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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Stretch Your Faith A Little

Genesis 12:1-2… “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing” (KJV).

Jesus knew that when you want something you have never had, you have to do something you have never done. Everything seems difficult at first. Life starts with difficulties. When you took your first step, you fell. It was difficult, but you got up and tried to walk again. Thousands do not succeed in life because they fail to make changes. They refuse to change jobs, they refuse to sell things and move to another city or state, they refuse to accept new friendships, so they stay in their comfort zones. Others move up the ladder of happiness because they were willing to endure a little discomfort in order to experience a fresh level of life.

Peter wanted to walk on water, and Jesus gave Peter something to do that he hadn’t done before. “Come,” Jesus said, and Peter walked on the water to where Jesus was (Matthew 14:29). Jesus gave people something to do, and it was always something they hadn’t done before. The Lord told Joshua to have the Israelites march around Jericho seven days in a row and then seven times on the seventh day (Joshua 6). The Lord said through the prophet Elisha, “[Tell Naaman], Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean” (2 Kings 5:10, ESV). Ruth left her home in Moab to be with Naomi, and she met Boaz, who changed her life forever (Ruth 1-4). The Lord used Elijah to stretch the faith of a widow who was down to her last meal. “First make me a little cake of [bread] and bring it to me” (1 Kings 17:13). She was motivated to do something in a time of famine that she hadn’t done before, and she saw miracles come to pass–her famine disappeared.

Stretch your faith, fellow saints. Jesus motivates people to do things they have never done before in order to create things they never had. Christians, move out of your comfort zone. If you want to achieve something you have never had, you must do something that you have never done before.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Restoring The “Glow”

John 10:10… “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (KJV).

The Lord purposes to give you life in all its fullness. Everyone should be able to live abundantly. The business of life is to live well. It seems that in our society today everybody knows everything about life, except how to live it. I believe that we are seeing in our society the results of losing God, and if we lose God out of our life, we have lost the meaning of life. We cannot afford to let God “fade out” of our lives. If God goes, everything goes with Him. Our text teaches that Jesus came to give us abundant life. When God “fades out,” abundant life fades out. A good question is, have you let Jesus “fade out” of your life? Have you lost the “glow”? Well then, it’s time to get it back. I have listed a few ways to get the “glow” back.

1) Take a good look at yourself. What is at work in your life? Is it sin? What has caused Jesus to be “faded out”? Are you hitched to something that is going nowhere?

2) Take a U-turn. Reverse your course. The word could very well be “repent.” Start with confessing your own sin and not someone else’s sin. Don’t put the blame on someone else for your lack of abundant life. It’s not wrong to say, “Lord, forgive me.”

3) Check your relationships. Jesus’ first word to men was “Follow me” (Mark 1:17, John 1:39,43). When you follow Jesus, He will lead you to life, life to the full and life that is alive and growing.

4) Are you like the prodigal? Then return to the Father. The Father will see your return and come running to meet you and embrace you.

5) Renounce the old ways that caused Jesus to “fade out.” Learn to say “no” to lifestyles that can hurt you and rob you of abundant life.

6) Seek out those for whom you need to ask for forgiveness and extend forgiveness to. Holding resentments “fades out” Jesus. Many people hold onto old quarrels all their life. It ought not to be.

7) Receive the love of God into your life. Receiving is an act of faith. God is a giving God, full of mercy. You cannot be independent; you cannot stand aloof and alone. Let God help you.

8) Refill your life. Proverbs 8:21 says, “Those who love me inherit wealth. I will fill their treasuries” (NLT). God refilled Job’s life with family and friends and money. Get ahold of those Bible truths you once cherished.

9) Release all your old inhibitions, your fears, your guilt, and your self-condemnation. These things do not fit in with abundant living. Release your faith, your anointing, your joy, and your confession. Release your talents to the Lord. The goodness that the Lord gives you is good. Share it with others, and you will soon have a singing heart, a joyful heart, and abundant life.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Jesus Can Break The Power Of Long-Standing Sicknesses

Luke 13:10-17… “And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him” (KJV).

The age of miracles has not passed by the wayside. We must believe this if we are to receive healing from long-standing infirmities. The Lord wants you well; the devil wants you sick. This passage of Scripture records the healing of a God-believing women who, in that day, was diagnosed as incurable. Perhaps today there would be some medical help for her. She was in continual pain, in discomfort, and weak. This had been going on for eighteen years. Today, there are many who are hurting and in pain, and they have lived this way for a long time. My message today is Jesus can break the power of long-standing sickness. (Someone is asking the Lord about this; I can hear it in my spirit.) Let’s look at this miracle in simple terms.

She was the daughter of Abraham, a synagogue-going woman and a worshipper. Today we might say that she was a God-fearing woman, born-again and faithful in attending the place of worship. She was not irreligious. She did not let her infirmity keep her from going to church. I’m sure she must have loved the Lord very much.

She had a spirit of infirmity–for eighteen years she was bent over, in pain and unable to stand up straight (a wheelchair candidate perhaps). Note, “whom Satan had bound.” There was an evil spirit power holding her captive. In Matthew 4:23-24, Jesus healed all manner of sicknesses. Matthew refers to eight categories of sickness. One of the categories was “divers diseases.” The meaning of these words refers to people held captive by a long-standing disease or a physical disorder. The disease was holding them in confinement, a prisoner. The devil was behind it. But Jesus healed them all. Many long-standing sicknesses need to be examined further to see if there is a “spirit” power behind it.

Jesus saw her, called out to her, and said, “Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity” (v. 12, KJV). This was a declaration, a creative word. He had been teaching in the synagogue, the woman’s home church. He saw her and personally picked her out. One of the many meanings of the word “healing” is “to personally care for you and to see that what was needed to be done, was done.” The word “loosed” as used here means “to be set free permanently.” When the spoken word came to her, she made a decision to believe; she didn’t reject it. Jesus is the Word of authority and of power. We possess the promise the moment the Word of the Lord comes to us. This woman chose to believe the word of Jesus the moment she heard it. Romans 4:17b says, “Even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were” (KJV). God is a Creator. He calls forth life in us healing and it becomes a reality in the same moment that He speaks it. God is a God who talks. When He talks He gives us a promise of something He wants to bring into our lives. At the moment He speaks it becomes reality. The woman saw this and believed at that moment and was healed even before hands were laid upon her. We want to see the healing before we will believe. Let me illustrate further:

John 4:46-54… A certain nobleman came to Jesus seeking healing for his son. It was an urgent matter, but Jesus didn’t go. Instead, Jesus demonstrated that He can heal the son by speaking the word. Jesus said to the nobleman, “Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe” (v. 48, KJV). Jesus challenged the nobleman not to wait until a sign happens before he believed. Believe at the point that the Word is given. The nobleman didn’t understand. Jesus spoke again, “Go thy way; thy son liveth” (v. 50). The man believed at that point and went his way home. The nobleman had to make a choice at the time the word was given.

He had to choose between believing (exercising faith) or unbelief. He could have walked away in anger. On his way home his servants met him and said that the boy was well. The nobleman said, “When did he start to get well?” The servants gave him the exact time–it was the exact time Jesus gave him the word that his son would live. The healing took place the moment Jesus gave the word.

When Jesus gives us a Word concerning something He wants to do in us, at that point it becomes a reality, because what He said exists (Romans 4:17). Our problem is not with the written Word, but with the spoken Word (the rhema). In Song of Solomon 5:6, the Bride said, “My soul failed when he spake” (KJV). Her soul failed to respond to the voice of the king. Often when a spoken Word comes by the Spirit, we have a problem with it, because we start to reason with our intellect. We get hung up on, “Is the word from the flesh or from the Holy Spirit?” God’s spoken Word is pure and righteous. We must believe this. Our reasoning must become servant to the Word that comes from God by the Holy Spirit. If we want to walk in obedience to what God said, intellect must become servant to the spoken Word at that very moment it is given. It is at the point of the given Word that we must make a choice: believe it or reject it. Unbelief can be caused by overthinking or over-reasoning. Every one of us loves to hear a fresh Word from the Lord for the purpose of keeping healthy. When Jesus speaks a Word, it is current and up-to-date. Let’s go back to the woman in our text…

Jesus laid hands on her. Laying on of hands is an impartation of power and of life, and a confirmation. The woman felt the touch of His hands. So did the leper in Mark 1:40-42. So did the deaf man in Mark 7:32-35. So did the boy in Luke 7:11-16 (this boy had died). So did the two blind men in Matthew 20:29-34. So did Peter’s mother-in-law in Mark 1:29-31. You can feel His touch for the purpose of healing. Long-standing disease does not hinder Jesus from healing people, but our unbelief will.

She glorified God. She was healed immediately and permanently. Jesus saw her faith in the synagogue that day, and perhaps said within Himself, “Woman, you have been bound long enough. Thou art loosed.” She acted on that word. A long-standing illness that is “devil-controlled” does not glorify God. God’s glory comes in the healing, in the loosing, in the breaking of the devil’s hold on people.

Antagonistic preachers, angry preachers, preachers who look for “motes” all condemned Jesus for healing on the Sabbath day (and in the synagogue). This kind is all around us today, opposing what Jesus came to do. They act as if healing should not be done out in the open (in the church sanctuary). Jesus lays it on them and says, “Ought not this woman, being the daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” (v. 16, KJV). That’s what the gospel is for, isn’t it? To loose people from their sins and all infirmities? If we saw more miracles in the church, sinners would come and they would believe on Jesus Christ and be saved. The gospel is the power of God when it is believed (Romans 1:16).

Exodus 23:25-26… “I will take sickness away from the midst of thee . . .” was God’s promise to Israel. “The number of thy days will I fulfill” (KJV). In Psalm 105:37, we are told that on Israel’s march to Canaan there was “not one feeble person among their tribes.” (Note also Exodus 15:26.) We are under grace, a better covenant. A more excellent ministry is available to God’s people (Hebrews 8:6).

Pastor George Belobaba

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Resurrection Realities From The Book Of Romans

Philippians 3:10… “[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His person more strongly and clearly], and that I may in the same way come to know the power from His resurrection [which it exerts over the believers]” (Amplified). The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the greatest victory of all time.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (KJV). The words “according to the Scriptures” refer to the manner the prophets foretold. The prophets made the resurrection recognizable. Paul started off this passage by saying, “By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain” (v. 2). Every believer must keep in his or her memory the gospel truths, and especially the resurrection truths. That memory will keep us when we hurt and when we experience hardships.

The seven resurrection truths from the book of Romans:

1. Romans 1:3-4… “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (KJV). The resurrection authenticated the work Jesus came to do. The resurrection of Jesus made it possible for us to become the sons of God. Galatians 4:4-7 teaches that the Father sent Jesus to redeem sinners and to bring them into a place of sonship to a place where we can call Him “Abba, Father.” Sonship means that we are heirs of God through Jesus Christ. The Spirit of holiness that was in Christ Jesus has come into our hearts.

2. Romans 4:24-25… “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (KJV). Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The resurrection of Christ Jesus made it possible for us to be justified; i.e., declared righteous. Faith in the resurrection of Christ brings righteousness. These verses connect us to Abraham, who believed the word God gave him and it was counted to him as righteousness (Romans 4:17-25). Righteousness is always associated with faith. The words “justified” and “justification” refer to being pardoned or acquitted of sins. This is a positive act because we believed. The restored believer has a new relationship with the Father. We have access.

3. Romans 6:4-5… “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection” (KJV). Romans 6:9-11 says, “Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The resurrection of Christ Jesus means that sin’s power over us has been broken. We are no longer servants to the things that kept us bound. The resurrection teaches that we can conquer the things that bring death. We can walk in newness of life as long as we are here on this earth. We live now as justified people. Grace now abounds. “Grace” refers to divine favor and the operational power of God which now works in our lives.

4. Romans 7:4-6… “Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter” (KJV). The resurrection of Christ Jesus joins us to God. There is a new power working in our lives, and that power produces fruits of righteousness. We no longer live by the laws of bondage. Think on this: we live and serve in newness of life unto God, not unto bondage. We have new directives, new disciplines, new goals, and new purposes for our existence.

5. Romans 8:11… “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (KJV). The resurrection of Christ Jesus makes our physical bodies alive here and now on this earth. The resurrection made it possible for our bodies to be changed and healed from diseases. There is a day coming when we will have a new body, incorruptible (1 Corinthians 15:40-53). Don’t put your body down as worthless. It is the temple of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 6:16).

6. Romans 8:34-39… “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (KJV). The resurrection of Christ Jesus gives us peace of mind. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. The things Paul mentions can be overcome. We do not have to fear these things. Christ removes guilt and condemnation.

7. Romans 10:8-11… “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed” (KJV). The resurrection of Christ Jesus assures us of salvation. Salvation depends upon our confession that God raised Jesus from the dead. We must believe this with our heart, i.e., spirit. It is our spirit that touches God and it’s our spirit that is touched by God. It is important that we confess this. Our mouth relates what is in our spirit…

1 Corinthians 15:17 reads… “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins” (KJV). “And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless, and you are still under condemnation for your sins” (NLT).

Christ is risen. Proclaim it. Sing it. Shout it. He lives!

Pastor George Belobaba

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Fire, Faith, Fields

Our world is facing many dangers… so say the politicians, commentators, preachers, and writers. Multitudes of people are in the valley of decision. Multitudes are held captive by ideologies, by various religions, by disease, and by warring factions. The Bible teaches that the whole earth will be filled with God’s glory. Numbers 14:21 says, “But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD” (KJV). The Lord is raising up deliverers that are anointed with “the fire of the Holy Spirit,” filled with faith, and directed to the field that the Lord chooses for them.

FIRE

Matthew 3:11… “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire” (KJV). God is a God of fire. We need a visitation of “fire.” Preachers need an encounter with the God of fire. The need of the world is supernatural power. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 reads, “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire” (NIV). In Exodus 24:9-13, Moses, Aaron, Aaron’s two sons, and seventy elders of Israel went up to the mountain to meet with God. They saw God, and ate and drank in His presence. Moses and Joshua stayed forty days. As the story unfolds, Aaron and the others went down the mount and made a golden calf. Aaron’s sons offered strange fire and were consumed. What happened? Moses later (Deuteronomy 5) tells Israel about the incident, and said that they feared the fire and were sent to their own tents. You’ll never make a golden calf in God’s presence, but you can in your own tents (churches). If you desire the presence of God in your assembly, know this… there is going to be a fire. Hebrews 12:29 says, “Our ‘God is a consuming fire.’” If you say that you love God, God will say, “Let’s go to the fire.” If you say that you want to serve God, God will say, “Let’s go to the fire.” If you want to do the will of God, God will say, “Let’s go to the fire.” In Daniel 3:16-27 the three Hebrews met the Lord in the fire.

Fire speaks of the supernatural. 1 Corinthians 10:3-4 reads, “And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ” (KJV). The word “spiritual” in the RSV reads “supernatural.” We are either supernatural believers or we are not. Romans 8:9 teaches, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” 1 Peter 2:5 speaks about a “spiritual” house (supernatural). Ephesians 1:3 speaks of “spiritual” blessings (supernatural). Colossians 1:9 speaks about a ”spiritual” mind (supernatural). Galatians 6:1 speaks about “spiritual” ministries (ministries that are responsive to the spirit or to the supernatural). 1 Corinthians 12:1 speaks of “spiritual” gifts (supernatural). Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 speak about “spiritual” songs (supernatural). 1 Corinthians 15:44 speaks about a “spiritual” body (supernatural). The need of the world is spiritual (supernatural). The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:1-4 was to produce Spirit-empowered Christians, not just religious ones. Alas, today, too many believers fear the fire.

FAITH

Mark 11:22-24… “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 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. Therefore, I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (KJV). God wants your eyes lifted above the economy, above the hardships that stand up to hinder your progress. This is the day for faith. Hebrews 11:1-3 tells how the Old Testaments elders received a word from God. They believed in what God said, acted on that Word, and changed history. The church today is not changing history. The church is not even able to shape the community around them. Jesus taught in Matthew 6:33, “And he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern” (NLT). Acts 6:5 reads, “Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost” (KJV). Stephen was able to stand up against the powers of his time. They killed him, but he stood up. Acts 11:24, referring to Barnabas, says, “For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.” Our nation needs leaders who are full of faith. (There is no lack of talk, but there is a lack of faith.)

FIELDS

Matthew 9:36-38… “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (KJV). Notice what the prophets said about missions. Isaiah 60:1-3… “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” Ezekiel 47 teaches how the river of God (the Holy Spirit) flows out to touch lives. Hosea 2:21-23 tells how the earth will hear the corn and the wine and the oil (or the Word, the Spirit and the anointing). Amos 9:11-15 tells how the tabernacle of David reaches the Gentiles (the unredeemed peoples of the world–see also Acts 15:16-17). The prophet Jonah went to Nineveh, and a whole city turned to God. Micah 4:1-2 speaks about people running to hear the word of the Lord. Habukkuk 2:14 tells that the whole earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.

The key to the fields is found in Zechariah 1:1-17. First, prayer (v. 3), second, preaching the prophetic word (v. 4), third, ministries that God sends (v. 10), fourth, establishing truth (v. 13), fifth, building the house of the Lord (v. 16), and sixth, reaching out (v. 17). Mark 16:15-20… “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen” (KJV). Note verse 20… “The Lord working with them.

Pastor George Belobaba

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