Cracks In Our Foundation Of Power

Ok this I read thru sunday night but my plans kinda changed on when i was going to post it but I decided its a good time to post it now after the blog post I posted last night on prayer. Also if you would like to see anything covered or would like to know some answers that should be in a blog post let me know I want this blog to be for you guys to grow with God.

Cracks in the Foundation – Steve Backlund

1. If the Lord wills

James 4-13-16

a.) The positive

This verse reminds us not to make decisions without putting God as the foundation of our priorities and decisions.

b.) There will be a crack in our foundation if we use:

“if it be Your will” in prayer for things that God has already declared are His will.

c.) God has called us to confidence in prayer by knowing His will about salvation, healing, provision, deliverance, etc. We don’t need to pray “if it be thy will” about things clearly outlined in His word.

2. All things work together for good

Romans 8:28-29

a.)The Positive:

When we turn to God with love for Him, with praying in the Spirit and with commitment to His call on our lives; we are promised that everything in our lives will turn out for good. This includes the bad things that have happened to us, or wrong choices we have made. It may take a while for a complete turn around to occur, but God starts the process immediately as we turn our hearts to Him.

b.) There ill be a crack in our foundation if we believe the verse says:

“All things that happen are good.” Unfortunately, many believe that Romans 8:28 teaches that. This conclusion results from misunderstanding of Gods sovereignty. If we believe that all happenings are good, we will also subconsciously think that prayer is pointless. We will never know what to resist (After all we might be resisting something for our own good even if it is sickness, lack, or tragedy).

c. Concluding thoughts:

Romans 8:28, is one of the greatest promises in the whole Bible. We rejoice in it because our God is able to turn messes into something good! We are careful however not to become passive and just “let life happen to us”, thinking that everything that happens will work out for good. That conclusion weakens our hope, and promotes a “victim mentality” rather than a confidence in prayer as God intends.

3. It is God who heals the sick, not me.

Acts 14:14

a.) Positive:

It is vital that we learn to give God the glory and give Him thanks through Jesus Christ for the great things (including healing) that are done through us. Self-exaltation and pride have been the downfall of many. Jesus said, “apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Truly, we need to understand that our connection to God the Father through Jesus Christ is the key for divine healing (and all other kingdom benefits) to flow through us.

b.) There will be crack in our foundation if we:

Overemphasize Gods role in the healing of others and underemphasize our part in the process. Jesus told his disciples to “heal the sick” (Matthew 10:8). God has delegated His authority to us “heal the sick.” The biblical model for walking in His is not to ask God to heal, but declare healing over lives. Too often the phrase “it is God who heals, not me” is used as a form of “false humility” that lessens personal responsibility and decreases personal expectation for healing.

c.) Concluding thoughts:

Truly we want to become a part of a new breed of radical believers that has confidence “in the greater works that we will do (John 14:12), and who also are ravenously passionate to worship Jesus and give Him “all the glory and praise” for the great things that are done.

4. You did not have enough faith to be healed.

Mark 6:5-6

a.) Positive

1 John 5:4 gives us a key to walking in victory (which includes our health).
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith.” It would be foolish to discount the role of faith concerning the advancement of Gods kingdom promises in our lives. Jesus frequently spoke of the power of faith in seeing healing manifest. One classical passage is Mark 9 were a Father implores Jesus concerning his son saying “.. but if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him. “If you can believe, all things are possible for him who believes.” The man understood what Jesus said and immediately cried out with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

b.) There will be a crack in our foundation if we:

Overemphasize the role of personal faith and underemphasize additional important factors concerning healing suck as other spiritual laws that need to be addressed besides faith (Forgiveness, word curses, sin, etc…), the need for perseverance and not complicating matters by making concluding statements about there being a lack of faith.

c.) Concluding thoughts:

Faith is vital and important for healing. We must though make a greater emphasis for celebrating faiths growth rather than focusing on its apparent lock in lives.

Promises of God:

1. I have supernatural ability- “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

2. I have supernatural answered prayers- “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14-15

Core Values:

1. We owe the world an encounter with God therefore we are relentless in the pursuit of His presence and power both inside and outside the church walls. (Acts 16:25-34)

2. What we believe after we pray is just as important as what we believe while we pray. (Mark 11:24,; 1 John 14-15)

3. We see problems as opportunities to show how big our God is. (James 1:2-5; Romans 5:3-5)

4. Personal hope (the confident expectation of seeing Gods goodness) is to be a major pursuit of our lives. We believe there is hope for every person and every situation we encounter. (Romans 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 10:13)

5. The power of life and death is in the power of the words we speak over ourselves, others, and every aspect of our lives. (Proverbs 29:18)

6. We motivate people through vision, a revelation of God, and the power of God; rather than by guilt, law or condemnation. (Proverbs 29:18)

7. God has delegated His authority to us to enforce Christ’s victory over demons, sickness and lack. Therefore, like Jesus and the apostles, we speak to mountains, to situations, and to sickness and disease. (Mark 11:22-24; James 4:7)

8. All that we do needs to have a “1 Corinthians love” as it’s foundation or else it is worthless. (1 corinthians 3:1-5; and chapter 13)

9. Because God’s kingdom is proactive, we don’t wait for things to happen, but we seek out opportunities for light to shine in darkness – being empowered by God’s love, sensitivity and wisdom. (Matthew 10:5-8)

Well I hope you got alot out of that as I did. I really got alot out of the core values myself. Well tell next time
Much Love ~ Jeremy

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