Using What God Has Already Given You

Jesus is resting in the boat while His disciples are being thrown to and fro by the waves of the storm. Jesus is taking a nap. He knows there is a need for calm. He has an expectation of His disciples. He is asking, “Will faith be found today? Will they use the authority that I have given them or will they be overwhelmed with fear” Of course He already knew how they would respond. The disciples wake Him up. They ask, “Don’t You care we are perishing!” Hello! Jesus was not impressed with their whining. Instead He rebukes them for their lack of faith. Then He speaks to the storm, silencing it.

Jesus had a different expectation of His disciples that day. He expected them to have faith. He expected them to silence the storm themselves without interrupting His nap. He wanted to see faith demonstrated. He did not want them cowering in fear saying, “It must be God’s will that we perish because He isn’t doing anything about it.” No. Jesus had an expectation because He has already put inside them what was needed to bring resolution to the situation. It was their turn to exercise their faith. Had not Jesus said, “If you have faith the size of a mustard see you can command this mountain to be removed and cast into the sea and it will obey you”.

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Matthew 17:20

What mountains need to move These are the things that must be spoken to with the decree of the Lord through our mouths. Decree a thing and it shall be established. God is pleased with faith. He wants to see it. He is not interested in what people want to “water down” the definition of faith to be in order to fit their own complacency and lethargy. Passivity is not faith. It is unbelief and laziness. To just lay back and say, “whatever the Lord’s will is” is to be passive. We must know the will of God and speak words that shift things into His desire.

Bringing the Soul Into Alignment

The soul is the issue when God’s people do not believe. The soul must be brought into alignment with the spirit of man. The spirit of man is the new creation that God has birthed inside of us. The substance of the spirit man is infused with faith. This is where we connect with God, through the Holy Spirit. The Word of God is what renews the mind and brings it into alignment with the heart of God,the new creation and empowers us to live by faith.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

His righteous ones will live by faith. We, our souls, are transformed by the renewing of our mind through the Word and Spirit of God. This is a daily process with daily choices. The more we choose life, to agree with God’s Word on the matters of life then our lives will more closely reflect His image. With this we understand that in the beginning God spoke. The creative nature of God was released through the word He spoke. We are created in that same image, so our words are very powerful no matter what is spoken. Words can be wasted.

None of Samuel’s words fell to the ground. Foolish words diminish the anointing that God would release within us and through us. Wisdom is very much associated with the right words being spoken, making us a people who can be trusted by God for His purposes. Every word Jesus spoke was glory, it had substance and purpose. In the same way we are to speak as the oracles of God. God is holy. He calls us to be holy. This is all connected with our authority and faith, that we should not sear our conscience. In this sensitivity to the Spirit in all areas we find a faith and confidence to walk in our designed place of authority before God.

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