When I got up this morning, I began my routine by taking “Riley”, the Cocker Spaniel, outside for his morning constitutional. The streets were wet but it wasn’t raining while we were out. After returning to the house, I habitually fed the dog, made the coffee and began opening our white plantation shutters, letting what light there was into the rooms. After rubbing the “sleep” out of my eyes, but still somewhat comatose, I noticed the curtain rod over only one of the windows. Now of course I knew there was just two curtain rods in the entire home, but being The Word Detective, my thoughts and past writings came into focus as I sat down to write this morning’s blog on FAITH. This is the way I see it:
“LOVE” is the “curtain rod” in your life.
How does that work in relationship to “The Kingdom of God Kind of FAITH”?
FAITH becomes the “hooks” on the rod of LOVE
FAITH hangs on the “curtain rod” of LOVE
Everything else hangs on the “FAITH hooks”
EVERYTHING? Yes, EVERYTHING! If you don’t have your Bible close by, get it and turn to Old Testament, the Book of Habakkuk [I’ll wait for you].
Habakkuk 2:4 says, “Look at the proud; his soul [his thinking] is not straight or right within him, but the [rigidly] just and the [uncompromisingly] righteous man shall live by his faith and in his faithfulness.“
Let”s keeping looking for important clues that can be found in God’s Word; on how we who are righteous should live our lives. Turn to the New Testament for furthering evidence I found on “living” in The Kingdom of God by FAITH.
Romans 1:17, “For in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed through the way of faith that arouses more faith]. As it is written, The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith.”
Hebrews 10:38 says, “BUT the just shall live by faith [My righteous servant shall live by his conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it]; and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight or pleasure in him.”
If you are NOT convinced by these three verses, in how you should be living, go to Hebrews 11:32-34 and see the Kingdom’s benefits. Look at some of the Old Testaments “Hall of Fame Faith Heroes”: Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets in verse 32. And the empowerment they received by faith”?
“Subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouth of lions, extinguished the power of fire, escaped the sword, when they were weak they were strong, women received their dead by resurrection” Verses 33-34. ALL by the help of FAITH.
NOTHING in the Kingdom of God is possible except by FAITH.
—NOT answered prayer.
FAITH is based on the Word of God; NO WORD, NO FAITH!
FAITH can’t or won’t stand alone in the Kingdom of God; it has to be connected to the Word. “FAITH is a practical expression of your confidence in God and His Word.” Hebrews 10:35 says, “Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.” You can’t be successful in God’s Kingdom unless you study the manual (Bible). “Readers are leaders”.
Hearing from Satan is to destroy your confidence in the Kingdom’s “Law of Receiving“; receiving your “compensation of reward.” Every Kingdom has Laws and God’s Kingdom is no exception. Satan’s main weapon against your receiving through faith is FEAR (II Tim. 1:7). When FEAR is present in your life; FEAR that you won’t be healed, FEAR that you are not worthy enough for salvation, FEAR that people don’t accept you. Those kind of “FEARS” don’t come from God. I want to introduce you to a spiritual exercise in “FAITH building“. Turn to Hebrews 11:1, and where ever your Bible says the Word FAITH, replace it with the “Word of God“.
Verse 1 then reads, “NOW [the Word of God] is the assurance (the confirmation, the title-deed—The Vocabulary of the Greek Testament) of the things [we] hope for being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].” Verse 2, “For by [the Word of God]…” Verse 3, “By [the Word of God]…” I think you get the idea I am trying to convey. The Bible is a “title deed“; when the real “thing” shows up! If you are righteous in God’s sight, you are holding the “title deed“; the confirmation of things to come. Now the devil knows about your “title-deed” and uses logical questions that produces doubt in your thinking. He wants you to lose your confidence, which then the whole process is stopped. Start counting from 1 to 10 silently. Go ahead….now say your whole name out loud. What happened? You lost the count. That might be over simplified but you get the idea of how the enemy can suggest doubt.
CONFIDENCE in The Kingdom of God has to be developed and Hebrews 10:36 speaks about that truth.
“For you have need of steadfastness patience and confidence, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full, what is promised]. The “will of God” is the Word of God.
Faith and Patience in God’s Kingdom
“The Bible is not a book of rules. It’s a bag of seed.” Confidence in God’s Word is developed from spending time in God’s Word. According to Hebrews 10:35-36, we need patience to bring what you see into existence.
Patience is consistently, constantly the same in our lives; it is endurance. If you ever wonder what God’s will is for your life, go to His “bag of seed”. Once you find the applicable Scriptures in the Bible, you begin to develop confidence in your meditation. I personally like to call this method, “Spiritual Calisthenics“. The more you exercise, the more spiritually fit you become. Before you will be able to see the manifestation, patience needs to be developed. Patience doesn’t fold at the first time of trouble.
In Part II of “The Kingdom of God Kind of FAITH“, I want to look at the “Power Twins“. Are you a little curious? I was when my detective work continues.