Faith and Belief or Deception and Defeat?
We cannot operate as “the church” the “Body of Christ”, when we aren’t doing what it takes to operate as Christians walking in the power and authority of Jesus Christ! WHY? Because we aren’t doing it for ourselves!
How many loose things from their soul, like I have taught you to do?
How many send the Hosts of heaven as I taught (and KK taught)?
If you are not doing this every day, you will be fighting a loosing battle because you choose to loose! WE have already won!
People choose to go to hell the same way people choose to loose… its a CHOICE!
We have the victory… JESUS said it, I didn’t originate that statement!
“33 And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous,[a] (cheer up) for I have conquered the world!”[b](Jesus has taken away the power this world has to defeat us and has conquered it for us. Peace is resting in his victory.)” John 16:33 TPT
HE has been talking alot to me about resting and His peace (shalom… order, tranquility) in the midst of the storm! From the midst of the storm HE calmed it! What are you doing in your storm?
We are given weapons of warfare… and tactical gear to win, not loose!
WHAT are you doing?
What is happening that is keeping us from moving forward? Unbelief!
Faith is a big deal and saying it doesn’t make it! Laziness spiritually will lead to complacency and lukewarmedness… is that what you desire? Because the Lord was clear about how HE feels about that!
Saying you believe, is not the same as believing! Confessing belief can help you INTO truly believing and trusting sure enough but if there is not some child like awe involved that gives you that hope that leads to belief… it won’t become belief. See our belief must connect to the “measure of faith” GOD gives us!
Listen… at the time when you receive JESUS you get all of HIM… you receive HIS Salvation…. HIS rescue from eternal separation from Heavenly Father (SEEING how Heavenly Father IS the destination…. that is important!) just as you receive divine health through HIS Healing and deliverance from all snares, traps (addictions and struggles with the flesh)!
AH… but how many actually BELIEVE that? Faith is evidenced by actions not just words! Same as repentance is proved by actions not just words!!
FAITH… is key to everything beloved!
If you don’t really believe it, you won’t receive it… and if you don’t receive it, you won’t walk in it!
When you hear a revelation, and take it by faith with a childlike heart… a “hope” springs up inside and a fire ignites. You have a desire to see it come forth. That is like the seed sown and the plants spring up quickly but don’t last because the sun or birds take it away. BUT if you grow your soul, feed into what you heard by the word and pondering/meditating upon it… then it has a chance to go down deep.
How many of you do this? Actually sit with the Word and the Lord to read and meditate?
How many just go week after week to church (or meetings) and may hear a revelation that stirs you up inside at that moment but, when you leave out, and just keep doing the “same ole things”? Then you are not growing in your soul and you are not walking in faith! To hear and not do, is unbelief.
This may be hard to hear but its time for all of us to come to grips with this truth!!
There is no place for spiritual laziness or complacency and the two often go hand in hand!
HERE is the definition of complacency-self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies.
No wonder there has been so much warfare in the body of Christ with little to no faith to battle but rather walk in defeat having no hope because the arrows of discouragement, hopelessness and defeat have hit them!
And what about laziness…defined: disinclined to activity or exertion : not energetic or vigorous.
When one is complacent and becomes discouraged and defeated with no hope in sight…they get lazy same as when all is going great and they think “everything is ok” and slack off… bam… complacency hits them without them even knowing it and it comes by the way of “self deception”! Then they get worn our and lazy!
Am I describing anyone? BE HONEST with yourself and God… its vital if you want to learn to walk in faith!
You must get rid of “self deception” because it will trip you up. Here is what the Word tells us about that…
“22 Don’t just listen to the Word of Truth and not respond to it, for that is the essence of self-deception. So always let his Word become like poetry written and fulfilled by your life!” James 1:22 TPT
In this case… being lazy about it, leads to complacency… so they interchange …yes, they do! ONE always leads to the other and they both lead to “self deception”!
NONE of which is faith but unbelief!
GET real… do you really believe? Come on be honest with yourself… DO YOU really believe…. about sending the Hosts, loosing from your soul…. healing… walking in a faith where signs, miracles and wonders follow you?
Saying it doesn’t make it so… DO YOU BELIEVE?
Do you believe you will walk in divine health? Are you helping to establish it? Do you believe you won’t be snared by addictions or habits that can hurt you? This is where the rubber meets the road folks!
JESUS Himself said when He returns…. will HE FIND FAITH!
The other thing that affects belief… is “familiarity”. Remember the old saying “familiarity breeds contempt?” Its true!
Contempt defined: the feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn; disregard for something that should be taken into account;lack of respect or reverence for something…. do you get the picture?
The more you are around the God things that “awestruck” you and experience them or hear about them but don’t do something with it… the more you become “familiar” and without realizing it, either contempt creeps in because of a “familiar spirit” that’s attached itself because of a heart issue that’s opened the door…. or complacency due to being familiar… “oh I have seen/heard that before” kind of attitude which is lack of respect or reverence for the things of God…. that opens the door to self deception! That is dangerous!
That always leads down the road to unbelief! The word tells us its impossible to be pleasing to Heavenly Father without “FAITH”!
Hebrews 11:6 “6 And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God.[e] For we come to God in faith[f] knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking him.”
“Impossible to please God” -Or “we are powerless to please God.” The Greek word adynatos means impotent or powerless.
“For we come to God in faith”-Anyone who approaches GOD must believe!
EVERYTHING we do on earth as it is in Heaven according to the Father’s will requires “FAITH”!
EVERYTHING we have from Jesus…beginning with salvation requires FAITH!
The question is, what do you believe??? BE real with yourself and God this week… its time to start believing AND doing!
If you want to actually see HIS Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven which IS the Heavenly Father’s will… you must start with belief and have faith… otherwise…. you will be continually defeated.
When we have victory already…. why on earth would you want to walk in continuous defeat??
One final thing that causes us to not see moves of God in areas of our lives, families, cities, churches etc.
The fact that those around us are in “unbelief”. IT happened to Jesus the Son of GOD!
“58 And their great unbelief kept him from doing any mighty miracles in Nazareth.” Matthew 13:58 TPT
“5 He was unable to do any great miracle in Nazareth,[a] except to heal a few sick people by laying his hands upon them.” Mark 6:5
Footnote:Nazareth was the only place recorded in the Gospels that Jesus was unable (because of their unbelief) to do miracles.
The people around us, especially where there is “familiarity” will breed contempt but also unbelief like I said earlier… they work together so to speak!
So what are the prerequisite to “unbelief” that creates a “lack of faith”?
Contempt, complacency, laziness and familiarity and all of these not only lead to unbelief and lack of faith but ultimately self deception!
We have the opportunity to walk by faith and see great things if we only encourage one another and pray for one another beloved…and if we just don’t loose heart!
Remember a football team never wins the game by simply sitting on the sidelines “thinking or dreaming about it”… they have to “step out” and fight the battle to win the victory! IT starts with they believe they can and their coach tells them so!
The ultimate LIFE Coach- King Jesus, gave us the ultimate pep talk in John 16:33 so…in closing… HE said it this way…
“And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous,[a] (cheer up) for I have conquered the world!”[b](Jesus has taken away the power this world has to defeat us and has conquered it for us. Peace is resting in his victory.)” John 16:33 TPT
Blessings and Shalom,
Rev. Lori Lynn
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