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Faith Moves are Needed Now

On March 14, when I was visiting Israel and Jordan, God began to speak to me that He was going to move His people quickly because a shift was occurring in the heavenly realms, and we needed to cooperate by faith as He was getting ready to move people to change homes, jobs, and relationships, even finances to accomplish where He was taking them. I even believe moving homes means in addition to moving a location, it is also moving blockades in people’s home life with marriages, children, and relationships. However, God said He was doing this before Passover as He was indeed gathering His people for the Festival and they all needed to be in place before the New Year. The New Year according to the Torah begins the 1st day of Nisan this year on April 5, 2019 at sundown, and the Passover begins at the 10th day of Nisan which is April 19, 2019 at sundown.

This is very biblical that God would gather His people before the Month of Nisan and Passover. We know God spoke to Moses and said in Exodus 12:2-4(KJV), “ This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:  And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.”

Passover was a pivotal event for your house and even those you call neighbors, and it was considered a memorial. In Exodus 12:14 (KJV) God said, “And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.” This memorial time is your time now to step out in the faith of God and do what He is calling you to do. You were created for such a time as this.

So, how does one respond to God moving quickly? One responds by the faith of God. This is different than faith in God. The faith of God comes when we believe like God Himself believes about a current situation. The faith of God is increased when we hear the word of God spoken.

In Romans 10:17 (NIV), the word says, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”

We all have a measure of faith upon salvation, but then there is the gift of faith. Paul lived by both I believe, a basic measure which we all have, but also a gift of faith. Where he tapped into believing what God believed about him and his circumstances surrounding his life. Paul wanted us as disciples to believe like this too, as it is the foundation for miracles.

Paul said in Galatians 2:20-21 (KJV), “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”

In order to walk by this kind of faith we need to inquire of the Holy Spirit. We need to ask God: “What do you believe about my situation? What should I believe you for? What change do you want to make in my current situation? How can I join you in this belief?” Then we must listen and believe the answers He gives us and meet Him there with belief and action. That opens us up to the impossible. Miracles happen in the impossible. Since God can believe in the impossible in all situations we can too. This is the faith of God we need to see miracles happen.

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

What example do we have in scripture of people God is moving into His will simply by them tapping into the faith God actually has for them and a situation. There are many but let’s look at only two.

In Luke 5 :1-7 (NIV), the word says, “One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.  He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.  He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’  Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.  So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.”

In this passage, Jesus is challenging the disciples by first preaching to them all, even the masses, in order to increase their faith, then He tells the disciples to do something. He asks them to obey Him by seeing the miracle He sees by faith. Jesus has a desire to do the impossible. But the disciples are doubting even after hearing the word preached, and even after walking with the Word Himself in the person of Jesus. He asks them to meet Him where He is at with what He wants to do. He asks them to have the faith of God, not just faith in God. He asks them to see things supernaturally like He sees things. No matter their fear and doubt, they did obey, and cast the net, and Jesus did a miracle and filled their boats. Then not only did they get a huge unexpected blessing and miracle but they found the grace of God in such great measure that Simon Peter repented and Jesus gave him a new purpose and destiny.

This is stated in Luke 5:8-11 (NIV), “When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!’  For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.” Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.”

This is so important because when we obey God and move quickly with the heavenlies and His Spirit, as He is asking us to do, we will be tapping into God’s desire to bless us and move us into greater purpose and destiny. This is activating the faith of God. This is what is needed in this season as God gathers us for Passover.

The second example is the story of woman with the issue of blood from Matthew 9:20-22 (NIV), the word says, “Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak.  She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’ Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed at that moment.”

Do you notice in this passage, the word says that, “She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”’

Which means she had a dialogue with herself where she adopted the faith of God and supernaturally Jesus’ desire to heal her. She knew the heart of God and that wherever He went He desired to heal and He would indeed heal her. We can’t fully explain this level of faith but it is a gift that comes to our soul from heaven where we know we are healed and whatever act of faith must come forth, we will obey and it will be done. Just as she said, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

The word touched in greek is haptomai which means properly to attach oneself or to fasten as to set on fire. So, she attached herself in faith first to Him. She dialogued with her own soul into a state of belief that was real. She tapped into a place where she believed what Jesus believed about Himself and her situation. She believed He is the Messiah, and the Deliverer, and the Healer and He wants to do this for her. So, this faith of God then leads to an act, when she physically touched him and the fire of God went through her and healed her.

I believe God is going to meet you in His New Year starting in Nisan and during the gathering of the Passover with a new level of faith to believe what God believes already for you. You see God is believing the impossible for you and wants you to believe just as He does so you can receive the blessing He has for you in this New Year and ultimately you can do greater things than He because you have the faith of God and He is in you.

Righteousness by Faith

The Heavenly Key for 2019

In the month of December, God was leading us all to go deeper in Him, because this month of January will be a time of consecration and setting apart for God’s work in 2019. Then in February, we will watch God fling wide the doors of opportunity for us as we have been prepared with a new and fresh anointing that was cultivated through our tears in December 2018 and our purification in January 2019.

On December 25, Christmas morning, God woke me up with His overwhelming presence and a blanket of covering and He said the word, “Righteousness.” I knew that the whole month of weeping and tears, as in the valley of Baca (Psalm 84), had been Him setting me up to understand how this key was going to be important in 2019. He began to speak to me about putting on His righteousness and standing in this for the new year, and encouraging others to do the same.

Righteousness: The Key We All Can Access

The Word tells us that our faith is credited as righteousness. Righteousness is right standing with God that we did not earn, it is a gift that comes from Him. We receive it at salvation according to Romans 6:4-5 (NASB), “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.”

In our death, burial and resurrection in Christ, we are united with Him and His righteousness. This is a key we all have access to when we spiritually discern this truth and examine it from a spiritual perspective.

In Romans 4:2-5 (NIV), the Word says: “If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’ Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.” (Photo via Unsplash)

This righteousness is a free gift we have been given by our own death, burial and resurrection in Christ Jesus and is a key to helping us walk in power in 2019. The Apostle Paul knew about this righteousness and speaks to this truth in Philippians 3:7-9 (NIV), “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”

Seeing Through the Eyes of Christ

This kind of righteousness is based on being right because of what Christ did for us already. The Apostle Paul tells us that what was important was that he “be found in Him” which is a Greek word “heurisko,” which means to see as Christ sees or perceives as Christ perceives. This means that Paul wants to SEE through the eyes of Christ how Christ operated in righteousness and how he too could apply this truth. This is a spiritually discerned truth, it is not something the natural world knows or even understands. The Apostle Paul wants to SEE, as in union with Christ by faith, how his Lord and Savior Christ Jesus walked in righteousness on this earth.

In Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV), the Apostle Paul says, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me Heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

The gift of righteousness manifesting on Earth through us is something we are to attain to. This gift is so powerful that Jesus mentioned it in Matthew 5:20 (NIV), “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

This means our righteousness must exceed that of law-givers themselves. We must supersede the earthly manifestation of righteousness first with a spiritual manifestation. So, how can we do this? This powerful key of the Kingdom of Heaven is made available to us who believe by faith we have received it. As we walk in righteousness we carry this supernatural Kingdom key that opens pathways to follow God, and we help others beyond the mockery we all receive from the world. The world is always looking to condemn and judge behavior and the function of righteousness or right standing from the perspective of act only. However, the heavenlies view righteousness as a gift that when worn by the recipient will produce an effect of Kingdom righteousness on Earth through acts of righteousness.

In other words, Christ changes us to BE righteous so we can DO righteous acts. The earth looks only to the doing part and is quick to be used of the enemy to condemn Christians and attack those who are spiritual. Those who walk in the righteousness of Christ will walk in a royalty of Heaven that will empower them to do the will of God and stand firm in face of the enemy’s schemes, all because by faith we WEAR His righteousness in our hearts.

How Does Christ Supplies Our Need for Righteousness?

The enemy is always there to supplant lies of the past or make our failures stand out to us or others. This causes us to strive to fix our issues, only to find out that we have no power to sustain because we don’t know His righteousness first. Righteousness is His power by faith.

How does Christ supply our need for this righteousness? The Word tells us He gives us the breastplate of righteousness: “Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness”(Ephesians 6:14 NASB). (Photo via Pixabay)

He also gives us the “robe of righteousness” according to Isaiah 61:10 (NASB), “I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

We are also told when we learn to walk in His righteousness on Earth and have acts of righteousness that flow from being righteous in Him, that He gives us the crown of righteousness when we pass on to be with Him. This is in 2 Timothy 4:8 (NASB), “…in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

In summary, righteousness by faith is the heavenly key we all need for 2019. The enemy wants to keep you down and you must fight with the breastplate of righteousness or the robe of righteousness that you did not earn, but was freely given to you by your death, burial and resurrection in Christ. Don’t delay, ask God to open your eyes to SEE supernaturally as Christ wants you to see and perceive these truths that are spiritually discerned. I believe God wants to open your eyes now to this truth. This Kingdom key will sustain you throughout the year and bring you peace and power to attain to the goals He has personally given you for 2019.