Living By Faith

CHANGED BY FAITH

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (I John 5:4)

Any man may be changed by faith no matter how he may be fettered.

Smith Wigglesworth

Some people disqualify themselves from the blessings of God becausetheythinktheyhavetoomanyflaws. You don’t have to be perfect to have a spirit of faith.Whileitistruethatyouaretokeepgrowingspiritually, youdonotneedtohavereachedperfectiontohaveaspirit offaith. Consider the great faith heroes of Hebrews chapter eleven! There is not one perfect person listed in that tremendous list of faith giants. TherewereflawsinAbraham, Sarah,Noah,Moses,Samson,David,andmanyothersin theBiblewhohadaspiritoffaith.

IamgladthatGodworkswithimperfectpeople! Thespiritoffaithenablesyoutoovercomeineveryareaof yourlife!  “But we all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Confession: I have the spirit of faith. I am changed by faith! I am an overcomer!  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! (Philippians 4:13)

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SHOUTING, DANCING, AND RUNNING

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God…every ones bands (chains) were loosed. (Acts 16:25-26)

When the glory of God manifests, it brings the supernatural power of God!

Mark Hankins

Thespiritoffaithwillcauseyoutoshoutwhilethe wallsarestillstanding,likeGod’speopledidatJericho beforethewallscamedown(Joshua 6:20). The spirit of faith will cause you to dance like David did when the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Jerusalem and the glory returned (II Samuel 6:14-15). The spirit of faith may cause you to run like Elijah did when the hand of the Lord came upon him (I Kings 18:46). The rain he had prayed and contended for was coming, and he outran the king’s chariot. The spirit of faith will cause you to sing and praise God loudly, as Paul and Silas did at midnight when they were imprisoned in chains! (Acts 16:25).

All of these demonstrations of the power of God were connected to the expressions of faith made by God’s people! GodwatchesaswedemonstratefaithandactontheWord!

Confession: I lift my voice with a shout of victory! My faith acts on the Word of God! I will rejoice in the Lord always! (Philippians 4:4)

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FAITH AIN’T PRETTY

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart. (Jeremiah 15:16)

Hello, neighbor! Faith ain’t pretty, but everyone needs faith!

Mark Hankins

Alocaltirestoreadvertisesinthenewspaperand ontelevisionwiththisad:  “Hello, neighbor! Tires aint pretty, but everyone needs tires, so you might as well get them from us at the best price.That TV ad caught my attention. Sometime later I was in a radical church service where people were laughing, rejoicing, shouting, and praising God. Some were even leaping for joy, running, and dancing!  During all of this, the Lord spoke to me in this way: “Hello, neighbor! Faith aint pretty, but everyone needs faith! So get your faith from God and learn how to release your faith and respond to the Word and to the power of God.

Sometimesyouhavetoget“ugly”forJesus. You must act like the Bible is true if you want the anointing and the power of God! Rejoiceinthefaceofadversity! The spiritoffaithwillcauseyoutoseethevictoriousendof thechallengeyouarefacing!

Confession:  I rejoice in the face of adversity! I am not ashamed to get “ugly” for Jesus! I rejoice at thy word as one that findeth great spoil! (Psalm 119:162)

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THE END OF YOUR FAITH

Rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory… receiving the end of your faith… (I Peter 1:8-9)

The spirit of faith will announce the outcome in the middle of adversity!

Mark Hankins

Every journey has a beginning, middle, and an end. Your faith journey is no different. HaveyoueverbelievedGodforsomethingandgot stuckrightinthemiddle?Yousawtheblessingtoa degree,andyouknewtherewasmoreahead,butitseemed likeyouwerestuckinthemiddle! Don’t give up in the middle! Your faith has an end. The situation you are facing right now will not last forever. It has an end! The end of your faith is when you see the manifestation. You will get to the end of your faith by rejoicing with joy unspeakable and full of glory! 1 Peter 1:8-9 says, Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy. [At the same time] you receive the result (outcome, consummation) of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

The ApostlePaulsaid,“For I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” (Acts 27:25) The spirit of faith will announce the outcome in the middle of adversity! Here’s how to get from the middle to the end: laugh, jump, shout, and rejoice. You will see the outcome of your faith!

Confession: I rejoice in the Lord with joy unspeakable and full of glory because the situation I’m in has an end. I am moving from believing to receiving with the spirit of faith. My faith has an end! (1 Peter 1:8-9)

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GOD’S ABILITY AND OUR RESPONSIBILITY

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:  but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12)

Grace is God’s grip on you; faith is your grip on God! God’s grip is always greater!

Mark Hankins

A believer’s responsibility is to trust in God. Youstudyfaith,youwalkbyfaith,andyouliveby faith,buttherearetimeswhenitmayseemlikeyourfaith doesn’thavethegripyouneed. Whenyousensethat,look tothegraceofGod.

GodperformswhatHehasspokenconcerningyou. Youdon’thavetobringittopass; Godbringsittopass. OurresponsibilityistotrustinHim. BrotherKennethE. Haginsaid,You dont have to make it happen; you let it happen.  That is why the person who believes has entered into rest. (Hebrews 4:3)

Godhasgoodthingsplannedforyou. TrustinHim andwatchHimdowhatHesaysHewilldo! For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)

Confession: My responsibility is to trust in Gods ability. He will perform what He has spoken concerning me! I dont have to make it happen! God will bring it to pass!

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