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The Working of Faith

“For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love” (Gal 5:6) Amplified Bible.

There was a time in my life when God spoke a specific word to me about the value of compassion and love. It was during a season when I was aggressively seeking Him for more faith. I had fasted and prayed, spent hours in Scripture and even gone to a powerful conference that incredibly blessed and enriched my heart. Yet – I had forgotten this verse, that indicates specifically how love impacts faith! God seemed to be nudging me into a different place… a love place. So reluctantly I pulled away into His Presence.

Here is what He said to me: “When faith rises above love, then we come dangerously close to living in idolatry!”

God has made numerous promises regarding the power of faith. Faith can move mountains. Faith can heal diseases. Faith can receive answers to prayer. Nothing is impossible with faith. But the most valuable truth at that moment… was that “faith works by love”. I wanted to know the power of faith without understanding the governing factors that make faith active. Faith is activated by love, energized by love, expressed by love and works by love. What God seemed to be saying to me is that “faith alone” was not the key to getting the results He wanted for my life and that my continual search would lead me down a dangerous path. Faith was not meant to work on its own, but to be measured and empowered by love… not a feeling, but an activity of loving according to God’s Truth.

Faith works by Love!

Have you ever felt frustration in your ability to trust in God? Is your faith not working the way the Bible promises it should? I will never forget the words of Heidi Baker, who said: “All fruitfulness flows from intimacy.” The problem may have very little to do with your faith, but more with your love. Notice that faith is activated and energized by love.

Many people’s faith is dead and inactive, because they cannot see through the eyes of compassion. If your faith is like a dead battery; unable to produce power, then you must realize that you are deficient of love. Remember that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom 10:17). When you are hearing the message of God’s Word, you are abiding in a supernatural resource that has the ability to transform sight. You are not listening to faith… you are listening to love. Love is the message… its the reality that activates, energizes and empowers us to see and do things we never considered possible – the faith stuff.

Jesus called the message, the Gospel of the Kingdom (Mt 4:23-25) and it stirred the supernatural activities that drew the crowds, because they could feel their pain and see their brokenness. He was activated in His faith by compassion and love; it is what moved Him (Mt 9:35-38). The Good News is that God’s love is realized and experienced when we come to believe… love becomes the encounter that makes faith a reality.

Love gives Faith its Authority!

A good battery may not be able to work, because it has been drained. You don’t throw away a good battery; instead, you recharge it. Your faith may be in great shape, but unable to work. You can recharge it by plugging it into love… you are called to abide in love! Spend time in the Father’s love. Let your life be immersed in the warmth of the Holy Spirit’s embrace and you will find faith moving in spontaneous ways. Stop working it up, and begin to live from an intimate place in the Father’s heart. You will begin to see that love activates faith.

Reclaiming a Miss-directed faith.

I was thinking about this just this morning, and the famous love chapter (1 Cor 13) was brought to my mind: “…if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” This scripture does not say that you cannot move mountains without love; it says that you are nothing without love. Your faith will be of no benefit to you without love, because you stand alone. You might have the faith to move mountains; but without love, you will be nothing and your faith will be hype, miss-directed and unable to accomplish God’s real purposes. And just so we understand; if that faith could function and bring results, we should question the source.

What God wanted me to see is that I could find myself in idolatry, believing that I was doing something by the power of God; when in fact it was flesh, or worse… demonic. Satan loves to masquerade as a purveyor of false gifts and manifestations.

God is love (1 Jn 4:8). God traffics in love and therefore faith that is properly focused from love will set us free, heal us and deliver from all the works of the Devil. Love never fails (1 Cor 13:8).

Love Activates

Love activates and energizes

Praise is beautiful

“For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love” (Gal 5:6) Amplified Bible.

 There was a time in my life when God spoke a specific word to me about the value of compassion and love. It was during a season when I was agressively seeking Him for more faith. I had fasted and prayed, spent hours in Scripture and even gone to a powerful conference that incredibly blessed and enriched my heart. Yet God seemed to be nudging me into a different place… so reluctantly I pulled away into His Presence.  

Here is what He said to me: ”Son, I love you… but if your faith rises above your love, then you will come dangerously close to living in idolatry!”

God has made numerous promises regarding the power of faith. Faith can move mountains. Faith can heal diseases. Faith can receive answers to prayer. Nothing is impossible with faith. I wanted to know the power of faith without understanding the governing factors that make faith active. What God seemed to be saying to me is that faith alone was not the key to getting the results He wanted for my life and that my continual search would lead me down a dangerous path. Faith was not meant to work on its own, but to be activated by love.

Faith works by Love!

Have you ever felt frustration in your ability to trust in God? Is your faith not working the way the Bible promises it should? I will never forget the words of Heidi Baker, who said: “All fruitfulness flows from intimacy.” The problem may have very little to do with your faith, but more with your love.

 Notice that faith is activated and energized by love.

 Many people’s faith is dead and inactive, because they cannot see through the eyes of compassion. If your faith is like a dead battery; unable to produce power, then you must realize that you are deficient of love. Remember that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom 10:17). When you are hearing the message of God’s Word, you are abiding in a supernatural resource that has the ability to transform sight. You are not listening to faith: you are listening to love. Love is the message that activates, energizes and empowers us to see and do things we never considered possible… the faith stuff.

 Jesus called the message, the Gospel of the Kingdom (Mt 4:23-25) and it stirred the supernatural activities that drew the crowds, because they could feel their pain and see their brokenness. He was activated in His faith by compassion and love; it is what moved Him (Mt 9:35-38). The Good News is that God’s love is demonstrated and experienced when we come to believe.

Love energizes faith! 

A good battery may not be able to work, because it has been drained. You don’t throw away a good battery; instead, you recharge it. Your faith may be in great shape, but unable to work. You can recharge it by plugging it into loveSpend time in the Father’s love. Let your life be immersed in the warmth of the Holy Spirit’s embrace and you will find faith moving in spontaneous ways. Stop working it up, and begin to live from an intimate place in the Father’s heart. You will begin to see that love activates faith. 

Reclaiming a miss-directed faith.

I was thinking about this just this morning, and the famous love chapter (1 Cor 13) was brought to my mind: “…if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” This scripture does not say that you cannot move mountains without love; it says that you are nothing without love. Your faith will be of no benefit to you without love, because you stand alone. You might have the faith to move mountains; but without love, you will be nothing and your faith will be hype, miss-directed and unable to accomplish God’s real purposes. And just so we understand; God would want us to realize that if that faith could function and bring results, He would want us to question the source.

 What God wanted me to see is that I could find myself in idolatry, believing that I was doing something by the power of God; when in fact it was flesh, or worse… demonic. Satan loves to masquerade as a purveyor of false gifts and manifestations.

God is love (1 Jn 4:8). God traffics in love and therefore faith that is properly focused from love will set us free, heal us and deliver from all the works of the Devil. Love never fails (1 Cor 13:8).

Great Joy

Like a child

Jump and Shout

The Christian faith is the religion of JOY… great joy!

Christ came to take away our sins, to remove our curse, to break our chains, to open our prison-house and to cancel our debt. Where can we find a joy so real, so deep, so pure, so lasting? In a word… God!

 He gives us “the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” (Isa 61:3). 

  Every element of joy- deep, ecstatic, satisfying, sanctifying and contageous - it is found in the revelation of Christ.

 ”Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again—Rejoice!” (Phil 4:4)

 To the Christian, who is living near the Throne of Grace, there are sources of joy unknown to all others. He can even “rejoice in tribulation,” and “be glad in the Lord,” when pain and suffering cause distress.

 There is sufficient grace in Christ. The intimate follower of Christ knows where he can go for comfort and hope. He knows who has promised to give ”the fullness of joy” even in the midst of trials.  They remind themselves of the Savior’s invitation, “Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full” (Jn 16:24). The one great source of the Christian’s joy is Christ… to see Him as He really is, releases all the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

 This Truth trumpets as a call of invitation and is the resource for confidence and bold discoveries. Discoveries like strength coming out of weakness or hope bursting forth from trials. The Christian has found their Heavenly Father to be the Restorer of all things and Christ to be ”the Friend who laid down His life because of great love” (Jn 15:13). Afterall and through it all: ”love never fails” (1 Cor 13:8).

Hear the Prophet’s exhortation even in the midst of tough times. 

  • Prophet Habakkuk: “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.” (Hab 3:17-18)
  • Prophet Zephaniah: “Sing, oh daughter of Zion. Shout oh Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, oh daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your judgements, He has cast out your enemy. The King of Israel is in your midst. You shall see disaster no more.” (Zeph 3:14-15)

 Christian joy can only be realized when God reigns in the heart. Great joy rises above the struggles of the day and emphasizes the Goodness of God in the midst of all circumstances. God never wastes an experience… even when He cannot take the blame, He can release His glory and turn the heart toward life. From prison to victory; where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is hope. Great joy is supernatural and transforms us!

A Cross Culture

Scripture makes it clear that the weapons of spiritual warfare are different for God than for Satan.

 Satan blinds humanity to the Truth through lies and deception (2 Cor 4:4). He tempts them with the pleasures of sin by appealing to their old nature. He intimidates them with fear by terrorist-style activities and consistently accuses them of their sins. Above all, he invites them to worship themselves as gods (Gen. 3:1-7; 2 Tim. 3:2).

 God, on the other hand; uses the weapons of Truth to enlighten the mind, righteousness to conquer sin, and peace (shalom) to counter temptation. Above all, God invites all of humanity into a Heavenly Kingdom in which Christ reigns in perfect love and justice.

 Satan and his followers intimidate cultures and pervert societal foundations so that rebellion and witchcraft are embraced. They seek to control the media and promote an ungodly agenda that pulls on emotional heart strings. Humanity’s confusion is both individual and corporate… personal and pervasive.

 God and His followers overcome by a counter-cultural community; where Christ is recognized and worshiped as Lord… where Truth, love, and righteousness reign. Where one Man’s spectacular sacrifice destroyed the power of sin and death, leading all who place their trust in His Blood, out of the prison of sin and rebellious behavior.

 Love broke through, because love never fails.

 Central to our understanding of spiritual warfare is the cross, because it is the demonstration of victory through weakness. Redemption on display… God’s heart toward mankind was made visible in that the cross buys back what Satan had stolen – the path for human souls to find Truth.

 At the cross Satan stands bewildered, defeated and judged, because he put Christ to death… in vain.

 Jesus bore the sins of the world and triumphed over all the powers of evil. His obedience unto death rendered “powerless him who had the power of death, that is the devil” (Heb. 2:14). The cross was Satan’s undoing (Col. 2:15), but Satan’s defeat was not an end in itself. God has removed the obsticles… the curse that stood between God and man (Gen. 12:1; Exod. 19:3-6; 1 Pet. 2:9). The cross is the victory of righteousness over evil, of love over hate, of God’s way over Satan’s way.

 If our understanding of spiritual warfare does not see the cross as the final triumph, it is in error. Our Cross Cultural Mandate is simple… enforce the victory already won.

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