There you are, knee deep in the waters of life. Maybe you made a mess of things. Maybe someone else made a mess of things for you. Maybe the devil has it out for you and he made a mess of things. Maybe you let the faucet of the world flow into your life, and now you are flooded by fear and doubt.
Maybe you’ve responded to the Lord’s call on your life and you are sinking.
Matthew 14:29And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink…”
Let’s pause there .
For a moment we won’t think about how you got knee deep in water. You are wet and worried. What now?
Isaiah 43:1But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
First, realize that He, the Lord Jesus Christ, is with you. Whatever you are going through, you must grasp that the Lord is present as well, and He isn’t just a bystander, shaking His head at our pitiful performance. What can He do?
He “stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.” (Psalm 65:7)
He “rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.” (Psalm 89:9)
You might say ” The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.” (Psalm 93:3)
But look! “The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.” (Psalm 93:4)
Then, realizing He is there and can do something, Look at Him! Getting back to the sinking Peter…
“‘….and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
File your claim with the Lord, knowing He cares for you and is present (even mighty) to save you. Quit looking at the problems, and get your eyes on Christ. Isn’t He who promised faithful? Isn’t He able to perform His word in your life? Absolutely.
Jesus desires you and His grace makes His greatness available to you and whatever mess you are in.
Christianity today seems to focus in on specific “gifts” and “callings” a person has when it comes to ministering to the world. I wanted to take a look at what “gifts” Jesus asked for and received as a model for how we are “gifted”.
I went through every verse in Matthew and categorized the works of Jesus under each “gift” in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, to see which “gifts” Jesus was given and how often He used each “gift”.
1 Corinthians 12:7-11:
But to each one there is constantly being given the clearly seen operations of the Spirit with a view to the profit of all. For to one is given through the intermediate agency of the Spirit a word of wisdom, and to another a word of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the working of miracles, and to another the giving forth of divine revelations(prophecy), and to another the correct evaluation of those individuals who give forth divine revelations(discerning spirits), and to another various kinds of languages(tongues), and to another the interpretation of languages(tongues). But all these the one and same Spirit is by divine energy putting into operation, dividing to each one separately even as He desires.:
- Word of Wisdom
- Word of Knowledge
- Working of Miracles
- Discerning of spirits
- Different tongues
- Interpretation of tongues
NOTE: There is 1 Spirit with 9 different manifestations that He divides to every man severally as He will. We cannot receive only a portion of the Holy Spirit or a portion of His manifestations. We cannot be baptized in only some of the Holy Spirit or His manifestations. The Holy Spirit is a spirit entity, a spirit person and we cannot have just half of a spirit or half of what that Spirit has. If we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, then we have ALL of that Spirit and everything that comes with that Spirit. 1 John 2:20,27 says the Holy Spirit permanently abides in us.
The Holy Spirit in us owns the above 9 manifestations or operations. They are His and He can choose how and when He wants to manifest any of them through us. We know that the Holy Spirit wants to use them all through us because James 4:5 says “The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit [to be welcome] with a jealous love” and Philippians 2:13 says “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure”. We also now that 1 Thessalonians 5:19 says “Quench not the Spirit”. So, despite the Holy Spirit yearning to do what He desires through us, we can quench His manifestations.
NOTE: It can emphatically be argued that every word that proceeded out of the mouth of Jesus was prophetic, true wisdom, and complete knowledge. So, when it came to listing the verses under those categories, I listed parables and specific sayings given to people or groups of people by Jesus that were considered profound and or commonly known sayings that Christians are familiar with. There are things He said that I did not include in the list below that were prophetic, wisdom, and knowledge.
It should also be emphatically noted that there are Zero(0) instances of Jesus asking God the Father for any of these manifestations, or any instance where Jesus might have experienced being given any of these manifestations. Jesus did receive the Whole Holy Spirit and that Spirit remained upon Him according to John 1:32.
- 48.5% of the time(51 times out of 103), Jesus Prophesied
- 38% of the time(41 times out of 103), Jesus gave a Word of Wisdom
- 18.4% of the time(19 times out of 103), Jesus performed a Working of Miracles
- 16.5% of the time(17 times out of 103), Jesus Healed
- 6.8% of the time(7 times out of 103), Jesus gave a Word of Knowledge
There are no specific instances In Matthew describing that Jesus operated in the following manifestations. In addition, it could be argued that Jesus operated in the following manifestations in some of the verses provided below, but there were no verses specifically stating so or indicating these manifestations were in use:
- Discerning of spirits
- Different tongues
- Interpretation of tongues
Below are 103 instances where an operation of the Spirit occurred through Jesus in the book of Matthew. I have categorized each instance into one or more of the 9 manifestations/operations laid out by Paul above.
The common belief taught in Christianity today is that we are supposed to endure “Suffering” due to our belief in Christ. Christianity explains to us that “Suffering” is a tool of God that He uses to teach us things.
I went through the book of Matthew and located 34 instances where “Suffering” was mentioned. Each instance fit into 1 of 3 categories under the general umbrella of the devil stealing, killing, and destroying. Each category had specific adjectives that described the type of suffering and I have listed those as well.
1. Persecution: A direct result of preaching the gospel of the Kingdom and God.
Reviling(to assail with abusive language), false accusations, Rejection, Slander, Hatred, Premeditated murder, Judgement, Unbelief, Trying of patience, Plotted against, Death, Crucifixion, Scourging, Affliction(oppression/distress), and Deathly sorrow.
NOTE: Some of the items listed under Lamb Slain below, can be added here, since they have occurred to others in the OT and NT.
Betrayal, Conviction of death, Mocking, Scourging, Crucifixion, Spitting in the face, Buffeted(fist strikes), Smote(slaps), and Being bound.
2. Trials and Tribulations:
Poor in spirit, Homelessness, Life threatening storm, Destitution, Disappointment, Hunger, Famine, Pestilences, Earthquakes, Sorrows, and Struggle with fleshly desires. Anything else under stealing, killing, and destroying that does not fit into the Persecution category above is considered to fall into this category.
3. The Lamb Slain:
As the Lamb Slain, Jesus is the only one who could undergo the whipping post scourging and crucifixion for the purpose of remission of sins. Other OT prophets and NT disciples underwent some of these things under the Persecution category as mentioned above.
Betrayal, Conviction of death, Mocking, Scourging, Crucifixion, Spitting in the face, Buffeted(fist strikes), Smote(slaps), Premeditated murder, Being bound, False accusations.
I wanted to look at the life and words of Jesus and His disciples to see if “Suffering” was advocated, what kind, who was supposed to suffer, and if we are supposed to subject ourselves to it.
Types of “Suffering”:
- 52.94% of the time(18 out of 34), Persecutions were mentioned
- 29.41% of the time(10 out of 34), Trials and Tribulations were mentioned by Jesus or the disciples.
- 17.64% of the time(6 out of 34), Jesus suffered things associated with being the Lamb Slain.
Who “Suffered” Persecution:
- 61.11% of the time(11 out of 18), Jesus suffered Persecutions
- 16.7% of the time(3 out of 18), Disciples suffered Persecutions
- 16.7% of the time(3 out of 18), common man suffered Persecutions
Who “Suffered” Trials and Tribulations:
- 60% of the time(6 out of 10), Jesus suffered Trials and Tribulations
- 30% of the time(3 out of 10), common man suffered Trials and Tribulations
- 20% of the time(2 out of 10), Disciples suffered Trials and Tribulations
Response to Persecution:
- 66.66% of the time(12 out of 18), Jesus directly responds to the Persecution with words or actions.
- 44.44% of the time(8 out of 18), Jesus directly Refutes the Persecution to the point that men cannot argue with Him anymore in the situation, and at one point never ask Him any further questions.
- 27.77% of the time(5 out of 18), Jesus explicitly states to His disciples and the attending crowd, that they would undergo Persecution.
NOTE: Jesus indicates that this Persecution is a direct result for His name sake, meaning that those who undergo the Persecution would be doing so because they were uplifting the name of Jesus publicly as more important than anything they were facing. The Persecution was NOT experienced randomly or in surprise.
- 27.77% of the time(5 out of 18), Jesus does not respond to the persecution because He was not present, he gave a description that did not warrant a refutation(parable or general statement to a crowd, usually regarding end times), or it was associated with the destiny of being the Lamb Slain.
- 22.22% of the time(4 out of 18), Jesus leaves the situation where persecution is experienced and directly advocates for others to do the same.
Response to Trials and Tribulations:
- 90% of the time(9 out of 10), Jesus or God directly responds to the Trials and Tribulations with words or actions.
- 60% of the time(6 out of 10), Jesus directly Refutes the Trials and Tribulations with words or arguments.
- 50% of the time(5 out of 10), Jesus directly Resolves the Trials and Tribulations with action and demonstration of Holy Spirit power.
- 10% of the time(1 out of 10), Jesus explicitly states that mankind in general would undergo Trials and Tribulations.
NOTE: Jesus gave a description that did not warrant a direct refutation or resolution(parable or general statement to a crowd). However, Jesus did indicate that His second coming would fully resolve the trial and tribulation, and the other facts in this section seem to indicate that there is enough resources NOW in this Life in Christ, to refute and resolve any Trial or Tribulation that might come our way.
- 10% of the time(1 out of 10), Jesus does not respond to the Trials and Tribulations mentioned because he gave a description that did not warrant a refutation(parable or general statement to a crowd, or was speaking about forthcoming events).
Below is a listing of 34 times where a situation of suffering was spoken about or actually occured in the book of Matthew.
Before I learned how to Abide in Christ and walk in the love, power, and demonstration of the Holy Spirit, the circumstances of my life used to not turn out like the bible said they should. So, I would go to the word looking for an excuse as to why that was. Doing so, caused me to use the word to justify my experience. IF the word is used to justify my experience, then my experience is exalted over the truth of the word.
Every Christian has pulled the God’s sovereign will card in their life at some point. When our life does not make sense and we read the word like above, we inevitably arrive at Job and pull God’s sovereign will card as a justification for why something, usually bad, happens to US whom God is supposed to love and never forsake. We don’t feel loved and we do feel forsaken, so there has to be an explanation, otherwise, our minds begin to formulate the idea that God is not who He says He is towards us and that gets over into blasphemy and unbelief and surely we can’t go there because what would be the point of our existence and belief in God…SO, God’s sovereign will is at play.
Job’s life experience and God’s sovereign will displayed in Job’s life is what we as Christians inevitably come to when suffering, pain, sickness, dis-ease, or tragedy strike our life. But, what if Job was one of us? What if Job was a NT saved individual? Would God’s conversation and ultimately God’s response to Job have been different?
We know the story, God and satan have this conversation about Job(Job 1:6-12). God says “Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and shuns evil? “. Satan reply’s, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”. And God reply’s, “Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.”
Now notice that God is not doing anything to Job here. Satan says to God, YOU(God) put forth YOUR(God) hand and take away things from Job and Job will surely curse YOUR(God) face. But God then says Ok, satan, YOU(satan) can test Job, everything Job has is in YOUR(satan) power.
Satan was the one who was doing the stealing, killing, and destroying from Job not God. The first mistake we make in using Job to justify our suffering when the evil one comes to steal, kill, and destroy in our lives is that God is doing it under His sovereign will or ability. The second mistake we make is to then say well, God is allowing it. Then we get into the proverbially IF God allows satan to be the prince of this world and lets satan do whatever satan wants to us and does not intervene then God is allowing it and therefore, its God’s soverign will.
That maybe true for Job, but not for us as NT saved individuals.
Notice that God is not giving satan a new realm of power over Job. Job 1:7 says satan was going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says that satan is the god of this world. Luke 10:19 says that satan has ability. John 10:10 says satan’s ability is stealing, killing, and destroying; as demonstrated in Job’s life as well as ours. This has been true of satan throughout all of time thus far even today. God was not giving a new realm of power to satan, satan already had power over Job. God was merely saying, duh, you already have the power over Job. And we are also right, God did not intervene on Job’s behalf and in the end tells Job, where were you when I made everything and set it into motion. Who are you to question my motives. It was God’s decision to let Job be attacked by the devil and not intervene and Job had no real right to question that.
However, we cannot claim this same treatment by God and say that our experience is due to His Sovereign will, WHY? Read More…
2 Corinthians 6:1-5: “1We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 3Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 4But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 5In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings;”
Christians today use this passage to justify suffering in the believer’s life. The typical Christian message is that we patiently endure [afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings] in life and that by doing so we become more experienced at being able to respond to these things in a Christ like way. Unfortunately, no one seems to have figured out exactly how to explain how that happens, nor really has anyone been able to achieve that end through this process.
Paul was NOT advocating enduring suffering here for a greater cause.
2 Corinthians 2:14 says that God always causes us to triumph in Christ. God is causing us to Triumph, not the process of suffering or enduring hardships. Constantly enduring [afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings] in life and never conquering them or preventing them only achieves futility and is not triumphing. The process of enduring hardship for the sake of learning something the process doesn’t naturally teach, is futile and insane. Hardship does not naturally or logically or even magically produce patience, love, self discipline, faith, or endurance. God does not supernaturally appear because we undergo hardships or suffering. There is nothing spiritually created or manifested if I am constantly being overtaken by these things. My mind, will, and emotions are led to futility. There is no supernatural expression of the Spirit in this process that brings about patience, a drive to endure, or peace; because the expression of the Spirit is done through us(Philippians 2:13) as we PARTAKE of the divine nature(2 Peter 1:4). If we are undergoing hardships and sufferings, then we are not expressing the Spirit in a position of being more than conquerors. But, the Christian message is that this process is supposed to some how help my mind, will, and emotions be led to such patient endurance.
Paul is not advocating that some how through the help of the Spirit we learn to be patient and endure these types of suffering in life as Christians in this passage. In verse 4 the word MINISTER = de-ä’-ko-nos. It means 1) one who executes the commands of another, esp. of a master, a servant, attendant, minister. In verse 4 the word PATIENCE = hü-po-mo-nā’. It means 1) steadfastness, constancy, endurance.
A Minister of God is one who is constantly executing the commands of God. Executing is not a “trying” or an “attempt”. Being able to Execute the commands of God means that we are fully able to carry them out with proof or evidence in the resulting circumstance. IF the execution of the command of God fails, the resulting circumstance can lead to an offense that can lay blame as verse 3 points out. If my answer to unbelievers or immature believers is that the name of Jesus is above ALL other things, except for [afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings], sorry those things you will just have to go through and somehow God will show up; I open the door for offense and blame that God does not love enough, or is not active enough in the lives of those He came to fully deliver, save, and give Life to.
Paul’s focus is NOT on how the Christian should suffer hardship. Paul’s focus is on proving to people that Christianity is effective, that there is hope when the devil tries to manifest [afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings] in a believer’s life. Paul was saying in 2 Corinthians 6:4, that consistently and constantly when the devil tried to attack him and others with TRIBULATION[afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings], Paul PROVED himself as one who executed God’s commands.
As believers are we doing and teaching the same?
God’s command was that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven, heal the sick, raise the dead, give life, preach that the will of God is deliverance from ALL the works of the devil; and then demonstrate in the situation that the name of Christ can resolve the tribulation. Otherwise, His name and the ministry of executing His will is offensive and open to blame as being ineffective. Paul says in ALL things, don’t give an opportunity for an offense to be created where the offended can blame the ministry. Instead, in ALL things execute God’s commands. By doing so you prove and show that the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is above all things including [afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings].
Proving that we are able to execute the commands of God prevents offense and an opportunity to say that God’s name is not effective. The proof is that the situation changes. The affliction is thwarted, the need is meet, the stripe and imprisonment are overruled, there is peace instead of tumult and distress, laboring is not required, the watching is replaced with rest, the fasting is foregone, and the storm is calmed.
The Abide Project is designed to teach you how to successfully execute the commands of God for yourself and others. Abide IN Him and every aspect of life will bow to the name of Jesus. The devil will leave you alone as you learn to always Triumph over his attack. Praise Jesus forever!
4 Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, LORD, are good.
See, the pattern goes like this; We tend to “feel”, “sense”, and “reason” a lot like David did, as he confesses here in these verses. So, we read the bible and stumble across David here or other OT saints expressing their hearts to God in this way and we say, Oh My Gosh! I feel exactly the way David did here. Our minds identify with the position David is in and we start confessing and professing the same things to God that David did hoping that God will change our hearts and minds and move us from this same dry place David was at, closer to Him, under His wing, and into His presence.
Christians love to identify with Old Testament viewpoints. However, David here, was an unsaved person who did not reap from the work of Christ. David and all the other OT folks we like to identify with are in a different position than you or I are today. We as NT saved people cannot identify with the same positions David and the other OT archetypes come from.
David was not a saved person. David was not indwelt with the fullness(Colossians 2:9-10) and constant presence(1 John 2:20,27) of the Holy Living Spirit of God. He did not have the benefit of the Holy Spirit of truth coming and guiding him into all truth(John 16:13). David did not have the benefit of a propitiation(1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10), a one time sacrifice that removed sin and covered his rebellious ways for all time(Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10:12; Hebrews 10:17).
Therefore, we as NT saved Christians today, cannot long, cry out, seek, or call on the Lord for these same things and expect that we will be moved from these dry places closer to God. We have already been moved into the place we are longing for through the Work of Christ. God has already accomplished what David was asking for through the Work of Christ.
Therefore, the appropriate response by us, as saved individuals, is to thank God for putting us into a new position by confessing and professing the NT verses above. When we identify with David’s position, it is the mind of the flesh in operation. It is our unrenewed mind that is at work “feeling” and “sensing” and “reasoning” without the influence of the Holy Spirit(Romans 8:6). The mind of the Holy Spirit brings to our remembrance the words of Jesus(John 14:26).
The Holy Spirit is saying, look man, God remembered you by sending His son to die for you to redeem you. You have been washed in the blood, you are clean, the Father is not remembering your sins anymore, you are anointed, I am the Spirit of truth and I have come to you, I abide forever more in you, just recognize that now, come into agreement with this truth, in faith. God has done His part to rescue you. It is now your time to accept it, acknowledge it, and come into agreement with it. Abide in me and confess and profess these things, renew your mind to these truths, so that you don’t give into “feeling” and “sensing” and “reasoning” this way anymore. OT people had to pursue God, they were always on the forthcoming end of His blessing. NT people only have to respond to God because we are always on the already provided for end.
I realize that I have addressed several complex issues within the overall Christian movement with my previous post on Revival. Some of these items have been traditions Christians have clung to for many years without valid questioning. So, readers might have some confusing thoughts and feelings about what I wrote. I thought I would go into a little more depth and hopefully readers will grasp the truths being set forth. I will address each one in a separate post.
Walking by Faith not by Sight:
The only aspect of the new creation that was not fully transformed at the time of salvation is the carnal Mind(Romans 8:7). We all know what Adam lost at the fall, but what did He gain? The only thing Adam gained after the fall was the ability in his mind to know what constituted evil and to be able to consciously choose it(Genesis 3:22). He gained a carnal mind. The lingering habits and thoughts of our carnal mind is retained by us after salvation. The carnal mind of the flesh is sensing and reasoning through situations without applying the truth of the Spirit of God(Romans 8:6) in faith and standing firm until those situations produce the fruit of the Spirit and line up with the outcome the word indicates is possible.
If our experience is contrary to the word of God, the only explanation is that WE do not know how to appropriately operate in the “Life – Zoe”, authority, and ability of the Spirit living inside of us to practically impact the situation, causing it to obey the truth of God.
The Abide Project was started for this exact reason. We teach people how to do this, how to walk in and experience being “more than conquerors”(Romans 8:37), “overcoming the world”(John 16:33; 1 John 5:4-5), and not being subject to or in bondage to the beggarly elements of the world anymore(Galatians 4:9).
We are supposed to be renewed in the spirit of our mind(Ephesians 4:23). We are commanded to finish our transformation by renewing our minds(Romans 12:2). We renew our minds to the truth of the Word of God so that what we think, say, and do is in accordance with the mind of the Spirit(Romans 8:6). The subject matter of the mind of the Spirit is the word. Do the word, and we act on behalf of the Spirit and Jesus works through us as we step out in Faith. The answer is NOT to seek more of God or to try to get more IN His presence. We cannot get a partial piece of the Holy Spirit anyway, we get Him all. We just need to learn how to let the Holy Spirit move through us(experience Him).
The Abide Project teaches you how to do this. You do this by confessing and professing the truth of the word regarding His relationship to you(Colossians 2:9-10; 1 John 2:20,27), until your mind naturally accepts it as reality instead of accepting what your senses might be experiencing in the current circumstances of life. This is how you walk by Faith and not by sight. God calls forth the things that are not yet as though they were(Romans 4:17). IF we are supposed to think and act like God and be of the mind of the Spirit, then we too should be calling forth the unseen as though it has become seen. After all, that is the essence of faith(Hebrews 11:1). Faith is perceiving as real fact that which is not revealed to the senses. Faith, the ability to look at the unseen thing and believe it has been manifested no matter what the circumstances mirror back to us, comes by hearing the word(Romans 10:17). Repeatedly hearing the reality of the word exalted over the present circumstances is how Faith is built and how the unseen thing manifests into existence.
Now you have a pattern for how you experience all the other things God has provided to you. Do you need more faith? (Romans 12:3) says you have received THE measure, so confess and profess that until your mind believes it naturally. Do you need more freedom from sin? (John 8:36) says you are free indeed, so confess and profess that to your mind and heart until you believe it naturally. Do you need more blessing of a certain kind? (Ephesians 1:3) says we have already been blessed with ALL spiritual blessings, so confess and profess that you have the blessing you need in Jesus name and thank Him for it until the unseen is manifested and your mind accepts it as reality. Faith produces an outcome. Your Faith is the substance of the unseen thing.
See, this is also where I lose most Christians because they think I am advocating Name it and Claim it Christianity and are so afraid that they are going to get over into some false belief that they become paralyzed by fear and can’t explore the truth of it to prove out the good and acceptable will of God in it. That process is called working out your salvation in fear and trembling(Philippians 2:12). There is freedom to do so, if it produces fruit adopt the truth. If it does not produce fruit of the Spirit, cast it aside and don’t follow it anymore, you won’t be thrown in hell because you tested it. I and many others have worked it out and have proven that faith works in this way with fruit of the Spirit as proof. This is not name it and claim it, I want a million dollars or a big gold apostle watch stuff. That movement took the valid principles of faith and went off into asking amiss so that they could consume that which was received upon their own lusts(James 4:3). That is not what I am saying.
It is impossible to please God without Faith(Hebrews 11:6). Faith works. Whatsoever we pray, if we really believe, we will receive it(Matthew 21:22). The opposite must also be true, whatever you pray, if you really don’t believe, you won’t receive. What we pray must align with not asking for something selfishly that we want to consume on our own lusts. IF we want that work of faith to be pleasing to God, we must not ask amiss of His will. This is why it is so important to know His will and have the mind of the Spirit. None the less, the principle of Faith/belief is true. Faith is believing the unseen thing is present. It works, and quantum physics has proven it to be true. The more shocking thing is that God was gracious and merciful enough to even answer the name it and claim it people by sometimes giving them what they named and claimed. Believing and praying(Faith) works, but it must be exercised from the mind of the Spirit and not the mind of carnally minded flesh to be pleasing to God. God is not pleased with those who have used His principles for the satisfaction of their flesh. But that does not mean those principles don’t work.
We must walk by faith and not by sight(2 Corinthians 5:7). Walking by faith means we do not accept the present visible reality reflected to us. We accept the reality the word mirrors back to us(James 1:23-25), and as long as we don’t forget what reality looks like according to the word, we will be blessed in whatever deed we face. Like Abraham did when he was too old to produce children, we consider not our bodies, or the present “reality” of the deadness of Sarah’s womb. We stagger not at the promises of God. We stand strong in faith, give glory to God, and become fully persuaded that the truth of the word will be performed(Romans 4:19-21). It is not about what we can know or perceive in our own ingenuity, what matters is that we come into agreement with the truth of the Word with utmost conviction and persuasion. That state comes about through the renewing of the mind.
The truth in the word is a more sure word of prophecy(2 Peter 1:19). The Word is prophecy, it tells what should be. It is more sure than what we perceive to be with our natural senses. The Abide Project is designed specifically to teach people how to disregard the reality of this present world and manifest the reality of the word.