Faith by Pastor Don.
I count myself blessed to sit under incredibly great Bible studies, and Pastor Don is, as my husband often tells our children, “Like a professor of the Bible.” All his Bible studies are outstanding but some are even more incredible. This study falls in that category.
Our study began with a member’s testimony about being given a Word of Knowledge about being careful driving, and before the day was out, her husband was driving the car with the family in it and they narrowly missed being killed – it was supernatural for it seemed everything was in slow motion, and she could almost feel the breeze of the car. Had she not had the warning and reacted in the natural instead of calling out to Jesus she was sure they would not have survived, instead of totally avoiding an accident.
Pastor Don then went on to teach with that testimony in mind.
What did God delegate to us? To know our authority we have to ask. Much the same way that a teenager would ask his dad if he could drive the car. We have to be clear about what we are asking. Everyone on our planet is not an agent of faith, there are different viewpoints and attitudes.
Matthew 28:9 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.
They grabbed His feet to show homage and honor.
Matthew 28:16-20 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen
Notice, there were some doubters even after all they experienced with Him, and after His resurrection. We need to be patient for everyone’s ability to believe is at different levels.
Pastor Don talked about mustard seed faith, and said that is a mystery that is lost on many people. The mustard seed is the size of a ground up piece of pepper, it is the smallest of seeds and grows the largest bush, a bush tree with a singular trunk. It can grow as high as 8 feet and spreads out wide and round. If given time, the right soil, and circumstances it can grow so big that birds can hide in it.
The mustard seed cannot be cross pollinated, it is singular to itself. Mustard seed faith can move a mountain. We cannot have MORE faith, you either HAVE faith or you DON’T have faith. You don’t get greater quantities of faith, one person does not have 2 lbs. of faith while another has 10 lbs. Faith does not work quantitatively, it works QUALITATIVELY.
Faith can’t be cross pollinated with doubt. We either have faith or we don’t have faith. We can’t decide we have 70 or 80% faith, and the rest is doubt and unbelief. It is either we are in faith or we are working towards being in faith.
It says in this passage that some doubted. The Apostles saw Jesus daily, they were with him until the end of His earthly ministry. There were more than just the 12 Apostles (Jesus’ inner circle), there were other followers and women who came with Jesus. Judas was replaced in Acts 1, and the replacement was chosen from those who were also present with Jesus during His ministry, even though he was not an Apostle at the time.
Anyone who doubts there are miracles needs to watch a baby being born, and you cannot help but be touched by the fact that the baby is fearfully and wonderfully made.
We all have faith for some things but not others. For example, when Jesus was asleep in the boat and the storm came up, the disciples came to Him for help, fearing that they were perishing. Jesus had told the disciples that they were going to cross over to the other side, and the disciples should have known that would happen, but they woke Jesus up and he calmed the storm, then called the disciples, “Ye of little faith.” Jesus was not saying that they needed bigger faith, but he was in effect asking them, didn’t you see the fish and the loaves, the supernatural multiplication power, the raising of the dead, the healings? How the Power of God altered the natural things, and thus they were not acting in the faith and knowledge that the waves and wind could be affected by faith. The disciples had fish and loaves faith, healing of the sick faith, casting out demons faith, but they did not have waves faith.
It is the same with us, we have certain categories in our lives where we have faith, and in other categories we don’t have faith.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
NOW FAITH IS, FAITH IS NOW. It is existing right NOW. It is the absolute NOW. Either you believe it right now or you are looking for or believing toward faith. When your believing for has reached the end of itself it will be faith. Until then you are wishing and hoping. You need to keep wishing and hoping until you get to faith.
You need to do Mark 11:22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God
Have faith IN GOD. If you believe you will have what you say you will be able to speak to the mountain. We need to stop thinking in terms of doubt and unbelief, and if the situation does not seem to be changing, we need to keep speaking the truth of God to it. If we keep speaking doubt about our situation we will go from wishing and hoping to negative faith. To get back to faith we need to do Mark 11:22-24 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.
What you desire in your heart speak out of your mouth. If you want a good marriage, don’t go complaining about your husband. If you want your children to behave, don’t go speaking about their brattiness.
If you are speaking about what you hope to come, you are not at the position of “IS”. You need to get to the place of I know that I know that I know. To move from wishing and hoping to believing and receiving. To do this move you need to speak. When we get to the place of I know that I know that I know, even if what you are believing for has not manifested, you need to take the next step which is to thank God for what is mine – even if it is still in the heavenly realm and has not manifested here. At times we give up too soon and find ourselves back at doubt and unbelief. We need to examine ourselves if things are not manifesting to see if we are in doubt and unbelief. We can believe in our head but have doubt in our heart,. Faith says, “This is mine, I have it NOW.”
Pastor Don talked about how he wants a boat, and if he was moving from no boat through wishing and hoping, and then he gets to the point of NOW I have it, if someone asks him where the boat is, he would tell them, “I don’t know, but I have it.”
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
God is the eternal NOW. God has faith for Pastor Don’s boat, the only way to get help from God is being in His presence, for where God is, faith is. Faith is like electricity in the natural world. Faith can work for good or evil, just as electricity could be used to shed light on a situation or kill someone. Electricity does not care if it is good, bad, or indifferent. The devil can work faith the same way we do. Our faith has to line up with the will of God.
John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
We can do greater works – this does not mean greater qualitatively, but quantitatively. We will heal more blind, raise more dead, lift up more crippled. When we know the authority of the believer, we will be able to do greater quantities of works. What makes it possible?
John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
If we abide in him we can have what we desire. For what purpose, Jesus?
John 15:8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
When you want something there is a prerequisite: abiding in Jesus. Our heart is hooked up with Jesus and then when we ask what we want it will be in line with Jesus’s perfect will for our lives.
Pastor Don said that if it did not glorify God, it may be denied, for example, if Pastor Don wanted a boat to sell drugs, God would say “no” for drugs are evil. Pastor Don wants to wait until it is what Jesus wants, and he is waiting for a green light from God regarding his boat. Sometimes God will tell us we can have something, but it doesn’t instantly manifest for it is not the right time. Pastor Don told us that if he gets willful and forces the issue then it would not work out and would become a financial disaster.
God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, then God can tell us to operate our faith, and then He will give it to us. But we also need to ask, ‘Is this the season for me Lord?”
Pastor Don talked a bit about healing and said that when he goes to heal another person, he has to first locate where they are and what they can believe for. God’s will is to heal.
When the leper came to Jesus
Matthew 8:2 And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
The question is, what is Jesus willing to do? Is He willing to make the leper clean? Is He willing to heal him? Is He willing to touch the leper.
Matthew 8:3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Pastor Don asked us what the man wondered that Jesus was willing to do? It was, would Jesus be willing to touch him. In those days lepers were not to be touched for fear that the disease would spread. Yet the man was healed before Jesus even laid a hand on him. There was no uncleanness.
Matthew 8:4 And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
In those days the leper was not to touch anyone for that would make them ceremonially unclean. They had to walk around saying, “unclean, unclean.” When he walks around saying that he is unclean, he thinks the only way to be healed is through touch.
Malachi 4:2 But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.
The woman with the issue of blood ran to Jesus to touch Him. There is healing action by touch. She knew that if she could just touch his garment, she would be healed. Her faith was there, and she wanted to get to Jesus to put herself into position for healing. She was reaching for the tassels on Jesus’s prayer shawl. Jesus was aware that virtue came out of Him. It was her faith that healed her.
Get in His presence as a follower of Jesus and faith will rise, and it is that faith that will sustain you.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Faith is not a feeling, feelings move around, but faith holds. When doubt and unbelief comes we choose to stand with the truth of God. God gave it for me, and it’s mine. There is no reason that God would not want us to be happy and enjoying life. Give God the Glory. Give God the testimony. When there was a drought, Isaac dug wells.
The leper’s problem was that he he did not have the authority to claim anything for himself beyond the Jewish law, but when Jesus came along, the man had the faith to be clean. When Jesus reached out to touch the man the healing occurred before Jesus laid his hands on him, and thus Jesus never violated Jewish law. We need to remember that HE IS, and that HE IS A REWARDER of those who diligently seek Him.
Faith cannot be mixed with doubt and unbelief.
Jesus had faith and was able to feed 5,000, cast out demons, gain wealth through supernatural means (coin in fish’s mouth), healing, healing 1000’s in multitudes, raise the dead, keys of hell, etc. Jesus did these in his physical body, and if He can do them, so can we. All we need to do is stay in HIS FAITH. It is I KNOW faith. For the leper, Jesus agreed with his healing – the leper did not do anything to deserve his healing, he didn’t have to do works, he just agreed in faith with Jesus for healing.
Show me your faith and I’ll show you my works. When we have faith our walk in life will demonstrate what we are believing. We do not work for salvation, but when we are believing in faith we will act that way.
God knows what we need before we ask, but he waits for us to send the check up to our account (ask). It is disqualified if we have no faith.
Someone asked what if you are asking what is not in God’s will for us.
Pastor Don gave us the example of if someone was asking for finances for drugs and adultery, they may get the finances, but those finances will not be from God. Don’t forget we also have an enemy that is wanting us to have what is against God’s will for our lives.
God will not give you anything that would hurt or destroy you. God wills for your best.
When sickness comes your mind plays a trick on you, trying to tell you that it is not God’s will for you to be healed or that God will somehow get glory from your sickness. Trust me, God will get MORE GLORY for a HEALING than he will get if you are suffering.
If we are being persecuted for the cause of Christ, that is another story, but sickness is not persecution for the cause of Christ. All the devil is trying to do is to take faith away from believers and keep unbelievers from trusting God.
God will use our sickness and trials for our own good though, as we learn from them, God will take what satan meant for harm and turn it to our good.
For example when Paul was in jail, God did not put him there, but while Paul was in Jail, God used Paul to convert the jailer and his family. God did not need Paul to be in jail to do that, God could have used another means to get to the jailer and his family, but since Paul was there, God used him.
We support pastors in India who are getting jailed for being Christians, not only jailed but persecuted by the locals. At one point Pastor P. was in jail, and while he was in jail 35 fellow prisoners were saved. That does not necessarily mean that Pastor P. was put in jail to get those 35 saved, God could have saved them without Pastor P. But since Pastor P. was there, God used Pastor P. to preach the Gospel to those prisoners.
The Bible study continued, but I am going to share the second half tomorrow so this is not too long to read all at once.
Have a blessed day!
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