Obedience Strategy: Truth of Faith – Part 1

God’s truth is ever faithful.

Psalm 12:6 TPT tells us “For every word God speaks is sure and every promise pure. His truth is tested, found to be flawless, and ever faithful. It’s as pure as silver refined seven times in a crucible of clay.”

The faith God deposits in our spirits facilitates us knowing Him and trusting Him and His will. God’s faith in us is purposed to persuade our souls more toward His nature.

All of Him.

God’s truth of faith in us clearly delineates, interprets and reveals our deep persuasions of beliefs (He 4:12). 

All of them. 

Friends, this is not a time to be weakened by double-mindedness, as confusion is of the enemy of our souls.

It’s a time when our convictions must be firmly rooted in the Spirit of Truth’s standard.

In order to stand in the days ahead.

God’s will is that truth and justice will stand. 

Psalm 45:4 TPT says, “In your glory and grandeur go forth in victory! Through your faithfulness and meekness the cause of truth and justice will stand. Awe-inspiring miracles are accomplished by your power, leaving everyone dazed and astonished!”

So, friends, here we are—two days before Election Day in the USA.

Are the realities we believe God’s truth? 

Is our hope fully in God and His precepts?

Do we believe in the Bible enough to vote the Bible?

Have we prayed and asked God to reveal His choice leader to us?

We are in a time when God is re-seating those with a heart of righteousness. And only God can judge the whole heart.

Isaiah 26:2 NIV says, “Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith.”

So, we see here that gates are commanded to open for the faithful nation—the nation that keeps truth and is established in trustworthiness. 

Psalm 31:24 NASB instructs us to “Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD.”

So, we see here that keeping faithfulness involves forward motions of remaining strong, taking courage and knowing God as our hope.

Proverbs 13:17 NLT reveals that “An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble, but a reliable messenger brings healing.”

In this verse, when we take a deeper look into the word “messenger,” we see that it can mean an evil or righteous ambassador or king (Strong’s #4397). In the same verse, we can see that the word, “healing,” can mean to bring health and prosperity, even cures for “national woes” (Strong’s #4832). 

Therefore, it’s important that we choose a faithful national leader—one who is yielded to God in his heart.

In Acts 2:41 TPT, we see that the blessing of multiplicity comes through the belief in and the receiving of God’s truth.

But in 2 Chronicles 36:16 NIV, we see that the consequence of limitation, which is a lack of remedy, comes through false beliefs and a rejection of God’s truth.

Friends, anytime we mock—whether to dishonor God’s righteous people or to devise a false plan of our own—a form of death occurs.

In this regard, we would be wise to pray, like Queen Esther, for God’s righteousness to prevail than to think we know everything and try to strong-arm our selfish (and perverse) way, like Queen Jezebel.

2 Thessalonians 2:12 TPT forewarns us by saying, “So then all who found their pleasure in unrighteousness and did not believe the truth will be judged.” 

Friends, God will open our spiritual eyes to see as He does if we humble ourselves and ask Him. Let us not close our “ears to the truth and believe nothing but fables and myths” (2 Ti 4:4). Let’s remember that God’s authentic truth of faith is at work in our hearts to persuade us toward His abundant life. 

So, what else can we do?

The Word of God reveals that…

We can pray for ears to hear God’s truth, receive His healing and be awakened from the limitations of selfishness and false pride:

2 Timothy 4:3 TPT tells us, “For the time is coming when they will no longer listen and respond to the healing words of truth because they will become selfish and proud. They will seek out teachers with soothing words that line up with their desires, saying just what they want to hear.”

We can pray to remember truth:

Psalm 119:43 TPT says, “May I never forget your truth, for I rely upon your precepts.”

We can pray for God’s love to shape our lives, so we can stand up to mockery:

Psalm 119:41-42 MSG say, “Let your love, God, shape my life with salvation, exactly as you promised; Then I’ll be able to stand up to mockery because I trusted your Word.”

Friends, we can know God more; believe that He will choose the righteous leader, who will co-labor with Him to heal our land; and begin to speak God’s truth by voting faithfully unto Him on or before November 3, 2020. 

To God be the glory. 

Join me next week for Part 2 of Obedience Strategy: Truth of Faith.

This video-devo was graciously re-posted by the Salem Web Network, which includes iBelieve.com.

Captivity to Freedom – Part 2

God’s Word tells us that true freedom is victory in Jesus (Ac 2:24, Lk 4:18). 

And God’s Word never fails (Is 40:8).

In Jeremiah 1:12 AMPC God says, “…I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.”

So, although the enemy of our soul may try to ensnare us, God’s anointed Word cannot be bound (2 Ti 2:9). It is continually at work in us and around us to deliver us into more of His freedom by His Spirit. 

2 Corinthians 3:17 AMPC says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom).

Since Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, who lives in God’s saints, when we believe Him at His Word by faith, He guides us into all truth, which sets us free from bondage (Jn 16:13). 

Matthew 11:6 AMPC says that “…blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) is he who…is not hindered from seeing the Truth.”

Hebrews 4:12 AMPC says, “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.”

Friends, we need to wrap our “minds around the riches of God, the depth of his wisdom, and the marvel of his perfect knowledge” as He wraps His Presence around us (Ro 11:33). We need to wear our blood-bought hope (assurance) of salvation like a protective helmet against doubt, unbelief and giving up as Holy Spirit renews our minds with the washing of His Word

With God, we always have a hope and a future (Je 29:11).

Jeremiah 29:11-14 NIV say, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,’ says the LORD. ‘I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.'”

Friends, revelation brings transformation. 

John 16:13 NLT says, “When the Spirit of truth comes…He will tell you about the future.”

God may reveal some events and timelines to us as we move further into His freedom. He’ll reveal strategies, wisdom and course corrections along the way. 

So, even if we find ourselves held in captivity—like Paul and Silas, who were released from jail after they praised God (Ac 16:25-26); or like Daniel, who was delivered from lions in a closed off den as he trusted God (Da 6:22); or even like Jonah, who was expelled from a whale of an encounter as he turned to God (Jon 2:10)—we can trust God and know that captivity can be a platform for glorious miracles, a turning point of breakthrough for greater freedom and higher purposes. 

These saints experienced that, with God, captivity gets reworked by His authority to further mobilize their divine legacy (inheritance) and their divine destiny (pre-determined plan for them).

Like these saints, God intentionally and specifically enables us to come out of captivity by faith when we praise Him, trust Him and turn to Him in humility in impossible situations. 

The grace work God does in our soul, during what feels like limited times, is cleansing and will make a way for His explosion of new (resurrection) life that will prove His faithfulness, His Word and His love as limitless. 

Even if we were to find ourselves exiled, like the Israelites in Egypt, we could be certain that God ultimately has our restoration in mind. This is His covenant promise to us.

Acts 13:17 TPT says that “…While they were enslaved in Egypt, he made them great, both in numbers and in strength, until he unveiled his mighty power and led them out of bondage.”

So, God can purpose captivity to be like a cocoon to do deep works in us, and cause us to be made stronger in Him. He can make us more grateful and receiving of His purpose for our new-found freedom once released.

Exodus 12:13 reminds us of our blood covenant of protection and provision when the Israelites remained in their divinely-designated safe place, which was behind closed doors, for a time.

They may have felt like they were held captive within captivity for a moment, but God had their greater deliverance in mind all along.

Friends, always remember, the greatest resistance will give way under the mighty arm of sovereign God, and we have access to Him through grace by faith. Jesus sits at God’s right hand, the hand of authority. And we are seated with Him as He is established with us on earth—liberating us from the captivity of darkness. 

Psalm 16:11 tells us that, at His “right hand there are pleasures forevermore. [Acts 2:25-28, 31],” and that in “His presence is fullness of joy, also that He will show us “the path of life.”

Romans 5:17 TPT says, “…now, how much more are we held in the grip of grace and continue reigning as kings in life, enjoying our regal freedom through the gift of perfect righteousness in the one and only Jesus, the Messiah!”

I believe God is releasing His recompense: I believe He is about to deliver multitudes into a new level of freedom from the immorality of their past, like never before. What once choked out their blessings, will be no more. I believe what 2 Timothy 2:26 AMPC says, which is “…that they may come to their senses [and] escape out of the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him, [henceforth] to do His [God’s] will.” I believe God will launch His pure-hearted ones into deep, abundant life that will extend to others in miraculous ways, meeting them at awestruck. I believe God is promoting His saints, who will continue to pursue holiness in any and every circumstance, even like Daniel (2 Ti 2:22, Da 6:20, 22-23).

And I pray that you will be one of them. 

To God be the glory. 

This video-devo was graciously re-posted by the Salem Web Network, which includes iBelieve.com.