“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?
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.
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
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?
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.
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.)
God will give you your hearts desire. And what you request.
My heart desires: love me unconditionally & children
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.
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)
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.
Desire cometh, accomplish is sweet
Song of Solomon 7:10
A mutual desire
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The heart is in the realm of the spirit.
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.
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.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. I think in line with my heart.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Judges 16:1-6 – Consumed 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.
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.
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
It costs you Physically:
Loss of Freedom- He was bound as their slave
Loss of Vision- They put out his eyes
Loss of Dignity- They mocked him
It costs you Spiritually:
Loss of Discernment – He wist (knew) not
Loss of Fellowship with God- the Lord was departed from him
Loss of Ministry – no longer Judge over Israel
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.
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.
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.
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…
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?
All three of these issues are for both men and women to be watchful of. A contentious man will stir up strife.
Despair is essentially what happens when you lose hope. Some how they were able to hope against hope.
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
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.
>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.
>To God we are His sheep. Being such He has given to every one a pastor for a very specific purpose.
>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.
>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?
>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.
>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.
>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.
We are continuing where we left off two weeks ago on learning How to Believe God for your Mate. This series on the subject of marriage is for the married and unmarried alike. We talked in that first message about Having Faith for Someone Else. I want to continue along the same line today.
Is there a difference when using your faith for things and your faith for people? Yes. What is that difference then?
Jesus specifically says what things, so it is safe to say that He is not talking about people.
So What! I like that… What he is saying here is that if someone is (believing) against some THING that you have faith in God for, their unbelief can NOT make the faith of God (your faith) of none effect.
This father was able to use his faith for his daughters healing.
Then in this occasion when a woman came to Jesus because her daughter was vexed by the devil, Jesus attributes her faith to her daughters deliverance. This is Bible evidence that you can use your faith for someone else.
But Certain Restrictions Apply… You can not use your faith to override someone’s will.
Now I use this Scripture to show you from the word of God that it is possible to make your faith void or of none effect. I wonder what would cause my faith to be void?
Well when it comes to things, doubt could cause my faith to be void but someone else’s doubt can not void my faith. Certain Restrictions Apply.
Then when it comes to people, their will could make my faith void or of none effect.
So here are three scenarios of using your faith for other people: With, Against, & For
1. If two of you agree… the prayer of agreement is the prayer of faith X2.
One thousand, two 10 thousand
But what if you try to use your faith against someone else? Does the person with the strongest faith win? No!
Or what if they are not believing at all can you use your faith for them? Yes! But Certain Restrictions Apply
With, Against, & For
Great faith: when you use your faith for people
Faith begins where the will of God is known. FF Bosworth. Faith ends where the will of God is unknown. SL
So when it comes to you believing God for your mate, where do we start? Is it God’s will for you to be married? Yes.
Now some have received the gift, even as Paul
How do you know that it is God’s will to be married?
Genesis 2:18, 21-25
God instituted marriage. He is the One Who said it’s not good for man to be alone.
1 Corinthians 11:8-9
Made the woman for the man
There is a law inside every man and woman that causes or caused a desire for a marriage relationship. Why would a gay person want to be married? So shall… that’s a law.
Obtains favor: when you do it He blesses you.
He hates divorce. All proofs that it’s God’s will.
Decide right now that you are somebody’s husband/wife. Whoever they are, they need you and you need them.
Is it God’s will for you to be married to shemar moore? That depends. Certain Restrictions Apply.
Depends on who, God? No.
Who does it God’s will depend on? You and Shemar Moore or Zoe Saldana
So we should have a clear picture of what Jesus did when He was beaten and punished for our sins and for our sicknesses. Is the work of the cross finished? Is there anything more for the Father or Jesus to do for our salvation once we are born again? No. Then in the same way the work of the cross which included healing is finished. And there isn’t anything more for the Father or Jesus to do for our healing.
In this series we are talking about Prayers that Contradict the Word. Simply, there are prayers that can be prayed by a born again, child of God that do not get answered. Asking amiss – (Thayer’s) miserable; improperly, wrongly; (Strong’s) badly – is actually a really big deal when it comes to prayer. So ultimately this series is about us becoming better in regards to our prayer life. God is limited by our prayer life, so we are endeavoring to take the limits off God.
The very first prayer that we are looking at that is a Prayer that Contradicts the Word is “The Prayer for Healing for the Believer.” What Scripture in the New Testament gives us the right to pray for healing? James said, Is any sick among you? Let them call, not pray. When someone prays for you, typically its for you to receive the revelation of what you need for yourself.
Tonight I am led to talk about MANIFESTATION! That’s real deal. To show you from the Word of God, that what the believer really needs when he or she may be dealing with symptoms of sickness and disease is MANIFESTATION! If you are going to pray for anything during a time when you feel sick in your body, then pray that your healing be manifested in your body.
It’s not about this man’s sin, or his parents sin. That is not the issue, but that the works of God should be manifest (let me heal him.) He doesn’t really answer the question.
Rightly dividing the word of truth is extrodinarily critical in this particular passage of Scripture. Because left to some, they would have you believe that some people were born with a sickness or disease by the will of God. That the Lord moves in mysterious ways; His wonders to perform.
That is not what Jesus is saying here. Sickness and disease is entirely from the devil; the pit of hell, inc.
Settle it now and for all eternity that God is good and the devil is bad. That sickness and disease is never the will of God nor comes from God. With that safely determined in your heart, now you should understand what Jesus was saying in John 9.
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.
Can you manifest your healing from inside of you? Jesus connected the glory of God to a healing in John 9. He manifested forth His glory. Can you manifest your healing?
When something is fully manifested it can be known to all and it can’t be denied. You can say all day long that I am the healed and not the sick by faith. But if the tests and symptoms persist, one thing we know for sure is that your healing is not manifested.
So when you’re dealing with this the focus needs to be on the manifestation of your healing. NOT that you need to be healed. When you say “God heal me,” what is He suppose to do with that?
1 Corinthians 12:7
One of the things I’ve been trained to constantly pray for and believe for is a greater manifestation and demonstration of the gifts of the Spirit. Can you pray for manifestation?
According to this passage, the Bible talks about manifestation. And in 1 Corinthians 14:1, Paul says for us to desire. And in Mark 11:24 Jesus says for us to pray what things soever we DESIRE. So it is Scriptural to pray for a MANIFESTATION!
2 Kings 6:8-17
This is a perfect example of a Scriptural prayer for manifestion (to make visible or known). This also helps us to understand better why the Elders in James 5 come and pray over the person with symptoms. What are they praying? They are praying the prayer of faith – NOT the prayer of healing. But what exactly are they praying. I don’t know, but I do know this…
Paul who is a Elder prayed this way all the time for believers. We see him again and again through so many books in the new testament, praying for believers, but not once that I have found did he pray for a believer to be healed.
So this kind of prayer of faith gives the Lord the legal right to raise the believer with symptoms up to another level where THEY see themselves as already healed and thereby are rescued from danger.
2 Corinthians 4:10-18
Can the life of Jesus be made manifest in our mortal flesh? Evidently it can whether we know it or not :)! But what does that look like? What was in the life of Jesus? Sickness nor disease was not in the life of Jesus.
For the first time in my life I am seeing this entire passage in a new light. If you are dealing with any symptom or disease in your body, I challenge you to meditate this passage. He is telling us How to Manifest Our Healing.
Romans 8:11, 18-19
Jesus’ physical body had died and not one organ in His body was working. If anyone ever needed a miracle of healing it was Jesus. And it is the same Holy Ghost is us that is in us TO quicken (make alive) our mortal (physical) body, by the manifestation of the Spirit of Glory!