FAITH, hope and love – part 1


This post comes in three parts. Faith. Hope. Love.

It is the central issue in Christianity. It is the key to recovery from addiction. It is THE thing to understand if you want to prosper in life.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Cor 13:13

This first post is about faith. When you hook into real faith, you will be set free from this world system. Then healing and restoration can come far easier. The next posts will explain how to then go on to more and more growth and healing.

But we start with faith – in the process of getting spiritually free, this is the first step.

FAITH

It is through having faith in Jesus Christ that we move from death into life – right here on this earth and in our lives.

I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life.

And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life. – John 5:24

Did you see that? It happens NOW. Present tense. It’s available to those who believe and trust and cling to God.

It’s a matter of faith. Faith is what you believe. It’s what you agree is true.

You know how satan tempted Jesus? Jesus was tried and tempted and tested by the words of the enemy. But Jesus had His belt of truth and He stood! In the end, after a while, the enemy left him and went away.

That story about Jesus shows us that our minds are the battlefield. That satan will try and undermine the truth. In my recovery process he messed with my head, trying to talk me out of what I believe.

It went something like this:

Did Jesus die for you Mark? Yes! Are you going to Heaven Mark? Yes! How do you know? Because Jesus said He died for me so I can go to Heaven. (That is your faith.)

So it’s just a matter of what we decide is true and what we FIRMLY believe and cling to. So what do we believe? What does the bible say?

That He died, that He rose again, that His blood was shed for every single sin of mine and all of my sins. The bible says when He comes back it is not to deal with sins… because they are completely dealt with. All of them. He paid it all in advance.

Did Jesus pay for ALL your sins Mark? Yes! How? When He died on the cross. Are you sure? Yes! (That is your faith.)

It’s like He put US$6 trillion into a bank account and He certainly hopes we spend it by withdrawing it. But who knows, we may get to the end of time and find that only US$2 trillion was withdrawn.

Anyway, if you agree that He paid for YOUR sins, then if the accuser of the brothers is looking for someone to accuse, he needs to look somewhere else, even YOUR future sins are paid for in full.

But you’re still sinning! Surely you should have stopped by now!! God is working on me. I trust Him. You’re doing these things compusively… Jesus didn’t pay for these sins did He? Yes, He paid for everything! No way… are you sure He will help you?? Yes. He will do what He promised to do for me. (That is your faith.)

When your faith in Jesus says that this is in fact what He has done for you… you are moved over from the kingdom of darkness, into the Kingdom of Light. As Jesus said so many times… your faith has saved you, or your faith has healed you.

And Jesus said to him, Receive your sight! Your faith (your trust and confidence that spring from your faith in God) has healed you. – Luke 18:42

Your faith in Jesus Christ heals the separation that sin brings between humanity and our Father in Heaven. There is no separation if you believe that is what Jesus did for you.

You’re a really difficult son. I don’t think God expected anyone to sin again and again. He chose me. He brought me to Him. He sees the end from the beginning. He knew. It’s ok! Are you sure?? Yes. (That is your faith.)

Your faith in Jesus Christ completely pays for all of your sin, past, present and future. It’s not that you stop sinning, but that your sins are paid for.

If you believe that He utterly paid for them, then the enemy has no legal rights to your life whatsoever.

He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. – Col 2:14-15

If the enemy has absolutely NO charges to lay against us – not even generational iniquity/sin – then he has not foothold and he can be driven away from your life entirely (over time) because Jesus paid for your sins.

It’s been years and you’re still addicted. Something has gone wrong. He won’t restore you. He chose me. He promised to restore me. He has restored me SO MUCH. He will complete His good work! No no, you’re wrong. In Jesus Name I declare that you have NOTHING in me. I am hidden in Him. I rebuke you… get away from me. (That is your faith.)

Your faith in Jesus Christ has brought you out from under law, so you can no longer be judged under the law. You are now under the grace (undeserved kindness and mercy)… if you believe that Jesus did this for you.

Your faith in Jesus Christ has completely removed the power of death and curses from your life, if you agree and have faith that He did this on the cross. He did it. The bible says He did it. Now it’s up to you to say that He did it, and He did it for you.

Then as the bible says in Ephesians 6:14. STAND on the TRUTH of what He has done and don’t budge one inch away, no matter what happens. Don’t budge. Don’t shift. Stand on the truth.

Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth Eph 6:14

God made Abraham righteous when Abraham believed that God can do what He said He will do.

Now it’s up to you. Jesus is God. Can Jesus deliver you from sin, death and law? If you believe He can do what He said He can do… then you are made righteous with our Father in Heaven.

If you are clothed in righteousness, it’s like having armor to resist the spiritual attack of the enemy

and the body armor of God’s righteousness. – Eph 6:14

It is not your righteousness, but the robes of righteousness that Jesus secured for you when He died in your place and paid for everything you will ever do that falls short of God’s perfect standards.

Just one warning that comes from my own experience and from watching people around me.

If you are struggling with a lot of bondage and that kind of spiritual stuff, this is the shortest route to freedom, but the enemy will resist. He cannot undo Christ’s sacrifice, but he will try to cause you to change your mind.

battlefield_of_the_mind.jpgJoyce Meyer wrote a book called “The battlefield of the mind” and this is exactly right.

Faith is a decision taken in your mind. The battlefield in there – in your mind. If the enemy can talk you OUT of your faith that Jesus has completely washed you clean of sin… if you won’t believe that then he regains all of his legal rights that sin brings.

This is not about salvation, it’s about complete spiritual freedom.

If you take this path, remember to STAND and put on the TRUTH (Eph 6:14).

Jesus was tried and tempted and tested by the words of the enemy. We are too. But Jesus had His belt of truth and He stood! In the end, after a while, the enemy left him and went away.

The enemy does not like to lose ground. He will resist losing his grip on you too. But he will eventually leave and move away. Amen.

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