Love Gives, Faith Takes

” And He said to them, Why are you so fearful. How is it that you have no faith?”

Mark 4:40 NKJV

Physicians prescribe antibiotics to fight infection in your body.  The instructions indicate the medication is to be taken for a certain period of time, usually 5-7 days, sometimes more. Even though the symptoms may subside after a couple days, it doesn’t mean that the infection is gone. However, following the doctor’s instructions provides the most likely successful treatment. There is a biblical faith lesson to be learned here.

The disciples had just left church, hearing a great message from the “master teacher”. Afterwards, they had questions regarding the parable and wanted to get a better understanding of the sower, the seed and the ground.  Once this intimate session was completed, they were to board the ship and cross over to the other side. Jesus went below to catch some Z’s.  He had been pouring of Himself for quite some time which can take a lot out of you physically.

Not long after they got underway, a storm interrupted their journey. Being that several of them were experienced fishermen, this should not have alarmed them. But this was no ordinary storm. It was like a tsunami to them and they panicked as the ship began taking on water, starting to sink. Someone said, “Go get the Lord!” Master, Master! How can you sleep during this? You act like you don’t care that we are all going to die! Jesus was so cool. If I could use my imagination, He said something like’ Chill Dawg!” You wit me!

The Master of the sea calmly went topside and said three words. “Peace be still.” The bible says those three words
brought about a “great calm”.  He then questioned why they were afraid in the first place. Where was their faith?  No doubt they were puzzled by this reaction from their leader.  What they failed to realize was what He had been trying to teach them earlier that evening.  Faith for anything can only be supplied by hearing the word of God on a consistent basis. But it’s more than hearing only. Faith must be taken. By that I mean ingested, meditated on, spoken, until the symptoms dissipate. Then it must be taken some more; over and over again just like an antibiotic.  Smith Wigglesworth was quoted as saying: “We feed our bodies three square meals a day and our souls one quick snack a week, expecting great faith.”
Regular consistent  doses of the Word of God  according to Joshua 1:8 successfully fight the infection of life’s trials. That explains the “great calm” you have when all hell is breaking loose around you.

Super Why!

This is the title of a cartoon aired on the public broadcast system (PBS) network. The main character, [Whyatt] and his friends discover the power in learning to read that changes situations and circumstances they encounter. One episode I recall is one in which Humpty Dumpty is sitting on a wall crying.  Of course Whyatt and the”super readers” ask him what’s wrong. He goes on to tell them that he is afraid because he knows the rest of his story.  He knows that he is supposed to fall off the wall to his demise.  He is distraught for good reason one would
think.  Now its time for the super readers to come to the rescue.  Whyatt and his friends took the sentence from the story…” Humpty Dumpty had a great _______!  They substituted another word from the dictionary that fit the circumstance and would rescue Humpty. They chose the word “slide”, so that once inserted into the story, the outcome is changed. Humpty Dumpty had a great “slide” to safety with only a minor injury.
Humpty’s position on the wall is a place where Satan loves to get every believer; sitting isolated on the wall of despair, defeat, failure, sickness, disease, lack, and poverty. He tries to convince you its over and that is the rest of your story. But that’s when The Word of God comes into the picture. Whatever the situation or circumstance, inserting the correct”word” from His Word produces the desired results. Gods Word will not return to Him void, but will accomplish that which it was sent to do. So the next time the devil has you on a wall, put him in his place.  He’s a liar and a loser..We win!!!!!
FOOTNOTE: The only way to win the game is to know the playbook…… Read the Bible!

Pound Cake

Ingredients

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, plus more for pan
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1/2 teaspoon fine salt 1
/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

…courtesy of Paula Dean

Nothing satisfies the taste buds like a well made pound cake. Especially when its warm with your favorite ice cream on the side…or maybe you prefer yours with a glass of milk.  Ugh!!!! (to each, his own I guess)   If you look closely at the ingredients, you will notice that none of them would taste good by themselves.  In fact, some of them are down right nasty.  What person in their right mind would enjoy munching on some baking soda?  But blended together, following the recipe, you come up with a beautiful delicious treat that will definitely be a blessing.

There are things that may happen in your life that are not so good.  Tragedy, poverty, lack, sickness or disease, are all things we would rather not have to deal with.  Sometimes life itself can be so hard and bitter.  It is in those times we should remember this:

All things work together for good to them that love the Lord….

Everything in your life is just an ingredient that when properly blended together produces God’s intended outcome.  Even those things the enemy introduces, God
turns it around for your good. What a mighty God we serve! He  gave us the ultimate cook book (His Word). In it is the recipe for any life to be a blessing!

Just How Powerful is God’s Word?

Its awesome to have a pastor that makes the Bible come alive; one that paints such a vivid picture of the truth of the Word that your spirit leaps. That’s why its so important that you are at the right church and that you attend regularly. But that’s another subject I have written about already. I heard something this Sunday that really opened my eyes about the power of the Word of God. When God speaks, whatever He says comes to pass. He cannot lie. The Bible says he has magnified His Word above all His name. God has subjected even the attributes of Himself to conform to His Word. We’ve all heard the “churchy” phrase. “There is power in the Word”. Well, just how powerful is God’s Word?
Remember it was God who breathed into Adams nostrils the breath of life. I believe God actually spoke to Adam and said “live”. When you speak, breath is expelled. This Word was so powerful that even after Adam sinned and his death sentence was pronounced, it took over 900 years for his sin to penetrate what God had spoken. Only then could Adam die.
Then there was Peter who was walking on the water after Jesus said”Come”. When he doubted the Bible said he began to sink. How do you begin to sink in water? Better yet, how do you have time to even get a sentence out before being under water? Peter had time to say “Lord Save me”. The power of the word Jesus had spoken was so awesome that the molecules in the water changed to conform to what he said. What I like about this event is that even though Peter doubted and started to sink, he asked the lord for help and Jesus lifted him up. He didn’t carry Peter, they walked back to the ship together.
What word has the Lord spoken to you that you let slip or doubted? His Word still will accomplish what it set out to do. You still have time. Your dream is not dead! Just ask Him. He’s waiting to pick you up so you can continue your walk with Him by your side.

Will It Work For Me?

If that question has not come out of your mouth, I’m willing to bet it has crossed your mind. At one point or another, at some point in our christian walk, we have wondered whether or not we can see the results we see others in the faith achieving. How can I really have what I say?Newsflash!! You already do.  Where we are in life is a direct result of what has come out or failed to come out of our mouths. On the surface, that probably doesn’t make much sense. We were created in the image and likeness of God. That means we look and act like him. When he created something from nothing, he spoke it into existence. Likewise we must speak what we want to see into existence in the earth realm. We are little gods that act just like our daddy.

One of the unique things God gave to every individual is fingerprints. There are no two persons that have the exact same fingerprints. Criminologists and forensic specialists identify and clear suspects many times by the presence or absence of fingerprints. Going even further is DNA testing. We’ve all heard of someone being cleared of a crime  after it was discovered there was not a DNA match with the evidence.  There is one other area that is unique. Have you ever heard of voice recognition?  Your voice is your address in the spirit realm.That’s why no one else can speak the word for you. Angels are the UPS and FEDEX of the heavenlies and they never deliver to the wrong address. They always hearken to the voice of the word coming out of your mouth. They may face demonic opposition in getting it to you (see Daniel Chapter 10), but they will prevail.  Remember when Jesus spoke to the fig tree and the next day it had dried up from the roots? When you speak the word over any situation, it goes to work at the root which you cannot see. It’s working all the time to produce your desired results.

 Credits: Special thanks to Dr. Ramson Mumba (United Kingdom) for his teaching on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at New life Interfaith Ministries, Bessemer,  AL.

© Fredrick F.Nicholson all rights reserved

Preserved By The Word

” The words and promises of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times over. You will keep them and preserve them O Lord…”  Psalms 12: 6-7a (Amplified)

Silver is called a precious metal and is corrosion resistant.  The refining process extracts it in it’s purest form from the ore. It is a meticulous process and the end result is pure silver which is very valuable and can be used as a medium of exchange. The psalmist uses the analogy of refining silver seven times relating to the purity of the Word of God.  Every word and promise from God will come to pass.  He will see to it.  His words are as pure on earth as they are in heaven.

Not only are the words and promises of God pure, but He takes great care in preserving them as well.  To preserve means to keep alive; to prepare as to resist decomposition or fermentation; and also a place set apart for the protection of something. In this perspective, God watches over His Word to ensure that it is performed. How does He do this?  He assigns angels whose sole job is to hearken to the voice of the Word (Psalms 103:20 KJV). His Word is kept alive and maintained and will accomplish that which it is set out to do. It’s like that jar of preserves that your grandmother used to make. They are meticulously made, preserved with sugar, jarred, and sealed with purified (boiling) water to keep the air out. .

Not only does He preserve His Word but His Word is also a preserve for those who operate in it.  You’ve heard of those protected areas of land sometimes called “wildlife preserves”. These are designated habitats of certain species of animals that are protected by law. It is illegal to hunt there. Some species are protected wherever you may find them and it is illegal to kill them.  This is the position of a believer who is protected by the parameters of the Word of God. As long as you operate by what God has said, you are not subject to the decomposition of your life. It is His Word, both written and spoken, that protects the believer from Satan, whose job description is to steal from you, kill you, and destroy you.  He wants you out of the earth, because you cannot recruit for the Kingdom of God outside of the earth realm. 

Psalms 91 talks about dwelling in the “secret place” of the most high, abiding under His shadow. Jesus said if you abide in me, and I in you, you can ask what you will and it shall be done unto you.  Jesus is the Word and does nothing that His Father has not signed off on.  As a result, our close relationship with God and His Word causes us to say with confidence:

The Lord is my refuge, my fortress, My God, in Him will I trust. Surely He will deliver me!”

© Fredrick F. Nicholson  all rights reserved