Truth To Live By

Revelation 1:17-18… “Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (KJV). “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades” (NIV).

What a great truth. Jesus was not the great “I was,” but He is the great “I am.” The entirety of Christianity rests upon the truth that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and the grave and is now seated at the right hand of God continually making intercession for us. Jesus is the Living One. Romans 10:9-10 states that we cannot be saved (born again) unless we believe that God has raised Jesus from the dead. It is with our heart (spirit) that we believe, and it is with our mouth that we verbalize that belief. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (v. 13, KJV).

Ephesians 1:19-20 teaches that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead works on our behalf. Think on this. Paul uses the word “greatness” in the KJV. This word means “God’s exploding force,” or “God’s outward display.” In other words, the full dimension of God’s power works on our behalf. We are living in dark days. I choose to believe that God has greater power to keep us safe from harm than the devil has to harm us. Perilous times have arrived, and in those perilous times, God’s power is working on the behalf of all who believe. This is a truth to live by today.

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Full Course Of Faith

“’If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23, NASB).

Faith is simply the assurance that the things God said in His word are true. God will do exactly what He has said He will do. We too must believe in, and rely upon, the Word of God. God has given us a measure of faith and that measure will increase as we exercise it (Romans 12:3). Barnabas was a man “full of the Holy Ghost and of faith” (Acts 11:24, KJV). Stephen was a man “full of faith and of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 6:5). The words “full of faith” refer to “a full course of faith.” The words “full of the Holy Ghost” refer to being full of, and being controlled by, the Holy Spirit. There was a full course of faith working in these men; they were led by the Holy Spirit. There are five New Testament words which describe a full course of faith…

a) Faith… pistis… This word is used 243 times in the New Testament. This is what God put in you (Romans 12:3). It’s the power that God implanted in you, and the authority of God in you that performs the will of God. It’s the force that brings things into existence. It’s the faith that believes that what God has said, He is able to perform. This faith works as you speak out, as you speak out the word of God (Romans 10:8, Mark 11:22-26).

b) Faith… pepoithesis… This word means “confidence.” Confidence comes into you when you see the evidence, when you see something visible. This word is used only six times in the New Testament, and yet this is the type of faith people use most often (2 Corinthians 8:22, Ephesians 3:12). This is faith by sight: you see and then you believe.

c) Faith… pisteuo… This word is used 244 times in the New Testament. It means “to believe, to put your faith to action, to release your faith to do its work.” Mark 11:24 puts it like this: “When you pray, believe.” Faith resides in your spirit. If doubt is there, it prevents the releasing of your faith. When you pray, you will either put doubt to work or faith to work.

d) Faith… peitho… is used 53 times in the New Testament. This word means “to persuade or convince.” You heard something and are persuaded to believe. In Acts 28:23-24, many came to Paul, he persuaded them concerning Jesus, and many believed.

e) Faith… pistos… is used 67 times in the New Testament. This word means “to be faithful or trustworthy in believing.” 2 Corinthians 6:15 says, “He that believeth“; i.e., is faithful in believing. This person is going to keep on believing in spite of circumstances that may block his progress. Jesus said, “These signs shall follow them that believe” (Mark 16:17, here pisteuo, KJV); i.e., that who are faithful in believing.

The man or woman who has a “full course of faith” working will have all five. They use the faith which God puts in them by speaking out the word God gives them. They have confidence. They release faith, and not doubt, when they pray. They are convinced that faith works. They keep believing even if they see no evidence. We need a full course of faith working in us if we want to be part of what God is saying and doing today. You can tell if a full course of faith is working in you. Hebrews 11 shows that the Old Testament believers had a full course of faith working in their lives. Here are a few examples…

Hebrews 11:4… Abel… Faith makes a man offer his best to God.

Hebrews 11:5… Enoch… Faith makes a man know that walking with God is the most important thing in his life.

Hebrews 11:7… Noah… Faith makes a man concerned with the saving of his household.

Hebrews 11:8… Abraham… Faith makes a man believe God, even blindly sometimes, not knowing exactly where God is leading him.

Hebrews 11:9-10, 13-16… Abraham and his descendants… Faith makes a man obey God to live a lonely life if necessary and wait for his descendants to inherit the promises.

Hebrews 11:11-12… Abraham and Sarah… Faith makes a man change his mind about things thought impossible. (See also Romans 4:18-25.)

Hebrews 11:17-19… Abraham offering Isaac… Faith makes a man obey God no matter what God demands.

Hebrews 11:20… Isaac blessing both Jacob and Esau… Faith makes a man concerned for the well-being of his children regardless of their spiritual condition.

Hebrews 11:21-22… Joseph… Faith gives a man confidence when threatened with death or prison.

Hebrews 11:23… Moses’ parents… Faith makes a man or woman cooperate with the purposes of God even if the political world says otherwise.

Hebrews 11:24-27… Moses… Faith makes a man live a lifestyle that is different from that of the world. That man or woman will separate themselves from the world’s standards and follow the standards of conduct God has set down.

Hebrews 11:27… Moses confronting Pharaoh… Faith takes away the fear of man.

Hebrews 11:28-29… Israel crossing the Red Sea… Faith can make a man or woman overcome impossible situations.

Hebrews 11:30-40… Rahab, Samson, David, Gideon, and a host of others… Faith gave people great courage to overcome a great host of things that came against them.

Pray for a full course of faith–there is a need. Faith brings victory and success in your life. The Spirit wants you to believe for the awakening that is coming. Have faith for your success. Have faith for the quieting of your turmoil and distresses. Have faith for rest in your life. Have faith to be whole again. Have faith in the talents and creativity and the gifts the Holy Spirit put into your life. Ask God for a full course of faith.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Position Yourself To Receive Divine Favor, Pt. 3

Psalm 89:17… “For You are the glory of their strength [their proud adornment], and by Your favor our horn is exalted and we walk with uplifted faces” (Amplified). The idea is, if we make Jesus the glory of our strength, He will exalt us because His Spirit will be upon us. Jesus is to be our everything. “Unto him shall the gathering of the people be” (Genesis 49:10, KJV). This psalm goes on to talk about seeing God’s faithfulness, and seeing His power over all the negatives that come against us. When we testify that Jesus is the strength of our lives, we position ourselves to receive favor from the Lord.

Proverbs 8:33,35… “Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not . . . For whoso findeth me [instruction] findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD” (KJV). The key here is hearing the word. Find the right Scripture for your needs; don’t refuse it. Sometimes when we hear a word for our personal needs, we spurn it because it doesn’t come the way we think it should come. When you determine to hear the word, listen to its message, and obey it, you position yourself to receive favor from the Lord.

Proverbs 3:3-4… “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour in the sight of God and man” (KJV). This is what the outside world looks for from us–mercy, integrity, and truth. Jesus “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” The nation was blessed because of Him (Luke 2:52). Earlier, it says that Jesus was about His Father’s business. He had been sitting at the feet of those who teach the Word. If we hold on to the spirit of mercy and are merciful, and when we hold on to the truth and see our purpose in life, we position ourselves to receive favor from God.

Proverbs 11:27… “He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor” (KJV). Diligently seek good. The word “good” often in the New Testament refers to the works of the Holy Spirit. The Bible exhorts us to “seek to excel” (1 Corinthians 12:31, Weymouth). When we diligently seek to excel, we position ourselves to receive favor from the Lord. Are we diligently seeking the works of the Holy Spirit?

Proverbs 13:13-15… “Good understanding giveth favor” (verse 15, KJV). The Bible says of Barnabas that he was a man full of faith and full of the Holy Spirit (Acts 11:24). In other words, Barnabas had a strong grip on the gospel truths, was full of and controlled by, the Spirit. He had a good understanding of the gospel truths. Get a good grip on the gospel truth and pursue understanding, and you will position ourselves to receive favor from the Lord.

God has spoken… “Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come” (Psalm 102:13, KJV). Are you in position to receive that favor? You have prayed… are you expecting His answers? Remember some of the meanings of “favor” are “special acts of grace, special generosity, giving approval.” In the New Testament, approval meant that the Lord was working through signs and wonders.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Position Yourself To Receive Divine Favor, Pt. 2

POSITION YOURSELVES TO RECEIVE FAVOR… Note these examples: in Genesis 18:3, Abraham was visited by the Lord and two angels. The place was Mamre. Abraham said, “My LORD, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee” (KJV). Abraham refreshed the Lord and the angels. Before they left, they told Sarah that she would have a son, and they told Abraham of the rescue of the righteous and about the destruction of Sodom. By ministering to the Lord, Abraham positioned himself to receive favor from the Lord. The first use of the word “favor” in the Bible is the key to its meaning and its purpose. When we, as a people, minister unto the Lord by giving praise and worship, we position ourselves to receive God’s favor.

Nehemiah 5:19… Nehemiah had done a great work in Judah. He led a large group of people out of captivity, rebuilt the walls and protected the temple, established good government, and reestablished true worship. Then he said, “Remember me with favor, my God, for all I have done for these people” (NIV). “O God, please keep in mind all that I’ve done for these people and bless me for it” (TLB). “Oh my God, remember to my credit all I have done for this people” (Moffatt). The New Testament says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9, KJV). The Lord is saying to us, “Involve yourself in well-doing and you will find yourselves in a position to receive the favor of the Lord.” Nehemiah was not selfish when he asked God for favor, and neither are you.

Job 10:12… Job was experiencing some great suffering. He says, “Thou hast granted me life and favor, and thy visitation has preserved my spirit” (KJV). Job’s story shows us that while he was going through his test, he did not sin with his lips nor charge God foolishly (Job 1:22). Later he says, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him” (Job 13:15). In other words, Job said, “If God wants to slay me and put me under, I will still keep my lifestyle pure before Him.” When God’s favor came, it was a double blessing. In his sufferings, he put all his trust in God and he refused to listen to the negatives that were all around him. By doing this, he positioned himself to receive God’s favor. So it is with us. We are living in an age of sorrows and sufferings. By putting our trust in God when we are hurting, we position ourselves to receive favor.

Psalm 119:58… “I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word” (KJV). The word “entreated” refers to praying fervently even to the point of exhaustion, or praying with undivided attention. Paul refers to it as “Lay hold on eternal life” (1 Timothy 6:12). The word “eternal” refers to the life that existed from the beginning, the quality of life that God has. Included in this meaning are the words “breathe” and “flow,” which refer to the Holy Spirit being involved in the life that God planned for us from the beginning. The phrase “lay hold” means “to seize help for injury or for whatever other purpose you need.” Life eternal, or the life that existed from the beginning. Hold to it. That hope will act as a reservoir of power in your time of need. Entreat, lay hold, and you position yourself to receive God’s favor.

Psalm 5:12… “For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield” (KJV). The key here is faithfulness. Verse 9 says, “There is no faithfulness in [the wicked’s] mouth.” In verse 7 David says, “As for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear [awe] I will worship toward thy holy temple.” What comes out of our mouth determines God’s favor. David exhorts us in this psalm to “rejoice . . . let them ever shout for joy” (v. 11). When we do this in the fear of the Lord (awe, reverence, respect), we position ourselves to receive His favor.

(To be continued…)

Pastor George Belobaba

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Position Yourself To Receive Divine Favor

Psalm 102:12-22… “Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time is come” (v. 13, KJV). The writer of this psalm is someone who was living in difficult times. He had been praying in verses 1-11 about the stressful times in which he lived. He was exhausted in his physical body, distressed in his spirit, mocked by the people, his faith in God was rejected by the heathen, and he was under the discipline of God. He says that his days were consumed like smoke; i.e., every minute of his time was used up. He says he is lonely and isolated. In spite of what he is going through, he confesses the permanence of God (v. 12). Then he moves from a personal prayer to prophecy for the generation to come. Verse 18 says, “This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.

Our generation needs to hear this word. Many people today are experiencing difficult times. There are anti-Christian people who are rejoicing in our present government’s policies, which allow things which God hates. The fields of our nation are ripe unto harvest. Christians are craving a pure walk with God. The unsaved are crying out for a power strong enough to deal with their problems. Preaching in the pulpit needs some upgrading. It needs to be preached with anointing and power. Psalm 119:126 teaches that when God’s law is broken, it’s time for God to act. The word “favor” means “to show kindness or mercy, to be gracious and kindly towards someone, to give a special act of grace or special generosity, to give approval and advantage.”

Exodus 34:6-8… When Moses asked to see the goodness of God, God told him to hide behind the rock. The first words Moses heard were “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth” (v. 6, KJV). This same word is seen in Psalms (Psalm 86:15, 103:8, 145:8). The whole idea here is that God will give favor to His people. God wants to give favor today. Let this truth run through your bloodstream. Are you sitting in troubles? God wants to give you favor. God has a period of time set in His mind to favor you. That time is now. You have been praying and seeking answers. This psalmist was prophesying to a future generation, a people created to praise the Lord (the church). After the time of favor comes the anointing for the harvest. Psalm 67:1… “God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us.” “O God, bless us with thy favor, may thy face smile upon us” (Moffatt).

The church will not perish while the church’s God lives.

(To be continued…)

Pastor George Belobaba

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God Put His Mind Into Adam

Genesis 6:5… “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (KJV). The word “imagination” is from a word meaning “frame of mind” and is from the same root word, “formed,” found in Genesis 2:7: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Man’s physical body came from the dust of the earth, but his inner framework came from God. God breathed into man His own mind, thoughts, character, and feelings. It is this part of man that is created in God’s image. The language of Scripture does not suggest that man bears a physical resemblance to God; rather, man is made to be like God in spiritual powers. Man was given powers to think, feel, discern, and communicate. God gave man a pure mind and a righteous mind.

In Genesis 5:1-3, Adam and Eve were created in God’s likeness, but Adam’s children bore man’s likeness and image. Man was created in God’s image, and God put into Adam His own life. The way God thinks was breathed into Adam. The serpent feared God’s intention for mankind and proceeded to corrupt the mind of Eve, and ultimately Adam as well. 2 Corinthians 11:3 tells us that the devil worked on Eve’s mind until he corrupted it. Ephesians 4:23 exhorts us to “be renewed in spirit of your mind” (KJV, see also Romans 12:2). Paul writes in Colossians 3:10, “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.”

When we are born again, our spirit is changed to be like the image of God. The image of God in Adam and Eve was defaced through sin and is restored through Christ. The word “repent” means “to change your way of thinking” or “to think differently.” The Apostle John writes in 1 John 3:9-10, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother” (KJV).

When the believer renews His mind daily through the Word, he then has the mind of Christ and he does not sin (1 Corinthians 2:16, Romans 11:34-36, 1 John 5:18). Hebrews 8:10 teaches that God puts into the born-again person’s spirit His laws, His way of thinking. In other words, God puts into us His frame of mind or His way of thinking. This is why Christians think differently and do not fit into this world’s way of thinking after they have been born again. Genesis 6:5 tells us that the people did not have God’s frame of mind. They thought evil and did evil. If God says, “I am the LORD that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26, KJV), then this should be our frame of mind. If God says, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5), then our frame of mind should think the same way. If God says, “[I] will supply every need of yours” (Philippians 4:19, ESV), then our frame of mind should think and speak the same thing. What comes out of our mouths must express God’s way of thinking. If you want to be blessed, healed, and prosperous, you must seek after the image of God who saved you. Think God’s thoughts and speak God’s thoughts.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Churchless Believers

If all that you have is Jesus, and you are alone, would that be enough for you? I was thinking of the song, “One sat alone beside the highway begging . . . then Jesus came and bade the darkness flee” (“One Sat Alone Beside the Highway Begging,” see also Mark 10:46-52). The next great revivalist may not be found behind a pulpit. He or she may be found at home, sitting at the feet of Jesus and worshipping.

The apostle John was taken to an island prison when he was about ninety years old. Here he sat, isolated from other believers, rejected, shut out, and banished. Revelation 1:10 reads, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet” (KJV). The NLT reads, “It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit.” The NIV reads, “On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet.” John was in the Spirit and the heavens opened for him. One lonely believer… and his decision that day has impacted the world for over two thousand years. He heard a voice, and he received a message and a commission. A good question for the churchless believer is, “What are you doing on Sunday morning?” Are you finding fault with unanointed churches? Or are you in your Bible? Are you praying? Are you singing worship songs? It’s the Lord’s Day. You too, churchless believer, can make an impact upon the world. The Lord wouldn’t let the devil destroy John during the time he was churchless. Neither will the Lord allow the devil to destroy you.

Many people sit at home on the Lord’s Day. Some do worship and sit at Jesus’ feet; others are wrapped around the things they see on TV. As you sit at His feet, the Lord wants to open the heavens for you. He wants to give you a message of encouragement. We are living in perilous times, and fear and panic are everywhere. Will you sit at His feet and worship? God wants to open His heavens to you.

Pastor George Belobaba

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