Faith is Key to Success in All Things

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith is the spiritual material that heaven uses to produce those things for which we petition our God.  It is the spiritual substance needed to manifest the inheritance of the believer in the earth. 

Romans 10:17 (KJV) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.

Romans 1:16-17 (KJV) 16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Faith is a gift given by our God, to those who choose to believe in and seek to live, move, and exist in His Character, Word, nature, love, grace, authority, and power. Our God-given faith in the Gospel of Jesus His Christ contains the revelation of all He is, and who He made humans to be. Faith in this revelation IS key to unlock the authority and power to obtain our inheritance in Him (deliverance, provision, protection, success…).

The Gospel IS the revelation of all our Heavenly Father wrought in and through His Word made human (Jesus Christ), and IS (fully contains) the power of God unto salvation for all who believe! The Gospel IS the revelation of our God’s ability to save (rescue) a life.

The Gospel reveals His Love and grace, His sovereign authority and power to transform, conform, equip, empower, restore…. the lives of all who believe in Him, respect Him, and take Him at His Word (Scripture and Jesus).

 

OUR GOD’S GREAT SALVATION
Salvation, according to definition means: (1) deliverance from sin and its power and effects, (2) preservation from destruction or failure, (3) conservation of health and welfare from sickness, disease, and death, and (4) liberation from ignorance or illusion. Living in faith in the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ provides it ALL!

THE GOSPEL IS THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
REVEALED IN JESUS CHRIST!
The unlimited power and authority of our God is revealed in the birth,life, ministry, death, resurrection, ascension, and seating of Jesus The Christ, our Savior, Lord and coming King. Sincere pursuit of the knowledge of our God, His character, heart, Word, power, and authority yields the revelation of the Person of Jesus His Christ, who He is, and the reality that our Heavenly Father strategically solved humanity’s problems through Him.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ IS the revelation knowledge of the work of our God’s restoration of humanity’s God-given gifts of righteousness, authority, power, and dominion, which He ordained before He laid the foundation of the earth.

In the Scripture, our God uses Jesus His Christ, to reveal Himself, as THE Source of this revelation; through Christ our God makes His authority and power available as we choose to embrace His Truth:

Matthew 16:13-19 (KJV) 13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that Thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

CONSIDER MATTHEW 16:13-19
Jesus explains our Heavenly Father unfolding (revelation) of the reality of His existence and purpose to those who seek to know Him with a sincere heart. Notice that many people had their thoughts about the Person and purpose of Jesus; however, only Simon Peter received and shared the revelation knowledge, because He truly believed in Jesus Christ. So it remains today; many have opinions about who and why Jesus is, but only those who seek Him, with heart that truly desires to know Him, is He revealed as pur Savior, Lord, Conqueror, THE Christ, and coming King.

THE TWO ROCKS (TWO REVELATIONS)
First, Jesus, Himself is The Rock, hewn from the “Unequaled Mountain” our Heavenly Father. He is the Chief Cornerstone of our Heavenly Father’s Truth that the builders (religious and rebellious leaders of His day) rejected (Matthew 21:42; Romans 9:33; 1 Corinthians 10:4).

Secondly, Peter is translated rock or a stone. “Peter” is a rock hewn out of The Rock, as are all who believe and follow Jesus Christ. He tells us that our faith in the work our Heavenly Father brought to pass through Him, gives us the keys (access, understanding, and authority) to “rule” according to our Heavenly Father’s standards, and in His power and authority. In Christ, the revelation of who humanity truly is, is unfolded; Hallelujah! We can know exactly who our God created us to be!

THE ROCK: REVELATION KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST
Sincere desire and pursuit of the understanding of the Persons of Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Father, and His Holy Spirit yields revelation knowledge, and wisdom hidden by the conditioning of sin, and the deception of satan.

THE LEVEL OF OUR FAITH IN OUR HEAVENLY FATHER’S WORK
IN JESUS CHRIST, IS THE DIRECT REPRESENTATION
(the measuring rod)
OF THE LEVEL OF OUR AUTHORITY IN THE EYES OF ALL DARKNESS.

The revelation of the victory and Lordship of Jesus Christ is the key to taking dominion over all darkness. The dominion comes through godly humility and dependence (faith in) our God and His Christ:

Philippians 2:7-11 (KJV) (Jesus) made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

9 Wherefore God (our Heavenly Father, His Word, and His Holy Spirit) also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Darkness knows it must bow and/or expose its neck to the authority and power our God has invested and endowed in the name of Jesus Christ. We will only know this to be true, as we use the tools that our God has given us against the attacks of the enemy. We will see forward movement, when we live, move, exist in alignment with our God. He knows we are no match for darkness without Him; therefore, He never leaves, nor forsake us. We must believe!

ONLY BELIEVE!

Mark 16:17-18 (KJV)These signs shall follow them that believe; In My name (authority) 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.

Watchmen, as we pray for the nations, we must have the same “speak the Word only” faith as the centurion (Matthew 8:8). We must believe that the Holy Spirit guides our prayers, and we have the things we pray for, because our hearts are full of faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

HEAVENLY FATHER
We thank You for being who You are. We thank You for Your unfailing love towards us, and how Your merciful kindness is expressed to us every day. It is Your mercy that keeps us from being consumed by the enemy of our souls. Thank You for helping our unbelief. Thank You for answering prayer, for answering us when we seek Your wisdom.

Father, we pray specifically for all on the front lines of ministry. The world and unbelievers may consider them as targets for evil, but we thank You that Your Word is their impenetrable Shield and unstoppable Sword. Thank You that Your Light shines brightly through us in the darkest of places.

We decree Father, “Rivers of living water, Your Holy Spirit, be fully released from the hearts of God’s faithful followers!” Thank You for moving those who are prepared from the background to the forefront. Thank You for Your open doors, and opportunities. Thank You for rewarding them according to their faith and service.

Thank You for deliverance ministry all over the world. Thank You that we walk in greater knowledge, understanding, wisdom, power, and authority. Thank You that secrets and mysteries are unfolding before us and we are taking dominion. We are doing the greater works, Jesus promised. We are bringing restoration to Your people and the land through faith, prayer, fasting, praise, and worship. We are not deceived; we know our labor is not in vain. We are praying Your will, and You are doing Your will.

We lift our voices as one and declare the name of Jesus over the nations. We lift our voices as one and declare His Lordship! We shake the foundations of the kingdom of darkness with Your Word and with Jesus’ name! We are not deceived; we know darkness is losing its grip on believers all over the world. We are gathering in our secret places and calling on the name of Jesus. We are petitioning You in agreement with Your Word; therefore we are confident that we have all that we ask for. Again we say, do all that is in Your heart, today and every day in Jesus mighty name we pray. Amen and it is so!

THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN,
TODAY AND EVERY DAY, HALLELUJAH!

EVEN SO, COME LORD JESUS!

Author: Watchman L. R. Sharpe

L. R. Sharpe, Founder and President of Gethsemane House Ministries, Inc. and The Gathering of His Watchmen International Prayer Alliance, has served in many ministerial capacities. She has earned a graduate degree in Human Services Counseling, with an Executive Leadership cognate. The teachings and mercies of Christ learned through the struggles, failures, and victories of her journey qualifies the message and the messenger. Obedience to the instruction, “After you are converted, strengthen your brother” has given birth to the call to share the lessons learned. Minister Sharpe’s heartfelt desire is that we all grow up unified, strong, and undefeatable in Christ, and that we develop into His full stature through His love, just as our Heavenly Father desires.

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