Faith – Foundational Principles – 7

Make sure your believing is arising from your spirit-man.

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Mark 11:22-24 – And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

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It cannot be said too often.  Bible faith is absolutely essential to please God.  Without faith you CANNOT please Him.  And if you are going to live in health, provision, safety, and blessing, particularly in this time, you must learn to live by faith.  Once again, it cannot be said too often, faith is absolutely essential.  When we speak of the operation of faith, we see clearly that the belief that arises from faith comes from the heart, not the mind, or soulish realm, but the spirit of man.  When one is born again, the Lord gives him ”the measure of faith.”  That is a fixed measure, and it is bestowed in the man’s spirit.  What we do with that “measure of faith” is up to us.  You and I make the choices for our own life.  God does not force us to do things a certain way.  To live by faith is a matter of choice.  But once that choice is made, there are things we must do, and often in a particular sequence or manner, in order to rise to the level the giver of that “measure of faith” desires.  In this case, there are two primary things we need to do.  We must work to bring our soulish man into alignment with the spirit-man that has received the life of God.

For the soulish man, this requires a constant, ongoing application of the Word of God.  When the Word of God is applied in such a manner to one’s life, changes in thinking, and subsequently, action, take place.  It is called the “renewing of the mind.”  As the Word of God is constantly applied to one’s thinking, it is like the continual flowing of an endless stream through a certain terrain.  It will eventually expose bedrock, and ultimately even shape the bedrock to a riverbed to contain the stream.  In just such a manner is the mind renewed.

For the spirit man, there is also the requirement of a constant, ongoing application of God’s Word.  The hiding of the Word in the human heart prevents sinful living and actions.  Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  When one controls the mouth so that it ceases to offend, that is, to lead people astray with wrong words, the Scriptures call such a person “a perfect man,” and able to control his entire being.  It is from these applications of Scripture that one can come to know his belief is from faith that flows from the born-again heart.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:12-26; Hebrews 11:1-6; Romans 5:1-5; Matthew 15:6; Hebrews 12:2;       Mark 7:13; Romans 4:17; Galatians 5:6; Romans 12:3

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