If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Those were words from Jesus in John 8:31-32. He said this to the believing Jews who wanted to follow him, and it also applies to those today who believe in Jesus Christ. When we continue in his word and are doers of his word instead of hearers only (James 1:22), we are freed. If we choose to be a hearer only and not a doer of the word, Brother James goes on to say that we are deceiving our own selves.
Each believer has had areas of revelation where we once lived in darkness – being self deceived – but then the moment occurred when the light of the wonderful teaching of our savior sparked something inside our spirits, and that spark of truth, that revelation began to flicker and grow bright, Halleluiah.
Without revelation from the Spirit of God we would all continue to walk in darkness and be deceived, but God wants us to walk in the light of the truth, and our wonderful Lord Jesus only taught truth, so let’s continue in his word, and we will continue to be set free from past habits and ways of doing things that hinder us and our loved ones while we walk in God’s light. We began this teaching in the April 25 column, for those who want to catch up.
Jesus says in Mark 11: 24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”. Jesus is very specific about what to do and when to do it. Where folks fail to receive results from this teaching of the Master is when they fail to follow his exact command, and a lot of times folks don’t realize the mistake they are making.
When did Jesus say to believe?
Our natural man’s tendency is to believe when we see.
The natural man wants to see first, believe second, and as a natural man or woman that is a perfectly normal way to be. The natural body grows comfortable doing things the natural way, and as a creature of habit, is going to resist change. Or as the Bible calls it, it will want to remain in the flesh.
But…if you are a believer in Jesus, the Bible says you are a new creature, and though God meets us where we are, thank God, he doesn’t expect us to stay where we are. God wants us to grow, and the Lord Jesus is teaching us how to operate in the spiritual realm while still living in this natural body.
Our creator is teaching us to be like himself, because as a believer we are like him, and the Spirit of God lives in us and God wants us to live by faith as he lives.
Let’s look at that verse again “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”.
Jesus said to believe when you pray that you have received. At the moment you pray, have faith in God and believe that you have the answer to your prayer.
When you believe something, you picture the results in your imagination. In your imagination you know it has happened. The answer is here. Right now. It’s here. It’s not going to happen. It has happened. You know it is true, and if you know it is true – you celebrate! Thank you Jesus!
On the other hand, if we miss it and don’t believe when we pray that we have what we asked….this is one reason for unanswered prayer, but God is always faithful. Always.
It is us who miss it. And when we pick and choose on purpose or accidentally to do things our way instead of God’s way, we will get natural results instead of supernatural results, but for those who are willing to follow Jesus’ commands, there is limitless blessing for you and your loved ones, as you continue to fight the good fight-not naturally with weapons-but spiritually-with our faith in God and obedience to his word.
Until next time, God bless you and your loved ones.