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8/26/13 – “DON’T EVER QUIT!”

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Gal. 6:9 So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up.

When you think about the difference between victory or defeat, seeing your God-given dreams come true or falling short of them, experiencing what God wants in your life or not getting all God has for you, the difference most often comes down to one thing. Those who don’t quit are going to see results. Those who don’t quit are going to experience what God had planned for them all along. Those who don’t quit cannot be defeated and will walk in victory because of Who is on their side.

I can remember from years back a story my Pastor Dr. Barclay told me about one of his fathers in the faith, Dr. Lester Sumrall. He was without a doubt was a mighty man of God. God used this man and did many great things through his life and the ministry God called him to. Dr. Barclay was at a meeting with Dr. Sumrall and in the back room a young minister came up to Dr. Sumrall and asked him what the secret of his success in ministry was. Dr. Sumrall with a loud voice declared to this young minister, “I didn’t quit!”

2 Cor. 4:14 We know that the same God who raised our Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself along with you.
2 Cor. 4:15 All of these things are for your benefit. And as God’s grace brings more and more people to Christ, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
2 Cor. 4:16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
2 Cor. 4:17 For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!
2 Cor. 4:18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.
2 Cor. 5:1  For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down—when we die and leave these bodies—we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.
2 Cor. 5:2 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long for the day when we will put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.

So often we here of the great testimonies from such men of faith, hearing about the victories they have seen as God has worked through their life, but what you don’t hear shared very often by others who speak of these godly people is the challenges and trials and battles they faced and went through. This is what the apostle Paul himself was talking about here in these verses of scripture above. If anyone had an opportunity to quit it was the apostle Paul.

Look at verse 16 above and you will see the primary key to Paul’s success in God. He never gave up. It is quite interesting that in verse 17 Paul states that the troubles he faced were quite small. Yet when you read 2 Corinthians 11 verses 23-27 Paul talks about being beaten with rods and whips, imprisoned, stoned, shipwrecked and left at sea, robbed, weary, in toil, sleeplessness often, in hunger, thirst, fastings, cold, and nakedness. These things Paul considered quite small troubles. Wow! So what is it that helped Paul to not quit? There were several factors, one which is revealed in verse 18 above.

He tells us that the disciples did not look at the troubles that were currently in front of them; instead they kept looking to the joys that were to come in eternity knowing that what he would face in this natural life was only temporary. The truth is when you get your focus off of the troubles of this life, the disappointments and trials; you will see those things change. But it is not just important to get your eyes off of what is facing you in the natural, but you must get your focus set squarely on the promises of God and what God has given to you as your assignment here on earth.

I wonder how many people who started out wanting to fulfill God’s will for their life never made it? Far to often I have seen believers who began to head down the path that God had for their life knowing that they were headed into what God has gifted them to do, but they allowed what they saw in the natural to get them to quit. It takes no effort to quit. Anyone can quit. It takes faith, courage, and conviction in God to not be a quitter and to continue to pursue what God has for your life. If the devil can get you through circumstances to give up on God then it won’t take him long to get you sidetracked and sitting on the side lines missing out on what God has for your life.

Col. 2:8 Don’t let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world, and not from Christ.

One of the most detrimental things to lead people out of what God has for them is other people. If you are not careful they will talk you out of walking by faith and tell you all the reasons why you cannot do what God says you can do. They focus totally on human reasoning and nothing else. Doing so gets you into one of satan’s playgrounds where human reason will begin to destroy your faith and get you to walk away from what God desires for your life.

This will not only keep you from fulfilling your calling, it will rob you of what Christ paid for you to have as well. I have seen more people talked out of healing, God’s provision, deliverance, and God’s power working in their life all because of what someone else said. I have seen people come for prayer asking for you to pray for them to be healed. When you do afterward you hear them begin to speak about what their doctor said. Before you know it they are now agreeing totally with their doctor and no longer agreeing with the Word of God.

I have nothing against doctors by any means, but they are limited in what they can and can’t do. I am grateful for everything they do to help people get well, yet because they are limited to medicines there are often reports that nothing can be done for the person they are trying to help. But what is impossible for man is possible for God. So again, I greatly appreciate the medical community and all they do to help people, but when it comes to faith in God beyond what man can do you must believe God to see results.

Just think about how many people have accepted the words of a “doubting Thomas” who rob people of what God desired for their life. The doubting Thomas’s of the world won’t believe unless they can see. You need to get around some Abraham’s who did not waver at the promise of God, even when everything in the natural said what God had promised was not possible. You can’t get Abraham’s blessing with the Thomas kind of faith. The Thomas kind of faith will lead you to be a quitter.

So as Colossians 2:8 declares you must beware of people who through their philosophy, reasoning things out from a human perspective only and not based on the Word of God, and people with high sounding nonsense, based on anything but what Christ has said and done for them, try to crush your dreams, plans, and all that God has for you. Just realize that walking out what God has for your life must be based on the Word of God, and the leading of the Holy Spirit bearing witness with you spirit, and in line with the Word. That is the deciding factor, not money, people, nor circumstances going exactly the way you want it to.

Just imagine if Joseph would have given up on God. After being sold as a slave and taken to Egypt, and then sold to Potiphar what if Joseph would have said this isn’t fair? Evidently God must not have known what He was thinking when He revealed that he would see his father and brothers bow down before him. Then after Potiphar’s wife tried to have him and he still would not give in to the ways of the world he gets falsely accused of doing something he ran from. How many people do you think at that point thrown into prison unjustly would have quit on God?

Joseph just kept on serving his God. Because He did not quit Joseph not only wound up where God had shown him with his brothers and father coming to bow down before him, Joseph is the one who was responsible for sparing the children of Israel and the people of Egypt through a time of severe famine. I assure you things did not work out the way Joseph thought they would, but what God had shown him because He did not quit came to pass.

There are so many stories all throughout the Bible of people who did not quit. They would not give up on the dreams God gave them no matter what. They went through some very challenging situations but their faith brought them through. People like Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Ester, Mary, Peter, Paul, and on goes the list. Child of God the only thing that can keep you from seeing what God has for your life not come to pass is to sit down and quit on God. Anybody can quit; it doesn’t take any effort at all. But you were not called to be a quitter, but in fact you were called to be more than a conqueror. Stop allowing what you see in the natural to keep you from obeying God. As my Pastor Dr. Mark Barclay has said many times, “Thank God you didn’t quit!”

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May God’s Best Be Yours!

Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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8/19/13 – “JESUS IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE”

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John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

When you think about Jesus and all that scripture reveals that He is, there are many ways you can describe Him. Yet one of the most powerful statements ever made in describing Jesus was what He said here in John’s gospel. These three attributes not only describe the Lord Himself, but also reveal some key things in how we relate to Him and how these attributes can impact and change our life as well.

The first description Jesus gives of Himself is what Jesus had been discussing with His disciples right before He made this statement. He had told them He was going to the Father’s house and that He would prepare a place for us. Thomas responded to the Lord saying he did not know where Jesus was going and that the disciples did not know the way. Jesus declares in verse six above that He was the way.

This is powerful when you fully understand what Jesus was referring to. For us to experience the presence of God once again living in us, and for us to once again be one with God as Adam and Eve were before the fall, there had to be a change in man. Man with a sinful nature needed to be transformed so that he could once again have the holy presence of God united within him. Because of the blood of Jesus once you become born again you have had an absolute miracle take place in your life that many seem to overlook. You now have the presence of Jehovah God living on the inside of you! Do you understand how significant that is?

This means I am no longer without help. I am no longer separated from God. I have open access to the Father and all of His resources. I have His very Spirit living within me, which is a spirit of love, power, and soundness. A spirit that is filled with a peace that people all throughout the world search for and yet cannot find. Anyone born again who is not experiencing this peace and yet still trying to get peace through outward ways is looking in the wrong place. The problem for believers is they often don’t realize what they already have. The key is not just knowing these things, but in fact acknowledging them in your life.

Psa. 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! NKJ
Psa. 46:10 Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth. GWORD

Because of the blood Jesus shed, He provided the way for you and I to have our old man completely cleansed of sin by giving us a new spirit. Now residing in you as a believer is love, joy, peace, the gifts of the Spirit, the power of God, the wisdom of God, and all that you need for His Spirit is dwelling in you. When we don’t take time to stop and be still, let go of all our earthly concerns, we don’t experience what is residing within us. You don’t need anything in this world to find true peace, for it cannot be found there. If you are born again just look within, for it is already there.

This is what I believe to be one of the most difficult things in our society for believers to do. To be still means you must quiet your mind and focus on your spirit within. God bears witness with your spirit. Where is peace going to come from? The Holy Spirit within you. Where is joy going to come from? Where is the love you desire going to come from? Where is the wisdom and understanding you need going to come from? It comes from the Holy Spirit, who is God, who is living within every born again believer. Jesus is the way that we come to know God and receive His presence within us.

Don’t say, “I don’t have time to quiet my mind, I have too many things to do?” Yet if you look at what people do everyday, there are many activities that are not necessities but instead things that appease our flesh in which if they dominate our time they actually become a type of thief in our life. They rob us of the opportunity to experience all the things we are searching for everyday, that are actually no farther away than your next breath. Jesus made the way for us to come back to the Father so we could have His presence residing in us once again.

John 8:31 So Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you live by what I say, you are truly my disciples.
John 8:32 You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Liberty is a powerful thing. In America we have liberty but it is often taken for granted. So it is in the body of Christ as well. Jesus Christ not only provided a way to the Father, Jesus Himself is also the truth that sets people free. Free from what some may ask? First and foremost freedom from deception. Think about how many people’s lives have been destroyed or at least adversely affected by deception. Deception robs you of freedom. Freedom from fear, pain, sickness, disease, and all that Jesus has died to give you.

Freedom as the saying goes is not free. Our freedom cost God something. Our freedom cost Jesus something. It cost Him His life on the cross. It cost Him being separated from the Father. It cost Him in being mocked, scourged, and then being hung on a cross before all to see when He had done nothing wrong. What I see that is often overlooked in the church is that it also costs us something as well. You see to know the truth you must live by the truth. To know the truth you must get to know the Word of God, which is Jesus.

This is more than just going to church, or just praying a prayer once in a while. When I fell in love with my beautiful wife after seeing her for the first time for me to get to know her and to continue to know her cost me something. It cost me my time, money, and a change of direction for my life. I would never have gotten to know my wife if I would not have changed the direction my life was going. So it is with Jesus Christ.

Notice in John 8:31 Jesus declares plainly that if you live by what He says you will be His disciple. It is in being a disciple of Jesus that you come to know the truth and in coming to know the truth (Jesus) that truth will set you free. A disciple is one who is a student of another who disciplines themselves to the teachings of the one discipling them. They don’t try to do things their way; they are focused on learning from the one who is training them.

Living by what Jesus said is learning who you are in Christ. As scripture teaches we have the mind of Christ. We are to put on the helmet of salvation. As my Pastor Dr. Barclay has always said, we need to think saved. In other words think the thoughts of one who is delivered, who is healed, who is victorious, and more than a conqueror. This is what Jesus has said about us. Truth frees us from the old way of thinking. Living by the truth means I am going to live my life by what scripture says that I already am. So everything Jesus said that pertains to who we now are in Him we should live by. This is where satan fights Christians the most because he knows this is where the real battle is won or lost. As a man thinks, so is he. The devil does not want us to live by what Jesus said; he wants us to live by what he says about us.

Matt. 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.
Matt. 7:14 But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Last but certainly not least Jesus is the life. The word life means the God-kind of life. That is a life full of God and therefore full of all that God is. Jesus declared this life; this Zoë life as it is called in the Greek language, is only obtained through a narrow gate. The way to destruction is wide and may go the way of destruction. They choose to live life in a way that is contrary to the truth they have learned. They instead choose the wide gate instead of the narrow gate. The word “difficult” in verse 14 is defined as “a confined way”. This is where there is quite a bit of misunderstanding because of wrong teaching in the body.

Simply put God has already established before we were born spiritual laws in the earth. He does not change, and He has already provided a way for us to obtain Zoë life. That way is narrow not wide. That way is Jesus, the Word of God. If we don’t take time to “lose our life” as Jesus put it we will miss out on true life. Losing our life means we can’t do things our way, we must learn to do things God’s way. This is not bondage nor are we earning anything from God. But if you want to experience the God-kind of life you are going to have to follow Jesus’ example.

When you choose this narrow way you are simply choosing to do life the way God intended. This narrow way doesn’t lead to bondage; it leads you to a life full of who God is and what God has for you. It is obtained by us walking out progressively what Jesus revealed to us of Himself. You must know Him as the way, the One who paved the way through His shed blood for you to be united with the presence of God. You must live by what He has said for He is the truth, and that truth begins to free you from deception. Finally He is the life, the God-kind of life, for as you lay down you life (way of doing things) you begin to find true life.

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Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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8/12/13 – “GOD OR MAMMON – YOU CAN’T SERVE BOTH”

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Matt. 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

One of the most destructive things in a person’s life has to do with what Jesus spoke about in these verses of scripture, in which Jesus tells us of two different masters. One of those masters is God and the other mammon. God is of course a Spirit, therefore it is very clear that mammon would not directly refer to some type of material thing, but in fact mammon has to do with five different demons.

The five demons that make up this spirit of mammon are: poverty, lack, lust, greed, and debt. When you look at how demons work as a team there is always a chief demon. Just as when Jesus came to the mad man at the Gadarenes even though he had a legion of demons only one spoke to the Lord. Poverty is the chief demon that speaks on behalf of lust, greed, debt, and lack. This demon of poverty will try to convince you of many different things, of which those things will relate to one of these four other demons.

For example the spirit of poverty will work to get you to lust for things you either should not have or get you to desire something so much you will do anything to get it. Poverty does so by trying to convince you that you cannot live without things to the degree you will lust after them instead of chasing after God. Poverty will get you into debt by going beyond your word to repay. It is not a sin to borrow money, but to be indebted to someone else means you have gone beyond your word and you cannot repay them. Now you are indebted to that person. Poverty convinces you that without these things you are a nobody, and that your perception of yourself is based on what you have or don’t have.

Poverty will work at getting you to become greedy by teaching you the worlds system of getting ahead, which then when manifested in greed will cause you to do whatever it takes to climb to the top of the ladder, even if it hurts others to get there. Poverty will cause you to lack what you need by working to destroy what you have through your words and your belief system. Lack comes as a result of saying the wrong things and also by living under the lie that nothing works for you.

So if we are going to serve God and not these demons that make up mammon we are going to have to expose this demon of poverty and deal with it head on in faith. What many don’t realize is how this demon of poverty has in fact already so conditioned their thinking that they don’t even realize they are being influenced by it. I know in my own life it has been a struggle for me to deal with. I was raised the same as so many others that were brought up to trust in the world’s system and not God’s.

This begins for many at a very early age. I was taught to borrow money for the sole reason of establishing good credit so that I like others would only look to who could loan me money as the way to get the things I needed. But God is the One who desires to meet all our needs. As I said earlier it is not a sin to borrow money because God told the children of Israel that He would make them to lend and not to borrow. So if it is wrong to borrow then the children of Israel would be aiding others in sin. But this demon of poverty teaches us that if we are going to have anything we are going to have to borrow money, but this in fact of course is not so.

This demon of poverty is at work even in the lives of the rich, because remember it is not necessarily referring to not having money, but this demon of poverty will convince you that you will never have enough, or that you may lose what you have. This demon was at work in Job’s life for Job had a lot of possessions, and yet when he lost everything Job even said that the thing he greatly feared had come upon him. Where do you think that fear came from? It wasn’t from God but instead from this demon of poverty that had gotten Job into fear of losing what he had. This is what gave this demon the right to strike Job’s life.

For the born again believer one of the ways you can know that this demon of poverty and therefore mammon is still affecting what you think and what you believe has to do with tithe’s and offerings. Whenever you are in a church service for example and they prepare to receive tithe’s and offerings and you think it’s about money; that is a sign that this demon of poverty is still affecting your thinking. Giving to the work of God is not about money, it is about honoring God and impacting the lives of others. I understand there are those ministers who are after your money, but as Paul stated to the Philippians he wanted to see the fruit that would about to their account for giving.

Phil. 4:16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities.
Phil. 4:17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.

Paul was telling these Philippians that he was not after their money, but after winning souls and helping people to be set free. This is fruit that would abound to their account for helping him to preach the gospel. Every time we give to the work of God we literally hold in our hand someone’s salvation, healing, answer from God, deliverance, etc., that they will receive through hearing God’s Word preached. Giving is not about money, it involves money, but giving is about seeing the fruit that will come as a result of that giving.

James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 1:23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
James 1:24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
James 1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

So how do we deal with this demon of poverty and not give in to mammon? You must become a doer of the Word where your finances are concerned. James clearly states here that the person who hears the Word but does not put into practice what the Word of God says they are self-deceived. When you are deceived you don’t know it or you wouldn’t be deceived. Notice in verse 25 he declares that those who look to the Word and do what it says they will be blessed in what they do. If you want to overcome poverty you must stand up to this demon and you do so by faith, but faith if it has no corresponding action is dead. The doer of the Word is the one that will be blessed.

2 Cor. 9:6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
2 Cor. 9:7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Cor. 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

If you believe the Bible then you believe in all that God’s Word says. If you sow sparingly you are going to reap, but you are going to reap sparingly. You don’t notice much when you reap sparingly. But God’s Word is true, if you sow sparingly you do reap, but you reap sparingly. But if you sow bountifully you will reap bountifully. In talking about these verses if your mind begins to think solely of money and you think that is what a teaching like this is all about, you have already missed it.

The only way you show poverty that it is not your Lord is to live contrary to what this demon says you can’t do. The Word of God clearly states that if you sow bountifully you will reap bountifully. This demon of poverty gets you so focused on money that you don’t think you can sow bountifully. It conditions you to live under the dominion of the kingdom of the world instead of the kingdom of God. Just as with any area of our life you must take God at His Word, and then do what His Word says.

2 Cor. 9:10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,…

God supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, and he multiplies the seed we sow. To defeat the demon of poverty and not serve mammon you must stop looking to money as your provider and look to God. God provides seed to sow, and bread for food, but if we don’t sow bountifully, we don’t reap bountifully. We continue to live under the rule of mammon thinking we can’t do what God’s Word says. But we can. Our obedience to God will break the back of this poverty demon and will deliver us from mammon. So seek God as you give. Honor what He tells you to give and you can get free from the rule of mammon.

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08/05/13 – “WHAT ARE YOU SAYING”

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Mark 11:23 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.

One of the most important truths found in scripture is how important and how powerful our words are. Even as much as scripture speaks about this subject, believers still don’t always seem to understand the importance of this subject and how much of a part this plays on seeing your life change. James devoted almost an entire chapter speaking about the power of the tongue, and Jesus Himself had quite a bit to say about this subject as well.

When you look at this foundation verse of scripture out of Mark’s gospel, I want to bring your attention to something significant about this verse. We often emphasis how important it is to believe or have faith, and faith is important when it comes to receiving from God what He has provided for your life, but with that said look at this verse closely as Jesus states something very important here.

Notice in our foundation text that believing is mentioned one time, but saying or speaking is mentioned three times. Years ago I heard Kenneth Hagin talking about this verse and the Lord had revealed to him that he would have to teach on the importance of what a believer says three times more than on the believing part. I can attest to this for no matter how much you teach on the subject people still tend to say things that sabotage their faith. For even if you believe in a promise of God it won’t happen unless you consistently confess what His Word says.

Oral Roberts said God revealed to him that Christians are telling their God about how big their mountain is instead of telling their mountain how big their God is. When you look at the very first part of verse 23 above notice the words that Jesus starts off with. “For assuredly I say to you”, this is an absolute guarantee. Another way we might say this phrase is, “You can take it to the bank”. So first of all when you look at Mark 11:23 if you want to see this verse work in your life you are going to have to take Jesus at His Word.

Wouldn’t every believer just take Jesus at His Word? Certainly most don’t intentionally deny His Word, but without realizing it many discount what the Word says because of several factors. For example some don’t actually take Him at His Word because of the religious teachings of those who either have not applied that part of scripture in their life, or they may have tried it but in doing so they did not fully apply what scripture teaches. It would be like trying someone’s recipe for a cake but you don’t add all the ingredients or you don’t mix them properly.

God’s Word is proven, the Bible teaches us so it always works, but we just don’t always do what scripture teaches. I recently heard my Pastor Dr. Barclay give an example of this. A medical doctor he knows told him that they both face a common problem when trying to help people. He went on to say that a medical doctor like a minster is trying to help people get better. Say for example they prescribe antibiotics and the directions say to take until they are all gone, but after taking half the bottle they begin to feel better and they quit taking their medication. Then a short time later they are feeling bad again and come back to their doctor wanting to know what is wrong. They did not fully follow the instructions.

This is often the case with Christians. Ministers share God’s instructions on how to see positive change come in their life and they may begin to apply what the Bible says, but they often don’t remain consistent at it and then they wonder why they are not getting results. They often give up thinking it won’t work for them. To get results from the Word you must do all that the Word says, not just add a few ingredients, but also everything it tells us to add to our life. If you want to see results you must not base your belief on what someone else says but on what the Word of God says.

So we have a guarantee here in Mark 11:23 that if we believe in our hearts that what we say will come to pass then we will have what we say. If you want to see God’s Word work in your life you must stop allowing what others say to influence you when it comes to the Word of God. You must also stop living by what you see in the natural. When walking by faith you do see, but not with the natural eye. The eye of faith sees what it believes for before it is ever seen in the natural. Our part is to believe we receive, that’s it. But to do this what you say is important.

To begin with you must confess with your mouth that what you are believing for you have received. When are you going to have what you are believing for? When you believe you receive it. When are you going to believe you receive it? Before you have it. That is a challenge to the human way of doing things. Two of the greatest examples we have in the Bible that reveal the difference between Bible faith and human or sense knowledge faith is Abraham and Thomas.

John 20:29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Thomas was not with the disciples when Jesus first appeared to them. He showed up afterwards and after hearing the disciples talk about seeing Jesus he said that he would not believe unless he saw the nail prints in His hands and feet, and the hole in His side. Jesus then appears to them and in the above verse Jesus tells Thomas that he has believed because he has seen, but Jesus said blessed are those who have not yet seen and have yet believed. Jesus did not endorse the Thomas kind of faith. Those who want to receive from God will not do so with the Thomas kind of faith.

Rom. 4:19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.
Rom. 4:20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,
Rom. 4:21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

Abraham was given a promise to have a son through Sarah who was passed the age of child bearing and had never had a child. But notice what it says in verse 19 above, that he did not consider his own body, nor the deadness of Sarah’s womb. Abraham did not base his faith on what he saw, but instead on what God had said. That is a vital difference between receiving from God or not receiving from God. So for us to receive from God we must walk by Bible faith, not sense knowledge faith or sight.

Back to the importance of our confession in receiving from God. When you believe you receive what you say you must of course declare with your own lips the promise of God you have found scripture, and you must declare that it is already so. But what you do after that is just as important. This is where many believers miss out on receiving what God has promised them. Once you believe you receive what you have a promise to, you must continue to make a confession declaring that you believe you have received what you have asked for, or what you have spoken to in the area of moving a mountain or obstacle. I want to remind you that you must believe in your heart what you are expecting from God that you have been promised, but your confession after that can make or break your faith.

Heb. 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

As Hebrews 13:15 declares we are to continually give thanks to God, not just once, but all the time. When you believe you receive a promise from God, or believe what you have said will come to pass in speaking to your mountain, you must then stay in faith. You do this by thanking God for what you know is yours. This is where most battles are won or lost. Again often people think you are making too much of words, but scripture clearly tells us that death and life are in the power of the tongue. Jesus said it was by our words which we will be justified or condemned. He did not say by our word, but our words plural.

Certainly we are not saying nor is scripture saying that if we say anything contrary to the Word in a difficult time we won’t receive from God, but what scripture is clear about is that what we are saying in abundance is what will have a vital impact on our life. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. So it is what we are saying consistently that will determine what we receive or what we don’t receive. So watch your words and keep your heart full of the Word of God for it is not just important what you believe, but just as important is what you are saying.

See You Again Next Week For More “Weekly Wisdom”

May God’s Best Be Yours!

Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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