Having the Faith of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Mark 11:22 – And Jesus answering saith unto them {his disciples}, Have faith in God.

In the margin of the King James Bible it reads “have the faith of God.” The word faith means to have the believing faith of God. In Hebrews 11:3 we read that through the believing faith of God “the worlds {the ages} were framed by the word of God.” The ages represent periods of time or administrations in time that have been, that are, and that will be. So God’s believing is quite powerful, and here Jesus gives us access into God’s own faith, His believing faith.

Mark 11:23 – 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.

This is a powerful verse of Scripture. Jesus was literally pointing to a mountain to show how powerful believing can be, and when believing is activated according to the will of God, literally anything will come to pass.

Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

The mountain was used by Jesus only as an example. We were never given (by God or Jesus) the power to be destructive, rather Jesus was teaching that whatever power it takes, no matter how much might we may need to get an answer to our prayer, the faith of God can be activated to help us. Is there power in believing? There most definitely is! Is there power in prayer? Most definitely yes! Obviously we will not be removing any mountains; however, sometimes simply making it through the day is as much of a task as it is to remove a mountain. As we believe when praying, it is perfectly acceptable to put our trust and confidence in the actual faith of God Himself, rather than resting that responsibility solely upon ourselves (II Corinthians 4:7; Ephesians 1:19).

God wants to answer your prayers even more than you may what to pray them. So today when you pray, please have not only faith in God, but have on your side the actual believing faith of God, and watch how God answers your prayers, as you believe that you have already received from Him.

Jesus Said

Jesus said, ye believe in God, believe also in me– John 14:1, and yes ─ many admit: Oh yeah, I do believe in God, or at the very least they say, I think there is a God or some kind of supreme being up there – somewhere – in the great unknown. For these people, the Father is, for all practical purposes, unknown to them. They have never seen His fatherly qualities and they honestly have only an inkling about Him because without first really knowing and believing in Jesus Christ, one cannot believe in the way that their heavenly Father would have them believe. Jesus taught in John 14:23, If a man love me, he will keep {watch over, and take care of} my words: and my Father will love him {you}, and we {both Jesus and our heavenly Father} will come unto him {you}, and make our abode with him {you}. Jesus is the only real answer to understanding the heart and true will of our heavenly Father Who is presently with Christ Jesus, and therefore they can be an intricate part of your inner soul’s foundation, for they will come unto him {you}, and make our abode with him {you}. Since this is true (as Jesus says it is, and we keep and watch over his words like a treasure), then we have a lot to discover about their abiding presence within. Although this is, for the most part, a foreign concept, it is all made clear as we find and then begin walking with the Son of God.” ~LMJ~

Life Ever After

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Today, many God-loving Christians do not know for sure whether or not they are going to Heaven, or even if they are saved. This also was quite prevalent in Jesus’ time, for many of the people he met and talked with had no clue about the hope and the promise of Life Ever After. In the smallest common denominator, the main reason for not knowing the certainty of their future was because they did not understand the Old Testament Scriptures that revealed their future to be one lived in eternal glory.

Jesus became disappointed that so many people in his day did not understand the Word of God and said to Nicodemus, “Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things” (John 3:10)? Nicodemus was a teacher of the Scriptures, yet he really did not have a clue about the subject of life ever after when speaking to Jesus, or Nicodemus would have realized who he was addressing ― the Word. Jesus was in essence saying to him, “Man, how can you call yourself a Teacher and a Man of the Cloth (so-to-speak), if you do not understand even foundational truths regarding your future life!”

It is evident that some of our modern Bible critics maintain that the Old Testament Scriptures do not teach any significant truths relating to eternal life or resurrection, which is an honest conclusion when one has never seen nor understood the true subject of Scripture. All of the Bibles I know of, including the Texts of the Greek, the Aramaic, and the Hebrew (from whence came our English Bibles), all teach as a basic theme the resurrection and life ever after through the Christ, the Messiah!

John 3:14-17:
-14: {Jesus is still talking to Nicodemus} And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
-15: That whosoever {this includes Nicodemus, you and me} believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
-16: For God So loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
-17: For God sent not {sent NOT} his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Life ever after was contingent upon the first coming of the Messiah. Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the same one that Israel was hoping for and he indeed came, and now the promised life of eternity is a done deal because he gave his life for the world.

In the Old Testament times, the Messiah’s first coming was a future hope (for Israel), and all of them who would believe in him would inherit the new earth in the future at their promised resurrection (Psalms 37:9). Today in grace, in the New Testament times, the Messiah’s second coming is our future hope. No one could stop his first coming and I assure you as well that no one and no amount of doubt or unbelief will prevent Jesus’ returning for you and me. When he returns, he will gather us up together, bringing us up to our new heavenly home into the eternity of God’s heaven to enjoy life ever after (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Jesus told Martha (one of Lazarus’ sisters), “I am the resurrection, and the life” (John 11:25). It is in knowing him that we find the plan of Redemption planned for us; it is through him that we receive eternal life. Without knowing him, like Nicodemus, one cannot grasp true spiritual matters of life ever after. However, when we learn of Jesus, the resurrection, and the life, he reveals the comfort and surety of our Life Ever After.

Your Personal Prayer Accompanies a Bouquet of Spiritual Fruit and God Receives the Fragrance of the Sweet-Smelling Savor of Christ in You

“Offering God your heart-felt prayer is like the note attached to a sweetly scented fruit basket sent from you to God that He will enjoy and reward. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ– II Corinthians 2:15. Not a bad thing to be, not a bad thing at all (Ephesians 5:1-2). This was Jesus’ example to us to become followers of God Who always heard and answered Jesus’ prayers (John 11:41-44). Jesus taught us that he is the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned– John 15:1-6.” Thankfully, however, If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love– John 15:7-9. This whole section in John 15 is about how to lift your prayers up to the heart of God; it is about asking for whatever you will, and as we read, it shall be done unto you, and therefore ─ for you! Your prayers can be carried up with the fruit of the life-giving energy that produces your fruit from Christ’s own vine that he first received from the husbandman. This is the sweet-smelling savor that reaches and touches the very heart of the husbandman, i.e., God, your heavenly Father! Equally, not walking in and enjoying life with Christ is the reason why so many people do not receive answers to prayer, and just as equally is the reason why those who will – will remain tapped into the true vine who is for us the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me {says Jesus}- John 14:6. With Christ we are tapped into the true vine and receive his life-giving energy that leads to the source of answered prayers. This strengthens Jesus’ place in our lives, our fulfilment of being unto God a sweet savour of Christ– II Corinthians 2:15, for ‘sticking’ with the true vine as we sprout out and up into full aromatic bloom, and certifies the Father’s glorification because we will be producing and receiving the intended results of the husbandman!”  ~LMJ~