Faith and Patience, Part 1
Delivered By
Pastor Julie Petersen and Marilyn Moore
Delivered On
July 8, 2015
Subject
Faith and Patience Series
Description

FAITH FOUNDATION

INTRODUCTION

  • God told me in 2014 that He was transitioning His Body from defensive stature to offensive stature.
  • At the beginning of 2015 God told me that we would begin to see His promises come to pass. 
  • In this season we would have to “take it”; actually go in to possess those promises. 
  • Faith is the offensive stature to take hold of these promises NOW.                             
  • New Season prophesied by Bob, Daryl & Kat in the spring of 2015
    • The future is NOW…time to work WITH God instead of FOR God.  Angels work on our behalf to enact the instructions from God.  It is our time NOW to become ONE with God and His WORD(S).
    • Joshua 1:1-8 -  After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (NKJV)
    • Excerpt from "Time to Defeat the Devil" by Chuck Pierce - Recently, we were in competition on a regional level. In the first game of the nine-game competition, my son John Mark bowled a perfect game, a score of three hundred. He has performed this feat several times, so the perfect score was not the real issue. During the game, the Spirit of God impressed me deeply with these words: “There is a moment for change and victory.” I looked at my score—one hundred seventy. I really could not grasp what I was hearing. Here at Glory of Zion we have corporate prayer on Tuesday mornings. During our next Tuesday prayer, I heard the voice of God speaking again, “There is a moment for change and victory.” I wasn’t leading in the prayer meeting, and this revelation from heaven appeared not to fit, so like Mary, I just pondered this statement. Tuesday nights, we have five teams in a very competitive regional league. The league is called “The Money League.” This league pays quarterly and is more lucrative than most leagues in the area. I bowl with one of the owners of a pro shop in our area. She and her husband are great friends of ours. She is a devout Jew. So she understands G-d and recognizes His reality. In the last game of the night, when we were only a few pins behind, I kept missing my mark. I heard the Spirit of God say again, “There is a moment for change and victory.” Immediately I knew! Sometimes you know—you just know! If we were to increase our winnings and supply line, I would have to change. However, the Spirit of God was saying, “I already have the time for this change and the grace for you to shift.” After we lost by six pins and I was leaving the alley, I looked at Dora and her husband, Fred, one of the best bowlers I know, and said, “I plan on relearning this game. Yes, I have done this for forty years one way, but there is a moment for me to change, and now is the time.” I knew I would have to change my entire game—my approach, my rotation, the ball, my stance, my release, my timing, and most importantly, my brain. However, I knew that there was a moment, and I did not want to miss this change, even if I had to fail at the beginning to increase at the end. I am a right hander, but I learned to throw the ball as a left-hand bowler. When you are right-hand dominant and you bowl like that, you throw a back-up ball. This ball looks like a left-hander’s ball, but you are using your right hand. Now God was saying, “There is a moment for change and victory if you will allow Me to reorder your thoughts and movement. If you submit, you will increase! You can continue to try to back up or face forward, reposition, and learn to go forward in a new way.” For the mind to break out of the last season’s mentality, there is war. Whether bowling or worshiping or learning a new system or way of doing things, there is war! The war is over a greater portion, an increase, a new way to prosper. As you read this book, pursue this concept in every area of your life; be prepared to enter into your future. Be expectant! When I asked John Mark, “Why do you bowl so well?” he said, “Every time that I begin a game, I see myself bowling three hundred! I may not always bowl a perfect game, but I expect to do so!”

 

What is Faith?

  • Faith is hearing the Word of God and doing it.
    • Romans 10:17 – Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
    • How do we “hear” the Word of God?
    • We must have our spirits trained to become sensitive enough to “hear” what the Spirit is saying to us.
      • Jesus would tell His disciples – “He who has an ear, let Him hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.”
      • John was taken up in a vision to hear Jesus tell him, “Whoever has ears should listen to what the Holy Spirit says to the churches.”
      • We have to quiet ourselves in order to hear.  Even Jesus had to withdraw to hear from the Father.
        • Psalm 46:10 - Be still, and know that I am God.

 

  • Faith is seeing God’s plan and acting it out.
    • 2 Corinthians 5:7 - For we walk by faith, not by sight.
  • Get your FAITH on!
    • Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

 

Faith Has Substance; What God says IS the substance.

  • Faith is not some mystical or magical force.
    • It doesn’t create incantations and formulas to make something happen.
  • Where does God speak?
    • John 4:24 - God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (KJV)
    • He speaks through his written Word and
    • He speaks through Holy Spirit inside of our spirits.
      • When we have the Word stored up inside of our spiritual storehouse, this gives Holy Spirit even more room to reveal to us what God is saying. ALL of God's ways of speaking ARE the substance of faith.

 

How Do We Get Faith & Remain in It?

  • Stay connected to Him. 
  • Jesus IS the WORD.
    • John 15:5 - I am the Vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. (NASB)
    • John 15:7-9 - 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so [d]prove to be My disciples. 9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. (NASB)
    • John 15:14-16 - 14 You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. (NASB)

 

Basic areas we need faith for in the beginning.

  • God loves us
  • God has a purpose for us
  • Examples
    • Mom’s 1st encounter with the Word.
    • Julie’s 1st encounter with the Word at JSBC by myself in my private room.

 

Faith Builds Wisely

  • This substance is the rock that we build upon like the wise man. If we guess what to do in our lives and go with what we can see and understand naturally, we build on the sand.
  • Wise man VS foolish man
    • Matthew 7:24-27 -24 So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a [p]sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock.  25 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.  26 And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand.  27 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great and complete was the fall of it.

 

Tongues Fuel Our Faith

  • In order to hear the voice of God, you need to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • Engaging in tongues causes you to become ONE with His Spirit. 
  • You receive by your spirit first before the understanding comes into your mind.
    • Romans 8:25-26 - 25 But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure.  26 So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.

 

Analogy – Our faith is compared to a seed, but seeds are basically naked.  They have to be tended to in order to “clothe” them with foliage and then fruit.