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WHAT IS LIVING BY FAITH?
February 22, 2013
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Today I want to share some thoughts about......
WHAT IS LIVING BY FAITH?
A few weeks ago my last communique´ spoke about “Faith and Righteousness” and today I want to continue with that subject. If you did not read that document you can press this link "Righteousness and Faith" to read it and be up-to-date.
Romans 1:17 – “But the righteous man shall live by faith.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 – “for we walk by faith, not by sight—“
Ephesians 5:1 -- “Be imitators of God, as beloved children.” As children imitate their fathers, so are we to imitate our heavenly Father. He used His faith and spoke things into existence.
Hebrews 11:3 -- “By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.”
Genesis 1:1 -- “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Genesis 1:3 -- “Then God said, “Let there be light; and there was light.”
Everything God created was created through His spoken words.
When God created man in the Garden of Eden, He created him to be in the image and likeness of God. Man was originally made to be “like” God in the way he was to function. He was made to function by faith, just like His Creator, and to have dominion over everything on this Earth.
When Jesus walked on this planet He too walked by faith because He and the Father were one.
John 14:9-11 -- “He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words that I speak to you to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me;”
Everything Jesus did throughout His earthly ministry was done as an example of living by faith and a consciousness of His union with the Father. Those who are born again and are new creations in Christ are to live the same as Jesus did; we are to live by faith with a consciousness of our union with God through the covenant Jesus established for us and with us. “As He is, so are we on this earth.” 1 John 4:17.
We have a tendency to get hung up by the “tenses” of words used in the Scripture. Faith always operates in the “NOW”, never in the future. The Scripture always refers to what Jesus did in His history on the cross and in resurrection as a “finished work” and now He is seated at the Father’s right hand. Since it is “finished” it is in the past and not something we look forward to having done for us. It has already been done.
When we speak of what God has done for us we must speak of it as “I am, I have, I walk in, it is done, I receive”. We say the same things about ourselves such as “I am the righteousness of God”, “I am healed or I am healed by His stripes”, “As He IS, so am I on this earth”. This is speaking as if you and He are actually in union. You are as He is, you have what He has, you can do what He does, etc. This is faith talking. Faith is a resting in what Jesus has already accomplished for us. If God speaks to us and tells us to do something, you can rest in the fact that it is already done as far as God is concerned. When He speaks to us He also gives us everything we need to do what He has asked. We walk in His faith working within and through us. That’s why Paul could say “the life I now live I live by the faith of the Son of God”. He was aware that Jesus lived in Him by the Holy Spirit and the faith he walked in was that of the son of God, not his own. Therefore, Paul could “rest” in whatever he was told to do because he knew that it was God who was in him and worked through him to accomplish His purposes.
When you ask God to give something, or to do something for you, do you see a picture on the inside of you in your heart imagination of you receiving the answer to your request? Your imagination and your words are the two most powerful things God has given to humans when He created us in His likeness and image.
The pictures you see on the inside of you in your imagination become your reality. What you see is what you get!!
We use words spoken out of our mouths to literally paint the pictures we see inside of us. We have a tendency to say what we already have and what our circumstances dictate to us rather than what we want. STOP LOOKING AT THE GIANTS of your problems and start seeing Jesus as the solution to those problems. Look to Jesus who is the Author and Finisher of YOUR FAITH. Instead of saying what we see with our natural eyes, see it the way Jesus sees it and say to it what Jesus would say to it. After all, you are IN HIM and He is IN YOU by His Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that lived in Jesus during His earth life is also the Spirit that is in you during your earth life. That, my friends, is the “good news” of the New Covenant.
Remember, “As He is, we are we in this world.”
MARK 11:22-24. How do we not doubt in our heart?
1. Do not focus our attention on the problem or circumstance.
2. Focus upon Jesus and your covenant with Him * Remember Peter walking on the water? While his eyes were on Jesus he prevailed; as soon as he began to focus on the waves, the wind, and water – he sunk.
3. Set your mind on the things above, not what your see with your eyes on this earth * Health, abundance, peace, power, etc.
4. Use your imagination to see yourself in possession of what you want.
5. Speak to your problem, condition, or situation the same way you see Jesus speaking to it. Speak using your faith filled words just as if you were Jesus because according to Scripture and the New Covenant you are in a vital union together just as He and the Father are one. This is the New Covenant in action.
Until then, may the Lord open the eyes of your heart and understanding, may He make His internal presence known to you in a very real way, and may He fill you with His peace.
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