Romans 4:17 "As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were."
If Abraham believed according to what was spoken, exactly what was spoken? What did Abraham believe?
When Abram (as he was then called) was ninety-nine years old, the Lord said to him, "Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee" (Gen. 17:5). Notice that God did not say, "I'm going to do it"; He said, "I have made thee."
When God made Abraham that promise, Abraham was childless. But Abraham was told he was not to believe he was "going to be" (future tense) a father. (Those who are always "going to" get something never get it. It is the same with the ones who say, "I'm going to get saved sometime." Or "I'm going to get my healing sometime.")
No, faith is always present tense! Abraham had to believe he "was made" the father of many nations.
For, you see, faith calleth those things which be not as though they were. That's what causes them to come into being!
Believe God for health and healing, for prosperity, for all good things.
Confession: Like my Heavenly Father, I call those things which be not as though they were. And they come into being! They're mine. I have them now!
1 Corinthians 12:17-18 "If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be."
In the New Testament, John was baptizing a crowd of people and drawing a lot of attention. Somebody came up and said, “John, are you the Christ or should we keep looking?” Without missing a beat, John said, “No, I am not the Messiah.”
See, John knew what he was, but he also knew what he was not. It’s just as important to know what you’re not, because if you don’t realize your limitations, you’ll get drawn into areas that may look impressive and may feed your ego, but they are outside of your gifting and calling, outside of what God anointed you to do.
Anytime you go outside of your limitations, it will be a constant struggle. Don’t let that be you! Instead, stay focused on what you’re good at. Follow peace in your heart and know who you are, because God created you just the way He wants you to be!
Confession: Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for choosing me and uniquely equipping me to fulfill my purpose. Help me to know my limitations. Help me to know my place in the body of Christ so that I can be effective and bring glory and honor and bear fruit, to You in Jesus name.
1 Peter 3:4 "But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."
2 Corinthians 4:16 "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day."
Let's allow God to tell us what the heart is. In 1 Peter 3:4, God says that the heart is a man--a hidden man. That is, this hidden man is hidden to the physical senses. You can't see him with your physical eye, nor feel him with your physical hand. That's because he is not a physical being; he is the inward man spoken of in 2 Corinthians 4:16.
These two expressions found in Scripture give us God's definition of the human spirit: The inward man and the hidden man of the heart.
Let's reflect on Who is in us and not who we are in our minds. I think that most of us live way below our potential. Let's soar like an eagle and not peck around on the ground like a chicken. We need to get out of the environment that is comfortable and get in to one that is a challenge.
Let's be the best friend, spouse, doer of the word that we can be. Tell your flesh to be quiet and listen to the Great One on the inside of you.
Confession: I believe God from the hidden man of my heart. I believe God from my inward man. I believe God from my spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
You are a spirit...
You have a soul...
And you live in a body.
With your spirit you contact the spiritual world. With your body you contact the physical world.
And with your soul you contact the intellectual world.
These are the only three realms you contact. There are no more.
Genesis 1:26 and John 4:24 tell us man is a "spirit being" who was created in the image of God, who is a Spirit. You, too, are a spirit being. And it will help your faith to think like that, because faith is of the heart (or the spirit, or the inward man.)
The terms "spirit" of man and "heart" of man are used interchangeably throughout the Bible. Faith is not of the head. Faith is not of the body. Faith is of the heart!
Confession: I am a spirit. I have a soul. And I live in a body. I am a spirit being created in the image of God. With my spirit I contact God. With my spirit I believe God!
Walk in the spirit and you will not let your flesh dominate you.
Mark 11:23 "For with the heart man believeth..."
Romans 10:10 "...And shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe."
Faith--real faith, Bible faith, scriptural faith-- is of the heart, not the head.
What does it mean to believe with the heart? What is the heart of man?
Well, it's not the physical organ that pumps blood through your body and keeps you alive. You couldn't believe with your physical heart any more than you could believe with your physical hand, eye, ear, nose, or foot!
Consider how we use the term heart today. When we talk about the heart of a tree, we mean the center, the very core of the tree. When we talk about the heart of a subject, we mean the most important part of that subject, the very center of it, the main part around which the rest revolves.
Likewise, when God speaks of man's heart, He is speaking about the main part of the man, the very center of man's being--his spirit!
In the days of uncertainty that we seem to live in today, we need to live by faith and not by sight, for sure. So many things could change in a moment with the world, weather, war, etc. But God has promised to protect those who walk in faith and prayer. So live by the word and not by what you see or hear. Psalms 91 needs to be real to you and to me.
Confession: With my heart I believe God. I do not doubt in my heart. I believe in my heart.
Matt 9:29 According to your faith be it unto you.
If you eat natural food regularly and get no exercise, you'll be heavy and flabby. Likewise, if you don't exercise your faith, your faith muscles will be flabby.
Exercise your faith on the level where you are. Some Christians are beyond others in the development of their faith. As you feed and exercise your faith, it will grow. Remember, no one climbs a ladder by starting on the top rung!
Some people have become defeated because they tried to believe beyond their level of faith. They heard faith taught, and they tried to start at the top of the ladder. Because their faith wasn't at that level, faith didn't work for them, and they said to themselves, "That faith business doesn't work. I tried it, but it doesn't work."
Faith will work for you as you exercise it. After awhile you'll be able to believe God for things you never dreamed you could. According to your faith be it unto you. If your request is based on God's Word, and you believe God to do it, God will do it.
Wherever you are in faith, keep your attitude right. Keep a positive attitude, and keep the switch of faith turned on. Keep believing God and using your faith.
Confession: According to my faith be it unto me. I am using my faith today. I am exercising my faith. I am putting my faith into practice. I see to it that my faith is always at work!
Jude 1:20 "Praying in the spirit will build up your most holy faith."
Praying in the spirit is one of the greatest gifts that the Lord has given His Children. It is the avenue into the spirit realm, or in other words, it is the open door to the supernatural.
We don't completely understand the power or importance of praying in the spirit. It is outside our realm of natural reasoning. However, we will rarely experience miracles of the Holy Spirit without it.
In years past I prayed and prayed in the spirit and have known other people that did. The results are and were incredible. I believe this is one of the reasons I have been successful at work and in my finances. I believe this is why my children were very seldom sick with coughs or colds or flus. I also believe it was why my kids got such good grades in school with little or no effort.
It is also why Church on the Rock has had good success in getting people healed.
We need to get back to basics. Me, too. We need to spend more time praying in the Holy Spirit. It offers great benefits to the believer. It will draw you closer to the Lord. It will give you a confidence of the spirit realm that you did not know was possible.
I believe in the last days that there will be people who will do incredible things in the spirit realm, and it will flow over into the natural world and people will know that God is God. How about it? Are you with me?
Romans 10:8 "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach."
God's Word is called the word of faith. Faith is based on facts--the facts of God's Word.
Unbelief is founded on theories.
This is Kenneth Hagin's definition of a theory: A theory is a supposition established upon ignorance of the subject under discussion.
The reason why many churches are full of unbelief is because they've heard too much theory.
The ministry has thrived on a psychology of unbelief, and the church members are simply a product of what they have heard their ministers preach.
Some church people don't believe in speaking in tongues, they don't really believe in healing, they don't believe in tithing to get the Abundant life--sow and reaping. They really don't believe in miracles. They really don't know what it means to be "under cover."
They don't believe that they can do the works of Jesus.
The best way to really help people is to tell them what the Bible says, to give them what God's Word says, not what some man says. Man can be wrong, but God can never be wrong. No matter what the circumstances, no matter what has happened in your life, God's Word has something to say on the subject. Find out what God's Word says. Faith will come, and it will change things for you.
Confession: The Word...God's Word...the word of faith...is near me. I hide it in my heart. I speak it with my mouth. It produces faith. And faith changes things.
Romans 10:17 "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
How does God give the sinner faith to be saved?
Let me read along with you from Romans chapter ten, which talks about salvation and about getting faith to be saved:
"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach." Notice that God's Word is called the word of faith. That's because it builds faith. It causes faith to come into the hearts of those who are open to it.
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.... For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?[Now get this] and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?... So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
You cannot believe without hearing. Faith comes by hearing. Hearing what? The Word of God!
Confession: I listen to the Word of God. And faith comes to me.
Matthew 28:18-19 "Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, 'All power and authority is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore.'"
Mark 16:17 "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my Name."
What effect would it have on your life if a wealthy man were to give you a legal document, telling you to use it to supply every one of your needs? Yet we have been given something even greater than that! God has given us the power of attorney to use the Name of Jesus!
And that Name has authority in this earth. The use of that Name is not a matter of faith, actually, but rather it is a matter of assuming your legal rights in Christ, taking your place as a Son of God, and using what belongs to you. His Name belongs to you!
We have a right to use that Name against our enemies. We have a right to use that Name in our praise and worship. We have a right to use that Name in petitions. Praise God, that Name belongs to us!
That Name has been given to us that we might carry out the will of God, the Father in this dispensation in which we live. The Early Church used this authority. They acted for Jesus in His stead. And we are to use His Name and act in His stead today! Let's do what God has told us to do. Go save the world with the word, with signs and wonders following.
Confession: All authority in Heaven and earth resides in the Name of Jesus. The use of that Name and its authority have been given to me. I have a right to use the Name of Jesus!
The Daily Bread
A devotional to equip, exhort, motivate and feed your spirit.
Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.