Fundamental Building Blocks For Spiritual Growth Part 4

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Matthew 6:31

Thoughts will come to all of us. Kenneth E. Hagin used to say that we could not stop the birds from flying over our heads but could stop them from making nests in our hair. We do this with thoughts by refusing to verbalize them. Jesus told His disciples that “thoughts” are “taken” when we give voice to them.

It seems that most Christians do not have a revelation of the power contained in their words. We receive a report from the doctor and immediately begin to repeat it. We “take” the thought that came to our minds through the vehicle of words released by our physician by repeating it.

“I’ve got an incurable form of cancer and only have six months to live.”

“The doctor said I will need surgery.”

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 18:21

Our tongue can release the power of “life” or “death”. The majority of Christians do not understand this. They speak things opposite to what they want to happen in their lives and are surprised when those things show up.

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Mark 11:23

I have found that most people say what they have regardless of whether it is contrary to what we see promised in Scripture. Jesus told His disciples that we could have what we say. We are hindered in our spiritual growth by the words coming out of our mouths, and most of us do not even realize it!

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

I have seen people in the Church plan for things being in short supply. Christians talk about the need to cut back on their expenditures like non-Christians. It always amazes me to hear them complain when things start to become problematic in the financial realm. They meditated on the “lack” that was projected and built faith in it. Their faith was in “lack,” and it worked just the way it was supposed to!

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Hosea 4:6

Christians do not have to be bound by the economy concerning their needs. God has supplied all our needs. We access His supply through His Word. Many have been riddled with worry at the state of the employment market during the Covid shutdowns. It is time to turn our focus from the state of affairs around us to God and His ability to supply during a pandemic or recession!

God’s Word is the key that unlocks everything we need from God. We’ve substituted prayer for Scripture. Christians pray and plead with God to give them things already provided in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. We can ask Him to do what He has already done, or we can release faith and begin to do what He has commanded us to do in His Word.

He told us to resist the devil (James 4:7).

He told us to lay hands on the sick (Mark 16:17-18).

He told us to cast out demons (Mark 16:17-18).

It is time for us to begin walking in the authority of Jesus’ Name.

Many Christians are discussing their mountains with God. He told us to speak to our mountains (Mark 11:23) with an expectancy for them to respond to our words. God has done His part through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. It is now our responsibility to take up the mantle of authority provided in Christ and to walk in it!

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
James 4:7

The word translated “resist” means we actively fight against the devil. Most Christians have allowed themselves to be lulled into a state of passivity and have no victory as a result.

I have heard people quote doctors for years. They are not spending time meditating on the promises of God and so have more faith in the medical report than in God’s healing power. I’ve been blessed with good health, and so I struggled with helping these people. The enemy has attacked me physically recently, and I’ve even spent two nights in the hospital.

It amazed me to hear the staff talk about the symptoms and how bad things were with the Covid caseload. Many focused on the worst-case scenario. I prayed for direction, and God gave me a phrase. When they talked about how bad the prognosis was, I responded, “I am blessed with good health”. I did not deny the symptoms in my body. Instead, I confessed God’s Word over them. My discharge doctor even said the phrase with me as we were doing the paperwork for me to leave!

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.
1 Peter 1:3

The word translated “all things” means “all things”! God has supplied everything that any of us will ever need. We access that supply through His Word. Christians have changed the meaning of this verse.

“We have to live holy lives to be positioned to receive God’s blessings!”

“I have to pray through the obstacles to get God’s blessings!”

“We need to do spiritual warfare to get your healing!”

Peter did not include any requirement for us to “earn” God’s blessings. He told his readers that “all things” were supplied before the need manifested. The majority of Christians believe something entirely different than this!

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2 Peter 1:4

The “knowledge” referenced in verse three provides access to the “exceeding great and precious” promises of God. From these, we can partake of God’s nature!

So, we find the knowledge of God in His Word.

The Word of God is the “knowledge” of God that produces “all things” that “pertain to life and godliness”.

Every need that will ever manifest in any of our lives has an answer in God’s Word. We will not succeed in our spiritual endeavors if we are ignorant of Scripture!

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