Faith Prepares

 

Monday

Day – Proverbs 21

Night – Matthew 16

 

Tuesday

Day – Mark 9

Night – Hebrews 11

 

Wednesday

Day – Proverbs 16

Night – 2 Corinthians 6

 

Thursday

Day – Colossians 3

Night – Ephesians 5

 

Friday

Day – Proverbs 4

Night – Song of Solomon 7

 


 

 

Faith Prepares

 


 

Proverbs 21:31

Matthew 16:18

 

In our community there are two gates of hell that we as the church in this area need to prevail against. In a time where 72.3 percent of every black child and 55 percent of every Hispanic child is born to an unwed mother, we need to take this gospel to the men, the fathers. Equally and secondarily in a age where divorce is so commonplace that nearly half of every marriage ends in divorce we need to preach this gospel to the married and the single.

 

Your hearts desire

 

Mark 9:23

 

All things are possible to him that ? Believes. You can have the ideal marriage.

But it’s going to require faith.

If you learn how to use your faith to get them you’ll know how to use your faith to keep them.

 

Hebrews 11:6-7

 

You start with your hearts desire. Then you prepare.

 

James 2:14-26

 

Every where you see the word “works” I ask you to substitute the word “preparation” and sense how it reads.

 

Psalm 10.17

Mark 10:40

 

Both of these were tied together in the message about your hearts desire. Preparation is important to faith.

 

Proverbs 16:1

 

Trans. Preparations of the heart belong to man. That means it is your responsibility to prepare yourself and to allow God to get you ready for the very thing you desire.

 

Two kinds of preparation: spiritual and physical.

 

Spiritual Preparations

 

Find scriptures that promise you the thing you desire. (General desires)

 

Song of Solomon 7.10

 

In a marriage there ought to be a romantic love. Here is a scripture that you can stand on in faith to rekindle the flame.

 

2 Corinthians 6:14

 

Unequally yoked is a receipt for frustration. Here is a scripture that reveals the will of God for your life and marriage and you can stand in faith to be in unity with your mate.

 

Colossians 3:19

 

Unconditional love expressed. Bitterness will cause the expression of your love to be insufficient. You love your wife but you are not communicating it to her in a way reaches her deepest need.

Side note: Bitterness is betrayal’s baby. Betrayal occurs with failed expectations.

This is a scripture that you can stand on in faith for unconditional love to be expressed.

 

Ephesians 5:33 AMP

 

Unconditional respect given. When a husband acts selfishly or irresponsibly she loses respect. When she loses respect she begins to respond to him like an equal or as to a boy, but not as a man.

 

Proverbs 4:7

1 Peter 3:7

 

Books. Love and Respect. Love Busters. Love Languages. Marriage on the Rock.

 

Physical Preparations

 

Hebrews 11:7

 

Noah got some words from the Lord then he immediately began to prepare. And it took him quite some time to prepare for what was to come.

 

Act as though they already are

Act as though you are about to be brought or presented; to find or be found.

 

Make a list.

Moses wrote out what God had given him. Write the vision. Make a list. Know what it is that you want AND that you need to work on.

If you have ever been divorced, did you learn from your mistakes; did you learn from their mistakes?

Can you specify with accuracy where the break down was in them and in you?

 

 

The Prayer of Fear

 


 

James 4:1-3

 

So we have been in a series for some time now on the subject of prayer. We are learning about Prayers that Contradict the Word. We concluded last week that one prayer that contradicts the word is the prayer for healing for the believer. We believe that the believer is healed. And if symptoms are present, we recognize that what is needed is that their healing be manifested. So if we pray about anything it would be for the manifestation of healing, not the obtaining of it.

Tonight we look at another kind of prayer that contradicts the word, it’s called the Prayer of Fear. The Bible clearly talks about and teaches the prayer of faith (James 5:15). Actually, every kind of prayer should involve faith. The very act of prayer itself requires faith. But specifically, there is the prayer of faith which has certain rules that govern when and how you use this prayer. For example, you do not use “if it be thy will…” when praying the prayer of faith. “IF” is a badge of doubt and will nullify the faith for whatever is desired at that point.

The Prayer of Fear is the exact opposite of the prayer of faith. Faith and Fear are equal opposites. Faith is a firm persuasion in what God has promised. Fear is a firm persuasion in what Bad could happen. Faith is a conviction based upon hearing God’s word. Fear is a conviction based upon hearing an evil report. So like the prayer of faith, the Prayer of Fear is any kind of prayer that is prayed in fear or when fear is present. “You mean to tell me I can pray out of fear?” Yes. And when you pray in fear, the prayer of fear will not be answered because it is in contradiction to the word of God.

 

James 1:5-8

 

Asking in faith would be equal to praying the prayer of faith. Faith must be present. But notice he adds “nothing wavering.” Wavering implies uncertainty and is easily connected to fear and doubt. And with this present you will not receive anything from the Lord. Double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

 

Matthew 8:23-27

 

Here is something that the Apostle James may have called to mind when he said what he said. Notice in the same verse you have both faith and fear present.

 

Mark 9:17-24

 

Jesus talking about the subject of faith says, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.” The man speaks up and says that he has both belief and unbelief present at the same time.

The word unbelief comes from the word apistia – faithless, unbelief, weakness of faith.

 

Luke 8:50

 

But Jesus said, “Fear NOT, believe ONLY, and she shall be made whole.” In other words, for this to work, you must not allow fear to be present. The Prayer of Fear (Prayer when fear is present) is a prayer that contradicts the word. It is asking amiss. So it is possible to pray and be in fear or to pray out of fear.

The word fear comes from the word phobeo – terrifying, to fear, be afraid, struck with fear, seized with alarm. To fear to do something.

 

Job 1:5; 3:24-26

 

So Job prayed every day for his children. But the problem was he did it in fear. He had both faith and fear present in prayer. You can ask and not receive simply because fear is present.

The solution to the prayer of fear is to allow the love of God to eradicate fear completely from your life.

 

1 John 4:18

 

Perfect love is love that is developed or matured. You get that by meditating on how much God loves you.

 

Jude 20,21

 

Praying in other tongues is especially helpful in dealing with the issue of fear in prayer. James said, “There is no fear in love.” So by praying in the Holy Ghost you will be keeping yourself in love. Powerful revelation. Do not allow yourself to pray when fear is present.

 

 

 

Your Hearts Desire

 


 

Psalm 37.4-8

 

Review the highlights from each previous message

Part 1 – having faith for someone else

Part 2 – certain restrictions apply

Part 3 – Stay in Faith

Part 4 – your hearts desire

 

“Where do I start?” Let’s start with the word so we can finish in faith.

It’s not good that man should be alone. It’s true for me, and it’s true for you.

Two are better than one. (Eccl. 4:9) You can do bad all by yourself yes, but you can do better WITH somebody else.

It is God’s will for you to be married.

It is God’s will for you to be married to the person that you are now married to.

(Keys – bind)

“Where do I start?”

What is your hearts desire?

And can you use your faith to receive your hearts desire?

 

Mark 11:24

God wants you to have your hearts desire. He really does. And Jesus teaches us that you’ll have to use your faith to get it. Marriage is a thing. A person has a will – a person vs a marriage. You can not use your faith to override a person’s will. However you can use your faith to receive your hearts desire, even if that involves a person.

 

John 15:7

You start with your hearts desire. What is it that you want? Notice I did not say who is it that you want?

It’s wrong to want someone else’s wife

 

Deuteronomy 5:12

Don’t desire your neighbors wife

So it’s not cart-blanch. But if His words abide in you…

Of the many things that His word says, one thing is clear is that He wants you to have your hearts desire.

So what kind of marriage do you desire?

 

Deuteronomy 21:11

See someone that you desire they must desire you. However, what you should take from this scripture is that God wants you to have your hearts desire. In other words, its ok for you to want what you want.

 

Psalm 10:3,17

The hearts desire of the wicked is talked about but notice this.

The hearts desire of the humble. God will hear, and has heard. And will prepare your heart! (For your hearts desire.)

 

Psalm 21.2

God will give you your hearts desire. And what you request.

My heart desires: love me unconditionally & children

Her list

 

Psalm 145:14-17

God will satisfy your hearts desire for your marriage or future marriage.

There is a due season

He will fulfill the desire of your heart. You can rest assured.

 

Proverbs 10:24

Your hearts desire shall be granted. Be the Deborah in your husbands life. Don’t be the Delilah. He is an Alpha Male. Even if right now he looks like a knucklehead. Do you dress him like boy? Or do you ad-dress him like a man? With the right technique you can get a man to do almost anything you want him to. Think about Sampson and John. (Mark 6:22-24)

 

Proverbs 11:23

Only good, that’s important. The reason why God can comfortably say to His righteous children that He would give them the desires of their heart is this. Righteousness is having rightstanding with God.

 

Genesis 3:16 NLT

Desire to control your husband is not good.

 

1 Timothy 6:4 nlt

An unhealthy desire is not good. So don’t let your heart desire something beyond what the word gives you the right to desire. If you abide in Jesus and His word abides in you. Make sure you stay in the word to keep your desires healthy.

 

Proverbs 13:12,19

Desire cometh, accomplish is sweet

 

Song of Solomon 7:10

A mutual desire

 

Romans 10:1

Your hearts desire may be for someone else that God’s will may prevail in their life. You have a scriptural precedent then to pray.

 

Mark 10:35-45

It’s understandable. You see someone youd like to marry.

That person may be prepared for someone else.

Do you know what happens when you marry someone who is prepared for someone else? Divorce or unhappiness happens.

Remember he prepares the heart…

Others reacted to them negatively, dont.

It’s understandable.

 

Psalm 37.4

Desires of the heart

ILL: My hearts desire…

(Its not good for man to be alone. A pastor needs a wife. I want to introduce to you Ms. MarQuita Yarbrough. She and I are and have been in a dating relationship that today I am making publiclly known. The purpose of dating is marriage. And it is our plan to be married sometime late in the first quarter of 2015. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me in my life. Your pastor getting married is the best thing that could have ever happened in this church to this day. Why? He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor of the Lord. Like Priests, Like People. The dew upon the mountain and the oil upon the head of aaron. So let me encourage you to rejoice with us, for what God has done!)

 

Hebrews 6:11 NLT

Keep your heart open to love so that what you hope for will come true. The open heart charm. “If your heart is open, love will always find its way in.”

 

Psalm 20:4

Let me pray this over you today, “May He grant…”

 

Prayer for Healing for the Believer #5

 


 

Mark 11:22-24

 

Faith is as important to the believer as water is to a fish. It’s my assignment tonight to show you from the Word of God what we started last week how to believe you received. You’ve got to believe you have it before it manifests.

 

Hebrews 11:1-6

 

Faith is a firm persuasion. A conviction based upon hearing. In the New Testament is always used of faith in God Christ or things spiritual.

 

A firm persuasion vs mental assent

 

This concept of faith that we are talking about tonight is not something that is to be simply understood mentally.

 

2 Corinthians 4:13

 

You should be able to say this of yourself, I have received the spirit of faith! I believe, therefore I speak!

 

1 Corinthians 2:12-14

 

So I am challenging you tonight to spiritually discern this concept of faith as Jesus taught it.

 

Mark 11:23-24

 

He is saying you can create your own world like God created ours. If you see something in your life that you don’t like, reshape it.

Shall come to pass – means shall manifest. That is an important word. Let me give you again the definition of what it means to manifest.

Manifest – to make manifest or visible or known what has been hidden or unknown, to manifest, whether by words, or deeds, or in any other way.

 

As a result of vs. 23, He goes on to say vs. 24. When you pray… Praying is speaking. When you are speaking in the presence of God, you’ve got to believe that you got it – AT THAT MOMENT, and it will manifest.

 

Everything in life is first born out of the spirit before it shows up in the natural.

 

Matthew 12:35-37

 

The heart is in the realm of the spirit.

 

Matthew 15:10-11,16-20

 

So again, everything in life is first born out of the spirit realm before it shows up in the natural realm.

So in faith, you’ve got to believe that you got it in the realm of the spirit in other words, before it manifests in the natural. That is what brother Hagin had come to realize.

 

Proverbs 4:23

 

ESV – For from it flow the springs of life. NET – For from it are the sources of life. NKJV – For out of it spring the issues of life. NIV – For everything you do flows from it. NASB – For from it flow the springs of life. YLT – For out of it are the outgoings of life.

You are healed. The manifestation of it needs to be pushed from the inside out.

 

Proverbs 23:7a

 

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. I think in line with my heart.

 

Mark 11:24

 

Listen (or look) at this verse in various translations. Many of them say that you have to are to believe that you have received (past tense) them, and then you shall have them (manifested).

 

One last thing… The word receive here has a powerful definition.

Receive – To take with the hand, lay hold of, any person or thing in order to use it. To take in order to carry away. To take what is one’s own, to take to one’s self, to make one’s own.

 

 

Minister Toni Tyler


 

“Deborah or Delilah: Which Woman are You? Pt. 1″

8:30 Service

Introduction:    How many of you are being blessed by the Fishers of Men

series? We’ve been learning what God’s target is for the Kingdom of God. We

learned about three areas the devil uses to get our men off track WWW (Work,

Wealth and Women). I want to spend a little more time today on the Woman

factor. While we may just be gaining revelation of God’s intended target, I don’t

believe it is new revelation to the devil.

 

Genesis 3:15

  • While verse 15 says “it” shall bruise thy head and thou shall bruise “his” heel. Satan knows it’s going to be a man. I looked at 20 different translation and they all say, “he” shall or will bruise thy head. All throughout the Bible, it’s the men that have been targeted by the devil and today it is still the same today and he is using the same weapon he used from the beginning.

     

  • Satan used women from the beginning because he knew that man would be less emotional and not easily deceived. Since, he could not influence the man, he used the one who could influence him, the Woman, Eve.

     

1 Timothy 2:14

  • Ladies we have influence and it is important how we use it. As it said in this passage, we were deceived not Adam. Adam was influenced by someone he trusted.

     

I want to look at two women in particular today, Deborah and Delilah.

Now, while I am speaking expressly to my sisters, brothers you can learn from this message.

 

Let’s look at Judges 4:1-7

Deborah has a word from the Lord directly for Barak. She knows that God wants Barak to

take the lead on this, so she shares that word with Barak, and she finds that Barak seems to

be afraid to follow that word.

 

  • We see here a perfect example of what goes on in the church and many homes today. The Lord has something he wants the man to do, but the man won’t step up. So, the woman does and ends up with the credit for what was done and also the blame for doing it.

 

Judges 4:8, 9

  • We’re designed to PUSH. We bring life into existence by pushing. We can bring life to the dreams and destinies of the men in our lives by pushing him (not nagging and criticizing them). Come on ladies let’s get to pushing.

 

  • Deborah was trying to PUSH Barak into his rightful position as leader.

    I’ll go, but you’re going to forfeit the credit. She agrees to go, but tells him that since he depended on a woman to do a man’s job, the glory of victory will be given to a woman!

     

We can see that Deborah didn’t automatically assume the role of leader, she took it by default. She was trying to encourage Barak to take the lead. Brothers we need you to step up and take your rightful place so that we can get back into our rightful place and function in peace.

 

1.     Deborah Fortified Barak- Verse 9 and 10

Deborah fortified Barak by being supportive of him. She fortified him with her presence. She went with him because she knew what God was calling him to do; even though he was intimidated, insecure, and fearful. Colossians 3:18 The Message

2.    Deborah turned Barak’s Attention to God- Verse 6 and 14

Notice what she’s doing. Deborah is not jumping out in front of Barak; Deborah is saying, “The Lord has already gone before you, hasn’t he?” She turns his attention to the Lord. In other words she said, “You can do this because God has gone before you.

3.    Deborah sought Barak’s Dignity-Verse 9

Deborah also sought Barak’s dignity. Notice verse 9 where she admonishes Barak that disobeying the Lord would mean he would not get the honor God intended for him. I believe she went “with” him to battle but not “ahead” of him and as a result He is mentioned in Hebrews 11:32, the Faith Hall of Fame.

 

Through the life of Deborah we saw that we, ladies, have the ability to encourage manhood, because she understands the order of God’s favor and blessing. She gets behind God’s order. I love this because Barak could have tucked tail and ran, but because he had the encouragement of Deborah, he hung in there another day.

 

  • Excerpt from Woman or Wife: There is a Difference; “In Genesis God created the woman because He knew that it was not good for the man to be alone. Its not that he couldn’t survive by himself, but God knew life would be easier for him if he had help. Therefore, He created a “helper” for him; someone’s whose sole existence was to ensure the continued existence of another. Someone who would help him accomplish all that God had ordained for his life.”

Hebrews 10:24 NLT – Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.


 

 

“Deborah or Delilah: Which Woman are You? Pt. 2″

10:30 Service

As we saw with Deborah, the greatest accomplishment we can experience in life may be in helping somebody else achieve greatness. But, likewise, the greatest failure we can experience in life may be in hindering someone from achieving the greatness that God had ordained for their lives.

Turn to Judges 16:1-31 And Let’s look at Delilah

Traits of a Delilah:

  1. Judges 16:1-6Consumed with GREED.
  • From Biblical research we know that the Philistine nation was made up of 5 major cities and each had its own “Lord.” And so, although the text doesn’t state exactly how many Lords, we can estimate at least five. Enough money to set one for life.
  • 1 Timothy 6:10 So when she discovered how much money she was being offered, she decided the revenue meant more than her relationship, the cash meant more than her commitment, and the silver meant more to her than Samson.
  1. Judges 16:10-15- Skilled in Manipulation
  • God desires that not only our vertical relationship with Him is right, but also that our horizontal relationships with other people are right.
  1. Judges 16:18-19 – Uses Weaknesses to Hurt & Destroy You
  • You’ve got to be careful who you share your weaknesses with. In this text, Samson was in love with a woman who wasn’t in love with him.
  • She was trying to find out the one thing that could break him, bind him, and bring him to his knees. She took his most sensitive and sacred secrets and used them to sabotage and subdue his strength.

The Fatality of an Attraction to a Delilah / Judges 16:20-25

  1. It costs you Physically:
    1. Loss of Freedom- He was bound as their slave
    2. Loss of Vision- They put out his eyes
      1. Loss of Dignity- They mocked him

     

  2. It costs you Spiritually:
    1. Loss of Discernment – He wist (knew) not
    2. Loss of Fellowship with God- the Lord was departed from him
    3. Loss of Ministry – no longer Judge over Israel
    4. Loss of Testimony – when they mocked him, he brought mockery on God.

Delilah’s Demise: Judges 16:26-30

The woman who deceived the man of God did not escape, it is said that Delilah was in the house that fell that day.

Proverbs 31:11, 12 Let’s do right by the men in our lives.

 

 

“The Family Order”

 

Stay in Faith

 


    

James 1:1-8

 

As we continue in this series on How to Believe God for Your Mate, let me encourage you to right now count it all joy. No matter your current situation or circumstance, God is taking you through this to a place where you will be wanting nothing. Can you imagine what life will be life when you turn and look all around you and you have both everything you want and need.

This is a series about marriages. It is for those who are currently married and for those who are currently not. We left off last week teaching that Marriage is God’s idea and that it is God’s will that you be married. In the first message in the series we learned that it is possible to use your faith for somebody else and we saw several scriptures that indicated such. Then we learned that certain restrictions apply. Today I am led to talk about this subject – Stay in Faith.

 

James 1:6

 

Jesus talks about what He calls great faith. Accordidng to context, great faith is when you use your faith for somebody else. When something is missing or lacking or needful in their life and for what ever reason they are not able to secure that themselves. That is great faith!

Faith begins where the will of God is known – F.F. Bosworth. Faith ends where the will of God is unknown – S.L. Scott II.

There is a place in faith that is between the known and the unknown. You want to learn how to stay in that place.

 

So when it comes to believing God for your mate, we asked, “Where do we start?” We started by asking ourselves the question, is it God’s will for me to be married? Where should we find answers to questions like that? In God’s Word. The word of God is the will of God. (testament)

Genesis 2, 1 Corinthians 11, Proverbs 18, and Malachi 2 alll give us clear indication that it is God’s will.

 

James 2:14-26

 

There is something that you should be doing as well as things that you should not be doing that have an effect on your faith. Just like we talked about faith being and not being made void or of none effect by other people. Faith can be made effective or non-effective by what do or don’t do.

 

There are three scenarios that you want to avoid when you are “in Faith” for someone: Depression, Discontentment and Despair

 

1 Samuel 1:6-12

 

Year after year she was in depression and it had an effect on her husband and their marriage. Let me encourage you to stay in faith and don’t let depression keep you from possessing the promise you desire.

When you see or hear about someone else in a relationship that looks happy…

 

Proverbs 21:19

 

Discontentment is another thing that will take you out of faith when believing God for your mate. Don’t be another chapter in the Diary of a Mad ___ Woman. Refuse to be that way. Look at the contrast between 1 Peter 3 & this woman in Proverbs…

 

1 Peter 3:1-6

 

Meek and quiet spirit sounds like the opposite of contentious and brawling! Right?

 

Proverbs 27:15

 

Proverbs 26:21

 

All three of these issues are for both men and women to be watchful of. A contentious man will stir up strife.

 

Romans 4:16-21

 

Despair is essentially what happens when you lose hope. Some how they were able to hope against hope.

 

Hebrews 11:11

 

Sarah herself received strength by faith.

 

2 Timothy 1:13

 

So I encourage you today to hold fast to sound words and stay in faith.

 

In the mouth of two or three witnesses I am a witness

 

Faith prepares

Noah built an ark

 

Depression and discontentment

Despair

 

Show faith by works

 

In faith strong or weak

 

This message is for visitors…

 


 

Jeremiah 3:15

Breakthrough has come to faith family church, we have turned a corner, new people are being added to the family.  We have had literally hundreds of visitors come through our doors in only 3.5 short years.  Generally speaking when people are looking for a church they visit from place to place and from time to time.
Also there are those that come to faith family on a regular basis.  I really believe this is a message from the Lord particularly to those that are visitors.  I believe I am to show you today from the word of God that every sheep needs a shepherd and how to discover who your pastor is.

Matthew 9:36-37


        >I believe as the Lord sits at the Throne in heaven looking upon the multitudes here in the earth that He is even now moved with the same compassion.
        >fainted and scattered as sheep having no shepherd…  In various translations its says distressed, weary, helpless and scattered.
        >People are often in the condition that they are in simply because they don’t have a pastor.

Psalm 100.3


        >To God we are His sheep.  Being such He has given to every one a pastor for a very specific purpose.

Jeremiah 3:15


        >Your pastor is a gift from God who is assigned to feed you with knowledge and understanding.
        >Matthew 4:4  – Jesus says that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.  God uses your pastor to feed you His word.

Ephesians 4:11


        >Again, your pastor is a gift given to you from God.
        >And there is a difference between having a teacher and a pastor.

1 Corinthians 4:15


        >You can have a lot of ministers that you listen to and have benefited from, but in your life you’ll have very few pastors.
        >Who is the one who watches for your soul?

Hebrews 13:17


        >Your pastor is tasked with a very specific assignment and will have to give account to God.
        >Going to church(es) or watching Christian television is no substitute for having someone in your life that you can obey and submit to.
        >Your pastor watches for your soul.  That’s not something generic, this is very specific.

1 Peter 5:2-4


        >Feed and Watch (over-sight) over it willingly, the NLT says.
        >Notice the term Chief Shepherd indicates that there are under shepherds…

1 Samuel 12:23


        >This is my most important job as a pastor is to pray for the sheep.

Matthew 18:12-13


        >Because your pastor is assigned to watch and has to give an account, there will often be certain things that he will require in order for him to be a good steward.
        >At FFC we ask that you go thru our “membership” class to officially acknowledge that you believe that God has given me to be your pastor.
        >You knowing who’s your pastor is important, but also him knowing that he is your pastor is important as well.

John 4:10


        >It is possible for God to give you a gift and you not recognize it.

        >So it’s important then to learn how to discover  – Who’s Your Pastor.
We know that many that come and visit with us are visiting with friends and family.  And many may be looking for a good church home.  In either case let me encourage you in this…

1.  Ask God for His direction.  Proverbs 3:6
2.  Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you.  Romans 8:16
3.  Take your time.  1 Thessalonians 5:21
4. Walk by faith not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7.  There are no perfect pastors.  But the one God has chosen for you is perfect for you.