I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20.
Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” John 20:29.
And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” Luke 18:42.
Today your LORD (יהוה) God (אלהים) says:
Your life IN CHRIST is a life of faith. Blessed are they who do not see and yet believe. John 20:29. For though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your soul. 1 Peter 1:8-9. Faith is the only way you receive Jesus as Lord, and faith comes by hearing My Word about Christ, Romans 10:17, but it does not end there, it is only by faith that you then receive all the benefits of My many magnificent promises that are all “yes” to you in Him. 2 Corinthians 1:20. You must live every moment of your day and night by faith if you want to see all good things that I have freely given you in Christ manifest in your body and in your life.
In Christ, you have been made righteous with My own righteousness and THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH. If you are serious about living out the life of good deeds I prepared for you in advance IN CHRIST you must walk them out by faith. And I mean the kind of faith that is in it for the long haul and will not quit—the faith of the overcomer. And I have given you the grace to be just that—more than a conqueror through Jesus who loved you and gave His life for you. He is an overcomer and He is in you and you are in Him. John 16:33 (“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”), 1 John 4:4, 1 John 5:4-5.
I have given you life IN CHRIST, do you think I will stop there? By no means, but to take hold of all I would complete in you in Christ you must live by faith and not by sight, in other words, you must walk in the spirit and not in the flesh. The power is present in all My promises for you to partake in them as your own but to receive them, that is, to tap into them and pull them into yourself, you must connect with them by faith. You are saved by grace THROUGH FAITH.
Do you recall that when people approached Jesus asking for healing, He first asked them if they had faith, if they believed He could do so? And when they affirmed that they did, He would say, “Receive your healing, your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:19, Luke 18:42. Now that Jesus has poured out the promised Holy Spirit upon the earth and into the hearts of all who believe in Him, the power to heal is always present but it can only flow into you if connected to by your faith. Wherever Jesus went when He was on earth the power to heal was there but not everyone tapped into it, only those who had faith. And some, like the woman who was ill with an unceasing flow of blood within her, had such faith that they connected with the power in Jesus without even asking Him if He would heal them. She knew He could and that if she got ahold of Him He would. And now that power is in you, Christ in you, your hope of glory, and you are indwelt with the Holy Spirit, the same resurrection power that was in Jesus. And He will raise you up to new life even now.
Faith is a wonderful force, it turns your life around, it fills your days with beauty, and takes away your frown. It turns you into a prophet, telling the good news, that I AM here among you, making all things new. Jesus told you that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to the mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. Matthew 17:20. Nothing is impossible with Me and all thing are possible for those who have faith in that.
Jesus is the resurrection and the life. He asked Martha is she believed that, for if she did, He told her she would see My glory manifest in her life and in her brother’s life. She said she believed, but when it came to removing the stone from his tomb after four days and calling him out, she backed off, but Jesus encouraged her reminding her she would see the glory if she only believed. And she did. Lazarus came out of the tomb to the command of faith. Your faith can connect with My power to raise the dead. Jesus told His disciples to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and raise the dead. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, He is telling you the same. But it is the faith that comes through His Name that will do it. Acts 3:16. (“And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.” Acts 3:16).
Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith. He is My Word so that tells you that faith comes by knowing My Word, which is knowing My will. If you do not know that I tell you that I, the LORD, am your healer and that My Son took your sins, sicknesses, pains, poverty, guilt, and shame and bore them in His own body as if they were His alone and took all the punishment due them you cannot have faith for healing, forgiveness, and a blameless life of perfect fellowship with Me. Faith comes from hearing, and hearing My Word about Jesus. He is the fulfillment of all and all fullness resides in Him. When you have Him, you must have faith that you have everything, but most especially a perfect relationship with Me where all My benefits are yours and that I have blessed you with every spiritual blessing in Heaven. You have an account in Heaven that the devil cannot take and no thief can steal, and you withdraw all that is there, which you can never exhaust, by faith. You connect and receive all I have given you freely in Christ only by faith.
What is faith? I define it for you in My Word: “Faith is the assurance of (title deed to) things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1. I formed the world and all in it by faith, for the spirit of faith is that you believe in your heart and then speak it out with your mouth. 2 Corinthians 4:13, Hebrews 11:3. You see this from the beginning, I looked at the dark chaos and in My heart I had the plan for creation and it started with the Light of Life. So I spoke, “Light be,” and light was.
My Word by faith released the Light in Me. My Word contains the result and by faith you speak it into being. When you have My promise of healing, provision, prosperity, youth renewal, righteousness, or whatever it may be as found in My Word, you must treasure it in your heart and ponder upon it as you speak it until it becomes so real to you that you know in your heart that it is yours. And when you speak it out with faith, you connect to the power to plant that promise in you and grow it to harvest. The seed is in the Word.
That is what the woman did with the hemorrhage, she heard about Jesus, matched it up with My Word in Malachi about the healing in the edge of the Messiah’s garment (kanaph) and matched that with the order I gave to the sons of Israel for the fringe on the end corners (kanaph) of their garments so that they would remember to do all My commandments and be holy unto Me, and from there she spoke it out to herself continually and she took the steps of faith to get to Him and take hold of the fringe (tzitzit) on the end (kanaph) of His garment. Matthew 9:20; Malachi 4:2; Luke 1:78; Numbers 15:38 (tzitzit on the corner edges (kanaph) of their garments); Numbers 15:40. And Jesus knew the power had been connected to and pulled out of Him, so He looked about for the one who had done it, for He felt the force of her faith.
I tell you to fight the good fight of faith. Do not be surprised when trials come that test your faith. Jesus told you that Satan will try to sift you like wheat and to steal the Word from you that has the power to save you. The devil sends “fiery darts” to take you down, these are his thoughts, fears, anxieties, doubts, offense, torment, immorality, and pride that he seeks to lodge in you so he can take over your life and steal, kill, and destroy your destiny and keep you off My good plans for your life and put you into living the evil plan he has for your life. But keep in mind you will become like the one you serve and listen to. Faith is a shield against these darts of the enemy, because they are really only darts, but if a fiery dart gets planted in you, that is, if you take it in and you consider and ponder it until it becomes your mindset, then one fiery dart can cause a devastating fire that takes out you, your family, and all the life you have built over the years, and it can have repercussions to generations to come. The sins at the end of Solomon’s life seemed to be just his own, but they divided a nation and destroyed My plans for a united Israel walking in glory and lost two of the tribes from the list of those saved of Israel in the book of Revelation. And on a simpler level in your own lives, one act of adultery can ruin a marriage, a family, and your own life also. I forgive sins when you repent and take Jesus as your Lord but they do have far reaching effects down to multiple generations. I explained that to Moses, but it began with Adam and Eve, their treason has reached down even to this day in all their descendants. Be careful about taking any thoughts and words that are contrary to Mine. Your disobedience will affect yourself and others.
I tell you that the fully persuaded faith of Abraham made him so that he would not consider the circumstances and thoughts that came from what that appeared contrary to My promise to Him and made it look impossible. “In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” Romans 4:18. He was aware of the circumstances but he came to the point of trusting Me where he refused to consider his own body, which was as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb, and the fact that she had not been able to bear even when she was young, but instead he looked only at My Word to him so that with respect to My promise, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to Me, and being fully persuaded that what I had promised, I was able also to perform. Therefore I credited his faith to him as righteousness. Romans 4:18-22.
And the same came to pass with Sarah, by faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Me faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11. Thus by their faith, from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore according to My promise but it only happened because Abraham and Sarah connected with Me by faith and it took a number of years after I made the promise for them to get to the point where they had faith for it. Sarah at first tried other means to accomplish My plan but she did it her own way and not according to My Word and so she caused a lot of heartache. Trying to obtain what I have promised by means other than what I tell you does not work. The devil will always try to give you a short cut, just as he did with Jesus. Jesus came to save the world by His death and resurrection, but the devil came to tempt Him to shortcut the painful death and just bow down to the devil and the devil would give Him all the kingdoms of the world, which he had taken from Adam. It was tempting but Jesus did not fall for it for He came to do My Will and He was not going to take a shortcut.
Do not just look at the promise without the context in which I tell you what to do to have it. And it all has to do with faith in My Word that makes you take My Word as ultimate authority. My blessed Mary told you the shortest path to miracles at the marriage feast at Cana—“Do whatever He says to do.” John 2:5. And that was what her life was all about. Whatever I told her to do, she did, but not out of fear or compulsion, she did it with JOY and THANKSGIVING, considering herself honored and blessed no matter what others thought or said of her. She did not concern herself with what others would say or think, she joyfully proclaimed My praises and rested in Me. She, like Sarah, judged Me faithful.
Faith flows from a relationship. You do not trust someone you do not know. And yet that is why so many have such little faith and so easily fall into disobedience and sin. People just don’t know Me. But it is My desire that all know Me, from the least to the greatest. And the only way to know Me is by faith and faith comes by hearing My Word. And it all starts with faith in Jesus and being born again so that you can have a relationship with Me beyond all you can ask or imagine.
Faith speaks, faith never quits, and by faith and patience you obtain My promises. Do not think you have not gotten your miracle just because it does not come immediately all at once, it could start merely as getting better and stronger every day until you reach the place of praise and worship being fully persuaded that what I have promised I will perform. I watch over My Word to perform it and once you have put it in motion you will get the desired result if you do not draw back and give up.
Jesus gave you instructions in faith, and He is the author and finisher of your faith, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:22-24.
I love you. Have faith in My love for you and the rest will follow. I have given you life, do you think I will stop there?
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:14-16.