What can you believe God for? This was the question on my mind as I wandered through our compound two days ago and as I prayed in the Holy Ghost and pondered on the event of the last few weeks as the world seems to cave under the threat of this deadly coronavirus moving like a whirlwind and killing people all over the world. After that session of prayer, I came back to my study and some spiritual truths was dropped in my heart as I was eating my dinner. My instinct then was to drop my food and start typing away from my laptop, however this time I called on one of my kids to bring my diary and I begin to dictate the thoughts that were rushing through my heart.
The plan initially was to capture a few thoughts of spiritual truths and then developed later. But as the dictation went on, there seems to be no end in view, over 3000 words written as inspired by the Spirit of God. The result of that is this blog post. So let me warn at the beginning this will be a long blog post but an important one and maybe this subject will be examined in two parts with the first installment today.
What can you believe God for? The word that came to me as I ask this question is found in the book of Mark 11:23-24.
"For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them"
When Jesus cited an example of the MOUNTAIN I want to believe he was not just referring to a physical mountain in that sense of commanding it to move. However the master wanted to paint a picture of how big humanity problems can be sometimes. In essence, the master was saying, 'no matter how big your problems are, be it a mountain-sized problem, faith can conquer it! This must be the central thrust of the masters teaching on the subject of faith here. It bothers on the level we call impossible, in the natural, it is impossible for mountains to move. The master however authoritatively asserts that when faith is at play there is nothing that cannot be changed! I want to believe most believers will agree with this, at least until now.
Entered COVID-19 and it seems I cannot say the same again of this scripture here for many are beginning to question among the church what faith can or cannot do. For instance many are saying in the days of COVID-19 it is not wise to lay hands on the sick even though the master did not expressly tell us in certain situations or conditions not to lay hands. Those who suggest this are quick to point to the scripture that says, "Lay hands suddenly on no man", even though if that scripture is interpreted within that context we may get other meaning. But we will take it at its face value: God doesn't want us to lay hands on everyone. And this is where it seems sometimes that the Bible gives conflicting instructions, but to those who are grounded in the word, they will always know where to find the balance as they are guided by the Spirit of God.
It was just like when Saul was anointed by Samuel in 1 Samuel 10, Samuel told him that after this encounter that Saul will begin to act as occasion serves him, in order words with the direction of God's Spirit Saul will always know what the tailor-made solution is for each time, hour and minutes!
What can we believe God for or not during this moment in history where humanity seems not to be able to find any logical or medical solution to the current malaise? Can we lay hands on the sick or not and believe God for healing from this plague and virus? Can we speak to the mountain to move? Can we 'unlimit' God and his power by our faith? Or can we limit him by our explanations and rationalizations of his instructions? Can we take up serpent as he said or we will imply the master didn't mean that literally?
Where do we draw that thin line between faith and foolishness? Was Joshua not foolish to ask the Sun to keep shining and not set until the battle is over? Elijah was also in this company, he prayed that for a certain number of years rain will not fall upon the surface of the earth. And then when he was satisfied he literally by prayer opens the windows of heaven again and the showers began to pour again! Will anyone today in Moses shoe ask the Red sea to part just by stretching the hand over the sea? Who will dare obey such instruction today even if it was thus saith thee Lord. And all of these examples were of men who lived in a dispensation that is not of grace, the Holy Spirit just comes on then but didn’t live in them or with them. Now our generation is greater. We have all that they didn't have. Is this not what prompted Jesus to say greater works than all these we shall do?
I remember Jesus turning 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes to feed 5000 people! That will quite be some work for a single catering company to provide small chops for a crowd of 5000! Yet the master did it all by himself, and he said we would do greater works! In the days of scarcity shouldn't we be asking our bags of rice to multiply? At least one prophet in the Old Testament took one bottle of olive oil and multiplied to as many buckets and drums of oil!
In this challenging time where humanity needs God more than ever what can we believers believe God for? The Bible has long prophesied of moments throughout man’s history where the whole of creation will eagerly wait on the manifestation of the sons of God! Romans 8:19-21 was written for such a time like this!
"For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God"
This is our destiny, to deliver creation into the glorious liberty that God has provided for his children! Or are we not the savior that will rise from Zion to judge the mount of Esau?
Obadiah 21 says, "And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord's"
He has made us signs and wonders to our world, is that not what the word says? (Isaiah 8:18). He called us gods and sternly warned us that if we don't understand our true status and nature we will die like sons of men?
"They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Psalms 82:5-7 KJV
Zion seems not to be on course with God hence the whole world is running out of course.
There are no straight answers to all these questions, how well we walk with God determines how much of him we see in our lives! If our heart is failing in the days of adversity it is because our strength is small and if our strength is small it is probably because we are not waiting on him because they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength and mount up with wings like eagles!( Isaiah 40:29-31).
Gross darkness is covering the earth and gross darkness the people, meaning that according to the Isaiah prophecy this is the time the Lord shall arise upon us and his glory shall be seen on us! But before then in verse we are giving a spiritual responsibility: “arise shine for thy light is come"(Isaiah 60:1-3).
We have the spiritual responsibility to arise and shine the light however the truth is many of us do not even believe we have the light, some know they have the light but do not believe in the potency of the light for these threatening times that we are in. Many of us are too weak to arise. Probably it may even be that many of us are sleeping. Because in Ephesians 5:14 the word commands: "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light". God is about to give new mantles, new lights to believers, to men and women who believe enough to shine upon this present darkness, will you sleep still and remain weak?
The world is asking us to fulfill our social responsibilities of social distancing, always washing hands, not touching our eyes, ears, and nose and in doing all of these and many more we are helping to halt the spread of the virus. And really we must all do these with a sense of responsibility. But just as the world is asking of our social responsibility, also the word is asking us to fulfill our spiritual responsibilities! As believers, our responsibilities to the world are not just social but also spiritual! We have the spiritual responsibility of praying for the world, praying for her healing, praying for the sick, showing a practical demonstration of love to the world and more. And about prayers I have discovered this, almost all the time we tell ourselves 'let us keep praying' but in actual reality, only a few of us are praying. We pray in 'words' but not in deeds.
The word is asking of us our spiritual responsibilities to shine the light, to share the word, to spread the faith, to heal the sick, to raise the dead, to walk upon the sea and do the impossible for God but today we rationalize these instructions. Truth is rationality and spirituality does not co-exist. Rationality is the strength of human reasoning and logic, while spirituality is the bedrock for the manifestation of the life of God! Rationality is the enemy of spirituality; you cannot walk in both and fully manifest the life of God.
Romans 8:6-9 tells us, "For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his"
Having this Spirit is not enough, allowing the expression of the Spirit is what makes us alive and this is what makes Paul declared that any man who doesn't allow the expression of the Spirit is dead!
We must allow the new anointing to fall on us and take hold of us to be used of his glory. I have already finished my blog post before I saw the vision from Rick Joyner and I feel it will be a good addition here. It should awake us to the responsibility we have in God to this generation. The Lord show him this vision a few days ago and I will put all of that he said here below:
"I recently had a troubling vision that I believe will require intercessors to take very seriously and pray into during this time. In this vision I was carried to a place that seemed to be a makeshift laboratory. As I looked around I witnessed someone creating a sinister plan to harm humanity. I could see a laptop filled with thousands of files containing schemes, bomb-making instructions, and research on building home-brewed biological and radiological weapons.
While I stood and looked God brought me into a microscopic dimension where I could see past the view of the naked eye and into a much deeper realm. I could see microscopic organisms that were being created with the intention of spreading bacterial infection to wreak havoc on many; a bio terror attack.
The Lord spoke to me and said, “There are terror cells hidden in America and the nations of the earth. Satan has managed to infect men’s minds with demonic plans involving the intentional release of biological and radiological agents to harm many, they are planning it even now. Those that would commit such demonic acts are filled with the most deep spirit of darkness. The devil used disease from the beginning to destroy humanity, but my Son was manifested that he might destroy the works of Satan in the earth. My church must rise in this hour and pray against these terror attacks that the enemy wants to bring. If they will pray the attack will be uncovered! For there are multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision who have yet to receive me as Lord, but to those that fear my name will the Son of righteousness arise with healing in his wings. I will cover the people with my feathers and under my wings will they find protection. They will have no fear of this terror, nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that seeks to lay waste in cities. I the Lord will be their habitation there will be no evil befall them, neither will any plague come nigh their dwelling.”
Suddenly I saw a mantle, that looked as though someone of royalty would have worn it, fall to the ground. I heard the Lord say, “I’m offering this mantle to many in this hour, but who will carry it to the ends of the earth for my glory?” I asked the Lord, “What mantle is it?” I heard the Lord say, “It’s the mantle of abundant life! For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made you free from the law of sin and death. There was one who carried this mantle many generations ago; my servant John G. Lake. He carried it throughout the earth and displaced disease, darkness and death. Through his hands the most deadly diseases were brought to nothing and cities came under my hand of protection and prosperity. This mantle is coming again in the earth to combat what the enemy has set in place to come, but who will carry this mantle for my glory? If my people, which are called by my name will humble themselves, pray and seek my face they will receive it. I will come to work with them, healing and protection will be in their land. I will send my word and heal those around them, deliver them from destruction. I will deliver their soul from death, their eyes from tears and their feet from falling. Behold, I will bring them health and a cure. I will reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth found only in my Kingdom. A true Apostolic authority is about to be revealed that has not been seen in many generations. One that will be known not by title, but by Acts! One that carries authentic power to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the masses. Where the enemy would use some to kill, steal and destroy this anointing will come to bring life and life more abundantly. And there will be a sign that follow those that receive, if they drink any deadly thing it will not hurt them.”
I could see the protection of God’s hand come over regions and bio terror could not penetrate past the vail of the mantle. I saw churches that became distribution centers that released peace upon cities and regions. They had the ability to expose darkness by prayer and secret terror cells were uncovered. I know what I was shown and we must not be slothful in prayer at this time. We must be diligently seeking God for the protection of the nations. We must earnestly desire this mantle of abundant life to come upon the leaders of the body of Christ. I’m calling upon all believers and intercessors to begin to pray this word through and cover your cities with Psalms 91. I believe it is a mandate from the Lord as I can still hear his voice saying, “but who will carry this mantle for my glory?"
Who will carry this mantle of glory in this dire hour of our greatest challenge on the face of the earth? Who will rise up to pray the fulfilment of these words and vision? Who will intercede and birth the will of God for the nations? Who will believe God for great things on behalf of humanity?"
Questioning the integrity of God's word and its potency is a clear proof of our shallowness and lack of intimacy with God! When we are dead in God, we will be alive in his power and there is nothing we cannot do in Him and for him. What can we believe God for? To be continued.
THERE IS NOTHING THAT I NEED
THAT HE WON'T PROVIDE
IF I BELIEVE, IF I BELIEVE
AND SO I SAY TO THE MOUNTAIN MOVE
AND SO I SAY TO THE MOUNTAIN
GET OUT OF MY WAY
IF I BELIEVE, IF I BELIEVE
CALL TO INTERCESSION: Lord increase my faith