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Don’t Beg God, Believe God

Don’t Beg God, Believe God!

I felt like God whispered to me while I was praying one day: “You don’t have to beg Me. Believe Me.” That was a huge revelation in my spirit! Because I was praying the promises of God in my life for myself, my husband and my family and other people that were laid on my heart to intercede for in prayer. At times I was pleading with the Lord to keep us, to uphold us, to make us to walk in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake and so forth, according to His Word. During one of those times is when I felt the Lord whisper those words into my spirit: “Don’t beg Me, just believe Me.” Then, I felt my spirit rise up and shout within me: “Don’t beg God, believe Him!” I was overwhelmed with joy at that point because I knew that God was telling me that He wanted to do those things for me and that my faith in Him and in His promises is what makes them happen. Just praying the words and thinking that the words are right and directing them to God is not really enough. Yes, that is a good start, but when I pray like I am begging God to do something that He already wants to do, then, I am showing some doubt. In James, we are told that we should ask without doubt because our prayers are not answered when we doubt. (James 1:5-8)

I heard an illustration this weekend at our Spiritual Warfare Conference that we held at The King’s House Fellowship. Pastor Tim Thompson of www.exposingthedarkness.com came down to Alabama and shared his testimony and taught us about spiritual warfare. One of the points that he made is that we should actively apply God’s Word in our lives and believe without doubt. My ears perked up because God had recently whispered to me to believe Him and not to doubt Him. The illustration was this:

“If your child that you love dearly and care for and provide for and that you are trying to raise the best way that you know how to do went to school and told his teacher and his friends that he was worried and scared that you may not feed him dinner that night – would that not break your heart? That is how God feels when we go around telling everyone that we meet how we are followers of Jesus and we love God and believe in His love, but we aren’t sure how we are gonna make it – we don’t know how our bills will all be paid, or how we are going to get over an injury or illness, or how we will ever feel like being able to share Jesus with anyone….”

Do you see how that applies to not begging God to answer our prayers? Do you see how we should pray with the boldness and love and power and sound mind in Christ that we are blessed with from our Lord by His finished work on the cross and in His resurrection power? Jesus told us that if we as good parents know how to give good gifts to our children, then how much more so does our Father in heaven know how to and is willing to give good gifts to us His children. (Matthew 7:7-11)

A while back, probably a couple of years ago, the Lord was talking to me about how important our faith is. As a matter of fact, aside from what Jesus did it is the most important component of our salvation. Consider Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” That sums up the point that we can believe and not doubt that He does want to answer our prayers and answer them with good and perfect blessings. Also, that faith is of utmost importance. God wants us not only to believe that He exists, but that He is for us and that He rewards us for seeking Him. Notice this verse did not mention that we are perfect, just that we seek Him, believe He IS and that He rewards us for wanting to know Him.

There is much more to be said about this subject and I pray to write more to you quite soon! We love you and thank you for reading our blog! We pray that you know Jesus and that if you do not, that the Holy Spirit draws you to Him and that you respond by saying, “Yes, I want to know You, Jesus and I want to make You Lord of my life, I turn from following my own thoughts and desires and ways and ask You to forgive me for trying to run my own life. Come into my life, live in my heart and rule and reign.” If you pray that, please let us know so that we can rejoice with you and help you to grow up into maturity in Jesus Christ. We will pray with you, talk with you and/or lead you to someone in your area that can help you to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ. If you just open up your heart to Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your spirit, He will guide you into all Truth also as you open up the Bible, the Word of God. Pray and talk to the Lord and listen for Him to speak to you. God loves to give revelation knowledge of Himself through His Son Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Be blessed in the name of Jesus.

by Angela Dingler April 13, 2015 share freely with reference to http://www.2fools4Christ.wordpress.com

Angela Dingler © April 13, 2015 share freely with reference www.2fools4Christ.wordpress.com

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How to Overcome – The First Step

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How to Overcome – The First Step

A big question for all of us in life is: “How do we overcome adversity?” For believers in Jesus Christ, we know that in order to overcome any obstacle, we must stand firm in our faith and rely on Jesus and His power, strength, righteousness and might. But how do we do that?

When we, as followers of Jesus, find ourselves facing trials and tribulations and temptations, how is it exactly that we stand firm in our faith and have the strength to overcome? What are some things that we need to do to grow, mature and be able to persevere?

First of all, we really need to get a grip on our identity in Christ. One of the main ways that the devil tries to trick us is to get us to think that we are the same old sinner and that we will never be able to measure up to God’s standards enough to walk with Him. Duh! That is why Jesus died for our sins! To redeem us unto Himself so that we can walk with Him and so that we can boldly come before God’s throne and have a love relationship with Him. There is no one righteous, no not one. Only Jesus is righteous and by faith, His righteousness is transferred onto us. We are blameless in God’s eyes when we are covered by the blood of Jesus. There is no way that we can earn God’s love. We cannot make God love us more or love us less. Hebrews 11:6 tells us how we can please God: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” By believing in God and in His Son Jesus, by knowing that He is good and that He will reward you for desperately seeking Him and by actually looking to Him, this will please God.

Included in understanding our identity in Christ is realizing the authority and power that we have as believers to resist the devil and to cast him aside (James 4:7). We have not been given a spirit of fear. We have been given a spirit of love, power and self control when we are born again (II Timothy 1:7). We do not have to be afraid of the devil or of man or of our circumstances because greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world (I John 4:4). We also have been given power and authority in Jesus’ name to do the things that He did for His glory and to glorify the Father. Jesus said that those who believe in Him will do greater things than He did, and to me this means that because we are to be representatives of Jesus, together we should be multiplying and doing those works that He did as a multitude of believers (John 14:12). Because Jesus returned to the Father and sent us the Holy Spirit to indwell us, teach us all things and fill us with power from on high; we are able to do the very things that Jesus did in this world by His name, His power, His strength, His might and His righteousness.

When we understand that when we are born again we become a new creation and we cast off the former things that we used to think and believe and do, then we can walk in newness of life and walk in victory and overcome the world, the flesh and the devil.

For now, in touching upon the subject of how to overcome adversity, let us realize that we cannot do it on our own. As humans we have weaknesses and we have needs that we cannot meet for our own selves. Only our Creator and our Savior and the filling of the Holy Spirit can really reach the deepest needs of our souls and give us the power to truly overcome any adversity. Let us acknowledge our need for Him and humbly ask Him to save us, to come into our lives, to fill our hearts and awaken our spirit unto His Holy Spirit. Let us surrender our will to the will of Jesus for we cannot know the Father without acknowledging and knowing His Son, Jesus. We cannot be sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise without accepting Jesus as our Lord and allowing His blood to cleanse us, our consciences, from our mistakes and sins. Let us allow His sacrifice to pay the price for the things that we have done that cause us to feel guilt and shame and let no more condemnation come to us. For when Jesus sets us free, we are free indeed. In order to overcome adversity in this life, let us realize that this is a temporary home and one day we are going to face our Maker and go on to our eternal destination. If we know Him on earth then we will be with Him in eternity to enjoy a good reward. If we deny Him on earth and reject Him while we are here, then we will face eternity without Him and receive eternal punishment. Let us come together and worship Jesus and recognize our Creator, our Father, as our Almighty God who loves us with an unfailing love. Let’s get to know who we are in Christ Jesus and be strengthened in our faith by Him and in Him and for Him. This is the first step in how to overcome adversity. Know Jesus.