A Praying Life
2/25/11 at 01:06 PM 0 Comments


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The last discussion was about Faith that changes reality. I was meditating on the 9th chapter of Matthew and was struck by the many examples of faith manifested within that one chapter.

Faith as defined in the dictionary is: Confidence belief in the truth, value of trustworthiness of a person, idea of thing. 2. Belief that is not based on logical proof or material evidence. 3.Belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion. Hebrew 11:1 defines faith, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:6 states: But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

In Matthew 9 in verses one through seven we witness what happen when Jesus saw faith. In verse 18, 23 through 25 we witness what happen when Jesus heard faith.

In Matthew 9:20-22 we witness what happen when faith touches Jesus. In Matthew 9:27:30 we witness what happen when we confess our faith -When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!" 28) And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord". 29) Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you". 30) And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, "See that no one knows it." The reality was that they were blind. Faith changed their reality and they receive sight.

I pondered on why Jesus asked this question "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" Let's look at a couple of definitions.

Believe to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so: Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully. Verb phrase believe in, a. to be persuaded of b. to have faith in the reliability, honesty, benevolence, etc., of: I can help only if you believe in me.

Able 1. having necessary power, skill, resources, or qualifications; qualified: able to lift a two-hundred-pound weight; able to write music; able to travel widely; able to vote. 2.having unusual or superior intelligence, skill, etc.: an able leader. 3. showing talent, skill, or knowledge: an able speech. 4. legally empowered, qualified, or authorized.

Do to perform (an act, duty, role, etc.): Do nothing until you hear the bell. 2.to execute (a piece or amount of work): to do a hauling job. 3. to accomplish; finish; complete: He has already done his homework. 4. to put forth; exert: Do your best. 5. to be the cause of (good, harm, credit, etc.); bring about; effect.

Confess to acknowledge or avow (a fault, crime, misdeed, weakness, etc.) by way of revelation. 2. to own or admit as true: I must confess that I haven't read the book. 3.to declare or acknowledge (one's sins), especially to god or a priest in order to obtain absolution. 4. (of a priest) to hear the confession of (a person). 5. to acknowledge one's belief or faith in; declare adherence to. 6. to reveal by circumstances.

And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" Have you every asked someone to do something for you – a favor perhaps and was unsure if they would do it? Did you think to yourself I will take my chances anyway because they can only give me one of two answers – yes or no? Romans 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. It was necessary for them not only believe that Jesus could answer their petition. It was equally importance to confess their confidence in him and that they were relying on him to do what they requested – have mercy on us.

"Do you believe that I am able to do this? Who is "I am"? What cause them to believe? Matt. 9:8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. Matt 9:26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.They heard of the miracles that Jesus performed and how he went about healing the sick, opening blinded eyes, causing the lame to walk, the dumb to speak and raising the dead.

They knew that Jesus was able – had the necessary power, skill, resources, qualified and empowered to do this. They knew that he was able to do – perform, accomplish, execute and bring about their healing. Ok, they made known their request – have mercy on us, they believe in their heart and they confessed their belief with their mouth. There is a pattern here. Make your request known plus believe in your heart plus confess with your mouth then mix with faith equal Jesus will touch you.  YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT JESUS STANDS EVER READY TO HELP YOU TO MEET YOUR EVERY NEED.

Matt 9:28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 29 Then touched he their eyes, saying , According to your faith be it unto you. God has given to each of us a measure of faith. His word state that there is power in agreement. Two individuals in similar situation came to Jesus crying have mercy on us. It would require their individual faith to secure their healing. There was also power in their agreement to seek Jesus out.

And they answered "Yea, Lord. Your healing, deliverance, key to receiving your heart's desire, household salvation, freedom from generational curses depend on your answer.

It is an individual thing – you must believe and know that you know that you know for yourself that JESUS IS ABLE. Remember who you are answering – Jesus, the savior, deliverer, the one who came, suffered, died, rose and is coming back again. Jesus, who took all of our infirmities, diseases and sin upon himself to guarantee our deliverance. Is there anything too hard for God? Nothing is impossible with God. I challenge you to look at every circumstance, situation, and need and petition in your life and answer "YES, LORD I BELIEVE. Let your faith dictate your reality.

Speak the answer not the problem. The answer is in the word of God. Heavenly father, we thank you for the shed blood of your son Jesus that prevails against every plan of the enemy. The shed blood that guarantees our healing, deliverance, that breaks every generational curse, cleanse our sin sick soul and makes us whole. It is through the power of your word, on the authority of your blood and by the anointing of your Holy Spirit that we secure salvation for ourselves and every member of our homes. We lay claim to every promise for perfect health, wealth and every thing that we could possible have need of as well as the promise of heaven when we quit this walk of life. We decree and declare that our nation honor you and exalt your holy name and that we live a peaceful life. Our faith changes the reality of our lives and causes it to come into agreement with your word. We dare to declare what you say over our homes, lives and circumstances and cause things to shift in our lives. We believe in our heart and confess with our mouth Yes, lord we believe that you are able to do this. Whatever the "this" is in our lives we decree and declare Lord I believe help my unbelief. We believe with every fiber of our being, we don't know anything else to do but believe, so we cast out every seed of doubt and unbelief. We believe all that we know how to believe. We say But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

all definitions according to Webster dictionary and all bible references according to King James.

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