"And from Jesus Christ, Who ... hath made us kings and priests
unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.
Amen." (Revelation 1:5,6)
Please notice in this verse that the Apostle John said Jesus has
made every Believer Kings and Priests unto God. Do you realize that you
are a King and a Priest?
Every Born Again
human being, male or female, is a New Testament Priest. (Galatians
Under the Old Covenant only the High Priest was allowed to come
directly into the presence of Almighty God. Only the High Priest
could enter the Holy of Holies where God dwelt.
Before entering in,
the High Priest had a prescribed order of actions that he was to follow.
You could call that prescribed order a Divine Blueprint.
If the High Priest refused to follow the Divine Blueprint while
in the Holy of Holies, he died while he was in there.
had bells attached to the bottom of his garment and a rope tied to his
leg. If the bells stopped tinkling it was a sign that he had dropped
dead as a result of his disobedience. The other Priests pulled on the
rope, dragging him out of there. Then they would call down to the High
Priest Union Hall, so to speak, to get another High Priest up there right
away. One who would do it right this time, hopefully.
Under the New Covenant, we, as New Testament Priests, also have
a prescribed order of action we are to follow if we expect God to answer
I call this prescribed order the "Divine Blueprint for
Everybody knows what a blueprint is. It is a detailed
plan or outline used by architects, engineers and contractors to construct
a building. It is normally on blue paper with white print. Only
by following the blueprint very closely is the builder guaranteed to
construct a building that will not collapse under pressure and use.
Every New Testament Priest who desires to build a spiritual structure
that will not collapse must follow God's Divine Blueprint. This is the
key to seeing God's power flow.
Whether it be
sickness, debt, poverty, marriage, family, work, ministry, etc., if the
blueprint is followed, it will produce mightily. This is why the
Bible says that all things must be done decently and in good order.
The Biblical steps, or Divine Blueprint for Faith, we will be sharing in the next two lessons will work
for anyone at anytime regardless of how
overwhelming their circumstances may be. This is because
the following steps were outlined by the Most High God. When He is drawing the
blueprints, you can be sure something big and beautiful is going up and
that it will stand eternally.
This might seem like a pretty obvious place to start, but it is
amazing how many people are looking for the solution to a problem they have
not yet identified.
Isolate the problem area. Is it financial? Is it
physical? Is it demonic, etc.? Isolate the problem area
and be honest about it with yourself. Do not be ashamed.
Everyone has problems. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of
God. (Romans 6:23)
Admit exactly what your problem is. You
can't quit what you won't admit. You know what it is.
how the Lord once said it to me, "Don't be looking for the needle in
the haystack. Look for the elephant in the breadbox."
Once you have pinpointed your problem, make up your mind to be
victorious over it.
"I call Heaven and Earth to record this day against you,
that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore,
choose life, that both thou and thy seed may
live." (Deuteronomy 30:19)
Too many people choose the curse by
choosing to live with their problems. God said you can choose life
and defeat your problems. You can be wishy-washy and wimpy, or you
can be a New Testament Priest and move into the place of authority and victory.
say within yourself, "I'm coming out of this by the power of God's
Word, and God have mercy on anyone who tries to stop me."
Alexander the Great was asked, "Al, how did you manage to
conquer the entire world?"
Once you have made your decision to defeat your problem, you
need to get to your Bible and find out what God has agreed to do about
it. Your Bible is your Covenant with God. Everything God has agreed
to do for you is in there. Find out what He
has agreed to do about your problem or you have no grounds for approaching
Him concerning it.
"Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare
thou that thou mayest be justified." (Isaiah
How are you going to remind God of what He's agreed to do in
the Bible if you do not know what He's agreed to do in the Bible?
Good question, huh?
Praying without the Bible promise
that addresses your problem is not praying in faith. That is praying
in presumption. You must ask according to His Word.
this is the confidence we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to
His Will (His Word), He heareth us: and if we know that He hear us, whatever
we ask, we know we have the petitions that we desired of Him." (1John
Actually, going to God without His Word-based promise to help
you is overstepping your bounds and taking Him for granted. This is
good move. You will want to correct this immediately. Ask
Him to forgive you if you have been doing this. He will do as you ask. (1John 1:9)
Don't know how to find the Bible promises yet? Ask your Pastor for help. If it is
something he hasn't studied yet, e-mail us through our JHM Contact Page.
We'll do all we can to help you to find God's promise for your present need.
You cannot just flippantly pull a promise out of the Bible and
say, "Okay, I found it, God. Now do it, in Jesus'
Name." It does not work that way. That's
disrespectful. You have got to spend a little time getting familiar
with that promise by reading it, even memorizing it and speaking it softly
to yourself over and over. That is how faith comes.
comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." (Romans 10:17)
actually like to say it this way, "Faith comes by hearing and hearing
and hearing and hearing the Word of God in the area of my greatest
Faith does not come by praying for more
faith. Faith comes only by hearing,
not by praying. That means you have got to hear yourself softly speak
God's promise to yourself for awhile in order for faith to rise up
within you. It's supernatural.
Look at something
Moses passed on to his successor, Joshua, about this.
"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth;
but thou shalt meditate therein day and night ...
Then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and then
thou shalt have good success." (Joshua 1:8)
When Moses said, "This book ... shall not depart out of
thy mouth" he meant, "Joshua, don't stop speaking the promises to
When Moses said, "...thou shalt
meditate therein day and night" he meant, "Joshua, ponder and
speak the promises softly to yourself constantly
and faith will come for the promises."
When Moses said, "Then thou shalt
make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good
success" he meant, "Joshua, keep speaking the promises until
faith comes, then prosperity and success will follow.The miracle you need is
right in your mouth."
It is very important to hear what others are preaching and
teaching about the same promise you are standing on. Browse through
our JHM Online Bible Training Centre and see what we're
teaching about it.
Learn all you can about that promise. Hearing it
over and over is your responsibility and your guarantee to good
success. You must put yourself in position to keep hearing about the
solution over and over until the solution becomes bigger than the problem
in your thinking.
Whatever it is, sickness, divorce, poverty, etc., get the Word
of God into your heart concerning it. You will be amazed by what
Once you have taken these initial steps, you are halfway
In part two of this study, we will examine the final steps for
moving away from the problem and into the solution.
Order Is a Prerequisite to Divine Intervention
"As the day declined, the
Twelve said, "Dismiss the crowd so they can go to the farms or
villages around here and get a room for the night and a bite to eat. We're
out in the middle of nowhere." "You feed them," Jesus
said. They said, "We couldn't scrape up more than five loaves of
bread and a couple of fish - unless, of course, you want us to go to town
ourselves and buy food for everybody." (There were more than five
thousand people in the crowd.)
"But he went ahead and directed his
disciples, "Sit them down in groups of about fifty."
"They did what he said, and soon had
everyone seated. He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted His face to
Heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread and fish to the
disciples to hand out to the crowd. After the people had all eaten their
fill, twelve baskets of leftovers were gathered up." (Luke
9:12-17 Message Bible)
We are talking about God's Divine
Blueprint for Faith and you're probably wondering why you just read the
Feeding of the 5,000. I will explain.
Before performing the
above miracle, Jesus refused to do anything in the midst of that
chaos. That hungry crowd would have turned into a frenzied mob if the
Disciples just started randomly handing out food. So Jesus said, "Have
them sit down and have them sit down in groups of fifty in order to avoid
The Bible says that God is not the
author of confusion. (1 Corinthians ) He has a
Divine order, a Divine plan, a Divine Blueprint for absolutely everything
Sometimes people's faith is out of
order and they cannot seem to get answers from God. That's why we are
taking the time in these two studies to look at the Divine Blueprint for
In our first lesson we
saw the importance of specifically identifying whatever your problem
is. We saw the importance of making a decision to get the victory
over the problem. We also saw the importance of finding God's promise
to help and hearing, meditating on that promise in order to develop faith
in that area.
We will now move immediately into
the second half of God's Divine Blueprint for Faith. These steps are
guaranteed to move you away from the problem and into the solution every
time. That is, if you are walking in love, steering
clear of sin and repenting every time you happen to blow it.
Keep in mind also that we are not
reducing God to a formula in this two part study. That would be a
stupid thing to do.
What we are doing, however, is studying what God
commands us to do if we are going to receive from Him as proficiently as He
You have identified your problem at
this point. You have made a decision to live victoriously above your
problem. You have found God's promise of help in the Bible. You
have meditated on that promise. You have heard excellent teaching and
preaching concerning the promise.Faith has risen in your heart and now you are ready to
release the power of confession.
Almost always someone says,
"Oh, I know all about that power of confession stuff. I tried it
and it doesn't work." People who say that only do so because
they DO NOT know all about that power of confession stuff. They
simply messed around with the Divine Blueprint, skipping a step here and
there, and ended up all goofed up, frustrated, defeated and preaching
against God's Word.
You cannot jump right to the
confession part of the blueprint, ignoring the other steps, saying, "I have a new automobile!" four hundred times
a day and expect it to work. You've got to meditate on the promises
of God. Meditating on the promises is loading the cannon.
Meditate. Meditate. Meditate. That's packing the powder
and ball down inside the cannon's throat. Once the cannon is properly loaded, you point it in the direction of
your problem and light the fuse by speaking the promise.
There is a
supernatural explosion that occurs and your problem is blown to
Make sure you have loaded your heart
with faith before you light the fuse. Otherwise, you are firing
blanks. You are indeed making a lot of noise and putting up a lot of
smoke. But the enemy, your problem, is standing there untouched,
mocking you. You may as well have showed up at the gunfight at the OK
Corral with a wooden toy gun. You're going to get hurt.
"A good man out of the good
treasure of his heart bringeth forth good
things..." (Matthew 12:35)
The good treasure that you put in
your heart is God's Word. The good things that come forth as a result
are the solutions to your problems.
"For by thy words shalt thou be justified and by thy words shalt thou be condemned." (Matthew 12:37)
Here Jesus tells us how to see miracles. Put the good treasure of
His Word in your heart by speaking it softly to yourself continually.
Then use your words to speak His promise over your problem, over and over,
and good things will come forth.
"For verily I say unto you,
That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou
cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe
those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he
saith." (Mark )
Lots of good Christian folks have
the "believing" part of faith locked down pretty good.
However, far too many need instruction concerning the "saying"
part of faith. In the above verse Jesus only said "believe"
one time. But He said "say" or "saith" three
This means that once you have meditated on God's promise,
you've got to do three times more saying than just believing for it to come
"Praying" for God to help
you is vitally important to gaining victory over your problem, but so is
"saying." You cannot pray one way for help only to turn
around and talk another way. You have got to say what the Bible says
about your problem, over and over and over.
I realize many Christians are
opposed to this "saying" principle. They are down on the
Divine Blueprint for Faith because they are simply not up on the
Bible. But their heads are no place for your happiness. Are you
going to do what Bible-illiterate, misinformed, immature Christians say or are you
going to do what the written Word of God says?
a moral free agent, God leaves this decision up to you
God will not violate your free will and force you to do it His way.
You are going to have to make up your own mind to do three times more saying
than praying and believing.
As a matter of fact, if you aren't saying
what the Bible says, you really aren't believing
The number one way to tell if you are in faith in your area
of need, is to listen to the way you are presently talking about
The Bible never said that raw faith
alone would inherit the promises of God. Here's what the Bible really
"That ye be not slothful,
but followers of them who through faith & patience inherit the
promises." (Hebrews 6:12)
Faith is guaranteed to GET your
miracle moving toward you. However, only patience is guaranteed to
KEEP your miracle moving toward you.
"Cast not away therefore your
confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need
of patience that after ye hath done the will of
God, ye might [shall] receive the promise." (Hebrews 10:35-36)
Patience is not lying down and
letting people walk all over you because they think Christians are supposed
to be wimpy. It takes tremendous strength
to be a Jesus person. It takes tremendous strength to walk in the
patience of Jesus.
Patience, in the New Testament,
means, "To be consistent. To be the same way all the time."
In spite of negative, contradictory
circumstances and criticism, patience always says, "I'm not
changing. God said the promise is mine. I'm not going to be
talked out of it. If He said it's so, then I say it's so, and that's
all there is to it."
Now, that's real Bible patience.
That's how Jesus walked.
It is so important when waiting for
God to answer your prayer to never set times or dates. Leave the
timing to God. God's timing is more important than our timing.
With God there is a pre-appointed moment for everything, absolutely
"To everything there is a
season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven." (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Sometimes the things we ask God for
will directly or indirectly impact other individuals. Our individual
lives are complexly connected to the lives of others in many ways that we
cannot even see. The All Knowing God is overseeing the whole
operation. Often times it is His will to answer you in such a way
that others will be blessed by it as well. We must allow Him to be
You might be crying out, "God,
where's the mate I've asked You for?" "God, when will I
ever prosper as You promised?"
"God, when will I have that baby? I'm not getting any
younger." "God, how about that Anointing I've been fasting and praying for?"
God is saying to you today, "Hold steady,
loved one. Faith and patience inherit the
promises. Don't cast away your confidence. There's great
promise of reward in it. Keep developing patience, the promise is on
the way. There is a time to every purpose under Heaven. There
are things that you don't completely understand right now. You can't
see the big picture like I can. Just don't grow weary on Me
now. In due season you will reap if you refuse to faint. I gave
you My Word. My Word is My bond. You're doing good. Don't bail out on Me now."
Knowing that there is an appointed
season to receive your answer will help you to develop patience and to keep
you from quitting. It could happen today. It could happen tomorrow.
Either way, the Most High God promises to help you.
When you are truly expecting God to answer you, you will put
yourself in position to receive from Him.
Any Major League baseball catcher who is expecting a 94-mile-an-hour fastball,
squats down behind the plate and braces himself to receive the big
You, too, as a Major League Believer, must get in position to
receive what's quickly coming towards you.
When a woman is expecting a baby,
she makes preparations. There is furniture and clothing to
gather. There is a nursery to prepare. The doctor is
consulted. There are all kinds of preparations that occur. The
mother-to-be makes up her mind to bring everything in line with the
What would anyone think of a
pregnant woman who sat down and said, "I'm sitting right here for the
next nine months and when it comes time, I'm gonna
just let 'er rip. What happens,
happens." We'd all be dumbfounded and think she's completely off
Well, God is dumbfounded when we're expecting to receive
from Him and all we do is sit around and not make preparation. We
need to do something
that shows God that we really believe we are about to receive.
"But be ye doers of the word,
and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." (James 1:22)
"Isn't it obvious that God-talk
without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?" (James Message Bible)
Faith must have corresponding
actions or it's not faith. It's presumption. Presumption,
the above translation of the Bible says, is “outrageous nonsense.”
be acted out or it will die.
"The very moment you separate
body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you
get the same thing: a corpse." (James Message Bible)
You have got to be doing something
that shows God you are expecting to receive your answer.Are you believing
for a mate? Fix your hair. Buy your anticipated mate a toothbrush and put it beside
yours in the bathroom. We personally know a woman who did this.
She complained and complained that her husband hadn't arrived yet. I
told her, "Go buy him a toothbrush and make room in your closet for
his stuff. Show God that you believe he's on the way."
stopped complaining and did as suggested. Within the year she was
married.Simple, yet very
We know another woman who was
trusting God for a husband. She invited us to her home one day.
We walked in and were literally overwhelmed by the animal odor,
filth and squalor. I thought to myself, "Even if God Himself
appeared and told me to marry you, I'd turn and run the other way.
I'm redeemed from this curse."
We delicately shared with her the
need to change in this area, as an act of faith. She did so and her husband
appeared. He didn't turn and run the other way, either.
Are you trusting God for a financial miracle? Don't just
throw your tithes and offerings
disrespectfully into the
offering bucket and leave. Hold them up to God before you even get to
Church. Consecrate them to Him as being Holy because they are Holy.
Are you sick? Do you need healing?
Start getting dressed every day even if you cannot get out of bed. Keep taking your medication until the doctor says you don't need it
anymore. But at least take it by faith in Jesus' Name. Pray
over your medication the way you would pray over a meal. Receive it with
thanksgiving in Jesus' Name. Look for little things to
do daily that you couldn't do in previous days.
I was once conducting a service for a
Pastor in Las Vegas, Nevada. I preached a message on faith and
healing. I was stirring up the people's faith with the Word of God to get
them to the place where they could receive their healings or
I then gave a call for those who were
ready for God to touch them.
man came before me in the healing line who had crippling arthritis in his
knees. He was unable to bend them in even the slightest way. I
watched him as he came forward to get in the healing line. He
literally walked like a mummy wrapped in burial cloths. His legs were stiff
as boards. Both of his knees were entirely immovable.
man explained to me that he had been attending that Church for a number of
years and had been prayed for many times by many Ministers and never grew
better but rather grew worse.
God's intervention I knew I was about to become another statistic on the
long list of Ministers who were unable to help this man.
crippled man explained to me that everyone in that Church knew who he was and could
verify that his knees had been locked in this frozen position for
years. I asked him what he had faith for - what he would like me to
pray for. He told me he would like me to pray that his knees would
bend normally so that he could walk normally again.
Him to Do Something He Couldn't Do Before"
got down on one knee before him, placing my hands on both of his
knees and began to pray.
Immediately I heard the
voice of God in my spirit say, "Tell him to do something he couldn't do before."
the Lord did not tell me to tell him, "See if you can bend your
word "if" always denotes doubt.
tell the man, "See if you can bend your knees" would be an act of
Ministers wrongly believe that just because they have a special gift or an
anointing to minister healing to the sick, it will work automatically no
matter what they say or believe. But that is simply not true.
matter how much healing power or how many special healing gifts one
possesses, or how much miracle power is available through them, the Gifts
of the Spirit work by faith and only by faith.
Gifts of the Spirit will not work in the presence of unbelief. There
must be expectation for the
word "if" denotes doubt, not expectation.
Blocks the Spout Where the Power of God Comes Out
would like to run a bit of a rabbit trail and then we will return to what
happened to the man with the crippled knees.
Jesus, the Son of the Living God Who was anointed without measure, could do
no mighty works because of the unbelief of the people in His hometown.
He [Jesus] could there do no mighty work, save that He laid His hands upon a
few sick folk, and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief.
And He went round about the villages, teaching." (Mark 6:5-6)
friend, Rev. Ronald Coyne, had
his eyeball surgically removed as a child. One year later he was prayed for
during a tent revival in Sapulpa, Oklahoma and he began to see
supernaturally through an empty eye socket.
the next forty-three years of his life he demonstrated that miracle around
the world, leading untold numbers to Jesus Christ through it.
Ronald once told me that when his miracle first occurred, whenever he would
come into the presence of someone who did not believe in his miracle, his
vision would cease through that empty eye socket. Only when the
unbelieving individual was removed from his presence could he begin to see
through the empty eye socket again.
was this so?
it were truly a miracle of God why would it shut down like that?
answer is found in the Ministry of Jesus as we read above.
Bible says that Jesus "marveled because of their unbelief."
Bible says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and
forever." (Hebrews 13:8)
unbelief hindered Jesus' miracle working power yesterday. Human
unbelief hinders Jesus' miracle working power today. And human unbelief will
always hinder Jesus' miracle working power.
unbelief grieves the Spirit of God and blocks the spout where the miracle
power comes out.
is why Ronald Coyne's miracle eye would stop seeing in the presence of
someone who did not believe.
is also why the Lord did not tell me to tell the crippled man, "See if you can bend
is why the Lord did not tell me to tell the crippled man, "Try to bend your
is why the Lord said, "Tell him to do something he couldn't do
would take faith to do something he couldn't do before.
I told the man with the crippled arthritic knees what the Lord had just
asked him, "What couldn't you do before?"
Where others would have
resisted and complained, this man
said, "I couldn't do this" and pulled one of his knees up to his
waist and it actually immediately bent just like a normal, healthy knee.
He did the same with the other knee and suddenly both of his knees were loose.
He began walking normally around the
sanctuary to the cheers of the congregation who for years knew his circumstances.
Every few steps he would pull a knee up to his waist like an athlete
stretches before a race. He alternated doing this between both knees
as he continued walking around the sanctuary.
he began to run around the sanctuary. He ran awkwardly at first, but he was running nonetheless.
The congregation was as ecstatic as he was.
next night as I stood on the platform I saw the formerly crippled man
sitting in the congregation with his knees bent like a normal person.
I called him up front to testify of his miracle. He came walking down
the center aisle, knees bending freely as he walked.
he stood beside me I asked him how he was doing since his miracle.
answered me, "I'm doing just fine. I'm very tired but I'm fine. I
haven't slept since last night. I stayed up all night and then all day
enjoying bending my knees, walking, running, squatting. I'm still just so
excited I can't stop bending my knees long enough to sleep."
of joy and laughter rose up from the congregation again.
man had received an astounding miracle of God. His knees which had
been locked in a frozen position for years instantly and effortlessly came
loose by doing what he could not do.
is what the Bible means when it says, "Faith without corresponding
actions is dead."
I disobeyed the Lord, telling the man after praying for him, "See if
you can bend your knees," I would have prevented his miracle.
I disobeyed the Lord, telling the man after praying for him, "Try to
bend your knees," I would have prevented his miracle.
was important that I tell the man to do exactly what the Lord told me, "Tell him to do something he couldn't do before."
the crippled man complained about what he could not do, he would have
blocked the flow of God's healing power and prevented his own miracle.
when I told him what the Lord said and asked him what he could not do, he
said, "I could not do this" and he pulled one knee up to his
waist. When he did that, not only did the knee he pulled up come loose but
the other knee came loose as well.
healing miracle demonstrates the absolute importance of following God's Word
explicitly, without variance.
matter who we are, how anointed we are or how much power God makes available
through us, if we speak or act in unbelief, it will absolutely cut off the
flow of God's miracle power.
Taylor Cooperated with the Power Flow
Hudson Taylor was a great 18th
Century Missionary to China. He made
many trips back and forth to China by sea in sailing
On his first trip to China they sailed into
the "doldrums." This is when there is absolutely no wind to
move the vessel and it just sits. In those days it was possible to
sit for weeks waiting for the wind to pick up again.
As Hudson's journey came to
a standstill, the Captain dropped the sails to keep them from becoming
parched in the sun. Slowly the ship began to drift ashore
towards islands inhabited by cannibals.
With the islands now in
clear view, the Captain approached Hudson Taylor, knowing he was a
Minister. He asked Hudson if he would go
before the Lord, asking for Him to send sufficient wind to save them.
Hudson Taylor agreed but only according to the following conditions.
"If you'll set the sails, expecting Him to answer, I'll pray and ask
Him to do so."
Hudson went to his cabin
to pray while the Captain gave the order to "set sail" in the
midst of the doldrums.
As Hudson was on his face in
prayer, the ship began to rock, creak and move. Of course, Hudson knew the Lord had answered his prayer. He
went topside to discover the sails billowing in the wind.
Almighty God did a big thing, sending
wind, thereby preventing the passengers and crew from becoming cannibal stew
Kenneth E. Hagin often said, "Faith sets the table when the cupboards
Now this just may be one of the
longest two-part studies you've ever read, but you'll thank the Lord for it
later. Blueprints usually are pretty big, aren't they? But
they're not as complex as they can appear to be.
Blueprint for Faith is not all that complex either.
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