Is your faith coming from the right Source?

Men were created to believe and act upon words. We were specifically created to hear, believe and act upon God’s words. Hearing Him is the source of faith and life (Rom. 10:17, Mt. 4:4). Adam believed in God, but he didn’t believe God’s words. He chose to believe the words of the serpent.

God’s Word is meant to feed and stimulate the heart of man. God’s Word is a seed that can only produce fruit in the right environment. The right environment is the receptive human heart. Faith is the response of the heart to the influence of the Word.

Men will live by what they hear and choose to believe. All men have the capacity to believe words. Those who listen to the world will believe what the world believes and do what the world declares. That is their faith.

Fallen man has ignored the voice of God and the words of God. They are living by faith, but the faith that is of the world. When God’s Word finds a place in our hearts, our faith becomes alive to its true “Source” and begins to think, act and speak in agreement with God’s revelation to man. This is when true, abundant life begins.

True faith only comes from hearing the Word of God. Grace is God’s provision for every need. Faith is our response to that provision and its Source. Only the words you believe will decide if you live in His grace or in the world’s corruption. You may believe in God, but do you believe God?

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand (Rom. 5:2)

Barry Bennett

How Do I Pray for a Lost Loved One?

The keys to praying for others can be found in the words of Jesus and Paul.

1. Pray that God would send laborers into their lives who would transmit the gospel in a way that is relevant to them. It is the Word of God that opens the hearts and transforms them.

“Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” (Mt. 9:37-38)

2. Pray that the Word would reach their heart and reveal God’s love. The revelation of God’s love is the most important revelation that one can receive. Love this person with the love of God.

“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Eph. 3:14)

3. Pray that the Spirit would convict them of their need and the gift of righteousness. This is not a condemning conviction, but a revelation of their ‘lostness’ and that Jesus is the answer.

“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;” (John 16:8-9)

4. Pray that the seed of the Word that already exists in their heart, or that will be heard by them, will spring up and grow in their life. Believe that the Word of God will transform their heart and mind.

“And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how 28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear 29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.” (Mark 4:26-29)

5. Pray that they would have a revelation of God’s goodness. It is His goodness that leads us to repentance.

“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” (Rom. 2:4)

Barry Bennett

DWELLING IN GOSHEN

Gen 45:10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children’s children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:
Gen 45:11 And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.

When Jacob discovered that his son Joseph was alive in Egypt he and his sons moved there to be with him. When he got to Egypt Joseph provided the best of the land for them in which to live. This land was called the land of Goshen. It was the place where God’s people were to live. It was the place where those who believed in God went to dwell. It is interesting to see what the name Goshen means in Hebrew. Names and their meanings in the Bible and especially in the Old Testament are very significant. Often the names given to places were to teach spiritual lessons. The meaning of Goshen is “drawing near”. Joseph told his brothers that they should live in Goshen, so that they and all they had would be near to Him. Goshen was located near to Joseph so He could watch over them and care for them. It was important that they stayed in the land of Goshen because it was the land of provision, blessing, and protection.

When the plagues hit the land, there was a distinction between the people of God and the people of the world. The people of God experienced provision and protection and those in the world did not. All that dwelt in Goshen experienced provision and protection.

Joseph was a type of Jesus. Jesus is our heavenly Joseph! You are near to God through the blood of Christ. Confess: I am near to God by His grace. As you do this you will experience God’s presence. In this presence you will hear His voice and direction that will lead you out of your darkness into light. If you will obey by faith what you hear then you will be led out of lack into plenty. You will be led out of danger to a safe place. You will come into the land of Goshen, the place of blessing and protection. Draw near today!

Rick McFarland