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Faith in our Faithful God

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, there shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent. (Psalm 91:9-10) {Part Two} 

We are so very often not attending to teaching, exhorting and encouraging each other to truly take our Father at His Word.  He says what He means and means what He says.  When He says that no evil will befall us, if we encounter such negative moments, His Word is our escape plan (1 Corinthians 10:13)! Faith sees Satan’s attempts to deceive and destroy and raises up God’s standard to defeat the weapon.

We are not ignorant of his wiles and intentions (2 Corinthians 2:11)

…When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight. (Isaiah 59:19)

We need to be so armed with understanding and knowledge of the Word that when we see something that compromises, or seems to put into question, God’s Truth as revealed through His Word,  we quickly reject its ability to overwhelm and defeat us.  We say NO! to Satan’s tactics, to his roadblocks, to his evil intent.  In faith, backed up by the Word, we refuse any situation that rises up against the revealed will of God.  If it doesn’t line up with the Word, it may not stand. (2 Corinthians 10:5)  We have been given that authority (Luke 9:1, 10:19); we have been instructed concerning what is ours through Christ.

Because you are attending to your end of the covenant relationship, because you are honoring God by giving Him first place in your lives, because you have taken yourself out of your own keeping (Acts 16:31) and entrusted yourself into His care in faith, you have been and are being protected from evil.  Through your faith in God’s promises to you, the malicious intent of the enemy has no foothold in your life.  We truly need to be attuned to the manner in which the realm of the Spirit dramatically affects and shapes our daily walk.  We need to understand both the authority given to us and the reality of spiritual forces.  Our NO! spoken in faith to Satan and our YES! spoken in faith to all of our Father’s promises are the actions that receive the promise that no evil will befall us and no plague or calamity  come near our tent.

If a believer is strong in their understanding of the benefit and blessings of the tithe, for example, should a financial pressure show up, they might stand in faith and say, “No!  I am a tither and offering giver.  My Father delights in my prosperity. I will not be robbed from.  This attack will not stand!” And faith will receive the promise.  However, will that same believer hold God to His promises concerning their health?  Have they been taught enough concerning the extent to which we honor God’s Word to withstand that type of attack?  To take our Father at His Word that no evil will befall us is to completely transform our minds and hearts to what He is truly offering us here.

There is a sureness about the Word of God that many of God’s children sadly disregard.  When we hold Him to His Word we please our Father and bless ourselves.  There is a misrepresentation of God when we don’t fully take Him at His Word. For according to promise our abundant, peace-filled, joyous life is hidden with Christ in God.  Do not accept and receive any mischaracterization of that Truth.


Renewing our Minds

One of the most reassuring, and encouraging aspects of our walk with God is the assertion that “There is no respect of persons (no partiality) with Him”. (Ephesians 6:9) If one is blessed in receiving what is promised then all can be. If one successfully operates in kingdom principles and demonstrates kingdom authority in spiritual matters, then all can. Along with the blood of the Lamb, it is the word of our testimony that causes us to overcome – to walk in victory. When we hear of a person who received a miraculous healing, or much needed provision, or a timely word to correctly and powerfully address their situation, or teaching and guidance from the Holy Spirit which brought wisdom and clarity, or success in spiritual warfare – we can assume that those same blessings can be ours through faith as well. When we share with each other what God is doing in our lives we are encouraging their faith walk and strengthening their practice of “Heavenspeak”.

Revelation 12:11 – We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony

I say again, the primary intent of the enemy is to disprove God in the lives of nonbelievers and believers alike. He works at leading astray, offering counterfeit worldviews, and sowing misinformation about the One True and only way to get to God. There are two fronts that we are to battle him on – proclaiming Jesus to the world (letting our light shine and our lives reflect spiritual Truths) and daily renewing our minds to kingdom realities.
We become more “fluent” in our Heavenspeak, more effective in the formation of faith-filled words and pronouncements, as we daily renew our minds with our Father’s Word. When we see something in the Word but are not experiencing it in our lives, how do we remedy that? How do we live fully within our rightful place as citizens of His kingdom? How do we fully experience the Truth that it is our Father’s “good pleasure” to give us the kingdom (Luke 12:32) and all that signifies? Our testimony, our speaking forth the Word of God into each and every situation we encounter, and the testimony of others is the overcoming factor. As we hear and learn and faithfully apply we conquer! (Romans 10:17).
In the book of Acts, there were several instances when Paul was about to be flogged as he traveled preaching the Gospel, but as he claimed Roman citizenship he was instead treated with respect. Those in authority were quite concerned that they had overstepped their bounds and had not treated a Roman citizen with the respect due him.

Acts 22:29 – Instantly those who were about to examine and flog him withdrew from him; and the commandant also was frightened, for he realized that {Paul} was a Roman citizen and he had put him in chains.

Paul knew his rights as a citizen of Rome. All of the world at that time understood the value of Roman citizenship .As a matter of fact, the commandant who had arrested Paul said that he had purchased Roman citizenship as a valuable investment for a great price. (Acts 22:28). Paul responded that he was born Roman, and with authority, demanded that he be treated with the respect due a citizen of the Roman Empire. He knew his rights and he insisted upon them!
This is a very effective picture for us as we grow to understand and walk fully in the spiritual counterpart. Paul knew his rights and privileges as a citizen of the Roman Empire, and we are to know and understand our rights and privileges as citizens of the kingdom of God. Those who attempted to silence and harm Paul, to persecute and silence his message, were unable to touch him because of his protective citizenship. He proclaimed and demanded his rights; he stood his ground and insisted that he be escorted from town by the authorities. (Acts 16:37-39). In the very same way we are to stand our ground on the rights and privileges of the kingdom. Had Paul remained silent and thought, “Well, this persecution and danger must be God’s will so I will walk through it without complaint. I’ll simply accept it and put up with the problem”, the significance of the lesson of citizenship rights would have been lost to us. There’s a reason it is in the Word of God!
Renewing our minds daily with God’s Word creates extravagant transformation and the understanding and establishment of spiritual authority. I heard first hand a similar story to that of Paul’s claim of citizenship rights which occurred in the life of a more recent believer. Called to help an inmate in a Central American prison, Lester Sumrall, a traveling evangelist, discovered a demon possessed woman behind bars, demonstrating personal physical abuse and emotional turmoil. In His earthly ministry, Jesus encountered similar situations (Matthew 8:28-34, Luke 8:27-35) Sumrall prayed with and for her, commanding the spirits to depart from her. Having cast out the evil spirits, he left her in a restored, peaceful state and traveled back to his hotel. In the middle of the night he was woken abruptly as his bed was being shaken so much it was moving out into the center of the room away from the wall. Through Holy Spirit wisdom he understood immediately that this was demonic activity in retaliation for the miracle that had happened at the prison earlier that day. With authority he said, “In the Name of Jesus I command you to stop this shaking and go!” The bed stopped shaking at his word. A moment later he said, “Wait! Put this bed back where it was and then go” and the bed moved back to its original position against the wall.
This brother in faith, this man of God, understood the authority that is ours in Christ (Matthew 28:18, Luke 22:29, John 16:33, Colossians 2:15). That authority not only brought about the woman’s deliverance, it stopped the enemy’s response to that miracle in its tracks. We please our Father when we daily pick up that mantle of authority and walk through our days establishing His kingdom principles, all that Jesus has won for us, wherever He leads. We are transformed by the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2) into those faith-filled children of God who will change their world, and the lives of those they encounter, to the honor and glory of God.

Making a Symphony Together – Part Two

The Prayer of Agreement (Matthew 18:19) is stipulated by our Lord Jesus to result in the successful manifestation of “whatever{anything and everything}” that is requested. That is certainly all-encompassing!

When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, My Father in Heaven goes into action. (Message Bible)

There is faith-fueled agreement in prayer with other believers, and there is also personal, heart-felt, voice activated agreement with God. We can “agree {harmonize together, make a symphony together}” with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but we can also daily make a symphony together with our Abba. Hebrews 11:2 says:

By faith we understand that the worlds (during the successive ages) were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the Word of God, so that what we see was not made put of things which are visible.

Prompted by faith, urged on by faith, we speak forth God’s Word and we fashion, put in order, and equip for its intended purpose our future days. We speak not of what we see before us:

Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

We speak God’s Word, His promises. That is His provided ammunition for that which attempts to defeat us. We observe something before us that does not line up with God’s Word – something “less than” in terms of His covenant with His people; something that denies what Jesus already purchased on our behalf through His life and sacrificial death; something the enemy would like us to accept and receive. And we follow the faith example of our forefather Abraham:

He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what He said. (Romans 4:21 – Message Bible)

It takes work to write a symphony with God – the daily music score of our lives. For we must dig deeply into the Word, mining as for hidden treasure. (Proverbs 2:4) We can only appropriate from God’s Word that which we know is there. We cannot declare that He will make good on what He has said if we don’t know that He has said it. We can only stand in faith on a particular issue if we have made ourselves aware of His mind on the matter. Then the symphony writing may begin!

Faith’s firm foundation is established upon this principle; confronting adversity with the Word of God; speaking forth His promises into the discordance we may encounter. The Holy Spirit is the conductor of this symphony, bringing to our remembrance everything God has told us regarding His care and provision and expectation for His kids. (John 14:26)

And we speak it forth in faith as God alertly and actively watches over that Word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12) Honor our Father by speaking forth His Word to frame, fashion, put in order, and equip your future days, to thwart the enemy’s intentions, and to “receive and carry away {and enjoy to the full what is promised} (Hebrews 10:36)

Making a Symphony Together

When the disciples were unsuccessful in driving a demon from a young boy (Matthew 17), and after they observed Jesus successfully accomplishing it, they asked Him why they were unable to do what He later accomplished. His response to them informs believers today:

Because of the littleness of your faith {that is your lack of firmly relying trust}. (Matthew 17:20)

This same verse in the Message Bible says:

Because you’re not yet taking God seriously.

Throughout the Gospels and on through the New Testament letters, God encourages, exhorts, and trains us concerning the power of our words – or more precisely the power of our voice speaking out His Word in faith. We are to be imitators of our God (Ephesians 5:1):

Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things {He has foretold and promised} as if they {already} existed. (Romans 4:17)

Even before the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus on the cross to restore us back into the grace and family of God, even before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2), God indicated the potential of accomplishment within His creation in Genesis 11:6:

Behold, they are one people and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them.

And that was God’s assessment of man’s ability on a natural level, without the ministry and power of the Holy Spirit:

…you shall be baptized with (placed in, introduced into) the Holy Spirit… you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses…to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:5, 8)

As God’s born again children, we are to carry on the faith that Abraham demonstrated, for he was:

…fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised. (Romans 4:21)

And Jesus assures us in Matthew 18:19:

Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever {anything and everything} they may ask it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in Heaven.

When this prayer of agreement between believers honors God’s Word, demonstrates firmly relying trust, and takes God seriously –
then we operate in a kingdom rhythm that pleases God (Hebrews 10:38), moves mountains (Mark 11:22-24), and brings demonstration and manifestation of Hebrews 11:1 – speaking reality to spiritual blessings – “perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.”

Jesus demonstrated for us what firmly relying faith will accomplish – the dead are raised, the blind see, the deaf hear, disease is healed, provision overcomes lack, wisdom replaces confusion, love defeats fear(1 John 4:18)

Taking God and His Word seriously is reality altering. Our Abba calls us to mountain-moving faith. He calls us to stand unwaveringly upon His Word (James 1:6-7). He calls us to harmonize together in firm expectation that His promises will manifest in our lives. Write your symphony!

A Calm and Undisturbed Mind and Heart

Speaking peace to storms (Mark 4:39-40) is a stand that God’s kids should be very comfortable with. Our Lord is our example in this. He spoke peace to a storm “of hurricane proportions” (Mark 4:37 – Amplified)

“Hush now! Be still (muzzled)!” And the wind ceased(sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was {immediately} a great calm (a perfect peacefulness). (Mark 4:39)

Our great lesson from this story are the next words He spoke to His disciples:

Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)?

Very often the storms in our lives are in our thoughts and imaginings. There may even be a legitimate storm that you are facing, but again I assert that the battle to overcome it is in your thoughts and your words. Financial issues, health issues, interpersonal relationships, concerns for the future – we ponder, we meditate, we give place in our thinking to negative, even frightening possibilities. We look fully upon the storm giving our full attention to all of its implications and potentially devastating outcomes. Like the disciples in the boat during the storm we cry out, “Do you not care that we are perishing? Help God! Don’t you see my dilemma?”

It would be helpful and powerfully effective if, prior to the arrival of any storm, we established some certainties. Storms will come. Jesus told us that we would encounter “tribulation and trials and distress and frustration” (John 6:33). For there is an enemy who seeks to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). However, He assured us that in Him we “may have {perfect} peace and confidence“, for He has overcome the world!

I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you. (John 16:33 – Amplified)

We chose to either look to the storm or look to the Lord. Looking to the storm indicates faith in the enemy’s ability to defeat you (and diminishes the work our Lord accomplished on your behalf). Looking to the Lord indicates “the leaning of your entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness” (2 Timothy 1:5 – Amplified)

A continuous trusting gaze toward our heavenly Father is a storm killer. Words (our Father’s Word) spoken out in faith, filled with all the authority of Heaven (Luke 22:29) establishes the calm, peaceful daily walk that is meant to be ours.

…in returning {to Me} and resting {in Me} you shall be saved; in quietness and in {trusting} confidence shall be your strength. (Isaiah 30:15)

A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body… (Proverbs 14:30)

These are not just trivial greeting card banalities. This is God’s Word concerning what your life is meant to look like in His care. This is the observation post we are meant to occupy. Let the life and the Truth of God’s Word define your daily outlook. You are firmly established in peace. When peace eludes quickly recognize that disharmony and speak God’s alive and active Word into the situation (Hebrews 4:12). Look up some of the Scriptures spoken of here today; preach to yourself, and with authority speak to the storm. For what God has done for us, what Jesus has accomplished on our behalf, defeats every storm.

God’s Word on the subject:

John 14:22 Philippians 4:7 Colossians 3:15

Feeling, Reason, and Faith

Success in the area of healing ultimately has nothing to do with your feelings or your reasoning.  Faith looks beyond both to receive what is promised.  In fact, both feeling and reasoning are often inhibitors of the blessing.  When we permit our flesh to be the spokesman for our day-to-day lives we are undermining our walk in the Spirit.  When we focus on our reasoning ability, attending to our lives through our rational thought process, we overlook the Truth that God’s thoughts and ways are not ours (Isaiah 55:8).  Why elevate our own human reasoning to a position of prominence when we can walk in God’s ways and with God’s thoughts?  Training our flesh and our reasoning to submit to Scripture realities is a continuous work.  However, as in so many human endeavors, success begets success!

Do we always feel the Presence of the Holy Spirit within us?  As we travel through our life, occupied with whatever the day throws at us, it is not a feeling of the Holy Spirit’s Presence that encourages and comforts us, it is knowledge of what the Word tells us about His Presence within.   Do we always automatically wake with joy and expectations of a blessed day ahead of us?  Most of us just need faith to believe we’re awake in the first few moments of wakefulness! It is not necessarily our feeling of being blessed, it’s our knowledge of what the Word says about our blessed status. And eventually our knowledge of that Truth is a more frequently recurring thought than our attention to trouble, concern, worry, or fear. Reason might try to attend to concerns to ponder and strategize about, or fears and worries that we should attend to, but our assumption of the blessings filters through and colors our day and effectively erases negative influences.

And so it is with our healing and health.  Despite evidence to the contrary, we are healed!  Because that healing was already accomplished, we walk in the full revelation of its past tense promise.  It is already done!  (1 Peter 2:24)  Faith embraces that Truth and teaches flesh and reason to submit.  Speak out healing Scriptures to your complaining flesh and in faith expect God’s Truth to prevail.  Let your mouth proclaim God’s Word to your mind and thoughts and teach them to line up with God’s thoughts toward you.  Our God, His Word, and His Spirit reign!

 For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance. (2 Corinthians 5:7)


God’s Word on the subject:

Isaiah 55:8            2 Corinthians 5:7                1Peter 2:24

Divine Protection

The God-begotten are also the God protected.  The evil one can’t lay a hand on them.  We know that we are held firm by God; it’s only the people of the world who continue in the grip of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God came so we could recognize and understand the truth of God – what a gift! – and we are living in the truth itself, in God’s Son, Jesus Christ.  This Jesus is both True God and Real Life. Dear children, be on guard against all clever facsimile (1 John 5:18-21). [Message Bible] [Emphasis mine]

In her book God’s Will is Prosperity Gloria Copeland writes:

“If you refuse to give place in your mind and in your words to that which is contrary to God’s Word, Satan’s temptations, tests, and trials cannot influence your affairs. Satan cannot work in your life apart from fear any more than God can work without faith. If you refuse to fear that God’s Word will not work, Satan has nothing to work with…The mind that has not been renewed to the Word of God does not know that it has a choice not to receive what Satan is offering it.  The unrenewed mind does not know that there is an alternative.”

We have read of the divine protection promised in Psalm 91 and Isaiah 54:17.  No weapon that the enemy tries to raise against us will prosper. We speak that out in faith and God watches over that Word to see that it comes to pass.  Gloria Copeland’s words admonish us to “refuse to fear”. Divine protection is ours; it is for our children and all who know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God will never fail us; His Word is forever established- It carries us through. In Christ, as a daughter of God, you are the God Protected. Your work is to know that and to believe it.  It is a promise that truly thwarts any and every attempt Satan tries to use to diminish your faith walk.

Many will be reading this and reasoning “easier said than done!”  Fear has been a very real issue in the lives of many born again children of God.  Fear is Satan’s number one tactic because if he can swallow you up with fear then he has succeeded in pulling you away from faith.  You look to his lies and believe them rather than believing God’s Truth, firmly and eternally established and activated by faith in Him.  God is love (1 John 4:16) and:

There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror… (1 John 4:18)

Trust in God’s proclaimed, watchful, and affectionate care for you.  Practice His Presence!  Praise Him joyfully for Satan cannot abide heartfelt praise to our Abba. Praise Him because you know His Word is absolutely true. Speak forth the promises of God regarding the overcoming of the tactic of fear in the lives of those He loves.  Dwell on His goodness, His promise to be an ever present help in times of trouble (Psalm 9:9), His power and authority, your God-given authority, and the fact that the one hassling you has had all of his powers brought down to zero!  Take your faith stand in absolute reliance on the goodness and the love of God.  You are the God protected!


God’s Word on the subject:

James 4:7              1 John 4:7-21              1 John 5:18-20

Taking Dominion – Part One

For quite a few years while my daughter was young I ran a family day care in my home.  Many young children and their mothers came into my home throughout those years.  I had the opportunity to witness many family dynamics.  Some mothers were quite comfortable in their parenting role, many were not.

One young, single mom brought her toddler into my home one morning still in his pajamas.  “He wouldn’t let me get him dressed this morning,” she explained.  I looked at this grown up young woman and this not-even-two-year-old young man and said (incredulously), “He wouldn’t let you?”  And I thought that unless something drastically changes, this small child was on his way into rebellious growing-up years, kicking out against weakly established limits trying to desperately find out if anyone besides himself was “in charge“ in his world.  Children need to feel safe and cared for.  They need the adults in their lives to take dominion.  And to the best of my ability I shared that with the young mother that day.

Recently, I spoke with a sister-in-Christ with four grown (teenage) children.  She was concerned and frustrated with the behavior and lifestyle of her youngest.  Dark and depressed moods, a withdrawn and disinterested demeanor, sullen and uncommunicative – all of these warning signs increased as time went by.  Although a professed Christian, he listened to hard-metal rock music quite consistently, the lyrics ungodly and blasphemous, the music jarring and unsettling.  This mother asked for prayer for the situation – for her son.  She had gotten to the point where she was walking around the outside perimeter of the house, praying in the Spirit – her modern day wall of Jericho – trying to take charge in the spirit realm.  And yet the simplest and most effective thing she could do – ordained of God – was to take dominion in the life of her son (Proverbs 22;6, Ephesians 6:4, 2 Timothy 3:15), to raise him up in the way he should go, to instruct him and give him understanding of what faith in Christ both looks like and requires, to rear him tenderly “in the training and discipline and the counsel and the admonition of the Lord”, to make clear that under her roof only godly behavior and activity was acceptable- “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)  -this is her God ordained dominion. (Genesis 1:28).  Then she would do him only good, then she would help set his path aright, then she would lay a foundation in his heart and mind of God’s standard.  And we prayed together with those admonitions in place.

One of the attributes of the Proverbs 31 woman – the “capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman (verse 10) is “she looks well to how things go in her household” (verse 27).  In other words, she is spiritually alert to what is going on in her household.   Have dominion over that which God has given you to tend.  Insist daily on God’s standards for your family.  Anything less ushers in the tactics of the enemy.

God’s Word on the subject:

Proverbs 31:26-27           Ephesians 6:4             Titus 2:3-5 

Filled with the Divine Nature

Colossians 2:9-10 – For in Him the whole fullness of deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].  And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- and reach full spiritual stature.]  And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].

In You’ve Already Got It So Quit Trying to Get It Andrew Wommack teaches:

“The rest of the Christian life is not trying to obtain more from God, but rather renewing our minds to what we have already received.”

In Christ is the fullness of God – the complete expression of the divine nature.  There is nothing new that Jesus is going to accomplish on your behalf.  It is already done (John 19:30)Our work is to discover all that His work has accomplished; to accept it as true, ands to honor it through a faith that accepts nothing less in our lives.

So many of God’s daughters do not yet understand and demonstrate the full scope of what we are told in Colossians 2:9-10 .  Re-read it!  In Jesus is the complete expression of God’s nature.  In Jesus, we too are filled with God’s nature and reach full spiritual stature.  Jesus is the Head of all rule and authority (every angelic principality and power).  That authority has been given to us (Luke 22:29).  As He is, so are we (1 John 4:17). We are “the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19).

The love and the generosity of our God are extraordinary and life-changing.  To share His authority, His character, His wisdom, and His plans and purposes for the world with His creation, to rely on us to accomplish His purposes, is breath-taking.  Walk out today with a renewed commitment to reflect this truth to the world.  Our words and thoughts, our demeanor and actions, the quality of our character and the honorable intent of our accomplishments should increasingly reflect this “fullness of life”, this “full spiritual stature”.   God in us!

My beloved sisters, in Christ today, let’s walk in a manner that reflects and honors this truth, and that pleases and ministers to our generous Father.


God’s Word on the subject:

Luke 22:29                  1 Corinthians 6:19

The Sovereignty of God – Part One

When you encounter “unbelief” – and there are many faces to this – how do you respond?  What is your immediate reaction?  How does it affect your spirit?   In Mark 9, Jesus came upon a situation in which the disciples were unable to successfully heal a young boy controlled by a dumb spirit whose mastery over the child is described in Mark 9:18:

And whenever it lays hold of him [so as to make him its own] it dashes him down and convulses him, and he foams [at the mouth] and grinds his teeth and he [falls into a motionless stupor and] is wasting away.  And I asked your disciples to drive it out and they were not able [to do it].   (Emphasis mine)

Our Lord’s response was two-fold.  First, He addressed spiritual poverty concerning their faith.

Verse 19– “O unbelieving generation [without any faith] How long shall I have to do with you?  How long am I to bear with you?”   (Emphasis mine)

Secondly, He extended a blank check of blessing.

Verse 23 – “[You say to Me] If you can do anything? [Why] all things can be (are possible) to him who believes.  (Emphasis mine)

Let’s look at the Lord’s first response.  Imagine for a moment that you, as did the disciples, come across a person with symptoms as described in Mark 9:18And let us further suppose that, like the disciples, your prayers on behalf of this person were unsuccessful.  What would be your spiritual response?  What heart lesson would you take away from that encounter?  How would your experience define your doctrine, your “theology”, your faith walk?  (This extends to any prayer need you encounter.)

Many would reason – “I asked in faith, but it did not happen. I stood on His Word and I expected a result, but it did not happen. It must not be His will for God is sovereign.  Having exercised my faith, and I have great faith in God, I will not fall into disappointment or question my faith walk  – I will simply accept His sovereignty in this matter.”  (Darkness 1, Light 0!)

And yet, Jesus’ response was “Unbelieving generation…How long am I to bear with you?”  Our Lord does not mince words! If we will allow His words of reprimand to inform our faith, they are, ironically, a truly remarkable encouragement!  They enhance our understanding of God’s will, and under gird our determination in “having done all to stand” (Ephesians 6:13).  When we realize that not seeing the promises of God manifest in our lives reflects unbelief, and may create unbelief, it has the potential to truly revolutionize our faith walk.


God’s Word on the subject:

Mark 9:14-29