Faith doesn't climb mountains ...
Faith speaks to mountains!
Speaking to mountains…speaking to problems
Did you believe you received when you prayed?
After you heard and believed God’s Word, hope released the vision of what you desired and it was planted in your heart. Faith was birthed…(only if you believed you received.)
Your faith will need to be guarded.
Have you ever given your dog a nice big juicy bone and then tried to take it away from him? Most likely, that “faithful” dog will became your enemy and might even try to bite your hand off!
This is a picture of the tenacity that is required to guard and hold onto what God promised you.
Why doesn’t it just happen?
Although you have received the promise in your heart, time may be required before you can see it. But just because you don’t see it in the natural doesn’t mean it is not there…it is “in process.”
“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.’” Mark 11:23-24
Believing you receive and you WILL HAVE is how the “just shall live by faith.” Hebrews 10:38
Let’s take a look at how you can prosper through this.
As a child we learned how to be patient, perhaps not always with a joyful attitude. When we were born again, we were supplied with spiritual fruit, that when developed help us to walk in the spirit.
This kind of patience is a spiritual force that undergirds our faith with strength to endure. The Apostle Paul admonished us not to become sluggish “but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12
Definition of Patience: calm endurance, uncomplaining nature, restraint, fortitude, self-control, persistence, diligence, determination, resolution, tenacity
Faith Works through Love…Galatians 5:6
While you’re standing in faith, you’ll have to guard your love walk.
Take no offense, forgive quickly. “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him…” See Mark 11:25.
This would also include forgiving our elected leaders...
God’s Word is living and active.
Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:33 He is “upholding all things by the word of His power.” This means our spirit man needs spirit food to produce all the provision that is within us, for “The kingdom of God is within you.”
A Believer who becomes distracted with the affairs of life and lets go of the study of the Word is like a man in a marathon race who has been on a thirty day fast. How far can he go without collapsing? Jesus said we can do nothing without Him and He is The Word!
God’s Word empowers us to prosper…especially in prayer.
Sometimes the most significant part of prayer is what you do after you have prayed.
The enemies of God would like to annihilate the prayer of faith soon after it is released. Ephesians 6:11-12
THE DANGER OF SPIRITUAL IGNORANCE
Many Christians are an easy target to be stolen from because they have not learned about spiritual warfare or they refuse to engage in it. (The last lesson has more detail about this subject.)
Archery is the practice or skill of using a bow to propel arrows. Past cultures used archery for hunting and for combat.
The Apostle Paul describes the enemy’s arrows as “the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
Well-trained soldiers quickly lift up the shield of faith and quench all lies by speaking forth the truth of the Word of God—which is the sword of the Spirit. Contrary thoughts and opposing circumstances need to be dealt with immediately and not be allowed to gain preeminence. Never take the thought or say, “It’s not working!”
The Violent Take—Seize— the Kingdom by Force
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12
Definition of Force: to carry off by force; those who are possessed of eagerness and zeal, instead of yielding to the opposition; energy, power, vigor, strength, enforcement, thrust, propel, push
“… I will build My church,
and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:18-19
How do we use those keys?
In prayer and by using the authority of our words!
You will have to take every thought and argument that is contrary to what you prayed captive to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Not all supposed “self-talk” is from you. If it doesn’t line up with “Who You Are in Christ Scriptures” cast it out! Satan is the accuser of the Brethren.
Remember the tenacity of the dog when someone is trying to take away his bone? That hand is getting ready to be chewed to pieces! This is how the violent take the kingdom.
If you don’t seize the kingdom by force….your enemy will!
Engaging in warfare is not something God will do for you.
God is developing the faith of each of His children to be just like how He lives. Read Hebrews 11:1-3. The Body of Christ is to rule and reign with Him—now—and in the ages to come. See Ephesians 2: 6-7 & Romans 5:17.
THE POWER OF HOLY SPIRIT
The LORD will enforce your stand of faith with the power of the Holy Spirit that is resident within you. This is how the trained soldier overcomes the schemes of the enemy in combat.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 5:6-7
Definition of Resist: Fight against, strike back, stand against, stand up to, counterattack, stop, thwart, frustrate, baffle, strike back
Be on guard! Be watching.
Take the position to actively oppose, resist, and withstand the enemy, as those who guard the gold supply of a nation.
Our weapons are not carnal weapons but spiritual weapons that have authority in the spiritual realm against all spiritual wickedness.
The angels excel in strength, heeding the voice of His Word. See Psalm 103:20.
SPEAK the Word!
The natural realm will follow your words…
Jesus Christ has disarmed all principalities and all powers, making a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them. Read Colossians 2:13-15.
“… stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.” See Philippians 1:27-28.
Our enemy is a defeated foe!
“… men always ought to pray and not lose heart…” Luke 18:1
Before you pray, study God’s Word.
Remember your Partner…pray in the Holy Spirit.
Believe you receive when you pray. Know who you are in Christ.
Call things that be not as though they were. Romans 4:17
If you can see it, it's subject to change. 2 Corinthians 4:18
Guard what you prayed for with tenacity!
Take a stand: Never quit, never give up.
Know your weapons and use them.
Give praise to God as if you already have it. It’s already been provided.
Do not be tossed back and forth in unbelief.
Wavering will void your prayer. James 1:6-8
You’re never alone. No pity parties, Saints!
We are part of the Glorious Church that is on the move!
Write this down and say often:
I cannot be defeated and I will not quit.
Faith comes by hearing…
Re-fuel: Listen to faith-filled anointed teachings often.
Gloria Copeland: “Faith School” 1997
If you are feeling weak and lowly, go to the Medicine Cabinet.
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