Keep Your Vision in Front of You

Keep Your Vision in front of you

2 Cor 4:17-18

17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

  1. God created you to be a winner. Great quality of a winner is to Keep the vision in front of your eyes. Troubles. “Temporary”
    1. Jim Carrey, early 1980s no parts. He drove on top of a hill in his beat up car overlooking Hollywood. There he wrote a check for 1 million dollars “Acting Serves Rendered.” He kept that check in his wallet and when things looked dim, he pulled it out. page 1
    2. We move toward our dominant vision.
    3. Sight is the most important sense we have.

2 Cor 5:7

7 We live by faith, not by sight.

Heb 11:1

11 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

  1. We have two sets of eyes: one sees the physical, one sees the spiritual. Imagination.
  2. Abraham “Imagine-Nations”

 

Gen 15:5-6

5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars — if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Gen 22:17-18

17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,

  1. Abraham “Imagine-Nations”
    1. Human beings have this capability. Why? So that faith has a target.
    2. Little boy drew a picture of God. Teacher said. No one knows what God looks like. Child, they will when I get through.
    3. Things I do:
      1. Before engaged I put Sonia’s picture on my mirror and prayed for her.
      2. Sonia and I went to home shows to get a vision of our own house.
      3. We visit churches and see what they are doing to give us a vision.
      4. I have pictures of church buildings.
      5. I have a picture of Jesus laughing.
    4. Things you can do:
      1. Put an empty photo album on your table that you plan to fill.
      2. Go test drive an expensive car. Take a picture of it.
      3. Cut out a wedding dresses.
      4. Put picture of your dreams.
      5. Write out a check for yourself.
      6. Put up religious and Christian symbols in your house.
      7. Buy a school T-shirt to the college you want to go to.
      8. Picture of an orphanage you want to support.
    5. Write scriptures that speak to you. Put them up in a place where you can see them.

 

Zech 4:10

10 “Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.

  • Memorials in the OT. Sacraments in the NT. All point to seeing the invisible.
    1. People set objects: stones, trees. Festivals.
    2. Communion, baptism, anointing
    3. Plumb line measuring tool for construction. It represented the finish product.
    4. Do you have a plumb line before your eyes?
    5. Wanted twins, but his wife, Lisa, could not get pregnant. One day, he got a package from Huggies of two diapers. Sign from God. He wrote the dates on the diapers and placed them on a desk. Call about adopting twins about to be born. page 5

Prov 29:18

18 Where there is no vision, the people perish:

KJV

  1. I like to write down all the things that God has done.

 

Eph 3:20

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

  1. Don’t imagine small. Imagine something only God could do.
    1. Don’t let negative talks shrink your imagination.
    2. Listen to what God is telling you.
    3. Conrad Hilton: 1930 saw an article about the Waldorf Hotel, most beautiful. God put it into his heart to own the hotel. He cut out pictures of the hotel and put in under the glass on his desk. 18 years late he bought 250,000 shares of the Waldorf Corporation.

 

  1. Where is your focus?
  2. A tight rope walker cannot look down, he looks straight ahead.
  3. My story of learning how to overcome sea sickness.

Num 21:8-9 8 And the Lord said to Moses, Make a fiery serpent [of bronze] and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.  9 And Moses made a serpent of bronze and put it on a pole, and if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked to the serpent of bronze [l attentively, expectantly, with a steady and absorbing gaze], he lived.

  1. Many of you are spiritually sick, emotionally ill because you have focused on the wrong things.

The Name: Possession of the Church

The Name: Possession of the Church

Introduction: The generation that understands the power of name of Jesus will be the generation that ushers in the second coming of Christ. This generation will do marvelous exploits in Christ’ name.

  1. W. Kenyon: “Oh, that our eyes were open; that our souls would dare rise into the realm of Omnipotence where the Name would mean to us all that the Father has invested in it; that we would act up to our high privileges in Christ Jesus….Here and there, some of us have experienced the authority vested in the Name of Jesus. We have seen the lame walk, the deaf hear, the blind see; those on the verge of death brought back instantly to health and vigor; but, so far, none of us have been able to take a permanent place in our privileges and abide where we may enjoy the fullness of this mighty power.“ But we have a conviction that before the Lord Jesus returns, there will be a mighty army of believers who will learn the secret of living in the Name, of reigning in life, living the victorious, transcendent, resurrection life of the Son of God among men.”

 

Rev 5:12

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,

to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength

and honor and glory and praise!”

  1. Church is rich beyond knowledge.
  2. Church has been poverty bound, even some quarters of the church, poverty vows were common.
  3. Poverty means total neediness—sin conscious, punishment mentality, and suffering attitude has been the norm, the reason because the church did not know its wealth. We have been authorized to act in Christ place with his authority, power and riches.
  4. What he has, is now yours.
  5. Power—ability, can do all things.
  6. Wealth—total provision.
  7. Strength—The quality or state of being strong, bodily or muscular power; vigor, mental power, moral power, firmness or courage. Power of resisting force.
  8. Honor—to be given dignity.
  9. Glory—to be worthy of that dignity.
  10. Praise—to have others verbalize their approval.
  11. Charles Haddan Spurgeon., noted English Baptist preacher…elderly woman with a frame document. She worked for English nobility. Bequest. (name of Jesus, page 56-57)

 

Rev 1:18

18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

  • The one who has the key is the authorized One.

            Matt 28:18

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

  1. He immediately delegated his authority to the Church.

Matt 28:19

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

  1. Then he promised…

Mark 16:17

17 And these signs will accompany those who believe:

  1. He authorized us by giving us the right to use his name.
  2. Jesus never needed his name; He has ruled creation by his Word. The church needed the name.
  3. The name is the token of our authority. It is a badge.
  4. Badge represents the authority; it is not the thing that gives a police officer authority. He got his authority by training and knowing the Law, then he was conferred the legal authority to enforce the Law.
  5. You can try to use the name, but without the disciplining of the Lord, you will falter when you attempt to exercise authority.

Acts 19:13

13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.”

  1. They did not know Jesus nor really know about Paul’s teaching, for they did not attend with him daily in the lecture hall to be taught.

Acts 19:9-10

He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.

 

  1. Some people would have us to believe that healing, miracles, and tongues have passed away. However, these signs accompany the name. Has the name been taken away from the church? Of course not, for if it has then salvation has been taken away.

Acts 4:12

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

  1. There is more to salvation than forgiveness of our sins. Sozo, or Soteria according to Greek scholars everywhere means deliverance, preservation, soundness, health, and prosperity. Salvation in the Old Testament never meant going to heaven. The blessing of eternal life was added under the new and better covenant, however, that does not mean God took away the other blessings that salvation means.
  2. Today, preachers seem to exclude the various meanings of the word salvation.

Acts 3:6-7

6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

  1. The language is clear, “What I Have” should prove that the name of Jesus is the possession of the church.

Luke 10:17

17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

  1. The disciple knew the authority they had in the name, even before Jesus conquered the devil and rose from the dead.

Exod 3:13-14

13        Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

14        God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what

you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

 

John 8:56-59

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”

57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”

58 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

  1. God is what ever we need him to be.
  2. This name is related to the English word “Yahweh”

“Jehovah” or “Lord”. “I am” begins a declaration of who someone is.

  1. There are eight names compounded with the name

Jehovah in the Old Testament. These names meet

every need of ours.

  1. Jehovah-Rophe–“The Lord that heals you”

Ex 15:26

  1. Jehova-Tsidkenu– “The Lord our Righteousness
  2. Jehovah-Shalom– “The Lord our peace”
  3. Jehovah-Shammah– “The Lord is there”

Ez 48:35

  1. Jehovah-M’kaddesh–“The Lord who sanctifies”
  2. Jehovah-Nissi–“The Lord your banner”
  3. Jehovah-Rohi– “The Lord my shepherd”

Ps 23:1

  1. Jehovah-Jireh–“The Lord is my provider”

Gen 22:8

 

  1. Rich beyond knowledge will do you good when your knowledge reaches the place of your riches. Many do not walk in their authority because they do not prayerfully, study the Word so they could know their place.

The Authority in the Name

The Authority in the Name

Acts 3:1-16

Acts 3:6

6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

Acts 3:16

16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.

  1. People struggle in receiving from God, because they are not aware of the power invested in the Name of Jesus.
  2. “Tom stretch out your hands. Whenever you lay hands on the sick in my name, I will lay hands on them with you.”
  3. Faith is an unconscious act, much like pushing an

elevator button. We are confident it will work.

  1. Shocked, only if it doesn’t work.
  2. Faith in the name & FAITH COMES THROUGH HIM.

 

Acts 16:18 “In the name of Jesus…come out of her”

  1. W. Kenyon was giving an address on the Name of Jesus when a lawyer interrupted, “Do you mean to say that Jesus gave us the power of attorney, the legal right to use his name.”
  2. We have the power of attorney. Power of Attorney is a legal agreement made by a person authorizing another to act in his place.
  3. Jesus gave the Church the right to use his name.

 

Isa 62:2

2 The nations will see your righteousness,

and all kings your glory;

you will be called by a new name

that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.    

  • Five uses of the name of Jesus. Prayer, combat, Healing, Infilling of the Spirit and Salvation.
  1. Prayer, Jn 16:23-24

26 Living Bible “Then you will present your petitions over my signature.”

  1. Jesus has signed the check, you simply

present it to the Father so that He can cash it.

Prayer is based purely on legal grounds.

2. Combat,

Mark 16:17

 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons;

Police, Stop in the NAME OF THE LAW.

3. Healing,

Mark 16:18

they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

  1. Filling others with the Spirit,

Mark 16:17

they will speak in new tongues;

  1. Salvation,

Ac 4:12 “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

  1. We are about to examine marvelous truths about the authority we have in the name of Jesus. These truths are almost beyond our capacity to grasp. But as we feed upon them, little by little they will become a part of our inner consciousness.
  2. The value of the power of attorney is dependant on  how much authority is behind the name.
  3. We much search to find how much authority and power is behind the name of Jesus.
  4. Kenneth Hagin, “Once these truths really dawn on our hearts, it will be said of us as it was in the Old Testament, “There are giants in the Land.” For this will make us to become spiritual giants.”
  5. Check writing privileges.

God is never late

God is never late

 

Hab 2:3

3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time;

it speaks of the end

and will not prove false.

Though it linger, wait for it;

it will certainly come and will not delay.   

  • God is always on time.

 

  1. Some have God on their personal timetable. If he doesn’t come through when they think He needs to, they assume something must be wrong somewhere.
  2. God is not bound by our concepts of time.3 There is a time for everything,
  3. and a season for every activity under heaven:
  4. Eccl 3:1
  5. God’s time is the best time and the right time.
  6. Personal frustration about national ministry.Gal 6:9-10
  7. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
  8.  
  • Proper time. Means: “set time.” “Season”

 

  1. Seasons have fixed time, but the weather does not always follow the set time.
  2. Your duty during the waiting season is to “not become weary in doing good.
  3. He did NOT say, “Don’t stop doing good.” It’s about being “weary.”
  4. “Weary” means to “fail in heart.” You may go through the motions, but your heart is not in obeying God.
      1. Go to church, but heart is not in it.
      2. Volunteer
      3. Go to work
      4. Still married
  • Kenneth Hagin, Willing and obedient and you will eat the best of the land.

 


2 Pet 3:9

9          The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

  • Understand that there is an appointed time and due season.

 

  1. Where the promises of God are concerned, it’s not a matter of “if” He’s going to come through, it’s only a matter of “When”.
  2. Actually, God is waiting on you.
      1. Waiting for you to rejoice;
      2. waiting for you to change;
      3. waiting for you to have hope. 4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 5 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.
      4. John 11:4-6
      5.             C. Story of ordaining deacons too early.
  • Story of Lazarus.
      1. Must declare the end from the beginning. “This sickness willl not end it death.”
      2. “God is coming through. God will not delay. I will reap at the proper time. My faith will be rewarded.”
      3. God’s perfect timing is meant to bring about His greater glory.
      4. God loves us even when it appears bad things are happening to us.Acts 3:5
      5. 5          So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
      6.  
  • Expect the Answer. Called hope.      20        I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

 

 

  1. Phil 1:20
  1. Catcher and pitcher. Catcher is in a receiving posture44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
  2. Matt 24:44
  3. When a woman is with child, we say that she is
  4.                         EXPECTING.
  1. Decorates.
  2. Have parties.
  3. Buy cribs
  • Sick person doesn’t stay away from a miracle service.
  • Unemployed person doesn’t stay home.
  • Single man doesn’t dress sloppily.

 

 

  1. Heavy person doesn’t throw away all the small clothes.
  2. Just as I expected. Negative.

Develop the Force of Patience

Develop the Force of Patience

  1. Identify the problem
  2. Make a decision to overcome the problem God’s way.
  3. Find the Title deed to an answer in God’s Word.
  4. Hear the Word concerning your victory.
  5. Meditate the Word to get into your spirit.
  6. Speak the Word to cause it to come to pass
  7. Act on the Word.
  8. Apply the force of patience
  9. Understand that there is an appointed time and season for the answer.
  10. Expect the answer.

 

Heb 6:12

12        We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

 

Heb 10:35-36

35        So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36        You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

  1. Apply the pressure of patience.
  2. Patience is NOT putting up with the problem, or enduring something, or accepting the situation or resigning yourself to failure.
  3. Patience is a force that God has given us to change the problem.

James 5:11

11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.

  1. God makes us wait because waiting produces maturity.

James 1:3

3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

  1. You cannot persevere without first rejoicing.

Rom 5:3-4

3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.

  1. The chick and the egg.
  1. Story of persistent widow.

Luke 18:1

1          Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

  1. It is human nature to give up:
    1. Quit looking
    2. Divorce
  • Stop trying
  1. Story of Calling all cars

 

Eph 6:13-14

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then,

  1. Patience is the ability to remain constant.
  2. Patience is the ability to remain constant. Standing firm. Unchangeable.
  3. Since you are already rejoicing before persevering, you always look like you have the victory.
  4. Your stand should seem the same in the midst of suffering and trials and it does in the midst of healing and victory.
  5. How can you tell when the force of patience is not at work?
  6. Compromise lifestyle.
  7. Change the tithe.

“when you have done the will of God”

  1. Modify what you are believing God for.
  2. Not healing, but quick death.
  3. Complain. Change your confession of faith.
  4. It’s not fair that I still am single.
  5. Quit. Fear wins.
  6. Wrestling team at Eastwood. Coach worked us so hard so others would drop out.
  7. Quitting is not the same as discovering what you really want in life. I did Tennis then drama
  8. Stop mass mailing and shrink Yellow Pages.


2 Pet 3:9

9          The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

  • Understand that there is an appointed time and due season.
  1. Where the promises of God are concerned, it’s not a matter of “if” He’s going to come through, it’s only a matter of “When”.
  2. Actually, God is waiting on you.
    1. Waiting for you to rejoice;
    2. waiting for you to change;
  • waiting for you to have hope.
  1. Story of ordaining deacons too early.

 

Gal 6:9-10

9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Hab 2:3

3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time;

it speaks of the end

and will not prove false.

Though it linger, wait for it;

it will certainly come and will not delay.

  1. God is always on time.
  2. Some have God on their personal timetable. If he doesn’t come through when they think He needs to, they assume something must be wrong somewhere.
  3. God is not bound by our concepts of time.

Eccl 3:1

3 There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under heaven:

  1. God’s time is the best time and the right time.
  2. Personal frustration about national ministry.

 

Acts 3:5

5          So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

  1. Expect the Answer. Called hope.

Phil 1:20

20        I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

  1. Catcher and pitcher. Catcher is in a receiving posture
  2. When a woman is with child, we say that she is

EXPECTING.

  1. Have parties.
  2. Buy cribs
  3. Sick person doesn’t stay away from a miracle service.
  4. Unemployed person doesn’t stay home.
  5. Single man doesn’t dress sloppily.
  6. Heavy person doesn’t throw away all the small clothes.
  7. Keith Moore. “You were in faith until 12:05 pm.” Believe for a Buick Riveria within 30 days. Phone rigging, “Thought that’s it.”
  8. Just as I expected. Negative.

 

Act on the Word

Act on the Word

 

James 2:14-26

14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.

25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

  1. Act on the Word.
  2. Martin Luther, We are saved by grace through faith alone, but faith is never alone.
  3. Old Catholic. We are saved by grace through faith and works.
  4. Truth: We are saved by grace alone through genuine faith.
  5. Joint Declaration on the doctrine of justification. 1999. “Together we confess: By grace alone, in faith in Christ’s saving work and not because of any merit on our part, we are accepted by God and receive the Holy Spirit, who renews our hearts while equipping and calling us to good works.”

Eph 2:8-10

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

  1. If all I do is have confession, but not action then I am not truly committed in my faith in God. “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed”
  2. Words only.
  3. Since God is the supplier of my needs, then I can give.

Luke 6:46

46        “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

  1. Acting demands risk and giving something up.
  2. Abraham offers son.
  3. Rahab gave lodging to spies.
  4. Illustration: Tight rope walker. Wheel barrel.
  5. Life insurance policy. Does not demand change in lifestyle. But even then, I still must pay the premium when due. Some look at Christianity as an eternal life insurance policy.
  6. Living together or marriage?
  7. Giving or tithing?
  8. Worrying or Believing?
  9. Bitter or Forgiving?
  10. Mean or kind?
  11. Selfish or generous?
  12. Lazy or diligent?
  13. Glutton or self control?
  14. Lusting or loving?
  15. Lying or telling the truth?
  16. Going to the wrong places or going to church?
  17. Sowing discord or striving for unity?
  18. Aborting or giving birth?
  19. Scheming evil plots or planning good deeds?
  20. Stealing or working?

 

James 1:22-25

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it — he will be blessed in what he does.

  1. Doer of the Word is blessed.
    1. If I stop with listening to the word then my faith will not bless me.


  1. Examples of Action.

Mark 5:27-29

27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”

Mark 5:33-34

33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

  1. Woman could have been stoned for touching Jesus while bleeding.

Matt 9:1-2

9 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”

  1. Took faith to lower the man.

Mark 10:50

50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

  1. He threw away his means of financial support.

Luke 17:14

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

  1. Law said that after you were healed of skin disease you were to go show yourself to the priest.

Luke 5:4-5

4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

  1. Letting Jesus use the boat did not take much faith, but letting down the nets did.

Matt 17:27

27 “But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

  1. Peter had to put out a line.

Numbers 14:39-45

Num 14:44

44 Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up toward the high hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the Lord’s covenant moved from the camp.

  • Presumption—Acting on God’s promises without faith.
  1. Don’t act on
  2. Guilt
  3. Fear
  4. Tithing can be done in presumption.

 

Luke 4:12 “Do not put the Lord your God to a foolish Test”

  1. Foolishness—Acting beyond God’s word thus putting yourself in needless danger.
    1. Foolishness looks stronger than faith.
    2. Trying to force God to act.
    3. Refuse to take out a loan.
    4. Throwing away your medicine is an act beyond God’s Word.
    5. Yet, the trusting believer does act different than the world does when it comes to living in health.

2 Chron 16:12 Asa did not seek help only from physicians

2 Kings 20:2-7 God healed through poultice of figs.

Mark 5:25-26 Spent all she had but got worse.

James 5:14-15

Speak the Word

Speak the Word

 

Rom 10:8-10

8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your 1mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9 That if you confess with 2 your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

Rom 10:10

10 For with the 3 heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

KJV

  1. Notice that three times the correlation between the heart that believes, and the mouth that confesses. Relationship between believing and speaking.
  2. The word must also be in the mouth.
  3. “confess with mouth” & “believe with heart”
  4. v 8, “the word is near you.”
  5. 10 “confession is made (created) unto salvation”
  6. Create in the Hebrew mind comes from a word (bara’ baw raw) that means to “cut down” as in a tree. Just as a carpenter takes wood and makes a table, so you can take God’s Word and create salvation.
  7. Isn’t interesting that Jesus was a carpenter.
  8. Salvation is the Greek Word, soteria.—E.W. Vines defines it as heath, salvation, deliverance. It is an all inclusive word. “All inclusive vacation” flight, hotel, food, entertainment, and excursions.
  9. Believing alone did not create salvation, confession was needed to complete faith.
  10. Confession=Gr “Homologeo”–Homo=same Logeo=speak
  11. Confession is speaking or saying the same; agreeing with.
  12. We should agree with God and say the same thing He says.

 

Heb 13:5-6

5          Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

6          So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

  1. Confession is to say the same thing as God says.
  2. Not blab it grab it. But confess it possess it.

 

Rom 4:17

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.

  • Jesus was a carpenter, so he created things. You must confess it before you get it. Wrong things we say…
  1. When God answers my prayer, then I will know he heard me.
  2. When God heals my body, then I will know I am better.
  3. When the money comes in, then I will know that God supplies my need.
  4. When I speak in tongues, then I will know I have received the Holy Spirit.
  5. You must sign for the package before you possess it. Your confession is your signing for the gifts God gives you.
  6. Just as God created the worlds with his words, you create your world with your words. Don’t use the devil’s words. Don’t use man’s words. USE God’s Words.
  • Heb 8:12

12 For I will forgive their wickedness

and will remember their sins no more.” 

 

  • Isa 53:4-5

4 Surely he took up our infirmities

and carried our sorrows,

yet we considered him stricken by God,

smitten by him, and afflicted.

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,

he was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,

and by his wounds we are healed.

 

  • Ps 21:2-3

2 You have granted him the desire of his heart

and have not withheld the request of his lips.

Selah

3 You welcomed him with rich blessings

 

  • Ps 79:8

8 Do not hold against us the sins of the fathers;

may your mercy come quickly to meet us,

for we are in desperate need.

 

  • 1 Cor 2:16

But we have the mind of Christ.

 

  • 1 Cor 1:30

30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God — that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

 

  • Rom 6:14

14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

KJV

 

  • Isa 33:24

24 No one living in Zion will say, “I am ill”;

 

Num 13:30-31

30        Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

  • But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”
  1. Notice the contrast between what Caleb said and what the ten spies said.

            “we can certainly do it.”

                        “we can’t attack those people”

  1. Each group’s destiny was settled by their words.

Num 14:24

24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.

 

2 Cor 4:13

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak,

 

Num 14:28-29

28 So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say:

 

  1. Caleb had the spirit of faith. God’s Word was in both his heart and mouth.

 

Prov 18:21

21 The tongue has the power of life and death,

and those who love it will eat its fruit.

  1. The tongue can produce both life and death, blessings and curses.

Josh 6:10

10        But Joshua had commanded the people, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!”

  1. Jericho—sweet place. Place of inheritance.
  2. Walk around—revolve the scriptures on your inheritance.
  3. Trumpets sounded, but the people said nothing.
  4. Trumpets—hearing the word preached.
  5. Walking around—meditating the Word.
  6. Shout—confession of victory.
  7. Their shout blasted down the walls.

Scriptures on Confession:

            James 3:10 Out of the same mouth come praise & …

            James 3:8 No man can tame the tongue

            Prov 18:20-21 “Fruit of his mouth…Life and death..

            Matt 15:10 “What comes out of his mouth makes him…

            Matt 12:34 Out of the abundance of the heart…

            Matt 12:37 For by your words you will be justified.

Meditate the Word

 

Mediate the Word

 

  1. Meditate the Word to get it inside of you.

 

Ps 39:3

3          My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:

 

Josh 1:8

8          Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

  1. Mediating the Word is the way to put real bullets into your gospel gun.
  2. Confession is like pulling a trigger.
  3. God pulled the trigger at creation.
  4. Rom 10:10 “Confession is made unto salvation.”
  5. Empty blanks make noise but don’t have power.
  6. Many people are like parrots, repeating words of scripture without any revelation.
  7. Some people make good confessions along with bad ones because they have no revelation of the Word of God.

“Binding didn’t work”

“Prayer didn’t reach God”

“I can’t pay my bills”

“I still feel afraid”

“My marriage is over”

“I feel worse”

“The devil is not fleeing”

  1. Mediate is to think deeply about something. We do this all the time.
  2. Eye gate, ear gate, mouth gate.
    1. Ex. See mother abused by father. Monkey see, monkey do.
    2. Ex. Hear that you are limited.
  3. Mouth is the dialogue you have with yourself over the things you have seen and heard.
  4. Most Christians try to live on sermon to sermon, but do no study of scriptures themselves.
  5. You never become a doer by hearing the Word only.
  6. Multiplication tables.


Acts 17:11

11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

Luke 8:15

15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

  1. Meditate the Word is to meditate in the book of the Law. This is the next step up from hearing the Word preached.
  2. “Book” not “voice of Moses”.
  3. You can’t live on sermons, Sermons give you revelations. But you must meditate on the revelation to get the Word inside your spirit.
  4. Hearing the Word taught by others will stir your heart and bring revelation, but it is your meditation on the written Word that will put power behind your words.
    • Example: hearing about faith, but you let other sermons dissuade you rather than looking up the written Word of God.
  1. Revelation only gives you a warm heart; but meditation puts a fire in your heart.
  1. Meditation is an internal dialogue within you by which you look up and study the scriptures to confirm what you should believe in.
  • Mediate comes from this meditate. Take the “T” out and you have the word: Mediate.
  • Mediate: Intervene between people in a dispute in order to bring about an agreement or reconciliation
  • Two people in your life: old man and New
  1. Not focus on mental ability, but Spirit ability.
  2. Traditional view over the Truth.
  3. Mental v Spiritual. Mental is doubting. Bereans were not doubtful or skeptical, but “received the message with eagerness.” They examined the scriptures, not to prove Paul wrong, but to get the Word planted in their hearts.
  4. To look very intently and carefully, not to miss even one item.

 

John 5:39

39        You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me,

 

John 16:13

13        But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

 

1 Cor 2:14

14        The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 

  • Two down to earth methods to meditate. Mutter and Muse.
  1. Mutter—to speak to yourself in a low tone of voice.
  2. Same word used for “murmured”
  3. When you think intensely about something you automatically speak to your self.

“Do not let it depart from your mouth”

Ps 19:14

14        May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

  1. When the words that come out of your mouth do not line up with God’s Word, you are not meditating.
  2. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth…
    1. Muse—revolve in your mind one theme or one Scripture passage. Consider deeply.
  3. Squeezing juice out of an orange.
  4. Cows digestive system.
    1. No one will be a doer of the Word simply by hearing the Word. You must meditate it.

1 Kings 18:41

41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.

KJV

  1. Elijah heard the sound of an abundance of rain. You can meditation on abundance when there is lack all around you.

 

  1. How to meditate.

Ps 119:18

18  Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

  1. Interpret

2 Tim 2:15

15  Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

  1. Apply

James 1:22

22        Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

You Need to Keep Hearing the Word

You Need to Keep Hearing the Word

Col 2:5 KJV “I am with you in spirit, joying and beholding your order and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.”

  1. Faith has certain procedures that we must be followed in order to get the benefits of faith.

Step one: Identify the problem.

Step two: Make a quality decision to overcome the

problem God’s way.

Step Three: Find your title deed to an answer in

God’s Word.

Step Four: Keep hearing the Word concerning your  victory. .

 

I Jn 5:4

4          for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

  1. Faith is the thing God gave us to overcome the World–sin, sickness, poverty, demons.
    1. Some have heard the faith message and have given up, because they did not realize that faith encounters battles, and they could only be won by a continual replenishing of the Word.
    2. US sold Israel more ammunition.
    3. Faith is not a once and all life time belief. You must continue to feed your faith. People change beliefs all the time.
    4. A 30 year old car does not necessarily have more gas in the tank that a spanking new car. Miles does not equate to the amount of fuel.
      1. Explain why an old believer may be more defeated than a new believer.

 

Rom 10:17

17        Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

 

Rom 10:17

17        So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(KJV)

  1. Step four: Keep on hearing God’s Word all the time.
  2. Your ears are one of two gateways to your spirit. Eyes the other.
  3. Three basic ways to hear the word.
    1. Read Scripture
    2. Confess the Word yourself.
    3. Hear the Word preach. “Consequently” or “So then” is a conjunction to what he said before.

Rom 10:14

14        How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

  1. Faith comes more by hearing an anointed preacher than by either reading Scripture or by confessing the Word yourself.
  2. Teaching and Preaching must go along with the reading of Scripture.

1 Tim 4:13

13        Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.

  1. If simply reading Scripture was the best way for faith to come, then it would be wiser to simply come to church and read a lot of Scripture and skip the teaching and preaching.
  2. The teaching and preaching must be based on the Scripture.
  3. Why is it that when we hear an anointed preacher that faith comes more easily than when we simply read the Scriptures during our private times? Because God ordain the teacher and preacher to explain more fully the meaning of God’s Word, and this causes faith to come. You cannot have faith if you do not understand the Word.

Acts 8:30-31

30        Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31        “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

 

Neh 8:9

9          Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is sacred to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

  1. Simply hearing Scripture read does not produce faith.

Neh 8:12

12        Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.

  1. It was only when the ministers explained and interpreted the Word did the people have joy.
  2. Many people, because they have not understood the Word, will get under condemnation and doubt when they read the Bible. Only until a minister explains it does joy and faith come.
  3. Reading the Scripture provides the basis for you to receive revelation from the teaching of the Word.
  4. He that reads little or nothing of the Scripture usually does not get much out of the message.

 

  1. Daily hearing the Word.
    1. “He that has ears to hear…”

Prov 4:10

10        Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.

 

Prov 4:21-23

21        Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;

22        for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.

 

Prov 8:34

34        Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.

  1. Listen daily to God’s Word.
  2. Hygene (wash, eat, sleep, brush teeth)
  3. Faith does NOT come by having heard.

Deut 8:3

3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

  1. You cannot live on yesterday’s meal.
  2. Evidence you are not living daily on the Word: you are being humbled with circumstances.
  3. You will never win a battle on the shells you fired in the last war.

 

2 Pet 1:12

12        So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.

  1. Need to keep hearing the Word of God so that your faith will be established.
  2. “Remind“—to say the same thing over again.
  3. “even though you know them and are firmly established”.
  4. “firmly established in the truth you NOW HAVE.”
  5. You are never established in faith by the truth you once had.
  6. Peter and the apostles had to hear about Christ death seven times at least.

Mt 16:21-22; 17:12; 20:17-19; 21:39; 26:2; 26:31-35

  1. Pay attention until the day dawns.

2 Pet 1:19

19        And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

 

Ps 39:3

3 My heart grew hot within me,

and as I meditated, the fire burned;

then I spoke with my tongue:

  1. Revelation, meditation and proclamation.
  2. You will never receive revelation of the Word until you are willing to stay in it a long time.
  3. Illustration: 30 second News clip are taken from hours and hours of film.
  4. How to get revelation. You must stay long into the Word and keep hearing messages until you get revelation.

Luke 24:27

27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

Luke 24:32

32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

  1. Seven mile (60 stadia) walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus. 2 1/2 hour Bible study or less.
  2. We are people in need of motivation.

Find the Title Deed to your Need

Find the Title Deed to your Need

 

Heb 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

  1. Find your title-deed to the answer in God’s Word.
  2. A lawyer does not rest on the mercy of the court but on law. They need some proof that gives their client reason to prevail.
  3. Finding scriptures to form your evidence that God will grant you want you want is a foreign strange practice for many Christians.
    1. Normal. Pray that God will help and base it on his benevolence and on his will.
  4. Evidence—ground for belief.
  5. Dinosaurs museum.
  6. Proof—is evidence that is so complete and convincing as to put a conclusion beyond reasonable doubt.
    1. Proof is God’s Word.
  7. Hotel or Airline. Bring in the confirmation number and you get the hotel room.
  8. Story of Fort Worth trip and La Quinta.
  9. Once you have determined in your heart that you are going to overcome by the Word of God, the next step is to find in God’s Word the promise that answers your problem.
  10. Sold my van. Had the title.
  11. Detective snoop and search until they find the thing that they are looking for.
  12. We need to be like a detective, carefully searching God’s Word until we find sufficient evidence which our faith can be grounded in.

Rom 4:12

12 And he is also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

  1. We are to walk in the footsteps of Abraham. What makes Abraham’s faith distinct from other people’s faith.
    1. How did Abraham’s faith work?

Rom 4:18-21

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.

  1. God makes promises; and we Amen the promises.

Ps 89:34

34 I will not violate my covenant

or alter what my lips have uttered.

  1. God is just and is a lawmaker, and thus, his nature does not allow Him to deceive us.

 

Gen 18:14

14 Is anything too hard for the Lord?

  1. Israel at first followed in the footsteps of Abraham.

Josh 23:14-15

You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. 15 But just as every good promise of the Lord your God has come true,

  1. God keeps His promises.

2 Cor 1:20-21

 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

  1. Christianity is based on the legal covenant God made with Israel. He promised to send the Messiah, he fulfilled it, and now their are promises based on the covenant that we claim.
  2. “Claim” is a legal term. You make it based on what’s yours.
  3. Baggage claim ticket. You pick only your luggage.

John 15:7

 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.

  1. Jesus tells u that when we have God’s word concerning our desire then we have what we asked of him.

 

Rom 15:8-9

8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs 9 so that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy,

  1. What has God promised?

1 John 2:25

25 And this is what he promised us — even eternal life.

  1. Lie: Great hope that I will, but it’s up to God.

Ex 23:25-26

25 Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

  1. Truth: Health, guaranteed.