Faith & Patience – the Power Twins – Part I

Hebrews 6:12 (KJV) 12  That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Faith and patience – a winning combination! We’ve been studying faith all along and how vital it is to walking with God and pleasing Him. But did you know that without patience, your faith will not last? You need patience to hold up your faith. Let me explain.

We have learned that faith is the substance of things that we hope for but can’t actually see with our five physical senses. Faith is being persuaded that what God has said is true and then acting on it. It’s seeing beyond the natural realm and into the spirit realm. It’s what we hold onto until we see the manifestation. It’s our title-deed to what we want.

Hope, on the other hand, is what we attach our faith to so that it has something to give substance to. Hope is confident expectation that what we have prayed will come to pass. And as Charles Capps says, hope is the goal setter just like the thermostat on your heating/AC unit.

Patience is what we use to keep our faith active and ongoing. It’s the stick-to-it-tiveness, hold-on, never-let-go fruit of our spirit that keeps us holding on and not quitting or giving up. Patience is endurance and perseverance. If your patience runs out, your faith won’t work. That’s why faith and patience are called the power twins!

Continued next time – Pamela

Spirit of Faith vs Spirit of Fear – Part V

As I’ve said, faith is trusting God to be and do what He has said in His Word. So where do people miss it? They don’t value the Word of God because they don’t really trust Him to honor His Word. It’s just like what we do with people. We believe the ones we trust. We believe their track record or we don’t believe it. All in all, it’s a choice. Our choice!

The more you value God’s Word, the more you value Him. That’s when you’ll start to see results because you know that His Word works and that He backs it up. Remember, you can’t have faith beyond your knowledge of His Word and trusting that Word.

2 Chronicles 16:9a (KJV)
9  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.  

God is always on the look-out for those who will believe Him and stand on His Word so He can show Himself strong on their behalf. He wants to cause His Word to come to pass in your life but it has to come through the avenue of faith and that means trusting Him and His Word.

If things aren’t working the way they should, we’re the ones at fault. It’s never God who’s withholding from us. We’re either not receiving or we’re missing it in some way. We can’t even blame the devil because we have authority to bind him and command him to bud out!

1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) 8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
James 4:7 (KJV) 7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

So how do you know when it’s the enemy talking to you or it’s God? You know because the devil is a liar and that’s what he does – lie to you by giving you negative thoughts of fear, doubt and unbelief. That’s what he did to Eve: “Did God really say that?” She should not have entertained any of his lies. And that’s what we’re to do – not entertain any of satan’s lies that come to us. We’re to cast them down immediately, taking those thoughts captive and rebuking him, and making sure those thoughts line up with the Word of God.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV) 5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Continued next time — Pamela

Spirit of Faith vs Spirit of Fear – Part IV

1 John 5:4 (KJV) 4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

By virtue of the fact that you’re born-again, you are an overcomer. That means you are capable of overcoming everything and anything that comes against you. Sounds too good to be true but it is because God said it and He doesn’t lie.

You might not be overcoming the obstacles in your path but that’s not the proof of your status as an overcomer. God said you are and that settles it. Your part is to learn how to put that into practice and see the victory. And that victory is based on our faith because our faith is the victory that overcomes whatever attacks us.

Romans 8:37 (KJV) 37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Not only are we conquerors but we are more than conquerors which means we win before the battle even begins. Now that’s the victory of an overcomer!

Jesus repeatedly told people not to let their hearts be troubled. It was a command not a holy suggestion! They were told not to fear because Jesus knew how deadly fear is and He knew what it would do to their faith.

John 14:1 (AMP) 1  DO NOT let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me.

So what was Jesus’ antidote to fear? It was to let His peace reign in their hearts.

John 14:1 (KJV) 1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:27 (KJV) 27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Jesus is very clear that we are not to fear. Yes, fear will come against you but you don’t have to let it into your heart. You have a choice. You might even experience all kinds of physical symptoms but you don’t have to succumb to fear.  Rebuke it in the Name of Jesus and let His peace rise up and overtake you. And of course watch your mouth!

God would never command us to do something that we were incapable of doing. What’s the point? He knows what we’re capable of and He expects us to follow through because He’s the One Who’s backing us up!

Continued next time — Pamela

Spirit of Faith vs Spirit of Fear – Part III

Job 1:1 (KJV) 1  There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Job 3:25 (KJV) 25  For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

Job had a reverential fear of God and hated evil. But he opened the door to fear and destruction came in. The enemy, the devil, took advantage of Job’s fear and walked right in, taking everything he could. Job was devastated but kept his eyes on the Lord, did what He told him to do, and God restored to him twice as much as was lost and stolen.

Fear is a destroyer! It’s of the devil and if you open the door he’ll move right in and take everything he can. Don’t let this happen. Resist him!

As I’ve said, fear is not from God because there’s no fear in Him. God has not given us a spirit of fear. [II Timothy 1:7] Fear is an attribute of the devil who’s always trying to put his evil ways on you. If he can get your faith, he can keep you from the promises of God because the promises are only accessed through faith. You have a choice. You are the one who chooses faith or fear. And you do this by ignorance, sin, or unbelief. Choose faith!

Romans 8:15 (KJV) 15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Fear will put you in bondage to the thing you’re fearful of. In fact, it can actually paralyze you to the point that you can’t think rationally. I’ve seen this happen and it’s not a pretty picture.

Did you know that when you fear something, you actually draw that thing to you? Take spiders for example. People who are afraid of spiders, seem to see them all around. Hm-m-m?

The devil knows how to push your buttons. You need to cast out that fear in the Name of Jesus and speak God’s Word that no weapon formed against you shall prosper. [Isaiah 54:17]

Continued next time — Pamela

Spirit of Faith vs Spirit of Fear – Part II

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) 7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
1 John 4:18 (KJV) 18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

As you can see, fear is not from God. It’s from the devil, the enemy of God’s people. He’s out to steal, kill, and destroy and the battlefield is in our minds. That’s why we are to renew our minds to God’s Word and cast down imaginations and thoughts that come against us from the enemy.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

We are not to entertain fear, doubt, and unbelief. We are to take immediate action against these things before they take root. The longer you dwell on the negative things, the more of a foothold the devil gets and then you really have a problem. And like Barney Fife says, “Nip it, nip it, nip it!”

Worry is fear and it will paralyze your faith! The amount of operative faith in you is directly proportional to the amount of worry: lots of worry = little faith. Worry is deadly because it is fear-based and it will negate and cancel your faith because it means you’re not trusting God.

So what do you do about worry? You stop feeding it with negative thoughts and replace it with the promises of God. Bind the worry thoughts and command them to leave in the Name of Jesus. You can’t worry about the problem and meditate on the promises of God at the same time. Starve the worry and feed your faith!

Every thought that comes to our minds is not from God. So how do we know which ones are from God and which are from the enemy? The key is to recognize whether or not they line up with God’s Word. Do they agree with what God has said in His Word or are they filled with fear, doubt, and unbelief?

As I’ve said many times, the way you know this is by getting God’s Word into you so that you can discern the truth.

Continued next time — Pamela

Spirit of Faith vs Spirit of Fear – Part I

2 Corinthians 4:13 (KJV) 13   We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) 7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

As we’ve talked about in past posts, faith is a spirit and fear is a spirit. Even though you see evidences of them in the physical realm, they are spiritual at their core so they have to be dealt with on a spiritual playing field.

Faith, in its simplest definition, is trusting God and His Word. It means that we trust that God said what He means and means what He said and that He will do what He said. That’s God’s part. Our part is to believe and trust Him with our whole heart.

Fear, on the other hand, means believing what the devil has said and acting on it.

Faith draws God’s promises to us. Fear draws to us the very thing that we’re afraid of.

Faith gives us access to God and His promises. Fear gives the devil an opening to steal, kill and destroy us. [John 10:10]

As you can see, faith and fear are diametrically opposed to each other. But the good news is that we are the ones who choose which way we’ll go: the faith path or the fear path.

Faith and fear are both voice activated. When you say it, you own it. That means we should keep our mouths shut until we can trust what will come out because what you say over and over will eventually get down into your spirit and if it’s not faith, there will be trouble.

Having said all this as a refresher, let’s continue.

Amos 3:3 (KJV) 3  Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

When we’re standing on God’s Word, we’re walking with God because we’re believing what He said. It’s the same with fear and talking the words of the enemy: doubt, unbelief, dread, depression, anxiety, etc. The trouble with talking and walking in fear is that it will short-circuit and negate your faith causing it to be inoperative. And it opens the door for the enemy to come right in and clobber you!

You can’t waver back and forth between faith and fear and expect your desired results. That’s what I call the “rocking chair syndrome,” –you’re moving but not getting anywhere. You’re trying to believe but the fear is blocking your faith and negating it. Fear needs to be dealt with, not shoved under the carpet hoping it goes away. We’ll get into this.

Continued next time — Pamela

Faith is an Action Word – Part V

James 1:22 (KJV) 22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James 1:25 (KJV) 25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

The Word of God tells us to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Too many times that is not what we do. We read a scripture and get all excited about it but then we go about our daily lives and forget what God has said. That’s not being a doer of the Word.

If you read that you have authority over all the works of the enemy and then go about your daily life complaining that the devil is harassing you, where is your corresponding action? Where is the authority that God has given you? It’s still there but you’re not taking advantage of it and you’re letting the devil beat you up. Your corresponding action would be to rebuke the devil and his evil cohorts in the Name of Jesus and take back what he’s trying to steal from you.

If you read that if you give it will be given unto you and then go and write a rubber check expecting the money to plop itself into your bank account, that’s not corresponding action. That’s foolishness and really stupid. (People have actually done that!)

Your corresponding action would be to continue to stand on Luke 6:38 and expect manifestation of that scripture before you actually write the check.

And what about healing? Do you really believe that Jesus paid for your sicknesses at the same time He paid for your sins? Many of you would say you believe that but when you get sick is your first response, “What does God’s Word say?” or do you automatically pop a pill and, as an afterthought, maybe take authority over the sickness?

Brothers and sisters, walking by faith and not by sight takes time and effort. Mountain-moving faith doesn’t happen overnight. We have to develop our faith by getting into God’s Word and letting it get into us so that we are filled with His faith to overflowing. Then when we confess what He has said, it will come to pass.

Continued next time — Pamela

Faith is an Action Word – Part IV

What you look at gets in you. That’s why we must constantly feed on God’s Word so that it gets in us in abundance and comes out with dunamis power to effect a change in our circumstances.

Let’s look at some scriptures.

Matthew 6:22-23 (KJV) 22  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 thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Light is revelation of God’s Word. If you’re not walking in His light, the only other thing out there is darkness and that’s not where you want to walk.

Psalm 119:105 (KJV) 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

His Word will light our path but if we’re not walking in His Word, then we will be walking in darkness and that’s a very dangerous place to be.

God’s Word is revelation knowledge from the throne of God. It’s how He thinks and what’s in His heart. His Word gives light to your whole spirit, soul, and body. If you refuse to believe God’s Word, then you’re walking in darkness and any truth that you might have shall be taken away, dispelled by the unbelief.

Matthew 13:11-12 (KJV)
11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

It’s vitally important what we focus on and look at continuously. We will believe what our eyes see.  If we continuously look at the evil in the world, that’s what will get into hearts and that’s what we’ll believe. Who wants all that junk?

But if we focus on the Word of God and what He says and feed that into our hearts, then that’s what we’ll believe and that’s what we’ll speak. When that happens, we are set up to see miracles right before our eyes!

Remember not to base your corresponding actions on other people’s faith experience. You don’t know their level of faith or what God told them to do. If you try to copy what they did just because it worked for them, it could cause trouble and hinder you from getting what God has for you. Correctly assessing your level of faith will help you avoid faith disasters. Always follow the leading of the Holy Spirit!

Continued next time — Pamela

Faith is an Action Word – Part III

Negative confessions, as I’ve said many times, only serve to establish the wrong things in your life. Stay on God’s Word and see the manifestation of what you desire.

Romans 4:17b (KJV) 17  …  and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

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.

When we call things that are not as though they were, it is referring to things that are not yet manifested or seen in the physical realm. It’s not things that don’t exist. It’s just that they’re in the spiritual realm.

We have to continuously speak forth the solution we want, not what we have. What we have is already here so why are we still establishing it and calling it into manifestation? We need to get our faith-filled words out there to do what they are meant to do.

Faith with corresponding action means that we are to act on our faith, not just idly sit by and wait for something to happen. Of course, we must seek the Lord as to what it is we are to do and then be obedient to do it. We must always follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and then move in faith.

Stay focused on the solution not the problem. Your actions follow what you’re looking at. If you’re looking at the solution of God’s Word, then your actions will follow. But if all you see is the problem, that’s all you’ll get. This takes “on purpose action” to look at the right thing.

Sometimes corresponding action means standing on the Word that you have confessed and not quitting or giving up no matter what. But let me caution you not to do foolish things that God has not led you to do. If you’re on meds, keep taking your meds until you and your doctor say you can quit. Taking medication won’t stop you from receiving healing, but it can keep you alive until your healing manifests.

Continued next time — Pamela

Faith is an Action word – Part II

James 2:17 (AMP) 17  So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).

James says that faith without works is dead. He’s not talking about works that try to get God to move on your behalf but rather works that are a result of what’s really in your heart and what you say you believe.

For example, if you’re believing for healing, don’t keep telling everyone how sick you are. That will negate your faith and you have to start all over. If you’re really in faith, you’ll speak it forth and say that healing is yours and you’re in recovery after you pray in the Name of Jesus, commanding the sickness to leave, and calling for the healing to manifest in your body.

Mark 16:18b (KJV) 18  … they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Remember, you have to see yourself healed even when you’re still battling the sickness. You have to call for things that you want, not what you have. That’s faith.

Of course, this is all contingent upon knowing what God has already said about your problem in His Word. Remember, your faith won’t rise higher than your knowledge of God’s Word and your confession of that Word.

If you’re in need of finances, don’t keep confessing that you don’t have enough or that you’re always broke. Go to God’s Word and find out what He has already said about giving and it shall be given to you.

Luke 6:38 (KJV) 38  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Continued next time — Pamela