Posts Tagged ‘promises of God’

The Stubborn Heart

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” (Mk. 9:23-25)

It has been my experience, that literally thousands of people struggle with unbelief. Real barriers stand between their desire and the reality of God’s Will! Like this father they hear the words that Jesus would love to heal, deliver or bring hope; but they are stuck. They know the truth that if they could just believe, nothing would be impossible… but there is no believing, no receiving and no “heart” at all. There is just the nagging reality of hopeless effort, tears and shameful discouragement. And worse yet for many, they construct a new theological platform of resolve… “I will choose to not believe any longer, because it just leaves me hopeless!”

The Spirit of Unbelief:

The inability to obey the instructions of Jesus and trust in the Promises of God, often leads to this frustration. We want to please the Lord and experience all that God has said, but something in us resists faith. We find we “cannot” believe even when we want to. This can be due to a “spirit of unbelief”. Lies, deception, fears or offenses can find their dwelling in the heart and be controlled by a demonic spirit that paralyzes the heart in unbelief. This spirit is real and dangerous, it is pervasive and advancing across the landscape of Christianity and it lives in the midst of the “Church culture”… where all is not fine in paradise!

Authenticity:

I receive many emails and calls about this issue and I find it a bit shocking that the problem is so wide spread and growing. Yet in my opinion there is a root cause that we must uncover and shine the light of truth upon… people are living superficial lifestyles. They rarely stop and contemplate the meaning of their existence. To ask the simple question, “WHY!” is not blasphemy, nor is it going to lead us into deception. Perhaps it would even offer a lot more authenticity to our journey!

Jesus said in Matthew 7:7… “Ask, seek and knock… and the door will be opened!”

Authentic communication with God – opens the door of relational truth. Things that are difficult for us to understand, come into the light of His wisdom and love. God is a “father”, He knows how to take care of His children and He is faithful. He is anticipating our needs to be vocalized and to come streaming into His Presence (Heb. 4:16). The Apostle Peter, who seemed a lot like us; said you and I need to be “casting all our care upon Him, because He cares for us” (1 Pet. 5:7). He cares for us… and He knows all about our issues of faith. This idea that we can avoid our problems and they will just go away… well – that is the greatest deception of all! They do not go away, in fact they produce the fruit of disappointment, which I spoke of earlier. We tend to create and believe a false perception of God’s heart toward our reality.

So – here’s the point…

  • Stop living without meaningful communication with God!

Spend time telling God of the frailty of your faith, the brokenness of your heart and the weakness in your perceptions… ask Him “why?!” and then wait… wait… wait… for the doors to open! They will, my friend they will… they will open wide and the King of Glory will come in. Who is this King of Glory… He is the Lord Strong and Mighty! (Psa. 24:7-10)

Say Yes!

“For all the Promises of God are Yes in Him. And in Him Amen, unto the glory of God - through us.” (2 Cor. 1:20)

Authority & Power:

Did you know that regardless of what others say and do, you have the spiritual authority to rise above their actions and words! (Job 22:28) In fact, not even the devil himself can resist or thwart the plans of a Child of God when he or she uses the authority that God has placed in their hands! (Lk. 10:19)(Mt. 16:19)

Releasing Faith:

Your faith can change your world! No matter how difficult things might seem at this moment or how small your faith may feel. Even a little faith can do great things when its released. But you must get it engaged toward your situation if you expect to breakthrough into the place God is calling you. When your voice agrees with God’s purposes it is going to change that which is affecting you negatively.

God has given you dominion over your life. Dominion is the power and the authority to govern and control that which concerns you. He has put you in a position to grow in faith and every time you speak, you are setting the limits upon the enemy’s approach. God has commissioned you to set the spiritual boundaries and utterly defeat those things that are not in sync with God’s will for your life (2 Cor 10:3-6). Its a battle over your affections, but when God has captured your heart, the devil can’t move you.

Say ‘Yes’ to His Promises:

You’re a Believer! Your confession of faith is your “yes”. Set the decree ever before you and praise Him with the shout! Remember: “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Mt. 18:18). You have been given authority on earth to decree God’s will and He will back it up in heaven! God gave dominion for a holy purpose and you have the privilege to be used by God to speak His will and declare His desires on Earth (Mt. 6:10).

“Will of God – Be Done… On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Extraordinary

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:5-6)

Believe for the extraordinary… by asking for “anything”, something extraordinary; in the Name of Jesus! In order for you to do the extraordinary… you will need to think and speak about the incredible, unbelievable, and the impossible! God wants you to set your expectations as high as you can. He wants to do things in your life that are so extraordinary that some people are not going to believe it. If you will stand in faith for the extraordinary to come to pass, then the extraordinary will become the norm in your life.

Extraordinary means… remarkable, uncommon and rare.

God is good, and He is continually looking for opportunities to express His goodness in your life (2 Chr. 16:9). It is up to you to position yourself to receive this goodness. The way you do this is by eliminating any wrong thinking that you may have allowed into your life. I have 3 simple statements that inspire me to believe for more from God!

  • No Doubts! – Don’t allow yourself to doubt God’s goodness or His love for you.
  • No Outs! – Don’t question God’s desire to give… even things you don’t deserve.
  • No Limits! – Don’t limit God by expecting so little from Him.

Little Vision:

Little vision produces little… or less. If you limit God to the common methods or overly used ideas, you will lack provision. Its the sign of a poverty mentality, when you find it difficult to believe for the extraordinary! You will find that the way you think and see, positions you for God’s blessing and to receive from unusual sources. You should desire greater works, greater Glory and increase on every side. God wants to bless you in ways that are remarkable, uncommon, and rare!

If you don’t expect the extraordinary to happen, your life will remain as it is. However, if you expect God’s goodness and mercy to follow you every day of your life, you will start to see a positive change in your circumstances… believe for the Promises of God!

Dare to set your expectations high and see the extraordinary things of God!

Taking Your Stand

Scripture: “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore…” (Ephesians 6:13-14a)

Thought for Today: “Having Done All – Take Your Stand”

When you find yourself at the place where you have done all you can, prayed, fasted, stood your ground, fought the battles and declared your position then all that is left is… to stand. As futile as it sounds, the battle is the Lords and we must let it be won by Him.

Moses told the people of God, “Do not be afraid – Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today! The enemy you see today you will never see again.” (Exod 14:13)

Stand & See:

When your back is to the wall and the enemies are breathing down your neck, hype and empty promises feel like a wet blanket. The battle is for your stance. Its the highest prize of all, because the ground you have already taken came at such a cost. A weary saint must be able to keep their heart in the fight (Mt 15:8). So positioning to see His salvation can feel like waiting for a victory in the midst of the midnight hour. What we reach for and what the goal has meant to us is that we be found faithful in Christ Jesus.

Trust Positioned:

Our trust in Him is a prevailing force that enables us to now be still and watch His hand at work on our behalf. This lifestyle of prayer and fasting can be bitter-sweet, because at times its triumph and at times its stillness. Its the knowing part of the Psalmist’s words “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10). Having done all to stand… we stand… and stand again.

3-Ways We Take Our Stand:

  1. Resistant: (Jms 4:7) We resist the demonic forces that battle in the spirit realm, defying our advancement and challenging our right to the promises of God.
  2. Consistent: (Ps 149:5-6) We stand firm in our praise of God as warriors, equipped for battle wait for the sound to advance.
  3. Persistent: (Mk 11:22-23) We speak His Truth in faith to friend or foe and acknowledge that the battle is the Lord’s. He shall do it!

Now the Just shall live by Faith! (Hab 2:4)

The Valiant Heart

“Now therefore, let your hands be strengthened, and be valiant for your master Saul is dead; and also the House of Judah has anointed me king over them.” (2 Sam. 2:7)

There comes a time when the former regime has fallen, old ways have come to an end and a new day appears over the horizon. When a new generation of kingly righteousness is authorized and new energy is released for good… something must be engaged. This was the case for King David, he stood at a crossroad that required followers of God (Israel) to take on a new posture. To see differently requires vision and anointing. It also requires a valiant heart!

Are we Valiant?

I am convinced that a Spiritual battle rages all around us (2 Tim. 2:3-4). This battle is of utmost importance as the souls of men, women and children are hanging in the balance against time. We are the Redeemed, called to be the Church of the Living God, Kingdom Agents with authority and power. Something has shifted and we must step up into this reality. Yet the question calls for an answer within… are we the valiant? If so, then it compels us to engage the enemies that oppose the Kingdom of Light! We must use every available means at our disposal to reach the lost with the hope of the Good News… that Jesus Christ has come to set the captives free! Jesus said of Himself, “the Spirit of the Lord has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, release the captives and break the bonds of sin… to bring recovery of sight to the blind and set at liberty the oppressed” (Lk. 4:18-19). This was the assignment of the most valiant of hearts. To “proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord”, was more than a message… it was a commission to go and engage the kingdoms of darkness.

This is our High Calling in Christ Jesus.. our mission on the Earth!

We need an army of mighty men of valor who understand the times, who will draw up in battle formation against wicked principalities and powers, knowing how to skillfully use their spiritual armor (1 Chr. 12)(Eph. 6:12-18). We need more men like Joshua and Caleb who take God at His Word, rely on Kingdom Authority, obey and fearlessly conquer the enemies that defy entry into the Promises of God. Such spiritual warriors will wholly follow the Lord (Josh. 14:9) and advance the Kingdom of God, which is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Josh. 1:3-9)(Rom 14:17)

We need more David’s who will take down the uncircumcised Philistines who mock the Living God, His Son, His Word and His armies (1 Sam 17:26). We need more spiritually balanced leaders like Ezra who experienced the good hand of God because he had set his heart to study the Word, to practice it, and to teach the principles, statutes and ordinances in Israel (Ezra 7:10). We need more strong spiritual women like Esther (Est. 4:14) and Deborah (Judg. 4:14) who seized their moment… who found grace “for such a time as this”. These who knew their God and submitted to what He was doing.

Kingdom Character:

The need today, is for all Christians to rise up out of the clutter of the world and walk in newness of life, knowing their position and opportunity in Christ. We are commissioned with delegated authority (Mt. 28:18-20) and seated in heavenly places with Christ… at the right hand of God (Eph. 2:6-7). Such nobility will not be self-exalting nor self-appointed; but surrendered to the Will of God, anointed by the Holy Spirit and practicing the holy and royal responsibilities (1 Pet. 2:5-9). The character of Christ is experienced and evidenced by those who have freely given themselves to His purposes. Its found in those seeking to know the power of Jesus’ resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, in order that they may attain the power of a resurrected life… overcoming and abundant in every way. (Phil. 3:10-11)(Jn 10:9-10)

6 Principles of The Valiant Heart:

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:7-10)

  1. Submit to God: Set your mind upon God’s Will and Purposes! (Rom. 16:19-20)(Col. 3:1-4)
  2. Resist the devil: He is your enemy. He will flee, because he is defeated! (Acts 10:38)(1 Jn. 3:8)
  3. Draw near to God: Relationship and intimacy establish your authority in Christ! (Jn. 15:14-16)
  4. Cleanse your hands: Renounce evil practices because they hold us in bondage! (Jn. 5:14)(1 Jn. 1:9-10)
  5. Purify your hearts: Confess evil imaginations and strongholds of the mind! (2 Cor. 10:3-6)(Ps. 139:23-24)
  6. Humble yourselves: Rely and lean upon God’s Fathering heart! (Prov. 3:5-8)
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