Sunday Live Service 12 July 2020 – Supernatural Faith

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Supernatural Faith

Consider the Loaves- Unwavering Faith in Hard Times

“…and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened” Mark 6:51-52 KJV

Have you entered a season of life where your circumstances have become dark and stormy? Perhaps you have just exited a peaceful, flourishing place in life full of evidence of God’s presence and miracle working power. But now it seems as if you are in the middle of nowhere, a barren place— above all, a place without any obvious manifestations of God’s presence or intervention. Beloved, considering these five things will strengthen your faith.

In Times of Hardship Consider:

1. God’s History With You

Mark 6:45—“Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.”

The children of Israel failed to consider God’s history with them, instead judging His ability to provide by the appearance of their present circumstances.

“They spoke against God, saying, ‘Can God spread a table in the desert? When he struck the rock, water gushed out, and streams flowed abundantly. But can he also give us food? Can he supply meat for his people?’ When the LORD heard them, he was very angry…for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance” (Psalm 78:19-22)

2. God’s Sovereign Rule

Mark 6:45—“Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.”

God is the supreme ruler of the universe— “The LORD has established his throne in the heaven, and his kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19). He is sovereign over all of the circumstances of our lives, even the adverse ones.

Jesus could have easily calmed waves from the shore. And He could have done it earlier. But He chose to send the disciples out on the water knowing they were destined for a storm.

“Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked. When times are good be happy; but when times are bad, consider God has made the one as well as the other” (Ecclesiastes 7:13-14).

God allows difficult circumstances to enter our lives for our good and His glory. They accomplish His good purpose for our lives and allow us to reach our full potential. Most importantly, they cause us to know Him more fully—because His presence and His Word become indispensable necessities to us.

3. God’s Activity On Your Behalf

Mark 6:46—” After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.”

  • He is praying for you:
    Jesus is interceding for you, praying for you that your faith will not fail. He is intervening in ways you cannot see. (Hebrews 7:25; Luke 22:32)
  • He sees you:
    Mark 6:47-48— “When evening came the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars…”

Late at night, in the middle of a stormy lake, you cannot see where you came from or where you are going. It seems there is no end in sight. Is this how you feel right now? God perceives your situation! The Greek word for “see” means “to perceive, to know, to understand.” God knows your need and has plans to meet it.

  • He is on His way
    John 6:17—“By now it was dark and Jesus had not yet joined them.”

4. God’s Unexpected Presentation

Mark 6:48-50— “About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, but they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified.”

When the disciples saw Jesus, they were scared, troubled, inwardly disturbed. Their calmness of mind was completely taken away. Could it be that God is walking into the scene of your life through the very things that are causing you to be so distressed?

In the middle of his excruciating suffering, before God restored his fortunes, Job declared that his eyes had seen God, that he had experienced God in unprecedented ways! Through dazzling light and raging fire, God gave Moses a glimpse of His glory—a glimpse of who He is. Biblical scholars say God’s presence must have been so overwhelming to Moses that he felt as if it were going to consume him.

5. Jesus’ Miracle of the Loaves

Mark 6:51-52— “For they failed to consider or under- stand [the teaching and meaning of the miracle of] the loaves; [in fact] their hearts had grown callous [had become dull and had lost the power of understanding]” (AMP).

What are a few of the meanings of the miracle of the loaves?

Jesus is compassionate.
He was concerned with more than just healing. He was also concerned that the people had enough food to eat. The disciples had no problem accepting the wonders Jesus performed for the multitudes, but they couldn’t believe that Christ would do the same for them. They could conceive His compassion for the masses, but not for them personally. When they were away in the windy waters by themselves, they became worried about their own needs.

Is this you? Do you believe in miracles, just not a miracle for the storm in which you find yourself? You may say, “Yes, Lord, I believe in every miracle I’ve read about in scripture.” That’s great, but God’s response is this: “Do you believe I can work a miracle for you? Do you believe that I will?”

Jesus works through progressive miracles as well as instant ones. Progressive miracles are hardly discernible to the human eye. They aren’t accompanied by quaking, lightning and thunderous sounds. There is no sudden visible change. They start quietly.

We are not to live according to the sight world.
To test the disciples, Jesus had asked them earlier, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” Philip gave an assessment based upon the natural realm: ‘Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite?” (John 6:5,7).
By contrast, Jesus simply took the loaves, gave thanks in advance for what was to come and began acting as if the miracle had already occurred—he began distributing the bread and fish. Faith is so acting on the Word and will of God that God has to perform a miracle to keep it.

Don’t Flake Out! Get Rid of the Fake Out – Move Beyond Powerless Substitutes to Effective, Biblical Faith

The enemy’s number one target is your faith! “What must we do to work the works of God?” Jesus is asked in John 6:28. “The work of God is this:” He answered, “to believe in the one he has sent.”—to believe!

Jesus moved God’s will from Heaven to earth by His faith. Faith is the key that moves God from Heaven to earth. It is the only principle by which God works. Every time we see God move from heaven to earth, it is because He found someone who believed.

The way to victory in our Christian life is through faith:

  • More than through prayer—Victory does not come through the amount of praying a person does. We can pray until we are blue in the face, but unaccompanied by real, Biblical faith, our prayers will accomplish nothing.
  • More than through works—Success does not come by the amount of work we do for God. If you do not have faith, you will fail no matter how hard you work for God. Only faith makes it possible for God to operate in our lives. Unless God operates in him, man operates in vain. Even Jesus said, “Of myself I can do nothing.”

Wherever faith wavers, God’s hands are tied. When Jesus visited his own home town, He was unable to do mighty works there because of the people’s unbelief. “Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. ” (Mark 6:5-6 NKJV).

The majority of Christians today who profess bold faith really have no idea what real, Biblical faith is, much less how to exercise it in their lives. I say “real” because many of us think we are walking by faith, when in reality we are walking by a spiritually suffocating substitute. Sadly, we have come to substitute many things in our lives for faith—buying the enemy’s deception and fooling ourselves into thinking that we are operating in “faith”, when in fact, we are living a lie according to God’s standard.

The Four Stages of Faith:

  1. Persuasion by Revelatio
  2. Embracing by Action
  3. Confession by Declaration
  4. Conflict or Fight of Faith

1. Persuasion by Revelation

The process of faith begins with a need. This need is merely an invitation to God’s supply—a supply found in His Word. It is imperative that we learn how to take our Bible and get alone with God until we hear Him speak a word that reveals His heart and mind about our need.

Through His Word, God often reveals the solution to our need long before it comes to pass, revealing the end from the beginning.

“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please…What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do” (Isaiah 46:10-11).

We have to find out God’s heart and mind about our situation. The process of faith cannot begin until we know this. Are you meeting with God about the things that concern you? Or are you spending more time worrying about your need than you are in God’s presence finding out His will about it?

“Genuine faith is based upon revealed truth that has been true in the heart of God since before the foundation of the world. We can only believe God for things that are already real in the spiritual realm. Faith can never go beyond the revelation of truth to the heart…God will do only one thing; He will act ac- cording to what He originates…Our faith must rest upon God’s perfect will revealed to us in our hearts, through His Word.”1

When God gives us spiritual eyes and ears to see and hear His revelation, we receive the report. Scripture is teeming with accounts of men and women who received the report.

Abraham—“Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56, emphasis added) See also Genesis 22.
Moses’ parents—“By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.” (Hebrews 11:23, emphasis added).
Moses—“[Motivated] by faith he left Egypt behind him, be- ing unawed and undismayed by the wrath of the king; for he never flinched but held staunchly to his purpose and endured steadfastly as one who gazed on Him Who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27, emphasis added).

When we are truly persuaded, we firmly feel that we must take God at His Word, no matter what. Sometimes we struggle before reaching this point, but the struggle ends in determination to stake everything upon God’s promise.

When the Holy Spirit breathes upon scripture and quickens a passage for our situation, we must make a choice to believe. Thus, we must have three things present in our life in order to enter into real, Biblical faith:

  • A need
  • A Biblical promise quickened by God on which to stand
  • We must make a choice to believe

2. Embracing by Action

Scripture speaks of the fact that we believe God with our “heart.” Full hearted faith means that we believe with our mind, emotions and will. Full hearted faith will have these three elements:

  • Intellectual— To have an intelligent basis for our faith; to believe God can fulfill His promise.
  • Emotional—To want God to fulfill His promise and to want Him to for the right reasons.
  • Volitional—To make a choice to believe. Our God-given will has the ability to make a choice. When our will acts, our whole body reacts.

The volitional element is the one most frequently omitted from our lives. We believe God can (Intellectual) and we want Him to, (Emotional) but we rarely, if ever, make the choice to believe and to act accordingly (Volitional).

Only when we are stepping out on God’s revealed truth to such a degree that He has to perform a miracle to keep His Word are we actively trusting God and placing ourselves at his disposal. Are you so acting on His promises right now that God has to perform a miracle to keep them? To do so, you will have to forsake everything you sense in the natural realm.

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us” (Ephesians 3:20 THE MESSAGE).

When God has given us a word, He does not automatically impose its fulfillment. He waits to work through us as we exercise faith. Failure to act on the Word calls God a liar and makes it impossible for Jesus to do miracles among us.

Powerless Substitutes for Faith


When God speaks and declares a promise, it is accomplished in Heaven. To act in faith is to act as if it is so in the here and now. We are to act as if it is so, when it is not so, in order for it to become so.

Believing is having; it is possession. Hope says, “I believe God can. I believe God will. I will have it sometime.” Faith says, “I believe God has. It is done. I have it now.” BIG difference! Hope does not possess. Faith does! Faith ends in the glad confession, “It is mine. I have it.” According to John 6:47, he who believes has, he possesses: “I tell the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.”

Hope does not move God. Pleading for sympathy does not move God. Just as God saved us by grace through faith—not through hope, or mental as- sent, or human effort, or fear of hell, or pleading upon God’s sympathies, but by faith alone—God continues to work in a Believer’s life by the same mechanism of faith.

Mental Assent

So often, we mentally assent to the reality of the Word, but we do not act on it. Mental assent admires the Word, confesses that it is true and very desirable, but it does not possess. Mental assent is a satanically inspired substitute for faith. It looks and sounds so much like faith that we cannot tell the difference.

Confession by Declaration

The expression of our faith will always take the form of our confession. We must say the same thing with our mouths that God says in His Word.

We talk to ourselves at a rate of 1300 words per minute. How many of those words are in agreement with God? How many call those things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17)?

The Mouth – The Path to the Promise

“It is written: ‘I believed; therefore, I have spoken.’ With that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13).

Continuing with the Four Stages of Faith:

  1. Persuasion by Revelation
  2. Embracing by Action
  3. Confession by Declaration
  4. Conflict or Fight of Faith

1. Persuasion by Revelation (Review)

We cannot begin any of the activity of faith without knowing God’s heart and mind about a situation.

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven: and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19 AMP).

We have to find out what God is doing in our lives and enter into that. “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point” (Romans 4:3 THE MESSAGE)

2. Confession by Declaration (Review and Continuation)

Why is it so important to have this report from God? Because God does everything according to His nature. He is bringing the new creation into being in the same manner that He did the old.

Everything that has ever come into existence began in the Father’s heart and mind. God the Father is the person of the God- head who devised the plan for the old creation as well as the plan and administration for the new creation.
God the Son is the embodiment of the Father’s thought and being. This is why He is called the “Word” (see John 1:1). Just as my words express to you my thoughts, Jesus, the Word, came to earth an expression of the invisible Godhead.

The Father devised the plan for creation. Jesus, the Son, discovered God’s will for creation and spoke it into being. The Holy Spirit was the executor of the Father’s will and the Son’s word. In the process of creation there is thought, word and action—The Father’s will, the Son’s word and the Spirit’s way.

Faith is simply our ability to join this process of creation.
“We discover and receive the truth from the Father’s mind. We speak the word of authority with our mouths and continue steadfastly our confession in the face of contradicting circumstances, while the Holy Spirit brings into visible being what was true all along in the invisible spiritual world.”2

When we were born again, we were joined to the Godhead, made joint-heirs with Christ and given full rights as a co-son with Jesus. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs of Christ” (Romans 8:17).

We were not made into a co-Father or co-Holy Spirit, but co-sons. It was Jesus’—the Son’s— job to speak the Father’s thought. This is consistent not only with creation, but with His life on earth. Jesus was continually checking in with heaven to find out the Father’s will, then speaking it and doing it. These acts of faith are what moved God’s will from Heaven to earth.

God has entrusted to us the same responsibility as that of His Son—that of speaking the Father’s thoughts. Our prime responsibility and job as believers is to move Heaven to earth. Only what originates in the Father’s heart and mind can I as a co-son speak into existence with authority.

Getting the report is not the end, but the beginning of faith. Because we know what God wants us to believe Him for, we must not take the attitude of “it will happen anyway.” We must continue into the volitional element of faith—confessing, standing, fighting through the conflict or fight of faith, until we see it become reality on this earth.
We speak as God does, calling our circumstances a lie in view of what God has said. We call those things that are not as though they were. God “gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed” (Romans 4:17 AMP).

Is this presumption? No. It would be if it were not based upon the revealed word and will of God.

When we’ve reached this point of genuine faith, we stand on the Word of God and continually make declaration based upon that Word. This confession is so extreme, so radical, that it is either the confession of a fool or a receiver. We are in such a position that if God does not work a miracle to keep His Word, God’s Word is a lie and we are a fool.

This is the point where Satan will use everything in his arsenal to cause you to retreat from your strong position of faith.

Persistence is key! We have a tendency to try this for a while, and when we do not see quick results, we stop speaking the Word to our problems and begin once again speaking our feelings.

Our mouth can give expression either to the flesh or to the spirit—to God-inspired faith, or negative, ill-placed faith.
Calling those things that are not can work negatively too. What we speak we are calling for. Our words are seeds that definitely yield a harvest.

“A man’s self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil]. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]” (Proverbs 18:20-21 AMP).

3. Conflict or Fight of Faith

After we choose to believe, then comes the fight or conflict of faith. There is an initial act of faith, but after this we must continue with the ongoing activity of faith. We continue until the promise is fulfilled, persevering in the activity of faith until God’s promise becomes a reality. We must be determined to continue; willing to go to our grave, if necessary, believing and confessing.

Enemies of Faith
Hope says “I will have it sometime.” Faith says, “I have it now.” Faith ends in the glad confession, “It is mine. I have it.” Hope is contingent, uncertain. As long as a person mistakes hope for faith, they will never receive the things that come by actively believing God.

Faith is not reasonable to man’s senses. Reason is not according to faith. Reasoning and rationalization hinder faith. Living by faith is a supernatural life, incapable of being reasoned.

Our feelings are not legitimate evidences of a faith life. When God chooses to deal with us in the area of our senses, feelings are not an enemy. But remember, Satan can give you feelings. What you may feel may not be what God is telling you. Our faith walk is governed by what we hear from God and by a choice of our will to obey—not by what we feel.

There is a difference between sacrifice and faith. Many believers hold the view that a life of faith is simply a life of sacrifice. Doing without and toiling on is not faith. 2 Corinthians 9:8-11 promises that we will have enough to abound in every good work. We are being made rich in every way, it says, so that we may be generous on every occasion.

You cannot believe what you do not know from the scriptures. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Ignorance cannot be overcome unless we continually meditate on the Word (Joshua 1:8).

Works can be enemies of faith when they are not products of faith. The flesh profits nothing (John 6:63). Whatever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23). Any part of our work, worship, or walk that is not of faith is sin.

Bargaining and Sympathy
We do not approach God as though we are bargaining with Him, or trying to play upon His sympathy. Faith is the key that moves God out of heaven to earth.

Confession that does not agree with what God says in His Word is an enemy of faith. “Do two walk together except they make an appointment and have agreed?” (Amos 3:3) To walk with God concerning His plan for our lives, our words must agree with His. We must say the same with our mouths that He says in His Word.

Mental Assent
Christians by the droves flood into our churches each week and file away Biblical truths in their minds. Yet most leave only to live another week completely devoid of “real,” Biblical faith.

Regardless of whether we are leaders in a church, a business, a ministry or our family, people are following us. Being a leader implies that we are moving in a forward direction and that people are following us. Thus, we are leading them to a place, a location. That location must be God’s report, God’s promised end that He declared from the beginning. That’s what God wants for all of us. To get a word from Him about the future of our children. To get a word from Him about the future of our church. To get a word from Him about the future of our ministry. To get a word from Him about the future of our business…And to act on that word.

Head knowledge is a dangerous enemy of faith because of how easily the devil can use it to lull us into thinking that we are actively believing God. In God’s economy, merely knowing His word intellectually does not equal faith. We may even go so far as to get alone with God and receive a personal word from Him regarding our need—but even that, absent corresponding actions, is mental assent, not faith.

Laziness and Complacency!
“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it” (Matthew 11:12). We must rouse ourself up from our lazy spiritual beds and become aggressive—aggressive in our time alone with God and His Word, aggressive in hearing the Holy Spirit, aggressive in our confessions, aggressive in our actions and aggressive in fighting the fight of faith!

When we respond in faith, God will fulfill His promise!

“God is not a man that he should lie, Nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19).

“For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment” (Luke 1:37).



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