The faith formula: Out of the mouth of Jesus

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This is the season of manifestation where the power of God is going to be displayed in his people. I want to be the conduit for miracles, signs, and wonders, the true greater works that Jesus speaks of. The key to this is faith. Faith is not a cliché that people use to distort the facts but is the evidence or proof that God will provide exactly what we need to fulfill kingdom purpose.

Jesus provides a formula for faith that we must use to see the evidence of those things we have hoped for.

Have faith in God.
It is a sure thing to trust in God. He is the creator of all things and without him nothing exist. Everything was made by him and for him. (Revelations 4:11)
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Whoever says…
Life and death are in the power of the tongue. (Proverbs 18:20) Dare to say out of your mouth what you want from God. God did not think the world into existence, he spoke it. (Psalm 33:9)

Does not doubt in his heart…
Speak as God spoke things into existence. Even in the beginning God gave an example of how to manifest what is needed to sustain the entire world. He simply said let there be and so it was (Genesis 1:3). He was specific and sure that what he said would take place. He left no room for doubt.

But believes that what he says will come to pass…
Faith is the very essence of our connection with God, if we believe that he is who he says he is and that he can do what he says he will do, we have the necessary components to see him. “According to your faith be it done to you.” (Matthew 9:29)

It will be done for him.
Faith is God’s signature on the dotted line, the guarantee of what you ask for. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
(Hebrews 11:1)

Whatever you ask in prayer…
Prayer is essential. This shows that outside of prayer we are hopeless. Take what you need to God in prayer. Devote those moments to him and ask what you will. Seeing what you ask for come to pass is evidence that prayer is working for you. This is why it is necessary to pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Believe that you have received it.
When we pray and lay our request down before God we can believe that we have received what he says. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. (1 John 5:14‭-‬15)

It will be yours.

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Trouble is…

There are moments when this journey gets weary. Trouble presents itself and forces us to stop and consult the God of strategy. Trouble will exalt itself until in our minds it is bigger than God on the throne.Trouble will beat you up until you face it. Trouble can be viewed several ways. From the improper perspective trouble is a means to close up shop and return once the smoke has cleared. The goal is to pull from God’s perspective. Remember that even your vision is your choice. 

I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life..”(Deuteronomy 19:20)

Thank God that His thoughts are better and his ways are higher. Because of him, even trouble can serve a purpose.

 Trouble will push you to your destiny. Trouble be can disguised as a problem, but it’s the shove that when viewed correctly, can push you into an uncomfortable place and expand your capacity to receive what God wants for you. Trouble is the authentication process. It shows you what is on the inside that needs to come out. It also can build your confidence about the greater One on the inside of you.

 The place of trouble will show you who God is. Through some of my most difficult seasons I have come to know God so much better. I want to be clear that God is good and does not create trouble but he can make trouble benefit you. In other words, the enemy meant for trouble to harm you, but God intended it all for your good (Genesis 50:20).

I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. John 10:10 MSG

This trouble you are in isn’t punishment; its training, the normal experience of children. Hebrews 12:6 MSG

God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. Hebrews 6:18 MSG

The Holy Spirit: Power and Presence

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This past week God has been dealing with me on the Holy Spirit and how many are denying his power, his presence, and his voice. He longs to show himself strong but sadly most of the time he is uninvited or discounted on his capabilities.

There are so many great things that we as believers have access to. When we accept Jesus as our savior we get the Holy Spirit. He is the package deal and equips us with everything we need to succeed. He will fill us, grow us, instruct us, and guide us. When we receive the Holy Spirit he is a guarantee from Heaven, the one who seals us until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:14). It is up to us to get to know him, his person, and his functions. He is the direct contact with heaven, the go between, the interceder. He is the spirit of God.

The truth is he is the spirit of the living God bearing witness in the earth. He was given to us as an advocate, a helper, and a comforter. Jesus himself said it was better that he go away because if he didn’t the comforter would not come. It is in him, or he in us, that we have the power to do the greater works Jesus talks about.

When we leave him out he will wait on us, and the moment we call his name he will answer. If you have ever had a doubt about him, I dare you to address him and listen for his answer. Friends, let us not grieve the Holy Spirit by denying his power! He is the gift many leave unopened. All the while we are left wondering if there is something more. The answer is yes! The true gift of the Holy Spirit, his indwelling in you, puts you at the greatest advantage.

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I do declare that if you seek you will indeed find. If ever in doubt about whose voice you heard remember Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice but a stranger’s voice they will not know.” Paraphrased from John 10:4-5

 

 

Guard the seed

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There are seeds God has planted in his people. He gives us glimpses into eternity, enough to hope in and to carry us from victory to victory. He sends them through his word letting us know who we are in him. In our quiet place with him we are confirmed and we learn of our destiny.

Often the things God says are lofty and make us feel at one end treasured and on the other end terrified because what he calls us to do is so big we know we could not accomplish it on our own. This is a God sized dream!

The thing to remember is that when our dreams are in seed form we have to remember to guard them. Keep them before God, watering them with praise, worship, fasting, praying, and serving.

The seed form is the most vulnerable state. It’s where the enemy attacks because he likes to kill dreams before they fully develop. Remember that in the spirit realm what you need to accomplish your dreams is already completed. The devil also knows so be sure to guard your seed. Know that the attack on those dreams will come so be armed and ready!

I do declare that you will come out on the winning side strong, not lacking anything. You are capable and able. Know your value! You can usually tell your value based on the level of hell you experience. Surely the Lord is with you.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
James 1:2‭-‬5 ESV

When God Speaks

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7

This week I was struggling in my walk with God. The enemy had, for a moment, convinced me that I was off course.I immediately started to seek God and ask for confirmation that I am moving in the right direction.

I love that when I ask God a question he will not only give me an answer but he confirms his word through so many different methods.

 Here is the conversation I had with God.

 -God: Who told you that you were off course?

-My response: I was looking at someone else’s work.

-God: Set your eyes on things above, and again do not covet your neighbor.

He topped himself when through every message I listened to this week confirmed what he meant. 

 I heard the definition of covet; to strongly desire what someone else has. How can I grow in what God has for me to do if I am focused on what he has for somebody else?

– John Bevere’s Passion for His Presence

God has enough of everything for each one of us to get an equal inheritance.”

Pastor Harris, Wednesday night bible study.

 When he does it from books I read I know he is really showing out!

“God does not love us all equally, he loves us uniquely. Same indicates that we are replaceable to God.”

Lisa Bevere, Without Rival

As if my amazement were not through the roof, he showed up at my job in the form of a phone call. This woman of God shared her testimony  with me and her words pierced my heart to a place that I thought for a moment had stood still in time as life started to live me instead of me living it.

 “Whatever God has called you to do, do it now! God told me to write a book and I just did not listen and I ran from it. I decided to go ahead and write the book because the he told me to 3 times! I didn’t want to continue to be disobedient. Whatever you have pended go ahead and do it, whether it is a home bible study or prayer groups.Now my life is more blessed that I could have ever imagined because I obeyed God.” 

-E. Roman

I tell you that whenever God Speaks he is confirming his word in a way that only he, being God, could do. I have so much up before God and these messages have shown me that I need to get refreshed in God’s word and his presence constantly. He lifted me above myself and gave me a divine perspective.This experience this week reminds me to constantly seek God and know that he is working all things together for my good.

Because He Has Risen I Have a New Identity 

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Now that Jesus is risen where do we go from here? I believe that he has restored the true identity of the people of God. We were dead to sin and separated from God. Guilty and broken, in no shape to stand before God, and condemned to damnation. But thanks be to God who had a plan! Because he loved us so, he sent his son to come and reconcile us back to himself. Because he is risen we can now identify who we are because of the blood of Jesus. Here are some things to confess and remember as we keep Jesus at the forefront of our minds.
I am a new creation.(2 Corinthians 5:17)
Your past does not determine your future. The enemy can no longer anything against you! His blood made you new!

I am a temple for the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
You are not useless. You were created for good works!

I am chosen, holy, and beloved. (Colossians 3:12)
No need to compete for a spot that already belongs to you! Before the foundation of the world God chose to make us his own.

I am the righteousness of God! (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Jesus’ death was not in vain. You have been set in a right place with God. No longer separated by sin, but able to come into His presence boldly.

I am not condemned. (Romans 8:1)
You are innocent before God because the very blood of Jesus washed your sins away. You may have committed the crime but because of the blood you did not have to do the time.

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