Faith comes by hearing – part 1

HEALTH AND WEALTH

PART 28

 

Ok, we are going to mix it up a little and change our format for a few weeks. We may come back to the questions and answers later but I still want to stay on our theme. I feel the Lord leading us to focus on confessing His Word and in each of these messages for the next few weeks I will share a list of confessions that you can print and keep for your own quiet time with the Lord. I pray these will bless your life and inspire you to make your own list as you spend time with Him and listen to His voice. I try to speak these confessions each morning and I have been amazed at what a difference they are making in my life. This is not a magical formula but rather a spiritual principal that is in line perfectly with the divine order of God. Of course the enemy will do everything he can to prevent you from doing this so it is going to require some very strong determination. I want to share a revelation that may seem simple but I promise it is truly profound. We have heard Romans chapter 10 and verse 17 all of our life and many of us may not have understood the fullness of what it really means. It is true, we have associated it with hearing the gospel and receiving salvation through Christ by faith and this is exactly correct. However, after we were born-again we may have thought this verse was no longer needed in our Christian journey – may we reconsider? “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the WORD of God.”  Maybe the reason why the average saint does not have faith is because they are not hearing or listening to the Word of God! Faith did not stop when we accepted Christ into our life – in fact it just began. How do we become filled with faith so that we can continue and progress within our divine blueprint? We saturate our ears and mind with CONFESSING His Word? When we speak OUT LOUD we are hearing the Word of God and INCREASING our faith line upon line, precept upon precept! I just strongly feel compelled to emphasize the connection between “faith comes by hearing” and “with the MOUTH confession is made unto salvation” until it becomes illuminated within our heart. So how important is speaking the positive confessions of God’s Word? The difference between life and death! Amen!

I am not really sure how many people read these articles each week but I have faith that God’s Word does NOT return void and accomplishes His perfect will. These messages are given as a gift to those who desire to be stimulated and refreshed with thoughts about the Christian journey and when they are released I pray that it is good seed that will fall on good ground. The idea behind reading and writing about God and our spiritual responsibility is that we might be INSPIRED to search and study on our own in order to enhance our personal relationship with Him. The more we learn about the Lord and draw near to Him, the deeper we come to KNOW Him – and that is the meaning of life. It is good to listen to others because God can reveal different interpretations and insights that maybe we have not thought about before. I was given the words to write a book recently and went through the process of publishing and releasing it to whoever wanted to read it. I have given it to the Lord and pray that He is now in control of it and will direct its destination. If for whatever reason I have disobeyed the Lord in writing the book, then I repent to Him and pray that He forgives me. Many times I think about all the ones who are in the Lord’s service who seek God’s instructions and with faith and confidence they say what they feel the Lord wants them to say while not really knowing who is listening and who is daydreaming. “Lord, please encourage your servants and remind them that you love and support their efforts and that their labor is NOT is vain. Amen” The Word is given in hope – and received or rejected according to the gift of free-will. God will bless and reward all that you do for Him and He will deal with the ones who walk away. Continue to pray that their eyes will be opened and that they might see and experience the love of Jesus.

If you are one of the ones that have been following this series, you have noticed that we have not traveled down a familiar path that many have taken. There are so many people that approach healing and blessings differently but one thing I have noticed in particular is the tendency to put the cart before the horse. I realize that Jesus ministered quickly and efficiently and much of that had to do with Him being God and trying to do a great amount in a short period of time. I realize that the people of His day did not really know any more than we do today about the deep spiritual concepts and ways of God. They were simple folk that were needy trying to find where the miracles were happening. We find this happening today when a revival breaks out and people begin to travel where the power is being manifested. I am not discouraging anyone from going to wherever an outpouring is being released however, the people of Jesus day did NOT have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit neither did they have the presence of Jesus residing on the throne of their heart as Lord. I believe this makes a very important point when it comes to the way we approach all situations and needs.

We are half-way through this year and I have not really mentioned that much about having hands laid on us or going to faith-healing meetings. I have also not endorsed the idea of us all going to the hospitals room to room and laying hands on everyone. Why? Because that is not what the Lord is saying to do. It is true that are to be instant in season and out to pray for whoever needs a touch from the Lord and this is what it means to walk in His Spirit. If you have been praying and the Lord is calling you to go to someone and lay hands on them by all means you certainly need to follow the Lord’s instructions but until He directly speaks to you it would be wise to listen and wait. Yes faith is real and God honors it but within the big picture of His blueprint, there is also divine order and that is directly connected to His perfect will. If I really believed we could empty the hospitals, I would not hesitate to do it. I do believe we could make a difference in many people’s lives but we are just not that interested in getting involved. We have exhausted the old saying, “I’ll be praying for you” to the point we have become numb to it. I attend a church of nine hundred and I met with a prayer group a couple of weeks ago and there were 5 of us. The TV has stolen the prayer life out of the church while removing their attention away from God. Where has the attention been transferred to? The flesh! Love and prayer go hand in hand. We pray for what we love. If we have no love we will demonstrate no prayer. This is a revelation Word from the Lord.

What we have seen in the questions and answers so far this year is a “behind the scenes” discussion that may be slower but more in-depth as to how God thinks and what is expected of us in order to live in His divine reality. There are so many books and teachings that contain the historical accounts of the miracles of Jesus which is wonderful but we can read those for ourselves. What we seldom find is the inter-workings of why things are the way they are. Some people only want to know what time it is and could care less about how a watch works but I have always wanted to know how all things are connected to God’s plans. There are reasons why things happen and certain ways we are to approach them. The abundant life found in John 10:10 that Jesus came to fulfill in us and through us, is not an instant gratification or magic formula that we can just “grab and go.” But rather, it is the result of a spiritual life of discipline and determination to TRAIN our mind and heart to see Jesus as our LORD! Until we have our priorities in the right order, we will not walk in the fullness of His glory or be the representative of His Kingdom that Jesus died for us to be. Confessions and our prayers are practiced in the attitude of holiness and obedience to the Lord. Our will must become intertwined with His will.

 

LORD YOU GO BEFORE ME AND MAKE THE IMPOSSIBLE – POSSIBLE

 

YOU OPEN DOORS FOR ME THAT NO MAN CAN CLOSE

 

YOU GIVE ME DIVINE FAVOR IN ALL THINGS

 

MY FAITH AND CONFIDENCE IN YOU IS INCREASING

 

I AM BECOMING SPIRITUALLY BOLDER AND STRONGER

 

I AM ADVANCING IN MY FAITH AND CONFIDENCE OF GOD

 

 ANGELS ARE ENCAMPED AROUND ME AND WORKING ON MY BEHALF

 

I AM INCREASING IN GOD’S ANOINTING AND POWER

 

MY TALENTS, ABILITIES AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE EFFECTIVE

 

MY HEART IS BEING CHANGED FROM THE INSIDE OUT

 

I AM BEING PURIFIED BY YOUR HOLY REFINING FIRE

 

MY MIND IS BEING RENEWED AND TRANSFORMED

 

I AM INCREASING IN THE WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR WORD

 

I HAVE A SOUND MIND AND ALWAYS KNOW YOUR DIRECTION

 

I HEAR YOUR VOICE AND FOLLOW YOU IN EVERYTHING

 

YOU ARE USING ME TO DEMONSTRATE YOUR MIRACLES

 

YOUR LOVE IS MANIFESTED AND REFLECTED IN MY LIFE

 

OTHERS SENSE YOUR PRESENCE WHEN THEY ARE AROUND ME

 

I AM HUMBLE AND YOU POUR YOUR GRACE AND MERCY UPON ME

 

I AM HEALED, I AM HEALTHY AND FREE FROM DISEASE

 

BY THE STRIPES OF JESUS I RECEIVE TOTAL SALVATION

 

YOU PROTECT ME FROM THE ENEMIES DEVICES

 

LORD YOU LISTEN TO MY PRAYERS AND ARE WORKING ON MY BEHALF

 

I REPENT OF MY SINS AND FAILURES

 

FORGIVE ME FOR MY NEGATIVE WORDS TODAY

 

LORD HEAL THE HURTS AND WOUNDS WITHIN MY HEART

 

HELP ME WALK OUT WHAT I KNOW

 

I GIVE YOU ALL THE GLORY FOR MY LIFE

 

LORD I RECEIVE YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT THIS MOMENT

 

IN YOUR ARMS IS THE GREATEST PLACE IN ETERNITY

 

THANK YOU JESUS – AMEN

 

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