Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 NET Bible
Faith!!! The final frontier. No I am just kidding for all you Star Trek fans out there. But it is what makes all things final. Faith in God’s Word created all that you see and don’t see. If people could learn to walk by faith and not sight, that would be the final frontier. Why? Because it’s how God the Father gets things done. The worlds were framed by faith in the Word of God by God Himself. So God uses faith. And guess what? If you are born again Jesus has given you the same faith that God has.
Yeshua answered and He said to them, “May the faith of God be in you.” Aramaic Bible in Plain English Mark 11:22
If you study it out in the Greek what Jesus said literally was, “Have the faith of God”. He was telling the disciples, “Here you go. have it.” Like Brother Copeland said in a dream Jesus appeared to him and was holding a big tray of cookies. He said Jesus said to him, “HAVE a cookie!!!” How many of you know that if Jesus offers you something you should TAKE IT. That’s one of Sister Gloria Copeland’s favorite words, “TAKE IT” If you agree make this confession with me. Say, “I HAVE THE FAITH THAT TAKES, not the faith that waits.” Now look at what I am about to say. When you have the faith of God and you take it, it does not matter if you wait because you’ve already got it. Sister Gloria had her house looonnnggg before she moved in. She had it over 20 years before she moved in. God the Father already had the victory over the devil long before Abraham and the New Testament. How? Because in faith and by God’s Word it says the Lamb (Jesus) was slain before the foundation of the world. Never mind that it took 4000 years for Jesus to come into the Earth. Remember what we talked about this past weekend about ‘No Respect for Time”? Faith has no respect for time.
Once you and I walk in the understanding of that things will manifest a lot quicker. Why? Because we won’t allow time to pull us out of the faith realm where we already have it. Faith does not depend on time, it uses it but it is not dependent on time. Time is a servant of faith not the other way around. Faith makes dead and decomposed bodies with embalming fluid already in them and the blood drained out come back to life, FULLY FUNCTIONAL. Ask Lazarus. They may not have had embalming fluid back then but Lazarus was already dead and decomposing. Did faith care or should I say did Jesus care? No! He did not pay one bit of attention to it. He said “Lazarus come forth!!!” And it’s a good thing that he called Lazarus by name because if not every dead person in the area and possibly the world may have gotten up too. Lazarus did not get up tomorrow. Lazarus got up when Jesus called him. Jesus is thee Author and Finisher of faith. Which leads me to my closing for today. Make sure you have God’s kind of faith and not Pharaoh faith. Check this out. So most of you know the story. Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go so the Lord allowed different plagues to come on Egypt. Well in this case the land was over taken by frogs. Imagine this, open your oven frogs come out, pull back the sheets on the bed, frogs in the bed. Open the door to go outside, frogs everywhere. No escape. So finally Pharaoh had enough it seemed so look at what he did.
Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Pray to the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord.”
9Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.”
10“Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said.
Moses replied, “It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God. 11The frogs will leave you and your houses, your officials and your people; they will remain only in the Nile.” Exodus 8:8-11 NIV
Did you see what that ‘dummy’ Pharaoh said? Moses gave him the power to decide when the frogs left and he said, “TOMORROW!’ In my best southern accent I say, “Howsabout rat now!!!!!” This is the same mistake believers make when believing God especially for healing and finances and other things. In 99.9% of the cases in the Bible when Jesus healed people they were either healed immediately or within the hour. There is a commercial on TV that says, “You can learn a lot from a dummy.” I know what they mean but please just don’t make it this dummy. FAITH IS ALWAYS NOW!!! Pastor Bill Winston has an AWESOME teaching called Now is The Time!!! Towards the end of the message he said, “To believe that it takes time to manifest provision or things you may have sown for or are believing God for IS UNBELEIF!!! He also said time will imprison anyway who allows it to. Don’t be like Pharaoh. Be guilty of the worldly saying “YOU JUST LIKE YO DADDY!!!” Then think of God your Father and boldly say, “I RESEMBLE THAT STATEMENT!” Get rid of Pharaoh faith. TAKE IT NOW!!!!
All the ‘blessed’ to you!!!! Shalom!