The Faith of Abraham…

ABRAHAM: the father of all who have faith and believe…

The GOD kind of FAITH provides limitless power when mixed with our prayers, but our doubts and fears will exclude God and will cancel our faith.

We must learn to believe without doubting!
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How do we develop this GOD kind of faith?

James 1:6-8
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

The Christian can even welcome trouble
2-8 When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends!

Realise that they come to TEST your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance.

But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence.

And if, in the process, any of you does not know how to meet any particular problem he has only to ask GOD—who gives generously to all men without making them feel foolish or guilty—and he may be quite sure that the necessary wisdom will be given him.

But he MUST ask in sincere faith without secret doubts as to whether he really wants GOD’s help or not.

The man who trusts GOD, but with inward reservations, is like a wave of the sea, carried forward by the wind one moment and driven back the next.

That sort of man cannot hope to receive anything from GOD, and the life of a man of divided loyalty will reveal instability at every turn.

Abraham was called the father of faith for a reason:

Romans 4:17-22
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

16-17 The whole thing, then, is a matter of faith on man’s part and generosity on God’s.

He gives the security of his own promise to all men who can be called “children of Abraham”, i.e. both those who have lived in faith by the Law, and those who have exhibited a faith like that of Abraham.

To whichever group we belong, Abraham is in a real sense our father, as the scripture says: ‘I have made you a father of many nations’.

This faith is valid because of the existence of God himself, who can make the dead live, and speak his Word to those who are yet unborn.

Abraham was a shining example of faith
18 Abraham, when hope was dead within him, went on hoping in faith, believing that he would become “the father of many nations”.

He relied on the word of God which definitely referred to ‘your descendants’.

19-22 With undaunted faith he looked at the facts—his own impotence (he was practically a hundred years old at the time) and his wife Sarah’s apparent barrenness.

Yet he refused to allow any distrust of a definite pronouncement of God to make him waver.

He drew strength from his faith, and while giving the glory to God, remained absolutely convinced that God was able to implement his own promise.

This was the “faith” which ‘was accounted to him for righteousness’.

As Christians, we must learn to incorporate this “GOD kind of FAITH,” that we see in Abraham, in every area of our life; and to ALWAYS make room in our faith and confident reliance upon GOD, for Him to do the unexpected, by answering our prayers in ways that we did not even consider — as we are trusting GOD with all of our heart and NOT leaning on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).

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Look at What Is Unseen
by Kenneth E. Hagin

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
—2 Corinthians 4:18

How can you look at something unseen?

You’re certainly not looking at it with your physical eyes. No, you’re looking at it with your spiritual eyes, or the eyes of your spirit.

You’re looking at it through the eyes of faith.

A person who does not look at what is seen is not motivated by what is seen. Rather, he or she is motivated by the unseen.

People who are sick and are prayed for again and again do not get healed because they are motivated by their sight or by their feelings.

The same people, if they feel well, say they’re well. And if they feel sick, they say they’re sick.

They’re motivated entirely by their feelings.

I pay no attention to my feelings whatsoever. I couldn’t care less about them. I’m moved only by what I believe.

I adopted a motto from Smith Wigglesworth many years ago:

“I’m not moved by what I see. I’m not moved by what I feel. I’m moved only by what I believe.”

That has helped me through many a hard place.

I mean, I have looked around me in times past when everything seemed to indicate defeat. But I just kept looking the situation right in the face, saying, “I’m not moved by what I see.”

I stood my ground calmly and deliberately, saying, “I’m not moved by what I see. I’m not moved by what I feel. I am moved only by what I believe.”

That’s faith. It has brought me through many a hard place, and it will do the same for you.

Confession:
I am not moved by what I see. I am not moved by what I feel. I am moved only by what I believe. And I believe that God is working everything out for good, according to His Word.

Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin.
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Moses asked of GOD, “Show me your way”…

GOD spoke to Moses face-to-face…

Exodus 33:12-15

The Promise of God’s Presence
12 Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me.

Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’

13 Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight.

And consider that this nation is Your people.”

14 And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

15 Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.

Moses here, in these four verses, is getting real with God, because he knew that he was not able to do what God was calling him to do without God’s leadership; God’s power; and GOD’S presence in his life.

Now let’s travel 3,467 years into the future, from 1,447 BC to 2020, to the battles we are facing.

Are our battles and our obstacles any less real and formidable to us; do we not also need God’s leadership, power and presence in our lives today?

As God once said to Jehoshaphat, when he was out numbered and out powered by the enemy forces,

“And GOD said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you,

‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.'”
—2 Chronicles 20:15

The key part in Moses’ prayer is when he asked of God, “show me now Your way.”

Moses was asking GOD to,

“give me your wisdom and show me your way, that I may follow you.”

Is that not also our pray today, in whatever battles we are facing, that God give us His wisdom and show us His way.

1 Corinthians 10:11 tells us, speaking of those things, written in the Tanakh (Old Testament),

“Now ALL these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”

And in verse 13 we are told that,

“No temptation (Grk: peirazō = to be tested) has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

And in Ephesians 6:12 we are told to put on our battle armor daily,

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

And so equally for us today, as it was for Moses 3,467 years ago, the battles we fight today also belongs to the Lord, because it’s a battle between light and darkness.

In the New Covenant, Jesus tells us that,

“I AM the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE…”

—John 14:6

Our job, as Christians today, is to take His yoke upon us and to come to Him and learn of Him (Mat 11:29); and for us to then prioritize, in our life, the seeking of His Kingdom; to follow Jesus and to understand His WAY of doing things.

This is the same knowledge that Moses was seeking from God in Exodus 33, when he said “show me your way.”

Being a Christian is all about our developing a personal relationship with God, through Jesus Christ; our being filled with His Spirit; and our learning to practice His presence in our lives 24/7 – 365.

And finally James warns us not to be half-hearted and of a divided mine in this pursuit,

James 1:5-8
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.’

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Let us NOT take our Constitutional guaranteed liberties for granted…

God’s Watchmen on the Wall…

Ezekiel 3:17
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me”

Let us remember to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world, who are today being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ.

Please click on link below to read article:

“Top 10 Countries Where it is Most Dangerous to Practice Christianity”

In these places there is a high cost to follow Christ, because you do so at the risk of your life and the well-being, security and safety of your family”

At the same time let us not take for granted the liberties that we enjoy here in America, liberties that have been bought and paid for through the shed blood of so many, to give us this freedom that so many today are taking for granted.

It’s through our de jure organic Constitution and our Bill of Rights that these rights and liberties are granted us, and make no mistake, but that the forces of Antichrist today in our country are trying very hard to take those rights and liberties away from us; and mind you, there’s no question but that the future these corrupt politicians and Antichrist forces would have for us is exactly what you see happening in these persecuted third world countries.

In the words of Edmund Burke,
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

As Christians, our battle starts on our knees, as per Jesus’ instructions that we are to both “WATCH and PRAY;” and as the Apostle Paul admonished us, that we NOT be ignorant of the enemy’s devises, least he take unfair advantage of us.

Jesus said for us, “To be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

As Watchmen on the Wall, like we read of Gideon’s 300, it’s our job to prayerfully keep our eyes on the horizon, to see what the enemy forces are doing; and then to warn the people of any impending dangers that we may see.

It is our prayers that provide the air support that go in advance of the ground forces, to soften and eradicate the enemy’s forces.

Charles Spurgeon said:
“Prayer moves the arm that moves the world.”

“God has of his own motion placed himself under the law of prayer, and has obligated Himself to answer the prayers of men.

He has ordained prayer as a means whereby He will do things through men as they pray, which He would not otherwise do.

If prayer puts God to work on earth, then, by the same token, prayerlessness rules God out of the world’s affairs, and prevents him from working.

The driving power, the conquering force in God’s cause is God himself.

‘Call on Me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which though knowest not,’ is God’s challenge to prayer.

Prayer puts God in full force into God’s work.”

[E.M. Bounds “The Weapon of Prayer” Chap. 2]

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God’s timing…

God’s timing is often much different from ours

What if God says for us to, “Wait a minute?”

A man once asked God: “God, how long is a million years?”

God: “To me, it’s about a minute.”

The man: “God, how much is a million dollars?”

God: “To me it’s a penny.”

The man: “God, may I have a penny?”

God: “Wait a minute.” 😊

“An old Jewish prayer, uttered somewhat wistfully, begins, ‘O Lord, I know that Thou wilt help us; but wilt Thou help us *before* Thou wilt help us?’

It’s not always easy to wait for God, especially when we are in pain or anxiety, but we must never, ever, give up.”

(Hebrew for Christians)

For most of us waiting and having patience is not our strong suit.

What to do when God’s Timing Is Taking Too Long?
by Joyce Meyer

We all want good things to happen in our lives, but too often we want it now…not later.

When it doesn’t happen that way, we are tempted to ask, “When, God, when?”

Most of us need to grow in the area of trusting God instead of focusing on the “when” question.

If you’re missing joy and peace, you’re not trusting God. If your mind feels worn out all the time, you’re not trusting God.

The tendency to want to know about everything that’s going on can be detrimental to your Christian walk.

Sometimes knowing everything can be uncomfortable and can even hurt you.

I spent a large part of my life being impatient, frustrated and disappointed because there were things I didn’t know.

God had to teach me to leave things alone and quit feeling that I needed to know everything.

I finally learned to trust the One who knows all things and accept that some questions may never be answered.

We prove that we trust God when we refuse to worry.

God wants us to live by discernment—revelation knowledge, not head knowledge.

It’s difficult to exercise discernment if you’re always trying to figure everything out.

But when you’re willing to say, “God, I can’t figure this out, so I’m going to trust You to give me revelation that will set me free,” then you can be comfortable in spite of not knowing.

Trusting God often requires not knowing how God is going to accomplish what needs to be done and not knowing when He will do it.

We often say God is never late, but generally He isn’t early either.

Why? Because He uses times of waiting to stretch our faith in Him and to bring about change and growth in our lives.

Wait with Patience
We spend a lot of time in our lives waiting because change is a process.

Many people want change, but they don’t want to go through the waiting process.

But the truth is, waiting is a given—we are going to wait.

The question is, are we going to wait the wrong or right way?

If we wait the wrong way, we’ll be miserable; but if we decide to wait God’s way, we can become patient and enjoy the wait.

It takes practice, but as we let God help us in each situation, we develop patience, which is one of the most important Christian virtues.

Patience is a fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22). It’s developed only under trial, so we must not run from difficult situations.

“But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.”

—James 1:4

As we develop patience, the Bible says we finally feel completely satisfied—lacking nothing.

Even our relationship with God involves progressive changes.

My relationship with God is so much different now than it was in the early days of my Christian experience.

It is not nearly as emotionally exciting…and yet it is better.

Every change I’ve gone through has made me more mature, solid and well-grounded.

We learn to trust God by going through many experiences that require trust.

By seeing God’s faithfulness over and over, we let go of trusting ourselves, and gradually we place our trust in Him.

Looking at it like this, it is easy to see how timing plays an important part in learning to trust God.

If He did everything we asked for immediately, we would never grow and develop.

Timing and trust work side by side.

Accept God’s Timing
God gives us hopes and dreams for certain things to happen in our lives, but He doesn’t always allow us to see the exact timing of His plan.

Although frustrating, not knowing the exact timing is often what keeps us in the program.

There are times when we might give up if we knew how long it was going to take, but when we accept God’s timing, we can learn to live in hope and enjoy our lives while God is working on our problems.

We know that God’s plan for our lives is good, and when we entrust ourselves to Him, we can experience total peace and happiness.

The book of Genesis tells the story of Joseph, who waited many years for the fulfillment of the dream God had given him.

He was falsely accused and imprisoned before the time came for him to do what God had shown him he was to do.

Exodus 13:17-18 tells us that God led the Israelites the longer, harder way on their journey to the Promised Land because He knew they were not yet ready to go in.

There had to be time for their training, and they had to go through some very trying situations.

They wasted a lot of time wondering about God’s timing, but God never failed to take care of them and show them what He wanted them to do.

The same is true in our lives. It was many years after I received my call from God in February of 1976 before I finally began to see major fulfillment of what God had called me to do.

God’s training period simply requires us to do what He tells us to do when He tells us to do it…without questioning or trying to figure everything out.

Learn to Rely on God

Proverbs 16:9 says, A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.

Proverbs 20:24 says, Man’s steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can a man understand his way?

When God directs our paths, He sometimes leads us in ways that don’t make sense to us so we’re not always going to understand everything.

If we try to reason out everything, we will experience struggle, confusion and misery—but there is a better way.

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.”

This sounds so simple, yet too many people make the mistake of trying to figure everything out themselves.

Most of us have spent our lives trying to take care of ourselves, but when we accept Christ as our Savior, we must learn to trust our lives to His care.

When we do, we can say with the psalmist,

“…I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, You are my God. My times are in Your hands…”

—Psalm 31:14-15

First Peter 5:5 tells us that

“…God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—[and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them], but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble.”

Anyone who thinks they’re a self-made man or woman has a rude awakening coming because Jesus said,

” …apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.

—John 15:5

Humility is a covering that draws the help of God into our lives to protect us.

When we humble ourselves by saying, “God, I don’t know what to do, but I’m trusting You,” God gets in gear to help us.

God won’t allow us to succeed at anything unless we’re leaning and relying on Him.

But when we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, in due time, He will exalt us (see 1 Peter 5:6).

“Due time” is God’s time, when God knows we’re ready, not when we think we’re ready. The sooner we understand and accept that, the sooner God can work His plan in our lives.

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The Bereans got it right…

Let God’s Word be a lamp unto our feet (Ps 119:105)…

The Berean church (from the city of Berea – in Macedonia, northern Greece) set the right example.

It can be very difficult to know what is true and what isn’t.

We often can feel a bit overwhelmed and exhausted by all the fact checking that is required for us to discern what is true.

First of all the Bible tells us that TRUTH is a Person (see John 14:6), and so in our quest to decern TRUTH we need to start with the Living Word Himself, who is Jesus the Christ (Messiah).

We are CONSTANTLY receiving new information: articles shared over mass media and on social media – from Facebook, opinions on Twitter, advertisements on Instagram, books, movies, app notifications…the list goes on and on.

Let’s look at Acts 17:10-12 and see how the Bereans handled all the information they were receiving.

“As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.”

— Acts 17:10-12

The Bereans weren’t unaware of the pressure to have correct information.

With the news Paul and Silas were spreading about Jesus, everyone was on edge.

The Gospel challenged the current thought trends on religion, politics, socioeconomics, and more.

So, choosing sides was a lot more threatening than picking Democrat or Republican.

This decision was religious rulers versus Jesus, Rome versus Jesus, cultural values versus Jesus…and behinds the scenes, Satan versus Jesus.

But in Acts 17:10-12, we see Luke write something attention-grabbing. He lifts the Berean Jews up as an example for all of us to follow.

Why did he choose to say this, out of all the people they met on their journey?

A very important characteristic stood out to him, when it came to the Berean Church — a very important one.

The scriptures tell us,

Acts 17:11

“These were more NOBLE than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

When everything they were taught was challenged by the Gospel, they didn’t run away plugging their ears or start shouting over Paul and Silas.

No, rather with eagerness and a willing mind they began the process of fact checking, to see by examining the scriptures themselves, whether the Old Testament (Tanakh) really did prophecy Jesus to be the Messiah.

In the end, they discovered the Gospel to be true and became followers of Jesus.

How can we be like the Bereans in times like this, where sometimes our long held doctrinal and religious beliefs and values are being challenged?

In scripture, we are admonished to RIGHTLY divide the truth:

2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17

15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Here are some other recommendations that might be helpful;

  • Don’t lose your temper
  • Have a willing mind
  • Listen to what others are saying
  • Evaluate the claims others make
  • Compare what we hear with Scripture
  • Consider if some of your long-held interpretations of Scripture need to be re-examined
  • Ask some friends to join you in your research
  • Rinse and repeat

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