I Am for Signs, Wonders and Seasons ( by Fenny West)

I Am For Signs, Wonders and Seasons


I am for signs and wonders (Isa8:18) because the Father dwells in me by the Holy Spirit. I have received power, ability, enablement through the Holy Spirit. Acts1:8

I am for seasons of healing and health
I go about doing good like my Saviour, healing all those that are oppressed of the devil because God is with me, for me and in me. Sickness and disease do not stand a chance when I enter anyplace. They cower and check out at my word. As I lay hands on the sick, they recover and are made whole. Foul, demonic spirits flee because they cannot stand the anointing that destroys yokes and lifts burdens. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me and He has anointed me to heal the sick and deliver the captives.

I am for signs and wonders and seasons. Wherever I go, the power of God is present to heal and people freely and easily receive their healing. and the Holy Spirit in me does not just heal the sick and deliver captives, He also does the Supernatural. Signs and wonders follow me as God confirms my preaching of the Word with signs following. The miraculous occur and are commonplace: blind eyes are opened, barren wombs are opened, marriages are restored, terminal diseases like cancer diabetes, leukaemia, bulimia and anorexia and glaucoma are arrested and terminated. Mental illnesses are cured by the power of the Holy Spirit. The deaf hears and the dumb speak, by the power of the Holy Ghost. No condition is able to withstand the Word of His power. As I decree and command and declare, it comes into being and God is glorified. 

I am for signs and wonders and seasons. I bring seasons of light to brighten, illuminate, beautify and give warmth of relationship which is rich and empowering everyone I come in contact with. They are at liberty to open up and let the Light in me to penetrate to dispel every darkness and there is a mutual fellowship that breeds trust and confidence and communion and love and unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. So, one is able to put a thousand to flight and two are able to put ten thousand to flight. We become like Gideon’s army as God uses us mightily to bless each other and we all become vessels of honour for signs and wonders and seasons. The anointing rubs off and is multiplied in us and we all go about doing good, healing all those oppressed of the devil because God is with us. We are unstoppable, Unconquerable, unlimited and indefatigable. We always win because we keep rank, knowing we belong to each other and need each other as the Body of Christ.

I am for sign and wonders and seasons. I carry super-abundant grace to wherever I show up. His grace is sufficient for me in whatever I am given to do. Once I say, ‘Yes’, the ability to do it comes effortlessly. And I finish what I begin and I do it excellently, like Daniel and Joseph and David and Paul of old. I am diligent, efficient and proficient and stand amongst Kings and not mere men. I am headhunted in my career. I am head and shoulders above my peers. 

I am born for signs, wonders and seasons. 
I carry seasons of joy unspeakable and full of glory. Uncommon Joy manifests wherever I go and it spreads to all around and they catch its fire and become inundated with joy – the joy of the Lord and it becomes their strength in all they do. And they go about spreading joy in their world. 

I am for signs and wonders and seasons. Whenever I go I bring divine elixir; there are creativity and innovation. New ideas flourish and solutions are found to problems, questions are answered, riddles are dissolved. The creative genius and creative juice all around is pumped up and flows unabated. We get things done quickly and easily. No one is in need. Everyone is supplied. We share our resources and God multiplies them and we become magnetic, attracting others who also have the same mindset. 

I am for signs and wonders and seasons and I bring seasons of Productivity and Prosperity. Wherever I go I spread the aroma of productivity and progress and multiplicity. There are Luxuriant growth and development in all areas and not just lop-sided growth. There are proficiency, efficiency and excellence; we know how to package new ideas and products and make money for the extension of the Kingdom, the enhancement of our community and households. We are headhunted in our Career as we give value and add value to our employer. We are also employers in our community and spread the fragrance of the glory of God in all we do. 

I am for signs and wonders and seasons. Wherever I go, I spread the good news of the gospel and people are saved and planted in the house of God and flourish in His courts. They bring forth the fruit of the Spirit and remain fresh and green. They are trees of righteousness and in turn, spread the Good news also such that each tree becomes a forest and God’s house is full to overflowing and He is glorified. We see ourselves as co-labourers with God and as we open our mouths, He fills them and draws men to Himself.  The love of God shed abroad in our hearts compels us to reach others, knowing and convinced that we are saved to save others. As we yield to God, His Spirit does the work in our lives. 

I am for signs and wonders and seasons. 
I bring seasons of Peace, Shalom, Shalom, perfect peace; peace that surpasses knowledge, peace profound, peace from the Prince of peace, because my mind is stayed on Him. I have a perfect rest. Nothing moves me. I know everything works for my good. I know that God is in control of all my affairs. He makes a banquet for me right in the presence of my enemies. The Lord is My light and my salvation and I fear no evil. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. My presence is always a game-changer because of His presence in me and that makes the difference. As He is, so am I in this world. I share the same life that He has. His life – Zoe-the God kind of life oozes through my veins and I have His DNA. I am not ordinary. I am extraordinary, peculiar, divine, a partaker of the divine nature. I am an associate of the God-kind. I decree and it stands, command and it comes into being. Angelic hosts are on assignment for me. As I speak the Word, they are galvanised into action on my behalf. 
I am for signs and wonders and seasons. 
Whatever I touch is imparted life – long life, longevity. It keeps growing, expanding, dominating, being replenished, from generation to generation because I do or get involved in what I see Him do. I belong to Him-spirit, soul and body. I am an imitator of God. I am His hands and feet and voice in my world. 
I am for signs and wonders and seasons. Hallelujah! 

Out of Satan’s Jurisdiction ( by Fenny West)

Out of Satan’s Jurisdiction 

Out of Satan’s Jurisdiction 
Into the Kingdom of Light 
Out of Satan’s domination
Into submission to the Light of lights. 

Out of the Kingdom of darkness 
Into the Kingdom of the Most High
Out of the domain of serfdom 
Into the Garden of God, Rock Higher than I.

Out of clutches of sickness and diseases 
Into the Kingdom of healing and health 
Out of the manacles of principalities 
Into the arms of the owner of all wealth. 

OUT of the Citadel of sin-sin-City
Into God’s paradise – heavenly Jerusalem 
Out of the city of death and damnation 
Into God’s green pastures and Holy Nation. 

Out of the Valley of the shadow of death
Into the Highway of Holiness – godliness 
Out of the prison of sin, lack, dearth 
Into the province of peace, Prosperity, purity. 

OUT of the arena of rut and stagnation
Into the place of plenty, my wealthy place
Out of the precinct and precipice of penury
Into the glorious Garden of God’s grace. 

Colossians 1:12
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:”
Colossians 1:13
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:”

1 Peter 2:9
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:”

Deliverance- a Done Deal ( by Fenny West)

Deliverance-a Done Deal

Christ paid the price and delivered all of us from the clutches and manacles of Satan and his cohorts.

13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love ,

Col1:13
15 Having disarmed principalities and powers , He made a public spectacle of them , triumphing over them in it.
Col2:15
Whom the Son set free is free indeed.
He did it once and for all.
Unlike the old testament priest who has to offer annual sacrifices  for the people, Jesus did it once and for all and for all time.

He did it for all- believers and none believers. The day you believed was the day you discovered and applied the cure of sin to your life.
So in God’s mind we have been reconciled to Him
and delivered from the power of darkness. Therefore whatever effect Satan has over anyone would arise either from ignorance or stubbornness of applying the medicine of salvation to themselves.
It is important that this deliverance is of no effect if one ignores it or refuses to accept what Jesus has already done. Such person can be suppressed, possessed or demonized because they have by default given the enemy power over them despite what Christ has done. 

A New man, New species came into being when a person accepts Jesus as Lord. This man has the nature of God. He is a God-kind.
His Soul, made up of his mind, intellect, will and emotions however needs renewal, purging and extrication from the worldly mind-set.

This takes a process and requires studying the Word line by line-meditating on it day and night and not only saying it but practicing it. This not an automatic process. And so in this sense even the man who has been born again can be hindered and limited in direct proportion to how he is surrendered to the word of God.
2 And do not be conformed to this world , but be transformed by the renewing of your mind , that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Ro12:2
The Romans Paul was writing to were believers and so were the Ephesians.

23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind , Eph4:23

The Corinthians were acting like babes because of their unrenewed mind.
3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy , strife , and divisions among you , are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? 
1Cor.3:3
Jesus Himself said ”   
32  And you shall know the   truth , and   the truth shall make you free.” John8:32
It is the truth that you know that makes you free. And your true knowledge of the truth is demonstrated by the extent to which we walk and work what we know. This is beyond ‘head knowledge’ but a ‘heart-knowledge.’

We have an enemy who has come to kill, steal and destroy. But Jesus came to give us life in its fullness.
John10:10
God’s people  are destroyed when they lack true knowledge-heart-knowledge, where work and walk the word , beyond their feelings, emotions what people say or what the Fleshly nature or emotion or the world or Satan and his cohorts say or present subtlety says.

  6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.  Because you have rejected knowledge , I also will reject you from being priest for Me;  Because you have forgotten the law of your God , I also will forget your children. 
Hosea 4:6

Jesus said, ‘My sheep hear my voice.’ He also said, ‘If you love me keep my commandments.’

If you do not do the word, you will be like a man who looks at the mirror and immediately forgets what he saw.
The god of this age is busy in his mission of holding people in bondage and slavery.
Yes, they have been set free but they are still held down because of ignorance. It is like those who remained slaves even after the abolition of slavery because they were unaware of the ‘done deal’.

4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded , who do not believe , lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ , who is the image of God , should shine on them. 
1Cor4:4

So is deliverance a done deal?

Deliverance of the spirit is a done deal for all who accept it and apply it to themselves.

Soap is useless it is used.
In regard to the mind, even those whose spirits have been delivered still need to renew their mind by the Word of life, the truth, the light. And this is life-long, never automatic and we go from glory to glory in this respect. It possible to have our mind renewed in one area of life whilst been babes in other areas. But God’s mind is for us is to grow up and be mature in all areas.
2Pet3:18
1Pet2:2
There is no doubt that God has given us all that pertain to life and godliness but this is through the knowledge of Him.

3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness , through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue
2Pet.1:3

We can do all things through Christ who strengths us.Phil4:13
He is working in us both to will and to do according to His good pleasure.

God has certainly done His part by sending Jesus to come and die and deliver us but the extent to which we benefit from it depends on our knowledge of Him and the extent to which we apply that knowledge in all the areas of our lives.  And remember that in all  these areas we can go from glory to glory. That is why we need to add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2Pet1:5-8)

 

Delivered from the Domain of Darkness ( by Fenny West)

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Delivered from the Domain of Darkness

 

Delivered from the Domain of Darkness

Transferred into the place of God’s brightness

Severed from the shackles of the devil.

Sealed and engraved on the palm of the Most High.

Arrayed in  glory and God’s righteousness;

Bestowed and festooned with lovingkindness.

Basking in the presence of God’s goodness.

Surrounded by peace that is boundless.

Increasing daily from glory to glory;

Grateful for New Creation and changed story.

Pressing on for the mark of prize of the high-calling.

Pulling down strongholds,

treading down serpents and scorpions.

Taking territories, taking dominion.

Taking authority bequeathed to those in Zion.

Reigning in this life by the power of the Spirit.

Establishing and spreading the aroma of His Kingdom.

 

13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Col1:13-14

 

God of Mercy ( by Fenny West)

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The God of Mercy

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The God of mercy

Will have mercy

The God of mercy

Will bring victory

The God of mercy

Will bring prosperity

The God of mercy

Will banish penury

The God of mercy

Will bring breakthrough

Because He is faithful and true

The God of mercy

Will me to my land of opportunity

The God of mercy

Is the Master of the Sea

The God of Mercy

Is the God of Grace

And will did my out of the belly of hell

With His shovel of grace.

 

21   This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.

22   Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.

23   They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

24   ” The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, ” Therefore I hope in Him!”Lam3:21-24

4     Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5     You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

6     Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

Ps23:4-6

Psalms 103: Praise for the LORD’s MerciesA Psalm of David.

1     Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

2     Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:

3     Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,

4     Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

5     Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 

11   For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;

12   As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.Ps103:

 

Psalms 107: Book Five: Psalms 107 — 150Thanksgiving to the LORD for His Great Works of Deliverance

1     Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

2     Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,

3     And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south.

 

 

©Fenny West 2014

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2     And he said: ” I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction, And He answered me. ” Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice.

3     For You cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the floods surrounded me; All Your billows and Your waves passed over me.

4     Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’

Jonah2:2-4

7     ” When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple.

8     ” Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy.

9     But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.”

10   So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

The God of Mercy ( by Fenny West) sermon &Song

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The mercy of God is inexhaustible, unfathomable, inestimable.
“God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the se of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the GREAT MERCY OF GOD” C.H. Spurgeon

The God of mercy

Will have mercy

The God of mercy

Will bring victory

The God of mercy

Will bring prosperity

The God of mercy

Will banish penury

The God of mercy

Will bring breakthrough

Because He is faithful and true

The God of mercy

Will me to my land of opportunity

The God of mercy

Is the Master of the Sea

The God of Mercy

Is the God of Grace

And will did my out of the belly of hell

With His shovel of grace.

©Fenny West 2014

Jonah was in the belly of hell and cried out to God and prophesied his victory before he saw it. David also prophesied his victory many times in the scriptures and saw the day Ps16:10-11 Ps22, . Job also prophesied his victory and saw it. Job14:14, Job42:10-12
Jonah also did and saw his deliverance because of the great inexhaustible, mercy of God. Jonah2:2-,8-9
So call on God in the belly of hell and He will hear you and dig you out with His shovel of grace.

 

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Mighty Manifestations Will Come ( by Fenny West)

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Mighty Manifestations will come
When God’s Kingdom comes;
When He is allowed to reign;
When He is allowed to rule;
When we acknowledge His sovereignty;
When we acknowledge His majesty;
When we are as bold as the lion.

Mighty manifestations will come
When we stand as City on a Hill;
When we shine as light in the dark;
When we regain our flavour as salt;
When we are concerned and fast and pray;
When we trade apathy for empathy;
When we know Whose we are

and who we are in Christ.

Mighty manifestation will come
When we do not treat sin lightly ;
When we have a short account with God;
And like David, will repent quickly;
When we return to our first love- God- not the world;
When we are prepared to spend for God;
When we are prepared to be spent for God.

Mighty manifestation will come
When we are burdened for our,

family, Church, nation and world;
Like Nehemiah was burdened;
Like Gideon was greatly disturbed;
Like Mordecai and Esther were jolted;
Like Moses knew why he was born;
Like Joseph knew why he was sold.

Mighty manifestation will come
When we know we have not arrived;
When we yearn for more of God;
When we refuse to compromise the word;
When we are bold to lift Jesus up;
When we humble ourselves before God;
When we let God be God in all areas.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now
Rom8:19
14 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. Col3:15
15 For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.1John3:8
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts1:8
Matthew 10: The Twelve Apostles
1 And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19

17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
18 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.” 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs Amen
Mrk16:17-18
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…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1John4:4b.
4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith.1John5:4

Healing Haven ( by Fenny West) sermon

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Healing Haven

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  Healing Haven, Healing Stream

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River of health from the Throne of Grace,

Birthing His will, healing by His word

His Word that is spirit and is life,

Heralding and reining in health;

Flushing out all sickness and disease.

It is life-giving and life-changing
Life- restoring, rejuvenating,
Invigorating, illuminating,
Hope-rekindling, very dynamic,
Giving glory and honour to God.

Healing Stream, demonstrating His love
Razor-sharp, piercing and recharging,
Confirming the New Covenant
Revealing the better promises
Penetrating and transforming,

Medicine to body, soul and spirit;
Medication from meditation
Confirming that our God does not change
Affirming that Jesus remains the same,
Yesterday, today and forever. Amen.

I shall dwell on the powerful, dynamic, living, razor-sharp word of God. Nothing and no one is impervious from God’s word.
Jesus said ‘The Words that I have spoken to you they are and spirit and life.’ His word is medicine to one’s whole body.Pov4:22
Healing is the bread of the Children of God. God is not against circular medicine but we need to depend more on the word of God than any other methods. We would be short-hanging ourselves if we abandon our covenant of healing and go beggarly and poorly.
Being built up in faith to be able to depend on the word of God does not come overnight. We need to trust Him to heal us of colds and headaches before we can believe Him for life threatening situations. Faith comes by haring and hearing by the word of God. As we keep internalising the word of God and exposing ourselves to the healing scriptures we will be energised and revived to receive our healing.
We also need to know the different methods we can receive our healing and not put God in a box. Ours is to pray and His is to heal us the way He desires. Healing can be immediate or through gradual recovering. We must be prepared for this. Healing can also come through obeying some seemingly instructions from the Spirit of God. We must ready for this. Also certain problems may require prayer and fasting. (Matt.17:21)

The Spirit of the Lord ( song)

 

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Faith Fuel

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WALKING ON WATER (1)

..Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go… Matthew 14:22

When you find yourself   in trouble, do you sometimes think, ‘I must have done something wrong, perhaps   I’ve missed God’s will and He’s punishing me’? No. Trouble is multi-sourced,   and frequently unrelated to our wrongdoing or God’s punishment. The disciples   weren’t in the storm by disobeying, but by obeying Jesus; not by rejecting   God’s will, but by embracing it. The Bible says, ‘…Jesus made   the disciples get into the boat and go…’, and they obeyed. At times   you’ll find yourself in troubled waters because you did what was right rather   than what was popular, easy or selfish. When that happens, here are   some helpful lessons from the disciples’ experience: 1) Obedience doesn’t guarantee there   will be no storms. The disciples had just seen Jesus feed five   thousand people with five bread rolls and two fish, and end up with more food   than He started with. Shouldn’t their faith have been strengthened? Yet they forgot   it completely when fear came knocking. Jesus had told them He’d meet them on   the other shore, yet they forgot His miracle-working power and His promise   and gave in to anxiety. Understand this: When God doesn’t solve your problem, He will   show up in the middle of it and cause you to come out with your faith   fortified. 2) Fear doesn’t   mean you’re a failure. It’s just a reminder that you’re human, and, like the   disciples, you’ve forgotten Who has the power and Who’s in charge. And these   are lessons that transform your trial into triumph.

WALKING ON WATER (2)

Bob Gas( Word For Today)

The boat was…buffeted by the waves because the wind was   against it. Matthew 14:24

Notice: 1) Trouble   doesn’t mean that God has abandoned you. The disciples learned that Jesus may   be out of sight, but He’s never out of touch. To ‘…walk by faith, not by   sight’ (2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV) means sometimes you’ll walk in darkness   without visible cues. Someone put it this way: ‘When you can’t trace His   hand, you can trust His heart.’ When the disciples were being tossed like a   cork on the waves, Jesus was up on a mountain praying for them! He was aware   of the problem and He was working on the solution. He was their mediator and   their ‘need meet-er’, just as He has one hand on your need and the other on   your answer. ‘…He always lives to intercede for [you]’ (Hebrews 7:25 NIV).   Can you imagine Jesus praying to the Father for His fear-filled disciples?   And can you imagine the Father refusing to answer His prayers? Never! ‘…The   Spirit himself intercedes for us…’ (Romans 8:26 NIV). With both Jesus and   the Holy Spirit talking to the Father on your behalf, your victory is   guaranteed. 2) Between the command to ‘Go’ and your safe arrival on the other   side, there’s often a crisis. Jesus commanded them to cross to the other   shore, but before the trip was completed their world experienced upheaval.   What’s buffeting your life today-loss, guilt, loneliness, financial reversal,   illness, addiction, rejection? When our faith is low and our fear high, we   cry, ‘If only I had (or hadn’t)…If only I could…’ Learn to trust God.   It’s not over until He says so. And He hasn’t!

WALKING ON WATER (3)

Bob Gas( Word For Today)

God is…a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Let’s observe two final   things: 1) Between   the dread and the devastation, look for the Deliverer. Picture a   boat lashed by huge waves, and frightened disciples who thought they were   going under. They forgot the promise: ‘God is…a very present help in trouble.   Therefore we will not fear…’ (1-2 NKJV). They didn’t look for Jesus to rescue   them. Yet as the night advanced and things looked hopeless, ‘…Jesus went to   them, walking on the sea’ (Matthew 14:25 NKJV). Did they rejoice? No, their fear   intensified and they said, ‘…It’s a ghost!...’ (14:26 NKJV). Look out! Your fear can distort   your perceptions and make you see the answer as just another problem. Often what appears a threat is   actually a blessing about to manifest itself. For example, you lose your job   and God opens up a better one, but your fear and inadequacy make you avoid   the interview. Look to Jesus in your time of fear; when He takes away the   lesser it’s always to give you the greater. 2) God’s best always   requires facing what you fear. Jesus called Peter to come to Him.   Deciding it was safer in the storm with Jesus than in the boat without Him,   Peter walked toward Him. But there’s always a moment after you step out in   faith when you hear, ‘What if I’m not up to this?’ Peter heard it, and the waves   began to engulf him. Panicked, he called and Jesus immediately rescued him.   Peter wasn’t drowning; he was learning and growing! When you walk by faith,   even your failures will lead to success. So step out with Jesus; He won’t let   you drown.

LEARNING TO WALK BY FAITH (3)

‘Faith comes from hearing the message…through the   word…’ Romans 10:17

What does it mean to   ‘walk by faith…’ (2 Corinthians 5:7 NAS)? It’s radically different from   walking by sight, reason, emotion or intellect. It calls you to live above   these things. It enables you to enter the realm of supernatural possibilities   because Jesus said, ‘All things are possible to one who believes’ (Mark 9:23   ESV). Here are some scriptural principles about faith that will help you: 1)   It is not rooted in human effort. Self-confidence and intellectual acumen   don’t qualify. Optimism, good luck and social connections don’t qualify.   Learning religious formulas won’t do it either. 2) It’s rooted in God’s   unlimited power and unchanging Word. ‘Faith comes from hearing the message,   and the message is heard through the Word.’ The Word of God, received and   residing within you, continuously produces faith within you. No   teeth-gritting super-effort is required; you simply decide to believe what   God says and respond to it. 3) Walking by faith calls for action. ‘Show me   your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds’ (James   2:18 NIV). Until you act, your faith is useless. ‘In the same way, faith by   itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead’ (v. 17 NIV). The moment   you act your faith springs to life, inviting God to move on your behalf.   Today He’s waiting for you to act so that He can respond to you. Even if you   don’t feel like it, ask yourself, ‘What would my first step of faith be if I   really felt like taking action?’ Do it! You’ll be walking by faith and   reaping the rewards! (Hebrews 11:6).

LEARNING TO WALK BY FAITH (2)

‘…I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’ Mark   9:24

Here is another   question to consider: What is ‘walking by sight’ (2 Corinthians 5:7)? It’s   living your life based on how things look to the natural eye. It’s deciding   and acting in accord with your perceptions and circumstances, rather than   God’s Word. It’s being dictated to by your feelings and thoughts. Your   thoughts and feelings are-yours! Examine them. Don’t let them hijack you. Use   your spirit-controlled temperament to bring them under control. Too often we   are sandwiched between faith and doubt, in a ‘catch-22’ between what our   transformed spirit says and what our carnal mind says. One day a distraught   father brought his son to Jesus for healing. Jesus told him, ‘…Everything   is possible for one who believes’ (Mark 9:23 NIV). At that point the boy’s   father said, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’ At times we   experience both faith and doubt. This man was honest about his doubts, yet   Jesus still worked a miracle for him. If he had needed correcting, Jesus   would have corrected him. If his faith was not genuine, the Lord would have   known it. But Jesus accepted his declaration of faith, despite his doubts.   There are three lessons here for us: 1) Don’t be afraid to acknowledge your   doubts. 2) Don’t let your doubts overrule your faith. God’s Word in the   matter is God’s will for you; stand on it. 3) Hand your doubts over to the   Lord and say, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’ How long does it take   to learn to walk by faith? A lifetime!

 

 

Walking by Faith

LEARNING TO WALK BY FAITH (1)

‘For we walk by faith, not by sight.’ 2 Corinthians 5:7

It’s time to ‘get with   it’, when God tells you the same thing three separate times: ‘The just shall   live by faith’ (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11). This is not a   suggestion for theological debate; it’s His will for your life. Clearly, God   has made faith the only way to live! No alternative is offered. ‘Without   faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must   believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him’   (Hebrews 11:6 NIV). Let’s take a moment and consider some questions arising   from this life-transforming truth: 1) Who are ‘the just’? Paul writes, ‘Know   that a person is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus   Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be   justified by faith…’ (Galatians 2:16 NIV). Justification   (just-as-if-I’d-never-sinned) can’t be earned, it’s a free gift that comes by   faith. If you have placed your trust in Christ then you are fully accepted in   God’s eyes. How good is that? 2) What is ‘walking’? Paul says, ‘We walk by   faith and not by sight.’ Walking requires that you get up and start moving.   You can’t just sit around aimlessly, waiting for the rapture. Walking   involves: Motivation-you’re moved by a purpose. Direction-you’ve chosen a destination,   a goal to reach. Motion-you’re committed to mobilising your energy and   resources in the pursuit of your God-given destination and purpose. To walk   by faith you must be engaged in consistent, forward movement intended to   bring you into God’s destiny for your life.

 

 

Charles H. Spurgeon

 

1 Peter 1:7

The trial of your faith.

Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without trials.

 

Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: tempests are her trainers, and lightnings are her illuminators.

 

When a calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship moves not to its harbour; for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too. Let the winds rush howling forth, and let the waters lift up themselves, then, though the vessel may rock, and her deck may be washed with waves, and her mast may creak under the pressure of the full and swelling sail, it is then that she makes headway towards her desired haven.

 

 No flowers wear so lovely a blue as those which grow at the foot of the frozen glacier; no stars gleam so brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky; no water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand; and no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity.

 

Tried faith brings experience. You could not have believed your own weakness had you not been compelled to pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God’s strength had you not been supported amid the water-floods.

 

Faith increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised with tribulation.

 

Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too. Let not this, however, discourage those who are young in faith. You will have trials enough without seeking them: the full portion will be measured out to you in due season.

 

Meanwhile, if you cannot yet claim the result of long experience, thank God for what grace you have; praise Him for that degree of holy confidence whereunto you have attained: walk according to that rule, and you shall yet have more and more of the blessing of God, till your faith shall remove mountains and conquer impossibilities.

 

 

Charles H. Spurgeon

“He shall choose our inheritance for us.”

Psalm 47:4

Believer, if your inheritance be a lowly one you should be satisfied with your earthly portion; for you may rest assured that it is the fittest for you. Unerring wisdom ordained your lot, and selected for you the safest and best condition.

A ship of large tonnage is to be brought up the river; now, in one part of the stream there is a sandbank; should some one ask, “Why does the captain steer through the deep part of the channel and deviate so much from a straight line?” His answer would be,“Because I should not get my vessel into harbour at all if I did not keep to the deep channel.” So, it may be, you would run aground and suffer shipwreck, if your divine Captain did not steer you into the depths of affliction where waves of trouble follow each other in quick succession.

Some plants die if they have too much sunshine. It may be that you are planted where you get but little, you are put there by the loving Husbandman, because only in that situation will you bring forth fruit unto perfection. Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there.

You are placed by God in the most suitable circumstances, and if you had the choosing of your lot, you would soon cry, “Lord, choose my inheritance for me, for by my self-will I am pierced through with many sorrows.” Be content with such things as you have, since the Lord has ordered all things for your good. Take up your own daily cross; it is the burden best suited for your shoulder, and will prove most effective to make you perfect in every good word and work to the glory of God. Down busy self, and proud impatience, it is not for you to choose, but for the Lord of Love!

“Trials must and will befall—
But with humble faith to see
Love inscribed upon them all;
This is happiness to me.”