Operating in the God Kind of Faith by Tony WIlliams
Tony started off by giving us the Bible verses he wants to cover, we didn’t get to them all, but I will share them with you so you can do extra credit reading (she says smiling). Mark 11:22-25, Romans 20:8-10, 1 Peter 3:4, Proverbs 3:8, Psalms 145:5 and Mark 5:22-42
Tony said we are all believers. The most powerful people on earth are the people of God, not the law makers or Congress. Our prayers can change the course of the nation.
Galatians 3:5 (Heather’s note – not on the above list, Tony gave so many verses. I will try to look up their addresses in the Bible, but if I can’t find them, I will just quote them. This really was a BIBLE study with tons of scriptures.) Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Our God is not a respecter of persons, but He is a respecter of faith – not of doctrine, ethics, etc. He cares about our faith. Mark 6:5-6 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. Tony pointed out the verse did not say “Jesus WOULD not.” It said, He COULD not do mighty work because of the peoples’ unbelief.
When Jesus went into the temple He taught, Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me, He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD. Then he closed the book, Luke 4:20-21 And He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scriptures is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Those who chose to believe were healed, those who rejected His words were not.
Tony told us we can get our expectations up to receive a Word from God. We can get a Word from God, and still leave the same as when we walked in. We have to apply the Word if we want to see change.
John 3:34-36 (John the Baptist speaking). For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
The Body of Christ worldwide has the same measure of Spirit.
John 5:19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
Jesus opened the Scriptures and shared the Word of God, and then it was up to the people to believe or not to believe.
When Jesus was asked to heal the boy the disciples could not heal, the father asked Jesus if He could do anything. Jesus asked the father if he could believe, and the father responded Mark 9:24……”Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.”
(Heather’s note, Pastor Don tells us, if we are honest with God, He can work with us. This man was honest with Jesus.) Tony told us we can believe in our heart but still have doubt in our minds.
John 10:10 Speaking about satan, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I(Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Sometimes we read a passage over and over and then God shows us something new that we didn’t see before. What caught Tony’s attention is there are three things that satan does, kill, steal, and destroy. But Jesus does not answer back with three things, Jesus gives life and that more abundantly. Only one important thing.
Tony reminded us that faith comes by hearing. He suggests reading the Word of God out loud so we hear ourselves read it – for when we hear ourselves speak the truth it helps us have faith and believe.
Mark 11:22-25 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 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. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
“Have faith in God,” can also be translated, Have the God kind of faith or the Faith of God. If God tells you to have something it means you are capable of having it, He is offering it to you, and has given it to you. It is up to us whether or not we take Him up on what He has given us.
In this passage, Jesus is talking to His disciples. Jesus tells the truth.
In this passage there is a ratio of 3 to 1 regarding saying to believing. It is important to say what you are having faith for, more important than just believing. Charles Capps says Christians don’t miss it in believing, they miss the saying part. We believe God, but then we go out and speak words that are contrary to what the Word of God says.
Jesus saw a fig tree and He was hungry. This tree had leaves which implied fruit, but when Jesus came up to the tree he discovered no fruit, the tree was a lying tree. Jesus cursed the tree, and the next day when his disciples saw the tree, the tree had died. Jesus spoke to the tree and the disciples heard Him. He did not come back later and sabotage the tree, all He had to do was speak to the tree. Jesus spoke a Word of faith, a God kind of faith.
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. (also translated, sons of God).
What we want to tell ourselves is Jesus could do what He did because He was divine. But that isn’t true. When He was on earth, He was human as we are. We too are sons of God. What Jesus did, we too can do. God’s Spirit speaks. We, as Spirit, also can speak.
Matthew 12:34 …For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Jesus often speaks of “whosoever”. We are a whosoever. So many times we want to go and help God out. Jesus did not have to go back to that tree to kill it, the words He spoke were enough, for His faith was released by His words.
THE LAW OF FAITH, Put the law into effect What we say will come to pass.
Therefore as Matthew 11:24 says, “SAY”, we must say.
Faith will work without prayer, but prayer won’t work without faith. Jesus did not pray about the fig tree, He just spoke. Pray for wisdom and believe that we receive wisdom.
When we pray, we need to be praying God’s will, which means that we must go to the Word to see how to pray for our situation so our prayer lines up with God’s Word. We don’t just pick one promise in the Bible and stand on it, we must look at the promise in 2 to 3 places (2 to 3 witnesses), and make sure we are reading the promises in context. Then when we know God’s position on the situation in our life, then we can draw a line in the sand (so to speak) and tell ourselves we will believe and receive.
Jesus talks about HAVE received (past tense). When we pray in faith, we may not see the results of our prayer, our senses might not perceive a change in our situation, but we must believe we HAVE received, or we won’t receive. The Spiritual world will work to bring our prayer to pass.
Daniel had to wait 21 days for an answer, not because of Daniel, but because the angels had a conflict with principalities and powers. We have to trust that God has heard us, that we are His beloved, and He will hold back no good thing from us. When we pray, all heaven and spiritual forces come into play, ready to act, but when we speak doubt and unbelief, then we push back the answer.
Jesus spoke to that fig tree, and the answer was not immediate, but the next day He was able to see that His words had effect.
Romans 10:8-10 But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Tony told us to start agreeing with God and His Word. Do not disagree with God by speaking doubt and unbelief.
The WORD according to verse 8 is near us – in our mouth and in our heart. That is, the WORD OF FAITH. This sounds very much like Mark 11 – say and believe.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
We get faith by hearing Words of faith, by reading God’s Word out loud, by hearing the Word taught. If we read the Word of God out loud to ourselves faith comes faster, because we believe what we say.
When Joshua was ready to go into the Promised Land after Moses died, God told Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth; but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
To meditate is not what we think of today, it means to mutter the Scriptures over and over, think on their meaning, and make them part of ourselves.
When the Bible talks about God’s word in our heart, it is not referring to the physical blood pump, but the inner man within. Righteousness comes by believing in our heart the truth about Jesus. Some translations say with the heart you believe, or with the heart you confess. Confess means to say the exact thing God is saying.
We need to find out what God is saying and begin to agree with Him. Our flesh may be hollering, you can’t do this. But you have to say that with the Help of the Spirit we can. We are given power through the Holy Spirit, power to do what God says we can do.
If our faith is not working, we may be holding out in some area of our life. We may need to forgive, for faith worketh in love. If we are condemning in our heart we will be blocking faith’s work. If we say what the person has done is so terrible we cannot forgive, we need to ask God to help us forgive. To begin to forgive by faith. (Heather’s note, forgiveness is not absolution, it is just letting go of what is binding us, and turning it over to God). When we let the Holy Spirit help us to forgive, a love rises up in us twe never thought possible.
Romans 10:11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
We are beginning to get a rainstorm with lightning, and have lost our power already once today, so I think I will stop here and continue the Bible study tomorrow. It is an awesome, thought-provoking study for me.
Have a blessed day.
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