Faith, unforgiveness, healing taught by Pastor Don Moore.
Notes from Bible study taught 10/12/12
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
In the Body of Christ everyone talking faith is not really talking faith, but rather wishing and hoping.
Faith is a substance. We don’t see the evidence of it before it materializes.
We believe for something and when it doesn’t happen the way we think it should happen or when we think it should happen, we get disappointed. When there is a time-lapse between believing in and seeing the manifestation, we have to hold on to the “I know” of faith, the assurity that it will manifest even though we don’t see it at the current time.
If you lose your faith because doubt creeps in, you are in hope. For example, when the sick are prayed for, some walk away from the altar saying, “I hope I’m healed,” others say, “I believe I’m healed.”
FAITH IS NOW – hope is in the future.
Pastor Don said that, with the ten virgins, only five brought oil enough for their lamps – they had faith for the coming of the Bridegroom. Real faith has an accompanying action. You can’t have faith for something and do nothing.
The five virgins with oil had an accompanying action
The five virgins without oil had lip-service, no action
The five without oil are like many of the people in the church today – the pastors and congregation are asleep and unprepared for what will soon transpire in the end times.
Mark 11:11-13 And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve. Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
In this passage, the fig tree produces false figs – figs with no seed. Real figs look like false figs, but false figs are not tasty and are unfertile. Jesus is coming to Jerusalem hungry.
The Jews were not prepared to hear a true Gospel. The Fig tree represents the nation of Israel. It is in leaf, close to it’s time, but there is no real figs.
Later in the Scripture Jesus will ask, “In the last days, when I come, will I find faith in the earth?”
Jesus is coming looking for true Biblical faith. With this fig tree incident, Jesus was looking for true Israelites, and only came upon not only false figs; but the absence of figs.
Mark 11:14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.
This is a word picture – this is what is happening to Israel. Are we fruitful? How can we be sure? Jesus asks, when I come, will I find real faith on earth?
Matthew 21:18-22 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
HAVE FAITH AND DO NOT DOUBT.
People are afraid to admit that they have doubt. God is prepared to accept the truth. It’s okay to be truthful. Tell God, I do believe but I have some unbelief running amok. Sometimes when Jesus healed people, he took them aside, away from the crowds to heal because he didn’t want the people watching to add unbelief to the mix. Unbelief hampers healing.
Faith is a quiet determination, not an emotional outburst. The power of God is real. Know His presence is here to heal. Pray that God teaches us how to keep our healing so we don’t go back into sickness.
Only 4% of people prayed for receive healing. And of those four percent, 94% lose it. The devil comes to kill, steal and destroy.
The things of God are not a sprint, but a marathon. Pastor Don said we have to stir up those proteins and carbs for a long race. We can’t think of healing as a microwave, a sprint. If you get a microwave healing it is possible that the devil will convince you that your healing is not real.
We need to exercise our faith, believe that God will do in us what is best. Be careful of what we say and what we allow ourselves to believe.
Matthew 21 (see above) echoes Mark 11 (see above).
Mark 11:12-14 (see above) Jesus gives us this example so we won’t be unfruitful trees.
Mark 11:15-18 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ” And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching.
This is what is happening in churches today.
Mark 11:19 When evening had come, He went out of the city.
Jesus did not stay in Jerusalem in the evening.
Mark 11:20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
The fig tree that Jesus spoke to dried up from the roots.
Mark 11:21-22 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.
Have faith in God. Most trees die from the top down, but Jesus’ power killed the root.
We then looked at verse 23-24 and counted up how many times it says some form of “say” verses “believe.”
Mark 11:23-24 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.
Notice we do more saying than believing. Six says (see bolded words) to two believes. To be a person of faith comes by hearing, rehearse what God is saying until it becomes an IN YOU faith.
Too often our feel bad overrides what we believe for.
We need to tell ourselves, I prayed for this and I didn’t get an instant healing, but I know my healing is coming.
Jesus cursed the fig tree and said die. We need to be careful we don’t speak death into our situation. We need to pray in faith, not doubting.
Pastor Don spoke about being asked to pray for a person who was about to die. As he sat in the room, he received the following verse from the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 4:10 …always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
Instead of releasing the person to death, Pastor Don realized he was praying the wrong way; that God wanted the life of Christ to come back into the body of the patient. As he prayed God’s will, the man squeezed his hand.
Doubt tried to come in. The family was planning to disconnect the person from life support the next day. Instead, the family came in and the patient was hungry, and wanting to eat.
A person could be acting in doubt and unbelief, be sick, or exhibit sinful behavior for years. All it takes is 30 seconds to reverse the situation, but that’s not going to happen unless there is absolute faith. Total absolute faith has to be filtered to our minds and heart. The problem we have is we give up too easily.
Mark 11 shows us what blocks our faith.
Mark 11:25-26 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
What can block our prayers is unforgiveness. What holds up our healing is we never get around to forgiving people. Don’t hold on to bitterness, resentment, hate, and anger. If you are holding people in unforgiveness, God can’t act on your behalf. God is not going to hold them so you can beat up on them. If you let go of the person and forgive them, then God can deal with them in a way that can best solve the situation. Unforgiveness blocks healing.
When Jesus was on the cross, He prayed, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.” Jesus did not just die for the good people. Jesus died for everyone. And hopefully everyone will accept the gift of salvation.
When we sin, we still have to face repercussions for our sins, even though our sins are forgiven. For example, if you rob a bank, God can forgive your sin, but you may still have to do jail time.
A way to block healing is to walk in any level of unforgiveness.
Mark 11:27-28 Then they came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to Him. And they said to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority to do these things?”
The scribes, chief priests, and elders have to ask Jesus by whose authority does he do those things.
Mark 11:29-33 But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one question; then answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things: The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me.” And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men’”—they feared the people, for all counted John to have been a prophet indeed. So they answered and said to Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
They tried to spar with Jesus, and did not win. Jesus refused to tell them by whose authority He does these things.
Pull down the wall of unforgiveness and put forgiveness in its place.
Who is the authority?
The answer relies in a simple choice – to choose the greatest authority of all, Jesus. Jesus will help you to tear down the wall of unforgiveness.
Everyone in church is not free of trouble and oppression. We are holy and sanctified by believing in God. Nobody’s flesh is absolutely delivered. Are they in church recognizing the authority and power of God, or are they still caught up in their flesh?
There are two factors. 1) Unforgiveness builds a wall and 2) The authority of God will help you to tear down the wall.
Bring Jesus in your situation, forgive, and obey and He can turn any situation around.
This Bible study impacted me. I hope it blesses you.