God is an ever present help in our time of need!
The following message (see below) was forwarded to me today by a friend; and since I know certainly that I could stand for some good news myself, I thought perhaps you could too.
I am a literalist when it comes to the Bible, and whereas I don’t believe there is any power just in sending out or forwarding a message like this, in and of itself; but when you are supplicating and contending for something, anything that comes along that serves to encourage you and buildup your faith; and adds to your hope and expectation to receive that miracle you are praying for, is a good thing!
So when I read the scriptures and find there promises that I can lay hold of, I take them literally; but I have to train myself not to approach them from my mind, which is the seat of my intellect and reasoning; but I must rather discipline myself to do as Proverbs 3:5-6 says to do, which is: “Trust the Lord with ALL my heart and NOT lean on my own understanding; to then acknowledge him in ALL my ways, and then his promise is to direct my path!”
We must first learn to come to God in humility and in repentance (meaning to change the way we think), seeking Him by faith, with ALL of our heart; and then quite often God will begin to give us understanding.
If we put the cart before the horse and attempt to do it the other way, placing the mind out in front, and therefore leaning on our own understanding, then the mind will always hinder our faith, and hold us back everytime.
Faith is not at all passive, where it is sufficient to say I believe such and such; but the examples and precedent of Scriptures teaches us that FAITH requires our complete commitment of body, soul, and spirit!
If we try and approach the Bible first with our understanding then we have fatally handicapped ourselves before we even leave the gate.
The flesh together with our mind, which is the seat of our intellect and reasoning, mostly will just resists anything that comes from the spirit.
Faith on the other hand comes from the heart, not the physical organ, but our innermost being, out of which springs those rivers of Living Water, which our Lord spoke of.
It is here, in our innermost being, which we metaphorically call our heart, that we find the seat of our spirit man, and more importantly it is where the Holy Spirit resides, inside of every born-again Believer.
We must always follow Jesus’ example, as we read in Scripture, and do as He says; and it was Jesus who said that: “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
So we can know from this scripture that as we feed our spirit man with God’s Word, that our Faith is built up, not by what we see or feel, or by our circumstances; but it is build up as we gain hope, by our meditating upon the Word; and that hope then gives way to faith, which is the substance of those things for which we are hoping, of things that cannot yet be seen or felt in the natural, with our natural senses.
In other words, belief is only a part of faith; you must also act upon what you believe, by first confessing with your mouth what you believe in your heart; and then by laying hold of that promise or promises that address your particular need or situation, that you found in God’s Word; and then having done that we then have to hang the total of our body and all of our circumstances upon those same promises; and do so in spite of whatever sight sense evidence that contradicts it!
This is certainly not easy to do, and it is IMPOSSIBLE if we try and accomplish it with our intellect, and our mind!
It takes practice; and practice will eventually make permanent!
Your mind must be trained and disciplined to obey your spirit man, as you follow God’s Word, and the leading and nudging of the Holy Spirit moment by moment..
So whatever you are facing today, know this, that God’s Word is the ONLY place to start in times of trouble; and it is in the Word that we gain our faith; for the Bible tells us that faith comes first by our hearing the Word of God; and even more than that, I believe anyway, that faith is about 95% expectation and confession, and 5% everything else; but this is true ONLY in a constructive or positive since when your faith is founded upon God’s Word!
It has been said that our spirit man and our flesh are like two mad dogs, who are constantly at each other’s throat; and the one that wins will be the one that you feed.
So consequently faith can also work in the negative too, depending on how we use it; and by that I means, if we mediate and dwell upon our negative circumstances, on the problem, or on the sickness or disease, then what happened to Peter as he was walking on water will also happen to us.
If you will note, it was Peter’s focus on Jesus (on the Living Word) that kept him in the realm of the miraculous and supernatural, as he walked on the water; but the moment he shifted his attention to those thirty, forty, or fifty foot waves and those roaring and tossing winds and seas, that seemed ready to swallow him up at anytime, he could do nothing at that point but sink; because he had shifted his focus off of Jesus (the solution), and had instead started meditating on the problem.
Again it is very important that we differentiate here between what it means to believe with our mind, and to believe in our heart!
Don’t think that just because you have doubts and fears in your mind that you are not in faith!
Those doubts and fears will come as fiery darts, from the enemy, to undermine our faith and to discourage us, if we let them; as the enemy will constantly remind us of the impossibility of our circumstances… but whose report will you believe? That is the deciding question.
It will be the report that we take action on, and begin to meditate upon to the point it sinks down deep to where we live, into our innermost being; and as we mediate upon those promises, that address our particular need or situation; and as we then learn to pray the Scripture as we read that David did, we will find it increases our expectations and our hope.
If then we will begin to confess with our mouth, what we believe in our heart, then what we confess is what we will have; even as Jesus said in Mark 11, “You shall have what you say!“
This happened the day after he had cursed the fig tree; and the Scriptures also record that His disciples heard him too, as He was talking to the tree:
This is faith in action and it is what faith is; and it is then and only then, when our outward confession matches what we believe in our heart, that we are operating in faith, and not before!
Let’s read the entire account for ourselves:
Mark 11:12-14; 20-24
The Fig Tree Withered
12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. 13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.
The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree
20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
You haven’t even begun to operate in faith until you have both; the combination of what you believe in your heart, and also what you confess with your mouth operating together!!!
So this is what we have to do, we find a scripture that addresses our situation, our mountain (if you will), which is that obstacle which the enemy has placed in our path; and it matters not what it is, whether it is a relationship problem in your marriage, or with your children; or whether it is a financial need; or physical, it matters not because God’s Word is more than sufficient; and if we will but look to the examples of Scripture, we will find there more than enough precedents and examples to undergird our faith; and then God’s Word, mixed with our faith and our confession, then becomes more than enough to trump and annihilate any obstacle that the enemy tries to put in our path.
A good place to begin, and for us to commit to memory, is in the following verse:
1 John 5:14-15
Confidence and Compassion in Prayer
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
What I Confess I Possess
- I confess Jesus as my Lord. Rom. 10:9-10. I possess salvation.
- I confess, “by His stripes I am healed” Is. 53:5; I possess healing.
- I confess “the son has made me free” Jn. 8:36; I possess absolute freedom.
- I confess “the love of God is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost” Rom. 5:5; I possess the ability to love everyone.
- I confess, “the righteous are bold as a lion” Pr.28:1; I possess lion-hearted boldness in spiritual warfare.
- I confess, “He will never leave me nor forsake me” Heb. 13:5-6; I possess the presence of God each step I take.
- I confess, “I am the redeemed of the Lord” Ps. 107:2; I possess redemption benefits every day.
- I confess “the anointing of the Holy One abideth in me” 1 Jn. 2: 27; I possess yoke destroying results by this anointing
- I confess, “in the name of Jesus I can cast out devils” Mk. 16:17; I possess dynamic deliverances as a devil master.
- I confess, “I lay my hands on the sick and they shall recover” Mk. 16:18; I possess positive healings for the oppressed.
- I confess, “I am a branch of the Living Vine” Jn. 15:5; I possess Vine-life wherever I go.
- I confess, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ” 2 Cor. 5: 21; I possess the ability to stand freely in God’s holy presence, and in Satan’s presence as a victor!
- I confess, “I am a temple of the living God” 2 Cor. 6:16; I possess God dwelling in me, and walking in me!
- I confess, “my God shall supply all my need” Phil. 4: 19; I possess the supply of every need.
So don’t take this message below as some magical device, but use it as a point of faith and agreement, as I will be agreeing with you, that your miracle will happen soon.
We may also hope and pray that we all will be getting good news tomorrow; and that we receive this message tomorrow morning before 9:06 AM.
If that happens to you, will you please come back and post it in the comment section below, and give us a testimony?
Whatever happens however, just remember that, that Jesus is good all the time; and that Jesus is Lord!
Sent: Monday, October 04, 2010 12:51 PM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: Fw: Read asap let me know tomorrow
|Read asap let me know tomorrow
Thanks for being my friend.
You have received this angel because you at some point in life have been
No one saw your wings, but they felt your love.
Let me know what happens to you the morning after you open this e-mail.
This is an unusual one. It actually gives you a time tomorrow.
Let’s see if it works.
Forward this message the same day you received it. It may sound ridiculous, but it is right on time.
We believe that something is about to happen.
Angels exist, only sometimes they haven’t got wings and we call them friends; you are one of them.
Something wonderful is about to happen to you and your friends.
Tomorrow at 9:06 AM somebody will address you and tell you something you have been waiting to hear.