The Professor completed His teaching for the day on the glorious subject of faith and how it works. Then He said, does anyone have any questions?
One energetic young man said, “Professor, I recently used my faith in prayer to stand against the enemy’s plans. I followed what Jesus said in Mark 11:22-23.
“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.”
The young man continued, “I spoke directly to the problem and bound the enemy in Jesus’ name. I believed, I just knew it would be done for me.
Within a few moments though, some thoughts came to me that did not agree with what I spoke. I seemed to have thoughts that this would not take place, that I would NOT see the results I desired and I felt some distress. What was happening there?”
The Professor answered: Fear!
Fear rose up in you because you had some bad memories come back of when your prayers did not work. Fear began to paint a picture in your mind that the same thing was going to happen.
Stand up, close your eyes, and repeat this after Me. “Fear be cast out! I apply the Blood of Jesus into those memories. In the name of Jesus be gone from me!”
The Professor then paused. After a moment He said, What’s happening inside you?
“Oh my goodness! The anxiety is gone. I feel such peace. The memories left me and I know I have the answer to what I prayed. My faith is re-activated. What took place here Professor?”
I will tell you what happened in the spiritual realm by giving you an example in the natural realm.
Have you ever seen a picture of a hot air balloon when it is on the ground? It is flat as a pancake. Hot-air balloons float because the air trapped inside the balloon is heated up by a burner. Hot air inflates the balloon and makes it rise.
Fear-filled memories are like hot-air balloons!
You had some bad memories of past experiences when prayer did not work for you. Some of those memories caused you great pain and disappointment. As you thought of them, fear came and produced a picture of defeat in you.
The balloon was being filled with fear.
But when you took your God-given authority by using the power of the Holy Spirit within you, and applied the Blood of Jesus on those memories, those evil memories collapsed. Using Jesus’ name to command the memories and the fear to leave you worked, just as if Jesus Himself had said it.
The balloon was deflated and your peace returned.
“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest...” (Hebrews 4:1-3)
Very often between the time you pray the “prayer of faith” and when you experience the breakthrough, there will be the “fight of faith." Be aware that he uses different strategies to stop prayer from being answered. Christians who do not know about their dominion rights often succumb to the opposition of the devil thinking: faith just doesn’t work for me.
Satan hates faith because faith is the victory that overcomes the world.
(See 1 John 5:4)
Remember who you are and the scriptures that declare your victory. You have the power of the Holy Spirit in you. You are well equipped if you have planted the Word of God in your heart.
You can overcome ALL opposition.
This is that...which overcomes the world.
Jesus said: “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17-18)
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