"I see so many Christians who are struggling to believe and struggling to have faith. Their focus is all wrong. They are focusing on the their ability or inability to believe God, or "trying" to have faith. They should simply start acting like God's Word is true. It will make all the difference in their lives!
It is when we know God's Word is true and act like it's true that it becomes a reality to us. Faith is not something we have so much as it is something we do. "
By Kenneth E Hagin
TRUST/BELIEVE/FAITH - Chasah/Batach
There are four different words used in to describe the Old Testament concept of Faith. An Old Testament believe's faith included trust, believing, hope and steadfastness that produces faithfulness.
To me a grace based Christian - I see so many people wanting to connect faith to something they can hold. Something they perceive as tangible. Like a chair.
Okay, lets look at the chair concept. In reality you have faith in your "knowledge or understanding" that, that chair will in fact hold you. It is the same thing only in different elements of understanding.
Have you ever heard someone suggest that you need to smile if you feel sad? Just smiling will help your mood. Why? Well two facts, one your conscious self is smiling and therefore "taking action", and yes the biochemistry that is released within your body when those smile muscles are activated.
So expand on that :: I would be willing to bet you can think of dozens of examples where when you DECIDE to act upon something, the mood changes, or it literally comes to fruition. Not be metaphysical here; but what about mowing the lawn - if you act on it and mow it - boom it is mowed.
Think of Faith exactly the same way - choose to believe, choose faith, Act on that Faith. Actively Have Faith, and you will indeed have FAITH! Choose to underscore that faith with choosing to believe God's Word is infallible. You know it, you have learned that, you will repeat it and teach others the same. So for heavens sake - Believe it already!!
Everyone has a calling and a purpose on theirs lives; we ALL DO! A good example is Joseph (Gen 37:3-11, 17). There was the vision of his calling, his destiny in the Lords plan. Down in vs 42 is when it lands on him. But, what does that mean anyway… Look at any child that knows they want to grow up and be an Engineer. The Lord put that desire, and vision of their destiny in their heart. So much to get through before it is THERE. Concentrated study, focus , even sacrifices as they prepare for higher levels of education. What else, the innocence of childhood starts to melt, as the enemy through people tells that child NO WAY YOU can't do that, reasons like no one in your family has ever gone to University, no one will pick you, know chance in scholarships - completion is too high - or whatever nonsense is running in their head. No money, no experience, and the world saying give up you aren't worth it. Or worse you have been measured and you are a no go.
What happened to America, to youth, even to adults. The "You can't do that message", used to motivate us. Now it seems, people especially youth just accept its a reality.
So Change That! You say you know you purpose and, only if this or only if that, you would be doing it. Well Just Do It, have faith for heavens sake. Believe the WORD! Someone told me there is a time to pray, and pray, and pray… There is also a time to act. Meaning Act on Gods Promises, truly accept your purpose and start living it TODAY!!!
Coming back to the original point I made yesterday; a wonderful series I listened to by Pastor Robert Morris, called From Dream to Destiny where Joseph is the literal example the WORD provides us for the road map, and prep for what stands in our way. He is an amazing Spirit filled teacher I encourage you all to check it out. In the meantime this series spoke to me so much I wanted to add to it and get some sound bites out.
In summary we can't stand and deliver on our destinies before our character can stand up, most especially spiritual callings. So there are 10 tests we have to PASS, and the tests will go on until we pass, or the Lord redirects. Remember, the power is in our own will to chose, to do, to obey, and to act in accordance to His will. Only then are you able to step into those sandals the Lord showed you. He has waiting for you, the first three are really all centered in Pride, something I hope we can all work on together. Remember, it's not a competition, and it's not for you to judge, just work on yourself… And believe me if you don't think you need to work on things in this areas; I have news for you, you failed the first, second and third test!
1. The Pride Test, 2. the Bragging Test, 3. the root of pride, The Insecurity Test
In the process speak life into yourself, your situation and others around you.
In this chapter 2 of The Gospel John, the miracle of Jesus turning water into wine is revealed. I believe the real miracle, the real message is more complex. First in these weddings traditionally the best wine is served first, knowing as people become drunk they can tolerate lower quality wine. (Hear wine is representing the best pleasures in life, God rewards, the fact that His rewards get better and better, the best for last. Not starting out w the best and deminishing over time, more than as we become more refined in Him our rewards are amplified. Finally, our best reward Eternal Life With Him!) Then as we look away from him (become drunk in the worlds pleasures rewards, quality of life and our promises are diminished.). Look carefully, at what His Mother says to the servants, without question, without hesitation... And in TOTAL FAITH that Jesus will provide. This is all He is asking, have total faith, believe Him, His WORD and obey Him His commands, keep His precepts... And He will give everyone us everything!!! Thank You Lord!!
So what happens, she not only says Do Exactly what He asks of you, she expects they too have faith without questions or explainations! She didn't even ask Jesus to explain His answer to her, nor say yeah but you need to do something. She had faith He had it under control, His promises are in fact real and for her to not have any concerns, just trust in HIM. So NO ONE SAYS, DO WHAT! WHY?
This is His glory... It isn't just wine for heavens sake. What is revealed here is emense! So where is He asking you that be faithful, public faithfulness; remember they were to poor the water in the Masters wine glass... If it was still water, the water that everyone washed with how embarrassing would that be. They didn't poor it in a separate glass that test it before hand. WOW right. Are you asking What, How Come, Why? Or are you acting as n Total Faith?
“His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.” John 2:5, 11 NIV
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