A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, June 12, 2014
“Do not be afraid; only believe.” – Mark 5:36
Jesus spoke these words. And if the Word-became-flesh gave us this direction, this command, then we ought to receive, believe, decree, declare, and walk in this truth! You are either connected to faith or you are connected to fear. There is no in-between. Faith believes what God said, period, end of discussion, and end of story.
Faith is of God. Fear is of the devil, and is the faith of the devil. When you are afraid, you are putting your faith in the devil. When you believe, then you are putting your faith in the One Who Created you. Connecting to faith connects you to every promise of the Father, which is ‘yes’ and ‘amen!’ (2 Corinthians 1:20). Connecting to fear disconnects you with these promises of God. And when you are disconnected from the Vine, then you begin to wither, as does everything in your life. Jesus testifies of this truth, as He declares “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:15).”
“But Brother Matt, you just don’t know.” Let me stop you right there and tell you something: you better shut your mouth and change your declaration. I am not being mean; but rather trying to help you! Your mouth may very well be what is getting you in trouble and causing your defeat! And yes I do know, as I have been there. Believe your way out of your situation, family!
The Greek word for “believe” is pisteuo (pr. pist-yoo-o), and means “to have faith, entrust one’s spiritual well-being to Christ” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Trials start in the spiritual realm and then make their way and materialize (manifest) into our natural world. Battles are fought, and won or lost in the spiritual realm. Ephesians 6:12 points us in the right direction, as it gives this winning perspective: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Have you come to the end of yourself, my brother? Or are you still hanging on to your mind, will, and intellect, my sister? When you finally come to the end of yourself, let go, and ask Jehova Sabaoth (The Lord of the Battle) to take over. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the sweet savor of the victory! And then remember to thank the One Who gave it to you.
Father, thank You for giving us the victory through Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Help us to see You, and call on you, Jesus, as our Jehova Sabaoth. Come and rescue us, Great, Powerful, and Unbeatable Lord of Hosts! Father, help us to come to the end of ourselves, and to release our struggle over to You. In Jesus Name, we thank You that the battle belongs to the Lord; and therefore, we have the complete victory! Amen and Amen!
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to seek God as Jehova Sabaoth. Choose to let go and let God by coming to the end of yourself, and completely surrendering your life and trusting the One who created you and knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). Submit your will to God’s Sovereign Will, and submit your authority to His authority. And continue to fight the good fight of not knowing what to do and completely trusting the One Who does; for God, your New Beginning, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.