Pastor’s Blog 10.9.10

Last week, I was writing about the necessity of faith in our walk with God and I am going to continue on this subject. It seems that there is a demand by our culture to require less and less from the individual in a walk with God. In a recent Barna Poll the question was asked: What is the most important thing you look for in selecting a new home church? The number one answer was “that they don’t need me to do anything”. Wow, this really shines a light on the faith, or lack of faith of this generation! Everything we do in Christ is “motivated by faith and manifested by service.”

Hebrews 11:6-7
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. NKJV

As we read Hebrews 11, we find people were motivated by faith “to do” things. Today, there is a lack of urgency to live for God. To live for God means our lives take on His meaning and His priorities become ours. We awake each day with a call to service and purpose, knowing it could be our last! We shake off the apathetic attitude of those who are perishing and take up our cross and follow Him!

We have a record of warning about becoming apathetic in our walk:

2 Peter 3:1-7
Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),
2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, 3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. NKJV

The Lord has called us to a diligent walk and given us much responsibility in it. Just as socialism is a failed experiment in every culture, faith without works is dead. Why is socialism a tempting offer? I get to do less, be responsible for less and someone else will take care of me. It is a failed solution in politics and it doesn’t work with your faith either. The Lord has commanded us to go and use all the talent and ability we have to subdue the earth and share in it’s prosperity. In the same way we have to engage our faith in our walk with Him for the harvest by service.

Each week the administrators of local churches struggle with all the “call offs” of their volunteer army. While we try to schedule a harvest because the fields are white and ready, we are countered with excuses of why, “I can’t serve this week”. Reminds me of a story in the Bible:

Luke 14:16-27 Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ 18 But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen , and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.'” 25 Leaving All to Follow Christ (Matt 10:34-39) Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. NKJV

Roll up your sleeves and work for the Lord of the harvest!

Be blessed!

Pastor’s Blog 10.2.19

I would like to continue on the topic of prayer this week. Last week I was challenging you concerning motive and attitude toward God in prayer. This week I want to encourage you concerning the prayer of faith. The foundational scripture for this prayer method is found in:

Mark 11:22-26 TPT
Jesus replied, “Let the faith of God be in you! Listen to the truth I speak to you: If someone says to this mountain with great faith and having no doubt, ‘Mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the midst of the sea,’ and believes that what he says will happen, it will be done. This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer—believe that you have received it and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, if you find that you carry something in your heart against another person, release him and forgive him so that your Father in heaven will also release you and forgive you of your faults. But if you will not release forgiveness, don’t expect your Father in heaven to release you from your misdeeds.”

Now let’s marry this verse with the definition of faith:

Hebrews 11:1-3 TPT
Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. This testimony of faith is what previous generations were commended for. Faith empowers us to see that the universe was created and beautifully coordinated by the power of God’s words! He spoke and the invisible realm gave birth to all that is seen.

There is a power of the spoken word if it is spoken in faith. It is literally a creative force. One of the most difficult things to do in the Kingdom is to pray the prayer of faith. Doubt has a strong root system inside us based on sense knowledge. Our senses are telling us something isn’t, and faith is saying it is. Faith is future now!

Let’s look at Hebrews 11:1 in the Amplified.

Hebrews 11:1
11:1 NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. AMP

Notice the beginning words “NOW FAITH is”. I have spent a lifetime wrestling with sense knowledge as I am sure you have too. As I have studied and researched quantum physics over the last several years, I have found it interesting that science has confirmed that all solid objects are held in place and have mass by molecular atoms. Have you ever seen an atom? Me neither. But further, they have discovered particles smaller called Quarks and two years ago through the Hadron Collider in Luxemburg, discovered the Higgs- Bosen particle which was called the “God Particle” – as the center of all matter. So what does that have to do with prayer?

God’s word creates, or causes matter to form to create what He says. The nuclear world has discovered that these particles change behavior and react when they are spoken to. They have even proven that quarks change patterns from dot matrix to wave when they are being observed! So matter even knows and reacts when we look at it through a molecular microscope.

Now it begins to make sense why we should call those things that are not as though they are!

Romans 4:16-18
16 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, “So shall your descendants be.” NKJV

God called Abraham the “father of our faith” he had a barren wife and approximately 30 years later a miracle conception happened and a miracle son was born. This son became the allegory for our salvation! We all want our needed miracles now, but I have found most are a long process, not an instant cure. Abraham became the father of our faith and the example was a lifetime of difficulties! Over and over he had to fight the fight of faith! He had to leave every comfort zone including his home and family and trust God to lead him and walk forward, even when he did not know where he was going. He faced family feuds, famines, brutal kings who stole his wife and then a barren wife who was past the age of conception. At one time he had to go to war with 318 household servants and against 4 of the most powerful kings’ armies in the land! Abraham, according to the book of Jasher was even thrown into a fiery furnace for his faith! Makes most of my battles seem pretty trivial for sure.

The bottom line is when you really stand on a promise of God, (that you are qualified for) and you speak and confess that promise without doubt and refuse to waver, you will receive the fulfillment of it! I have often said that I really can stand in faith for something once I know it is of God, that’s the tricky part for me. Once I know I have the mind and will of God on a matter, I consider it done. So I tend to mostly wrestle with knowing God’s will. I have been learning for a lifetime and will continue to grow in faith not shrink back! I hope you do the same!

Pastor’s Blog 9.25.19

Ezekiel 22:30-31
30 “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one. 31 So now I will pour out my fury on them, consuming them in the fire of my anger. I will heap on them the full penalty for all their sins, says the Sovereign LORD.” NLT

This is a scripture that we refer to many times encouraging the intercessors to continue to pray. The Kingdom of God is a judicial system and the laws of the Kingdom are determined by the King. Prayer is our part in governing the Kingdom. Jesus delegated his authority to us for certain tasks and the tasks do not include telling Him what to do, instead it requires us to find His will (not ours) and pray for His will to be done. Why did He set it up this way? I don’t know but it is obvious when one studies the scripture that He wants us to find His will on a matter and pray it!

Jesus taught us to pray, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is I Heaven. When people get goofy and silly in prayer is when they start presumptuously telling God how He is to run things. I have heard prayers uttered that quite frankly were embarrassing and have prayed a few myself over the years that bore correcting. Here is where I believe some fallacy originated,

Isaiah 45:11
11 Thus says the LORD, The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me. NKJV

Back years ago we learned this this and started giving God commands, how did that work out? Now let’s put it in context and look at some other translators.

Isaiah 45:9-10
9 “Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’? 10 Woe to him who says to his father, ‘What are you begetting?’ Or to the woman, ‘What have you brought forth?'” NKJV

Now lets look at verse 11 in some other translations:

Isaiah 45:11 Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Would you question Me about things to come concerning My children, and concerning the work of My hands [would you] command Me? AMP

Isaiah 45:11
11 This is what the LORD, the Creator and Holy One of Israel, says: “Do you question what I do? Do you give me orders about the work of my hands?
NLT

Isaiah 45:11
11 Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Will you question me about my children, or command me concerning the work of my hands?
NRSV

This is why I hate proof texting the scriptures, most of us don’t read Hebrew, Greek, Chaldean or Aramaic so we need to look twice at what we believe the scripture says and why it says it. The will of God is known concerning many things and not known about many things. I have heard well meaning believers pray and it sounds like a boss telling an employee what to do. Then when their will isn’t carried out by the Lord they accuse Him of not answering prayer!

I always like going back to a few basics I learned from Bible college about prayer. A scriptural prayer is offered:

1. To the Father
2. In the name of the Son Jesus
3. In faith believing
4. According to the will or word of God

John 16:23 Covers 1&2
23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. NKJV

Mark 11:22-24 #3
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. NKJV

1 John 5:14-15 #4
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. NKJV

The other thing I learned which fits this framework is:

Pray about what you pray about before you pray it!

In other words, be serious and seek God’s mind and you will see your prayers answered!

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