Understanding Bible Faith – Faith, Patience and Time Delays Part 19
(Ver 1.1) Today is “Part 19” in the Bible study series describing the subject “Understanding Bible Faith”. Faith is a Bible essential theme and topic. I will warn you up front that I have been working on this lesson very fast for only a short time today. It probably has more than one typing and grammar items that is less than perfect and needs to be fixed and I will attempt to do that in subsequent revisions, the Lord willing. Please just extend me mercy as God does to us all and forgive my haste to get out what I believe, the Lord was saying to me today and wanted to say to everyone around the world and especially in the United States during these challenging times. As a reminder the document version number begins every Bible lesson. Version 1.0 (Ver 1.0) is the initial publication and this is what is emailed to everyone initially who subscribes. But later I will usually make changes and improvements as time and the Lord permits me.. Therefore, if you get an emailed version it is still advisable that you go and review the online version because this one will be improved over time. I hope that helps new readers and subscribers understand my geek computer programmer style of writing updates. Let us go back to the subject of faith.
Faith can be found and has been described by God from Genesis to Revelation. We should have learned from reading Hebrew 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please God”. That should cause us all to stop and evaluate yourself and ask “Am I in Faith?” In 2 Corinthians 13:5 we are all commanded to “Self-evaluate or do a self-examination to determine if we are in the faith”. This means if we are worried about what we prayed for, or in fear it is not going to happen in time, or just simply doubt that God hear or will answer us, then we are not in faith and must change course as soon as possible. I know that we can all be challenged to fall into Satan’s trap of doubt and unbelief almost daily. I’ve been there and if you have been saved very long, you also have been through the exact same test. This is why we must learn to recognize the signs of faith failure during the tests of time and delays.
Uh oh? What did God say to us? Are there delays? What does the factor of extensive time do to cause us to doubt God? What is different about today from when we first started to believe and stand over 70)\+ days earlier? Are we feeling any stress? Are we experiencing any pressures, or fear of what might happen if God does not come through to answer us? Wow, if you are human like I am, we all have been there and done that and can buy and wear that faith vacation T-Shirt. I am trying to recommend that we do not depart from the lifestyle of faith to leave it and take a vacation from it. Amen!
INTRODUCTION TO FOCUSED FAITH
This election process that we have been going through in the United States of America is one of the greatest trials of faith that I have ever witnessed. It appears that evil has declared victory and appears to have won at every turn removing our natural hope. Just when we appear to have seen a way to victory a door is slammed shut by the devil. Do you know God allows this to happen on purpose to cause our “faith” to be stretched? Satan tries to break our faith by turning every hopeful situations into sudden defeat and lost opportunity for victory. This happens in almost every trial of our faith whether, physical illness, emotional challenges, financial needs, relationships, jobs, etc.
What we must begin to learn is that when all of the natural possibilities for human solutions have been exhausted, it should be the beginning for us to finally stop and just relax to trust in God’s supernatural possibility of us believing in His Word only. It is a severe mistake to leave God as our last resort possibility for our solution. Do you know what I mean? I recall the story in 2 Chronicles 16:12 where King Asa was diseased in his feet. Asa failed to seek the Lord first and to expect God to answer to what he should do about his problem. Instead, Asa went to physicians and he died, never seeking or trusting God.
In another example found in 1 Chronicles 10:13-14 King Saul enquired of an evil spirit rather than focusing upon the LORD only and he was also killed for doing evil in the eyes of God. God turned over the kingdom of Saul to David. These were just two examples of humans not seeking and trusting in God first but they teach us what we should not be doing right now by not seeking God first and ignoring the other possible solutions.
Now let us examine a different type of challenge. God came to Abraham in Genesis 15 and promised him personally that he would have children that numbered like the visible stars of heaven. That was an incredible promise directly from the mouth of God. That sure sounds like that should have caused Abram to never doubt what was going to happen. Then over the course of time and many years going without the promised son coming from his wife Sarah, they began to waiver and look for their own solutions. Sarah gives up completely that she will have the child and she turns over her slave woman Hagar to her husband and they had a child of the flesh named Ishmael in Genesis 16.
It only took one chapter for Abram and Sarai to lose their faith and try a human possible solution without trusting in God. It would appear from reading this that it was the factor of time that played into causing their belief that they needed to have God solve their problem. Wow, is that not what is happening in the church today? Are not one Christian after another giving up the fight and losing heart not to believe and trust in God? I believe it is exactly what is happening in the U.S. 2020 elections.
We have placed all of our focused confidence and trust in looking for human possibilities instead of just focusing our faith and trusting in the Word of the LORD only. Just as Abram and Sarai got their eyes off of God’s promise and trusting that He would fulfill His promise so are many people doing the exact same thing right now because of what the circumstances and long delays appear to be saying. We are focused upon only what is possible and failing to focus only upon the God of the impossible.
OUR GOD IS STILL A GOD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE
Luk 18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
God has been waiting for the church believers and the world to get their eyes off of all of the possible human avenues of winning the election to defeat evil. We have placed our confidence in the election, the vote counters, the President, the Vice President, the Attorney General, the Justice Department, the FBI, the state legislatures, the State and Federal Courts, the Supreme Court, Congressmen, Senators, the Electoral College, etc. and have had our hopes dashed every time. I wonder why? Could this be our wrong focus?
Now finally with only a couple of days before the apparent looming deadline, a lot of Christians have totally given up all hope and resigned to believe the evil will rule us for the next 2 or 4 years completely. So many have abandoned their faith in God’s promises to hear and answer their prayers simply because it looks so bad and too much time has passed. Wow, but this is when God always comes through for His people if they do not give up.
Over and over in the Bible God waited patiently for all possibilities of human solutions to be eliminated so that He would receive all of the Glory for the victory that He is about to give us. Did you hear what I just said? I am sticking out my neck in faith saying God’s victorious breakthrough is about to come to pass, don’t give up!
What do I base my faith upon? How can I claim victory is still going to happen? I first have learned from reading the Bible that this is exactly when God never failed to show up for His people and show off His majestic hand and arm of power. Remember Abraham and Sarah? Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 when their victory came. It was totally impossible for them to have a baby for themselves. Yet they DID! That was just one example of a God miraculous victory being placed upon display as an example to learn from. Only God could get the praise for their son named Isaac.
Take the children of Israel being freed from captivity from Egypt. There was 400 years delay of them in captivity before God’s process of deliverance was initiated. There was pharaoh’s edict for murdering all of the male children so that a deliverer could not be born. There was a delay of the deliverer escaping Egypt for 40 years because he killed an Egyptian. There was the intense delay with the battle of wills between the ruler Pharaoh and the man of God Moses. Whose will, would give in or give up first?
There was the display of God’s power in 10 plagues. Yet the evil ruler lied and did not let the people of Israel go until the last plague. Finally, the death angel took the first born of every creature except those that had the blood on the door post. That was finally the straw that broke the back to defeat the evil ruler’s will. Moses led the children of Israel from Egypt and proceeded to go forth following God. Then the evil Pharaoh had a change of heart and started to pursue them. He brought his soldiers and chariots and overtook them.
The children of Israel were at the ends of their pathways of human possibilities for escape, freedom and victory and faced certain death. Their backs were up against the Red Sea and the Egyptians were on the other side of them. There was no possible way to escape the apparent end. From the natural perspective of circumstances, it would be certain defeat. Yet God was not concerned and when the human possibilities were ended, the supernatural possibility opened up by God’s design.
Do you see how this is a perfect parallel to how we are right now on January 16, 2021? There are only three days till evil triumphs and we can choose to believe that report of impossibility or we can stop and take our eyes off of the human impossible pathways for victory, to remain looking at only the unseen God of the supernatural possible pathways to victory. He can open a brand new way where we have not even imagined just as He did for the children of Israel and the Red Sear. This will allow God to get all of the Glory and all we need to do is believe. Why is that hard to stop looking at the natural and praise God for the victory?
Do you trust God? Do you believe God is still powerful enough to be able make a way when there appears to be no way? I do! I choose to believe in a God of miracles and it really does not matter if January 20, 2021 comes and goes and I still do not see the answer. I’m not going to allow the circumstances to overcome my beliefs. By beliefs in God’s Words and Promises will overcome my circumstances. I will stand with God’s promises until I see the victory. Aman!
BELIEVE IN HOPE
Rom 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
Rom 4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:
Rom 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
Rom 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Remind yourself of these verses for every faith situation you find yourself in. God uses Abraham in these verses as our example of a man to be repeated and followed because, he believed in supernatural hope when in the natural realm of possibilities there was no other hope available to him. Again, this is when victory can manifest and only God is given the glory.
These are some of the most amazing verses of faith in the Bible. God teaches how one man took his eyes off of his natural circumstances to place all of his beliefs and confidence only in his God’s ability to answer no matter what the world declared against his victory. Abraham is commended to not waiver in his faith by giving all of the Glory to God even before he saw his child named Isaac be born. Can you believe and praise God even before the answer comes? Can you say “Glory to God for the answer” even if you do not see how it could happen? If you can, then you are in the right place at the right time for victory. If you can praise God and say glory to God you are strong in faith no matter if you feel strong or not. Clearly the 100 year old Abraham did not feel strong and he still had a child.
Let us not go by our feelings. Let us ignore the news media and circumstances. Let us ignore the calendar. Let us ignore what our spouse, family and friends are telling us to do, to give up. Please just join with me and get back into faith and give God all of your praise and give Him all of the glory just believing He is the same God that He was to Moses, Abraham, Joseph, David, etc. All of these people had significant delays before their victory came forth.
I’m not going to have time to tell you everything that I base my faith upon in this quick encouraging faith lesson. But I will tell you that on December 8, 2020 God woke me up in the middle of the night and said “Joe Biden would admit defeat and fraud had taken place”. Wow, does that sound impossible or possible? Most people would say that is impossible. Yet I believe that this is what the LORD said to me and I choose to believe Him and not what I see. God tells us that the “just” shall live by faith and not walk according to what we see. There are other things that I have been encouraging myself daily with, but I will end upon this that occurred recently. I listen to the Bible almost every night using an MP3 player while I fall asleep. Whenever I wake up, I become conscious that the Word of God is still playing in my ear and many times God is saying something to me that really stands out and this is what I recently was given by the LORD:
Luk 1:49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
Luk 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
Luk 1:51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
Luk 1:52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
Luk 1:53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
Luk 1:54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
Wow, these verses spoke volumes of hope to me. I know these verses come from the Song of Mary in Luke and they do not appear to directly apply to our faith lesson or the current election. But until we analyze what was really said don’t throw these words away too quickly. I believe these words were given as a prophetical statement for what is about to happen in the United States.
Verse 49 starts with God has done mighty things for us and this is exactly what is needed against this evil enemy trying to overtake us. Next notice verse 50 is spoken to a people that fear Him and they are given His mercy. We qualify for this to be written to us because we should fear the LORD and this will cause His mercy to be extended in our current situation. Next verse 51 was what caught my attention in the middle of the night. The arm of the LORD is not mentioned that many times in the N.T.
The first time the arm of God is mentioned is here in Luke. The next time it is mentioned is in John 12:38. John quotes a verse from Isaiah concerning the church. “Who has believed our report and to who is the arm of the Lord revealed”. This is a verse about a people that have faith and that should be the church. God clearly says that His arm will be revealed to people that believe Him. Wow, that is encouraging. Finally, God’s arm is mentioned in the book of Acts. In Acts 13:17 Paul is preaching and informing people that the arm of the Lord was displayed to them when God took the children of Israel out of Egypt.
Therefore, God has made a direct connection to Israel’s deliverance being parallel to the church’s deliverance from the bondage of this world and the ruling god of this world (2 Cor 4:4) as being a type of Pharaoh. This makes the prophecy of Luke 1 spoken and sung by Mary apply to us. So what else does God claim to do with His arm to help these people?
Verse 51 ends with “He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts”. Wow, we can observe very proud people in the government that appear to be very unconcerned with being caught in doing obvious evil acts within our government. I have not seen any of these crimes that have been committed in the last 12 years be judged. It appears they are covered up or either just ignored like noting ever happened. But that is about to change according to God.
Verse 52 continues with judgments of evil people taking place. God says “He has put down the mighty from their seats”. Wow, again we see people in government today that are so consumed with having their power that they will do anything illegal to take it and keep it. These people are about to be put down and removed from their seats of power permanently. Verse 52 ends with God’s exaltation of the lowly people with humility that have a servant’s heart not containing a motivation for greed or power to be raised up to these positions of authority. The Bible says when the righteous rule it will bring forth joy to all that have elected them to office (Prov 25:2).
Finally verses 53 and 54 prophecy a reversal of the financial classes. God declares the hungry will be filled with God’s good things and those that are extremely wealthy will be taken away void of their money that used to corrupt and try to overthrow our nation. God’s mercy of deliverance has been extended in these last days. It will be our time for victory and celebration before He returns. No this is NOT ALL ABOUT US! God is doing this to show mercy to the nations of the world. God wants to show mercy to the unborn children in the womb that have not had the opportunity to be born. God wants a great end-time harvest and revival in the church to go into the entire world to preach the gospel to every nation.
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We love you and hope this Bible lesson was encouraging. I have really declared some very bold things that God said would happen. I believe I heard from God and I believe they will happen in His perfect timing. I have not heard that this will happen in the next 3 days. I can only tell you what I heard and leave it at that trusting Him to make it happen.
Remember the principle of Hebrews 6:12 that it is through faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God. This literally means faith is required and there will be delays to God bringing us the answer in most situations because, Satan is trying to keep it from coming to pass. Satan has been doing everything possible to keep God’s chosen servant out of the White House. But it will not work this time. It is not yet time for the antichrist to manifest and control the world. How do I know that? Because you and I are still here. It is time for church to overcome the devil and then we will be taken out of the world and then Satan will be allowed to rise to world domination and control. That will only be a short time of 7 years when we come back to the earth with Jesus and Satan will be thrown into hell for 1000 years.
Keep the faith! Stand strong! Do not let the circumstances sway your faith. Do not allow the absence of human solutions get you down either. Do not allow delay to discourage you. Remember when it looks impossible for man, it is still entirely Possible for God. All we are required to do is to give Him all of the Glory and praise Him for the victory before we see it happen. This is a Bible principle. Joshua and the people of Israel marched for days around the walls of Jericho and then shouted and blew the trumpets to sound the victory and then the walls fell down.
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