I want to dedicate this book to my daughter and son in law, also, my Grandchildren.
Introduction: The purpose of this book is to hopefully help God’s people to understand faith, in order to gain a closer walk with Jesus. There is only one way to please God, which is through faith, Hebrews 11:6 without faith it is impossible to please God. In my younger years of becoming a believer, I didn’t understand what faith was at all. I had heard Hebrews 11:6 and from there I started on my quest to find out what this word “Faith” meant. In this book I’ll be sharing what the Spirit of the Lord taught me about this subject. I hope though reading this book it will give you the insight that is so needed to walk this believer’s path. Remember the Lord tells us in his Holy script, (The Bible), in,
Psalm 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and he delighted in his way.
My prayer is that we as believers will grow to become what God intended us to be. Please read this book with an open heart towards Jesus, and with open eyes and ears centered on His voice only, Thank you.
I remember when I first became a believer. It was back in Nineteen Eighty-Five. Although when I was younger, I went to church, there was a pastor, Rev. White I’ll never forget him, he told me at the age of eight, that God does talk to His people, he placed his hand over my heart and said, “You will hear right here, in your heart.” Every since the day Rev. White told me that I’ve heard God, but I wasn’t saved. That happened in Eighty-Five.
When I gave my life to Jesus, I attended quite a few traditional churches. Now when the pastor would preach on the subject of faith, he would just say the word, but never give a meaning to it. I was quite perplexed by this word called faith. As years passed, I took the time to study about faith. The biggest mistake I made was to focus my attention on books that were written concerning faith; I also started to attend full gospel churches to find my answers.
This left me even more confused. It sounded like to me that faith was this magic wand that one waved towards God in order to move God’s hand in their life.
These pastors in what they called, “The Free Movement” would say about faith, “Get Aggressive with Your Faith” they’ll Say, “Learn to go boldly before the throne of God, because we are His children we are entitled to have whatever we ask. Here’s the scripture they were referring to back this up, Hebrews 4:16 (KJV) it reads,
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Pastors were putting forth this message as if we should jump in God’s face and tell Him what we wanted and, not to be scared, but be brave, because we are His children and as the kid’s of the king, we are entailed to all that our daddy God has in His vast chamber of wealth. Try saying all that out loud and you tell me, does it sound right to you? I know that I wouldn’t even start to try to tell God, what I need in my life.
As I continued my quest to find the truth of this faith, I read books by Kenneth Hagan, Kenneth Copeland & Oral Roberts. To name a few people out there writing books on the Faith-Movement. I attended churches that dealt with the subject on a regular basis; I was resolved to find the truth. I don’t know why I didn’t think that I could just talk to God and get my answers. Church leaders tend to push that we are to be in need of their wisdom, and without them we would fall by the wayside. I fall for that deception, thinking that I was doing the right godly thing by running to my leaders to find the truth.
In these venues and, through these books, I read and heard things like; faith was a name it and claims it game. If you doubt you’ll pout, if you believe you’ll receive. We should hold to the promises of scriptures, rebuke and speak to the problem and it will be fixed. Never look at our circumstance, move God by worship, move God by giving certain amounts of money. Fear will deactivate our faith, so don’t dwell on fear, but faith, they say, “Fear is the other side of faith.” If we activate our faith, then miracles will follow. Be a giver, be a worshiper, live clean, and God will prosper us and bless us. Decreed and declare it to be done by faith, commanding God, because you’re His child.
I fell for some of them, not all, I’m embarrassed to say the ones I did fall for, and so I’ll skip over that. In another book, I wrote called ‘Broken Door’, I explained about this thing called half-truths, this is when something is said that has just enough truth in it to cause one to believe the whole statement, like when Adam and Eve were told by the serpent, “You surely will not die!” This was a half-truth, being that the death Adam and Eve would suffer was not a physical death but, spiritual. The teachings I referred to are full of half truths just enough to pull you in. It works on the principles of tuning into the things that appeal most to a person, like power, Wealth, god-like powers. So forth.
Alright, I’ll come clean, I did fall for the name and claim it, also I gave into the prosperity doctrine, I remember posting a sticky note on my bathroom mirror and every morning I would read this note out loud, “I will receive from God, the sum of Six Million dollars by 1988.” Then I would jump up and down with joy (of the Lord, of course), and thanking God for the money. I did this for about a year, and then I started feeling like it wasn’t right, so I stopped.
So, my quest continues, I called it a quest because I felt like I was looking for the Holy Grail. I remember asking myself. “Who knows the truth about this word faith?” See Faith was just a word to me.
MOVING THE HAND OF GOD
I made a decision to back off my quest for a bit, to tell the truth, it was running all over me, I didn’t have my answer, and yet it seemed like I would never get it!
I was still stuck in this mindset that my answer would lay within the church and its leaders.
I put the subject down for a couple of months or so, then like a fire in my bones, I picked it back up, this time though I was more determined to get my answers. I feel a bit silly now because in my prayers, I would pray, “Lord, lead me to that person, lead me to that book, and lead me to my answer” You ask why I felt silly. Because I was talking to the main source of the information I was seeking, and I wasn’t doing what I knew to do, listening to Him.
The more I attended these churches, the wider my eyes opened, but not to the answer I was seeking about faith, but towards the fact that the answer was not there. I was hearing a lot of deception, not only about faith but, also about how and who God’s people are, how we should be, and how we should act in order to receive from God.
The leaders were teaching that it’s what we do and how we do it, which will move the hand of God in our lives and grant us favor with God, they would quote scriptures talking about how we need to be obedient towards them as men of God, follow blindly, They would say, “This is faith.” They used scriptures like
1 Samuel 15: 23 (KJV)
23 for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
See, it was put forth like if we didn’t listen to what we are being told by them, give this, do that, whatever the case might be, then we were in rebellion, witchcraft and stubbornness and we are rejecting a word from God Himself.
Now if I had been wise then, I would have looked up,
1 Samuel 15:22 (KJV)
And read it for myself. Here’s what it says:
22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to Harken than the fat of rams.
They left the part out about obeying the voice of the Lord, because obeying the voice of the Lord, is better than sacrifice.
We are being taught by our leaders that we are the ones that move God. We’ve been taught that we move God’s hand by our actions, whatever we have in our hand, we need to release it to God, and God will give it back to us a hundredfold or more. Most of the time this is money, seed, we are taught that we should have seed faith, this will move God, and when God moves we will be blessed in turn.
All this could not be further from the truth. No man has power over God. We are being taught that because we are, “King’s Kid’s,” that we have the right to stand up and say what we want, and we are to get it. We are being taught to be spoiled little brats, which must get their way.
The way it’s been put forth in the many messages we hear about faith doesn’t sound like that is what they are teaching, but indeed it is. For Example, We are told, we are the child of a King; we are royalty, the sons of God, the great and mighty God. We are told. In Heaven the streets are made of gold, and we don’t have to wait to sit beside King Jesus, because Jesus is here with us now, we are as rich as our Jesus is, because we are his children. We’re asked “What Father would hold back money from his child?” Then we’re told, “None!” They’ll read Psalm 50:10 (KJV)
For every beast of the forest are mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
Leading us to believe, that because we are the children of God, (King’s Kid’s), we also own cattle upon a thousand hills, because what God owns, belongs to us. See how nicely they put it together, makes it believable.
Psalm 50:10 (KJV)
Reads as follows,
50 The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof, 2 out of Zion, the perfection of beauty god hath sinned. 3 Our God shell come, and shall not keep silence a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. 4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. 5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. 6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness; for God is judge himself Selah. 7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against thee I am God, even thy God. 8 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds. 10 for every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hill.
Nothing about being King’s Kid’s, nothing about money, nothing about us owning what God owns.
And I left scratching my head trying to figure out what all that had to do with faith. Are you with me here? My thought on this is, I have a daughter, now she’s grown, and has children of her own, but, when she was little, I just could not fathom for a second her standing up to me and saying, “ Daddy, you have money, I’m your kid, I’m entitled to have what you own. Give it to me now!” How many of you Mom’s and Dad’s would take a child like that to the woodshed, and show them that you owned a nice tree in your backyard with a really sturdy switch, and now they will have a part of it too. It’s sad to me that we’ve been taught by our leaders that we are the ones that have the power, that we move God with our words, we move God’s hand.
I’m attempting here, by writing this book, is to get you to understand the struggle I experience in my journey trying to find the meaning of faith. I questioned myself, “Without knowing faith, how could I even be a believer? Because it says in the Bible,
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
That’s my heart to please God, but how was I to know if I had faith if I didn’t really know what it was, what it meant. May I add, that most people don’t really know what faith is, just like I was in the dark about it, that’s why I urge you to read the whole book, I’m hoping that I’m making a connection with you, and my prayer is that you will see how important it is to know what faith really is and how important it is as a believer to walk in this faith.
I learned that we can’t move the hand of God, God moves us, we don’t move Him. We are not in control, we need to allow God to be the head, and we are the body, in,
Colossians 1:18 (KJV)
18 and he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead that in all things he might have the preeminence.
God wants preeminence, this means to have the first place, be the one who leads, we are the church, the body, the arms and feet and legs for God, We have no power, but through Him, and we cannot take any credit for anything that is done through us by Him.
We simply are not, nor ever will be God, or gods. We cannot create or destroy. It’s time for God’s people to give God, His rightful place, for us to humble ourselves before Him and give him honor. To see that our place is not above God, but under Him, our God is will never mistreat one of his own, as far as that goes God would not mistreat someone who is rejecting His son Jesus and Him. All God wants to do is freely give to and take care of His people. He has only good plans for our lives, but no good father would allow his child to March around and demand of him. A good father will teach his child to be humble, kind hearted, and grateful for all provisions. We need to learn as believers, our place. Let go of our pride and lust for power.
TUG OF WAR
Through my journey to find out what faith really meant I was left more confused than ever before. I discover that most people had adopted the ideology that faith was put into play by God for our own personal use. And what made it worse was our beloved leaders were the headmasters of this philosophy.
I knew better than to think that God was there to just give me anything I wanted, and all I had to do was just believe. I could see that our faith leaders were leading us, the congregations towards a fictitious hope that God would give any one of us a Mansion a Cadillac, Wealth and abundant prosperity, if only we obeyed the rules of seed faith giving. Cast your seed towards the thing we desire to have and God will grant our wish, I knew that God’s not a genie in a bottle there to obey our commands.
Something the Lord pointed out to me, we are in a battle. Now when you think of a battle you think of war, we’re in a war, the thing is, we’re not the ones fighting, not beside Jesus, But, inside Jesus. We’re not the ones wielding the sword, or using the shield against Satan.
I’m aware that this is not what we’ve been taught. We’ve been told that we’re in a battle against the flesh, against principalities, against powers of this world, so on, I’m sure you have heard a sermon concerning this subject, if you’ve been a believer for any length of time. This concept is taken from the New Testament,
Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) it reads,
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
This is where most pastors stop, and lead us to believe that we fight this battle. I have found that we as a people have a tendency to feel that in this walk with Jesus, we have to do something; we’ve been taught that we are to help Jesus along with what needs to be done in our lives. This is the biggest fallacy in the faith message being taught today, if you do, then God does back. All we have to do is obey what we hear in our heart the Lord tells us to do also what we read in scripture, that’s it.
Now let’s read all of
Ephesians 6:12-19. (KJV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, which ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
This is Paul talking to the Ephesians, Paul is telling them about what kind of war they were in, not one of flesh and blood. This is a battle or a tug of war that we as believers are in today. We fight against principles, set rules and regulations that are totally against God’s way of doing things. The fight is against the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places, be it of this world system or the church.
We are told not to battle this on our own, but to take on to us the whole armor of God, note: God, not man-made ideas, We are to dress ourselves up in this amour, so we can withstand in the evil day. We are to gird our loins about with truth, not our truth, but, the truth of God Himself. We need to put on the breastplate of righteousness, take note that the breastplate is put over our heart, according to,
Romans 3:10 (KJV)
As it is written, there is no one righteous, no, not one:
The only righteous, is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are told to shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, by the way, peace means one with God, and we become one with God through Jesus. Moving on, we are told to; take the shield of faith, so we’ll be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. We are to wear the helmet of salvation, and carry the sword of the spirit, that it says, is the word of God,. Now then, when it says “Word” It’s not talking about the word we read, that’s scripture, it didn’t say what was written already, it said the word of God, we are being instructed here to listen and obey God’s voice. In other words, let God fight this battle for you, you just obey. Then Paul says: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. Prayer is communication with God through Jesus; yes the Lord will guide you and will tell you what to in every battle you have in this life. Let this be your faith.
I said earlier that we don’t fight beside Jesus in this armor. We are being told by Paul to place our self inside of the Lord, and allow Him to fight, He’ll (Jesus), will protect us and fight the battles, we just move as he says, we just believe trust in Him that this battle will be won. There is a tug of war between our flesh and God’s spirit in us; it’s up to us which one will win. We either will submit to God, or give in to our desires. You’ll find this in,
Galatians 5:17 (KJV)
For the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Man’s teachings on faith are self-centered, the enemy has gotten into the camp (The Church), and this enemy is our flesh, our old man, the person we were before we were born again. We are being taught that is alright with God that we give into our selfish desires. That my friends is not faith; this is greed and lust after the things of this world.
I’m not saying that it’s evil to have nice things; I’m saying that it’s evil to turn the gospel of our Lord Jesus into free for all meetings, which fills our bank accounts and driveways with material things. The gospel is about the good news of Jesus coming and dying for the sins of this world, and how we can have salvation if we will just accept it and receive this free gift that has been given.
Attitude, this shouldn’t be a hard one, I’ve found that it is though. Of course I’m talking about our attitude towards God; I’ve been in so many church services and watched pastors stomping around yelling and turning red in the face, and mocking people for what they called weak faith. They called this being bold, and forth-giving poking the devil in his eye by telling the truth.
The world’s worst at this in my opinion is, Kenneth Copeland, if you were to watch him, you would hear the sarcasm in his tonality, he walks back and forth on the stage slapping his Bible and yelling at the congregation. He’s trying to display authority that he feels he has because he is a pastor and a Christian. The sad thing is, Kenneth along with many other TV pastors, prophets, so on, are not even close to the truth of what faith is. And they are filling their pockets with that money they so love and talk about a lot.
All I can see about these kinds of pastors is one heck of an attitude. God doesn’t like this at all. We need to watch ourselves when it comes to this, it’s very important. Their attitude is one of pride; they believe that they are really something because they’re saved, they own a lot, they are the only ones that possess the truth, and we are to follow their every word or else we will miss out. Pride will come before a fall according to,
Proverbs 16:18 (KJV) It reads:
18 Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Pride is what got Satan kicked out of heaven. See, Satan was once an angel. His name was Lucifer, he was made perfect. But, Lucifer’s heart was lifted up because of his beauty, he wanted to put his self above God, pride was his fall, and a haughty spirit. Then he became Satan. You can read this in,
Ezekiel 28:14-19 (KJV)
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty; thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground; I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. 18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. 19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
God simply does not like His children to have an attitude of pride. Matter of fact accord to scripture he hates it. It’s hard to believe that God can hate, but yes He can and he does. Check out this passage in,
Proverbs 6:16–19 (KJV)
These six things does the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.
Wow, blow me away! God said Himself, He hates, seven things, and they are an abomination to Him. Look at the first one, a proud look. Pride is the worse thing to have as a believer. Pride is not only an enemy to our faith, it’s an enemy to our relationship with Jesus.
We need to keep a close eye on our attitude towards God, and people, don’t let yourself be fooled people that are not believers are watching us closely, and the one thing they will pay close attention to will be our attitude, I know there is no way we can be perfect, only God is that. But, we can show love when there is all justification to hate, we can forgive (not foolishly), allow me to explain what I mean by this. When someone steals from us, well, it would be foolish of us to let them back in to steal again, and it would foolish of us to say to them, “It’s okay that you took my stuff”, I am talking about forgive them in the sense of letting them off the hook, not holding it against them. Forgive like that, still love them, but don’t be silly and hang out with them. Pray for them, meet them in a place that they can’t steal from you, and show them love. Maybe one day they will change you’ll know when that day gets there, until then be careful.
The best example of faith would be Abraham In,
James 2:23 (KJV)
James refers to Abraham as “God’s friend” a title used of no one else in Scripture. Believers in all generations are called the “children of Abraham” (Galatians 3:7). Abraham’s importance and impact in redemptive history is clearly seen in Scripture. The life of Abraham takes up a good portion of the Genesis, from his first mention in Genesis 11:26 all the way to his death in Genesis 25:8. (KJV)
Although we know much about Abraham’s life, we know little about his birth and early life. When we first meet Abraham, he is already 75 years old. Genesis 11:28 records that Abraham’s father, Terah, lived in Ur, an influential city in southern Mesopotamia situated on the Euphrates River about halfway between the head of the Persian Gulf and the modern-day city of Baghdad. We also learn that Terah took his family and set off for the land of Canaan, but instead settled in the city of Haran in northern Mesopotamia (on the trade route from ancient Babylonia about halfway between Nineveh and Damascus).
At the start of Genesis 12, is when Abraham’s Story becomes interesting. In the first three verses, we read the call of Abraham by God:
“The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you’” (Genesis 12:1-3 (KJV).
God calls Abraham out from his home in Haran, and tells him to go to a land that He will show to him. God also makes three promises to Abraham: 1) The promise of a land of his own; 2) the promise to be made into a great nation; and 3) the promise of blessing. What really makes Abraham special is that he obeyed God. Genesis 12:4 records that, after God called Abraham, he went “as the LORD had told him.”
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going”(Hebrews 11:8).
Let me ask you this, how many of us would leave behind everything that is familiar to us and just go without knowing our destination? The concept of family meant everything to a person living in the time of Abraham. In that time, family units were strongly knit; it was unusual for family members to live hundreds of miles apart from each other. In addition, we’re not told anything about the religious life of Abraham and his family prior to his calling. The people of Ur and Haran were pagans who worshipped the ancient Babylonian pantheon of gods, in particular the moon god, Sin. Given that fact, it seems reasonable that Terah was a pagan idolater. There is no biblical evidence that the line of Shem (son of Noah and Abraham’s ancestor) were worshippers of the true God. Yet somehow, by God’s providence, Abraham knew and recognized the call of Yahweh, the LORD, and obeyed willingly, not hesitate.
Another example of Abraham’s life of faith is seen in the birth of his son, Isaac. Abraham and Sarah were childless (a real source of shame in that culture), and yet God promised that Abraham would have a son (Genesis 15:4). This son would be not only the heir of Abraham’s vast fortune with which God blessed him, but, more importantly, the heir of promise and the continuation of the godly line of Seth. Abraham believes the promise of God and it is credited to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:6). God reiterates His promise to Abraham in Genesis 17 and his faith is rewarded in Genesis 21 with the birth of Isaac. Again, the author of Hebrews highlights this when he writes, “By faith Abraham, even though he was past age (100) and Sarah (99) herself was barren was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so, from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore” (Hebrews 11:11-12).
Abraham’s faith would be sorely tested regarding his son, Isaac. In Genesis 22, God commands Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on the top of Mount Moriah. We don’t know how Abraham reacted internally to this command. All we see is Abraham faithfully obeys God who was his shield (Genesis 15:1) and who had been overly gracious and good to him up to this point. As with the earlier command to leave his home and family, Abraham obeyed (Genesis 22:3). We know the story ends with God holding back Abraham from sacrificing Isaac, but imagine how Abraham must have felt. He had been waiting decades for a son of his own, and the God who promised this child to him was about to take him away. The point is that Abraham’s faith in God was greater than his love for his son, and he trusted that even if he sacrificed Isaac, God was able to bring him back from the dead (Hebrews 11:17-19).
Abraham had his moments of failure and sin (so do we), and the Bible doesn’t hold back from telling them. We know of at least two times in which Abraham lied about his relationship to Sarah in order to protect himself in pretty hostile lands (Genesis 12:10-20; 20:1-18). In both these incidents, God protects and blesses Abraham, despite his lack of faith. We also know that the frustration of not having a child got to Abraham and Sarah as they cook up a plan to take matters into their own hands with Sarah’s servant, Hagar (Genesis 16:1-15). The birth of Ishmael not only demonstrates the folly and lack of Abraham’s faith, but also the grace of God (in allowing the birth to take place and even blessing Ishmael.
The “Father of the Faithful” had his moments of doubt and disbelief, yet he is still exalted among men as an example of the faithful life. One obvious lesson to draw from Abraham’s life is that we are to live a life of faith. Abraham’s life is evidence that it is true.
Even Abraham’s failures demonstrate that God, while not protecting us from the consequences of our sin, graciously works His will in us and through us; nothing we do will mess up His plan. Abraham’s life also shows us the blessing of simple obedience.
Just remember, if God has promised to do something, we must be faithful and patient and wait for Him to accomplish it in His own timing.
It’s time now to get to the meat of the matter. I’ve covered a lot of what faith wasn’t, now I’m happy to say, I’m ready to share with you what God taught me about what faith is, and I have to say I’m really excited to share with you what the Lord gave me, some of it you might already know, praise God, if so, If not you might be like I was when the Lord told me, relieved, I finally got a hold of the truth and felt set free.
The first step is there are no steps; there is no such thing as seven or ten steps to faith, to me that’s a relief because there is nothing to remember. The Lord told me to relax, chili out, and understand that the ways of God are not as complex as I was taught, matter of fact they are very simple. The Lord told me also that the simplest things in life are the hardest to comprehend.
You might be asking why is that so, because we humans tend to complicate God Himself, because He is the creator of all things, so we tend to feel because He’s so superior and above us that He communicates with us in a complex manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. Remember, God also made us, and he knows us inside and out, he knows how to talk to us in a way we fully understand, Amen.
Having this information is key to our survival when it comes to faith, knowing that our Father God, is able to understand even our uneducated approach in talking to Him, means now we know there is no barrier between us and Him. I can’t count how many times I’ve given a person that was in a prayer group the opportunity to pray, and I would hear, “No brother, I just don’t know how to pray!” It was sad to me that they felt they couldn’t talk to God, because they couldn’t do it right. The deal is, there is not a right or wrong way to talk to God.
Now, my point here is that without talking to God, ourselves, we will not be able to develop a close relationship with Him, prayer is vital for us as followers and believers of Jesus to have that kind of relationship of communication where we talk to Him, and we hear His answer as he talks back to us.
Every story of every man or woman in the Bible, tells us that they heard God, followed what God told them to do. This is the main ingredient of faith, Look with me in,
James 5:16 (KJV}
The first part is really a hard one, just make sure that you really trust that person before you go there, but I want you to pay more attention to what James was saying about the effectual fervent prayer.
I want to break this down for you; Effectual-It means working for, now not just a light little word to God, but, really working for the answer to what God’s will is for this situation. Now, Fervent-It means to hot, boiling, holy zeal. And of course, Prayer-It means two way communications with God.
Now putting all this together, you get this, If you work (Effectual) towards knowing God’s will, with a hot, boiling, holy zeal (Fervent), in prayer, you are talking with God and taking the time to listen. Then you will have the answer, the solution to the problem that is plaguing you, you’ll have a word from God to place your trust (faith) in, a word that you can stand on hold on to that will be your resolve.
1 John 5:14-15 (KJV)
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
See, we first seek God’s will on in the matter, then when we hear Him, we stand on the fact that His will, be done.
We’ve been taught that we are to find the promises in the Bible, stand on them and just keep believing, We’ve been taught, By His stripes (Jesus) we are healed, so stand on that and God will heal you, no matter what. And when we don’t get our healing, we are told that we just are not having enough faith, that we are allowing the devil to steal our healing from us, that we should go back and exercise the faith that God has given us and then we’ll get our healing.
This false teaching has caused many of people to run away from anything that has anything to do with faith. It makes one feel inadequate, like they can’t measure up to what it takes to have faith.
Jesus went about in His life healing people, Paul also, all twelve of the apostles went about healing the sick among other things. If Jesus while on this earth wanted everyone to be healed, why then were there so many still afflicted? Before you get upset with me, hear me out.
Here’s my point, If it was God’s will for everyone to be healed, like we’ve been told by many of faith leaders, then Jesus being the son of God could have vary will just lifted up His hands and declared all mankind to be set free from every affection and disease they were bound with. Why do you suppose He (Jesus) didn’t do that?
John 6:38 (KJV)
For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
These are the words of Jesus Himself, He said he came to do God’s will not His. If God didn’t see fit to heal every person on earth through His Son, Jesus, what makes someone think that He will heal everyone that we pray and lay hands on. Sometimes, this is hard to hear, but it’s not always God’s will to heal a person, God knows who to heal who not to heal, I’m going to say Christians, seem to believe that we can stand on just scripture, and play the naming and claiming of healing without seeking God’s will first.
Let’s take a look at the scripture we so often use to stand on for healing, Before I do that I want to let you know I’m not against scripture, I’m taking a stand against people that override God’s will, and just quote the Bible without seeking His will. Did you know that you can read the scriptures all day long to people, quote the Romans rode to heaven, appeal to a person’s conscience even making them feel guilty about not being a believer, and they still don’t accept Jesus into their heart? Why is that, or how could that be? In,
John 6.44 (KJV), it says:
44 No man can come to me except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Jesus is saying this, no man can come to Him (Jesus), unless His Father (God) draws him (the person), to Jesus. In other words, we can’t talk anyone into accepting salvation, not unless God Himself convicts him by His spirit.
Let me blow your mind here, did you know that we can’t find eternal life that’s salvation, in the scripture. Check this out, it’s in the Bible,
John 5:39-40 (KJV)
39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
Wow, did you get what it’s saying here? The Bible is great, but as the scriptures say, they are in our life as a testimony to Jesus, but, to have eternal life, salvation, we have to know Jesus. It’s all centered on us having a close personal relationship with Jesus. This is our faith, seeking the will or our father, and following His instructions.
Now back to the healing, the main scriptures, Christians stand on for healing are found in,
Isaiah 53:5-9 (KJV)
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
And, 1 Peter 2:24 (KJV)
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Both passages are talking about spiritual healing, Jesus being wounded for our transgressions, being bruised for our iniquities, being beaten with a strip so we can be set free from sin, and become one with God through what he done on the tree, or cross.
I’m not saying that God can’t heal, oh yes He can, but, it’s up to Him who gets healed, not us, it’s up to God if we become rich, it’s up to God if we have a nice home to live in, food to eat, all the essentials of life to make it. This is faith.
This was the most important lesson on faith I had to learn, I was being led to believe that if I said it, and believe it in my heart, and then it would happen for me. One of the main scriptures that was used to prove this was, Matthew: 14-20, I was told by my faith leaders, “ If you have faith as the grain of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, be thou removed and cast into the sea and it shall be removed. I was told my words were powerful, but I had to just believe.
Now, it’s beyond me why I didn’t pick up the Bible for myself and read what it really was saying. I just took the word of my leader’s that is what I was being taught to touch not God’s anointed and do God’s prophets no harm. If so, I’d be cursed.
The Lord had me look for myself in time, I finally gave into the spirit of the Lord, and looked for myself, and here is what I found.
I want to start in,
Matthew 10:1 (KJV)
Here Jesus is sending His disciples out.
10 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Make note: Jesus gave them the power, He didn’t just say, you guys go now, he gave them power, He gave them the authority to do these things.
Now moving on to,
Matthew 17:14-20 (KJV).
14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, 15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to me. 18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that vary hour. 19 then came his disciples to Jesus apart, and said why could not we cast him out? 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
See first Jesus gave them the power, His disciples understood, that they had the green light, from Jesus to do these powerful things. None-the-less they still had to trust in Jesus, that through His power and only through His power that these things could be done, they were faithless and perverse, perverse means they were acting in the opposition to what was proper, basically going against what Jesus taught them to do, which was trust in Him, (Jesus), to stand on the authority that their master Jesus gave them access to.
This is faith, to trust in what you hear the Lord say, if He says it will be done, it will be done. We should never as believers trust in our own ability.
SHED THEM DIRTY CLOTHES
In the faith arena, the popular teaching among our faith leaders is that we do this or we do that and God will do in turn. You know, the ten steps to getting your faith activate in order to move God.
Faith has a lot to do with our way of thinking, but, not in the way we’ve been taught by our leaders. We are told if you say and do the right things, then, we’ll receive what we believe; nothing could be further from the truth.
God does is not reeling and dealing with His children. It’s just not true that we’ll get everything we ask or believe for if we just follow the rules or rituals that we’ve been taught.
But, it is true that our way of thinking has something to do with faith, the Bible says in:
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
This is not something we do on our own, it takes God to rip off the old dirty clothes that we’ve been wearing and put on us a new gourmet. Change only comes when we surrender ourselves mind and body to God. Then we become new creatures, and the old things pass away, our way of thinking will change.
In, Isaiah 55:8 (KJV)
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
But, as a born again believer, our thoughts (Praise God), become His thoughts, only if we take the time to develop that relationship with the Lord and listen to Him, His way of doing things. Our thought process will change our way of doing things will change.
In this world we’ve been taught by our parents, our pastors, even our school teachers, that when a problem arrives in our life, we need to work it out, solve it as soon as possible. So, that is what we do, we go to work on getting it done and we worry about it we stress out, we have anxiety. We hope and ask and beg, do whatever it takes to settle it.
We are so used to handling it on our own, we have developed a sense of pride, which we feel even as a believer we can take care of it, we don’t need to bother God with this, we’ve got it under control.
So, even as a believer, we are still stressing out. Then along comes the faith message that says, “If you do this, then God will do that,” Like if you scratch God’s back, He’ll scratch yours, which is the main theme of the seed faith prosperity message. They teach, if we cast our seed into their ministry, church, so forth, and if we name our seed, (The seed being money) you’ll get what you believe God for.
They are not teaching us that we need to seek God’s will in the matter. True faith is seeking God’s will, and even if you don’t agree with it, accept it, because you know that God’s will, is always the best thing for you.
That is all faith is, having confidence in God and His will, God will never lead you down the wrong path. It’s a very complicated issue this faith thing, only because it’s so simple. We are so used to working it out, getting the right formula; we tend as carnal minded people to make it so much harder than it is.
It’s like we feel we should lend God a hand, we have been taught that God helps those who help themselves, by the way that’s not in the Bible. God will help you in the way He sees fit, we are not the ones in control. Take Saul for example in,
1 Samuel 15,
Samuel came to Saul with a word form the Lord, Samuel said, this is what the Lord is saying, that the Lord remembers the what the Amalek did to Israel, how they laid waiting for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Though Samuel, God told Saul, to go and smite Amalek, and to utterly destroy all that have, and spare them not, this meant all the men all the women, even infants, also all the ox and sheep and camel and ass. Saul gathered the people together and numbered them in Telaim, there were two hundred thousand footmen and ten thousand men of Judah.
Saul came into the city of Amalek, and he laid wait in the valley, when the time was right, Saul and his great army attacked the Amalekites and they utterly destroyed all the people with their swords.
But, Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, they did not destroy them, but every thing that was vile and refuse, they did destroy.
Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, “It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night.
The next day Samuel Rose early to meet Saul in the morning, Samuel went to Saul, and Saul said unto him, blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord. Samuel said, what do you mean? Because I hear sheep and the lowing of oxen, Saul said, I brought took them from the Amalekits, for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord God, but the rest we did destroy.
Samuel said to Saul, stay and I will tell you what the Lord has said to me this night, and Samuel said, Saul, when you were little in your own sight, was you not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed you king over Israel?
Then the Lord sent you on a journey and told you to go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and for you to fight until they be consumed. But you Saul did not obey the voice of the Lord, but you kept the spoil, Samuel told Saul, you have done evil in the sight of God.
Not Saul answered Samuel, and said, I did obey the voice of the Lord, and did what he asked of me, but, the people took the spoil to sacrifice to the Lord. Then Samuel said, does the Lord take delight in burnt offerings and sacrifice more than us obeying His voice? Now get this, Samuel said this because God told him to, he said, Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice.
God wants us to allow Him to guide us and lead us into all things, to give us what He wants us to have, it’s not meant for everybody to be rich, or to have the best of everything, God will meet our needs, not our greed. To obey God’s voice is always the best way to go. Saul lost his position of being king of Israel because of him not obeying God. He gave up a blessed life for a few sheep and ox. To do things our way, and not be humble will always leave us like we were before we gave our lives to Jesus.
Remember the old hymn, ‘I Surrender All’ All to Jesus I surrender, I surrender all. Surrendering to the Lord, giving it all to Him, trusting in what He has led you to do. This is Faith, it says in,
2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Humbling is the hardest thing for someone to do, some people don’t even know what this means. When we were born and our eyes were opened and focused, that is when we started to learn.
Most people what to think of themselves as a unique kind of human, but, the truth is that we are all the same in some respects, I mean we each have the same body parts yet, yet there are men and women, that are not exactly the same but are the same in a lot of ways. We all learn about the same way, although some might be a bit slower or faster, but in general we all learn the same.
With that point made, I am leading to this. Since we all learn about the same way, maybe not the same speed, the same way, which makes us all pretty much the same.
The way we humans learn is by watching and listening, and mimicking what we see, you know, when mom is over her baby and she is saying, “Say daddy” sooner or later the baby will say what the baby is hearing.
We people learn our behaviors when we are young, as we grow and make friends we learn from them also. One behavioral pattern we learn, “DO IT OUR WAY” The thought process goes, “I don’t have to do it that way, my way is better,” and especially if their way is not the right way at all. That’s rebellion or a nicer way to put it, independent, as we all know rebellion is never a good thing.
When we become believers all though we are a new creature in Christ, we tend to keep the same frame of mind, and hold on the old rebellious ways, it happens to us all, because when we are first saved, we are like babes in the Lord. But, to hold on to this way of thinking will hinder us in our walk with the Lord.
1 Corinthians 3-1-3 (KJV) it says,
And I, brethren could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
Another scripture tells us to be carnal minded is death, in,
Romans 8:6-7 (KJV) it says,
6 for to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
We had the mind-set of carnally, the flash, the old man, before we asked Jesus into our heart our life. We had old desires to satisfy of old man, flash. And this thing about surrendering our way of thinking, and our way of doing, is so foreign to us. We are told in the Bible, in,
Luke 6:40 (KJV)
40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master
As we know, Jesus is our master and who better to use as an example of how the right mind-set, how not to walk in our flash, and how to truly surrender our lives to God. We know Jesus could have had anything He wanted when he was on this earth, Jesus didn’t have to go anywhere, He could have stayed where he was at, he could have married had kids and kept his trade of a carpenter. Jesus didn’t have to sleep outside,
Matt 8:20 (KVV)
20 And Jesus saith unto him, the foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head
Jesus was the true and only son of God, He came to earth to pay a price of death and shed His blood for our sins, so we can have a way to His father God, but yet being the only one true son of God, here’s what he said, In,
John 4:34 (KJV)
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Talk about being humble, Jesus knew who He was and never cashed in on it, it says in,
Philippians 2:6-8 (KJV)
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with Go 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
And to top that off, Matthew describes to us the great power Jesus had in just His word alone, but yet, Jesus never misused the power that His father gave him on this earth, He stayed humble, He kept the right attitude. Jesus never said, “I’ll show you, what I can do.” Read Matthew’s account of the soldiers coming to get Jesus, and the way Jesus handled it, in,
Matthew 26:41 (KJV)
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him.51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Look what Jesus said,
53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Yet Jesus stayed humble, He had that kind of power and stayed humble. Being humble is part of faith, fall back in His arms, let Jesus carry you through whatever pain, problem, or just plan growth in Him, allow Jesus to have His way in your life.
Prayer is a way of surrendering to God; it’s seeking God’s will on the issue. Prayer is communicating with the Lord, praising Him, thanking Him and seeking Him, But it’s also hearing Him, getting directions form Him as what to do, how to do it or even doing anything at all, but, you’ll never know if you don’t talk to Jesus about it, and take the time to hear Him.
I hear this all the time, people telling me, “I can’t hear God’s voice brother.” But, God talks to us all. But, it might not seem so. We all hear His voice. We might suddenly remember a scripture or we might remember something that happened years ago that was almost the same, and we’ll just know that is how to handle the problem. We’ll just know, but, I assure you my sister/brother, we all hear God’s still small voice, it’s like a still small wind. We all hear it if we are believers, we hear God, the Bible says in,
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
God has given us each a measure of faith. According to Romans 12:3, this is how faith comes to us according to scripture, in,
Romans 10:17 (KJV)
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Now a lot of people say that this scripture means if you read the Bible only then through reading scriptures it’ll give you faith, in other words, they say that God only talks to believers today from the Bible, and that’s it. Some people spend their whole lives studying scripture; some people can quote the Bible verbatim. They know chapter and verse, and pride their selves on that fact. But, what they don’t understand is that the Bible is the written word of God, and to really understand it, they need the spirit of God to bring it to life for them. In turn, they hear the voice of God reading scriptures. But, if not they are just reading scripture without the Spirit of the Lord giving them understanding. They are just reading words, memorizing scriptures and having the knowledge of truth, but not knowing the true purpose of scripture, which is, to lead mankind into close communion with the Lord, to meet the real author in a personal way, not to just know about Him but, to know Him.
When it says in the Bible, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God, it’s talking about us hearing the voice of God, faith is hearing the voice of God, trusting in what He tells you to do, obeying Him even if it’s not what you want. I’ve said this before; people refer to the Bible as the word. When we get into reading the Bible, we tend to think when it says the “Word” it’s talking about the Bible. But, the Bible came about thirty years after Jesus’ death, and when the scribes were writing the scriptures, it was being spoken before it was first written, so I ask how could it be referring to the Bible, when the Bible was not available at the time?
It’s sad but true that a lot of people just have a relationship with scripture alone, they believe that God has said all He will say, and He has nothing else to say, that the Bible is all one needs to know, and people that make claims they hear God are liars, cons or crazy.
But, if we’re born again believers right now, we heard God, because it takes God to bring any of us to salvation. For us to even know our need for salvation, it takes the spirit, The Bible says in,
John 6:44 (KJV)
44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
See, it takes our father God, to prick our hearts, to show us our need of Him, in order for us to even come to Him we must be drawn by His Spirit.
With faith there is a confidence and an element of assurance, if there is a strain of tension trying to persuade ourselves to keep from doubting we can be quite sure that is not faith, faith is not a mathematical probability faith is not natural, faith is spiritual, the gift of God. We cannot command faith at will; faith is always something that is given-inwrought by God. When Jesus told people your faith has made you whole, that faith was still a gift, and it came from God to them. Because they received the will of God for their healing, the people didn’t muster up faith by just believing, they took from God through Jesus by the assurance, by confidence, the healing that was being offered.
To sum it all up, faith is very simple; it’s seeking God, hearing Him, obeying Him, trusting Him and accepting His outcome even if it’s not what we wanted. We don’t need to go through a ten or twenty keys program, to get to God, and we don’t have to give our money to move God’s hand. Prayer is the answer. Here, I’ll close with this passage from,
Matthew 6:6-21 (KJV)
6 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
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Dear Jesus, We love you with all our hearts, we ask that you will lead us into using the faith you have given us. Please help us to walk according to what you tell us not what men teach, help us Lord to know what truly is right or wrong in this life as believers, in Jesus name, Amen.
Because faith is so vital to all our hopes, so necessary to the fulfillment of every aspiration of our hearts, we dare take nothing for granted concerning it. Anything that carries with it so much of weal or woe, which indeed decides our heaven or our hell, is too important to neglect. We simply must not allow ourselves to be uninformed or misinformed. This book teaches an overlooked but, important insight about what faith really is. I pray you will download this book, and learn the truth about faith.With that truth you will walk in victory with our Lord Jesus. Amen!