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You've Been Given
The Faith Of God


We need to come to the place where we actually believe that He is the healer and that He has already provided healing for us upon the cross. It's done. We then reach out by faith and take hold of this gift as our precious personal possession - by faith. Many don't realize that all you'll ever need from the Lord - all healing, all love, all provision, all wisdom etc is already within your spirit now. As Christians we see God as having it all, and we see ourselves as in need of His provision. He has and we need, so we live trying everything we can think of to get God to release His provision, and we become frustrated. But Jesus said in Luke 17:21 that the Kingdom of God is within you.

Your born-again spirit is one with Him and His kingdom now. Your soul (mind, will and emotions) touch and interact with both the spirit and the natural realm. It has a God ordained purpose to act as a valve or bridge between the spirit and the natural realm. This is why we need to get our mind (soul) renewed to the Word and realize what I just said prior. We need to develop an "I will not be denied" attitude and take time in His presence allowing Him to minister and lead us. Personal heart-felt worship is a major key to positioning ourselves into the sweet spot of hearing His voice.

When we think of faith, the Body of Christ has not actually taken hold of the fact that our faith is not ours alone. If it is our faith then it can waver, and be weak, this is exactly what the enemy tells believers all the time - that they don't have enough faith or it is weak or not working at all. The truth is the faith we now have after the cross is not ours but His, and His faith always works and is always productive!!! Praise God - that's a reason to shout!!!

In Mark 11:22 Jesus said to His disciples "have faith in God." This was just a couple of days before He went to the cross. The disciples had walked with Jesus for nearly 3 1/2 years - did they not have faith in God??? Actually when He said this to them, it was just a couple of days before His going to the cross. If you look at the Greek in this verse it actually says have the faith OF God!!! The Greek word for God "Theos" that is used in this verse is in the genitive form "Theou" which has the meaning "of God." All throughout the New Testament Theou is translated as "of God" except here. I believe the Bible translators just couldn't wrap their heads around the largeness of what Jesus was saying and allowed their personal reasoning to weaken this verse by inserting the meaning "in God" which would lend itself more to the dative case instead of the genative case which is actually used here.

Then Jesus went on in the next couple of verses to explain how the “faith of God” operates. Many spend so much time talking to God about the problem instead of doing what Jesus said, and that is speaking TO the mountain or obstacles is life in faith, in knowing and not presumption. See also Isaiah 54:17 notice it says that “no weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rises against you in judgment YOU shall condemn for this is the heritage of the servant of the Lord and their righteousness is from me says the Lord.” So we know God is speaking and He said its our heritage, it's our birthright to be able to take dominion and authority and walk in victory - but He also said we need to condemn or come against some things.

Back to faith - Romans 12:3 declares that each one of us has been given a measure of faith - His faith. This word “measure” in the Greek is the word metron and means “the standard measure.” So we haven’t been given a varying measure of His faith, instead we’ve been given THE Standard Measure of His faith that He gives to all who believe. Think of it - you've got God's Standard Measure of Faith on the inside of you now!

When Peter spoke to the lame man at the Temple and proclaimed healing to him and lifted him to his feet healed, whole and well, in response to the people’s amazement look at what Peter said: Acts 3:16: “And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” Don’t miss that last half of his amazing and revealing statement that said: “Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” Notice, his faith came THROUGH Jesus and that faith produced life and GAVE perfect soundness.

Also notice Hebrews 12:2 states that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. The word “our” is not in the original language so it really should read: Jesus is the author and finisher of faith (implying the faith He has placed within us.)

What the Body of Christ has also not taken a firm look at is unbelief and the subtleness of this counter production tool of the enemy that is designed to challenge the faith of God within us. It takes on many forms and is a cancer and a poison that needs to be dealt with constantly. I'm convinced that the Body of Christ is way too complacent in this area, it's vile and will stop, nullify and cause our faith to become anemic.

Look at the story in Matthew 17:14-21 where the disciples couldn’t cast out the demon and bring healing to the epileptic boy. After Jesus cast out the demon, the disciples came to Jesus and asked why they weren’t able to cast it out? Jesus simply said “because of your unbelief.” Notice He never said anything was wrong with their faith, but there was a countering action of unbelief that needed to be dealt with. These disciples had previously gone all throughout the region casting out demons and bringing healing to many with great success. But in this case they came up against a demon that caused a great show and display of opposition throwing the child down etc. These displays appealed to their natural reasoning and countered their faith. They had never witnessed something so visually challenging before and within themselves they simply did not know what to do. They came out of faith and into the realm of reason, and their personal reasoning had no answers.

Jesus then told them that this “kind” comes out by prayer and fasting. The word “kind” in the Greek is absolutely talking about this demon. And what Jesus was saying is that prayer and fasting brings us into the presence of God where our faith is established and fortified in knowing and becomes so convinced of His power that it doesn't  matter what earthly, natural manifestations might say, you know that you know that the mountain must move. This faith, His faith is not moved by what it sees or feels.

I like Marks account of this story as it adds some additional facts. Look what happened when Jesus went to cast out the spirit. Mark 9:25-27 - When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!" 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, "He is dead." 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

That demon tried the very same tactic on Jesus, convulsing the child GREATLY, and notice the boy became as one dead so that many said that he was. BUT Jesus lifted him up and he arose. Jesus lived a lifestyle of fasting and prayer - a lifestyle of living in the presence of the Father, the presence of Power and the presence of Truth!

It’s time for us to come to the place where we quit being duped by the enemy. Healing is ours and we need to take it and move on. When sickness comes to me, I shut things off, press in more to Him, spending quality time in His presence worshiping and listening. I rebuke the enemy and the sickness and profess what the Word says. I call myself healed. I am very careful with the words of my mouth all of the time - see Proverbs 18:21. I press in until healing manifests, and if it doesn’t seem to be working, I pray in the Spirit and seek the wisdom of God in the matter and expect God to show me why. If I need to make changes, I do. And healing has always come. I’ve been through many, many battles and I’ve enjoyed many, many victories, and I’ve got many, many testimonies. His word is true. Take His faith and apply it in His Word. Come against the enemy using His authority and His faith. Speak to the mountain, command it to go, and CONFRONT unbelief every time it rises its ugly head.

Take to heart what Jesus said about faith: Matthew 17:20 - So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Notice the absolute language - you WILL say, and it WILL move and NOTHING WILL IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU!!!

Oftentimes when I tell this to people they will say: yes, I know the Word says this but...  Unbelief is established and needs to be uprooted as it is countering the productivity of the faith of God in their lives.

This understanding has changed the way I minister and the results are speak for themselves.

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