The Owners Manual of Faith

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     The obstacles we face in life are for the glory of God to be revealed and for us to grow in faith. Even as Christ said with Lazarus when asked why he remained dead for 4 days? Jesus said to his disciples “didn’t I tell you that if you only believe you would see the glory of God?”    

   Many of the obstacles faced by Christ in the scriptures were met with his words of “this has happened for the glory of God to be revealed”. It was that Christ would speak a word, and the word that He spoke would become the thing that he said. In this way He showed himself to be Son of the Father by doing deeds of the Father. It was the glory of God manifest through His Word as He spoke to the obstacles, be it death or principalities and powers, or things present and things to come, it was Christ who spoke a word and that obstacle became beat like pulp. It became “chaff in the wind”.
  This is His pattern for us. We meet these obstacles head on with the word. And this is according to His promise of “speak anything in My Name and I will do it”. It is as we speak to the obstacles with a word of faith that “we bear much fruit” that “the father is glorified when you bear much fruit ” and “our fruit remains”. Meaning, we keep it. It is for us to “follow those who through faith and patience receive the promises”. But it’s not just that we receive the promises for we already have that, but we receive the thing the promises describe, Christ. We are partakers of Christ now as we put Him on.
     In this way we share in His body, His victory and His glory. We grow up into Him who is the head, and we experience Gods Glory in doing so. It is given to us to be able to speak a word and the thing become the thing that we say “we believe therefor we speak”. Like God the Father and the only begotton Son does. This is the shared glory of God given to us in Jesus Christ. To the elect of God who are “the called. “For whom He called He justified, and whom He justified, He Glorified. (Romans 8. )
   These are the “chosen and faithful” being “sanctified and ready for every good work”. And the only good work? Is an eternal work, a God work. And the only work God does? Is word. For “all the earth and all it’s works (the accomplishments of men) shall be burned for the eternal to remain”. (2 Peter 3. )
     So these obstacles we face?  This is our moment to share in the glory. To let it shine forth through us. We are “the light on a hill that cannot be hid”. We are “a kind of first fruit of His creation”. In this way we show the likeness of our heavenly Father. To speak a thing to be and it becomes the thing we ask. Wow! Glory to God!
This is how we show ourselves the “fullness and stature of the Son of God” “to a perfect man” for “of His fullness we have received”. As James says “it is a perfect man who can bridle his mouth”. Why? Because the mouth is the tool of the trade of the Heavenly Father, Word. Also displayed in the man Christ Jesus who said “greater works shall you do, that the Father may be glorified”. And so we do. Why? Because “as He is… so are we in this world”.  This is Gods purpose and objective for us in the here and now. To attain christ-likness in the here and now. To rule and reign. Now, TODAY if you can hear His voice.
   Are we not “seated with Him in heavenly places”?  Above all principalities and powers? With Him who defeated Satan, sin and death?
   If we are mature, we are Word in the spirit of our mind. Our words become reality. Like scripture says that “God can do exceedingly abundantly above all we could think or ask according to the power that works in us”? Now This is to our glory, to His glory. A reciprocating glory that we mutually participate in, receiving the gift of His Glory.
    This is true reconciliation with the Father and the fulfillment of the words Jesus said to the Him that “Father that they may be with one with us. That they may behold My Glory. And the Glory you have given Me, I have given them”. 
      And He did this how? By Word. The way they do everything.
     Didn’t  Paul say in 2 Thes, That “we are called by the gospel for obtaining the glory of Jesus Christ”? It is not gifted to us at a 2nd coming but to the faithful through the gospel, that is if you are able to receive it. Or you can sit and wait like the slothful steward who says “my Master delays His coming”. So they sit and wait. But flee from that gospel for it will get you no where. You are robbed from “the Kingdom of God at hand” as you wait for another.
     If you are willing to listen then you  can understand why it is written that Christ is “seated, waiting for His enemies to become His foot stool”. Why?  Because the battle is ours. He is finished, He gave us the tools. Word! The gospel! In this way He gave us the victory. It is “Christ who always leads us in triumph, and through us diffuses the knowledge of God”.  This is why we “strive to lay hold of why Christ laid hold of me”. Which is to ??? Be like Him, word. The composition before creation of non- matter. The invisible, immortal, eternal. This is eternal life.
     John 1.1 says “In the beginning was the word, the word was with God, and the Word was God”.  All things were made by Him and for Him.
    Keeping His Word is to fulfill the verse “if you keep My commandments you shall ask what you want and it shall be done for you”.
   But the 2nd coming Jesus seekers cannot have this. Their Jesus is not a winner yet so he can’t do this for you because he must still fight for planet earth and rapture you or wait for you to die making the death of His Son unnecessary . They offer an alternate plan if salvation than the cross. They have the wrong Jesus who still needs to fight and is not “seated, waiting for His enemies to become His footstool “.  They say there is another saving act from a different savior than the Savior I know who already gave me the victory. And we just showed you how to partake of the victory of the real Christ.
     You take the words passed onto you through the gospel and add faith and patience to it, put it in the oven of trial led by the Holy Spirit of the things of “hath God really said”and you believing the thing that is said as you go through the trial and  presto.  You have the thing that you said. The thing that you said becomes your new reality. This is growing in Christ, This Is Putting Him on.  Like scripture says that “we are partakers of the divine nature “. And this is gifted to us now in the New Covenant already in effect as evident by the death of the testator, the man Jesus. After the death of a person the heirs receive the inheritance  and so we do. “Today”
    So the saving act is not a 2nd coming Jesus gift, but the gift already given to us through word and displayed in the life, death and resurrection of Christ who “came into the world not to condemn the world, but that through him the world would be saved”. So He did that for us. He need not do it again. The world is restored to the beginning to its original purpose. 
     There is only one saving and one savior. We learn through the dissemination of Gods word through the gospel, that Christ is “seated waiting for His enemies to be made His footstool”. And His enemies are defeated in us by His word active in us. We appropriate the victory in our lives by the word in faith and prayer in the power of the Holy Spirit. And this is what pleases the Father. You do what the Son did. You “walk not after the flesh but the spirit”. It is Him who raised Christ from the dead who dwells in us who gives us this newness of life “. So we can truly say that “we have seen and testify that God has sent His Son as savior of the world”. And He did. You can argue with this or beleive His word and” be ye transfigured by the renewing of your mind”.
 1st John 5. “Who is he who overcomes the world? But he who believes that Christ (the saving) has come in the flesh”. And so He brought the saving to us as evident by the testimonies of the Father, Son and Spirit given to the faithful in the gospel. We just have to appropriate it by faith. And it’s “from faith to faith” no 2nd coming involvement is necessary.
     The 2nd coming seekers cannot have this. They are veiled from “the Kingdom of God at hand” because they seek another savior with another kingdom of another day, but “TODAY if you will hear His voice”. For them creation must still be saved. But we hear the word,  we believe, speak and receive. And this is what pleases the Father. To us? He “diligently rewards”us.
    If you understand these things then you can see why “you shall be judged by every word you say”. This is usually seen as a future event of judgement at a specific point in time. Like some see most scripture as future. As though Gods words are dead writings on paper. That He is not in control. That He is not yet “King of Kings and Lord of lords” yet. That the cross was insufficient.
   It is because we are made in the image of God that Isaiah could see that man deviated from his original purpose of speaking a word saying;
“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”
   We can learn from Isaiah that, to the degree that you speak forth falsehood, it stifles your ability to pray and get the thing you ask for. Like a perfect man. He saw God as He is, and that man made in Gods image was broken as apparent by what they say..
     
This then is our need to cooperate in our sanctification for scripture says. “Come out from among them and I will receive you” Said the Lord , “I will be to you a Father and you shall be My son’s and daughters” . So then “Cleanse yourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit perfecting holiness in the fear of God”. So we do.
     “For it is out of the heart (by words) that a man speaks that defiles a man” that we need to worry about. For us to creatively speak a thing to be, is directly related to how clean our heart is. This is why “to the pure all things are pure” for that is what they speak. But to those who are defiled? They see gloominess, judgment and darkness. They speak it because that is all they see. An earth detached from God. Darkness and gloom. But we see that ” God has reconciled the world to Himself through Jesus Christ” and that “the whole earth is filled with the Glory of God”. The earth operates as designed.
     
 So if you see the light or darkness, this is creation serving man by mirroring  back to them their own heart. And it is by what you beleive and not so much the sins of your doings of the carnal nature, that keeps someone from the gift of speaking. It is seen in your saying  false things, partial truths, slandering and murmuring. This is  what defiles a man, or breaks someone’s ability of reflecting the image and the Glory of God. And this is what that scripture means if we honor God in truth in all that we do regardless of how it may or may not affect or benefit us, that we do not stretch the truth in our favor for personal gain, this one will be blessed being gifted with a creative word like God. So dealing with truth and honesty with our neighbors and all our doings is key and abstaining from evil. ” Keeping oneself un- spotted from the world” of participating in the lusts.
      As Paul said “I reach out to lay hold of why Christ laid hold of me”. And “to the degree that you have, so walk ye in it”.  So to put on truth is to put on another attribute of Jesus Christ like what we just said.
    So then our sojourn-ship here is our internship for practicing doing the works of the Father like Jesus did in word so that the verse is true for me that “as He is, so are we in the world”? Word.
      Like when Jesus said to the religious leaders of that day “I do the deeds of My Father, you do the deeds of your father the devil” which is the spirit of doubt and fear and disbelief trusting God. Showing why sin is a desease of the mind called unbeleif way before its an act like murder. Like Jesus said in the sermon on the mount “if you even think it in your heart, you are guilty. Even as it says of the Holy Spirit who “convicts the world of sin (why?) because they do not beleive in Me” said the Lord. So too for us. Our actions motivated by fears and doubts, not trusting and seeking God then stealing and cheating to get what you want, when God said “consider the lillies of the field. They neither toil or spin and they are arrayed better than Solomon. Or the sparrows in the sky. Not one of them falls to the ground. Your heavenly Father knows what you need”. But “you have not because you ask not”. And taking things unto your self you show forth your carnal nature that despises God and instead of seeking Him, you yeild unrighteously and recieve a defiled view of creation. Not trusting God you follow the Adam nature and eat the fruit of your doings, fear.  But it is that “fear involves torment. He who fears has not been perfected in Love”.
You see “It is the Fathers good pleasure to give you the kingdom”. And being a “fellow citezine and member of the house hold  of God” as scripture says,  we have a different currency. Unlike the picture of a dead man on a piece of paper we call money, it is the “angels in heaven behold the face of the Father in these little ones” and the angels? Grant their request. These are the keys to the Kingdom and the workings of faith. And who are these little ones?  Us who believe and receive. This is us who Christ said “ask the Father anything in My name and He will do it” So we do. This is true faith in the true God and the gift of reconciliation by the Christ of the cross and no other. This is the workings and the opperations of faith and the validation of faith.

Amen


 

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