is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with
the things I've revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and
he'll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing
its banks!" (John ,24
often we've had folks come to us in distress, explaining, "I'm trying
to live by faith but it's not working, Pastor John and Barbara. My prayers just aren't being answered."
Normally, after spending a few moments talking with them, we discover
they almost always have at least one of three problems occurring in their
In this study we'll examine those three areas. This will
help to get anyone back on track who may also be thinking, "I'm trying
to live by faith but it's just not working."
first thing everyone must do if they expect to live a life of faith and
power is to be "Born Again." Jesus said, "Except a man
be born again, he cannot see (or experience) the Kingdom of God."
(John 3:3) This is a simple spiritual law.
first time you were born, you were born physically. You were birthed
into the Earth through the natural door of your mother's womb.
second time you are born, you are "Born
Again" or birthed into the Spirit realm by accepting Jesus Christ as
your personal Savior. He alone is the Door into
the Spirit realm. This is why He referred to Himself as "the
Door." (John 10:1,7,9)
Jesus said that only the Born Again can "see" the Kingdom
He actually meant that only the Born Again can see the principles of the
Kingdom work successfully in their lives.
Bible also says, "But as many as received him, to
them gave he POWER ..."
(John ) If you have not yet said, "Jesus, You're my
only choice" you can do that right now, out loud. That is all it
takes to be Born Again. (Romans 10:13) This is the first step to
living the life of faith successfully.
second area we examine when someone tells us, "My faith just isn't
working," is sin. That's right, SIN! You know, that increasingly unpopular word that repulses all the
"Modernists" who are committing it. You
cannot possibly successfully apply faith principles, which are rooted in
the Holiness of God, while you are living in sin.
teenager and adult knows what sin is. If you are at all unsure,
simply go back and re-read the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 20:3-17)
That's a good starting point.
Satan absolutely fears the thought of
Believers living sin-free, holy, powerful lives. This is why
he's Hell-bent on removing the Ten Commandments from public
buildings and public places. He regrets the day Moses ever went back
and got a second set, having smashed the first set in anger. (Exodus 32:19;
The Bible says, "If our heart condemn us not, then we have confidence towards
God." (1John )
The reverse application of this principle is obvious. When living in
sin, we have absolutely no confidence towards God or in exercising
authority over Satan.
you have sin in your life such as unforgiveness,
immorality, dishonesty, etc., confess it immediately to God. Ask Him
to forgive you for it. He'll be faithful to do so whether you feel
like He does or not. (1 John 1:9)
Forgiveness isn't based on
"feelings." Forgiveness is
based on Jesus' cleansing Blood. (Hebrews 9:22)
is now being called "Progressive" by some religious and
political leaders, their constituents and other confederations of
dunces, but not by Almighty God.
"Black is black and white is
white. Hell is hot 'cause sin ain't
right." Get it out of your life at all costs. (Mark 9:43-48)
you must realize that Satan is already a
defeated foe. The Bible says that Jesus came to the world
to destroy Satan's ability and He did just that. (1 John 3:8)
literally everywhere, we have traveled across America we have
found Believers "fighting spiritual warfare against the devil and
demon powers." This is simply trying to do what Jesus has
has already defeated Satan and demon powers. Satan is thrilled to
hear Believers talk and pray and "war" as if he has some sort of
power over the Born Again Believers of the world. He knows that
Believers who beg God to "Get the devil off of me," don't understand
their authority over him. He knows
that Believers who engage in spiritual "conflict" with demon
powers over cities and nations simply have no idea of their
are not to engage in conflict with the devil. We are to "enforce"
Jesus' defeat over them. (Luke 19:13)