Faith that defeats the enemy
God has never called us to live a defeated life or even to accept it. God's people are in no way to accept and live in this state. We shouldn't limit God by not believing He is an all sufficient God that has made a way for lives to be resurrected from the former death state we were in without Jesus. Jesus resurrection from the dead is all we need to defeat the enemy.
My people perish (are defeated) from a lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6
So God wants us to trust, rely, and have faith in Him to fulfill the call He has on our lives. To believe that we will not be defeated because He is on our side. Walk in the faith Jesus displayed in the Bible to fulfill your call. And even when death has come because our work here is done and COMPLETE we still won't be defeated by death because it's sting was taken away by Jesus my Saviour. "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" 1 Cor 15:54-55
• DEFEATED MEANS:
1. beaten or overcome; not victorious 2. disappointingly unsuccessful
Beaten or overcome; not victorious People who are defeated
Similar: licked (having been got the better of) subjugated (reduced to submission)
Also:unsuccessful (not successful; having failed or having an unfavorable outcome)
So Jesus was undefeated when He laid down His life to sacrifice it for ours. He bought us back, redeemed us from death and destruction, so we can walk in His resurrection power to witness to the world Jesus has risen from the dead!
Our resurrected life in Christ is paved with victory for the ones who walk it by faith. Yes, I DECLARE TO YOU ALL OF US THAT ARE TRUSTING, RELYING ON AND CLINGING TO GOD THAT CAN HEAR HIS VOICE NO DEFEAT IS NOT IN OUR FUTURE!
WE WILL OBTAIN HIS PROMISES! WE WILL SEE THE POWER OF JESUS AT WORK THROUGH US TO SAVE THE WORLD! who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, 'It shall be inhabited,' of the towns of Judah, 'They shall be built,' and of their ruins, 'I will restore them,' Isaiah 44:26
"Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures." Luke 24:45
"But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him." Ps 37:39-40 "
The LORD is Good, a Strong Hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him." Nah 1:7
"And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him."1 John 5:15 "Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and He saveth them out of their distresses. He sent His Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!" Ps 107:19-21
According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:3,4
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: 2 Peter 2:9
So we are allowed to want good things and through God's power we are able to obtain and have them because we have faith in God and to avoid the sin of lust. We don't have to lust or covet to have good things, just let God fulfill His promises in your life. He fulfills the needs and desires of those who won't forget Him once they've received the blessings and continue to do His work and spread the Gospel of Jesus. Whatever we need to serve Him He supplies it. God is good He also gives us our heart's desire.
So what's faith have to do with it?
Biblical references to faith in the New Testament.
A. Greek word pisteuo, which means "to believe"
John 3:16 - "whoever believes in Him should not perish"
John 11:26 - "everyone who believes in Me shall never die"
Acts 16:31 - "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved"
Rom. 1:16 - "power of God for salvation to every one who believes"
Eph. 1:13 - "having believed you were sealed with Holy Spirit"
James 2:19 - "the demons believe and shudder"
I John 5:1 - "whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God"
B. Greek word pistis, which is translated "belief" and "faith"
Rom. 1:5 - "the obedience of faith"
Rom. 5:1 - "having been justified by faith"
I Cor. 15:14 - "if Christ not raised, your faith is in vain"
II Cor. 5:7 - "we walk by faith, not by sight"
Gal. 2:20 - "I live by faith in the Son of God"
Eph. 2:8 - "For by grace you have been saved through faith"
Phil. 3:9 - "righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith"
Heb. 11:1 - "faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen"
James 2:26 - "faith without works is dead"
I Peter 1:5 - "protected by the power of God through faith"
Unwaivering Faith Needed
But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. James 1:6-8
let's take a look look at faith and what is faith and how do we operate in it.
In the general sense of the word, to have faith is to believe in something or someone, to fully trust, to be so confident that you base your actions on what you believe. To have faith is to be fully convinced of the truthfulness and reliability of that in which you believe.
Faith in God then, is having the kind of trust and confidence in God and in Christ that leads you to commit your whole soul to Him as Saviour (Justifier, Cleanser, Healer, Deliverer) and Lord (Master, King).
The NIV translation says, "Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see."
Romans 8:24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all.Who hopes for what he already has?
2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal
2 Corinthians 5:7 We live by faith, not by sight.
Hebrews 3:6 But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.
Do not let this happy trust in the Lord die away, no matter what happens. Remember your reward! You need to keep on patiently doing God's will if you want Him to do for you all that He has promised. His coming will not be delayed much longer. And those whose faith has made them good in God's sight must live by faith, trusting Him in everything. Otherwise, if they shrink back, God will have no pleasure in them. > Hebrews 10:35-38
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Romans 1:1
Always remember when we keep trusting God and still don't see the answer it doesn't mean He's not working on it!
God is always on time, never to late. We have strength in Jesus to overcome, rise above the circumstances and have real peace without fear because we know that our God is faithful. This type of faith that still trusts even when it doesn't look like anythings changing is the kind of faith God wants us to have. To believe He's healed you, restored you, anything that's wrong. To believe that Jesus death and resurrection was enough moves mountains out of our way. Jesus faith is all we need it doesn't mean we won't have obstacles!
For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,Romans 4:3-5
By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him,
for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.Hebrews 11:1-6
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty, or want; for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ Who gives me the strength and power. Philippians 4:11-13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rom 15:13
Have faith in God, the faith of God: more on the meaning of faith
If you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. Col 1:23
King James Bible> And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
Bible in Basic English > And Jesus, answering, said to them, Have God's faith. Douay-Rheims Bible > And Jesus answering, saith to them: Have the faith of God.
Mark 11:22- One controversial aspect of the modern Faith movement is the idea that we can exercise the “God-kind of faith.” This phrase is taken from Mark 11:22 in which Jesus says, “have faith in God.”
Many scholars tell us that it literally means, “have the faith of God.” Many Faith Teachers have said that we are to have, therefore, the “God-kind of faith.” This would be the kind of faith that Jesus exercised when He commanded the fig tree to wither up from the roots and it did. (See Mark. 11:12-14; 20-23).
In the parallel passage in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus says, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea’ it will be done” Matt. 21:21.
In the context, Jesus is discussing the cursing of the fig tree and the disciple’s ability to duplicate Jesus’ behavior. He assures them that they can even command a mountain to be removed and cast into the sea. He describes this ability as “faith in God” or “the faith of God’
Many who have been critical of this idea of ‘having the faith of God’ rightly point out that God is the object of our faith and the primary meaning of the Greek word for faith is trust in something or someone. “So,” they reason, “faith isn’t something God has, it’s something we have in God.”
What most people mean when they say that faith is something that we have toward God, not something that God has or exercises. Most Christians would be in agreement that this is the primary meaning of the concept of faith and the Greek word pistis.
But is this the only valid usage of the word in the New Testament?
Does pistis ever have another meaning in the Scripture which is related?
In the exercise of faith that Jesus taught in Mark 11, it was not only faith toward God that He was advocating. Based on a living faith in God, Jesus was saying that they needed to also exercise faith in the word of command. They were to speak to an obstacle (a fig tree or a mountain) and command something to happen to that obstacle.
Jesus said “if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘be removed and be cast into the sea’, it will be done. Matt. 21:21.
In Mark it says, “whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes [pisteuo- verb form of pistis] that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”
The word faith is used in a secondary sense, faith in the words that are commanded. “if you believe those things you say, you will have whatever you say.”Jesus again expresses the same idea in Luke 17:6.
Jesus is talking about us releasing faith, not in God as the object of our faith, but in the words that we say.
The word faith, though mainly used in Scripture to describe our trust toward God, is also used to describe the confidence we have in the what we speak in what is known as the “command” of faith. This is the primary way, although not the only way, that Jesus ministered to the sick and oppressed. “Arise and walk,” “Daughter, I say unto you, ‘arise,’ “ plus more.
God speaks things into existence. When He declares something, He believes it will come to pass. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. Ps 33:9
We are created in His image and likeness. As we submit to Him and seek to do His will, He authorizes us to speak on His behalf and with His authority.
With a loud voice of a Conqueror He shouted, “Done!” “Complete!” “Finished!”
Here is the awful climax of the suffering of the Son of God. He was “wounded for our transgressions” this Lamb of God.
Christ was offering Himself as the “ransom for many.” The precious blood of Jesus Christ redeemed us. In this spiritual suffering and death Jesus paid our sin debt to the righteousness of a holy God. Jesus on the cross felt the way a lost sinner in hell feels who has never put His faith in Christ to save him. He was suffering the wrath of God against the sinner. He bore our punishment in His atoning death.
Some of the people thought Jesus was crying out for Elijah to come to His rescue. A Roman soldier hearing His cry, “I thirst,” was moved by sympathy and took a sponge filled with sour vinegar wine and pressed it to the lips of Jesus.
With His senses revived momentarily and His parched lips and throat moistened, He gained strength to shout, “It is finished!” In that moment the work of redemption was completed. Nothing was left undone. It was a shout of triumph and victory. With a loud voice of a Conqueror He shouted, “Done!” “Complete!” “Finished!” The job He came to do in His incarnation was completed in full. The work of redemption was perfected and nothing else needed to be done by anyone. Jesus said, “Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit” and He died. Jesus sent His spirit back to the Father. His death was a free act of will, handing His spirit back to God.Jesus died a victor. It was a triumphant shout of victory.
In that horrible moment Matthew, Mark and Luke tell us the thick veil or curtain that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place in the Temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. “And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split” (Matthew 27:51).
"Master, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now? Is this the time?"
Jesus told them, "You don't get to know the time.
Timing is the Father's business. What you'll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world."
These were Jesus last words of wisdom to His disciples and witnesses of His resurrection. Acts 1
By the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to lyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. Romans 15:19
Peters unbelief cause him to fall below threw water whilst Jesus standing on top has true faith and total surrender to his Father's will which allows him to pull peter's weight out of water whilst standing on water!Peter learned a lesson that day.if he had had total faith he would have kept walking on water and would'nt have sank,but yet our Lord is so loving and compassionate he will save us all if we only ask. Don't be stubborn hearted ask Jesus to help you in tough times like peter did and he will pull you out of the water and calm the storm in your life!!
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Rom 11:29
"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" Rom 8:31
"But The God Of All Grace, Who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you."> 1 Pet 5:10
"I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known Him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father." 1 John 2:13
For however many are the promises of God, in him is the “Yes.” Therefore also through him is the “Amen,” to the glory of God through us. 2 Cor 1
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them. Eph 2:10
Because the perfect sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, we can now boldly and confidently approach God in worship, prayer and fellowship with Him.Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Heb 10:22
The believer in Jesus Christ can enter with “boldness” into the heavenly sanctuary . “We have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus” Heb10:19. He is referring to the Holy of Holies. We have this boldness or confidence to enter into God’s presence in heaven through the bloody sacrifice of Christ on our behalf.
Then Christ came and on the cross “through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” “.. but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption” Heb 9:11-12).
Today the believer in Christ comes knowing he has been cleansed, set apart to God, and made perfect by the sacrifice of Christ. Because He died for us, we have received a free right of access into the holy presence of the LORD God. The author of Hebrews urges his readers to come boldly to the throne of grace.
We can with boldness enter to God’s presence right now without ritual and without performance, because Jesus Christ restored the broken relationship caused by our sins.
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it Is 55:11
I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Matt 5:18
God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19
Commissioned to do greater works
When we our in need of something physically and spiritually than Jesus shows up and restores us and makes us strong. When we are weak as in unable to take care ourselves depending on Jesus for every single thing than He truly is strong and it will be evident in our lives!
"Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. "Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. John 14
Now for what the phrase actually means. Notice John 14:12 does not say greater miracles, but rather greater works (Gr. miezon ergon).
Greater is the Greek word meizon -neuter of 3187; (adverbially) meaning greater degree: more. Jesus says, “the works I do” works Gr. ergon, means to work; toil as an effort or occupation; an act of labor. They will labor greater in degree. Jesus saying “greater works than these” meant a more extensive ministry. There are other words used for miracles- Semeion, a “sign,” i.e., an evidence of a divine commission; an attestation of a divine message (Matt. 12:38, 39; 16:1; Mark 8:11; Luke 11:16; 23:8; John 2:11, 18, 23; Acts 6:8, etc.); evidence of the presence of God.
Now Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. Acts 6:8
Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus." Acts 4:30
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Acts 10:38
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:17-18
The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon's Colonnade. Acts 5:12
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. Matt 4:23
He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him." John 3:2
"Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe." John 4:48
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4
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