Our lives are constantly in an experiment with faith. A faithful or faithless lifestyle can be understood through a glass of water. The glass represents our faith. The water represents our hope. First we must understand that there is no other type of faith, but real faith. You can’t have a half-hearted belief, otherwise it is not faith. There is real faith and there is dead faith.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). Examine two points here, “hope” and “confidence” must go hand-in-hand to create the faith. When a glass is being filled with water it may or may not reach the lid. “Hope” works in the same manner. Though we may not have the confident belief in our hope immediately, we do have that “hope” which we must cultivate and build to reach faith- a confident assurance in what we hope for. As we place our trust and hope in God, the water is being filled. That hope will reach its maturity and create faith in you, or in other words a revelation.
Many things seem impossible to a man, especially when God calls him to a certain work. However, it is the man’s responsibility to keep trusting God and placing His hope in Christ, which will lead to a full glass of water creating in him faith! You can also understand this by relating “revelation” to it. For example, a revelation must occur for a healing to take place. This is not always the case when one is receiving prayer, but I find it is very much critical. One may to an extent receive a healing and etc. but to stay in divine health and procreate a lifestyle of spirit-living, the individual must live in revelation.
A full cup represents mature faith. God builds mature faith in us. If our faith is not full in that which we ask, we should not hope to receive it. “Let him who asks, believe and have no doubt” (James 1:6).
In the same manner, faith operates. You see, faith is only faith when it is “without wavering.” Faith without works is obsolete (James 2:17). It is in operable until it reaches the “lid.”
For those who haven’t grasped the concept yet- the lid represents the tipping point of your faith. It represents ‘proven trust’ in God. It is at the tipping point that proves you are still relying on God. Many ask God for certain miracles and works in their lives, but if they ask today, believe for tomorrow, but lose hope after that- how successful can that faith be?
There are many elements to understand here. The fundamentals are as follows:
#1 Without faith it is impossible to please God
#2 He who believes must believe and not doubt
#3 Faith allows God to move
a) We have a free will
b) Believing is trusting
c) Trust invites God in
If we believe for God to act or carry out His work in our lifetimes, dare to believe how critical your personal faith is. We can assume God will do what He must regardless but I just don’t believe Jesus spoke in vain when He said:
And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief. (Matthew 13:58)
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt. (James 1:6)
Anyone who comes to God must believe that He exists and rewards those who earnestly seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6).
Faith also expedites events. Believing for a loved one to change? Are you praying for them- casting down strongholds that hold power over them? Are you blessing them and proclaiming the authority of Christ over them? My friends we must pray and believe without wavering that He who holds the power is just and able to do all that we ask in His name. And He does not wish for any to perish (2 Peter 3:9).
Pray my friends, pray! He is on His throne and is able to do exceedingly more than you can think or ask (Ephesians 3:20). I have heard too many stories and testimonies of God’s power when people stood in faith.
Andrew Wommack was interceding for it to rain in a season of drought. It wasn’t until he aggressively took it upon himself to pray and intercede for the rain that something began to happen. For three days, during his prayer, the clouds would come, darken and thunder, but it would not rain. Not even a drizzle. Wommack recalled how he began to feel the Holy Spirit empowering Him through the prayer. On the third day, the clouds came in again, brewing and thundering, and all of a sudden, it began to rain. It rained steadily for three whole days, and did not cause any downpours. God is good! Not only does He come on time, but in the best fashion possible!
Wommack stated that because He began to pray and believe for it, the rain would have surely come, but it might have come days or weeks later, but the crop needed the rain within days or it would spoil. Faith has a tipping point.
Michael Walker from The Q997 radio station recalled how they stood believing for their pledge drive goal. Several days passed and they were still only halfway with a day or so left. The staff stood believing, encouraging one another, not allowing doubt to creep in. It was fascinating to hear that, because most of us would rather let our guard down, because faith makes you vulnerable, you set yourself up for an expectation you yourself cannot meet. Therefore, you need God to come through. That’s the definition of faith.
As the Q997 team stood in faith with a day or so left, they collected, I believe, more than they did in the past 2 or 3 days. I’m telling you… when God moves… He moves. It’s almost a funny illustration, but I believe it drives a point. I can imagine God watching as His faithful ones stand in the gap believing and God begins to look down and realize there are no human resources for the timing needed. He sees His children have believed Him to the end, reaching the tipping point, and according to His word, He promised faith would have its reward. Therefore, God nudges His heavenly resources over His throne to fall from heaven to earth to meet His children’s request!
We must realize, it is humanly impossible for certain events to take place or certain events to occur. The more we experience those positions of need, the more we can see God work in our lives. Dare to believe!
What does all of this mean for us today? Let’s go back to the glass of water analogy. The water represents ‘hope’ and ‘trust’ in God. Though you are not able to believe in something God said or is saying or for something you are asking, you can make a decision to ‘hope’ in Him. It is that decision to trust God will reveal and work in your life.
Only a revelation can give you a ‘faith’ that does not waver. A revelation is reflection of your spirit man. It gives you the ability to believe in the impossibilities of God. It is a spiritual work and nothing of your doing.
For example, let’s take our ability to believe that God loves us. How do we attain a position where we are fully convinced God loves us? We can say we believe, but if you actually believed, 99% of your day would be overwhelmed with peace and joy. But how much joy and peace do we experience in our daily lives oppose to anxiety and worry? Can you imagine the change in an individual who constantly meditates on the love of God- coming to a point where he has no doubt that an almighty God of great impossibilities loves him. It will change his entire perspective and Christ promised nothing short of that.
So today, do you want to attain that position of power and be fully convinced God loves you? First we must understand that we do not control revelation. So you must realize right now that you cannot give yourself a revelation of God’s love. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. But what you must do is place your hope and trust in God to reveal it to you. That is your responsibility!
Let go of that pressure to try and believe Biblical truths. Fear not, “I have overcome the world ” (John 16:33). Who has overcome? Christ. Not you. So then, it is Christ who will reveal it to you. Christ is the One with the victory. All you have to do is “hope in Him.”
As you keep placing that hope in Him, you are filling a glass of water. When the water reaches the lid, you will receive a revelation of what you are hoping and trusting for. For example, you believe God can heal you of your disease, but why aren’t you getting healed? It is because you don’t fully believe it yet. Your job is to keep placing your hope in Christ as your deliverer. By doing this, you are trusting in what God has said regarding your wellness. And as you continue in this hope, you will come to a realization of the truth. It is in a sense fighting through the soulish man. It is a process of renewing your mind to the Word of God and as you do that, revelation is sure to come.
There is no minimum or maximum time length that you must put in for something to occur because once faith reaches the tipping point it can’t go anywhere else but over. God moves based on your belief in Him. Belief in Him- faith- is only truly faith when it does not doubt.
When you receive a revelation, you receive faith, and faith moves mountains. Thus, you have reached the tipping point. Stand back and watch as God works.
One lesson I can never forget, “Silence is the greatest carrier of God’s presence.” It is in silence that man finds God. Undisturbed silence is the catalyst to an undisturbed relationship with Him. There is nothing like silence that says, “You alone God.” Countless scriptural references can be pointed to the act of silence as a time of prayer and meditation before God.
Why is silence so important? Silence strips us of all self-indulgence, self-righteousness, and self-promotion. There is no hypocrisy or double-mindedness in silence. Silence brings everything but you into the scene. It demotes self-proclamation and self-promotion. It leaves no room for hypocrisy, because silence is no friend of noise. Silence shuns the faint of heart, the ill-willed and the passive spirit.
Silence is an agent and friend of presence. The ultimate presence it acknowledges is the one that always is and always was. Because even in silence, God remains. Silence shuns us out, but invites God in. Silence has always been God’s platform. Where else is God given complete free-will control?
We must return to undisturbed silence, a time in prayer, where we remain silent, unmoved by what surrounds us or what captivates us. Undisturbed silence honors God. In this we must continue for some time, because amongst the time that we do not sense His presence, yet remain silent, we are giving him a real honor, respecting His presence, His timeliness and His faithfulness to us, regardless of what we feel, think or see. This is true faith.
God is a healer. He is interested in our freedom. Don’t ever dare to believe otherwise. If freedom is a product of the Lord’s presence, “Where the Spirit of the Lord, there is freedom” (2 Corinth. 3:17), then how can we expect anything but freedom?
Before we can walk in freedom, we must believe it is God’s will. As we recognize that His will is indeed to prosper us “that it may be well with our souls” (3 John 1:2), we can then start walking into it. But trust me and the Word of God on this fact: Without faith, you will attain nothing from the Kingdom of God. Furthermore, it is absolutely essential to believe in WHO God is before you can reap His rewards and blessings (Hebrews 11:6).
The step to our freedom begins with uprooting ‘once conscious’ thoughts out of our subconscious. This is done by “repenting and rebuking” of old wounds. We must confess old thoughts, patterns of thinking and decisions that were made. In the Secret Place, out of your heart, and unto the Lord, you must acknowledge anything that doesn’t line up with the Person of Jesus Christ.
Sounds a lot like confession? Yes, but entirely not what you think. Repentance is releasing ownership of what never belonged to you. Through the process of “repenting and rebuking,” we are releasing “things” that don’t belong to our spirit man, things that hold us captive and in bondage, until we release them. Let me illustrate this further: Does a certain situation trouble you? Are you instantly offended even at the thought of someone you know? Are you afraid of public speaking? Do you cringe when someone asks you to pay for their meal? Is there someone you don’t want to be seen with?
More than likely, you have several of these situations if not a whole fold. Here’s the problem: men and women are living in bondage but there is freedom if we can access our souls through the Spirit of God. This pertains more to Christians, because if you are not a born-again believer, you have no legal authority over any spiritual foe and the last thing you need to worry about is a character flaw, because you have a much greater underlying problem- your spirit in its entirety is dead and if not “born-again” by the Spirit of God, has no authority to take on any “soul” matter.
Christians, on the other hand, continue to live in bondage as well, because they do not take captive what doesn’t belong to them, but they hold it to themselves and try to live in freedom and victory. We can’t live in freedom if we aren’t letting go of “sin.” In this case, sin is not necessarily sexual immorality or theft. Sin is accepting the dead mentality over the Spirit mentality. The Spirit mentality is believing in the full finished work of Jesus Christ, found in the atonement. Not only do you gain relationship with God, but divine healing and restoration of your soul, “through the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Therefore, if you aren’t releasing the old mentality, you are accepting it.
It is important to realize that on our own we cannot search out and release old habits, thoughts and strongholds. The human soul is unsearchable, but the Spirit of God knows everything about you and He will bring to your remembrance those “things” you must release. He stands with us, as we release those “things” that don’t belong to us. He stands today saying, “Child, release that thing, that I may heal it, cover it and restore YOUR freedom once and forevermore”!
When we “repent” of a certain event or situation that once happened, we are renouncing the authority over that “thing.” For example, let’s say that back in grade school, the class was making public presentations, but deep in your heart and mind, you didn’t believe in yourself and focused on how annoying your voice sounds or your accent. AT THAT POINT, you sowed a seed into your heart, a corrupt seed that doesn’t have any place in the Kingdom of God. This seed will create a hole in your heart that will forever keep you in bondage in some fashion or another to public speaking. As time passes, you affirm that decision, rationalizing that you really dislike public speaking, “just because,” but all you are doing is binding yourself more and more to your master- fear. You are locking yourself away further and further into an isolated dungeon. It is exactly where the devil wants to keep you, stripping you of your authority.
I repeat, this is not the Lord’s plan or way. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”! Rather we must have a continual release and flush of anything contrary to the Word and Person of Jesus Christ! In the depth of your heart, in your prayers, confess, repent and rebuke those “authorities” you’ve allowed in your life through circumstances, situations, and relationships. As you release that corrupt seed, the Holy Spirit immediately patches the wound and heals you, closing the door to that weakness and “authority” *forever. Did I say forever? As long as you hold fast to your confession, you will remain free (Hebrews 10:23), because He, the Lord, holds the keys to Hell and Hades and has defeated every spiritual foe, to whom the Father has submitted every authority and principality. You need not worry about His authorization. It has been given to Him from the Father of lights, in whom there is no darkness or shadow of turning (James 1:17).
He brings us to a place of repentance to restore our freedom. Will freedom cost us everything? Yes. Everything that doesn’t belong to you as a child of God.
First of all, Christians need to be honest with themselves. If they haven’t as much believed God in getting rid of a “cold”, they should not expect to be healed of cancer. This doesn’t mean they can’t come to that point of faith, but what they must realize is the capacity they’ve developed is all the capacity they have to believe for. This may sound like heresy, but you do realize that faith is absolutely essential. Our capacity of faith is increased as we trust and believe in God in small and great matters. As we believe in Him for the small things, we will start believing in Him for the bigger things.
#1 Faith makes healing possible because a human being “accepts” that God can heal.
#2 When a person “accepts” that as truth, they will inevitably believe God can heal them. When they know God can heal them, they will be healed.
Conditions (must be met): God moves based on faith. You can even be an unbeliever, but if you believe God can heal you and accept that, you will be healed. Why? Because man has a free-will. MAN HAS A CHOICE. God cannot take that choice away. If God healed you without you accepting He can heal you and trusting Him to heal you, He would be taking away your FREE CHOICE. You must CHOOSE to accept and believe He can heal you. Otherwise, He would be a liar to invade our free-will by exercising His authority over us.
Now think about it, to really know something means you actually believe it. Many, many Christians have not made this a stronghold in their life, that God can and does heal, and because of that, as sincere and compassionate a Christian you are, God cannot heal you. Why? Doesn’t sound fair? What kind of God is that?
Those are all wrong questions to ask. How long can we remain to be so naïve? Has God not said, “I have given you the authority to cast out demons, heal the sick and preach the Good News.” Now wait a minute, if He gave us the ‘authority,’ what more remains? It remains our duty and accountability to use this authority for our healing. In a sense, “God is no longer in control” but we are His ambassadors. A diplomat that is sent from his home country does not keep telephoning back home to get resources, a car for transportation, hotel tickets, or intel. A diplomat has been prepared from home and has all that he needs to properly represent his home country. Christians are the ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. We have all that we need, equipped to represent Christ, in power and authority. We have the authority to heal!
To speak frankly, I must say a few things. Christians must use wisdom when it comes to seeking medical attention in emergencies. A great man of God himself once said, “If there would be no doctors, all the Christians would be dead by now.” Though humorous, I agree with that statement. God has blessed human kind to understand the biology of the body and quite frankly, because many do not believe in the power of God to be healed, they must seek medical attention. What good are you to yourself or God if you are dead and gone from this earth. You will no longer be able to serve your purpose as God has destined.
No one can really answer that question with a set protocol on what to do because you alone know your capacity to believe in God and ability to discern His voice. I say discernment because I honestly believe God will, at times, call you to go to the hospital or seek professional help. Now what am I exactly saying here? Don’t get me wrong, I tell people to hope in the perfection of God more than anything else! I tell them that though their children might not be saved- in God’s perfect will… they would be saved. Though they die from disease- in God’s perfect will… they wouldn’t die from disease. Having said that, God foresees your capacity and ability to believe in Him. This is where one must use wisdom in His ability to discern God’s voice and understanding his own relationship with God. If the individual doesn’t know the difference between God’s voice and his empty stomach, then I would seriously advise that individual to seek medical attention when need be. People simply have to realize “what they sow, they will reap.” If they spend their time doing whatever pleases them, living however they please, breaking their promises, and just carrying on with life in any manner, they will reap exactly that!
On the other hand, an individual who sows into trusting God day-by-day will reap that in many folds. Days will come when “hell breaks loose” for whatever reason in his life, but his trust in God will sustain him, because he didn’t spend his time foolishly but he spent his time seeking God, loving God, developing that capacity to believe and hear God’s voice. When tragedy strikes, that person will clearly be able to hear God speak to Him,
“Be still for I am with you… This is what you must do… This is what is happening… I will carry you… I’ve got you… Fear not for I am with you…”
In other words, this individual will know what is going on and he will know what to do. As one minister once told me, “God is clear. He doesn’t try to confuse us. He speaks clearly.”
Dedicated to my aunt Angela, full of wisdom
Dedicated to my sister Christina in her ever-pursuit of sharing Christ
In the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to share the Gospel with my neighbors and other closely-related people in my life. I have found it almost frustrating to persuade people into salvation to the point of asking God to give me the mind and perspective of the unbeliever so that I may be better equipped to share the message of the Gospel.
As I observed my own efforts and others’ around me trying to save the lost, the Holy Spirit gave me a fresh outlook and revelation on this topic. The following is a conversation between the Holy Spirit and myself:
How do we save people? It seems to be so difficult to persuade someone into trusting the Lord Jesus. There are two things I noticed in contemplation of all this. The first thing to note is that most of the time, an individual turns to the Lord when they are broken, either through a tragedy, loss, or hopelessness. When one is broken, they become aware of their ‘sorry’ state. They realize that something is missing. Hopelessness brings one realization of the reality of their corrupt state- being dead in spirit.
Therefore, a realization, or revelation, has to occur for one to see any need to repent and surrender. If they are #1 Not aware of their corrupt state, they cannot see the need for salvation. If a country is at war, both sides have the option of surrender. But a country at peace has no need to surrender. Thus, it is with salvation. Until one gets a revelation that they are, in fact, sinners in need of saving, they will have no true repentance nor are they able to repent.
The second point, or #2 Recognition of sin goes hand-in-hand with recognition of grace. Grace is the realization that there is a God who loves us. This is radical news to anyone. Therefore, when realization comes, there is no if-and-or-but, a person will immediately surrender and repent. Grace overlooks one’s addictions and in-turn says, “I accept you exactly the way you are”!
But often times, it takes a loss or tragedy for a man to find God, or more like, realize God. One may ask, “Where then is God when we are not lost or hurt”? The reality is that God is always present, but He cannot be recognized entirely to the point of surrender unless we receive that revelation.
Having said that, God is always at work within you, but A) Our flexibility with Him is respected by Him and B) He does all He can with what we give Him to work with. If we limit Him so much, what do we expect to happen? But faith will usher in the reality of His work. Faith will bring truth into manifestation.
Salvation is never achieved through indifference. One must get a revelation of their need for salvation. Realization and revelation will bring one to a position of surrender. Therefore, our job is not to save or convince people to claim salvation, because neither Christians nor Non-Christians own the rights to salvation. Salvation belongs to the Lord (Psalm 3:8). Only He can claim someone to it. Since the Lord is our salvation (Psalm 27:1), a revelation of the Lord is needed. That revelation is given from God. And it is only He who can save the lost.
The question becomes, “Who then can be saved”? God wills that none perish, but all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). The progress begins with us, allowing the Lord to direct us to those individuals He wants us to minister to. We should follow this pattern: Speak, Pray, and Watch!
The steps of this pattern can be taken interchangeably. The steps are adjustable to the Lord’s direction. Speaking God’s Word and the truth of Jesus Christ should be our life story wherever we go, representing Christ and not allowing any man to tempt us with religion (The Standard Christian Epidemic). Praying should be a lifestyle for us believers, as it is the means by which the spiritual realm runs by. Watching is the concept of listening and obeying the Lord’s direction. Watching is also the prophetic realm. We are to be sensitive to His voice and direction through discernment and wisdom.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. (Ephesians 2:8).
Whether you fulfill God’s will in your life or not, the Secret Place will remain to be a mystery. But partnership with Him will lead to a beautiful and extraordinary life.
The following is an introduction to my new ‘work in progress’, “The World’s Greatest Secret.” It is scheduled to publish by end of 2013.
Where is that Secret Place man can tap into and discover realities unknown to man? Is it possible to obtain such divine wisdom and strategy? Is there a place in man that has all the answers?
I once told an atheist man that God loved Him. He looked at me blankly, and he stated defensively that He only believed in what he could see and experience. Without losing a beat, the Holy Spirit spoke to me, saying, “Flesh is flesh and Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6-8). The mystery this man didn’t understand was that only those reborn of the Spirit could comprehend spiritual things. This man could not rely on his own understanding, because flesh understands only the things of the flesh. This is why God teaches us to trust Him by faith.
It is in silence that man finds God and God finds man. It is our spirits that redeem our souls, because that’s where the Holy Spirit resides. However, the Spirit cannot work within you if you live carnally minded. If you feed the flesh, you will starve the spirit. But if you feed the spirit, you will starve the flesh. Spiritual truth tends to be hard to understand, because only the spirit can discern spiritual truth. If we want to be changed, we must come to God by way of our spirits. As we open our hearts to Him, our souls are exposed and He is able to come in and touch us. He comes in and heals every wound. He exposes every thought of unbelief. He takes captive what does not belong in our hearts. This is the work of the Holy Spirit.
This secret place, in the very presence of God, is what allows you to acquire spiritual position. You are already seated with Christ in spirit (Ephesians 2:6), but it will not be activated until you draw from it. It will be from this Place that you acquire divine wisdom and knowledge. It will be from this Place that you learn to hear and do as God wills. As you come to know the will of God, you will gain that intimate knowledge that can only come from soaking in His presence in the Secret Place.
Whether you fulfill God’s will in your life or not, the Secret Place will remain to be a mystery. No one in the flesh can see the Spirit of God, yet He works and does for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). Those who join Him will perform extraordinary deeds that only God can be the author of. This partnership will lead to a beautiful and extraordinary life, abundant in joy and peace, proving the perfect will of God.
We can only activate that spiritual stature when we seek Him wholeheartedly. We discover Him in the Secret Place, in that deep, mysterious part of us that truly is the world’s greatest secret…
A promise of God to His people is that if you teach your children the ways of God, they will not depart from it in the end. I often hear Christians say, “You do the best you can and hope for the best!”
This is not God’s direction. God states the obvious in His Word, “If you train up your son or daughter in who I AM, they will not forget it!”
This promise started making more sense to me as the Holy Spirit constantly reiterated it in my heart. I began to realize, “Truly, if we can’t be assured that our children will be saved, what can we be assured of”? Children are the fruit of everything we are. They are our multiplication. Do you think God’s perfect plan doesn’t involve your children being saved? Of course, it does! But why do we doubt this so easily? It’s because we don’t see God’s perfect plans come to pass in our lives, yet they are His perfect plans, which have the potential to be fulfilled. Therefore, there is no argument here, about the truth of this promise. The one argument that may stand is the question of your obedience to God’s Word, which will affect God’s promises in your life.
Be rest assured, if you teach your child to know and love God, through the message of His Word, they will grow up knowing and loving God!
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)