It’s Coming, You Must Obey Part 2

Hello loves,

It’s been a while. I must say that’s I’ve been a little distracted, lazy and just not living in my greatness 🙂 But I’m back and ready to jump in!

Just a reminder of where I left off…Hebrews 3:15-19

15 As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.”[a]

16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

The last post was just a broad understanding of this text. Please visit the previous post if you missed it. So let’s dive down a little deeper…

Let’s first lay the foundation for the book of Hebrews before focusing in on chapter 3:15. The book of Hebrews was written to believers with the purpose of showing that God is perfect, mighty and the ruler of all. These writings were to remind them that though they are being treated poorly and oppressed, God is still in control. These writings are to encourage them to stay the course and not give up on their hope of being restored. To sum it up, He did it before for you, He will do it again!

The author is reminding the people in chapter 3 verse 15, of their ancestor’s underestimation of God. He’s saying listen to me! Do you not remember, have you not heard how God dealt with those that chose to not listen and believe in His promises to them. The author cautions them to remember that it was God that lead their people out of bondage before, but because they, the people he leads out did not believe, challenged God, harden their hearts to His word; those that were led out did not live to see the promise land. He’s saying I know what you’re going through, but when you hear God, LISTEN, and TRUST because he will make good on His promise.

So tonight, I challenge and caution you. You may be in a situation where you’re being treated poorly or feeling oppressed and you’ve heard God’s voice. God has told you how to handle this situation and maybe even shown you where it is leading you. If you can, think about a time that He’s done this for you in the past. Maybe you’ve never experienced hearing His voice, but you’ve heard of how He’s spoken into a family member or a trusted friend’s life and how His words came to past. You’ve seen or heard about how they were set free, and guided to the promise by His words! I challenge you to do this because I want to encourage you to not turn away from His words. Remember how He’s delivered, trust, believe, and keep your hope. A mini piece of FAITH is all you need.

“It’s Coming” You Must Obey Part 1

Hebrews 3:15-19 MSG
For who were the people who turned a deaf ear? Weren’t they the very ones Moses led out of Egypt? And who was God provoked with for forty years? Wasn’t it those who turned a deaf ear and ended up corpses in the wilderness? And when he swore that they’d never get where they were going, wasn’t he talking to the ones who turned a deaf ear? They never got there because they never listened, never believed.

Over the next few post I’d like to study this passage and dig a little deeper, to challenge myself to go beyond the surface and to challenge both you and I to have a more firm understanding of what the Word is saying.
Indulge me please lol…

But before I began, on a board level this passage is saying…
If He said it, it will come to pass. Trust, believe and have faith. Don’t let time, circumstances, challenges, or the unseen keep you from where He’s taking you. His word shall not return void. Shift your perspective of it from where you are to where He’s told you you’re going. If know what youre giving up, why give up! God is not one to be played with. He means exactly what He says.

To be continued…

Now Faith

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 KJV

Faith, pistis, or trust.

Substance, hupostasis,  or to place or set under, foundation, essence, substance; that which is the basis of something, hence, assurance guarantee, confidence

God is saying…
To place your trust right now in the thing that has a foundation, that thing that you have a guarantee and confidence in because it’s proven it self to work before. After you tried it, it didn’t give out on you, it built up your assurance in it, so much so that you’ll try it again without even questioning if it’ll work… Yes that’s hupostasis. These are the things that you should put your hope in. This is the faith the bible speaks of. Because when you put your hope in what you trust will come through for you because its done so before and you’re confident that it will again, and you work towards it, right now even when you dont see it, you know that its only a matter of time before it will be seen.

End and Begin With Faith

Its a journey, life that is. As you journey along and come up on crossroads, realize that the faith you had leading you to that crossroad will be the same faith that will lead you to choosing a direction and that will guide you down that path. The faith that you start with will be the same faith that you end with. Difficulty doesn’t mean that its the wrong path. That challenge maybe put there to make sure you maintain your faith rather than give up on it. Stay strong. My faith in God, His strength, power, greatness, and promises is everything. There is nothing to big for Him. If He brought you to it He will bring you through it. So finish it, walk down that path, don’t give up. The same faith in God  that brought you to that road will be the same faith that will bring you through, if you don’t give up or turn back around.

I Refuse!

Refuse to give up on God. Refuse to quit. Refuse to let the devil win and have your joy. Refuse to be held back or stay still. Fight with your Faith. Know that it can and will be done. It’s in the works, it’s coming to you. But if you don’t refuse you may never receive.

The Power of Two…

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To stand in harmony, to share the same belief and expectation, to have the crazy faith in and to do the work regardless of the road, to not give up. When you’re praying for something with someone, standing and agreeing with them, check yourself, make sure you’re truly on the same page. I wonder how many prayers aren’t answered because one person is praying, but not really in agreement with what they are praying for.

Here’s what I think we should all know and understand. Agreement is a covenant, it is a serious thing. Agreements are powerful. Jesus tells us that when we agree and pray God will do it, that tells me that it may be a little more difficult than what we think when we first read that passage. We get really excited, because it is a wonderful promise, but let’s dig a little deeper.

Right now I’m praying for some things. I’m praying for something to shift, to be revealed, to come together and I’m praying for relief. When I pray, I know God hears me. I go to Him with sincerity and openness. I’m in my most vulnerable state when I’m praying. And it’s not easy. When I pray and I’m requesting something from God or even just talking to Him about what He’s spoken to me or put in me, I do my best to believe in the promise, that it’s already done. But it’s not always that easy. Sometimes the pain and hurt of the journey is so much that it leads me to a road of what ifs and maybe this is just me….

But the power of two….

You know, I know that God will never leave me, He never will and He will never bring me to something that He can’t bring me through. But sometimes in the bringing you to and through, He will bring the right people to stand in agreement with you because He knows its power. He knows the power that united faith and work has and he knows that power of someone standing with you and saying I believe with you. Someone saying yes, it looks rough, and yeah it may seem crazy, yes, things are scattered and you don’t have everything together but I will go to God with you. And not just for you, but for me too because this thing that we are asking of God will not only be a blessing to you, but to me too, so I know that because we stand in agreement about this thing we both will be attacked. We both will face the test, we both will have to press towards the mark and have faith. God knows the power of having someone right there with you to reassure you when a little seed of doubt starts to creep in. It’s not easy. Cause see what will happen is once the devil sees this, hears this, he knows that God has promised that it will be done so the devil will try to destroy that covenant. The word says “praying” for, which means it’s not a one time thing. You’ll have to be in continual prayer while you’re waiting and the more you pray the more the devil will try to attack your the two of you. Because He knows that your faithfulness, your work and obedience to that thing you’re praying for will come to pass. But you have to make sure the person that you’re in agreement with is wholeheartedly in agreement about that thing you’re praying for.

Because He says “when” we do, it will be done.

He has us, I know He does. If we just lean not to our own understanding but acknowledge Him in all of our ways He will direct our paths. He will help us on our journey. And He will send the right people to stand with you along the way.

Faith Makes Things Possible, Not Easy

As you go into this week, take this thought with you… Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) Find a quiet place and remind yourself that if God is in it, then it is possible. When you’re being lead by faith, it’s important to remember that faith is not just a thought, it’s action as well. You have to work towards obtaining that vision. It’s in the working that you’ll face oppositions, hardships, challenges, and possibly confusion. But you have to stay focused on the vision God gave you.

I like the way the Message Bible says it in James 2:21-24

Wasn’t our ancestor Abraham “made right with God by works” when he placed his son Isaac on the sacrificial altar? Isn’t it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners, that faith expresses itself in works? That the works are “works of faith”? The full meaning of “believe” in the Scripture sentence, “Abraham believed God and was set right with God,” includes his action. It’s that mesh of believing and acting that got Abraham named “God’s friend.” Is it not evident that a person is made right with God not by a barren faith but by faith fruitful in works?

James makes these statements in questioning form, really forcing you to answer yes and reminding you that he’s right, You can’t have faith if you’re not going to work beyond yourself. To have faith is to know that it’s already done, even when the work that it’s requiring it difficult.

You see, just like Abraham you have to know that God’s promise is what you have to lean on. God promised him that he would father of many nations. If God would have allowed him to kill Isaac, that wouldn’t have been possible. But he’d stayed focused on God’s promise, even though the mission or direction God sent him on didn’t seem to match up. And this is how I know this… When God sent Abraham off to Mt. Mariah (another story for another day) to go and kill Issac, good old Abe said this.Genesis 22:4

Three days later Abraham looked off in the distance and saw the place. 5 He told his servants, “Stay here with the donkey, while my son and I go over there to worship. We will come back.”

“We will come back!” There was no doubt in his mind that he and his son would come back. Now I know it’s hard. Because sometimes God will test you beyond a point that you think you can handle. He can send you in a direction that’s opposite of the vision He gave you and then expect you to work. And yes, it’s not easy. It requires you to believe fully in Him and push past yourself. Which is why you have to remember that “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26).

Listen, if God spoke it into your life I believe God for it for you. I believe that in the name of Jesus it is already done! You may not see it, it may seem so far from where you are now, but if you can just muster up a little faith and work towards it God will be pleased. We have to remember that it’s not about us, it’s about God. He will see that it is done because it will bring Him glory and it will be used by Him for Him when it is of Him. So, if He is in it, it is possible! I know that it is.

Prayer: Of Faith Beyond the Situation

Lord, God. Most wonderful and gracious God, I humbly come to you knowing that I’m not worthy of the blessing. Knowing that this thing that you’ve spoken into my life is bigger and more challenging than anything I could have ever come up with and for that I say thank you. Thank you God for choosing me to be the one to carry this load, this mission, this purpose. Thank you God for choosing me to hear your call and answer “yes.” Thank you God for making me so uncomfortable that to do otherwise torments my soul and brings me no peace. God, You know how this pains me, you know how everything that you’re asking me to do goes against my flesh, and my ways, God the me I sometimes believe myself to be. But God, I thank you for your mercy, and your kindness, and goodness, because it helps me to understand that your ways are not my ways. Lord God, I have faith in this thing that you’re trying to birth in me. Because it’s your thing. And my faith in You and the things that are of you supersede my fear and my understanding. God, i’ll pour out my heart to you. I’ll do whatever it is that you say for me to do and I’ll believe and know that it is already done. Therefore God I walk Faith beyond this current situation. Beyond my knowing. Beyond my pain. And I just say yes. God, I praise You and i’ll forever bless your name,

So be it.

What, Abraham struggled too?!

Faith isn’t an easy concept to wrap your head around. Maybe it’s because when you think that you’ve reached a place of being faith filled, your faith is tested. That test, then puts you in a place of questioning if you really were exercising your faith. And then comes the confusion… It can be a pretty taxing process.

In my readings of a few sermons, I came across a perspective that really caught my attention. It spoke to me, to my spirit. The pastor brought to our attention that, often times it was individuals that had the most first hand experiences or heard a direct word from God and Jesus that struggled with their faith the most. From the disciples, who were constantly questioning Jesus, both before and after His death, to the women at the well that only had 1 first hand experience with Him. Those that God spoke to, and spoke clearly , like Abraham, also known as, “the father of faith” even struggled with his faith. Prior to God changing his name from Abram to Abraham (another post for another day), Abraham struggled with trusting that God would provide he and his wife, Sarai, with a child. Things like their age and passing time lessened their hope in the unseen, leading them to take things into their own hands. But then there are people like the hemrroging women, who had only heard of Jesus, but believed that if she could just touch the hem of his robe, she would be healed. She was fully confident in the unseen and had never even seen or heard from Jesus.

Now that makes you think.. I know my thought was WOW…what’s wrong with me!!! I’ve heard from Him! I know what’s been promised to me!

Well, here’s the great thing… The good news! Jesus tells His disciples in Matthew 17:20, that if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can tell a mountain to move and it will.

Even though Abraham faltered God still made good on His promise. I believe that God comes to us and gives us these promises of things that He knows will test our faith. He’ll promise you those things that you may be yearning for and you feel like you’ve worked so hard to make happen but it’ll never happen. Or something that is so mind blowing, you’re like, “ummm, me God.” But He’ll make His promise clear, through a vision, a dream, in your prayers, It’s like He’s screaming at you! But what you’re seeing just doesn’t add up to the promise, so you maybe make poor choices.

He knows us AND He knows how we’re going to respond. He knows the challenge that faith can be. He knows that it’s sometimes a struggle for us. But, the great thing is that if He made you a promise He will fulfill it, for His words will not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11). And, even though the promise is to you, it is always FOR HIM! If that’s not reassuring, nothing is. When the journey gets tough and you feel your faith slipping remind your self of this. And if you struggle at times…it’s okay. God understands, just don’t give up!

What should we be praying for..

We say we have FAITH, but we’re still praying for that thing to happen.

If we have FAITH in something, then we’re saying that we believe, and trust that it is already done. It’s done, but we just can’t see it yet. But we are hoping, and trusting that God will reveal it in His perfect time.

If we have FAITH and we’re doing the work…. giving God your natural to put His super on top of. Showing God that you believe and know that’s it’s already done so, you’re doing what you need to do to get there (naturally). So that HE can bring His super to our natural and make it happen in an unbelievable way.

Then think about this. If we have FAITH in it, then maybe we should instead be praying about what to do once we’ve received that thing, once it’s happened, how to grow it or maintain it, how to stay focused on it and not give up, how to keep the negativity away from it, instead of praying for it…

Faith is saying I know that it’s already done.