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We Must Possess the Word for Ourselves by Renewing our Minds and by Faith (it’s NOT automatic)

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“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you,” (John 15:7).

Have you ever read John 15:7 and said to the Lord, “Why does it then seem the prayers of many go unanswered when every born again one has met these conditions?”

If you abide in Me.” CHECK.

Through salvation in Jesus Christ, we instantly become a part of His body.

“and my words abide in you…” CHECK

The Word, Jesus, comes to live inside us when we are saved.

So, Father God, what gives? Why do many not receive what they desire?

I heard this yesterday from Pastor Thompson and believe it is Spirit-led and filled with Spirit revelation:

“From the time Jesus was resurrected from the dead and the Holy Spirit came until His return we, are in the dispensation of grace, and all things have been given unto us.

His Word, His name, the Spirit have been given. So, we have already obtained all things doctrinally and the impartation of it into our spirit.

In Romans 12:1-2, the Word tells us to renew our minds, that the renewing of the mind, that you’ve been saved, but that’s only one part of you. That salvation has occurred in your spirit because you’ve accepted the Holy Spirit into your life. And on the inside, He has transformed you to the image of God’s dear Son.

You’re a new creation in Christ Jesus. But because you’ve become a new creation in Christ Jesus, doesn’t mean that it’s all done. He said, “Now, present your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, and renew your mind because you are spirit, soul (mind, will, emotions), and body. And the renewing of the mind by the Word of God is when we begin to transform our outer man according to what has already happened to the inner man.

So with the inner man, once you are born again, you have it all. The Holy Spirit lives inside of you. The third person of the trinity. That means your spirit man on the inside holds the capacity of God.

Sometimes, we are so limited in our own thinking and what we esteem to be what we can accomplish or do because we look at it purely from a natural vantage point. And what we have attained by natural knowledge.

You have the Holy Spirit inside. That means your human spirit, the spiritual aspect of who you are, contains not only the nature of the new creation in Christ Jesus but the indwelling presence of the Spirit who is all things, knows all things, does all things. This is resident of the inside of us.

And when we renew our minds and present our bodies unto the Lord Jesus Christ for the rest of our lives, we are learning by the renewing of our mind what has already occurred on the inside of us, and we are drawing from those wells of salvation, knowledge, etc.

We are supernatural beings. We are not human beings have a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pastor Mike Thompson, 3/14/2021

Also felt led to add some verses to expand upon his teaching as a reminder that promises are often conditional based on whether we believe God, whether we take Him for His Word, walking by faith and not by sight as every faith hall of famer did in His Word. That unbelief can be a “receiver killer.”

We must each possess the Word of God for ourselves in order to have it and for it to come to pass. It’s all not automatic.

Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Present. Do not be conformed. Be transformed. Prove. These words convey that we must exercise our free will for this these verses to come to pass for us.

Mark 11:24, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Without doing Romans 12:1-2 which you’ve just read, how can we have the faith to believe and take Him for His Word in order to receive?

John 16:24, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

I believe there’s a faith aspect to this verse. He IS the Word, and we must take Him for it, fully persuaded that He is able to perform it. Which leads me to the next verses.

Romans 4:20-22, “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

We must be convinced, by the renewing of our minds through His Word, that our God who cannot lie, who is Almighty, is able to perform His promises for us.

Matthew 13:58, “Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

Unbelief is a “receiver killer.”

But with our minds TRULY renewed by the Word of God, unbelief dies instead, making way for us to ask and receive that our joy may be full.

And yes, we are also in a spiritual battle, and there’s most often resistance from the powers of darkness, but this is what faith is all about – we continue to take Him for His Word and YES and AMEN promises no matter what it looks like.

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A “Love of God” Pondering: What if God Made the Vast Number of Stars Just to Encourage One Man’s Faith?

It’s after midnight, and I took my dog out one last time, late as I often do. I can see a decent amount of stars in my city.

As my fur friend was doing her business, I stared straight up into the sky, my neck back as far as it could go.

In awe of God, I scanned the night sky, spinning slowly to take it all in in childlike wonder, watching my breath float up against the cold for Florida air. It’s 37 right now. Brrrr.

I said, “Thank You, Lord, for letting me live in a place where I could steal moments in my busy life to appreciate the stars.”

Then this questioning thought entered my mind, “Lord, You love us so much. Could it be You made all these stars with Abraham in mind because You foreknew the exact encouragement he’d need for the miracle You needed him to believe You for?”

I don’t believe He answered me with certainty on this matter, but I do wonder if He planted the question in my heart as I stood in wonder and thanksgiving for His gift of stars.

“And behold, the word of the Lord came to him (Abram who becomes Abraham), “This one shall not be your heir.” Then He brought Him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be,” (Gen 15:4-5).

God is practical, of course, and has used the stars to communicate by announcing His One and only Son, Jesus Christ, and filled man with the wisdom needed to use them to navigate the seas and their travels.

But the more I grow in the Lord, the more secure I grow in His great love for me as His child. All the ways He’s cared for me in my life. His loving presence toward me that fills my heart that’s been undeniable.

I strongly suspect that though He had much in mind when He created the stars that it could very well be He made them COUNTLESS just for Abraham whom because he believed God, it was “accounted to him for righteousness,” (Gal 3:6).

This is the love I’ve come to know as His child. A Father who gave His one and only Son knows how to give good gifts to those who ask Him (Matt 7:11).

And what my eyes also see when He brought Abraham outside to look at the stars is this:

Our good Father is always giving us ways to set us up for successful faith that receives. He’s so good He even provides all the encouragement we need. Let us have eyes that see it.

Today, we have His entire inspired Word and Holy Spirit for the faith needed to receive His YES and AMEN promises. Thank You, ABBA Father.

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If Jesus gave the church a report card on the Great Commission it would be: INCOMPLETE ASSIGNMENT

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover,” (Mark 16:15-18).

God’s people should be a terror to the enemy. Not the other way around.

Jesus purchased authority over all the power of the enemy with His blood which comes with great responsibility for us.

He had to go so the Holy Spirit could come, then making it our responsibility as His church, the holders of the keys to His Kingdom, to bind and loose in His name as His royal priesthood in the earth.

Before Jesus died and was raised again, He said to His disciples, “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven,” (Matthew 16:19).

Jesus finished His Father’s work with His death and resurrection. We are no longer waiting for the keys to the very Kingdom of God. We are possessors of them.

If you are in Christ, a born-again child of God, you too hold these keys. The Lord is asking His people now: When will you believe it?

Since, His entire Kingdom is run on faith and acting based on faith, His Kingdom laws don’t allow the keys to work unless we believe we have the right and power to use them in His name.

In Matthew 18:1-4, Jesus teaches the disciples that GREAT faith is so simple ONLY a little child can understand it.

It takes a total humbling and surrender of self to obey the Great Commission in its fullness. A people who don’t care what people think. A people of childlike faith. To preach Christ. Heal the sick. Cast out demons. Raise the dead.

If Jesus gave the church a report card on the Great Commission it would be: INCOMPLETE ASSIGNMENT.

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I (Jesus) go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you,” (John 16:7).

Jesus told the disciples that it was better for them if He left, so the Holy Spirit will come to us. And He did. Profound and important words in their meaning.

After He commissioned them to preach Christ, heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead, etc., He left and SAT DOWN at the right hand of the Father, having finished His Father’s work.

It was far better for Him to go, so we’d be fully equipped to do even greater works than He did by His indwelt Holy Spirit.

Another reason it was better that Jesus left was so we could take our position as citizens of heaven while simultaneously living here on the earth.

How? Because as part of Christ’s body, with Him seated at the right hand of the Father, we too, IN Christ, are seated at the right hand of the Father. Thus, we too are seated high above all the power of the enemy [Ephesians 1:20-23].

Translation: God’s children are called to overcome! Glory to the Lamb of God!
  • “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you,” (Luke 10:19).
  • “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world,” (1 John 4:4).
  • “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith,” (1 John 5:4).
  • “Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:5).

I literally squealed with delight when I saw them addressed as “little children” in 1 John 4:4 because it’s a theme the Lord has had me on for awhile for what it takes to have great faith.

Our childlike faith in Christ and His true gospel overcomes the world! Hallelujah!

Oh church, how the Lord wants us to get this! I’ll say this again: God’s people should be a terror to the enemy. Not the other way around.

Lord baptize Your people in the fire of the Holy Spirit to carry out the Great Commission to the full to a lost, dying, and suffering world in Jesus’ name amen.