How to Effectively Use the God-kind of Faith – Part V

Continuing on calling things that are not as though they were…

Romans 4:17 (KJV) 17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

1 Corinthians 1:28 (KJV) 28  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

We are to call things from the spirit realm into the physical realm to manifest or to bring to nothing things that are in the physical realm. We also put to nothing things that are in the physical realm by calling things from the spirit realm. Hold on while I explain further.

A good example of this is healing. When you’re battling a sickness or disease, constantly talking about it or saying my pain, my diabetes, my heart problem, actually establishes that problem. It doesn’t get rid of it because there’s no power in calling things that are already there.

Instead, we’re to speak forth the healing power of God by saying what He has already said in His Word. [I Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:4-5; Mark 16:18] We’re to rebuke the sickness/disease in the Name of Jesus and call for the healing power of God to manifest. It’s really that simple but it absolutely must be done in faith. We call for the healing from the spirit realm into the physical realm to annihilate the sickness and disease and produce healing. Then stay in faith; don’t let negative words come out of your mouth to negate your faith. We’ll get into this more as time goes on.

You have to know that it’s God’s will for you to be healed or it’s impossible to pray for healing. And it works the same with other situations in your life. You must know what God’s will is in every situation or you cannot pray the prayer of faith.

James 1:5-7 (KJV) 5   If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

Whatever we need to know from God about His will, He will tell us but we have to stick with it. If we waver, vacillate, or waffle, our prayers won’t work. And His will is easy to know because His Word is His will. It’s not about what man has said or what your grandmother or uncle, aunt or even your pastor has said. It’s what God has said!

In fact, it’s not even about your experience or even someone else’s experience. It’s all about what our faithful God has said in His Word. I know I’ve said this many times but it’s important and can’t be stressed enough because most Christians aren’t doing this. And that’s why they’re not having success and getting their desired results. But all this can change!

Continued next time — Pamela

How to Effectively Use the God-kind of Faith – Part IV

We’ve been discussing how to use the God-kind of faith to effect change. That’s what happens when we’re up against a situation that, in the natural, there’s no way things can change. What are we to do? Beg God to intervene or use our faith to change the situation? [God never told us to beg!]

Remember, we have authority over our situation, not everyone else’s and for sure not other people. We cannot control what other people do but we can control how it affects us.

Let’s look at Romans 4:17:

Romans 4:17 (KJV) 17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

God told Abram that he would be a father of many nations but at that time he didn’t have the promised child – Isaac. He and Sarah were very old and past child-bearing years so this seemed impossible in the natural. And for all intents and purposes, it was. But God!

Yes, in the natural this was impossible but then God changed Abram’s name to Abraham which means the father of many nations. What Abraham and Sarah had was a Word from Almighty God and if they believed it and stood firm on what He had promised, it would come to pass, and they would indeed have the promised child. They did and they had.

Notice that God calls things that are not as though they were and so did Abraham.What does this mean? It means that Abraham called or spoke forth his faith to get what was not manifested in the natural realm to come forth from the spirit realm. His promise from God was in the spirit realm but he (Abraham) had to believe it with his faith to bring it into the natural, physical realm where it would manifest in the promised child, Isaac.

It was twenty-four years after God’s promise to Abraham that He changed His name. Until that time, nothing happened in the way of the promised child. But once God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, it was less than one year until Isaac was born. Why?

Remember, faith comes from hearing God’s Word. Everywhere Abraham went, people called him Abraham – father of nations. This is what he heard and this is what built faith in him to receive what God had promised. Nothing happened in the way of faith for the promised child until God changed his name and he heard what God had called him to be.

And, dear brothers and sisters, that’s what we’re to do. We’re to speak forth what we want, not what we have. There’s no power in saying what you have! That just establishes the problem. We are to call for what is not manifested in the physical realm to come forth from the spirit realm so that we can utilize it.

Continued next time – Pamela

How to Effectively Use the God-kind of Faith – Part III

Now let’s fast forward to the New Testament.

Mark 11:23-24 (KJV) 23  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.
24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. [Bro. Hagin’s favorite scripture.]

If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you are probably familiar with this scripture because it’s such an awesome one and answers so many questions regarding faith.

Notice that saying is mentioned three times and believing once. This shows how important saying is. If you say the right thing, believing will be easy.

Moving right along…

In order for faith to work, it has to be in two places: in your mouth and in your heart.

Romans 10:8 (KJV)
8  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

I want you to notice that in order for faith to work, it has to be in your mouth first and then in your heart. Why? Because that’s how I gets into your heart – by speaking it with your mouth. Remember, faith is voice activated. Faith is not a thought but a spoken word – God’s Word coming out of your mouth and addressing the situation.

And here’s a side tidbit: God doesn’t use His faith just to communicate but to effect change. His faith is meant to do something. That’s what our faith is to do. It’s not just communicating thoughts but effecting change in our circumstances.

God’s faith creates. If we use the God-kind of faith like God does, we too can create with His faith. It’s not us but God working through us to change our circumstances. However, He needs us to do our part and give Him access to the situation through our faith.

Where do you think godly inventions and innovative ideas come from? From the Holy Spirit working through believers who will tune into His frequency. George Washington Carver was one such man. For example, he would go into his lab and just wait on God, Who showed him over 300 innovative ways to use the peanut!

I believe, along with many others, that there are a lot more godly inventions still be discovered if we’ll just tune into God and let the Holy Spirit direct us. However, it not going to happen during TV commercials while we’re waiting for our favorite program to resume! We have to on purpose seek God’s ways and He will make them known to us. Then, as we step out in faith, He will continue to lead us to victory.

Continued next time — Pamela

How to Effectively Use the God-kind of Faith – Part II

Let’s go back to the beginning to find out why speaking your faith is the way we are to use it to get results.

Genesis 1:1-3 (KJV) 1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

I want you to notice that even though the Spirit of God was hovering over the over the face of the deep in total darkness, nothing happened until God literally spoke His faith-filled Words, “Light be!”  And light was.

God just didn’t wave His hand over the darkness and poof light was. No, He actually had to speak those Words for it to happen. Why? Because that’s how He has set it up to work and that’s how it will work for us if we’ll do the same thing that He does because we’re made in His image. [Genesis 1:26]

Next I want you to notice that in chapter one of Genesis, when God did something, He said it first. That’s how He called it into being. There are ten times that God said, and each time it came to pass. Why is it written this way? Why didn’t the writer just say, “God said” and then list all the things that God said? Here’s the reason:

God was making a point that if we want our faith to work, we must speak it forth. This is key to using our faith. That’s how God did it and does it, and that’s how we are to do it.

Continued next time – Pamela

How to Effectively Use the God-kind of Faith – Part I

Hebrews 3:1 (KJV) 1  Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

It’s one thing to have the God-kind of faith but how do we use it effectively to get our desired results? As I mentioned in an earlier post, faith is voice activated which means we have to speak our faith, not just think about it.

In our opening scripture, the word profession means confession – to profess something is to confess or speak it. Jesus is the High Priest over our confession, over what we say. That means He’s there ready to cause to come to pass what we say in faith, in accordance with His Word.

As Keith Moore says, “If you say what Jesus says, you’ll get what you say!” Can’t be any clearer than that. Jesus watches over your words to see if they line up with His Word. If they do, then He can legally cause them to come to pass. Everything is about being legal according to the Covenant God made with mankind. [More about the covenant at a later time.]

So, the first thing we see in how to use our faith, is that we must speak it. That means we have to say the same thing that God has said if we want God-results. We can’t just make up our own prayers and shoot them up hoping God will have pity on us and answer them.

Of course you know that in order to say the same thing that God has said, you have to know what He has said in His Word. You just can’t get away from His Word if you want to walk in the victorious life He has for you!

Continued next time — Pamela

How Do We Get Faith? Part V

Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Matthew 4:4 (KJV) 4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
1 Timothy 4:6
(KJV)
6  If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

Jesus said that we are to live by every Word that proceeds out of God’s mouth. That’s where we get the spiritual food to feed our spirit and our faith. If we don’t feed on God’s Word, we’ll be malnourished and on shaky ground and easy prey for the enemy!

God’s Word is nourishment to our spirit and our faith and therefore, we must develop a hunger and a thirst for His Word if we’re ever going to be strong in faith and able to move mountains. Remember to spend most of your time in the New Testament because that’s we live today. We have a New Covenant bought and paid for by the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Romans 1:17b (KJV) 17  … The just shall live by faith.

Living by faith is to be the way of life for Christians. He’s already given us His faith but now it’s up to us to exercise and develop it so that we can be the powerhouses He’s called us to be.

If righteousness is going to reign in this earth, it’s going to come from God flowing through His people. God wants to move in this earth realm but He has set it up to do so through the believers. The catch comes when we realize that the only way He will do this is through our operating in faith. He speaks to us through His Word, using it to show us the path to take.

John 15:7 (KJV)
7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Abiding in Jesus is abiding in His Word. It’s not just visiting once in a while but letting the Word take up residence in you so that when you need it, it comes out with power! That’s when we see the miracles and supernatural signs and wonders. Praise the Lord of Glory!

Continued next time — Pamela

How Do We Get Faith? Part IV

2 Thessalonians 1:3a (KJV) 3  We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly

Paul is exhorting the brethren that their faith is growing and that means our faith is to grow.

Faith is a heart issue as I’ve said many times. With God, it’s always a heart issue. Too many times people want to figure it all out in their head before they’ll step out in faith. But that’s the not the way it works. Faith is a choice. It’s not in your head; it’s in your heart – your spirit. You can actually believe things in your heart that your head has trouble understanding. Hm-m-m! How ‘bout that! You choose what you will or won’t believe.

We’re still talking about how we get the God-kind of faith. Let’s look at some more scriptures.

Romans 12:3b (KJV) 3  … but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Galatians 2:20 (KJV) 20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

These Scriptures show that God has already given us a measure of His faith when we got born-again. That’s the measure of faith Paul is referring to in Romans 12:3. It’s the same measure for each of us. No one has more or less than someone else. Remember the muscle analogy!

Sometimes it seems that one person has a lot of faith and another person has a little faith. What you’re observing is that one person has developed their faith and the other one hasn’t. Everyone starts out with the same measure or lump of faith. Flex those faith muscles!

In Galatians we see that the faith we have is the faith of Jesus! This is so awesome because it means we actually have been given a portion of His miracle-working, devil-defeating, victorious-living faith! That’s why Jesus said in John 14:12 that the same works that He did, we are to do also.  How awesome is that!

John 14:12 (KJV)
12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Continued next time – Pamela

How Do We Get Faith? Part III

Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

There’s revelation in every Word of God. Actually, there are layers and layers of revelation and insight in every scripture but how do we get it out? One way is to pray before you read His Word and ask the Lord for revelation and insight. Praying in tongues is really the best way to go before you read the Word. It sets you up for divine insight. And since the Holy Spirit is in you and He’s the Author, He can reveal the Word to you.

You’ll find that even after you’ve read the same scripture over and over, there will be a time when all of a sudden something will pop out and you’ll wonder why you never saw that before. That’s revelation knowledge coming forth. And it’s so exciting!

That’s why you must never say, “I’ve heard that scripture or teaching so many times!” There’s always more to know because we just don’t know everything and never will this side of Heaven. In fact, we’ll be using our faith throughout all eternity because God is a faith God and we’re made in His image. Since He’ll be using His faith throughout all eternity, so will we. We’re in boot camp!

Continuing about how we get faith, know that faith has to be fed and developed and that comes by feeding on His Word and exercising our faith by using it. 

Faith is like a muscle. And just as muscles have to be exercised or they’ll atrophy, so does our faith have to be exercised or it will become weak and non-productive.

If you wonder why some Christians are depressed, discouraged, and defeated, it’s because their faith is weak. They need to feed it with God’s Word and start using it to be the overcomers God has ordained them to be.

Continued next time — Pamela

 How Do We Get Faith? Part II

Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

When it comes to what people say – their opinions – treat them lightly. But with God, believe every Word He has said, unequivocally! He is faithful, faithful, faithful and never, never lies! His every Word is true now and forever. If He ever went back on His Word, the universe would implode because it’s held together by His Word. [Hebrews 1:3]

Too many times people think that asking God for more faith is the way to get it. No, no, no! Where’s the scripture for that? Remember, we can’t just make up our own rules. We have to check out what God has already said. He never said that we are to ask Him for more faith. Let’s look at how Jesus responded when the apostles asked Him to increase their faith.

Luke 17:5-6 (KJV) 5  And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
6  And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

Jesus didn’t tell them that He would give them more faith but what He said was that if they wanted to increase their faith, they were to speak the faith they had. All they needed was a mustard seed-size to see results but it had to be spoken in faith, no doubt and unbelief mixed in. And that’s one of the ways to active your faith – by speaking. Faith is voice activated. You don’t think faith; you speak faith!

We can’t just think faith and expect results. We have to speak our faith and that means speaking what God has said in His word. Speaking to the problem in the Name of Jesus is how we release our faith. We’ll get into this more when we talk about how to use our faith.

Continued next time — Pamela

 How Do We Get Faith? Part I

Thus far we’ve discussed why faith is important and what the God-kind of faith is. I realize that these are just short, cliff notes about faith but it’s a start. Each of these subjects can be expanded in greater depth which I would like to do in an in-person teaching setting, but for now, let’s do what we can.

Even though there aren’t different kinds of faith, faith can be divide into different areas of development: faith for salvation, faith for healing, faith for deliverance, provision, protection. Just because you have faith to get saved, doesn’t mean you have developed your faith to be healed or developed it in the other areas I just mentioned. It’s the same faith but it must be developed in those areas.

Faith for salvation comes from hearing anointed teaching on salvation. It’s the same with healing, deliverance, provision, protection, etc. It’s the same faith but it must be develop if you want results.

And, of course, the way you develop your faith is by getting God’s Word into you, particularly the New Testament, where we live. There’s no God-kind of faith outside of the Word of God. To the degree you get God’s Word into you and believe it and exercise it, to that degree you develop your faith. In other words, more Word, more faith.

So, having said all that, let’s get into how we actually get the God-kind of faith. We’ll use Romans 10:17 as our foundational scripture.

Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

I want you to notice that faith comes from hearing God’s Word! Not from having heard! It’s a progressive, on-going way of life. Just like you can’t say you ate a meal yesterday so you’re good for the next week! 

Now about hearing God’s Word… It’s not just hearing with your physical ears what someone reads or shares about God’s Word. Any unbeliever can quote the Bible if they want to. What is referred to in verse 17 is the Rhema Christosthe anointed spoken Word of God.

It’s the anointing of God on the Word that is spoken that really ministers to the hearts of the hearers. We are to hear with our hearts. That’s why it’s so important that you filter who you listen to and check out everything you hear someone say. Does it line up with the Word of God or is it someone’s opinion or theory?

That’s why I use scriptures when teaching so that I can show what God has actually said. It’s not about what I say, or what you say but what God says. That’s what counts and that’s what will work. And again I exhort you to check out against the Word of God everything you hear and believe. Where is it in the Bible? If it doesn’t line up or even contradicts the Word of God, throw it out! You’ll never get God’s answers believing anything that’s opposed to His Word.

Continued next time — Pamela