When God speaks, will it happen or come to pass? It depends. There are three determining factors: 1. Does it depend on God alone? 2. Does It depend on you? 3. Does it depend on others?
IF YOU BELIEVE
Regarding the plan of God for your life. If you believe He has a plan and have prayed this out, believe it, receive it, walk in it, and it will come to pass (Jeremiah 29:11-12). If you don’t believe in His plan, you will make your own plans.
There are crises in life but for the Heavenly Father to deliver you, you must believe the Holy Spirit’s direction and cooperate with Him. For example when Paul was in a shipwreck.
Acts 27:9–10 (NKJV) 9 Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, 10 saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.”
Paul perceived in his spirit that they would meet with disaster. His spirit picked up from the Holy Ghost what was about to happen. And he warned those on the ship together with him. The Holy Spirit revealed to Paul the calamity they were about to face. While they were tossed in the high seas, an angel sent by God appeared to Paul.
Acts 27:21–26 (NKJV) 21 But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. 22 And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, 24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. 26 However, we must run aground on a certain island.”
The Word of the Lord said there would be no loss of lives. The angel brought revelational knowledge to Paul but it depended a lot on whether he could trust the angel’s message. God wanted to do things for Paul and the others with him to save and benefit them. But on Paul’s part, he had to believe. The Holy Spirit initially revealed there would be loss of lives. Meanwhile the churches in Corinth and other places were praying for them. God changed the situation when Paul believed.
The angel brought three revelational knowledge: a) Paul would be in Rome to stand before Caesar b) the ship would run aground on a certain island c) No lives would be lost.
As Paul believed, the gifts of the Holy Spirit came into manifestation: a) the gift of special faith; a Word of the Lord came through an angel and Paul believed beyond the natural b) the working of miracles in manifestation released tremendous power protecting the lives of all those with Paul.
When God speaks, will it happen? It depended on whether Paul would believe or not. If he did not believe, most of them would perish in the shipwreck, if not all.
When the Lord told King Hezekiah to put his house in order because he was going to die, Hezekiah believed the word of the Lord and prayed to change it. The Lord added another 15 years to his life. If Hezekiah did not believe, he would not have prayed and would end up dead.
God told Moses that He had given Canaan to Israel and told him to lead them in. But the ten out of the twelve spies who came back from spying the land, infected the whole nation with their bad report, except for Joshua and Caleb. The entire nation did not believe they could enter Canaan to possess the land. So what God said did not happen for them. Instead God raised up a new generation, with Joshua and Caleb leading them into the promised land because both men believed God’s Word.
If God speaks to someone not to take up a certain job, but if he does not believe and reasons himself into taking the job, then when he gets retrenched, it is not the Heavenly Father who did not warn or protect him. It is he who did not believe when God first spoke to him.
When God speaks, will it happen or come to pass? It depends. There are three determining factors:
1. Does it depend on God alone? 2. Does It depend on you? 3. Does it depend on others?
DEPENDING ON GOD
Genesis 6:9–14 (NIV) Noah and the Flood 9 This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. 11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.
God told Noah He was allowing the earth to be destroyed and hence instructed him to build the ark. God saw the coming of the flood would destroy the people also. Whether Noah believed this or not, the flood was coming. It was Satan who corrupted the people on the earth in order to destroy the human race. But God saved the human race through one man, Noah, and his family.
There were things which God saw coming and knew Satan was the cause of all destruction. But there was nothing He could do about it. In history, God saw there would be an execution of about 1.5 to 2 million Christians in Armenia thus He spoke to them, so some of them left before the massacre. From among them were Demos Shakarian’s grandparents. They escaped to California where Demos was born in 1913. The Armenian massacre was from 1915-1916 by the Ottoman empire. God used Demos Shakarian to start the FGBMFI (Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International) which was the the force behind the charismatic renewal movement. Demos’ grandparents and parents were Pentecostal Christians.
One time Jesus told Kenneth E. Hagin a recession was coming and told him how to prepare for it. God did not tell him to pray to change the situation. But God told him to retrench some staff and put a stop to some of his projects. Kenneth E. Hagin did and the recession came. The world going into recession is something that is out of our control and God can do nothing about it. If we do not prepare for it as He directs us, then we will suffer its dire effects.
The Word of God tells us that Jesus is coming back and we will be caught up in the air to meet Him. Whether you believe it or not, Jesus will come back again. It is entirely dependent on God. God may warn us of impending disasters and economic crises but we cannot prevent them from coming. However we can prepare ourselves before their onset.
There are things which the unfailing love of the Heavenly Father has planned, and they will happen. However the love of the Father does not plan any evil for anyone. He does not steal, kill or destroy. If He needs to destroy someone, He will hand him over to Satan to destroy. God just needs to remove His grace of protection. Or He will just allow someone to continue straying away from His grace.
When God speaks and sends forth His Word, it will accomplish what He intended or said. It will produce results or fruits. The Word He sends forth will always prosper. If there is any curse or disaster coming, He will reveal what is about to take place. It is not God who sends His Word to bring calamity upon you.
When all is well, that is, when you are healthy, have more than enough, and everything is going well with your career, family, and life, speak or confess the Truth. Speaking the Truth and confessing the Truth means the same thing. Confess the truth of God’s Word over your life.
2 Corinthians 4:13 (NKJV) And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe and therefore speak…
Paul said the man who has faith should speak the Word, speak what you believe. Jesus tells us to speak what we believe. To speak what we believe, we are to think what we believe. Another way of saying what Paul said is, “Confess what you believe.” Confession is a way of expressing our faith.
The definition of confession is:
Strong’s Concordance definition of “confess” = to acknowledge: by confession, profession, give thanks, promise.
Word Study of the New Testament = say the same thing as another.
Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament based on Semantic Domains = to acknowledge a fact.
WHY CONFESSION IS IMPORTANT:
Confession is the key to success. God gave Joshua two keys to prosperity and having good success.
Joshua 1:7-8 (NKJV) 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Firstly, the Word of God should not depart from his MOUTH and he was to MEDITATE on it. To meditate means to murmur or mutter; to say it. God told Joshua to confess the book of the law. To acknowledge the Word of God and to say the same thing as the Word says.
Secondly, he was to observe to DO all that was written in the book of the law; the Word of God. Importance of Confession: We may observe to DO everything that is written in the Word of God. Result of being a doer of the Word of God: YOU will make your way PROSPEROUS and YOU shall have GOOD SUCCESS.
Joshua had God’s promise that the land of Canaan was already given to him. He had the great task of leading the nation of Israel back to the land of Canaan. Jesus coming to Jerusalem depended on Joshua leading them back to the Promised Land. Israel had stayed in Egypt too long and beyond the time of famine. They eventually ended up coming under bondage. The plan of God for them, the descendants of Abraham, was almost thwarted. It was a very serious matter. If they had not returned to the Promised Land (Canaan), God’s plan of redemption would not have been fulfilled. The devil will always try to thwart, disrupt, hijack, completely put a stop, to God’s plan. A great responsibility was on Joshua’s shoulders and it was a heavy burden to bear; to lead the nation of Israel back into Canaan so that Jesus could come. The responsibility was great and grave. It was a matter of life and death. There are many reasons for failure. But God eliminated two possible causes Joshua would face in Joshua 1:1-5.
God told Joshua no man would be able stand against him. In other words, no man could stop him from entering or defeating him in the Promised Land. God also promised He would not cause Joshua to fail because just as He was with Moses, He would be with Joshua. God would not forsake him. Joshua’s success was almost guaranteed. He just needed to confess and do the Word himself.
We have the truth of God’s Word containing His promises, so when we face a need we have to demand from the truth that our needs be met.
But when all is well; when we are healthy, have more than enough, and everything is going well with our careers, families and lives, then we should speak or confess the Truth. What do I mean by that?
Speaking the truth and confessing the truth means the same thing. Confess the truth of God’s Word over our lives. Then we are framing our lives with the Word of Truth and releasing the power of His Word over ourselves.
You are the product of three ingredients:
1. What you BELIEVE - believing the wrong thing may even cause you your life. For example, if people believe God does not heal they will not be asking God to heal them or pray for their healing and believe they will recover. If their sickness is not terminal, they can get their healing through medical science. But if they are terminally ill and no medicine can help them, then there is no other hope for them. Worse, if they believe it is God who puts sickness on them and wants them to be sick for a purpose. They do not even know whether to ask God for healing or not. They may not even believe the Heavenly Father’s unfailing love will never fail to heal them. Instead they will just wait for the outcome. And they will think if they are healed then it is God’s will to heal and if not, then God has a purpose for them to be sick. Holding on to this kind of thinking, believers will end up dying of their terminal diseases, because it is wrong belief. What you believe will govern what and how you think.
2. What you THINK - what you believe goes into your mind. Your belief will influence your mind and will govern what you say and do. If your thinking is influenced by false teachings then when the truth comes into your mind, you will reject the truth. False teachings deeply rooted in someone’s mind is difficult to be uprooted. Hence the mind will block every truth that comes into the mind. Wrong thinking spawned from wrong beliefs will lead you to plan programs that are not from God. The program itself may seem legitimate but once executed may lead to disastrous consequences.
3. What you SPEAK - wrong beliefs govern your mind with wrong thinking and leads to wrong speaking. When we speak doubt and unbelief, it will stifle your faith, and it will build up a mountain of obstacles in your life. Life and death lies in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). When we speak doubt and unbelief, we are releasing the power of death. We need to change our beliefs to change our thinking, and what we say and do. Often what we say will determine what we do. When we speak what we believe in our spirits, we release the power of life into the realm of the spirit that effects and influences the natural things around us. As you have the truth in your spirit and when you speak what you believe, you will have a positive outcome even though you may have doubt in your head. The power of the tongue is more powerful than the doubt in your mind. Speak what is in your spirit and it will have a positive effect producing a good result.
What you believe, you will think. What you think, you will speak. To speak what we believe, we often think what we believe. We are the product of what we believe, what we think, and what we speak.
For the sick, or someone who has a lack of finances, or needs to come out of a difficult situation, and a person looking for direction, they all need to demand from the Truth. In other words, when you have a need you demand from the Truth. What do I mean by that?
John 15:7 (KJV) If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
This word “abide" means a) “to stay in a place “to remain in a sphere,” b) “to stand against opposition,” “to hold out,” “to stand fast,” c) “to stay still,” and d) “to remain,” “to endure,” “to stay in force.” (Kittel, G., Friedrich, G., & Bromiley, G. W. (1985). Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans.)
The word “ask” means “demand”. You demand from the devil. You demand from the realm of the spirit. When the Word abides in you and you make a demand, you are releasing His Word. For example when you say: “I demand my body be well, now,” you are releasing the Word of God that healing is yours.
Here is another Scripture. Jesus said the same thing in John 14:13.
John 14:13 (KJV 1900) And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
The word “ask” also has the meaning of “demand”. Once we have the Word of God staying and remaining in our spirits, we will be steadfast, staying still, enduring, demanding an outcome according to the Word of God.
The Bible tells us who we are in Christ and what we have in Christ. Knowing what we have in Christ, we make a demand from the devil whatever he has stolen from us. This is using our authority we have in the Name of Jesus to demand what is rightfully ours. On some occasions we may even have to demand that the devil move or the mountain (figuratively speaking, mountains that are in our way) to move out of the way.
The Word of God is active and powerful. It is in our spirits. When we make a demand, we release the Word of God from our mouths. It is active and powerful. It will divide the thoughts in our spirits from our minds. The power of His Word will keep our spirits in faith and doubt out of our minds.
Demanding from the truth is speaking words which are in line with God’s Word. We are releasing the power of His Word. When we demand from the truth, tremendous power is being released from His Word because His Word is truth.
In John 14:13, Jesus said to demand it in His Name. When we demand from the truth in the Name of Jesus, keep your faith on His Name. It is the Name of Jesus that the devil must submit to when we demand. The devil must release what rightfully belongs to the righteous. It is the Name of Jesus that the devil must bow to. So anything that belongs to the righteous, the devil must release it upon our demand. Demand your healing, demand oppression to leave, demand finances be released, demand the angels to bring in the finances, demand every obstacle and obstruction in your life be removed, demand the devil to take his hands off your family and loved ones, demand every interference of the devil to stop. Demand all these in the Name of Jesus and let your faith hold fast to His Name which never fails.
The truth reveals what is rightfully yours. Demand from the truth in the Name of Jesus and you will have what you demand. The realm of the spirit shall be moved by your faith in His Name!
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Matthew 22:16 (NKJV) And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth;…
Grace and truth come through the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Jesus is truth and taught the way of truth. Then He gave us the Holy Spirit who guides us into truth.
John 16:13 (NKJV) However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
The truth will set you apart from the others. You may even be used to bring the next revival to carry the truth to the next generation. The Heavenly Father is raising up a new generation for Himself to carry the truth forward.
Jesus taught the truth and the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth so that we may worship in truth.
John 4:24 (NKJV) God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
The truth will separate you apart to worship Him in spirit and in truth.
With wrong or false teachings we cannot worship Him in Spirit and in truth. Wrong and false teachings are from the devil. There is neither power nor truth in them.
The truth from God’s Word will set us free and enables us to worship the Father in spirit and in truth. Many times worship is done more from the soul than the spirit.
To live life as a successful believer today, there are two very important things we can do with the truth:
1. When we have a need, we demand from the truth
2. When all is well and all our needs are met, we speak the truth or confess the truth
John 1:14 (NKJV) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Word is fully God. Jesus is God and He is the Word. He came to dwell in the flesh among the Jews. Since Jesus is God, He is full of grace and truth. Therefore the Word is full of grace and truth.
Truth is revealed through the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ. When knowledge unfolds, truth is revealed. When you receive the truth from God’s Word, grace is released to you through the truth.
John 8:31–32 (NKJV) 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Note that Jesus said if they abide in His Word. The word “abide" means "to stay”, “to remain” “to continue”. It must enter and remain in our spirits then we can continue in the Word. This is how we abide in His Word.
To know the truth is to receive and to understand the truth. The word “know” has this definition.
Know = 27.18 γινώσκωc: to learn to know a person through direct personal experience, implying a continuity of relationship [Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 327). New York: United Bible Societies.]
When we know the truth, what Jesus is saying here is not having mere knowledge; it is the truth that will set us free. When we know Him we have a direct personal experience with the Lord.
As the Word remains and stays in our spirits and as we continue in the Word by believing and doing the Word, we will develop a deeper continuous direct personal experience with the Lord. We will then know the Lord deeper and deeper. Knowing the Lord through personal direct experience with Him (the Word) will continue to keep us free.
People who may have heard about the truth but do not really know or understand the truth, will not benefit from it. The Word is truth. The Word is God. The Word is the Lord.
The Word is all powerful hence the truth is all powerful. Most importantly we need to have a direct personal experience with the Truth. To have this experience with the Truth is to have an experience with the Lord.
To know the Truth we need:
1. To understand the Word 2. To be a believer and walk with the Word 3. To constantly remain in the Word 4. To continue having a direct personal experience with the Word
The Father is good. His goodness leads us. His goodness is His unfailing love in action. As a result of His love He will surely work something good out for us. He will work everything together and something good will come out from it because we are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NET) And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose…
We have established the fact the Father summons us into His kingdom and places us in the Body of Christ (the local church) to build His local church. The next two things the Father has summoned us to are…
#3 GOD'S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE AND YOUR FAMILY
Jeremiah 29:11–13 (NET) 11 For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. 12 When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers. 13 When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul,
Jeremiah 31:9 (AMP) They will…pouring out prayers [for the future]. I will lead them…
If you choose to follow Him, He has a predestined plan for you because the Heavenly Father sees the days ahead and He knows you and knows how to fit you into the world you live in. However if you choose to plan your own future, He will leave you alone to do so.
People who pray for the future of their career are people who seek God’s plan. This allows Him to work something good for them. He may even lead us into a place to lead us to something greater. The Heavenly Father has a plan for our lives to prosper us. Therefore He desires that we pray. He would like to summon us into His plan. But refusal of His plan is not an option because His plan is perfect and will be a great blessing. Our natural minds may plan but life is full of uncertainties because we do not know the days ahead.
#4 GOD CALLED US FOR A GREATER PURPOSE
God called Abraham for a greater purpose.
Genesis 12:1–2 (NKJV) 1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country,….to a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.
God’s purpose for Abraham was to bring forth Jesus Christ to the earth. This was the ultimate and greatest purpose for Abraham’s life. Through Jesus Christ, Abraham became a blessing to the whole of humanity.
We are all in Christ and the seed of Abraham. We are blessed to be a greater blessing. God is building this church for this nation, Greater China and other nations. His greater purpose for us is to pray for this nation and other nations, preaching and teaching in China and the other parts of East Asia. The Father’s unfailing love is sending His Word of Faith and Grace into these places.
God’s purpose is not just for ourselves and families. Know that we are called for a purpose and for a greater purpose. And He will always work together all things for good to those who are summoned.