Faith in His Promises

The abundant life in Christ is based upon promises. All who are born again are born again because they have believed a promise. We have a better covenant established on better promises (Heb. 8:6). It is by these promises that we become partakers of His nature (2 Pet. 1:3-4). All of the promises of God are Yes and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20).

We are the ones who activate the promises. How? In Romans 10:9-10 we see that to activate the promise of salvation we must first believe with the heart and confess with the mouth.

For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Rom. 10:9-10)

Salvation includes meeting the needs of the whole man, spirit, soul and body. Forgiveness, healing, provision, protection, blessing and wellbeing are all activated by believing from the heart God’s promise. All of the benefits of the abundant life are released in the same way: through believing with the heart and confessing with the mouth.

Though all of God’s blessings already exist for us, (Eph. 1:3) they do not simply appear when a need arises. They must be received by faith. God’s promises are the channel through which our faith can be released and the blessings can be received. As it is with salvation, so it is with all aspects of the Christian life.

As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him: (Col 2:6)

When we learn how faith is activated for salvation, we have learned how faith can be activated for every promise of God.

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. (2 Cor. 1:20)

The Gospel is Increase!

Did you know that everything about the gospel speaks of increase? Do you realize that the gospel empowers people to prosper in every area of life? At the same time, everything about Satan and the corruption of the world tends toward loss, corruption and poverty.

God’s kingdom is designed for men enjoy abundant life, increase, blessing, joy and love. Only the darkness of corruption and sin stands in the way of God’s heart for man. The gospel brings spiritual prosperity, mental prosperity, emotional prosperity, health, healing, relational prosperity, peace and joy. That is the very nature of God!

The spirit of control in many governments seeks to separate people from abundance, personal freedom, creativity, and personal responsibility. Many religions do the same. Religions of “sovereignty” make man a pawn and victim of a mysterious God who controls all things. Religions of legalism pronounce curses on any behavior or activity that is outside the boundaries of their creed, thus empowering guilt to steal, kill and destroy the life of the believer.

The word of truth, the gospel, brings forth fruit. The gospel sets people free to discover who they were created to be. The gospel releases us into the grace of God – His infinite provision for every need – and invites us to enjoy the overwhelming love of God. The gospel is about blessing, favor, health, growth and freedom.

Don’t let the enemy and the world conform you to their image. Let the gospel bring forth fruit in your life.

“the word of the truth. . . the gospel. . . brings forth fruit, as it does also in you, since the day you heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth” (Col. 1:5-6)

Barry Bennett

Give Faith a Focus

What are you believing for? What are you seeing with your spiritual eyes? What is motivating you?

So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. (Luke 17:6)

A seed has a purpose, but a seed not planted will never achieve its purpose. Faith begins as a seed. The believer sees a need and speaks forth a seed. Those circumstances that need changing will respond to the seed of faith (words spoken with authority). They will obey a superior authority.

When you see a need and you know you have the authority to meet the need, you instantly have a vision of how and you move into action. Jesus spoke to sicknesses, to storms, to demons and to the devil himself. His superior authority gave birth to vision. Vision gave birth to faith. Faith gave birth to words, and the circumstances obeyed the words.

Jesus saw suffering and brought forth healing. He saw lack and brought forth abundance. He saw danger and brought forth peace. He had a vision. His spiritual eyes motivated Him. His words released His authority. Things that were out of order had to submit to Divine order.

Jesus said to His disciples, “If you have faith…you can say….and it would obey YOU! Jesus expects us to walk as He walked. He expects you to give faith a focus.

It is important that our faith have a focus. We should always be looking beyond ourselves and realize that that we are ambassadors of a message that all men need to hear. The more we focus our faith on the needs around us, the more we will see God’s provision in our own lives.

Where is your faith? What is it doing today?

Barry Bennett

The 2019 Graduation in Heidelberg, South Africa took place on Tuesday, October 29th.  The rural, tight-knit farming community as well as the love that Carlynne, Bets, Bets’ husband Deon, and Alfred have for their students really stood out. The students’ excitement and genuine care for one another was palpable during the ceremony.

The number of students who completed their first-year:

12 Full-time, On-campus
5 Hybrid

The number of students who graduated second-year:

18 Full-time, On-campus
9 Hybrid

The number of students who graduated third-year:

6 Full-time, On-campus
3 Interns