Childlike Faith Receives From God

“For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.” (Romans 10:10)

My friend let me ask you a question. Have you been listening to your self speaking lately? What are you confessing most of the times? I have said this before, you can always tell what a person believes by hearing them talk. Just hang around a person for a while and you can tell what their believe system is like from their conversations. If our confession is wrong it is because our believe is wrong, and if our believe is wrong, it is because our mind is not renewed to the TRUTH – the Word of God.

The bible contains God’s will for us. Those promises in the bible is what God wants you to have. God wants you to have healing in your body, food on your table, peace in your home, He wants your marriage healed, He wants your children well and thriving in very area of life. God’s thought towards you is constant and He is constantly think of how to demonstrate His extra ordinary goodness in your life. (Psalm 8:4 )

You see, we may not always understand everything the Bible says with the natural mind but the Word of God works! Faith in the Word of God is not blind, but creates what cannot be perceived by the natural mind!

For example, take a look at Abraham in the bible. Abraham and Sarah’s case was hopeless, they were both too old and far past childbearing age. But the bible says that Abraham, “ who against all hope believed that he will become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken” (Romans 4:18). That which was spoken, meaning, what God promised him. And sure enough Abraham and Sarah eventually gave birth to Isaac. They did see the promise come to pass and today Abraham is indeed the father of many nations as promised by God. Not only to the Jewish nation but to all who believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior.(Romans 4:12)

The bible calls Abraham “the father of faith” and he serves has a great example of faith to us today because of the demonstration of his faith in God!  How did Abraham demonstrate his faith before God to qualify for the promise. The Bible tells us that:

  1. Abraham BELIEVED
  2. Abraham expressed his believe through his CONFESSION.

When God Changed Abraham’s name from “Abram” to “Abraham”, which means “father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5). Abraham believed God, and stated to call himself by that name, even though it looked physically impossible, Abraham held on to his confession of faith. And because of that God granted him the promise. Abraham did not receive the promise because it looked possible in the natural, and neither did he received  the promise because he worked for it (Romans 4:4-5)

Abraham, the father of our faith in Jesus Christ received the promise because he believed the WORD of God.  And that, God gives life to the dead and CALLS things that do not exist as though they did. Meaning, God CALLS things that do not exist into EXISTENCE!

  “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken.” (Romans 4:16-18)

Let Abraham’s faith encourage you too today. Believe God’s promises for you,  confess those promises instead of speaking negative words and give God the privilege of bringing His promises  to pass in your life in due season.  As a seed of Abraham, the Lord wants His name to be glorified in the earth through your life like Abraham’s life!

“So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.” (Hebrews 11:23)

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FAITH IS NOW!

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“Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display. 21 Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you].”  (Luke 17:20-21)

Many believers are unconsciously trapped by the mindset that the kingdom of Heaven is a distant place where we will all go someday. And yes, it is, but even though it is a true statement, it’s a limited thinking of what Jesus has done for us. Take a look at the book of Colossians:

“Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God’s holy people) in the Light. 13 [The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,..” (Colossians 1:12-13)

This bible text reveals that we have already been, forgiven, qualified and translated out of the control and the dominion of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God.

In the post last week, I shared that, we are called to live in the presence of God, and that, this is done by obedience and walking in love.((John 15:10-11). This is important, because the original purpose for which we were created is be intimate with God, to fellowship and live in His presence.  When God created man He poured himself into man – His breath; creative life and power was poured into man. (Genesis 2:7). We were created to be one with Him, and from His presence to exercise dominion over all of God’s creation. We were created to live in harmony and union with God until Adam’s rebellion brought separation between man and God. And then, God devised a new plan for restoring His fellowship with man, He gave His Son Jesus Christ, to die and bridge the gap. And now through Jesus we are restored to an everlasting fellowship and communion with God. (Romans 5:17-19)

Since Christ has restored us into fellowship with God as New Creation, therefore, we are already living in the kingdom of God now. And so, if we are already living in the presence of God, and we know that in the presence of God there is peace, joy, salvation, healing, provision, restoration, in short, abundant Life (John 10:10). Doesn’t it then make sense that everything we need is already available to us now? The healing, peace, joy, salvation of loved ones, deliverance and provision for every thing we need in this very present moment is already existing in God, and we, in Christ, are living in the very presence of God!

This is the reason why faith must operate with the mindset of Now! Faith receives the blessings of God now! (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is present tense not future tense, our faith is not in the future because we are already living in the kingdom of Heaven right now by faith! Therefore, our faith also must match up with that understanding of where we are Spiritually. Our mind has to be renewed to this Spiritual fact.

Faith is now, the Kingdom of Heaven is now. Don’t allow the devil to trap you with the mindset that the Kingdom is a distance away and in the future. The word of God says in Luke 17, the kingdom is already in us, and we are already in the Kingdom now. We have been translated from the kingdom of darkness, from the control and dominion of Satan, the law of sin and death can not rule over us anymore, we are now in the the Kingdom of Heaven, in the presence of God. So therefore, we have access to everything we need from God by faith now!

Believe and release your faith today, ask God for that particular need in your life, ask Him to help you today where you feel weak or overwhelmed with the situation you are facing. Maybe your need is for healing or whatever you need deliverance for, receive it now by faith in the name of Jesus, and begin to thank God by faith for the answer to your prayer now. Faith is present, faith is now! Thank God for the salvation of your loved ones now! Thank Him for healing and restoring every area that is broken in your life now! Thank God for every thing you need now! And keep growing in your daily walk with God, keep confessing His word over your life. As you continue in the Lord, at the right season or “due season” (Galatians 6:7-9), you will see the answer to your prayer in physical form. (John 1:1). For with God all things are possible! (Amen)

Please make this declaration with me:

Lord I I believe that Jesus died for me to be freed from every curse of the law. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviou. I believe your word is true and I receive your provision and healing in my life now by faith! I walk by faith and not by sight, I thank you Father that I will see the physical manifestation in due season. I ask in Jesus name. Amen!

I’m praying in agreement with you from this end! God bless you!

God is Near

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God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

Please join me in prayer for these requests:

For the Nation of Philippines, Lord, we lift every one that has been affected through this tragedy, we commit them into your hand, comfort those who are mourning, and help them to rebuild their lives again. Lord, thank You for the helping hands that have come from many around the world, we pray for the Government, grant them your wisdom, favor and strength to rebuild. We pray that you heal and restore the Philippines, for your glory. (Isaiah 53:4-5)

For our Governments and those in leadership we pray for wisdom to rule wisely , that your peace and authority will prevail in every situation. We remember the sensitive situation in the mid-east with Israel at the centre of the conflict, we pray for the protection of your people – Israel and for your peace to reign in that region (Isaiah 47:10)

For those who are weary and about to give up, Lord, we lift up the Body of Christ, particularly those in difficult situations and about to give up on your promises because they have become weary, we ask for strength, and your wisdom for them. Help them to keep moving forward until the victory is won (Isaiah 12:2)

For the vulnerable children all over the world, Lord we ask that you rescue and shelter them under your wings. Send your Angels to minister to them, surrounding them with the right people that will help and foster them with your love. We pray for the Christmas Project – “Operation Smile of a Child” as they plan to bless children all over the world with Christmas gift, we pray for the provision, help in the planning process, and for the protecting of everyone involved one way or another. Prepare and open the hearts of these young ones, to know your love and receive the gift of your salvation as well. (Psalm 18:16-17)

For those that have suffered injustice because they are poor and for other reasons, Lord you are the defender of the poor and oppressed, we ask that you will deliver them from the oppressor and lift them up for your glory.(Psalm 12:5)

For those that are sick physically and emotionally, for troubled marriages and family. Lord we ask that you will heal their physical bodies and their minds, we speak life over them now. We plead the Blood of Jesus over marriages we ask for healing and restoration of these families, Lord bind up there wounds and cause them to rejoice in your deliverance. We send your word to them by your stripes they were healed (Isaiah 53)

For those who are seeking employment or in need of financial provision, Lord we pray for favor, wisdom and that you will provide for every need (Psalm34:6)

Lord, we pray that as your Word goes forth you will work ,miracle, signs and wonders in the lives of people as they come in agreement with your Word by faith. We pray and ask all these in the Name of Jesus. (Amen).

Thank you, Love  from Shade ~ God bless you!:)

Not Subject to Times

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“And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.

17 In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgement [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world.”    (1 John 4:16-17)

As believers in Jesus Christ we can have Christ living in our hearts yet live in bondage. We can confess Jesus Christ as our lord and saviour, go to church, do all the nice religious things and yet, the Presence of the Lord is not rubbed on us. Going to church yet, living in a cycle of defeats, and be a subject of whatever comes along our paths.

Therefore, it shows that, it’s not enough just to have Jesus Christ living in our hearts. That, if we want His power operating in our lives we must LIVE in Him.

The Word of God says as Christ is, so are we in this present world.

Is Jesus Christ subjected to economic recession, famine, diseases, depression or any evil presence? No, He is not a subject of any! Jesus Christ does not live under the dominion, control or any influences of this world system whether good or bad. And so, why should we allow the influences and the dictates of this world system to decide for us?

Jesus made it clear to us that we may be in this world, but we are not of this world. (John 17:16). We are set apart, sanctified unto God. Christ has separated us from , doom and gloom, failing economic system, plagues and pestilences or any evil! No matter our geographical location in the world, we don’t have to beg to eat, or have any needs met! (Psalm 37:18-19); (Psalm 37:25).

Jesus Christ has redeemed us with a costly price. His own Precious Blood. With His Blood He has cut us off, from every curse of the law: fear,diseases,lack, debt and every evil present in this world.  And Jesus  has already presented us God through His prayer, “I do not ask that You will take them out of the world, but that You will keep and protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world (worldly, belonging to the world), [just] as I am not of the world.”  (John 17:15-16)

Jesus has set us apart from the world to Himself, And this where we are suppose to live in the secret place of the Almighty. (Psalm 91) From this place, we are like the description in Psalm 1, thriving supernaturally, because we are living in His presence.

So, How do we live like Christ is, in this present world?   It’s  by obedience to His Word.

Jesus said it, “If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and live on in His love. 11 I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.” (John 15:10-11).  Living in obedience to the Lord and walking in love is the key to abiding in His presence.

I hope we have been encouraged, that in-spite of whatever is happening in the world, we are not subject to it, but we are suppose to thrive, going from glory to glory and His name, been glorified through us. Amen!

From this end, I am praying for you! God bless you! 🙂

Change What You See

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But Moses said, The people among whom I am are 600,000 footmen [besides all the women and children], and You have said, I will give them meat, that they may eat a whole month! 22 Shall flocks and herds be killed to suffice them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be collected to satisfy them? 23 The Lord said to Moses, Has the Lord’s hand (His ability and power) become short (thwarted and inadequate)? You shall see nowwhether My word shall come to pass for you or not.” (Numbers 11:21-23)

To Moses what he was facing was overwhelming and hopeless. As the leader of the nation of Israel, the responsibility of their well-being was on him. The situation absolutely got the best of Moses…. “ I am not able to carry all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me.” (Numbers 11:14)  They were in the middle of the desert, scarce resources, the Israelites were murmuring and complaining, they were surrounded by enemies and neighbors who will not help them. No doubt the situation was overwhelming and agonizing for Moses.

When Moses complained, God reminded him, that He had not changed, that He still was God and His arm is not short to save and deliver!

Beloved, there are no limits to God and what He is able to do! What God expected them to do, was to walk by faith and not by sight! God wanted them to move forward by faith, trusting in Him, even when the situation looked  impossible. But, because of what Moses was seeing in his imagination, the image he had about himself and the situation confronting them could not bring him into the abundant provision of God, which was already laid up for them on the other side – “in God”, which cannot be perceived by the natural mind. (Look at what God did for them in verse 31, He abundantly provided for them!!)

How do we walk by faith and not by sight? How do we change what we see to match and connect with what God has already made available for us?

You do this by spending time thinking on the promises God has provided for you in His Word. By meditating on them. By believing you receive those promises. And by changing your image or the picture you have in your imagination.  For example, if you are in need financially, change seeing yourself as the one always in need,  to a person who is generous, a tither and a giver to those in need. If you are sick, see yourself healed, not only that, see yourself laying hands on the sick in the name of Jesus, and seeing them healed and restored. And the bottom line, forgive your enemies and walk in Love.

As you do, those promises of God will become real to you, your image of yourself will change and your faith will begin to grow and increase.  Just make a quality decision to keep meditating on the word on a consistent basis, eventually your mind will become transformed into the right image by the power of the Holy Spirit, and you will begin to see the manifestation of those promises in your life!  Brothers and Sisters let us be encouraged in knowing that, no matter how difficult the circumstances confronting us, God is for us and His arm is not short to save us!

I’m praying for you! God bless you!

Where is your FAITH, in the WORD or World?

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Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world,things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.”  (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)

God’s ways are higher than ours. God’s method is contrary to the world’s way of doing things. For example, God says when you are weak, you are strong (2 Corinthians 12:10). When you are poor, you have more than enough ( in Christ, you are an appointed heir of all things created by God – Hebrews 1:2). When you are in need, give sacrificially (1 king 17:9-16). When you are sick and have a negative report from the doctor, you declare you WERE healed by the stripes of Jesus (Isaiah 53:5). When you are hated and persecuted, love in return (Matt 5:43-48.) It does not add up and it makes no sense to our natural mind how God works. But you know what? It pleases God when we are willing to be like a child in our faith and take God at His word. The TRUTH is, no matter what we might be facing, our God is more than ENOUGH!

When fear of lack of any kind, tries to grip our heart, God invites us to grow in our faith and knowledge of Him. And by turning to Him in prayer and His WORD, we discover the power of His provision in our lives!

I am praying for you! God bless!

You Are Not Alone

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For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”    (1 Timothy 1:7)

Fear of any kind is not good for us. God stresses this fact enough for us by providing so many Scriptural verses for us as a promise and weapon against fear. There is at least 365 promises in the Bible specifically dealing with fear.  And so, every single day of our life we don’t have fear to anything!

God hates fear. Why? Because, Fear paralysis us! It stops your Faith.  As an example, just take a look at the screen, in this story, about one giant’s  intimidation of a whole Nation of Israel in 1 Samuel 17:1-52.  (Please read this in your bible)

In this story Satan nearly won the victory,  just based on fear and intimidation alone!  Look at a whole nation, including their king Saul,  a Nation of people, in covenant with the creator of the Heavens and the Earth. These are God’s children, and here they are melting with fear before one uncircumcised Philistine, because of his Size!  “…..And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, terrified.” (1 Samuel 17:24)

But then, take a look at just ONE small Boy, with another Focus. A small boy with no reputation, a mere shepherd boy and the least in his family,  David. As soon as David came on the scene, he immediately refused to DOUBT God, despite the attempts by his brothers and even Saul.  And also, he refused to allow Goliath’s insults and intimidation to discourage him. His focus was on a Covenant keeping God, you can see from his confession; “Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied.” (1 Samuel 17:45)

This mere shepherd boy because of his courage in God , he ushered in another atmosphere into the scene.  A boy who had no reputation with man, immediately brought God on the scene, and from there the rest is history.  God turned the table around and gave the nation of Israel the victory,  because of one small boy who had his focus on a Miracle working God. And God was glorified!

When you are facing a serious sickness, financial crisis or an unexpected problem the spirit of fear will immediately try to gain a STONGHOLD in your mind. If you don’t take authority over it in Jesus Name, it will take over and dominate your heart and mind until you are no longer trusting and believing God. Fear is not just a dictionary translation, Fear is a spirit!  It is a spirit sent and used by Satan to oppress, torment, control and dominate. Fear takes our focus off God and places it on our circumstances.

Brothers and Sisters, where is our focus? Where is your focus consigning that issue or problem before you. Jesus says he will never leave nor forsake us. David won his battle because of his relationship with God. If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you too can rest your faith in God’s word and confront your sickness, financial trouble or any giant before you like David.

I encourage you to make this Confess of faith with me: I recognize fear is not from God. It is not for me and I refuse fear to take control of my life! Fear you are not my lord, Jesus Christ is my saviour and Lord. In the name of Jesus I reject you and cast you out of my mind and my life. I plead the Blood of Jesus over my life and I embrace the Holy Spirit in my life. God has not given me the spirit of fear but the Spirit of power, love and a sound mind. From today, my trust and focus is in Jesus Christ and all His promises for my life. Amen!

  Know that, you are in prayer everyday! God bless you!