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Do you realize that there are two opposing forces available at your
disposal, both of which originate from the spirit realm? Each of
these two opposing forces works in every human being to the exact
degree that we place our beliefs in these powerful spiritual forces.
These two opposing forces are actually connectors
that join dissimilar entities. They link physical
human beings with the spirit realm. All physical
human beings are linked into the spirit world, “so
that things which are seen (the visible) were not
made of things which do appear (the invisible) ” (Heb 11:3). The unseen
(invisible spirit world) forms what we see in this visible physical world.
Our Goal during this Bible Study is to learn about these spirit connectors
and how we can properly operate with them to our best advantage.
Noah is an excellent Biblical example of an individual who was closely linked
into the spirit world, “ By faith Noah , being warned of God of things not seen
as yet , (Out of the unseen spirit realm, Noah was warned and given very
specific directions concerning how to construct a physical Ark!) moved with
fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house” (Heb 11:7).
So what are these two opposing forces that connect us into the spirit realm? What
are these connectors and how do they work? In the
passage just reviewed one of the connectors was
identified, “ By faith Noah;” Noah operated by faith,
which is one of the connectors into the spirit realm.
These two powerful and opposite forces are “faith”
and “fear.” Each of these forces produce physical manifestations in the natural
world; however, the origin of these manifestations comes from the spirit realm.
For a few moments, let’s think of faith and fear as if they were spirit seeds that produce a
physical harvest. The spiritual seeds of faith and the spiritual seeds of fear produce
physical manifestations in the natural world. Job’ words and experiences give us
meaningful revelation in this regard; notice what he said about the awful circumstances and
problems into which his life was thrust, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon
me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me ” (Job 3:25). Job openly admitted that
he established a connection between himself and his problems through his own fears!
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What is so amazing is that the deepest inner fears that Job allowed his mind to entertain
eventually came to pass. The concept that we cannot ignore is that fear is essentially faith
operating in reverse!
Immediately after Adam was created the only way in which he knew how to operate was
through faith. God gave Adam the responsibility of naming the animals and our ancestor
proceeded in that pursuit operating only by faith. However, Adam and his wife listened to
another voice in the garden; that other voice planted a spiritual seed of fear into then! In
essence satan’s fearful message was that God was somehow holding out on them by
restricting them from eating from one of the trees. Now notice
the first emotion that Adam expressed after his encounter with
satan, “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid ,
(Disobedience to God and hearkening to satan caused the first
Biblical appearance of fear) because I was naked; and I hid
myself” (Gen 3:10). A new fear-based emotion began to
manifest itself from deep within Adam. He was intimidated
because he had not obeyed the voice of his creator.
Have you ever been intimidated? We have all experienced that
negative emotional state. The word, “timid” sits right in the
middle of the word in timid ate! The whole motive behind
intimidation is to keep one from acting! Satan and his minions continually attempt to
intimidate us in an effort to stop us from putting up a fight! One of the main reasons that a
lion roars is to intimidate and paralyze his prey. We each must make up our own mind that
we will no longer allow ourselves to be intimidated! That choice is important because
when we are intimidated we cannot properly operate in the anointing!
The devil continually lies to us in the exact fashion in which he operated with Adam and
Eve. However, we have been made righteous in the eyes of the Father, “ Even the
righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ” (Rom 3:22). Since we are
therefore righteous before the Father we must be watchful that we do not operate in fear.
We must be standing on the word of God, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every
word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4); we must completely understand
that faithful living is living by God’s word!
For example, how would we respond if an appearance of “lack” were to show-up in our
lives. First, we must know that “lack” is a lie that comes from satan the devil. – Notice
God’s word with respect to the concept of “lack” in our lives, “According as his divine
power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).
Let’s consider our hypothetical scenario involving the false appearance of “lack.” Because
of the obvious pressing need in the natural, we might get intimidated and begin to think that
“lack” is about to overtake us. When we start to believe that “lack” will overtake us then
we begin to get fearful. However, if we were to respond in a fearful fashion we would
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essentially have to disregard God’s word on the matter! Our choice would be to react in
(fear of lack) or in (faith toward God’s word) . The powerful thing to realize is that
whichever alternative we end up getting is based totally upon the choice that we have
made. If we choose to operate in faith we will receive the abundance that God has
promised in His word; likewise, if we choose fear then we will receive that “lack” of which
we were afraid. Clearly, if “lack” were to threaten to show-up in our life we must not fear;
rather, we must respond by faith in God’s word!
The devil’s lying intimidation stops us from so many possibilities in our lives! Whenever
we allow fear to come our way it will literally paralyze us. Notice Jesus’ words, “Peace I
leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not
your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid! ” Our responsibility is to, “ Let not
(Meaning that we are not to allow) your heart be troubled! ” Remember that there are two
opposite forces! Fear is the connector to our trouble! If we allow fear then we are not
holding on to Jesus’ peace! “Peace I leave with you!” It is amazing; we allow trouble to
take over even though Jesus left us His peace! Jesus told us, “ neither let it (your heart) be
afraid! ” Intimidation is satan’s goal! But Jesus teaches that it is our responsibility to keep
fear out of our life!
Fear and faith operate by this same spiritual principle, “So then faith cometh by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God” (Rom 10:17). Fear comes in the exact the same way that
faith does. As with Adam, fear comes by hearing the devil’s words; however, his words
are always fear based. The major difference is that his words do
not express God’s will! Whenever we open ourselves up and begin
to listen to the devil or other voices under his control, we
essentially tolerate the fear that his words produce. Instead of
resisting we promote the very problems that will come upon us!
We must not connect ourselves with anything that brings death!
Do you have fear of “West Nile Virus?” Do you have fear of
“SARS?” Do you have fear of terrorism? Do you have fear of the
economy? If you are fearful of these things then you will be
troubled by what you fear. Jesus taught, “ Let not your heart be
troubled, neither let it be afraid! ” Jesus would never have given us a responsibility if it
were impossible for us to accomplish that task! Therefore it is in your ability to, “ Let not
your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid! ” It is simple, if we do not fear then the
devil cannot come into our lives! The devil cannot do anything to us until we give him
explicit permission! Yes, that is right! The devil cannot do anything that the Christian
does not allow! This even includes death; human beings give the devil authority to take
them out. Anyone can receive a “bad report;” the question is what will we do with that
report? How will we respond to the bad news? Think to your self, “What will I do if I ever
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receive a bad report?” Your response becomes your choice and it will determine the course
(path) that you take!
Notice the bible’s expression concerning how we set our course, “Behold also the ships,
which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about
with a very small helm , whithersoever the governor listeth (the person behind the helm
determines the ship’s course) . 5 Even so the tongue is a little member ” (James 3:4-5).
Indeed there is great power in the tongue. The Book of Proverbs teaches that, “A man's
belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; (This Proverb does not refer to fruit that
goes into the mouth but fruit that comes out of the mouth!) and with the increase of his lips
shall he be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue : and they that love it
shall eat the fruit thereof” (Prov 18:20-21). Jesus taught that “out of the abundance of the
heart the mouth speaketh ” (Matt 12:34). This means that if fear is in the heart then fear
will come out of the mouth; likewise if faith is in the heart then faith will come out of the
mouth! The doctor might tell you, “I am sorry Mr/Ms _________ there may be a specialist
who can help you overcome your illness; however there is nothing more that I can do for
you!” In this situation the individual of faith must respond to the doctor, “I know a doctor
who has never lost a patient! You don’t need to refer me I have already been in contact!”
In times like these we must introduce those killer cells of the body to the greatest physician
in the whole universe. Even before any “bad report” comes, we must make confessions of
faith now, “by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). As long as we walk by faith
we will not be intimidated! When we walk by faith we have the inner power based upon
faith to say, “Threaten me all you want; I will not be intimidated, I will believe what God
has said, ‘I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD’” (Ps 118:17).
In our lives we must begin to release faith & trust today! If we will start living by faith
today we will automatically react by faith in any future time of emergency, “ Now the just
shall live by faith” (Heb 10:38). Did you recognize the timeframe in that verse? “ Now,
means today! In like fashion just two verses later we read, “ Now faith is” (Heb 11:1). This
suggests clearly that faith must be active in our today!
All of us should be involved in things that are bigger than our natural ability! This is living
by faith! Writing these lessons every week is bigger than my natural ability. We must
resign our ability and totally rely upon His ability. When we get His ability on your natural
ability we begin walking in supernatural ability! There is something special about the
super when it is placed upon the natural! This is otherwise known as God’s anointing;
however, His anointing must be received by faith!
The anointing is especially released upon water-walkers! When Peter stepped out the
water, Jesus, (The Anointed One and His anointing) gave him the ability to do what a
natural man has no capacity what so ever to do! Jesus is anxiously waiting for somebody
to step out on faith so His anointing can step in with power!
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Now lets remember, faith is the spiritual connection to the invisible realm. It is the
connector to what cannot be seen in the spirit realm! A connector is always needed
whenever two dissimilar entities need to be brought together. Varying power standards
around the world differ from country to country. Therefore, if one were to travel to a
variety of countries around the
world they would need special
connections in order to operate
their personal appliances such as
shavers and hair dryers. (You can
see a variety of these assorted
connectors in the picture to the
right) . In like fashion, we are
spirit beings who live in a
physical body and at times need
to connect to the spirit realm; therefore, in order
link up with the spirit realm requires a special connector
into that realm.
Faith is the connector that brings things that cannot be
seen into the realm that is seen, “ faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen ” (Heb 11:1). This clearly means that faith is our connector into the spirit
realm! However we must understand that fear operates in the same fashion that faith does
only in the opposite direction! Fear brings negative invisible things that you entertain in
the mind and makes them visible in your life! The point is that fear operates just like faith!
Faith brings to pass the things that you hope for; but fear brings to pass those things that
you dread!
Therefore, faith-based prayer does not beg God for what is needed! In faith-based prayer
you are declaring the answer out of God’s word and faith connects you to your needs! On
the other hand, fear-based prayer will come to pass at the same rate that the faith-based
prayer will come to pass. Fear-based prayer says things like, “Oh God, if you don’t come
through for me; I am going to die!” “Oh God, I just don’t know what to do!” On the other
hand faith-based prayer says, “in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do
unto me” (Ps 56:4). In the past, our own negative words have been setting us up for
failure! Do you fear cancer, disease, poverty, lack, etc.? Your fear (faith in reverse) will
actually produce words that bring about those circumstances of which you are frightened!
God has provided humanity with an awesome power within! Faith is defined in the bible
as a “law.” In the Book of Romans Paul makes note of, “the law of faith” (Rom 3:27).
Like gravity, every law of God works for everyone! That means that anyone who gets
involved with the proper principles can get the desired positive results! Franklin D.
Roosevelt, the 32 nd President of the United States, was the founder of the “March of
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Dimes.” As a result, Roosevelt became an even richer man. Knowingly or unknowingly,
he got involved in one of the laws established by God, which operates by blessing those
who give blessings through acts of love for the benefit of the poor, back upon the giver. As
a result, of getting in tune with God’s law he became richer and more successful! God’s
laws work for anyone who will get into proper alignment with them. The aerodynamic
laws that produce flight have existed since the creation; they have been available to anyone
who would use them to their advantage. However, it was not until the Wright brothers that
the laws were properly put into use to produce human flight.
In like fashion, the law of faith and the law of fear are not respecters of persons. We must
carefully consider this concept! Faith does not just manifest itself only in those who are
born-again; many successful people from the past have utilized the laws of faith to their
benefit: Thomas Edison is an excellent example! He faithfully believed, even in the face of
thousands of failures, that he would eventually develop the light bulb. In like manner, fear
will haunt everyone and destroy those who engage in it, “Men's hearts failing them for
fear ” (Luke 21:26). Perhaps we have been reading this verse for quite some time and are
just now beginning to realize that fear is the source of heart failure. Fear is a law, too: and
anyone can operate in it!
Paul writes that, “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (1 Cor 15:26). How are
Christians ever going to take authority over death? One thing is for certain; they will only
beat death by fighting against fear which is the connector to death, “them who through
fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage ” (Heb 2:15). Death is a powerful
bondage that holds them that fear it. Realize this, if the fear of death has been abolished
you cannot die unless you permit yourself to go! We learned from Job that if anyone fears
anything, their fear connects them to whatever they believe!
If some awful ugly tumor-looking thing were to come upon your body, what are you going
to do? Do not forget, your rudder sets the course of your vessel, “the ships, which though
they be so great . . . yet are they turned about with a very small helm ” (James 3:4)! What
specifically sets your course? James compares the tongue to the rudder of our life. Jesus
said, “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matt 12:34). Are you
going to speak death into your life because you see some cancerous looking thing on your
body? Satan wants to get you to open your mouth so you can begin to agree with the death
course into which he is leading you!
The doctor says, “I am sorry, Mr/Ms
_____ you have cancer.” Upon
which course will your mouth set
you? Will you declare to your
friends, “I am not doing too good!”
Then that person says, “What is the
problem?” And you answer, “I have
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cancer; the doctor says it’s killing me!” At this point all of hell would begin to rejoice!
Can you see the death course that is getting set? Or will you be glorifying, “even God, who
quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were” (Rom
4:17). On the other hand, will your mouth proclaim that my God says that, “With long life
will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation” (Ps 91:16); therefore, “I shall not die, but
live, and declare the works of the LORD” (Ps 118:17). Does your mouth (the rudder of
your personal ship) release faith or fear?
Faith connects you with life;
Fear connects you with death!
When you get a revelation on this and begin to properly act upon it, you begin to take
authority over your life experiences! We establish faith over our lives by the words that
come out of our mouths. This gives us sure victory in this present world, “Who gave
himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world (Gal 1:4).
Therefore, we should be saying, “Glory to God; I walk in supernatural health!” If any
disease comes upon us, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation” (Heb 2:3)?
The point is that if we neglect then we cannot escape! What would we be neglecting?
Many Christians believe that they have supernatural power because they know what the
bible says. However, this is not the whole truth. It is not the truth that you know that sets
you free; it is the truth that you use that sets you free! We must be releasing words of faith
out of your mouth, “ I will say (not just believe) of the LORD, He is my refuge and my
fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (Ps 91:2). I make the LORD my refuge when I say it!
If I want the LORD to by my financier then I must say it! If I am not saying it, I am
neglecting the vocal authority that God has made available for me! Faith confessions come
out of our mouth and set us on the course of life! We need to write down our faith
confessions and carry them with us and we need to regularly speak them out of our mouth!
God help us to stop turning to you only as a last resort. We repent for turning to you only
when everything else has failed. Help us to turn to you first! Help us to trust only in you!
Fear tolerated is Faith contaminated! We must not tolerate any form of fear in our lives.
Every time that you tolerate fear then you contaminate your faith! How can we have
absolute faith in God and still entertain fear? Since they operate by the same laws and
principles, satan will always take advantage us when we allow fear! Since he cannot
change the laws, his major goal is to contaminate whatever God has established! Here are
two opposite directions which humanity must choose between, “ Trust in the LORD with
all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding . 6 In all thy ways acknowledge
him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Prov 3:5-6). How do we acknowledge Him? By
trusting completely in Him!
Everything in the kingdom of God operates through faith! Every exploit that we can read
about in the faith chapter (Hebrews chapter 11) was the result of faith, “without faith it is
impossible to please him” (Heb 11:6). Therefore, with faith it is certainly possible to
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please Him. This means that Christianity is worthless with out faith “Let us hold fast the
profession (to profess is to confess or speak) of our faith without wavering” (Heb 10:23).
We all need to begin by searching into our own lives! Whenever we locate any source of
fear that we have tolerated then we will find a place where our faith has been contaminated
to some degree! You and I need to ask, “Am I allowing fear of any sort in my life?” If we
have allowed fear then our faith has been contaminated in some way! Peter did not allow
his fear of drowning to keep him off of the water! His faith in Jesus was more influential
than his fear of death. However, Peter lost his focus and became fearful, “ when he saw the
wind boisterous, he was afraid ; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me”
(Matt 14:30). In this instance, the fear completely negated his faith.
Fear is always at the core of every struggle that we will ever face in this life! The same
operating principles of faith always work for fear! If we cleanse our vocabulary then we
will not allow fear-based words in our presence. Fear-proof your mind, homes, and
workplace! We need to be like the “Home on the Range” song; “Where never is heard a
discouraging word; and the skies are not cloudy all day!”
Now do you want some additional spiritual encouragement? Here is a powerful truism.
Fear is afraid, by nature, fear fears. Fear does not want us to pick up the word of God and
resist! Fear is afraid because that unclean spirit knows that all we need to do is stand on
our faith! Fear is afraid of our resistance, “ Resist the devil, and he will flee from you !”
(James 4:7). In that last passage we can easily see how fear, fears resistance. When faced
against Biblical resistance, fear must eventually depart; it most fears our resistance based
upon God’s word! Through our resistance, we can actually terrorize fear!
We cannot entertain any kind of fear. For example, do you realize that hurt feelings are a
form of fear? Sometimes a person who has their feelings hurt will act as if everything is
okay. However, acting different from reality is really being phony and continuing to
entertain fear. Our faith certainly cannot be phony before God.
Paul addressed the concept of phoniness mixed with faith when he wrote to timothy “When
I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee . . . For God hath not given us the
spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind ” (2 Tim 1:5-7). Paul used
an interesting term “ unfeigned .” Feigned means phony or fake, “There are no such things
done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart ” (Neh 6:8). Therefore,
something that is “ unfeigned is also pure. Because, Paul told Timothy that he had
unfeigned faith, it means that Timothy’s faith was pure and without any counterfeit
appearance. So must our faith be pure and without any form of corruption.
The point is that we must not allow any contamination of our faith to come into our lives!
Contamination is satan’s only weapon! When we get rid of all contamination then our faith
is greatly strengthened!
Fear tolerated is faith contaminated! Say that, “Fear tolerated is faith contaminated!”
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Do you have confidence in the word of God? Honestly, do you have confidence; if you do
then you will certainly be willing to give a practical demonstration or expression of your
faith, “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7). Confidence is the missing substance
to our faith! Have you ever said something in faith and those around you looked at you
like you are absolutely crazy! We should not be afraid of others looking at us as if we were
nuts. Those who are living without God in their lives are the ones who truly are nuts!
Instead, we should be turning the tables and telling someone who is distraught over a bad
report, “Don’t you know that He came to give you life and give it more abundantly? You
need Jesus who died to give you salvation, delivery, healing, and prosperity!”
You cannot operate in faith unless you get your confidence level up, “Cast not away
therefore your confidence , (confidence that has not been contaminated with fear) which
hath great recompence of reward” (Heb 10:35); “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye
have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise” (Heb 10:36). Do you honestly
and confidently believe that God will give you what He has promised?
What is a practical demonstration or expression of your faith? Notice Abram’s particular
expression of faith, “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country,
and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And
I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou
shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:
and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram departed , as the LORD
had spoken unto him” (Gen 12:1-4). Abraham did not begin to reason within himself,
“Maybe that really wasn’t the voice of God. I better wait for a confirmation.” We need to
see nothing but what the LORD has spoken! We simply must do what the LORD said!
Has the LORD spoken to you? That is all that you need to see!
Like Abraham, we must be willing to step out on faith! Abraham did not know where he
was going, “unto a land that I will shew thee!” You need to understand that, “ will shew, ” is
a future tense expression! God will not show us until we first move! Abraham did not see
a thing yet he moved! It was required of Abraham to step out on faith. God does not show
us everything from the beginning! If we know everything then we will begin to trust in our
own understanding which leads to trusting in our flesh. But God will not show us
everything! If we were to see all that we need to do, we would not even take the first step!
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding . 6 In
all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Prov 3:5-6).
Do you remember the Indiana Jones movie where he needed to step out on faith in order to
cross over the great precipice? If God told you to step out then He is responsible for what
you step into! When we step out on God, “he shall direct thy paths!” We already know
that without faith it is impossible to please God; but with faith it is possible!
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The step of faith is always the right step! If you are going in the wrong direction God
knows how to turn you around. The Great Helmsman can direct our ship; however the ship
must be moving. What God cannot/will not do is force us to move! That is why Abraham
is the father of the faithful, “ So Abram departed! ” Noah built an ark for 120 years
believing that God would direct his steps! Do you think that nobody told Noah that he had
lost his mind?
Moses, who grew up in Egypt picked up a deadly serpent; however, he did not pick it up by
grabbing behind its head (as an Egyptian snake handler would have done), “the LORD said
unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail (Ex 4:4). He must have thought,
“This is crazy!” God always gives us crazy instructions! You can be sure that your
practical expression will communicate to others that you have lost your mind! So what?
Are you in bondage to what others will think about you? Will you allow what you think
others are thinking to stop your steps of faith?
Do not allow fear to stop your practical expressions of faith. How many times have you
allowed the fear of what people are thinking about you to stop you from doing or acting?
The world is soon going to learn that the God whom we serve is God! The more that we
can learn how to operate in faith now, the more he will use us in that day. Daniel’s friends
learned to step out on faith before their trial came, “Now if ye be ready that at what time ye
hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of
musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship
not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that
God that shall deliver you out of my hands? 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego,
answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in
this matter .” (Dan 3:15-16). What they meant was we don’t even have to work-up an
answer this question! Daniel’s friends were not even careful about how they answered the
King’s demands because they had already trained themselves to trust in God!
Faith is the connector to our deliverance! Notice the ten different deliverances that
Hebrews chronicles,“And what shall I more say? for the time would
fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of
Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33 Who
through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained
promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 Quenched the violence of
fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made
strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again” (Heb 11:32-35). Verse 33 says, “ Who
through faith ( Faith is the spiritual connector that brought about these ten kinds of
wonders. However, one must have the right connector – FAITH):
1.
subdued kingdoms;
2.
wrought righteousness;
3.
obtained promises;
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4. stopped the mouths of lions;
5. Quenched the violence of fire;
6. escaped the edge of the sword;
7. out of weakness were made strong;
8. waxed valiant in fight;
9. turned to flight the armies of the aliens;
10. Women received their dead raised to life again.
However, that passage from Hebrews does not stop merely with those ten victories! Notice
the rest of verse thirty-five, “And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance ! ” (Heb
10:35) What does it mean that they did not accept deliverance ? This must mean there was
some form of deliverance available through faith and yet they either didn’t know about it or
they did not accept it! In either case, they died. Paul was delivered many times; however,
he ultimately succumbed to death in God’s good time. However, we cannot forget Daniel’s
friends who could have easily chosen to “ accept deliverance, ” by giving in to king
Nebuchadnezzar’s demand; however, that kind of deliverance would have been to give in
to fear instead of faith! Yes indeed, “it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day
long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter ” (Rom 8:36); nevertheless, we must
have the same unfearful attitude of Daniel’s friends, “Our God whom we serve is able to
deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand , O king.
18 But if not , be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods (They
essentially proclaimed that under no circumstances would they succumb to fear; instead
they would hang on to their faith!) (Dan 3:17-18).
Obviously, faith’s reciprocal element is fear! Fear comes by hearing and hearing by the
words of the devil! If the adaptor (connector) is contaminated with any fear that we
tolerate, that fear cancels out our faith! What is worse, that fear will connect us to the very
thing in which we are afraid. If you fear death, fear will connect you to death. If you fear
lack, fear will connect you to your lack! Don’t forget that Job said, “the thing which I
greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me” (Job
3:25). We cannot tolerate fear because it will contaminate our faith! The way to stop fear
in its tracks is to open up your mouth. We can only stop fearful thoughts in the mind by
fighting fear with our words! Vocally, call satan a liar a the very moment that any negative
thoughts show up! Let your wife and children know that you are working on some spiritual
things. Let them know that if you should just blurt out, “You are a liar!” that you do not
mean those words for any of your loved ones!
Paul warned Timothy who lived in Ephesus, “ Neither give heed to fables and endless
genealogies, which minister questions , rather than godly edifying which is in faith : so
do” (1 Tim 1:3-4). Some religious doctrines teach things that “ minister questions ” instead
of Godly building up those things, which are of FAITH!
It is possible to have confidence in the word of God; however, it is also possible to have
confidence in the enemy’s weapons. We all have to rest upon something. Demonstrate a
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practical expression of where your faith lies! Conversely, if you have more faith in the
disease than you do in God’s word, then you will move in the direction of your beliefs!
Confidence is like a gun; it must be aimed toward faith or toward fear! It all depends upon
your confidence. I have good news, “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in
the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh ” (Phil 3:3). If
your prayers are, “Oh God, help me! Oh God, can’t you see that I am hurthing! Oh God,
this disease is going to kill me!” then you are placing confidence in the flesh (That is,
through fear you are believing that nothing can stop your particular physical
circumstances.) and not in God’s word! We should be praying, “God I have a sensation of
great pain! And you know that I do; but you also know that your word says that I am healed
by the stripes of Jesus! Therefore I am resting in your word and I have confidence that by
“His stripes I am healed!”
What do you rest in? We should all be resting in something from God’s word:
“by whose stripes I have been were healed” (1 Peter 2:24);
“my God shall supply all my need according to his riches in glory” (Phil 4:19);
“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD” (Ps 118:17);
“With long life will will He satisfy me , and shew me His salvation” (Ps 91:16);
“I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul
prospereth” (3 John 2).
We must rest in God’s promises without fear, “For then shalt thou lift up thy face without
spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast , and shalt not fear : 16 Because thou shalt forget thy
misery . . . 18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about
thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety (Job 11:15-18). The more we rest in God the
more assured we become of His care over us, “Let us draw near with a true (unfeigned)
heart in full assurance of faith , (do you have a full assurance of faith?) ” (Heb 10:22). We
must always resist negative or fearful thoughts in the mind with our words! What you
don’t resist will never go away: Fat on the body, weeds in the yard, dirt on the car, etc.
Many take Jesus’ suffering out of context! Concerning our LORD’s passion, the scripture
says, “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted , he is able to succour them that
are tempted” (Heb 2:18). Are we supposed to suffer in the same way that Jesus suffered?
NO! He did it for us; in essence He got what we deserve so that we could get what He
deserved! Jesus suffered; but Christians are supposed to suffer in a totally different way
than the suffering that sinners go through! Sinners suffer the vicissitudes of life’s natural
circumstances. However, the Christian has God; and, “with God nothing shall be
impossible !” (Luke 1:37) The sinner does not have access to the impossible because they
don’t have the faith of Jesus, “the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the
Son of God ” (Gal 2:20). There is as great a difference between the sinner and the
Christian, as there was a difference between the Egyptian and the Israelite on the night of
that first Passover!
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In this world, for the Christian only, to suffer means to resist ! We suffer in the same
fashion as when Jesus suffered, “ he himself hath suffered being tempted, ” (Heb 2:8),
when he was “ being tempted, ” he resisted that specific temptation! Jesus also suffered in
His resistance to sin, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things
which he suffered ” (Heb 5:8). There is a relationship between Jesus’ suffering and
temptation! Just like Jesus resisted temptation, so too must we suffer through resisting
temptation! We are supposed to resist just like Jesus resisted! We should not be
struggling against temptation in fear, “let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay” (James
5:12). If you choose to resist; then resist! Paul describes the concept our being in
fellowship with Jesus’ sufferings, “that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not
having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of
Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power
of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings ” (Phil 3:8-10). We should observe
Jesus’ most important example where He suffered. In that instance, His main resistance
was to keep his mouth closed! He took authority over his mouth and did not speak, “He
was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he
not his mouth : 33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away” (Acts 8:32-33).
Instead of calling upon legions of angels He submitted Himself to death which He did not
deserve! He took the pain in the flesh so that you and I would not have to! Jesus yielded;
He took the pain for us so that we would not have to suffer! Oh yes, our job is to know
the fellowship of his sufferings; ” but not in the same way he suffered pain in the flesh!
We don’t have the same job that Jesus had. I resist by fighting off temptations of the devil
and resisting! My mouth has to obtain healing, obtain prosperity, obtain deliverance just
like my mouth obtained salvation, “ with the mouth confession is made unto salvation
(Rom 10:10).
Our job is to maintain what He already obtained! We are not the sick trying to get well, we
are the healed! Whenever ill symptoms shows up they are just trying to steal what we
already possess! Jesus made me “the healed!” When opposing symptoms show up then I
must claim the truth out of God’s word that I am healed! In essence, this faithful reaction
is my act of resistance! I must maintain, “he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten
pounds, and said unto them, Occupy (be busy with this) till I come” (Luke 19:13).
Never give up! Never give up! Never give up! Never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever,
ever, give up! Never give up! I do not deny that sickness exists. The world calls that kind
of thinking and acting denial! I do not deny that sickness is real; sickness is real !
However, I deny sicknesses right to be on me! I resist every one of
sickness’ attempts to sit where the healing won by Jesus rests in my life. I resist every one
of lack’s attempts to sit where the prosperity won by Jesus rests in my life. I resist every
one of bondage’s attempts to sit where the freedom won by Jesus rests in my life. I resist
every one of the devil’s attempts to sit where salvation won by Jesus rests in my life!
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The last enemy to be put under our feet is death! Fear is the connector to death. Jesus will
also give us victory over death, “that through death he might destroy him that had the
power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all
their lifetime subject to bondage
(Heb 2:14-15).
There is the connecter named faith
and there is the connector named
fear, which connector are you using
to link up to in the spiritual realm?
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