God Supplies Our Need For Faith (Mark 9:23-24)

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

Mark 9:23-24 (NKJV)

Our faith, as all things, is not our own, but a gift from God. Anytime unbelief tries to sneak in, let us be quick to turn to the Lord with a sincere and honest heart; let us be reminded of what His Word has declared over us, and be strengthened in His presence. God supplies our every need, and this includes our need for faith.

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Podcast: Salvation & Sanctification: Victory In Every Area Of Life!

Beloved Grace World community,

You may have caught this ministry update video just earlier today. In it I had been talking about things such as the ministry’s name as well as content and teachings being added to the website in addition to the daily devotionals, and one of these additions is this weekly Grace To Your World Podcast.

I pray that these teaching podcasts will be a blessing to you! You can also download the audio version at www.Podomatic.com/GraceWorld. That way you will be able to listen to these from anywhere and at anytime. Once again, I pray that these will be a blessing to you, and I hope that you will join me as we embark on this series of teachings titled, “Salvation & Sanctification: Victory In Every Area Of Life!”

Many blessings!

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Weekly Grace: Mixing The Word With Faith

It is my conviction that the Word of God contains the answers to every issue and every challenge that we could ever face. For this reason it is absolutely crucial for us as Christians to recognize the supernatural power that is contained within the Word whenever the Word is mixed with faith.

The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 2:13, “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.”

Notice that last part: which also effectively works in you who believe. We must believe. We must mix the Word with faith.

Friends, I want to encourage you to treat the Word of God as God speaking to you directly right here and right now. The Word is always here and now. God talks to you, His beloved child, through His Word. If you are receptive, He will show you through His Word who you are in Him, who He has created you to be, and everything His grace has provided for you.

Let’s look at a practical example.

When we read in 1 Peter 2:24, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed,” we must allow this to become a personal revelation to us. He is talking to you and me, and He is saying that by the stripes of Jesus we were (past tense) healed. In other words, His grace has provided for our healing; our role is to claim this healing by faith. Grace makes available; faith takes posession.

Let us use the realm of our finances as another example. Here we might embrace the Word that tells us that God shall supply our every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) We give thanks that we have already been given all things that pertain unto our life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3) We accept these as a present day truth, even if in the natural we cannot see it. We must say, “Lord, You say in Your Word that you supply my every need according to Your riches in glory. Jesus, I believe You. I trust You. Thank You that Your Word is true. Now show me, Lord, if there is anything I need to do in order to be receptive and available for Your provisions to manifest in my life.”

Faith is to be receptive and available. When we are receptive and available, the Holy Spirit will oftentimes inspire us to take some kind of action. This kind of action is what is called works of faith, it is acting on what we believe. This is what James is referring to when he says, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18)

Brothers and sisters, we must grow bold in our faith! Let us remember that the Word states in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that “we walk by faith, not by sight.” In other words, faith must become our lifestyle. Faith ought to be something we practice continually.

And how do we go about practicing faith continually?

The answer is that we must make a decision in our hearts. Not in our heads, but in our hearts. We purpose in our hearts that we will believe our heavenly Father. We simply take Him at His Word. His Word is true. We believe it, we confess it, and we act on it. And as we do so, we find that He will be there every step along the way, helping us and guiding us all the way through.

Father, I thank You today for Your Word. Thank You that I can take You at Your Word! Thank You that I can embrace Your Word as being directed to me personally, and that all of your promises in Christ Jesus are yes and amen so that You may be glorified through me. Lord, help me to remember that You have already won the victory for me. And so when I am dealing with challenges and difficulties, I will not look to my own strength or effort, but I will look only to Your victory on the cross and to Your Word. Thank You, Lord, for victory in every area of my life! I claim this victory today by faith! In Jesus’ name, amen! 

SCRIPTURES:

1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 2:24; Philippians  4:19; 2 Peter 1:3; James 2:18; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Romans 12:3; Romans 10:17; 2 Corinthians 1:20; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 

Praying With Confidence (1 John 5:14)

This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.

1 John 5:14 (KJV)

The will of God is revealed through the Word of God. Through the Word we know that it is God’s will for His kingdom to be made manifest on earth as it is in heaven. Naturally this heavenly reign includes healing, deliverance, soundness, our needs being supplied, and everything that is necessary in order for us to fulfill our calling and our purpose in Christ. And so when we pray, let us approach God with the confidence that as we pray according to His will, it is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom. And may our hearts rejoice knowing that God is looking for each of us to be instruments and vessels through which His will may be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

Jesus Gives Us Rest (Matthew 11:28)

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 (KJV)

These words of Jesus remind us that when we come to Christ, we are invited to enter into rest. Jesus gives us rest because He is our sufficiency, and through His finished works we have full and complete access to the boundless riches and beauties of the kingdom of God. And so whatever your need may be today, be sure to take it to the Lord, fellowship with Him, and thank Him that in Him your need is met. Faith gives us access to all that the grace of God has already made available.

God Supplies Our Need For Faith (Mark 9:23-24)

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

Mark 9:23-24 (NKJV)

Whenever we are struggling with having faith in a certain area of our life, let us remember that we are not left to ourselves, but that we may simply pray for more faith. Our faith, as all things, is not our own, but a gift from God. Anytime unbelief tries to sneak in, let us be quick to turn to the Lord with a sincere and honest heart; let us be reminded of what His Word has declared over us, and be strengthened in His presence. God supplies our every need, and this includes our need for faith.

Faith & Patience: The Essence Of Trusting God (James 1:3-4)

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

James 1:3-4 (KJV)

One of the ways by which we can know that our faith is steadfast is by whether or not it is accompanied by patience. The Bible tells us that it is through faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God. And so when our faith is being tried by the circumstances and conditions of day to day life, by the grace of God our faith will produce patience. Patience means that we trust in God’s perfect timing; it means we know that all is well, that we can be perfect and entire, regardless of current circumstances and conditions. And it is exactly this combination of faith and patience—the essence of trusting God—which enables God to manifest His glory in our lives.

Presenting Our Bodies A Living Sacrifice (Romans 12:1)

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Romans 12:1 (KJV)

As we present the temple of our body a living sacrifice unto God, may we remember continually that our purpose here on this earth is to be the very vessels and instruments through which Jesus may unfold His ministry. Presenting our bodies a living sacrifice means that we understand we are literally being called to be the hands and the feet of Jesus. We recognize the beauty of committing all our activities unto Him, of making everything we do in word and deed an offering unto our Lord. Today, may we have the grace to be more mindful of this; and in so doing, let us rejoice that we have been called to live lives of such joyous service unto a glorious and magnificent God.

Return Unto Thy Rest (Psalm 116:7)

Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.

Psalm 116:7 (KJV)

Our soul returning to its rest means that we are confident that God has already supplied our every need. This confidence has nothing to do with circumstances or conditions, nor is it dependent upon how we may feel emotionally; much rather is it the outworking of what we know to be true! We find rest for our souls when we stand confidently upon the Word of God, when we know that God truly has dealt bountifully with us. It is out of this place of rest, out of this quiet assurance, that we will see the goodness of God showing up in our lives.