The subject of faith is a very controversial one in the religious realm and few truly understand what faith is, why we need it and how our lives are blessed because of it. We all know the scripture at Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” But do we really understand what the reward of faith is? Continue reading
It’s so easy for preachers to say, “Have faith”, but unless Christians are taught what faith is and how to use it, they’ll live defeated lives with their needs never met. Many of us spend hours in prayer begging God for answers and yet, the answers don’t come. Continue reading
Too often, the true gospel of Jesus is hidden behind the deception of false doctrines and idealistic theologies that are leading people by the millions along the broad path to destruction. God has called us to preach the gospel Continue reading
Many people express their compassions and concerns by worrying about people or situations. They insist that their worrying is a positive attribute to caring and concern. However, as Christians we know that worrying is a reaction of doubt and can only bring defeat. There is a biblical difference between worry and concern.
Webster’s Dictionary defines worry as:
“To think about problems or fears; to feel or show fear and concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen. To make (someone) anxious or upset: to cause (someone) to worry.”
And it defines doubt as:
“To be uncertain about (something); to believe that (something) may not be true or is unlikely; to have no confidence in (someone or something); to fear; to distrust; an uncertainty of belief or opinion that often interferes with decision-making; a deliberate suspension of judgment; to doubt.”
“Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.’”
Jesus made it clear that doubt is the opposite of “faith”. And He talks about worrying in Matthew 6:25-34:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
When we worry about someone or something we focus on the situation from our own perspective and within our own abilities to help, and we ache inside because we know that we can’t do a thing to change it. We become afraid and this is because we have taken our eyes of off Jesus who has told us in 1 Peter 5:7 to “cast all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.” When our eyes and thoughts are still on the situation, we hold onto the burden and Jesus cannot do a thing to help until we let go.
Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Jesus is telling us to tell HIM about the things that burden us and that worry us, and to rest in Him because HE will take care of them. And how do we do that?
We take our heartfelt concern and we give it to Jesus in prayer. We need to PRAY, PRAY, PRAY and tell the Lord about the things that trouble us and then LET HIM deal with them.
James 5:16 says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
He won’t always do it the way we want Him to and that’s because Jesus sees the big picture and we are only focused on the issue at hand. We need to have the faith and confidence in Jesus as our Lord that He’ll hear our prayers, answer them AND do it HIS way, and then we need to let Him do what He has to do. We need to STOP worrying and agonizing over them because they are no longer OUR burdens; we gave them to Jesus who can and who WILL fix the problems. And all we have to do is believe it.
We’re told in James 2:20 that “faith without works is dead.” We might say that we have faith, but until we truly give Him the burden and then step away from it, we really don’t trust Him. But if when we pray we can give Him the burden and then just leave it with Him, we are acting on our faith. And what does James 2:26 say about that?
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
And there is a way that we can know that we really did give the situation to Jesus and are not just saying that we did. When we can praise the Lord from our heart and thank Him for healing the situation, we’ll feel the release of the anxiety that had previously burdened us. When we are free of that burden, we are filled with His praise just like David said in Psalm 106:12, “Then they believed his promises and sang his praise.”
Can we still be concerned? Yes, of course we can be. But we’ve given it to someone who can do something about the problem, so we no longer have to “worry”. And when the negative thoughts and doubts come – and they will – we have to remember that they aren’t from Jesus, and since we only want to focus on Jesus, we should ignore them and stay focused on the healing power of God.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” … 2 Corinthians 10:5
When we study the Bible and learn all about Jesus, our faith in Him grows and we become more dependent on Him for every aspect of our lives because we know that on our own we can’t defeat the devil, but with God nothing is impossible. If you want to learn more on how to develop your faith and become a strong and faithful Christian, I’d like to encourage you to get a copy of my book, “Let Faith Arise!” You can get a soft cover copy at Amazon.com or a free e-book copy here. It will bless you and teach you what faith is, how to build your faith and how to use it to the glory of God.
“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.” … Hebrews 11:6
The Bible talks a lot about joy, and it’s an emotional word that we’re most familiar with in songs such as Joy to the World. But what does it really mean to have joy? Who can get joy and why do we want it?
The word, “joy”, is used almost two hundred times in the Bible (KJV) and always in reference to an emotional state of delight, wonder, bliss, happiness, and gladness. We are told repeatedly to be joyful, to be filled with joy and to display our joy. Yet, many Christians have no idea how to rejoice or why, especially when life on earth can be at times anything but happy.
We need to understand that the “joy” the Bible talks about is NOT a reaction or a consequence to things or events that make us happy. The joy that God speaks of is a heartfelt contentment or confidence that we have in Jesus. It’s the ripple effect that comes from trusting Him and knowing that no matter what happens to us, HE will walk through the trials with us and take us into victory.
The Bible says in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Joy is a constant state of peace in our heart, of happiness and delight, because we know that Jesus is with us and will get us through the dark hours. We know that God in Heaven is looking out for us and guiding us and instructing us so that we can survive the attacks of the enemy.
Jesus tells us in Philippians 4:6 to be, “anxious for nothing”. In other words, when things happen and we face a trial that we can’t easily handle on our own, we should pray and tell the Lord about it and then trust Him to get us through it. We would wait on Him in prayer and wait physically before doing anything because He WILL get us through it even if He has to send other people across our path or arrange situations around us to change.
Instead of crying and talking negative, complaining and giving glory to the devil, we need to rest in the Lord and let our heart be free and excited with “joy” because we know that Jesus is on the scene. We need to get it down deep into our heart until we know that we know that “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26).
And when we have this confidence, then our heart is filled with a joy that no person can take from us. So, how do we get this joy?
By reading the Bible and knowing just how loving our Father in Heaven really is. He loves each of us so much that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for us – a judgment that we all deserve. And He did it because He loves us and wants us to be free of sin and filled with His Spirit. This is unconditional love because Jesus took on our sins before we even realized who He was.
We can only begin to comprehend the love that He has for us when we study the Bible and learn what He will do for us while we’re here on earth. Our faith in Him will grow and we’ll begin to trust Him with our lives. And we do this because we love Him, and our hearts become filled with excitement, confidence and trust in the Lord, and are filled with a feeling of happiness and contentment that is called, joy.
But that joy doesn’t always stay bottled up inside us because at times we need to express it and shout it out. If we were at a football game and our team scored a goal, we wouldn’t just sit there and think, “Hurrah!” No! We’d jump up and shout and sing praises to them because we were so happy.
Jesus is our hero and He is winning the game against the devil in our lives when we give the battles to him, and He does it one step at a time. With each battle that He wins we should shout His praises as loud as we can and display our appreciation. And we do this because of the joy that it’s our heart.
Have you ever met someone who you knew was going through a rough time and yet they didn’t seem to be affected? If they’re a Christian it’s likely because they gave the problem over to God and trusted Him to get them through it. We need to be careful that we don’t judge someone or speak negative about them because they don’t seem to be concerned. The joy that’s in their heart will keep them sane and able to handle life through the bad times, and we need to find that joy for our own lives.
“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.” … Psalm 5:11
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Like most other Canadians, I joined in with the traditional celebration of Thanksgiving this past weekend and there was so much that I had to be thankful for. I have so many wonderful blessings from God and I’m grateful for every one of them. I have to pinch myself sometimes to realize that I’m alive and that the Lord brought me through a nasty battle with cancer and gave me back my health, and I’m truly thankful for that. I’m married to an amazing man, my best friend, who loves the Lord with all his heart, and I have many wonderful children and grand children who I love. But there is something far greater than these that I’m thankful for more than just one day a year.
The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” There is absolutely nothing in this world that can even come remotely close to this gift and there is absolutely nothing in this world that any Christian should be more thankful for than this gift.
It’s really easy for us in this busy, conflicting world to be so involved in our own lives that we forget just how important this gift is. We forget the anguish and the torture that Jesus endured as He gave up His own life to become a sacrifice for ours; as He bore upon His own body all the sins and punishment of the people of the world just so they wouldn’t have to be punished. This is undoubtedly the epitome of love and what we should be thankful for more than anything else in the world – every day and not just one day a year.
I believe that most parents wouldn’t think twice about taking punishment or even death for their own children who they love and share their lives with. But how many of us would offer to be tortured and killed for someone else who we don’t even know just so that they could be spared? How many of us would offer to die for someone who mocked us, cursed us and who even without any remorse raped and killed people we love? I know I couldn’t do it. Only Jesus could do that.
Many of us accept that because Jesus went to the cross for us we will automatically go to Heaven and be with the Lord forever after we leave this earth. This is good, but sadly, many of us don’t pursue the Christian walk beyond that acknowledgement; we feel that it’s our inevitable destiny because we’re Christians and we live the way we choose here. We pursue material possessions, great wealth and personal accomplishments as we enjoy periodical bouts of the sinful life – with repeated repentance, of course.
We need to realize that Heaven is our home – our only home – and it is our goal in life, but while we’re here on earth we have a job to do and that is to teach others about Jesus and to get as many people saved as possible. Jesus tells us in Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” This is not a suggestion; it’s a command that we need to fulfill, and we do it because we love the Lord and we want to get other people to know and love Him, too. We do it because we are thankful for what He has done for us.
We can’t do this on our own merits, though. We need to ask God to fill us with His Holy Spirit so that we can understand the Bible and know what is the perfect will of God. In Mark 1:8 it says, “…but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.” And so once we’re saved we need to ask God to fill us with His Spirit. “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” … Luke 11:13
Through the Holy Spirit, we will learn all about God and what He wants us to do. The Bible should be our only source of information and His Spirit should be our only teacher because they are the same. When we allow men to teach us we are at risk to receive bad direction, mis-interpretation and manmade doctrine instead of Bible truth. God tells us to study His Word and in 2 Timothy 2:15 it says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
We want to be a good witness for God, and we do this by living the way Jesus tells us to and by not engaging in the sinful ways of the world. While we adhere to the laws of the land, God is the one we answer to and God is the one who we obey. He tells us in Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
This not only includes what we do and where we go, but also the way we treat our body because it is the temple of the Holy Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 3:16 it says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” And in Romans 8:11 we learn the power of the Spirit in us, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
When we read Isaiah 53:5, we learn that through His Spirit, and the knowledge of God and faith in His Word, we can be healed of our afflictions because we were healed at the cross. “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.”
We can believe God to heal us when we’re sick because it was accomplished on the cross. But in the meantime, we need to keep our bodies healthy by eating good, healthy foods and by not engaging in drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.
Jesus accomplished a lot on that cross. He paid the price for our sins; He restored us back to our Heavenly Father; He gave us His Spirit to live in us and keep us in open communication with God our Father (something the world cannot do, John 9:31)); He healed our bodies so that all we have to do is accept it and believe it and we have it; and He gave us the hope of being in Heaven with Him forever.
Jesus deserves our thanks and our praise every day, not just one day a year. He has definitely given us life and life more abundantly, and to Him we give all the glory – every day! Not just one day a year.
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” … 1 Thessalonians 5:18
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When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we enter God’s world, and the hopes and dreams that it holds are endless. They bring joy and happiness to our soul. Salvation is the beginning of a new life, but it’s not a matter of once saved, always saved. It’s the beginning, and like anything else in life, the “beginning” is the start and it has a following.
God gave us that first seed of faith to get saved – not a lot, just enough to believe and accept His Son, Jesus, as our Saviour. At this point we realize that God is not just a figment of someone’s imagination, but that He IS real, that He IS the creator of the universe and the God OF that universe. We realize that we are now part of this big, new world and it feels great. We belong to God, and Jesus has become our friend.
But now we need to know more about God so that we can have a relationship with Him. So much of the Old Testament seems to set Him out as being a cold, harsh ruler with no heart for the people, but that is the furthest thing from the truth. John 3:16 says that God loves us so much that He sent His OWN Son to take on OUR sins and then as a punishment, He died on the cross for us and took our sins to hell.
There is so much about God that we don’t know, so it becomes very difficult for us to be able to love someone who we don’t know and who we don’t even know anything about. But that seed of faith that He gave us to get saved can grow into a wealth of knowledge about Him, and to the point where we truly love Him with all our heart.
How do we grow that seed of faith?
The Bible says in Romans 10:17 that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. The Bible and all its scriptures were written by men BUT under the anointing and inspiration of God. So every word in this Bible has been given by God to us as our book of instruction – our manual for living. There is no other way to learn about God.
Our testimonies of God’s intervention in our lives are a witness that proves the Word of God. They aren’t new and they aren’t unique to only us. They are testimonies and these testimonies support what God has told us in the Bible, and they inspire those around us and encourage them to get into the Bible and study it so they too, can know God.
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” … 2 Timothy 2:15.
Many Christians have written books on faith, and some of these books have been a real blessing, but they do NOT replace the Bible. They should ALL refer back to the Bible, edify the Bible, give glory to God and represent Jesus. They should inspire us and encourage us to get into the Bible and study it ourselves.
When I was battling cancer in 2011 I thought I had the faith to fight it on my own, but when the doctor spoke those terrifying words of death to me, I knew that I needed to dig deep and meditate on His Word and not stop until it became a reality to me.
I did two things: I went to some of my friends who I knew were prayer warriors and I asked them to pray for me, that my faith would be made strong. And then I studied the Bible and prayed and studied and praised the Lord with my whole heart until I began to see the hope and reality of the cross.
And as that reality began to set in, so did the fear from the battle, and so I wrote down the messages that I got from the scriptures I read, and then I read them over and over until they became real and my faith began to grow. I reached the point where I truly trusted God with my life and I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was healed. And that’s when God led me to my healing.
Faith doesn’t just happen. It doesn’t come because we quote scriptures. It doesn’t happen because someone has prayed over us and says it will happen. It’s not magic. There is no angel dust.
Faith is believing with all our heart and not allowing doubt to set in. It’s an “either/or” situation; either you believe or you don’t; either you accept God’s Word or you don’t; either you receive the blessings or you don’t.
God’s Word is for everyone, but if we don’t believe it then we miss out. Someone can tell us that they have a million dollars in the bank for us and all we have to do is go and get it, but if we don’t believe it’s true, then we won’t act on it and we will miss out on the million dollars. And it’s the same concept for the Bible.
When we study the Bible, we will learn about God, about Jesus, about His Spirit, and about who we are in Christ. And as we study and pray and praise the Lord, our faith grows and grows. We are able to stand on His Word and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it IS true and we will be able to live the life of victory that He has given us.
Does this mean that life will always be a bed roses after that? No, not at all. We live in this world and we will experience all the elements and things that comes with it, BUT we will know God and He will show us how to overcome them all.
When I was healed from the cancer, I took all those messages and formatted them into a devotional book called, Let Faith Arise!. I wanted to share with others how to get faith, how to develop faith and how to act in faith. This book is NOT about me; it’s about learning how to get faith so that YOU can know God and live the life that He’s given you.
Let Faith Arise! is MY testimony that proves that God’s Word is true. He loves us so much, and He hurts when we hurt and He laughs when we laugh. He is our Father, and when we know Him, we are able to truly say “Praise the Lord” and mean it, and we will see that Jesus is not only our Lord, but He is our friend, as well.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” … Hebrews 11:1.
Many of us Christians will come to the Bible and pick out scriptures that we can use as a means to win the battles in our lives – and this can be a good thing. Many of us will quote the scriptures and declare their power – and yet we are defeated. We have done all we know to do, but God’s promises don’t work.
This is the problem. We do all that WE can do and then we get discouraged. We begin to doubt that there is any power in the Words of the Bible or whether God can or will step in the gap to help us. We begin to think that maybe – if God actually cares about us – He has His favorites and that He actually chooses who He will bless.
When WE are the voice behind the scriptures there IS NO POWER and we WILL be defeated!
When we think that quoting passages of the Bible will turn the words into an aggressive, magical tool to fight the devil with, then we WILL be defeated.
When we decide how we will interpret the Bible and how to use it for our own personal gain, then we WILL be defeated.
When will we get the victory using God’s Word? When we humble ourselves before God and accept the Word as HIS spoken word for us, THEN we will have our victory.
The ONLY way that we can speak to those mountains and see the victories in our lives is to HAVE FAITH and believe that God has spoken these words to us and for us. Then we, too, can speak them and get the victories over the trials in our lives. Why? Because deep in our hearts we believe the truth that’s in them; they are God’s Words and not our words.
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” … Matthew 21:21
God gave us the Bible to be our manual of instructions for our lives. The Old Testament is filled with the history of God and mankind, the instructions for our lives and the reports of those who obeyed and what happened to those who disobeyed. And it leads right up to Jesus our King, who would be the sacrificed lamb for our sins so that we could once again be united with our Father. The New Testament is just that – a new testament or promise between God and us, established by Jesus on the cross so that we could live the way He expects us to live; the way He has made possible through His Word.
The mountains in our lives are those trials and tribulations that come against us. The Bible gives us instruction about how to live and how to overcome these trials. There is NO trial that we have to endure that has not been covered by Jesus on the cross. He has given us the ability to overcome them all, and there are scriptures to support them all, even if we don’t think there are.
Jesus brought us back into the presence of God by taking our sins away and making us clean before our Father. But Jesus also gave us the right to claim the promises in the Bible AND He gave us the ability to overcome all disease and sickness. He’s written out all the instructions for a Godly life, for finding a mate, investing money, staying healthy, raising children, dealing with our neighbors, spreading love, joy and happiness, and for our retirement.
If we knew God’s Will for our lives from the second we were born, we would likely not find ourselves in most of the situations that have come against us because we would know how to deal with them from the onset – and how to prevent them. But most of us have found ourselves in the situations before we understood God’s Will for our lives. Yet, we can still be over comers.
Faith gives us the victory. How do we get faith so His promises will come to pass in our lives?
1. We need to know God so we can truly love Him – “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” … Mark 12:30
2. We need to study His Word so it becomes the directive for our lives – “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. … 2 Timothy 2:15
3. We need to believe God’s Word totally and not second guess His authority or purpose. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” … Proverbs 3:5.
4. We need to love and respect other people with the same love and respect that we have for ourselves and that Jesus has for us. When we pray this way, we won’t be asking for personal riches or fame; we’ll be praying for others with the same love and compassion that Jesus has. “…Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” … Matthew 19:19.
We need to pray for their needs like we pray for our own. We can’t lift ourselves up above anyone. “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” … James 5:16
5. We need to realize that God’s Word is the same for everyone, and as Paul says in Acts 10:34, God is not a respecter of persons. Whoever will accept God’s Word and believe will see it come to pass. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” … John 15:7
Yet, God DOES bless His children just as we bless our children and give them special treats or rewards for their hard work. These blessings are above the basic promises of the Bible because God, in His compassion and love for us, also loves to bless us.
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.” … Psalm 68:19
God’s promises ARE true and they DO work when we have faith and believe that God gave them to us so that we can have the victory over ALL of our problems in life.
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” …….… … John 16:33
All we need to do is have faith and trust God that His Word is true, and then we will see that God’s promises DO work!
“And Jesus said unto them, ‘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.’” … Matthew 17:20
*If you want to learn how to develop your faith and how to apply it to the situations in your life, there is a book that this author wrote last year called, Let Faith Arise!. This is a devotional book comprising many messages on faith that the Lord gave to me during my nasty battle with cancer last year. Through faith in God and in His Word, I beat an aggressive deadly cancer that was about to claim my life. God’s Word IS true. His promises ARE real.
And you CAN have the victory when you have the faith and believe Him.
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