Living By Faith

SHOUT FOR THE VICTORY

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6)

 

“No man can doubt when he learns to shout!” – Smith Wigglesworth

 

The spirit of faith will often cause a person to look as foolish as Naaman did, when the prophet Elisha told him to dip seven times in the muddy Jordan River (II Kings 5:14).  What God required of Naaman for his healing from leprosy was not difficult, but it seemed too foolish. Naaman’s reasoning almost made him miss his miracle. He finally acted on the prophet’s word and was totally healed!

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” (I Corinthians 1:27)

In Romans 4:17, we read of Abraham:  “I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”  Smith Wigglesworth said, “You must learn to take the victory and shout in the face of the devil, ‘It is done!’”

 

Confession:  I will shout, “It is done!” in the face of the devil and take my victory. It is not by my might, but by the Spirit of God that I will see my miracle come to pass.

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FEED ON THE WORD

Put off concerning the former conversation [lifestyle] the old man, which is corrupt according to deceitful lusts; be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

 

“Your spirit is literally held hostage until your mind is renewed with the daily washing of God’s Word.” – Mark Hankins

 

You will only be what God intends for you to be when your mind, will, and emotions are dominated by God’s Word. When you feed your spirit on the Word and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you, your mind will be renewed. The same power that is working in your spirit will move up into your head. Then God will start dealing with some of your habits and attitudes.

You might say, “I like a little sin on the weekend and I’m not changing. Sometimes I lose my temper, that’s just who I am. I’ll tithe when I want to, that’s just who I am.”

The Holy Spirit has a rocket missile launcher going from your spirit to your head. It is launched as you feed upon God’s Word. If you will be still long enough in the presence of God, Jesus will start cleaning house!

 

Confession: I refuse to be bound by habits, attitudes, sins, or ideas that have controlled my soul, my family, and my life for years. I am a new creation in Christ!

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JESUS ON THE INSIDE

All things that the Father hath are mine; therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (John 16:15)

 

“The Holy Spirit is your “unseen connection” between heaven and earth.” – Mark Hankins

 

You are in union with Christ by virtue of the Spirit of God. Therefore, whatever is being said in heaven is also said in your spirit. You don’t have the same capacity as God, but you do have the same quality of life that God has. You can enjoy a quality of life that doesn’t come from the Republicans, Democrats, welfare, or social programs. You can enjoy a quality of life that no company can guarantee you, with no special help when you retire. You can say, “It is good because I have the same life in me that is in God right now.”

You don’t have to adjust your spirit’s TV set according to the filth, sin, lust, and violence that are all around you. You can adjust your set to what is playing in heaven: holiness, fire, purity, love, righteousness, and glory. I’ve got my set hooked up to heaven. How? I’ve got an unseen connection: the Holy Ghost. I am adjusting my set right now. It is tuned in. Where does all this happen? It happens in your spirit once you are born again!

 

Confession: By the Spirit of God, I have the same quality of life on the inside of me that God has!

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INSIDE INFORMATION

He shall glorify me:  for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. (John 16:14)

 

“When you are full of the Holy Spirit, He will glorify Jesus!” – Mark Hankins

 

If you will spend time with the Holy Ghost, you will learn to hear His voice and He will tell you what is going to happen a year from now, three years from now, or five years from now. He will tell you what is going to happen so you can get ready for it. The Holy Ghost can show you tragedy that is about to come in your life, in your children’s lives, or in someone else’s life if there isn’t a change. He will show you this not to produce fear, but so that you can change it in prayer.  This is one of the new creation benefits. With the Holy Spirit inside of you, you will have inside information!

If things are happening in your life that are not bringing glory to Jesus, you can change them by praying in the Holy Ghost. He wants everyone to see what Jesus has done for God’s own.

 

Confession:  I am filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit in me glorifies Jesus. My body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. I have the benefit of the Holy Spirit inside of me giving me inside information about my life, my family, and my future!

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REVEAL THINGS TO COME

For he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak. (John 16:13)

 

“If you hang out with the Holy Ghost, He will show you things to come about your life and future.” – Mark Hankins

 

What does it mean, “Whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak”?  Who does the Holy Spirit hang out with? He hangs out with the Father and the Son, so whatever He hears them say is what He says. Verse 13 concludes,“and he will shew you things to come.”

If you want to know what is happening, you do not have to call the psychic network and ask, “What do you see in my future?” I see you going broke if you stay on that line very long! Four dollars a minute, yet you come to church and put in a dollar. You need another slap! You would pay four dollars a minute to talk to a lying devil? If it’s not a devil, it’s a fool who looks under cards! When someone from Louisiana calls they say, “I see squirrel hunting in your future. I see crawdads in your future.”  That’s ridiculous!

Be still and get with the Holy Ghost; talk to Him. Worship God and worship Jesus, then say, “Holy Spirit, help me read the Word. Show me things to come. I don’t want to miss the will of God for my life. Help me.”

 

Confession: The Holy Spirit is my Helper. As I listen, He will show me the will of God for my life!

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