BY: GARY R. KANE
Time to trust God for you to be a 'people person'. To love people and minister to their needs. So many in the body of Christ are in neutral, on the bench (the Church bench) and just recluse themselves and distance themselves from others and stay in their own little world. Jesus never was this way, and he did not train his 12 disciples to be this way, nor does he want his beloved Church to be this way now. There is no saying in the body of Christ, "well I'm just not a people person. I don't deal well with people well, I don't know how to act or what to say, I'm just shy or afraid, I just don't have what it takes to function well, or minister well, or love folks the way God wants me to....."
No ! Beloved, there is no such talk or walk as this for the child of God.
If you are truly a child of God, born again, and especially baptized in the Holy Spirit, then you all ready have .."LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS , GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTROL."
Now by faith use the fruit you have and walk in it by the power of the Holy Spirit !
You already have the "MIND OF CHRIST." So Use the wisdom he gives when you ask and believe by faith !
He did NOT give you a spirit of "Fear,' but a spirit (the Holy Spirit) of POWER, LOVE, AND A SOUND MIND ! Walk in such a way by FAITH ! All things are yours in Christ Jesus, and you CAN DO ALL THINGS, through HIM who STRENGTHENS YOU !
In this message, we want you to see how to start thinking about you, and your circumstance, the way God does, and stop listening to the world, the flesh, and the devil, and saying all the time what they are saying about you and your circumstance !
You need to practice saying what God says about you in the word, daily.
Call yourself skilled, call yourself wise, call yourself blessed of God, call yourself a leader of men, call yourself "wise in dealing with people," Call yourself gentle and understanding and patient with other people, a person who cares about others, Call yourself DEAD to you and ALIVE to Christ ! Call yourself most blessed....! You can, "Because God has already said these things about you if your his child !"
If you will stay in the word, and suffer in the flesh and deny it, it's right's to live, and say these things about yourself "out loud' and use the scriptures to confirm these things about yourself, you will be and walk and have what you say. If you walk this way, every day, and do this by faith in God and his promise's he's already give to you, you WILL become this way, and walk this way. If you "try it" a few days, it won't happen, or obviously, if you won't do it, then it will never come to pass.
Flesh, stubbornness, and a religious spirit (pride) won't receive from God !
There are some who are really laying hold of God, and the principles of Faith, who are really going through some very deep sufferings in many many ways. Many ways ! These things, for a season, must be. Because God is allowing these trials and test and fires. He has to ! He must ! There is no other way to walk in the depths with God without being one minute in the furnace, and another on the potter's wheel for a time, being prepared by the very hand of God for a season and in his timing.. No way without denial of self, and resurrection of life and complete faith in the Lord Jesus and his promises. No way to lead men, or love men. No way to get along with others, or minister, or teach or help or show compassion, or help any one in any way 'fully,' and with the 'fruit of the Spirit,' and the power and anointing of God, without first being tested and tried, and "prepared for every good work".
Nor, is there any way without 'saying all the time' what God says about you, and your situation/s. What I mean by "all the time," is just that. Stop saying what Satan is saying about you and your circumstances 'all the time'. You do that don't you ? "Well, I don' see how we're going to make it, I am just so messed up, this will never work out for us, well I stay sick all the time, I'm just not anointed enough to minister to others, I'm to afraid..." You see, you been spending time, all the time, or even most of the time, saying out loud what Satan says about you and your circumstances, so why not 'all the time, every time you speak', start saying what God says about it ! The flesh does not want to do this, and the devil is mad as the hell that is in him over those who will stand by faith and not fear saying what God says. Jesus never did a thing without hearing what the Father wanted him to say or do..
He (Satan), knows that if we say what God says, we will no longer be defeated and wore out, and of no use to God and his kingdom !
The Devil works with the flesh to keep us worthless for the kingdom of God and service to him. He wants us cold and stiff, and unbending, and callus, and self-centered, un-interested, and does not want us to inconvenience ourselves for the sake of walking in love with others !
A quick look at what God calls love: I Corinthians 13: 4- 8.
4. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8. Love never fails.
Let's break this down into a list and look at it and ask some questions !
Are you patient with others ?
Do you show kindness to others?
Do you envy what others have?
Do you boast and brag on yourself?
Do you dishonor others?
Do you seek things and comfort and convenience for your self ?
Do you have a short fuse, and have things "rise up in you" and get angered at others ?
Do you cut others off, and keep a memory of wrongs, about what they did to you, "or" you "think" they did to you ?
Do you "rejoice' when you hear the truth, even if it hurts your flesh? Or when you see those who walk in it, or does something 'rise up' in you when the truth is told or taught ? Because this would be rejoicing with evil 'because' you did not want to receive or hear or participate in the truth. Which one are you here?
Do you protect others, or cut them down?
Do you trust God and his word, all of it, with all your heart enough to live it?
Do you have Biblical hope? (That word hope in the Bible means: an EAGER expectation, that what God has promised he WILL bring to pass) Do you walk in this blessed hope ?
Do you always persevere, "even when" your ridiculed, hated, ignored, disliked, talked bad about, suffer sickness, hardship, many types of difficulties ? Do you continue on trusting God, and walking in Faith, or do you fold up and give up?
Do you really believe these things "That God's kind of Love NEVER FAILS" WHEN PRACTICED ?
You see beloved there are times when the most faithful do not show love for a particular moment, or are rude for a moment, or did not trust God for the moment and situation. But the point is here in scripture, we really can walk in these things, because God is love. God lives in us who know him.
God says in Ephesians 5:1
Be imitators of God as beloved children... (emphasis mine).
The word teaches us to follow Christ example, to follow him, to 'put on the Lord Jesus Christ and his righteousness..."
So, even when I missed it, or blew it. God is right there with me to lead me in the correct path the next time, and wants me to believe I have these things in me By the Holy Spirit. If we do not believe we already possess these attributes and character of God, or the fruit of the Holy Spirit, or the promises of God, how then shall we ever manifest them by grace or walk in them, when we do not "feel" as though we are even capable of walking in such a way ? Indeed we are NOT capable in the strength of our own flesh, and by self effort, but we can and shall walk this way by the Spirit of God, and by Faith, believing !
God says, we already have the 9 fruit of the Spirit. God says we have the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire (though we only said some words to "get it") and we must now walk "in it." We must now walk in that holy place with the Lord hand in hand, and bring forth his grace and mercy, his love and concern, his warmth and compassion. We must love all men, and die to ourselves, deny ourselves "every single fleshly selfish comfort and desire and right," and take up our own cross's and truly follow Jesus... He was going to die !
When DEATH (to self) works in us, the LIFE of Christ WILL work in others !
As we 'speak and say' what God has already said about us, and call those things that are 'NOT yet manifest' in us as though they were, then we will be on the right path to becoming true men of God useful for God's purpose. In the Church, the street, the work place, and the home, and every where we go, and with all that we meet each day, our hearts will be as Christ heart with them, and his anointing through us will be a blessing, and no longer a mixed bag of fresh water and salt water, blessings and curses.
We 'can say' these things that are "not yet manifest' in us, because the word says we can. In Philippians 1:6 ..."Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you WILL carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (NIV). Ephesians 5:1 says in the (NIV). Be imitators of God therefore as dearly loved children..."
Well, he did not say "be God." He said to "imitate him." We know that God calls things that are not as thought they were. We're going to see in a moment where Jesus tells us to do the same thing in Mark 11, and also in Hebrews 11:1.
Abraham got a hold of this same concept of faith in Romans 4: 16-25
16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and "calls things that are not as though they were."
18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”) 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (all emphasis mine).
Beloved aren't you glad to be a part of this, and see that when Abraham was told by God, that his wife would give birth to a child and here they are about 100 years old, their bodies as 'good as dead', Sarah's womb dried up and as good as dead, that Abraham 'did not waver in his faith', and "against ALL hope, Abraham, 'In Hope" 'believed !
Fully persuaded, that God had the power to do what he promised ! God will do the same in your life as you say what he says, and believe.
What looks as good as dead in your circumstance ? What looks hopeless to you in your life and family?
Say what God says about it, and by "faith" believe it, and walk in it, and he will bring to pass that which he has already promised to you !
Again, remember: Ephesians 5:1 says in the (NIV). "Be imitators of God therefore as dearly loved children..."
Again, he did not say to "be God," He said to "imitate him." We have the "legal biblical right" (if you will) to say what God says and call things that are not as thought they were. Do it with right motives and by faith, Believing !
One more evidence to you on this. In 1 John 4:2. The word of God says, ... "This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God. Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God..." (emphasis mine)
Now, the word in the (NIV) here "Acknowledges,' means: 'To speak the same thing as, to agree with confessing (you confess with your mouth), to give thanks for his promises and to acknowledge covenant ! Wow !
Did you get that ? To speak and say the same things as (Christ), (to confess 'what he says' ).
Beloved, It is the Bible way, as we will again see in Mark 11, and Hebrews 11, that we can say, and speak over our situations and circumstances the things God has already declared about them and promised us !
Now then. The word of God is filled with promises to you and I who know him and obey him and love him
Yes, as a child of the living God, I can go around saying I have love, when I do not feel love, or did not show it today. I can say I have wisdom and understanding, even if I don't see it or did not use it today. I can say I have kindness, goodness, self-control. I can call myself most blessed, and prosperous, even if I did not see or feel like it or did just the opposite today... Because Jesus started this fruit of the Spirit in me, the ongoing work of grace in me, and he WILL see it through to completion as long as I submit to him every moment in every thing, and when I did not, I can still say 'I have these things', because the word says I have them, and I will have them, as Long as I continue to declare it, and believe it "by faith," and step out and "do it,' by faith. God takes that which is "dead in us," it is there, but not yet manifest, and when we will believe his promises and say what his word already says about our situation, God brings that to manifestation. It may take a week a moth a year, I do not know. I do know that when we say what the devil says we get just that. I do know that when we speak the word of God over our situation/s and 'believe,' that God has promised those good things he is at work doing in us will come to pass.. We will see much more in a moment.
'It is God who is at work in you to Will and DO his good pleasure. His good pleasure is for us to walk in love, righteousness, and holiness, and walk by faith, and walk as men of God who know the word declares, "Now FAITH is being sure (the evidence. no doubt or wavering) of what we hope for, and the assurance (evidence, title deed) of what "we do not (yet) see... (manifest) ! Hebrews 11: 1.
So we SAY all the time, what God says about us, and about our circumstances and even over others, until the manifestation of it comes.. As I said before. What I mean about saying what God says 'all the time' is simply, what God says about you, and your situation/s. What I mean by "all the time," is just that. Stop saying what Satan is saying about you and your circumstances all the time, and start saying what God says about you and your circumstance instead !
You see beloved, it is not a matter of just saying words. The Pharisees said words over and over again, "to be noticed by men, and gain a reputation". Their motives were wrong. Jesus rebuked them for that, and called what they were doing meaningless babble, vain repetition. Again, because their motives were for self gain and the recognition and praise of men !
If you say what God Says in his word about you because you love God and want to be like him, and with a pure heart and motives, declare what God has already promised you, he will bring it to pass in your life and make it manifest ! You have God's word on that ! Don't let Satan lie to you and tell you this is stupid to say what God says over and over about you or your family or job or life and walk. It is the hypocrites, the Pharisees, and the proud that Jesus rebuked , for their babbling was in vain, it had all the wrong motives !
What is stupid and foolish, is to say what Satan is always filling your head with. How can it be stupid or foolish to say what God's word is saying about you or your circumstance !
Here is just one example of " using the scriptures", the things God has already promised me, and given to me, by faith and trust and believing these things God has already said about me..
I say, I have health thank you Lord that you sent your word to heal me, that you said you forgive all my sins and heal all my sickness, that by your stripes I have been healed, thank you, praise you Jesus. I have love and joy and peace and patients, and kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control, thank you Jesus, and thank you that you are at work in me to will and do your good pleasure, and praise God that you are working in me to bring to completion that which you already started in me, praise God I have grace and mercy, thank you Lord that I have compassion, and passion, and meekness, and humility. Thank you Jesus that I have all authority over the power of hell. Thank you Lord that I have made you my refuge, my dwelling place, and you said now no evil will befall me, nor any plague come near me. Thank you Lord Jesus that you give me whatever I ask for in your name ! Thank you Lord Jesus that whatever I ask according to your will you hear me, and If I know you hear me, I know I have what I have ask for ! Thank you Jesus that all these things I speak over myself (not ask for cause its already been given) will come to manifestation, because I already have them. You have already declared by your word, you have done these things for me, and given these things to me.. Praise you Jesus !
If you give me a gift, I do not come to you and ask you to give me a gift. You already gave it. I come and say, "Thank you for this, thank you "I have it and its mine..." !
Now beloved, this is just one example of how to walk in faith in such a way to build that faith of God in you. Faith comes by hearing and that by the word of God. Romans 10:17.
Again, remember Hebrews 11:1
"Now FAITH is being sure (the evidence. No doubt or wavering) of what we hope for, (hope being an eager expectation that what God promised or said, WILL come to pass, as we believe for it by faith), and the assurance (evidence, title deed) of what "we do not (yet) see... (manifest) !
Understand here, if we do not yet 'see the manifestation' of what we know God has promised us, but by Faith we are "sure", with out doubt, that the thing we are believing for, which the Lord has already spoke, and declared is ours, and though we do not yet 'see it" we continue to say what he says about it, and thank him for it, until it comes to pass. "Thank you for my healing Lord, thank you that you have given me patients Lord, I have grace, I have love, I have power over the enemy....
We thank him and receive these things 'not yet seen' (or manifest) "until they are manifest." It is the bible way.
Another example Mark 11: 22-25
22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Now what did Jesus say here? Have faith in faith ? No ! Have faith in yourself ? No ! Have faith in the medicine ? No! He clearly said here, as the word of God says in thousands of other places, "Have faith, (trust hope belief, complete abandon) in God" ! He (Jesus went on to say here to us..) . If anyone "says" to this mountain. Now he is not talking about a real 12,000 ft mountain here. He is talking about those mountains in what looks impossible to us, and those huge difficulties in our lives, and just the things period, that are a hindrance in and to us in in our path, in our walk. He clearly said for "us to speak to them." For us to tell them to be gone, dissolve, go away, be cast down, depart... We do this as we saw in the examples above.
Another quick example here, (as I want you to get this). Repetition is good.. So I like to say these things as much as I can, and in different ways so we will "get it." I might say, now sickness you are not wanted in my body which is the temple of God, and by the way, God does not want it here either, nor did he put it here. So I am telling this pain, this disease, this sickness to be gone, to leave me, because I am healed by the stripes of Jesus, he sent his word and healed me, he forgiveness all my sins and heals all my sickness ! Man, see, we are just saying by faith what God has already said, and promised us !
You see, this is talking and speaking to the mountain, as Jesus has told us to do in Mark 11 above.
Again here in Mark 11. He (Jesus) says when you speak to these things (using the scripture and having faith in God) he says "Do not doubt in your heart.."
Now James 1: 5 - 8 says.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (emphasis and marks are mine).
See we must declare by faith with out doubting or the thing will not come to pass. Remember:
Hebrews 11: 6
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists (in our situation as well), and that he rewards, (brings the promises to manifestation) those who earnestly seek him. (will by faith continue with all diligence to say what God says, and believe him) ! (emphasis and marks mine).
"Again" we see the "same things" in scripture repeated to us over and over and over again... Lest we just forget. God wants us "to get it."
So when we speak to this mountain in our lives, we do it in complete trust, and total faith and no doubting.
Again in Mark 11.
....Does not doubt in his heart, but "believes" what he "says" will come to pass, will happen, (see it is not yet manifest, but will be manifest, as we "say what 'God says" He said whatever we have said/ask for in prayer, believe you receive (what you said and ask for) and it will be done for you ! " (emphasis mine).
Praise God what a wonderful promise of God.
Let's look at the very last scripture there though in this passage in Mark !
Mark 11: 25
25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins..
Oh beloved. I tell you, this is where so many in the body of Christ miss it. They have grudges, they have strife, stubbornness, and divisions, slow to reconcile with their brother or neighbor, harbor just some foolish issue in the prideful heart, and BAM ! They wonder why didn't all this work for me ?
Well that brings us back to the beginning of this message how Grace, faith and LOVE, the God kind of love, must go together. You cannot separate, the two, nor can we walk by faith in the promises of God, and ignore walking in holiness and righteousness by Grace.
You see in Ephesians 2: 8
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— (emphasis mine)
Now look at Titus 2: 11- 12
11 For the "grace" of God has appeared that offers "salvation" to all people. 12 It (grace), teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.. (emphasis mine)
You see beloved, the same "Grace" that 'saved you', is also a "teacher" a "tutor" to teach us to say NO, to ALL unrighteous living and speaking..
Unforgiveness, and grudges, and cutting people off, and holding on to pride and oppressing others by not having the "God kind of reconciliation with them," will block your faith, block your prayers from being answered. This is only "one" reason we do not see the miracles in our homes, lives, and Church that we should be walking in, and missing the wonderful blessings of God he wants us to experience, is unbelief, lack of teaching, stubborn refusal to receive the truth and walk in it, traditions, "and" unforgiveness.
We see Again in 1 Peter 1: 3 - 9
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (all emphasis mine).
Boy Praise God for this !
Remember we started out saying that those who have set their hearts to truly walk in the God kind of faith would be really tested. That is what we just read here as well.. Also we said at the begging here, that these test and fires "Must come." They have to, in order to try us, and prepare us for service to God, and to become Christ like in our walk, and our faith be strengthened, and our Love grow, and that we stop the doubt and wavering and have complete and total trust in God, in al things !
Also as we have been saying here over and over, and now see again, in this passage in Peter. Although we "do not see" him (Jesus). Remember we walk buy faith and not by sight !
NOW. Let me say, although you do not see him (for the moment, or yet), bringing forth the manifestation of what you have believed for yet in your life, ministry, marriage, finances, health etc. Although you have said what God says about your situation, you have stood by faith, and believed without wavering, and stood on and spoke the promises of God over and over again over your situation and that which you are believing for, although you do not "yet' see his hand in it... "You love him" ! You trust him, you stand firm by faith, knowing he's on the way with your answer, you have eager expectation of Biblical HOPE. You are filled as Peter said with an inexpressible and glorious joy. Because you KNOW, by Faith, that your salvation is near, and not just salvation as in going to be with the Lord one day, but understand, that Salvation means , healing, and deliverance and to be blessed, "Now." And as we "Say what God's word says" concerning each and every situation we find in our lives, those mountains, those difficulties, those impossibilities, as we say what God says about these things, and do not doubt, and we walk in perseverance, and Hope, and righteousness, by grace and faith, They will come to pass !
God has promised, that we will have what we say (Mark 11, Hebrew 11, and many other places we've seen, and not looked at in this writing today) if we ask and say what he says by faith in God !
Jesus warns us that by our words we will be justified, or condemned.. He says we will give an account of every idol, careless word we speak. (because we are supposed to say what he says about and in everything) Proverbs tells us that .."life and death are in the power of the tongue..."
James tells us: In James 3:
5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
Now beloved, if the tongue sets one's life course, and the wrong words set that course on the fiery path of hell, then we must understand the teachings and warnings of Jesus, and the rest of the word of God, that saying what God says, his words, will set our life's course in righteousness, and blessings, on our journey to glory.
Remember, the word of God, is a lamp unto our feet and a light onto our "Path...." (emphasis mine)
So then. If I speak the words of God, and say what he says, it will bring "light and revelation" in to my situation, and his words I speak, will guide me on the pathway of salvation, healing, deliverance, blessings, and the glorious promises of God !
Beloved, walk in such a way as the lord has designed for you to walk and trust him and believe his word, Speak his word, Say what he says in the word about your situation, and obey him, and praise him, and hold fast to your profession of faith, in your great high priest, Jesus, and you will find blessing and refreshing, and miracles, and joy unspeakable, "even in the midst of your trials and difficulties."
I pray you will take to heart this word to you, and make it your Life's desire, and obedience, to by faith, live in the way God has planned out for all his people !
Be blessed, all of you !
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