One Faith 04.18.21

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One Faith 04.18.21

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

Faith is the proof of what one believes. It is the evidence of what one’s heart accepts and trusts; the outward and physical product of mindset or heart’s fixture. You can accurate predicts one’s heart by one’s act.

We often misconstrue faith to be an unseen act, state of mind or an intangible article…but Faith is an act. The Bible says, “Now, Faith is the substance…an evidence of what is not seen”. Faith is a substance, a physical material, matter of a definite composition, verifiable and tangible. It is visible, the evidence of things not seen. Oh! How easily and clearly Faith could be seen; it is the evidence, mark or confirmation of things not seen. God sees our Faith.

Certain people had an issue, as its common to everyone in every place and time: man always has issues as life always happens and these people came to Jesus (as every wise man would do) and Bible recorded that Jesus saw their faith. Wow!

“…they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee…I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion (Mark 2:2-12).

Jesus did not have to pray…he merely spoke to him; “I say to thee…” and immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all. We need to gain truth about the reality and verity of Faith. Faith is not an item of the heart; it is the product of the heart. It is not a thought, it is an act. Faith in not a notion, it is a motion. It evidences what goes on in the heart.

Faith is the Act of the Heart.

Beloved, no one can act what is not in his heart except actors; and you know we don’t take actors seriously because we know they are only acting an unreal event; all the acts are fake. For instance, no one ever grieves over an actor who died in a movie; it does not even tickle any sorry feelings, often time people may even laugh or jeer over the death of an actor in a movie because it’s unreal, a fake act of dying. Actor acts what is not true of their heart.

Now, as no man ever takes an actor serious because he knows the act is not a product of his (actor’s) heart so does God never takes a man without faith serious because Faith is true act of the Heart. The Bible says, “…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.”  (Heb. 11:6)

What does God say about your faith…or is it fake. Faith has proofs; it is evident by Acts.

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God is not Slack

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Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. (John 11:21)

The incidence and threat of death is the most crippling offense to living beings. It is the tool of extreme vengeance and the silencer for hateful strife. Death is just so insidious to the living. The Bible referenced the fear and grip of death as horrifying and its pain troubling when it says “The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.” (Psalm 116:3 KJV)

Death had walked into the home of Lazarus; and him being killed, “…many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.” (John 11:19 KJV)  That is the far and wide effect of death. No one regardless of number (notice; many of the Jews came…) could reverse the effect of death. Everyone was haplessly helpless except for Life…Praise the Lord. And when Life showed up and death bowed out.

Beloved, we have a great and exceeding heritage in Christ; He came to free us from the threat and effect of Death; that we being delivered from this enemy may serve God without fear. Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:10-11 KJV).  

Jesus came to void and null the threat and effect of death in our lives if we believe. This is central to our faith in Christ. Consider what Jesus said; “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, relies on) Me [as Savior] will live even if he dies; and everyone who lives and believes in Me [as Savior] will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 AMP)  We must believe this to inherit it.

Death is prevalent and it is the end of all flesh when there is no Life but thank God; Jesus said, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:40). How true and eternal those Words are…I will raise him up at the last.

Now about this fact, The Lord was not slack in the case of Lazarus as some count slackness…Bible said he abode two days still in the same place where he was. (John 11:6 KJV) not for tardiness but that the Son of God might be glorified. God will be glorified in all our lives and circumstances in Jesus Name. Despite what other termed slackness Jesus said, “Thy brother shall rise again. (John 11:23 KJV)

Death hath lost its sting and hell its power as Life is released by Christ Jesus to everyone who will believe. Let us hold firm our believe to the end knowing that God being faithful will not come too early or late but will come on time that God may be glorified. God will be glorified in all our lives in Jesus Name.

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The Hour has Come

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These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; (John 17:1 KJV)

Life is a journey; a traverse from one side to the other side. In the quest, everyone inevitably transits from what has become known or familiar into what is pending, unknown, unclear and uncertain. This is the model and stencil of life’s course.

Cross-over is a necessary event; an instance in the course of life’s traverse being inevitable by the notion to keep the motion. It is the bridge gap between where one had been and where one is going. It separates and terminates a familiar terrain for an era characterized by apprehension and anxiety of what is ahead but unknown. The end of every day rolls up to the beginning of another; what is known is past and man reels into what is presently both unknown and uncertain. Since this is the general pattern of everyday life; we must never relent to approach every end with brazen courage to venture into the new…after all what had come to pass was sometime unknown.

Time is the metric unit for Life, it is measuring streak that allocates and defines moments composed of hours, minutes and seconds. At this instance, we are at the conclusion of a certain familiar hour for a new and emerging hour. A new and set time for a new and fresh venture to take on new activity or pursuit.

The Bible identified and recognized the children of Issachar, as men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do… (1 Chronicle 12:32 KJV). There is an allotment for every hour (time) about which we must be able to account.

Beloved, as we approach this coming hour, we must gain truth about this new hour, to what purpose is this hour and how must we engage it. We must know what (our) “Israel” ought to do. The import of this hour is the impetus, incentive and motivation for the joy of the new year. The inspiration and leading of the Holy Spirit are the important means to gain truth about this hour.

Our Lord Jesus identified a certain time that was come when he said, “The hour is come…and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (John 4:23 KJV).  We must also identify and recognize what the Lord is “seeking” that we do at this time.  Let us go in this hour refreshed to accomplish the assigned task and renewed to please the Lord.

Happy New Year. 

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This is Thy Praise

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14 KJV

Christ was born to the “Glory of God”.

All things exist that God may be glorified. There is a unique blessing in the understanding of this blessed truth. When the will of God about a subject is known and understood, it naturally results in Glory being given to God. We must reign in the understanding of this truth. We exist for the Glory of God.

Psalm 19:1-4 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” The Glory of God is resplendent in everything God does.

Notice that accompanying scenario at the coming of the angel of the Lord to the shepherds, the Bible says, “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them…”   Luke 2:9 KJV. Glory always witnesses for the doings of the Lord. The shining of God’s Glory witnessed that the coming (birth) to the Earth of our blessed Lord Jesus is the will and doing of God. Isaiah 9:6 says “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  It is the will of God that Jesus Christ was born, and Glory is the witness for this truth.

In every activity and event of our lives, we must always pursue the will of God being done that Glory may attend and follow the activities. The Bible says, “…do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31 KJV.

As we embrace and celebrate the reason for this season, the anniversary of the birth of our blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, we must rejoice in the knowledge of the Glory, pleasure and delight of God that accompanied the event. The Glory of the Lord shone as a witness for the will of God about the event.

Beloved, Jesus was born by the will of God for you and me; the redemption of our soul from the distress and perplexing desolation of the wicked to a glorious experience of greatness in Christ to the glory of God. Praise the Lord!

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The Fellowship of the Spirit

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Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (John 16:13 KJV)

Truth plays a dominant role in the acquisition, management and maintenance of power. This notice and its context are crucial to the legality and legitimacy of power. Where power is obtained or exercised without the fabric of truth, it is deemed illicit, fake, illegal and void. Power without truth would only persist until truth is known or discovered. This is the bane and blight of the kingdom of satan; embroiled in lies and falsehood until the revelation of the Truth of the gospel of Christ.

Power is the ability to direct or effect a change; it is the means by which people or systems are governed or controlled; an overriding and dominant influence to control or subdue at will. It must however be understood that the legitimacy of power is derived from the Truth that constitutes it. Where the basis of power is false, it soon becomes illegitimate when true power comes to reign. This notion is well illustrated and understood by the cheaply overthrow of the reign or power of unclean (evil) spirits by the Lord Jesus Christ when He encounter these unclean spirits.

According to the Scriptures, “When evening came, they brought to Him (Jesus Christ) many who were under the power of demons; and He cast out the evil spirits with a word and restored to health all who were sick [exhibiting His authority as Messiah], (Matt. 8:16 KJV). This clearly highlights the transient term of fake or illegitimate power until true power takes reign. Legitimate power denominated by truth will always trump and overthrow wicked power which is denominated by falsehood. Jesus Christ, according to the Scriptures, “is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6 KJV) and He, being the Truth, His reign and power are legitimate, and the devils know it and so He cheaply casts out the evil spirits with a word. The power of the devil is illegitimate; derived from lies, whims and tricks. He is a vicious conman who arrogates power by lies and deception.  Whenever a believer gains this truth and deploys the ascribed power of the Truth delivered through the knowledge of Jesus Christ, the devil must vacate his reign at instant. This is the need and importance of Believers knowing the truth. “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32 KJV). Notice the power to gain freedom from the tyrannical oppression of the devil is to gain knowledge of the Truth. Truth confers power that grants dominion and victory.

It is in this context of truth and power that we must pursue the baptism and indwelling of the Holy Spirit whom the Bible describes as the Spirit of Truth that we may grasp and connect with truth that confers legitimacy on our exercise of power overall devils. According to the Bible, Jesus said, “when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (John 16:13 KJV).  The Holy Spirit informs and empowers the Believer with accurate and truthful information that the devil cannot refute and thereby have the devils subject at the mention of the Name of Jesus Christ to the Believer. This is the victory of the Saints when by the Holy Spirit, we gain the notice of the Truth that confers power to dominate. Praise the Lord.

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