Rom 8 :1-11 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a]free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh,in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[d] because of righteousness.11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.

3crossesOur house has been on the market now for a little over one week. The first viewing was last thursday and we need to sell it. The money for the sale could make us debt free. We do not live in the house any more, we moved out of it in July, so its just sitting there empty waiting for somebody to live in it.

The day after the first viewing I was praying a lot to know what would happen next. Would it sell? How long would it take? I felt a deep sense of peace after I had prayed, a deep sense this would be ok.

The first day after the viewing a coworker felt he had to pray for my wife and I. And then he started prophecying to us and said we would be financially blessed and it would be a blessed sale. So that confirmed my sense of peace from the day before.

The week went by and yesterday our real estate agent called me after he had talked to the people who came to the viewing. In my mind I had envisioned he would call and tell me a huge offer had been made on the house and now we just had to sign the contract. But the reality was different, he called me and said nobody of the 4 people that had expressed an interest in the house where interested in buying it. So next week we will have viewing nr.2

Life is like that sometimes, God promises us something in a prophecy and in our minds we know how it will come about. But then we fall flat on our faces when the opposite happens.

Let me ask you a question, do you always feel saved?

If you are honest with yourself I know the answer is a resounding no. We do not always feel saved. There are days when we feel far from being saved. And there are days when we feel saved. We all know our salvation is never dependent on our emotions. Our salvation is dependent upon our faith. We are saved because we believe Jesus died for us, not because we have an emotional high.

So what happens on the days you do not feel saved? You of course remind yourself, I am saved praise God, thank you for the blood and for the cross despite not feeling it. Despite your circumstances you choose to praise and thank Him for being saved.  You do not pray for Him to save you again, you know you are saved so you praise Him for it.

When Jesus died for us He did not die only to reconcile us to God. He died to heal us, provide for us, protect us and give us everything mentioned in Deut 28:1-13, psalm 23. He died so that we could have access and partake in every promise in the entire Bible.

Why then do we ask God to heal us when we do not feel healed?

Why then do we ask God to provide for us when we feel poor and we have a need?

I know its a strange question, but stop for a moment and consider the following:

You would never ask God to save you again if you one day decided to believe Jesus died for your sins. You might not feel saved every day, but you know the Bible says that as long as you believe Jesus died for your sins you are saved despite what you might feel. So you would choose to decree to yourself “I am saved, thank you for the blood”. And you know you are saved not because you have said those words, but because you believe Jesus died for your sins.

When Jesus died for your sins, He died to give you reconciliation to God, physically and mental healing, money to meet your every need, protection, guidance, wisdom. When He died His death made sure every need in your life would be met.

So there is no difference between salvation, healing, provision, guidance, wisdom. They are all taken care of in the cross and the death of Jesus. The only thing you have to do is to believe in Jesus dying for your sins.

So why then do you ask God to give you something He has already provided for? You would never ask God to save you again if you already believe Jesus died for your sins. You would just remind yourself, and praise Him for being saved despite your emotions.

Why then would you ask God to heal you again, provide for you again when He has already done this the day He died for you?

You only have to believe, and if you believe in Jesus dying for your sins you should not ask God to heal you. You should instead thank Him for healing you when Jesus died for you on a cross. And you should thank Him for providing for you when Jesus died for you on a cross. (Rev 12:11)

You should do this despite your emotions and your circumstances.

I know you are not healed, the pain is still there. I know the bank account shows you are actually poor and have no money for food. But if you truly believe Jesus died for your sins, if you are a Christian, you are commanded in the Bible to do this despite your circumstances. (1.Tim 6:12)

The Bible is not telling you to deny your circumstances. So go ahead and admit to being sick, poor, in need. Just as the Bible is not telling you to deny your emotions when you do not feel saved. But the Bible is telling you not to rely on your emotions, and not to rely on your circumstances. You are to walk by faith and not by sight (2.Chor 5:7).

You are truly walking by faith and not by sight and fighting the good fight of faith when you choose to thank Him, and praise Him for already healing you, providing for you and saving you despite your circumstances and emotions.  ( 2.Chor 5:7, 1 Tim 6:12)

Is this word of faith? Name it claim it?  Grab it blab it?

No it is not. The word of faith movement focused on what you said. That your words have power to create everything you want. The word of faiths object of faith is their ability to say things and how they say it.

The Bible does say your words hold power, but the difference is the object of your faith. For the Bible says your words hold power to create as long as your object of faith is the cross of Jesus Christ and what you are saying is something Jesus died for. 

God wants you healed, wealthy, provided for, protected. But He can only do these things as long as you choose to focus your faith on the key to all of these things. The key is the cross and the death of Jesus.

If your faith is focused on the death of Jesus giving you all you need for this life, and the next one, God promises to give it to you. He does not say anything about when it will happen, but He promises it will happen in His timing. And while we are waiting, we have to choose, to make a deliberate decision to have an active alive faith which creates what we need in our life by focusing on what Jesus has provided for us with His death.

When our real estate agent called me yesterday and said nobody was interested in buying our house I had a choice. It was so tempting to give into the despair, discouragement and desperation I felt just then. It was so tempting to become sad, worried and anxious and focus my faith on the wrong things. It was so tempting to be disappointed at the Lord and to start doubting His promise.

So I had to make a deliberate choice to focus my faith, despite my circumstances. I made a deliberate choice to not ask for God to provide for us and not to ask God to make it possible for us to sell our house.

Why would I do that if He has already provided for us in the cross and already sold our house in the cross?

I would not ask Him to save me again just because I did not feel saved one day.

instead I made the choice to fight the good fight of faith and walk by faith and not by sight. I started praising Him and thanking Him for making me a millionaire. (Our house mortgage is big, so we need millions to be debt free) I started praising Him and thanking Him for providing for us because Jesus died for me. 

What happened? Did the house just sell itself the moment I started saying those things?

The house is still not sold, we still have debt and there are still nobody interested in buying it. But I still choose to focus my faith on what I have in the cross instead of focusing in on what I do not have. I choose to believe despite my circumstances, just as I choose each day to believe I am saved despite my emotions.

The death of Jesus is called the new covenant. When Jesus died for us God said “I will make a covenant with everybody who chooses to believe My Son died for their sins.”.

God promises to provide for, heal, guide, direct, and meet our every need if we choose to do our part of the covenant. What is our part? Its believing Jesus died for our sins. Its believing Jesus died to heal us, provide for us, guide us, direct us, meet our every need in this and the next life.

So even though the house is not sold yet, even though we still have debt and nobody is interested in buying it. Even though there are to many days left until the next paycheck and to little left on the account, I choose to do my part of the covenant and believe despite my circumstances.

Then it does no longer become my responsibility. So why worry about something that is not my responsibility? Its not my responsibility to make sure the house is sold and we will have enough money to make us debt free. Thats Gods responsibility, not mine. My responsibility is just to believe, and then He will do it in His timing.

The prophecy our coworker gave us then suddenly makes sense. It was Gods promise to us, because He knew one week ago nobody would be interested in buying the house. So the prophecy was God telling us, “when nobody is interested in buying the house, remember this, I will make sure you are financial blessed and it will be a blessed sale”.

Life is like that sometimes. God promises us something in a prophecy, we make up a scenario in our minds convinced we know how it will happen and when it will happen. But then it does not happen and we fall flat on our faces again.

But instead of becoming disappointed at God, instead of becoming frustrated and anxious we are to remember our covenant. We are to remember this is not our responsibility. Its Gods responsibility to make sure the promise will come about. Its His responsibility to see to it will happen. Our responsibility is just to believe all our needs are met in the cross.

Published by Apostle