Mon, 6 August 2012
UNIVERSITY OF EXCELLENCE
THE EMBARRASSMENT OF FAITH
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Somebody reading this message today has received a promise from G-d with instructions to START a unique and powerful service for the LORD. As a matter of fact, the revelation to you is so BIG, you are questioning as to whether it is really G-d. You also are concerned as to what others . . . even believers in Messiah . . . will think of you if you obey.
If you want to be greatly used by G-d, you will have to always . . . each time . . . be willing to take a STEP, or make a MOVE, of faith. It will NOT be walking out on a limb (of a tree) by faith and then sawing off the limb. However, it WILL be sawing the limb off first, and then walking out by faith.
Noah sawed the limb off when he STARTED building the Ark. Thus did Noah; according to all that G-d commanded him, so did he. (Torah: Genesis 6:22) Notice that Noah obeyed G-d in ALL the things in which he was instructed by G-d.
There is a reason G-d gives us instructions in detail. However, sometimes He may give us at first general, or nonspecific, leading; and later, when we arrive at the place for new instructions, He will be more specific. Why should God give all the plans out when we havent taken the FIRST step and started to carry out His instructions.
Notice that the great leaders and deliverers which G-d used to impact and save humanity were required to do what seemed FOOLISH in the eyes of the world. Noah STARTED BY building the Ark, and he and his family were probably laughed at and scorned for 120 years. What he did probably seemed crazy in the eyes of the community.
Abraham left his fathers wealth and the false gods and idols of his people to follow the True G-d that his relatives and friends could NOT see. He STARTED by heading out to a place he had never been, and didnt know where it was. It was a place that G-d said He would show Abraham.
"Now the LORD G-d said unto Abram, Get out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father's house, unto the land that I will show you." (Torah: Genesis 12:1 ASV)
Concerning WHAT has G-d been speaking to YOU? Whatever it is, you may have to be willing to accommodate the embarrassment of faith. That is, you may have to adapt to, or fit in with, self-consciousness, uncomfortableness, and uneasiness. You may have people look down upon you with pity or shame. If you dont allow yourself to walk in the Spirit, you may even feel awkward; especially if you allow yourself to objectively look at the situation in the natural.
During Abrahams walk of faith, after he had STARTED, at one point G-d promised to give him a son and then descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the sea shore.
"Who against hope (Abraham) believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken (by G-d): So shall your descendants be." (Brit Chadashah: Romans 4:18)
"And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarahs womb." (Verse 19)
Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 when Isaac was born.
"He staggered not at the promise of G-d through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to G-d; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform." (Verse 20)
WHAT HAS G-D PROMISED YOU?
WHAT STEP OR MOVE HAS G-D REQUIRED OF YOU?
WHAT IS THE EMBARRASSMENT OF FAITH YOU MAY PROBABLY ENCOUNTER?
I have a word for you from G-d. After you START in this faith endeavor which G-d has promised to perform, you will not care what people think about you. You will be so overwhelmed with JOY and the ANOINTING of the Holy Spirit that you are oblivious to what people . . . even some followers of Messiah Yeshua . . . think or say.
If G-d is going to do the work through you by HIS GRACE, it is going to have to be by YOUR FAITH. You will have to BELIEVE and START: take the action, make the move! If you really believe G-d CAN and WILL do what He has told you, then be willing to encounter the embarrassment of faith. G-d told Abraham:
"I have made you a father of many nations, before whom Abraham believed, even G-d, who makes alive the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were (already)." -- Verse 17
If you are involved in a project or endeavor where others have joined you, G-d will be good to at times give you encouragement, even FAITH LEADING, through them. Do NOT discount the advice of others who are with you in the faith project the LORD has assigned you. The only time you should NOT listen is when you definitely know what God wants you to do at that stage of the game, and other advice is conflicting.
This requires you to follow your spirit, the voice of your inner man. If you do NOT KNOW it is G-d, then dont do it. I promised G-d at a particular juncture in my life and ministry that I would never do anything that I wasnt sure He wanted me to do. Study the BLOG titled, If Youre Not Sure ... Dont!
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Recently I prayed for a lady to conceive. When I prayed, the power of G-d came upon me. There was NO doubt; the anointing of the Spirit was so strong upon me that I could feel it in my arms. His presence was intense. I have prayed for several barren women to conceive who conceived in 30 days. G-d knows how to fulfill His promises without our help. We just need to use our faith.
Sarah, after many years of being barren suggested to Abraham that he lay with her maidservant, Hagar, and that way they could have a child. In other words, she thought they could help G-d keep His word, or promise, to Abraham! G-d doesnt need help in keeping His Word. If He promised you something, then just do what He told you: obey in faith.
However, notice that about 14 years later, it was Sarahs faith that brought about her MIRACLE CONCEPTION of Isaac.
"Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed (at the age of 90), and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him (Abraham, age 100) as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable." (Brit Chadashah: Hebrew 11:11-12)
In Hebrews 11:11, when the scripture says, "Through faith also Sarah, herself ..." The Greek word for "herself" implies "something remarkable: that Sarah would manifest this faith." She had laughed years before at even the suggestion by Abraham of G-d's promise through a divine visitation. (Genesis 18:1-15) But now, years later, she had grown in her trust in G-d, probably through living with Abraham. Abraham was now 100 and Sarah was 90. (Genesis 17:17 and 18:11)
Even though Sarah influenced Abraham to make a bad decision 14 years earlier to try to help G-d in the FLESH (Brit Chadashah: Galatians 4:23) with the subsequent birth of Ishmael, she later through FAITH was the instrument God used to bring about the PROMISE of the child Isaac! And, with the result of not only millions of descendants of Abraham, but the establishment of the seed line through which Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) would come to earth through a MIRACLE VIRGIN BIRTH 2,100 years later.
Your obedience to the promise of G-d, exercised through your START - your step of faith and subsequent walk of faith - even though making you an exhibition to the world ... and the resulting EMBARRASSMENT of faith ... will result in the PROMISE of God being performed to bless YOU, your descendants, and the nations of the world.
Die to the embarrassment of faith and bring resurrection LIFE to you, your family, your associates, and the world. Many will join you later and thank you for both the privilege of working with you and being under your leadership!
I'm going to pray for you right now.
Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai.
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