We must pray, hear and the hardest part, obey. The Bible shows us that obedience always pays. God has never chasten, beat or condemn anyone for obeying Him. When you obey God, the blessings will come and overtake you. You will not be able to out run your blessings or hide from them. They will seek you out and find you. Then why do we spend so much time crying out for blessings?
There is something missing in the “formula” of Christianity. There is something missing on how to get your prayers answered. The answer is not in a formula. It is in the relationship.
Jesus healed the sick in many different ways. Sometimes He spat on them.Sometimes He said, “Go, you are healed”. Sometimes He prayed for them or laid hands on them. Other times, people laid hands on Him.
When the woman with blood issues touched Jesus (Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-47; Matthew 9:20-22) He asked, “Who touched me?” His disciples were confused since they were being mobbed and grabbed at by a huge crowd, but He said that He felt power leave Him. Notice, she wasn’t the only one who touched Jesus, but she was the only one who was healed. After she revealed and explained herself, He replied, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction”.
It was not by her knowledge. It wasn’t because the woman believed harder than anybody else. It was by faith which is a gift of God!
Faith is not something you do. It is something that happens to you. You cannot “do” a gift. You do not conjure a gift. Once God has given you the gift of faith, all you have to do is walk it out. Of all those people who were groping at Jesus, only one had the word of God, the Father. The word that the woman received was that if she touched Jesus, He would heal her. Jesus knew someone was healed because He felt the virtue leave him. Have you ever prayed for someone and all of a sudden you feel yourself empty into that person as God gave you the words to pray? When you pray what God says from Heaven, every word will come to pass exactly, 100%.
“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Faith without manifestation becomes dull very fast but we are going from faith to faith. Now that you believe what is written, let us go on to what is spoken. This is treacherous territory. You cannot walk away from scripture just because you hear from God. You will get messed up! Scripture is the “tuning fork”. You have to stay in the written word in order to identify the one who is speaking because there are many voices and spirits.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
(1 John 4:1)
How do you test the spirits? First you must be with people who hear God. And you need to get confirmation on every word you hear. This means that you wait until God tells you to move. If it is of God, He will let you know. He will confirm your word. You will not make God mad if you ask God to confirm the word with two or more witnesses, through the written word, or through dreams and visions. If it is of God, He will do it. But if what you heard is of the devil, He will not confirm the word. He doesn’t take the time. He is too busy. He’ll walk away and leave you alone.
There is a lot of people who want to act based on their emotions because you can hear a lot of things in your emotions. You can even do a lot of good things because of your emotions.
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit.”
Things that you do out of emotion might seem to be good initially, yet to God it is dead works because He did not tell you to do it. For example, you might have felt it is a good thing to give money to someone who was having a hard time. But, instead, God was angry with you because you got in His way. God was trying to teach that person to walk by faith but you came along and did things your way rather than His way.
By staying in communication with God, you will know what He does and doesn’t want you to do. We cannot rely on any kind of formula to accomplish what God has planned for us so we must listen for His Voice while also studying and comparing it to the Scriptures. If you pray, hear and obey, you will know God’s way.
(article by, Apostolic Prophet, Kent Simpson)Return to the Newsletter Archives