Synopsis of Bible Study 11/19/08
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
To have faith, there has to be manifestation or production of something. It is important to learn to grow & mature in your faith. The root of faith is the revelation of the word of God in your life. 6 So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Heb 11:6 (NLT)-Without God faith it is impossible to please God. When we go to God, we have to believe God is. We wouldn’t go to God if we didn’t think God had the where-with-all to manifest what we asked for.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17 (KJV). We are the righteousness of God. This means we have chosen to walk into God’s word regardless of the charge of the world. We get from 1 dimension to another by our level of faith. Look at the things you experienced 3-5 yrs ago. Our faith was not the same level then as it is now. Over time, we grew & started looking like what his word says we should look like. What breaks you today will be looked at different next year if you are growing your faith. Faith that is not tested is faith that can’t be trusted.
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 1:2).This is a total blessing. God wants you to be blessed in every area of your life. God doesn’t just want you to be financially prosperous. God wants you to be spiritually prosperous.
I. Faith Fruit- It is the tangible, touchable, manifested things that our faith produces. Whatever faith produces is considered to be Faith Fruit.
a. Glorifies God.
b. Satisfies our temporal needs. We must believe God can do what we are believing in him to do.
c. We become channels of Devine favor. We are channels to benefit others. God is using us to be a blessings to others.
d. Validate the testimony of God’s word working in your life
e. Testify of God’s faithfulness to produce the promise.
f. Inspire you for greater productivity. When you have been with God for a long time and you know how he is able to produce, then you stop asking for small stuff. Example: Instead of asking God to deliver a payment, you ask God to make a way for a lump sum of money so you can pay it off.
Faith – This gives us the ability to have the faith to believe in things we cannot see. 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1 (KJV). Faith is about assurance and conviction. Faith stands under every situation & supports it with assurance. Faith shows that we are convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that God will do what he says he will do.
Faith involves your yet future. The substance of faith is the revelation of the word. It is hope that brings you to a point of manifestation. A few months ago, they were laughing at the concept of hope (Barack Obama), but look at what hope accomplished. Hope points to the future. Hope allows us to see tomorrow according to God’s ability and not your own.
II. How do we know God’s ability? It is by our faith. We hope based on what we know. Hope says we are seeing something God is able to do.
How do we articulate that? This deals with the “Things not seen” portion of Hebrews 11:1. The object of faith is believing in the things we can see. Faith is giving attention on what we do not see. We are not looking at our right now, but what God has shown us. Believing God by faith has to be beyond natural expectation.
God gives us Devine delays. Sometimes God holds up the things we are waiting on. Ex-Bishop explains that sometimes his staff gets worried when their flight is delayed. Bishop says he never worries. He simply pulls out his laptop and works on something. He does this because he has been running with God long enough to appreciate the concept of Devine Delay. If you understand Devine Delay, then you will understand what God was trying to teach the disciples. Example: Jairus’ daughter became sick and he came Jesus for help, but Jesus basically makes him wait, because he was interrupted by others who wanted to be healed. This is Devine delay. 40 On the other side of the lake the crowds received Jesus with open arms because they had been waiting for him. 41 And now a man named Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell down at Jesus’ feet, begging him to come home with him. 42 His only child was dying, a little girl twelve years old.
As Jesus went with him, he was surrounded by the crowds. 43 And there was a woman in the crowd who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years. She had spent everything she had on doctors and still could find no cure. 44 She came up behind Jesus and touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. Luke 8:40-44 (NLT)
Example 2: When they called Jesus to go help Lazarus his friend, Jesus decided to wait. This again is Devine Delay. When Jesus arrives he tries to tell the disciples that Lazarus was asleep. Jesus delayed coming to help Lazarus on purpose. If Jesus would had of gone ahead and come when Lazarus was sick, then skeptics would have discredited it and said he had the 24hr flu or something. Jesus had to make sure he was dead, so that everyone could see the power of God. 1 A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. 2 This is the Mary who poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair. Her brother, Lazarus, was sick. 3So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, the one you love is very sick.” 4 But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it is for the glory of God. I, the Son of God, will receive glory from this.” 5 Although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, 6 he stayed where he was for the next two days and did not go to them. 7 Finally after two days, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go to Judea again.” 8 But his disciples objected. “Teacher,” they said, “only a few days ago the Jewish leaders in Judea were trying to kill you. Are you going there again?” 9 Jesus replied, “There are twelve hours of daylight every day. As long as it is light, people can walk safely. They can see because they have the light of this world. 10 Only at night is there danger of stumbling because there is no light.” 11 Then he said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.”
12 The disciples said, “Lord, if he is sleeping, that means he is getting better!” 13 They thought Jesus meant Lazarus was having a good night’s rest, but Jesus meant Lazarus had died. 14 Then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 And for your sake, I am glad I wasn’t there, because this will give you another opportunity to believe in me. Come, let’s go see him.” John 11:1-15 (NLT).
Example 3: When Jesus arrived, Lazarus’ sisters tried to have attitude instead of celebrating the possibility of what God could do. Jesus calls Lazarus forward. It is evident that a miracle is about to happen. What happens is they say there is nothing else that Jesus could do. 30 Now Jesus had stayed outside the village, at the place where Martha met him. 31 When the people who were at the house trying to console Mary saw her leave so hastily, they assumed she was going to Lazarus’s grave to weep. So they followed her there. 32 When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell down at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, he was moved with indignation and was deeply troubled. 34 “Where have you put him?” he asked them.
They told him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Then Jesus wept. 36 The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him.” 37 But some said, “This man healed a blind man. Why couldn’t he keep Lazarus from dying?” 38 And again Jesus was deeply troubled. Then they came to the grave. It was a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. 39 “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man’s sister, said, “Lord, by now the smell will be terrible because he has been dead for four days.” 40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you will see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so they will believe you sent me.” 43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And Lazarus came out, bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!” John 11:30-44 (NLT). It is easy to believe God for a job when an employer is hiring, but what about when they are not? Sometimes God will delay you to move you beyond your expectations. The crowd was following Jesus on the way to his house when the woman with issue of blood, who could care less about Jairus’ agenda, interrupts Jairus’ breakthrough. This again is Devine Delay
During Jarius’ break through there were two things that went on.
· Faith beyond natural expectations
· Devine Delay.
o Jesus told the woman with the issue of blood that her faith had made her whole. 48 “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” Luke 8:48 (NLT). Everybody always assumes that this word was for the woman with the issue of blood, but we have to remember that Jairus was still standing there. Jesus wanted Jairus to know that he had to have faith to get what he desired. When Jesus came to heal Jairus daughter, there were people there that laughed. Jesus put those people out. 51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. 52 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. 53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. 54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. 55 And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. 56 And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done. Luke 8:51-56 (KJV). You have to put faithless people out of your circle. Sometimes God will delay blessing and allow thing to get worse to measure your faith. You have to be spiritually minded to get this. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6 (KJV).Spiritually minded is having a mind of peace. Example: When Bishop’s house caught on fire, they asked him was he going to fly home from his vacation. Bishop quickly told them no, because there wasn’t anything he could do. He knew it was in God’s hands. We have to refuse to make other people’s emergency, our emergency.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. Prov 3:5-7 (KJV).
III. 5 things Faith Exercises to live by
1. Get a picture of what God has in store for you. You must first see it, to achieve it.
2. Begin to confess to one another what you see God doing. 13 But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, and so I speak.” 2 Cor 4:13 (NLT). When you believe something, we got to speak it. Salvation that comes from trusting Christ—which is the message we preach—is already within easy reach. In fact, the Scriptures say, “The message is close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” Romans 10:8 (NLT). Bishop is preaching a word of faith not emotions. If you receive a good word (preached from your Pastor), you ought to speak that word. Got to picture what you want God to do and see it. Ex-Bishop Walker explains as a young Pastor of Mt Zion, he tried to tell his congregation to move up and fill up the front pews. Most of the people wanted to sit in the back. He also asked the Deacons to put chairs in the isle. He was speaking into existence what God had already shown him. Bishop Walker reminds us that his Grandmother had reminded him that he used to talk to preachers when he was a child and he would tell them that someday he would have a church. Even though he had forgotten about it, when Bishop was putting those chairs in the aisle, he was speaking what God had already shown him.
3. Faith comes by finding the biblical solution. According to God’s word, we believe. 17 Yet faith comes from listening to this message of good news—the Good News about Christ. Romans 10:17 (NLT), Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed. Josh 1:8 (NLT). We have to mediate on God’s word day and night. Look in the bible and find word around what God has shown you.
4. Faith picture must be put into action. Example: There are some folk that is always working on some things, yet nothing ever gets done. 17 So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good deeds is no faith at all—it is dead and useless. James 2:17 (NLT). . We have to have a corresponding action. If we want to lose weight, we have to get on the tread mill and not just talk about it. If we have a financial breakthrough, we need to start tithing and then take control of our spend-tithe. This is a responsibility you must have for faith.
5. Expect change to occur. When we believe God and pray, we do it with expectation. 24 Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. Mark 11:24 (NLT). If you believe, you will receive and you will have what you desire. When you pray, believe that when you get, it is done. One is spiritual, one is natural. We make preparation when we pray, because we realize it is only a matter of time before God shows up and shows out.