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Keep A Word of Faith in Your Mouth

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Keep A Word of Faith In Your Mouth

By

Dr. PJ Edmund, Sr.,

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Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the King

James Version of the Bible.

Scripture quotations marked NIV are taken from the New International Version

Bible.

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Keep A Word Of Faith In Your Mouth

Copyright © 2017 by PJ Edmund, Sr.,

Published by

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PO Box 394

Bowie, Maryland 20719

All rights reserved under International Copyright Law.

Contents and/or cover may not be reproduced in whole or in part in any form

without the express written consent of the Publisher.

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CONTENTS

Introduction

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Faith That Can Handle Eventualites

Faith That Is Made For The Negative

Faith That Makes Demands

Faith That Will Not Fail

Faith That Has Stipulations

Faith That Is Never Crushed

Faith No Matter What We Are In

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INTRODUCTION

While the subject of faith has been handled extensively by many it

still remains of central importance and relevance in our

relationship to God. The discussion of it, understanding of it and

reliance upon it, through the centuries of human existence has

not changed the vitality and mystery of it. My reflection in this

area is simply to underscore how relevant faith in God is today as

it has always been. Yet we can never exhaust this particular area

of the believer’s existence which remains under constant attack

by the defector of the faith, who by means of spiritual warfare

would fight the very thing that brings reality and meaning to our

destiny. The enemy is not consumed by our things, our

possessions nor our accomplishments, but consumed by the thing

that brings all of these things into reality for the believer, our

faith. The platform and definitive guide concerning faith for the

purpose of this writing is centered on the great Hebrews 11

rendering.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of

things not seen” – Hebrews 11:1

Faith then means we assume the confidence of things being real

while knowing they are real based upon the confidence that we

have in God and His ability to stand behind the evidence of that

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reality. Being able to see what we have confidence in becomes

irrelevant when the power of God is visible and operative. Our

faith by connection to God materializes in the actions we take, the

choices we make and the decisions we undertake.

Faith is the principle and foundation for all success. It is central to

the survival of all of us that believe. In many ways the places of

worship that are filled to capacity every weekend deliver

instruction in the understanding, the articulation and the

application of faith. I call these gatherings universities of faith

because they inspire learning about the central theme of our

existence and relationship with God. This is where we learn the

elements, the rudiments and the establishment of faith!

Be Positive Keep A Word of Faith in Your Mouth speaks to this

concept of the university of faith. It describes the many

empowering experiences that we must complete to continue to

build faith. The path of faith is not always a linear one, meaning

beginning at one point and smoothly continuing to a final end. It is

the culmination of many journeys, eventualities and

recommitments. Each portion of the journey is unique. Each step,

success or set back draws on our individual resilience to continue

to climb toward our purpose.

“For we walk by faith and not by sight” – 2 Corinthians 5:7

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Walking by faith does not always predict the types of

circumstances that we will be challenged by. So in general terms

we must walk in faith disregarding what we walk through. This

challenges but also strengthens our ability to walk. What we see

naturally will challenge the pursuit of our goals, dreams and

ambitions. The journey often forces us to close our eyes,

becoming blind to what we see naturally and depend entirely on

what we believe spiritually.

Faith understands the process and the journey. Accomplishment

or completion does not always mean there have not been

adversities. It means that in spite of the adversities we have

prevailed. Every time we rebound, recover, resume or try again

we draw on another incredible level of faith. The power of God

reactivates the energy to return to the mindset and belief system

that is necessary to achieve the reality of our faith.

What does it take to start over and begin faith dependence again?

How do we reassemble ourselves, put our best foot forward and

attempt to build again. We must all learn the skill of rapidly

releasing the failure or frustration of our past experiences and

take the painful but necessary steps to begin trusting God again!

Every believer has the power within to resurge, to rebound and to

re-engage the strength to reclaim focus and clarity. Recouping the

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power to forget what is behind us while reminding ourselves of

the future that is still ahead of us is the work of progressive faith.

It is one thing to recover from losing something. It is another thing

to call up the strength to go through the process of starting again.

We must learn how to harness the power of indifference and

rebound with even more determination and courage to reach

again for what we believe God has spoken in our lives.

With every step of faith, keep a word of faith in your mouth!

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Chapter 1

Faith that Can Handle Eventually

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to

them that are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28)

Relationship Rules

Faith ultimately means relationship with God. It is through the

blessing of faith that God reveals His divine character to us. It is

through purpose that God develops His character in us. To truly

exist in a faith relationship with Him, God establishes a set of rules

that guide us in our interaction with Him. When we do not

understand God’s relationship with us, then we become uncertain

about the promises, benefits, and legitimacy of that relationship.

We operate confidently and differently with God when it is clear

to us how God works. Because we are creatures of logic, cycles

and patterns when things go off script we attempt to regain that

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order to ensure life fits into a pattern that we are comfortable

with. Faith does not always respect the order of life or the order

of how things have always been. When faith faces uncertainty and

unpredictability it responds powerfully with innovation and

creativity. Faith in relationship to God is what we need as we are

never fully in control of where the will of God will take us. Even

when purpose is present, it does not always mean purpose is

clear. So we that are faithful seek the clarity of purpose not just

the power of purpose. Purpose discerns that there is a real and

valid plan for our lives, while faith trusts that the plan we are

committed to will accomplish what God has designed. Whatever

is revealed in our day it is still a part of that plan to bring us into

the fullness of what God intended by His will.

Purpose

God uses purpose, His divine thought process, to help us learn

how to relate to the relevancy of His planning. What amazes us

about purpose is the level of thought that God invests into the

planning and preparation of lives. Nothing is mistimed or

misplaced with purpose. His omniscience about the entire process

of our lives and calling gives our faith confidence to rely on the

initiation and execution of the plan. It is what our faith clings to

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whenever doubt creeps in to the thinking of the plan. It is the

level of thought that God puts into the purpose of our lives that

allows us to love Him confidently and serve Him passionately. So

well thought out is His purpose for us that His word in our lives is

already determined to bring to a conclusion what He has agreed

in the plan itself.

“For I know that thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord,

thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” –

Jeremiah 29:11

God releases His thoughts, purpose and plan for us well in

advance of the manifestation of those plans. God knows what He

has willed and purposed for us, the adversary knows what God

has willed and purposed for us, now our faith must come into the

confidence in His will and purpose for us. Our faith must come

into agreement with what God has already planned. When we

understand the level of his excellence and the level of his counsel

we enter into appreciation for His plan even when we still struggle

to get what His plan is accomplishing. If we are confident in Him

and His plan for us, even though the plan is not revealed, our faith

can relax in the truth that He knows!

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“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth, it shall

not return unto me void” – Isaiah 55:11

We can rely on the absolute faithfulness of God. However when

we speak of our faithfulness to God, we speak as if it is a badge

that we proudly wear indicating we have always been true to that

commitment. The truth is without the consistency of God, our

faith would have very little to connect to. It is not so much us

holding on to God, it is absolutely God holding on to us through

every stage of our faith development. We can be confident in His

word when dealing with God, receiving whatever He speaks,

whenever He speaks it. Our faith stands in the strength and

capability of God. If we know that His word has the capability to

perform and achieve its objectives, then we can reassured in

knowing that what God says will not create void but will create

fulfillment. There is no void in faith. There is no faith in void!

Intentionality

Everything that God does is intentional and everything that God

allows is intentional and everything to bring about the conclusion

or resolution of His purpose is intentional. Faith completely

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understands this. God’s purpose always possesses objectivity. It is

goal specific. When the objective of purpose is unclear we follow

the plan in our hearts. We that walk by faith are accustomed to

dealing with non specific purpose but specific goals. There is often

a disconnection between what God causes us to strive for and

how it relates to the purpose that we are called to. Faith will

always adhere to the path of trust. God solicits the best counsel in

the universe to finalize His purpose and plan. He counsels with

Himself and only Himself to bring to pass everything that He

preordains. Even when our faith is challenged, it is not being

challenged in isolation of the plan. God intends all eventualities to

play a role in the completion of His intended purpose.

“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance being

predestined according to the purpose of Him who worketh all

things after the counsel of His own will “(Ephesians 1:11)

What God purposes for our lives has been preplanned and

prepared. Interestingly, God plans the process outside the

framework of our knowledge and understanding. Typically our

faith often has to walk through life without the specific details

that support the plan. God prefers the option of placing the ability

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to handle the details that He has not disclosed to us within our

spirit. Faith is big picture thinking! Sincere and true faith is never

weakened by what we see. The opposite is true. True faith is

strengthened by visible challenges and struggles. Accomplishing

the goals of faith is made beneficial by what our faith conquers to

accomplish. Since our relationship with God is spiritual, by His

spirit we receive the assurance of the outcome while still facing it.

We should not take the strategic attacks on our faith personally.

This attack happens to bring focus and clarity to the purpose and

plan of God and increases our faith, not diminish it.

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Chapter 2

Faith That’s Made for the Negative

“For which cause we faint not, but though the outward man perish, yet the

inward man is renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

Nurturing Faith

Faith requires nurturing. The survivability of our faith has been

proved immeasurably. What handle in life has certainly tested the

resolve and character of who we are. It takes character to be

successful. It takes character to be faithful. Life with all of its

complications and nuances stretch the structure and quality of

our faith. The quality of our faith is nurtured through extensive

testing. The quality of our faith cannot be diminished or lost by

virtue of our testing. It is enhanced and deepened by the positive

and negative situations that God prescribes for us to pass

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through. Understand it is always a passing through. We are not

residents of our situations but momentary tenants spending a

little time to receive character adjustments. What we go through

is one perspective of the journey, how we survived what we went

through is a different perspective of the faith journey. When we

reflect over the past there is one thing that is common to all of us

and that is we are survivors. The totality of our human experience

must be judged rather than the individual challenges that our

faith has endured. When you consider the individual challenges it

presents a different appreciation for what it is that we have

overcome. When we consider the entire journey including all of

its eventualities we realize that our faith has championed success

consistently through every stage of our growth.

Survival

It is the survival attitude of faith that is predominantly expressed

in 2 Corinthians 4:16 as Paul relates our earthly struggles to the

indifferent domain in which we live. There is a faith that discerns

where we are in the process of our faith journey. Our faith is

instrumental if not critical to our achieving the actualization of

purpose. Faith presents for the believer an inner and outer

struggle. Our faith must deal with two ideologies sharing one

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experience. The inner ideology deals with the relationship of faith

and how we use that faith to draw on God. The outer ideology is

environmentally linked and deals with how we relate to the world

in which our faith must survive in. Ideology generally speaks to

the way in which we think or develop relationships in the worlds

in which we live. Our faith life is of the word, while everything else

around us is of the world. Our faith develops an ideal concept

derived from the strength of God’s word to live and survive in the

world environment. While we live in the earth, we think, decide

and discern utilizing faith principles from the word of God. The

kingdom of this world cannot provide the gifting necessary to

excel in God’s Kingdom. Faith draws from the Kingdom of Heaven

utilizing the principles, precepts and strategies that promote faith.

One ideology deals with the conceptual thinking of the outer or

sensory and sensual individual, while the other ideology deals

with the thinking and behavior of the inward or sentient

individual. That which is in us will always conquer that which is

around us.

Sensory and Sentient

Our outer man is sensorial and decides the outcome of every

choice from a sensorial perspective. The limitation of the sensorial

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system is that it cannot discern beyond the scope and ability of its

faculties. If our sight cannot visualize an object, the conclusion we

draw is that the object is not there. The sensorial system only

benefits us when things are in range of that system. When things

exist outside of the range of that system it is undetectable even

though it exists.

Our inward man is sentient and decides the outcome of every

choice from the conscious and spiritual perspective. We deal with

our environment through the consciousness and spirit of God by

believing in the leading and direction of faith. Faith is the only

solution to the dilemmas in the earth realm.

Humanity and Divinity

These ideologies are best depicted in the life of Christ because He

existed as both human and divine. Christ simultaneously lived in

both environments. He drew His humanity from his human

mother Mary but drew His divinity from His divine father which

was God. The life of Christ teaches us that despite the human

tendency to outward evil, there is a greater potential for good

accomplished through faith. To accomplish this in our lives God

looks beyond the outward behavior to consider our inner divine

potential. Jesus being aware of the proclivity to perform evil and

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sin in humanity, still chose to redeem us by cleansing us from sin

and by bringing us into the righteousness of God.

“For He hath made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we

might be made the righteousness of God in Him” – 2 Corinthians

5:21

While Jesus existed in both the natural and the supernatural, His

spirit man remained dominant over the ideology of His flesh. So

then our faith does not rely on the strength of humanistic power

but is prominent and all powerful when connected to our divinity.

It is God in us that pushes us to greatness. It is our faith in God

that causes us release our divinity no matter what the

environmental condition presents.

The Attitude

It is the attitude towards the afflictions that we face which

enables our optimism about life to be positive. It is not that life

does not bring its own levels of challenges. Life always presents a

myriad of revolving situations that we all must deal with. It is the

attitudinal response to the affliction that makes the difference in

what we believe. We overrule our environmental afflictions and

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redirect them to give us an advantage over the negative

environment. We cannot be discouraged and our spirits cannot

sink under the weight of the afflictions. The attitude towards the

afflictions is based upon what our sentient spirit receives from

God. So when the afflictions happen in our environmental

situation, this is not what will ultimately continue to happen to us.

Our sensorial mind perceives that this condition will continue

without limit, but our sentient or faith spirit, which is connected

to God, declares the opposite. We shall prevail.

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The Promise

Chapter 3

Faith That Makes Demands on God

“Is anything too hard for God” (Genesis 18:14)

Faith is what God introduces to Abraham to begin the most

amazing journey of his life. It was not entirely inconceivable that

God would perform something great in the life of Abraham and

Sarah as He had indicated in Genesis chapter 12. Through the

intrigue and promise by faith God lures Abraham into a walk laden

with uncertainty. By faith, God calls Abraham out of the Ur of the

Chaldees, out of the heart of Mesopotamia with the guaranteed

promise of greatness. Destiny begins with an environmental

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change. The environment that we are accustomed to is an

environment of normality. When our environment transforms it is

significant to our destiny forming. To begin the path of destiny

God required a change of relationship with Abraham, a different

level of faith. Abraham is called from an idolatrous nation into

covenantal relationship and through covenantal relationship into

the full promise by faith. There must be movement when faith

begins to work, from one level of faith to another. Our faith must

be prepared to be evicted, to move out into the promise.

“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and

make thy name great” – Genesis 12:2

God calls Abraham, a worshipper of idols into the new experience

of faith in God alone. No choices or preferences as to who to be

loyal to but developing loyalty to the one and only true God.

Abraham is a nomad searching for purpose and promise with no

one to guide him. His trust had always been in the power of his

own ingenuity being led by his own instincts and culture. The least

likely of candidates to inherit the assignment of world-wide

notoriety and greatness, yet he is selected by God. God knows

that faith is the game changer no matter who you are and what

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your perception of your future is. With God and faith it can be

done!

Move the Mind

Anytime God is involved in a thing the thing is predicted to work.

When God makes a promise to Abraham, as He promises to us,

the impossible becomes redundant. It does not move the mind

too much to grasp the fact that God had unimaginable plans

involving Abraham and Sarah. What moves the mind though, is

the timing and season in which the promise was promised. When

God promised Abraham the land of Canaan he was 75 years old.

When God promised Abraham the birth of Isaac he was 99 years

old. When God confirmed what was promised concerning Isaac,

Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah 99 years old. Considering

these conditions the mind must move because the age and health

complicates the delivery expectation of the promise. Yet God has

promised! Our faith is going to be challenged by the things that

God says contradictory to the situation in which it is promised.

God does have a tendency to defy the circumstances by revealing

the possibility by faith. Faith must be stirred. God then must move

our minds to believe what has been promised because where our

minds usually do not live in expectation. The mind of faith must

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participate at a time when physically and spiritually God has

moved the parameters in which we believe. It will take unusual

faith to receive unusual miracles.

We might consider Isaac’s conception possible perhaps when

Abraham was 75 years old. Physically and biologically the

conception would be in the scope of expectation. When God

suspends or even delays the season and time in which conception

is to take place, the mind of faith must move to consider the

possibility of something happening that has just been moved

outside the minds regular parameters.

“He considered not the deadness of his own body now old..” –

Romans 4:17)

The thinking here is that Abraham “considered not” what he

should have considered. To totally rely on his faith he had to

ignore the obvious which was he was too old to father a child

physically and biologically. When faith is to be employed

everything else needs to be fired! In fact it is when conditions are

not favorable that a higher expression of faith is required. Even

when dead things are present, or things that do not have life are

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called upon, faith is still alive! Our faith lives beyond the shelf life

of everything. Faith does not expire even when it has been

determined to be out dated or too late.

The situation of Abraham and Sarah was definitely complicated by

age and time. There now exists a set of circumstances and

conditions that causes us to begin to wonder how God is going to

bring this to pass. Our faith must anticipate God allowing

conditions and situations that require certain creativity and

innovation. When the circumstances do not make sense and our

normal levels of expectancy exceeded, faith is the only vehicle of

change.

Impossible Times and Unbelievable Faith

Imagine Abraham and Sarah thinking through this impossible

promise. So much so that upon hearing this promise concerning

the birth of Isaac it brings them both to utter and complete

laughter. It is a ludicrous suggestion that they could conceive a

child in their old age, when good physicality, much less

motivation, is necessary for the conception process. Faith is

essential for these impossible times in our lives when the miracle

defies the moment, and the ludicrous defies the times. It is

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typically humanly and biologically routine for individuals to

conceive between 20-40 years of age. Abraham and Sarah have to

consider conception in a completely foreign season. This natural

conception must first begin with spiritual conception by faith.

Before conception can literally take place in the body the mind

must handle the possibility and then release the body into the

acceptance of that belief. This conception was considered

humanly impossible for the season for that possibility had long

past. Abraham is so overwhelmed by the prospects of fathering a

child that he falls on his face and laughs at the idea. He laughs

additionally at the idea that Sarah would even contemplate

conceiving a child. To them both this was impossible, because

these were impossible times. We need next level faith for

impossible times to believe impossible promises. God will select

the time and season in which to promise us the impossible. Just

like the prospect and promise of a son, the thought must be

entirely out of scope of understanding to qualify for the miracle

moment. Faith is indeed seeing what is done and what is possible

through Him. Our faith should not be considerate of rules or

regulations, systems or infrastructure. Faith knows no limits!

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“I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me” –

Philippians 4:13

The faith to believe the impossible is made possible with vision

empowered by God. Paul here teaches that all things are possible

as long as the connection to the thing believed for is through faith

in God. Our requests and desires pass through Him for approval,

then to completion. It is the confirmation of what we desire by

faith that God approves when it comes to Him. Remember

Abraham laughs at the idea of a child and Sarah laughs within

herself about the possibility of a child. God wants us to laugh at

what He is smiling about. Abraham and Sarah were laughing at

themselves because they knew of their inability to perform. God

smiles knowing His omnipotence is able to outperform the

impossibilities in spite of their inabilities. What faith always

reminds us is that what God is going to do is not going to be

through what we think He will use. Just like Joseph was excused in

the conception of Jesus, Abraham and Sarah’s inability was

excused to establish an inheritance of faith through Isaac. This is

when we know it is God thing when the thing that God is doing He

squarely places on His shoulders alone. The thing that God is

pushing us towards is beyond our capability of understanding. In

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order for God to create unbelievable faith in us, He must birth

that level of faith through unbelievable situations. For Abraham to

be the progenitor of a great nation God must raise Abraham and

Sarah to walk by great and unbelievable conviction. When we

begin to believe in the unbelievable then we are beginning to

walk with incredible faith.

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Chapter 4

Faith That Will Not Fail

“Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called, and whom He

called, them He also justified and whom He justified, them He also glorified”

(Romans 8:30)

Successful Faith

The faith that creates success in our lives is a faith that simply

understands that there is more reward in the application and not

the proclamation of faith. Faithful success understands that the

path and process to fulfillment are to be followed and not

recreated. Our faith is not finding undiscovered methodologies or

systems to connect to the will of God it is connecting to what God

has already prepared in the path of those who trust. Success is

finding the blueprint for our destinies and receiving everything

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that God predetermined for the fulfillment of His plan for our

lives.

No Condemnation, No Guilt

Paul begins Romans 8 with the resounding thought “There is

therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ

Jesus” (Romans 8:1). He is careful to point out that the reason

why the judgment and condemnation of God has remained over

our lives is because of an offense. Without the presence of the

offense, even though we as the offenders are standing in

judgment, it renders the judicial process void if the offense cannot

be proved. So in order for us to be judged for all of the mistakes

that we have made there must be an open accusation. In order to

deal with us, God must free us by removing the presence of the

offense or guilt through restoration and forgiveness. Once our

faith brings us into relationship with God the condemnation and

guilt is lifted by His grace and mercy.

The Work of Romans

The deliverance that the writings of Romans present is a

deliverance from the power of the law of sin and death through

the power of the law of spirit and life. Our faith must contend

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with the warfare between these two powers. For us to maintain

success in Christ and continue to achieve our purpose and destiny

our faith must fight to win over this conflict. Here is the thing, we

were supposed to die for the things that we have done but God

wanted us to live and experience the full measure of His plan and

purpose. Our faith wants what God has ordained and will not

settle for less than God allows. Why live below the promise when

He died for the promise to be ours. He did not die so that we

would die, He died that we might experience the full measure of

life and life more abundantly. When Paul writes “More over for

whom He did predestine” (Romans 8:30) he uses whom as

collectively inclusive of all with whom God will deal with, meaning

everybody. Paul deals with the tremendously hard issue of

moving a person from under the law and repositioning them

under grace. It is this transformation of person, mind and ideas

that faith supports. It is a masterpiece of powerful and masterful

negotiating which only faith can undertake. Our faith in God has

to be so aligned with the power of God that the power of the law

of sin cannot affect failure. There is no failure in Him and no

failure in the faith we have in Him. So beginning at the first verse

of Romans 8 and moving through the entire specific writing, Paul’s

intent is to say that the “work of Romans, works for the faith

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believer”. It works to bring success and not failure because of the

omnipotent power of God that fuels our faith.

New Place

To prevent the condemnation to be applied to our lives, God

creates a lofty position for the faith believer through the working

and power of His blood. He creates a position in Himself especially

for this purpose. This place comes without interview or

assessment, we are granted new privileges in a new relationship

with God. The position that He creates for us is beyond the

jurisdiction of the law of sin so that the law of grace may be

established. This new place is a shift from old to new thinking,

from law to the ministry of liberty.

“If the wicked will turn from his sins that he hath committed and

keep all my statutes, and so that which is lawful and right, he shall

live, he shall not die “ – Ezekiel 18:21

Here is the extent of the prophetic planning of God. He executes a

plan that inherently protects us from the consequences of all past

and future transgressions that could still be attached to our lives.

Condemnation then, is not simply a consequence but rather

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“krisis” a punishment and sentence adjudicated by judgment. This

sentence that we could not lift by ourselves is lifted by the blood

of Jesus and achieved by the efficacy or power, ability,

competency and influence of His blood. This new place in our lives

is funded by faith. Our natural experience clashes with this new

faith experience as the power in the law of sin continues to try

and lay claim on the future that His blood and grace has secured

for us.

The Process

Paul identifies the process that the “whom” has to go through in

order for the condemnation to be lifted. Paul establishes an

aggressive program of issues and challenges that God must bring

the “whom” through to qualify them for a continued life of faith.

It is a process or path created by God to bring us all the way from

under the law to live by faith alone. Since He has created the path

He has also created the ability in us to finish the process that He

has begun in us. We have the ability to live by faith because He is

the one supplying and sustaining what we believe in.

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“For whom He called..”

First God brings our faith through predestination. This is where

God establishes His omniscience which is His will. It is the “will of

God” that ordains and oversees all eventualities, circumstances

and events in our faith lives. Even though God’s will appears

incompatible with our will it is always His will that will prevail. It is

our faith that sustains us to do the “will of God”. When God calls

us to do His will, He calls the faith within us to handle everything

that His will demands. With the call comes the faith and with the

faith comes the endurance. The endurance to achieve the will of

God is supported by the call which initiates the launch of our lives

and helps us break through all barriers preventing the purpose of

the predestination.

“And we know that all things work together for the good’ –

Romans 8:28

It is this concept of partnership and working together that our

faith experiences en route to fulfillment of the call. It is never one

dimensional but multi-dimensional. Our faith is so alive that it

never reveals what it will take to bring us through uncertain

times. We never knew that hardship could work for the positive

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because the immediacy of the experience was clearly not positive.

The call has enough future that it can reveal and explain all the

parts that go into making it all work.

The call is when He identifies the place from which He has called

us and reveals the place that He is calling us to. Before He calls

the faith, there is an invitation. This is the season where He allows

us to hear His voice more clearly than at other times.

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Chapter 5

Faith That Has Stipulations

“And let us not be weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint

not”

(Galatians 6:9)

Simultaneous

Faith understands the compelling need for principles because the

undergirding principle in Galatians 6:9 is that seed time and

harvest are not simultaneous occurrences. They do not exist at

the same time or for the same purpose. The faith that we have in

expectation of our harvest is always preceded by the faith and

expectation during the effective work of seed time. The sowing or

seeding process and the corresponding harvest are both essential

phases of our faith and work because God has distinctive

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strategies developing in the sowing and harvesting periods. Our

faith must continue to be encouraged during the delay between

seeding and harvesting. The delay in the process does not always

mean that God’s plans are not going according to His plan.

Unknown to us there is another faith strategy at work. The times

of apparent non productivity are to ensure that the harvest

produces the full intention of the seed. So the delay or wait is a

significant strategy in the overall faith process. There are really

three seasons that our faith relies upon. There is the sowing

season, the time or perhaps waiting season and then the

subsequent harvest seasons. They all have a role to play in

producing the outcome.

“When Israel was a child, then I loved him and called my son out

of Egypt” – Hosea 11:1

The prophetic planning process is outlined in God’s dealing with

Israel. Our faith must understand this process to ensure that we

do not misdiagnose where we stand in the God’s presence and

plan. It is easy to become distracted even disappointed when we

do not discern the place we hold in the planning process. The plan

for Israel is outlined here in Hosea in three specific phases. There

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is the declaration of the plan meaning what God will do, there is

the waiting on Him while He perfects the plan and perfects our

faith in the plan, and then there is the fulfillment of the plan

which is what He promised would happen in the first place or

declaration.

The declaration of the plan is God calling Israel out of the Egypt.

This is by far the most important phase of God’s prophetic

planning. Where there is no call there is no beginning. The waiting

on the perfection of the plan is the journey through the

wilderness. This becomes the sustaining season where the test is

the holding on to the prophetic promise. This season of our faith

can often time be depleting. We have already responded to the

call and made the decision to react and move toward the

prophetic plan. Decisions have been made and commitments to

the process engaged. We have already moved from our location

and are in the process. The fulfillment then is the march into the

promise that He has declared and prepared. Our faith manifests in

these three elements. Our faith is called to greatness, our faith

must learn to wait on the development of the greatness, and our

faith will march into the greatness that we have faith in God to

produce.

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Time and Waiting

If time is a season and part of the process then the character and

skill of waiting should be mastered so we do not feel that our time

and faith are is not effective. No matter how much seed is sown in

faith, the season of waiting is as essential and more important

than we realize. While the seed is going through conception, the

waiting is what God uses to mature us and make us ready to

handle the manifestation of our faith. It is one thing to imagine

the breakthrough moment in our lives, it is experientially different

walking in the breakthrough. The waiting is for the seed but also

for us to learn how to truly develop the understanding to operate

in the season of harvest. Time on one level simply wears fades or

passes away and can often be assessed as unprofitable. Regular

time does have structure but moves passively and unseemingly.

This is why we can look up at certain points in our lives and be

taken by surprise by how much time has elapsed that we cannot

account for. There are times when things are brought to crisis

level or a point where the opportune time or season is

approaching and decisions about how to use our time have to be

made. Our waiting for the time of fulfillment is not effortless time.

Actually the faith we have during the wait strengthens our

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expectation. There is idly letting time pass by and then there is

engaging the time with work that is targeted towards a revealed

outcome. Our faith must remain vigilant within the prospect of

waiting.

“Wait on the Lord and be of good courage and He shall strengthen

thy heart” – Psalms 27:14

The waiting principle here is that waiting must be accompanied by

a positive and optimistic attitude. What makes waiting tedious

and agonizing is when it is not accompanied by joy. When it is

accompanied by joy we know that fulfillment is pending and

purpose is being developed while the waiting season is still in

existence. It makes the wait bearable when things are happening

all around you. The prophetic purpose is coming to pass. So

staying lifted and encouraged during the wait is how God

strengthens us as we move towards the hope of our calling.

Dealing

Now we must deal with the deferring of time. The deferring of

time itself is purposeful. The deferred wait is so that what has

been planted in us has sufficient time to materialize. Our faith is

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likened to the farmer that prepares in the winter in hope for the

season of harvest. A farmer will begin during the late winter

months to prepare the soil for spring planting. The farmer will

ready the earth to accept the seed that has been predetermined

for next year’s crop. When the conditions are right and ripe, the

farmer plants or sows the seed into the earth and begins the cycle

of sowing. The intention of sowing is always to reap. There is an

expectation connected to the sowing process. The tilling is the

process of breaking and stirring the soil in preparation for the

sowing phase. Through agitation and overturning the soil makes

for a better environment to receive the seed. Sometimes it is

through agitation and overturning that God really prepares our

faith to be prepared for the harvest. This sowing or implantation

phase happens just before the waiting season.

Now that the earth is tilled, it is prepped for implantation and the

process is headed for harvest. Our faith follows a similar pattern.

It begins with expectation and it is expectation that motives us to

endure the waiting season. The joy of the harvest is not

overshadowed by the joy of surviving the waiting season. Harvest

cometh in the morning!

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Chapter 6

Faith That is Never Crushed

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power

may be of God and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7)

Destiny

Faith has destiny and is driven by the confidence we have in God

in that destiny. This drive is formidable and creatively hidden by

God in us that propel us to excel in ways we are not always

conscious of. This destiny drive is indescribable energy that

pushes us to perform to a greater extent than how e feel. Our

faith is under the directive of the power of God. There are times

when we do not have the motivation to accomplish the vision of

God in our lives. We occasionally lack the level of drive to

accomplish the actions that lead to success. It is amazing that

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when we reach the point of frustration something internal

happens that propel us to follow our destiny. It is quite interesting

the timing of these interventions. It is as if God waits for the

weakest moments in our lives to release His goodness in us.

Whenever we get fatigued and frustrated by the process, destiny

responds by stimulating and reactivating our faith. Our faith has a

life of its own and it owns the life we have. The two lives, the life

we live and the life we hope for is always connected to the faith

we have in where God is taking us.

Out of Nowhere

This out of nowhere experience can be observed through Paul’s

struggle with understanding the source of the drive that

constantly brought him back from defeating situations. The faith

that sustains us through the normal pressures of life takes on

another form when restoring us back to the place we have drifted

from. It is a faith that does not judge or critique but simply

redeems the position we have misplaced.

“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in

necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake, for

when I am weak, then am I strong” – 2 Corinthians 12:10

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After experiencing human weakness almost too much for any

human to bear, Paul also experiences the strengthening power of

God that sustains his weakness. In fact he moves beyond being

sustained in his weakness to triumphing in the midst of his

infirmities. Faith has that ability to rise to the occasion in our

circumstances to ensure that we win over all circumstances.

Sometimes it feels as though our faith is passive, almost waiting

for the most appropriate time to manifest its importance.

Let The Weak Say

What would account for this sudden change in attitude and

energy in Paul that would create a living source of strength in his

greatest moment of weakness? God uses these seasons of

uncertainty and conflict to reveal a greater ability in us than we

realize is there. It is God’s way of showing us experientially that

we have superior faith no matter what we are experiencing. What

is faith unless tried? What is resilience unless tested? The faith

principle that Paul teaches here is that power and strength are

released through the spoken and declared word of God. It is

imperative that during times when we are weak that we say

something faithful in and to our situations. There is a word of faith

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that is spoken in our situations and there is a word of faith spoken

to our situations. The word of faith spoken in our situations

affirms what we believe prior to experiencing the situation.

Speaking in our situations reminds us that we have not forgotten

that we have been prepared for this moment by every word

received before the situation began. Our faith must proclaim that

God is getting ready to do something. This is when our faith must

stand on what God has already revealed to us. The situation

reinforces what God has already prepared us for.

The word of faith spoken to our situations is to remind our

environment that it is still subject to the plan and purpose of God.

These situations do not come about of their own volition. They

are God ordained to bring purpose and clarity to our lives. When

we are weak, out of that weakness we declare strength. Strength

is released in response to what we have declared. Our situations

respond to declared faith. They are responsive to faith

instructions. The situations, though challenging, should never

silence our voice. It is humanistic to be silent during the times of

crisis but this is the time for us to express our faith in what we are

persuaded God will do.

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Troubles

There is times when “we are troubled on every side” because of

the importance and gifting that we carry. Within each of us

resides incredible faith. The writer in 2 Corinthians 4:8 sees this

troubling as a bombardment of situations that the adversary

constantly hurls in our path. The troubling of the mind has the

directed assignment of disrupting our belief in God. This is what

second Corinthians is underscoring, that the psychological

challenges that we encounter, may result in despair that only faith

can cure. Our faith is the cure to all emotionality.

We all face troubles in various ways. We all have to deal with the

attack of uncertainty against the value of our faith. We all

experience levels of anxiety about our purpose and future. We all

have to reinforce our conviction daily to engage the reality of our

lives. We are all prone to suffer attacks of depression and

oppression while God is working out the end result. We all must

remind ourselves of the goodness of God while working out

situations that seem impossible. Yet the troubling or trouble is not

overshadowed by the truth that we are not dismayed or in

despair because of the troubles. Rather we are faithful,

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encouraged and positive in spite of the troubles. Our faith is

greater than what it is that we face.

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Chapter 7

Faith Not Matter What We Are In

“Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name,

but His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones” (Jeremiah

20:9)

Levels of Opposition

Our faith understands that even though God has prepared us, and

even ordained us to accomplish specific things, the preparation

does not come without opposition. In fact resistance is to be

expected whenever the path of faith is pursued. Whenever there

is an act of faith, there is a reaction to faith. Faith sets things in

motion and disturbs the peace of normality and regularity. So

whenever we release our faith, speak our faith it sets in motion

the things of God, followed by a shift in our circumstances. If we

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were to relinquish what we are led to do because of the

environmental and relational resistance, we would have little to

show for the greatness we profess that God has placed in us. The

assurance that God is behind a thing is evidenced by the

insurmountable resistance that we encounter when we are in

pursuit of the thing. Our faith is called on to plow upstream and

often it feels that everything is flowing downstream. It becomes

apparently increasingly more difficult to continue to deal with the

torrents and currents of life when it feels like everything is

working against our faith. Welcome to the faith experience and

life of Jeremiah.

What Jeremiah initially had to deal with was the weight of

responsibility in his life due to being called into service at such a

young age. Without the full scope of his destiny available to him,

he judges his present as if it is a weight and not a privilege. Yet

Jeremiah had the assurance and the push in his faith to realize

that there was a plan and purpose for his rise to leadership

although tremendously disadvantaged by age. Purpose has a

somewhat revealed but more often a greater unrevealed plan.

The revealed plan is what God determines we can understand and

follow in the short term. The unrevealed plan is released when we

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advance through the initial stages of the assignment. God knows

too much too soon will stretch our faith but will also stretch our

ability to walk by faith.

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee and before thou

camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee and I ordained

thee a prophet unto the nations” – Jeremiah 1:5

Perhaps, like Jeremiah, we feel that it is too soon in our lives to

assume great levels of responsibility. God does not assign

responsibility without reliability. He has already assessed our

ability through Him to become what He has ordained. What our

faith does not see are the resources that He sets up periodically

throughout the journey to refresh His promises and inspire our

commitment. He strategically appoints people and resources in

our path to keep us moving towards the completion of the

assignment. Too much, too soon may manifest negatively within

us. Dealing with it positively, it must have been enviable for

Jeremiah to have his life so clearly and visually laid out before

him. Eliminating speculation and doubt about purpose and life can

ease the pressure of not knowing the future. Faith continues to

inform us of the plan of God and that our lives are truly mapped

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out according to His purpose and not our own. Sometimes not

knowing the will or plan of God has an adverse effect on our faith

life. Other times knowing what God has called us to be is equally

as daunting with the weight of increasing responsibility because

of what we already know.

The Spirit of Reluctance

It is no wonder that Jeremiah is initially plagued by the spirit of

reluctance as he is called into a purpose and position that he does

not understand. It’s funny how this happens but reluctance has

the ability to disable one’s willingness to accept the opportunity

even when you know it is the call of God on your life.

“Then said I, ah oh Lord, behold I cannot speak for I am a child” –

Jeremiah 1:6

Often it is not just the age or youth that God intends to use, but

the mouth in a person that is willing to walk in confident

obedience to Him. Reluctance manages to raise enough doubt in

our faith life to leave us unsure of taking the next steps. It is not

that we do not understand what God desires, but it is the

confidence to engage the path of His desire. We must all seek the

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strength of God to not only believe what God has revealed in us,

but the courage to take action on what has been revealed.

The Struggle With God

It is difficult enough that Jeremiah had to deal with the transition

of his youth, yet this was not his greatest faith challenge.

Accepting and receiving his commission remained his greatest

challenge. The commission was to preach and prophesy far

beyond his years of experience. Jeremiah has a conversation

within his own spirit about the weight of what he is commissioned

to do. How often do we rehearse and replay the thing that God is

calling us to and contemplate how it all will be pieced together

not realizing that God has already pieced the entire process

together. Our faith is equipped to decipher what is a directive

from God and what is discussion with God. God is not accustomed

to having conversation about what He has already commissioned.

When He speaks, heaven and earth come to attention. His word

creates where there is void, transforms where there is emptiness

and enlightens where there is confusion. The internal

conversations that we have with our faith about the call and

purpose of God usually are ongoing. Jeremiah is not sharing his

hesitancy publicly but privately he is venting about the struggle he

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is having with God. The struggle is not just with the commission of

God, but our ability to achieve the commission and assignment.

We know too much about ourselves. We remember too much

about other assignments that we did not complete. We know the

areas of weakness and deficiency that exists in our character and

integrity. Yet with all of this knowledge, God still commission

Jeremiah to handle the next era of the kingdom. With all that God

already knows about you He is still calling, He is still

commissioning you to take the next step in the kingdom. Do not

be afraid. Have faith in God!

“For God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound

the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to

confound the things which are mighty” – 1 Corinthians 1:27

God uses the youth of Jeremiah to advance the prophetic gifting

in Israel. While difficult to see in its infancy, the gifting of Jeremiah

is evident because of the commission. It is quite often the policy

of God to reverse the order of what is known to be successful,

replacing it with an order seemingly confusing. The supernatural

order does not often correlate with the things of natural order.

The secular seldom matches up neatly with the sacred. God is only

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interested in presenting those scenarios that pull on our faith to

believe for the supernatural order. Faith does not always look or

act logically. It is not recognized cognitively. Faith is perceived,

revealed, believed and received. The struggle that we often have

with God is that while He believes in what He has spoken in us, it

does not always translate into personal belief within us. The world

of faith contradicts the world of sight. Faith is the activity of the

unseen world confirmed by what appears in the seen world.

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