So Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
I was meditating on this scripture today and found that if we want increased faith we must HEAR. Hearing comes by the Word of God. As you read His word you begin to hear His heart and your faith is increased and developed. As we hear Him more, we are washed as our faith grows. Washed by His word.
Here is a step by step to help you get this principle deep down in your spirit:
It all begins with reading His word. can't get away from that; it's the Bread of Life. it must become an essential part of your day.
Luke 9: 23 and 29 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me... "Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray."
Last night Xaris asked me, "Mom do you know why I pray with my hands folded together?" She explained to me that her prayers go into her hands and as she releases her hands the prayers fly up to the heavens and into God's heart. Micah went on to explain that his prayers are between his hands like a laser! As he prays his prayers shoot out like the Laser in the Light Saber from Star Wars! Kids have a wonderful imagination that empowers them to believe!
God's ultimate Goal for us is that our mind is Renewed, transformed into the image of His son Jesus Christ. Did you ever wonder what that might look like? I believe Jesus wanted us to have a visual of a Renewed Mind.
In Luke 9 we read about the Transfiguration of Jesus. about 8 days before the account of the Transfiguration, Jesus talks to His disciples about "Taking up your cross daily and following Him". On the Mount as Jesus prayed the appearance of His face was altered and His robes became white and glistened! (Lk. 9:29)
Could it be that Jesus was showing Peter, James and John what a Renewed Mind looks like in the Spirit?
It is a daily occurrence, a picking up of the cross that happens as we pray and meditate on the Word of God; a transformation happens that cleanses from the inside out. our countenance changes, our attitude changes and we become the Re-presenters of Christ here on Earth; that is we present Christ again. God said, "Here is my Son, Hear Him!" When we represent Christ on Earth renewed and transformed we become Sons and Daughters and God says to the world before us, "Here is my Son/Daughter, Hear them!"
The world can recognize the God in us, if we are renewed, transformed, transfigured! We will shine with glistening white robes and our face (attitude) will change.
May you find the exuberant Joy of the Lord today as you commune with Him.
Let's Make it a Great Day!
When I call you in the scriptures draw yourself away with Me I am calling you to defy the expectations… yes even the demands of others, and find your solace (comfort) in Me.
Find the dictates of life; both small and great in Me.
The idol, and its temple of opinion and anger and self-aggrandizement of others, and what people are saying…. will fall says the Father.
I will not have you held in the indifferent consumptive habits of those around you.
You are not a commodity that they can use up, and dispose of like so much garbage. No more.
See yourself as I see you say’s the Father.
Run to Me. Find your security in Me.
The storm will come. They will protest and complain.
They will roar and threaten.
They will even invoke My name and demand you to return to the traces and harnesses of bondage to their whim and immaturity. DON'T DO IT.
I am ending that foolishness even this day and laying claim upon you by right of My Lordship in your heart.
It's "yoke easy, burden light" it’s time says the Father.
Rejoice in that celebratory experience of the liberty whereby this day this year I make you FREE.
From man’s opinion, and from self.
Pastor Nate Ortiz