Pray the Promises — PART 2: God’s Will Is Good

You can see God’s will in the Garden of Eden, in heaven and in Jesus’ ministry.  The Garden was a little copy of heaven.  It was a beautiful place where all of Adam and Eve’s needs were met and everything was good (Genesis 2).  There was no sickness, disease or lack until man sinned.  There is none in heaven either because God’s will is done there.

From the beginning, God’s will has been to bless man with good.  That has never changed.  In Malachi 3:6, He says, “For I am the Lord, I change not.”

To see the perfect will of God manifested on the earth, look at Jesus’ ministry.  He said, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (John 6:38).  His prayer was, “Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

Jesus proclaimed, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those that are bruised, to peach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).

According to 1 John 3:8 “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

Jesus came proclaiming God’s Word to the people.  Those who received that Word, and who received Him as sent of God, also received what God had for them – salvation, healing, deliverance — whatever they needed.  God hasn’t changed His method.  Jesus operated in the earth by the Word.  He defeated the works of the devil with “It is written.”  We are to do the same.

NEXT TIME:  Pray the Promises — PART 3:  Base Your Faith on the Word

Pray the Promises

Pray the Promises – PART 1

Whether you need healing, protection, prosperity or any other blessing, God has promised, it takes faith to receive it.  It takes making God’s Word final authority in your life.  The Amplified Bible says, “Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith…” (Romans 4:16).  As you release your faith, it allows grace – God’s unmerited favor – to flow to you.

But if you don’t but the Word of God first, if you hold on to the traditions of men instead, you won’t be in a position to receive from God.  The Bible says traditions make the Word of God of no effect (Matthew 15:6).  They shut off the grace of God because there’s no faith in them.

One tradition that has robbed the Body of Christ for years is praying, “If it be Your will.”  That might sound humble, but it’s simply unbelief.  It means you don’t know God’s will in that situation.  It ties God’s hands in your life because there is no faith.

Faith begins where the will of God is known.  The Word of God is the will of God.  Faith comes by hearing God’s Word. You can have faith for whatever the Bible says is God’s will.

NEXT TIME:  Pray the Promises — PART 2:  God’s Will Is Good

Just Jump! – Part 6 – Go Ahead and Bless God!

So, go ahead and bless God the only way that really counts.  Step out there on revelation of his Word.  Be a doer of His Word, and not a hearer only.  Get out there where only He can get it done.  Trust Him.

This move of God’s restoration of His wealth and property and the manifestation of His property in the lives of His people needs doers. It needs people who will walk in His Word instead of the thinking and systems of this world.

The Body of Christ is exploding right now with the desire to excel – to come to the highest place possible.  We are receiving the fullness pf manifestation of what Jesus shed His blood for us to acquire.

We are prospering in faith.  We are prospering in the Holy Spirit.  We are prospering in revelation.

And we’re going to trust Him; to bless Him.  We’re going to step out on His Word and walk in it daily.  That’s how we will empower God to excel in His highest desire – to see that we prosper and are in good health, even as our souls prosper, to remove every bondage and destroy every yolk, to restore what the enemy has stolen and to make sure that there is nothing missing and nothing broken in our lives.

Just Jump! PART 5 – Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

 

What I’m talking about is walking out our faith by acting on His Word moment by moment.  When we walk daily in His Word, fear won’t hold us back.  Fear of failure stops most people, but not the champions.

 

When Babe Ruth was establishing his home run record, he was also setting the record for the most strikeouts in any year.  “I ain’t afraid to fail,” he said. “Pity them pitchers and don’t pity me.”

 

Isn’t it time the devil knew that about you?  Isn’t it time he figured out, “Well, if she gets on first, she’s coming to second.”  Soon he will tire of you running over him every time opposes you, knowing nothing will stop you from coming right at him.  And on top of that, he knows your Heavenly Father is the Umpire.  So being called “out” is out of the question!

 

So what if there are times when you take a step and you walk out there in faith, and if doesn’t look like anything happens.  You may even think, Boy, I must have really missed it this time.”

 

To tell the truth, I’d rather take a step of faith and find out I was wrong, than to sit there in fear and never do anything.  God can correct a step of faith even if it’s in the wrong direction.  Waiting in fear – that’s out of God’s hands.

 

More than once I’ve said, “OK, God, You seem to be awfully quiet about this.  Well, here I go.  Are You sure You want me to go?  OK, Here I go.”

 

Then I heard the Lord say, Now hold on a minute.

 

I said, “Why didn’t You say hold it before?”

 

He said, When you took that first step of faith and trust, you put Me in a position where I could talk to you.

 

Step out on the revelation He has given you, trust Him.  Step out there in the world where it looks like OK, here we go.  I’m going right on out there in the deep water, and it’s not sink or swim, it’s swim or else.

 

Jesus said, “If you will lose your life you will find it.”  The Amplified Bible says, “If you’ll turn loose of that low life, you’ll find the high life.”  

 

NEXT TIME – Just Jump!  PART 6 – Go Ahead and Bless God!

 

Just Jump! PART 4 – Take the First Step

What God desires most is to see you stepping out and walking moment by moment in the reality of what He has done.  God has already moved on your behalf.  He sent Jesus to the cross to bear your sickness, weakness and pain (Isaiah 53:4-5).  He healed you by His stripes (1 Peter 2:24).  He became poor so you could be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).  He covenanted with you to meet all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).  What He desires is to see you stepping out and walking moment by moment in the reality of what He has done.

So many things in my life didn’t happen until I stepped out.  When God said, “Do it.”; I just did it.  Most of the time I didn’t even know how to accomplish what God told me to do.  But I stepped out.  If I hadn’t obeyed, I would have missed God.  I could not have figured it all out myself.  However, God had already worked it all out.

The steps I took weren’t just steps of faith, but trust.  Exercising my faith was only part of it.  There came a time when I had to completely trust God.

Of course, I could have just jumped out ahead and then been just as wrong as I would have been had I sat on it too long.  However, if we continually walk in the Word of God, when it comes time, we will be ready to step out and trust of God.

 NEXT TIME:  Just Jump!  PART 5 – Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

Just Jump! PART 3 – Walk It Out In Your Life

Trusting God is the issue of our day.  To walk confidently in a world that is growing increasingly unstable and confused, is to walk in the Word of God, trusting God to prosper us in every area of life.

Faith alone is not enough.  You may have faith in your head and even coming out of your mouth and not yet have trusted God enough to go on and step out on that faith because it doesn’t look like the safe thing to do.  You may even have had your faith confirmed by miraculous signs and wonders, and still not be acting on it in the daily decisions of life.  That’s one reason some people go from healing class to healing class to get healed.  Yet all that time God has been confirming His Word in them so they can build a base of trust to walk every day in His wholeness and provision.

Don’t get me wrong.  A lot can happen in the closed atmosphere of a gathering.  In the Spirit where there are no distractions, God can set us inside a capsule where the devil and all his minions can’t get in and bother us.  He will spoon feed us and give us revelation upon revelation.  He will confirm it.  Like we read in the last chapter of Mark; He works with the Word confirming it with signs following.

Thank God for gatherings like that.  I love them.  But when we leave the gathering, the rotten here and now of this world is waiting.  That’s where we find out that a revelation is not enough to get results.  We must act on what we know.  Or, as James says, we have to be “doers of the Word; not hearers only.”

Next Time – Just Jump!  PART 4 – Take the First Step

Just Jump! PART 2: Trust Goes Where Faith Alone Cannot

Where Christians have missed blessing God is by not stepping out and learning to live daily, trusting Him for all of their needs.  The issue goes beyond revelation.  It even goes beyond our faith.  The issue is trust.

Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.”  Trust is not exactly the same as having faith in God.  You can’t have trust in God without having faith in God.  But there is a place faith cannot go unless you have transferred your trust from what you were relying on to God’s ways of meeting your needs.

We can see this in the Bible account of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt (Joshua 3:8-17).  The priests went before the people carrying the Ark of the Covenant suspended on poles.  At one point they came to the Jordan River and sat down, waiting for the river to open up so they could go across.  But nothing happened.  That river just kept flowing.  They couldn’t figure out why the river didn’t stop, because God had told them to cross it.  They had no other way to get across. Finally, they said, “Well, He said go, so let’s go.”  They got up, picked up the Ark, and stuck their feet in the water.  At that moment, the river opened up.

Faith was present.  Without it, they would not have gotten as far as the riverbank.  They believed God when He said they would cross over dry-shod.  But it took trust to step into the water.

The dictionary definition of trust is “resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, friendship and sound principles of another person; resting of your mind.”  When you put God into the definition, you see that there is nobody who has any greater integrity, stronger veracity, more justice, friendship and faithfulness.  And His principles are the sound principles – not a sound principle – but the sound principles.  So, surely we should be able to trust Him.

NEXT TIME — Just Jump!  PART 3 – Walk It Out In Your Life