Somebody Help Me
Living by Faith Isnít Working!

by Pastor John Hamel

 

"This 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 16:23,24 Message Bible)

 

How 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 lives.  

 

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."

 

The 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. 

 

The first time you were born, you were born physically.  You were birthed into the Earth through the natural door of your mother's womb.  

 

The 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) 

 

When Jesus said that only the Born Again can "see" the Kingdom of God, He actually meant that only the Born Again can see the principles of the Kingdom work successfully in their lives.  

 

The Bible also says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he POWER ..." (John 1:12)  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.  

 

The 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. 

 

Every 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; 34:4)  

 

People who live in sin have no confidence when it comes to prayer.  They have no confidence when it comes to pushing Satan off of their turf.  

 

The Bible says, "If our heart condemn us not, then we have confidence towards God." (1John 3:21)  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.  

 

If 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) 

 

Sin 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)  

 

Finally, 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)  

 

Everywhere, 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 already done. 

 

Jesus 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 authority. 

 

We are not to engage in conflict with the devil.  We are to "enforce" Jesus' defeat over them. (Luke 19:13) 

 

Believers must understand that even as the Angels of God obey the Believer's voice of authority, so, too, Satan and demon spirits must obey the command of knowledgeable Believers. (Psalm 103:20)  

 

Jesus has literally "slapped back the ears" of Satan and demon spirits, stripping them of all power and authority, "triumphing" over them. (Hebrews 2:14,15; Colossians 2:14,15; 1Corinthians 2:6) 

 

Jesus said, "Behold I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions (symbolic of Satan and demon spirits) and over all the power of the enemy ...  the spirits are subject to you ..." (Luke 10:19,20) 

 

The word Jesus used for "power" in this verse literally means "delegated authority."  

 

Jesus has delegated His authority over Satan and demon powers to all Born Again Believers who live free from deliberate, habitual sin.  

 

When we tell Satan to back off our families, finances, bodies, etc., using the Name of Jesus, he has no choice but to obey. (James 4:7) 

 

However, it is entirely up to the child of God to open their mouth and decree, "Satan, I enforce your defeat in this area.  Now back off in Jesus' Name."  

 

Jesus called this "binding the strong man." (Matthew 12:29)  

 

Don't wait for Almighty God to do what He's waiting for you to do.  

 

Every Born Again child of God who is living a life free of habitual, deliberate, repeated sin can back the devil down in every realm of life and see superior results. 

 

It is then that their cries of "Somebody help me.  It's not working" will change to ...

 

"Praise God!  It's finally really working!"  

 

Examine yourself in these three areas and ...

 

Be blessed ... John and Barbara Hamel

 

 

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