In a previous newsletter I began sharing The Keys to Understanding the Principles of God’s Abundance. The first key is, “God’s provision is found in His promises.” The second principle, which was also covered in a previous newsletter tells us, “The promises of God are our inheritance.” We will now move on to the third principle of God’s provision.
The Third Principle
God’s promises are the expression of His will. God never promised anything that is not His will. This truth is… knowing God’s will is the starting point for any expectation of experiencing God’s promises in our life. We must recognize that God desires to give us the things He has promised.
Suppose we discover a promise that meets our need and obediently fulfill the conditions that God has laid down. If we then come to Him for what He promised, He will never say, “It’s true that I promised you that, but I never really meant to give it to you. It’s not really My will.” Such behavior would not only be unbecoming for an earthly father, it be totally inconsistent with the nature of God as our heavenly Father.
Numbers 23:19 tells us, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
In fact, Jesus Himself assured us that God wants to give good gifts to His children. “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him!” (Luke 11:13).
We see that the promises of God are the expression of His will. When we know God’s will, we can pray with faith and expectation.
Let’s look at 1 John 5 in the Amplified Bible: “This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us.”(AMP)
Continuing with verse 15, we read, “And if we know that He hears us, in whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (NKJV)
The Greek word “confidence” in verse 14, literally means “freedom of speech.” So the verse could read, “This freedom of speech that we have in God….” The implication here is that “confidence” needs to be expressed in what we say. It is not enough to merely “believe in our heart”; or agree with our mind.” We must also “confess with our mouth.”
With this in mind, let’s look at Romans 10:10. “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Let’s dissect this spiritual principle of faith. First, we must believe. We can only believe with our heart. Then we speak forth with our mouth to proclaim what we believe in our heart. Remember, our heart is our spirit—the real you. If you are born-again, it is your spirit that is in union with the Holy Spirit. It is your spirit that initiates your faith.
Our words cannot come from our mind alone… though of course, our mind (soul) has to engage in the process of agreeing with our spirit. All three parts of us—spirit, soul (mind, will and emotions) and body—are required to participate in order receive from God. That’s how He set it up. It is how He created us to function in regards to spiritual matters.
We must choose to release through words, what we believe in our heart. We learn throughout scripture that this is the process of connecting with God’s will and bringing it to bear in our life. We must believe (heart), choose (mind) and take action (mouth and body). In doing this we use our whole person—spirit, soul and body to agree with God.
After my airplane crash, I was believing that my right eye, which had been cut down the middle by debris, was healed. Yet all I could see was some light and dark, which the doctor told me was all I would ever see. But I believed God’s Word is true more than what man said—so I released my faith through words and actions in agreement with what was in my heart—that by the stripes on Jesus back, I was healed! (Isaiah 53:5).
I often quoted the verse that says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7). My faith in God’s will was a choice. It wasn’t a feeling—it was a decision to believe God’s Word more than my circumstances. This choice was one I had to make many times every day for months. With my will, I took action through words, proclamations and exercise.
Later in my life I began dealing with financial issues. Again, I asked God for His help. I used the same principles to get out of debt and to begin a new life of financial freedom and blessing. I’ll share more of this later. But please know that it was a case of blending natural principles with spiritual principles. Because God is the Lord of the natural realm and the spiritual realm—He created both. And He works in the natural realm through our faith–which brings the spiritual realm into the natural.
It’s somewhat like dissecting the word supernatural. Super is God’s part. Only He can do that. Natural is our part and we must work in harmony with God by doing all we can do on our part. It’s blending the super with the natural that we see God’s power at work in our lives regularly.
During that time, I found and read a book about “How to Strengthen Your Eyes.” It taught eye exercises which I began using on my eye, as well as confessing faith in God and His Word that I was healed. Though it seemed futile to those around me, and I was often ridiculed for my seemingly foolish attempts, God was faithful. Over time, my eye sight improved and eventually I gained 20/20 uncorrected vision in my injured eye. I learned that God’s promises are truer than any circumstances.
All successful prayer revolves around the knowledge of God’s will. Once we know that we are asking for something according to the will of God, we know we have it. It’s not, “we’re going to have it,” but “we have it.”
In Mark 11:24 Jesus says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” When do we receive? When we pray.
The receiving is in the present—the now. Faith always works in the “now”—not the future, not the past, but the present. When you get out of the present it is no longer faith, it becomes hope. Hope is a good starting point, but it must transform into faith to bring God’s will into our present.
The actual experiential outworking of what we have received—is often in the future. But if we do not receive what we are believing for now, we will not receive it later. The teaching of Mark 11:24 agrees exactly with 1 John 5:14–15. In each case, the lesson is: we must receive, by faith, at the very moment when we pray.
Thereafter, it is necessary to boldly express our confidence with our mouth—confidence that we have already received what we have asked for—even before it manifests.
Many times when you are on your way to appropriating God’s blessings, the devil uses a sneaky tactic. He doesn’t tell you that it won’t happen, but he does say, “later.” As a result, you hesitate just for a moment and in doing that, you fail to appropriate the promise you are praying for.
What does Scripture say is the accepted time? Now! People often say, “Today is the accepted time.” But Scripture doesn’t say that. It says, “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” God lives in the eternal “now.” When you meet God, it is never yesterday and never tomorrow. His name is not “I was,” nor “I will be.” It is always “I AM.” (Exodus 3:14.)
Please don’t ignore God’s promises… or be intimidated to trust in God. In Psalms 103:2-5 God encourages us not to forget ANY of His benefits. It is His will that we enjoy the promises He has made available for those who love Him.
This third principle—God’s promises are the expression of His will—is enough to make anyone jump for joy. It reminds me of Psalm 34:8. “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trust in Him!”
Be blessed! Trust in the Lord and enjoy His promises in your life.
The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrating the most important event in human history. As we approach this special day of remembrance and celebration… truly celebrate what God has given to you. And the best way to celebrate it, is to use it!
Always remember that, with God nothing is impossible!
Dale & Paula
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