authority,
not because the Bible says so,
… but because it is real to you.

Quoting scriptures, shouting at the devil, being boisterous
… won’t give you authority,

      And the evil spirit answered and said,
      ‘Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?’
      Acts 19:15

Knowing who you are in Jesus, and who He is in you,
that is the foundation of your authority.
Remember, the authority is in His name,
… so if Jesus is not there where you are,
neither will His authority be,

      and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us
      who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
      which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead
      Eph 1:19-20

The power is there, where you are,
when you are with Him and in Him.

      If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
      you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
      John 15:7

      for in Him we live and move and have our being, Acts 17:28
      and our authority!
 

I have come…

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                                             that you may have life!

 
      I have come that they may have life,
      John 10:10

What does ‘that you may have life’ mean?
What is life?

      If you are saying to someone who is breathing,
      … ‘I am here so you can have life’
      that LIFE is not referring to the physical state,
      BUT is obviously about what is happening in your life,
      … and about what you are doing with your life!

For this very reason the Apostle John wrote…

      Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health,
      just as your soul prospers.
      3 John 2

In order for us to prosper and be in health, something needs to happen,
… we need to make some changes in the way we do things.
In other words,
we have to LIVE that life that Jesus made available to us,
and, as we renew our minds by responding to God’s Word
… our souls will prosper,
and the evidence of that abundant life will be in our lives!

      I have come that they may have life,
      and that they may have it more abundantly.
      John 10:10

Life and the abundant result of life is available to you,

      If you will avail yourself to His Word,
      … you will be en-abled through His Word
      to live in the fullness of God’s life in you!

      If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
      you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
      John 15:7