Water is the Word & you will have what you say taught by Pastor Don Moore
Notes from Bible study taught 1/4/13
Titus 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
The water is the Word. In our studies think of drinking the Word, but our words have impact.
The Word in our thought life and what we speak to ourselves has power over life. We want to catch ourselves before speaking negatively even in our thoughts.
As our spirit man gets stronger, our spirit man will rise in us and say to not think that. We must think about what we are thinking about. As a man thinks so is he. Your words and thoughts can condition you for failure.
Find Scripture that speaks to your situation and say it over and over until it manifests.
Hebrew 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
When we speak, we hear our words audibly and internally, so we attack the problem on both levels.
God can’t strengthen our negative words.
Our mind runs off electrical current, constantly firing ideas and thoughts, random, out of our soul or spirit. We either focus on these thoughts or not.
Pray that God gives us discernment to the order of importance in what we are to do. The devil can confuse the message by distracting us from completing what needs to be completed. The devil will set our pace. Sometimes the devil fills our slate with activities that look spiritual, but they are a total distraction.
John 3:8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
If we are born of the Spirit of God we are bon again. Sometimes we rebuke the devil and it isn’t the devil causing the problem, it is just our stupidity on that point.
John 3:9-11 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.
We speak what we know. That is why we come to the Bible study so we increase our knowledge. What we know we should use to testify to others. Start with what we know. Even a new believer knows what brought them to Christ.
You must know what language to speak things to those who don’t know so they will know and receive. Don’t use language that is laden with Christian terms that the hearer doesn’t understand.
The Scribes and Pharisees held to the letter of the law and did not understand the Sabbath. Jesus was put to the cross as a Sabbath breaker. He healed on the Sabbath, which the Scribes and Pharisees saw as work, even though the healing brought great worship to God.
Pray to put the power of God into a person until they get revelatory understanding. Pray that they receive the felt presence of the Lord.
John 3:12-15 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
Not everyone in the Bible study understood the reference of Moses lifting up the serpent in the wilderness, so Pastor Don took us to the passage in Numbers.
Numbers 21:4-9 Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
The people spoke against God and against Moses, God’s prophet. They had complained so many times in the past that God permitted fiery serpents to bite the people. They came to their senses and repented. Moses prayed for the people and God told Moses to make a fiery serpent and put it on a pole – all the people had to do is look at it and live. It is the same as when we look to Jesus and live. Someone commented that to put a serpent on a pole you need a crosspiece to drape it. Bronze is the metal of sin. The people have rebelled many times in the past. We looked at a few examples of their disobedience.
Numbers 14:11 Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?
Again the people rebelled against God and God was angry. At this point he offers to destroy the people and bring a new group to the Promised Land. Moses intercedes for the people and God preserves them.
Earlier in their history, God tells Moses to send spies into the Promised Land. Moses sends twelve spies into the land, one from each tribe of Israel.
Numbers 13:21-27 So they went up and spied out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, near the entrance of Hamath. And they went up through the South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs. The place was called the Valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the men of Israel cut down there. And they returned from spying out the land after forty days. Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.
The spies saw that the Promised Land truly flowed with milk and honey. The cluster of grapes was so huge that they needed two people to carry one cluster of grapes. The land was truly what God promised.
Numbers 13:28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.
Anak are the Nephalim, giants in the land. The conspiracy against the Children of God started after the Garden of Eden and steps up here. (Heather’s note – Pastor Don once taught that when we say nevertheless to God we always end up with never more than the less – we lose out by not trusting and obeying God. I checked it out using Strong’s and it is true in every instance it blocks God’s blessings. The only times nevertheless works in our favor is when God says it toward us for then he gives us blessings beyond what we deserve.)
Numbers 13:29-30 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
Notice Caleb’s statement of faith – instead of believing what he saw with his senses, Caleb believes God and says, “We are well able.” Caleb says the same thing God says. God told the people to go and spy out the land and see the good of the land.
This is what the church is waiting to understand, what we inherited so we can act on it. It is a case of show me and then I will believe. But God tells us that He will prove it when we believe and act on it. We believe first and then receive. Many churches today have this reversed.
Numbers 13:31-32 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.
It is evil to contradict and disagree with God once God has spoken.
Numbers 13:33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
This is a key passage. The ten spies that spoke negative about the Promised Land see themselves as grasshoppers in their own sight, and assume the giants see them the same way.
Numbers 14:6-10 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel.
Only two spies – Joshua and Caleb – gave a good report. They told the Children of Israel to trust God, that if God says they can go into the land and win it over, don’t fear. The congregation threatens to stone the children. At this point, the glory of God appears in the tabernacle of meeting before the children of Israel.
Numbers 14:2 And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness!
What the children of Israel said.
Numbers 14:28-30 Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.
God gave the people what they said. Only the two who spoke a good report and the children of the Israelites would make the Promised Land, the rest would die in the wilderness. So God keeps the Israelites in the wilderness until all who spoke against God died, then Joshua would be able to bring their children (now adults) into the Promised Land.
We need to watch what we say. When terrible things happen in our lives we speak bad about God not realizing that often we are the ones who spoke the curse over ourselves by our negativity.
Don’t speak your circumstances. If you speak a lie (the giants will defeat us) we can’t live any way we want and expect to be blessed. If you say the right stuff and think the truth, eventually we will begin to believe what we say and then God can act.
Someone asked a question about a friend of theirs who is not a believer who keeps speaking negative and having bad things happen in their lives. The person asking the question has prayed for God to avert some of the negative things, but the negative things keep happening. What’s with that?
If someone is not under the covering of God, you can’t assume God will act on their behalf to deal with a situation. God gives us free will and if we choose not to obey God, He is not bound to honor our needs.
As believers, under God’s covering, we can ask God to speak to people and change their hearts. But they have to make the choice to do that. If they choose to listen to God and their heart changes, then God can act. If they keep speaking negatively and reject God they are bound by their words. God will not overcome their will. We don’t have the ability to change people. We can plant seeds, but they have to make the choice to change.
Hope this teaching blesses you.