Strong on our behalf

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2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect (peaceable, friendly) toward Him. (The words God speaks to us are relational)

God sees a fond heart towards himself as the ground and soil that allows entry for a mustard seed of faith to grow into acts of creative faith.

This is where faith begins, and this is where it stays.
Colossians 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, ‘Received’ and ‘walk’ are highly relational words.

Trying too hard to have faith can make a person restless rather than restful. Jesus has told us that we are his friends, alongside him, who helps us as we wait for him, wherever we are in whatever circumstances with a new kind of hope for a new kind of faith.
John 15:15 I'm no longer calling you servants because servants don't understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I've named you friends because I've let you in on everything I've heard from the Father.

1Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
1Corinthians 4.22 … things present or things to come—all are yours. And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

This becomes the expectation of discovering God’s awareness and consideration of our neediness. Things happen that only he could arrange. We begin to realize how mindful of us he is. Hebrews 2:5

God’s thoughts towards us are intentional. We become his thought of us as we flow with him.
Psalm 139.17 How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can't even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!

 

 

 

 

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FAITH IS THE SUPERNATURAL ACTIVITY OF BRINGING TO PASS GOD’S CREATIVE PURPOSE.
FATHER PURPOSES, JESUS SPEAKS, HOLY SPIRIT ACTS.

The Key point that Paul wants to make in the concluding chapters from Hebrews chapter ten through to chapter thirteen is the difference between Old Covenant faith and New Covenant faith. Faith is a heart decision that releases God’s power. The capacity of the faith heroes of chapter 11, to endure suffering and death instead of escape because they trusted in the eternal goodness of God presupposes a relationship to that unseen world – that world of faith. Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and others all occupied that world. They heard God speak to them in their hearts, the place of communication where we can hear from God (Romans 10:17).

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

Paul listed the testimonies of those who were the forebears of those in the Hebrew church to encourage them to be faithful to God, through their own sufferings, and to embrace the new and powerful kind of faith, the faith of God himself through Jesus. Old Covenant faith was empowered by obedience to God’s word. New Covenant faith is empowered by receiving God’s faith and love. (Galatians 5:6)

Hebrews 11:39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the Promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect (complete) apart from us.

Hebrews 12:1. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
Background and Key Points

Paul writes to the Hebrew church to encourage them to continue confidently in their New Covenant faith. Many of them had become discouraged because of the trials they were going through and there was a crisis of faith in the life of the church community. They had already experienced adversity, humiliation, loss of property, and imprisonment. They were told to not cast away their confidence for it held great reward, and they were told to embrace the will of God and to receive The Promise Hebrews 10:32-36.
Some had stopped gathering together in fellowship and some had given up on grace in neglecting the great salvation they had been given through Jesus. Some had let attitudes of bitterness creep in. Paul goes to great pains to explain the difference between the Old Testament promises, and the New Testament PROMISE, summed up in the exchanged life of Jesus.

Acts 1:4 … wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now…

Each individual in the New Covenant can receive God’s gift of completed faith

 

God working with us

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We are encouraged to approach God’s throne of grace with boldness and confidence in times of need while still recognizing the obvious scale of difference between his perfection and greatness and our imperfection and weakness. We do well to stay in this state of confident helplessness. Those who forsake their confidence risk leaving things to fate with a sense of hopelessness, while those who deny their helplessness risk trying to manufacture results through reliance on religious formulas. ‘I fasted, I tithed, I claimed the Scripture, or, I believed - so why didn’t it work?’ (Faith versus presumption)
The answer is clear. There is a flow of intertwined shared life with the source of all life and love, and an intelligent approach to this relationship of intimate shared faith. His work is always perfect! (The opposite viewpoint is unacceptable). New Testament faith is a gift from God – It is His faith. So we ask for it. (Galatians 2:20, Mark 11:22 – Own the faith of God)

Acts 14:1. When they went together into the synagogue in Iconium they again spoke in such a way before a great gathering of people that a multitude of both Jews and Greeks believed.
2. But the Jews who did not believe stirred up the Gentiles and negatively affected their minds against Paul and Barnabas and the others.
3. But they continued speaking, confident that God was with them, and God gave witness to their message of grace by granting signs and wonders to be done through their hands.
4. But the city was divided in their support, some supporting the Jews, and some supporting the apostles.
5. But when violence was planned against them by some of the Jews and the Gentles, to stone them,
6. They were made aware of the plan, so they escaped to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the outlying regions. (why not claim the Scripture - Psalm 91 - dash foot against a stone (Matthew 4:6)… or Isaiah 54 no weapon formed against…) 7. And there they continued to preach the gospel.
8. At Lystra there was a man sitting in the crowd who had no strength in his feet and had never walked, being lame from birth.
9. The man was listening to Paul speak, and Paul looked at the man and perceived (discerned) that the man had faith to be healed.
10. Paul said to the man, in a loud voice, ‘Stand up on your feet’. The man leaped up and started walking.

Faith is perceiving/discerning that God is doing something involving you at that moment.
Paul knew that God was with him and doing things in peoples’ lives.
Paul lived in this powerful bubble of life and love that he shared with Jesus, and the bubble never bursts.. There is a flow of intertwined shared life with the source of all life and love, and an intelligent approach to this relationship of intimate faith. His work is always perfect!

https://www.hopefaithprayer.com/books/The_Real_Faith_Charles_Price.pdf

 

The Table

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Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

You prepare a table before me
Remember when Abraham prepared the table for God. Here God prepares the table for David, a man after God’s own heart, who lives the shadow of the life of the New Testament (seems to jump the queue). This life now has its reality in us.

In the presence of my enemies (adversaries) - to cramp, afflict, distress, oppress, trouble, vex.
The enemies are not the people or the circumstances in the New Testament (perception - Matthew 5:43), but the spiritual attacks of temptations of darkness to blind our minds to faith, creating a mindset of separation from the presence of God (Romans 12:19).
The Lord wants us to feel safe in the face of fear and adversity. His table is always a safe place to be fed and nourished and comforted.

You anoint my head with oil;
The Holy Spirit inspires our minds, and orders our minds, and brings peace to our minds.

My cup runs over– (Ephesians 1:3… blessed us with all spiritual blessings…
There is blessing and cursing in OT but only blessing in NT – There are no curses except for the law. All of these inner blessings are waiting to be appropriated through faith.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
They come to us as the sure and certain flow from God’s heart - then they flow to others through us.

all the days of my life - Each day has its challenge and its reward.

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Everybody has a special place but we are also part of the household of love and goodwill who pray for blessing for all in the house, and for those who will yet find the place prepared for them – We can see them at the table.
John 14:2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you. 23. If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

Forever - It is both now and forever

 

3M Flow

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3M FLOW
1. The majesty of The Father
2. The meekness of Jesus
3. The mercies of The Holy Spirit

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and revealed them to the children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious plan. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows (from the inside out– epi – in, over around, upon) the Son except the Father, and no one knows (from the inside out) the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. (Matthew 22:14 – Many are invited but few respond – Jesus can only reveal to those who respond to Him). (So) Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Direct visions and impressions of Jesus). Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

MAJESTY OF THE FATHER
FATHER – He is our provision and sheltering care. He plans the destinies, times and seasons. Luke 12:30 your Father knows what you have need of.
Acts 1:6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own power. (Genesis 1:14) Aug 21st eclipse of Sun – September 20-30 – Two major festive seasons, Trumpets and Atonement, and also the 50th year since the six day war).

MEEKNESS OF JESUS- g4239. praus;
Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. The meek are those wholly relying on God rather than their own strength to defend them against injustice. Thus, meekness toward evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, that He is using them to purify His own, and that He will deliver them in His time. (Is. 41:17, Lu. 18:1-8) Gentleness or meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God's goodness and control over your situation. The meek person is not occupied with self at all. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will – Strongs Bible definitions. This is something we seek for (Ezekiel 36:37)
JESUS – Our Saviour/healer/intercessor Isaiah 53:5 – The Word - Hebrews 1:3.

MERCY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – Mercy brings about grace empowerment
HOLY SPIRIT – Our comforter/counselor – teacher (John 14:26). He is the person of ‘inclusion’. He is our creative inspiration and our empowerment of grace.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 

Us in Them

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US IN THEM
Genesis 18:1-9 Abraham saw Three in One at Mamre and prepares a meal for his three guests then watches them eat from under a tree.

1John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one.

Now we are at table with them.
We are now part of Trinity from the inside, not just thinking about Trinity from the outside. The Trinity is not an object that we analyse. Trinity is a verb of caring sharing movement of three loving persons that we have become a part of in their sharing of life and being and purpose and meaning.
John 14:20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you. 26. And the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things,

You don’t have to ‘get there’ – but you do need to want to be there, then you just have to find yourself already there from forever and for forever more.
Ephesians 1:4 This was the way God planned it before he even created the world, choosing the destiny of us as humanity being joined to divinity in Jesus, complete and innocent and unashamed of who we are in our close love and intimacy with him.

Then you get in this flow and go with it and not resist it (try and observe what is in you that is resisting). Then you become like it and reflect it. The flow comes to you and you release it. It empowers and heals wherever it touches.

FATHER – He is our provision and sheltering care
Luke 12:30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them
JESUS – Our Saviour/healer/interessor. Isaiah 53:5 – The Word - Hebrews 1:3.
HOLY SPIRIT – Our comforter/counselor – teacher (John 14:26). ). He is the person of ‘inclusion’. He is our creative inspiration and empowerment.

 

 

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2Timothy 1:5. When I call to mind the genuine faith that is in you … I want to remind you to stir up that gift that is within you … 6 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of an ordered mind.

The spirit of fear was activated when Adam felt separated from God because of a threefold lie from the prince of darkness. A) God does not want the best for you, b) God does not want you to succeed, c) God is not fair – The three basic fears.
Darkness seeks to sow the spirit of fear into our human spirit by provoking in us a mindset of separation from God – from the peace of being ONE with God. We are no longer slaves to that mindset of fear.

BUT – God has given us the spirit of power (Luke 8:42).
Power comes from being in touch with God. Touch is a physical sense of closeness, and touching God is a spiritual sense of closeness to the source of all power. When we stay in touch, presence power flows (note the spiritual senses of seeing, which is faith, and hearing, which is getting revelation and understanding from God).

AND – God has given us the spirit of love
That power of his presence is the spirit of love – the most creative power in the Universe. Love not only gives, but desires to share the best it has.

AND – God has given us the spirit of an ordered mind - the mindset of Christ. That is the mindset of non-separation – God with us, always, in all things.
An ordered mind is the result of a connected heart. A connected heart instructs the mind in wisdom. God wants you to be successful at being who he created you to be – The best at being who you are!
Psalm 16:7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart instructs me in times of challenge.

 

Staying in touch

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Staying in touch
Luke 8:42… He was surrounded by the crowds. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure. Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped.
“Who touched me?” Jesus asked.
Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.”
But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt power go out from me.” When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you whole. Go in peace.”

Jesus knows when faith is touching him, for who he really is, not just curiosity or self seeking.
He touches that life that reaches out to touch him, with his presence and power.
Jesus didn’t lose anything because there is an infinite supply. The same applies to us.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Always keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (TLB)

Ephesians 6.:18 Pray all the time. Ask God for anything in line with the Holy Spirit's ways. Plead with him, reminding him of your needs, (TLB)

 

Gracious performance

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What is the goal of Christian living, according to the New Covenant, the new relational arrangement God has established with us though Jesus.
1. He writes his laws (wisdom/moral values) in our (new) hearts
2. He Invites us all to know how to know him personally – BY WAY OF his mercy/forgiveness.
SO – The Christian goal – To know God and to graciously reflect His loving nature and creative power.
This means knowing how to ‘Be still and know that I am God’. But how do I perform this?

Romans 7:18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to perform it…Those who enter into Christ's being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ…
We can live life knowing and trusting that Christ is doing the supernatural performing of his love and creative goodwill, and simply doing the best we can according to our conscience.

Paul’s learning and teaching experiences –
Eph 4:20 20. But that is not how you have learned Christ through sharing in his life 21. That is, if you are listening to him and letting him teach you the absolute truth that flows forth from his heart to yours - and
Philippians 3:10 10. I long to know and understand him as a person, and to be aware of the power within him that makes what is dead live again. I want to identify with the way he suffered, and let my soul be shaped by his heart of giving up his life for us.

SOME FEATURES OF WAITING ON GOD – PRESENCE PRAYER – MEDITATION
1. What is the worst that can happen?
A. Losing 20 minutes of valuable TV watching, worrying, internet activity, other pursuits.
B. Putting yourself through an onslaught of crazy thoughts.
C. Feeling like a poverty stricken spiritual failure.
Part C is the desired result – Blessed are the poor in spirit, theirs is the Kingdom of God. The strength of Christian spirituality is knowing our weakness and his strength.
2. Immerse (plunge) yourself fearlessly into this dimension of the spiritual unknown. The cloud of unknowing.
3. Expect confidently the blessings of the terms of engagement. Mercy ->Faith ->Grace -> Love.
4. De-limit the mindset of limitation. Reckon yourself alive to God (electric shock). An electric shock does not throw a person across a room but it causes every ligament and nerve and muscle fibre to explode into action instantly. We actually jump across the room. But the mind limits our access to this release of power because it would otherwise put us in danger, but the limits can be pushed back without causing danger (endurance feats). People think that plunging into stillness of mind would be spiritually dangerous and allow demons to come in. Wrong – We are perfectly and wondrously made for the mind to be still and allow for the engaging of the heart of faith which releases the God life that is in there to be expressed – alive to God.
The result is an ever-growing gracious flow.

 

Romans 7:18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to perform it… My decisions, such as they are, don't result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. It happens so regularly that it's predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God's commands, but it's pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
I've tried everything and nothing helps. I'm at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn't that the real question?
The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin (separated self) to do something totally different. (MESSAGE)

Eph 4:20. But that is not how you have learned Christ through sharing in his life 21. That is, if you are listening to him and letting him teach you the absolute truth that flows forth from his heart to yours
22. Concerning your past lifetime of downward spirals, Cast aside that obsolete Adamic existence which became twisted through the distorted drivenness of self interest
23. Constantly being renewed in this new mindset of spiritual truth
24. And plunge into the depths of your renewed humanity bonded to Jesus that was created in eternity according to the personal design of God in true alignment with him and set apart for him. (CAV)

Philippians 3:10 10. I long to know and understand him as a person, and to be aware of the power within him that makes what is dead live again. I want to identify with the way he suffered, and let my soul be shaped by his heart of giving up his life for us.
11. If this kind of living is what is meant by bringing life out of death I want to be part of it.
12. I am not there yet. The work is not yet completed in me, but I am pursuing this with all I am and all I have. I want to make my own the whole plan of life for which Jesus has made me his own.
13. So, while I cannot say that I have arrived, I can say that I have put the past behind me, and I am focused only on what great things lay ahead of me. 14. I now have a real goal in life. To experience the supreme reward that comes from saying yes to living a heavenly life with Jesus here and now in this present life.15. If any of you want to know what it is like to live within this kind of perfect arrangement, then start thinking the way I have just outlined to you, and if you don’t quite grasp this I know God can reveal it to you.16. So however far we might have come in comprehending this truth, let us live out of it together as the defining principle that determines how we think and how we live.17. I want you to embrace this kind of living the way I have, and to follow the example of others you see living the same way also.18. (I have told you before and I tell you again, sadly, that there are some whose lives are woeful models to you because they contradict the example of Jesus in giving his life for us on the cross. 19. They are on a road to ruin, slaves to their selfish desires, proud of their arrogance and sold out to the things of this world.)20. Our way of life reflects the atmosphere of heaven, where we live in constant hope and expectation of the supernatural redeeming work of Jesus,21. Who will finally take our weak mortality and change it to be like his mighty immortality, using the power that only he has, to subdue all things to himself. (CAV)

 

 

Delay of the faithful

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Isaiah 30:1 “Stubborn children,” declares the Lord, “who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame, and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation
God had allowed Assyria to be a dominant nation and under them Babylon as the enforcers. Israel were the representatives of the Covenant God – a covenant of protection and goodness. He was not only God over Israel as a nation but he was God over all nations. But instead of trusting in this covenant, they were ready to make a covenant with Egypt (a covenant with death).
In Biblical language going down to Egypt means trusting in the Kingdom of the world instead of in the kingdom of God. ( Abraham Genesis 12, Isaac Genesis 26)
For Christians that means trusting in self and not in God and His covenant.
15. For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”But you would not, And you said, “No, for we will flee on horses”—Therefore you shall flee! And, “We will ride on swift horses”—Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift! One thousand shall flee at the threat of one, At the threat of five you shall flee, Till you are left as a pole on top of a mountain And as a banner on a hill.
But God Will Be Gracious Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it He will answer you.
And though the Lord gives you The bread of adversity and the water of affliction,
Yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, But your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,“This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand or you turn to the left.
As a Christian you are a representative of His New Covenant, just as Israel was the representative of the Old Covenant. They knew it front to back and inside out, every blessing and every curse, every ordinance and law and penalty.
The Old Covenant had outward promises and blessings, like God winning battles for them to take the territory he had promised them, and prospering them by sending them rain for their crops and harvests. It is a very rewarding covenant for those who like outward blessings, but it is an incredibly demanding covenant when it comes to outward performance and sacrifice. It is full of blessings and curses, whereas the New covenant has only blessings and no curses – except for one – the curse of the LAW. The old covenant was not dependent upon faith but on obedient work. Faith is mentioned TWICE in the Old covenant. (Deuteronomy 32.20, Habakkuk 2:4). And faith is always blessed by God.
The blessings of the New Covenant are inward blessings, spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:x). That is because the Kingdom is an inward kingdom, dependant upon obedient faith. So what about material blessings and our temporal needs? The answer is simple;
Matthew 6:33 Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you.
What about performance and obedience and understanding? What about knowing the words of the covenant front to back and inside out? (Hosea 4:1

 

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