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The Open Door

Do you have the faith of Abraham?

Abraham believed against all hope a promise I had given, when all flesh shouted impossible.

“For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, ‘Surely I will bless you and multiply you.’ And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise.” Hebrews 6:13-15

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go.” Hebrews 11:8

“By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.” Hebrews 11:8, 11-12

Do you have the faith of Noah?

Noah continued to believe, when no one would receive, the message he’d been given. He built an ark facing a lifetime of mockery, ridicule and shame, but simply believed.

“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, took heed and constructed an ark for the saving of his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness which comes by faith.” Hebrews 11:7

“He (God) blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the air; they were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.” Genesis 7:23

“And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” Genesis 9:1

Do you have the faith of Paul?

He stood against tradition and all he had been taught; faced all who’d hated him for what he had wrought. A man who would stand and testify of Me. Though flogged and beaten, he faced it with joy, for he believed in a greater promise–he believed in Me.

“The crowd joined in attacking them (Paul and Silas); and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely. Having received this charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and every one’s fetters were unfastened.” Acts 16:22-27

“And God did extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were carried away from his body to the sick, and diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.” Acts 19:11-12

They all believed, along with countless others who stood the test of time.

Do you believe or do you waver when things don’t happen as you expect? Open My Word and reflect, on the faith of those gone before. My faithful ones who’ve opened the door for you to receive–faith.

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.” Hebrews 13:7-8

It’s not about time, for My time is endless and I AM the one that must follow through, for the promises found in My Word to be True.

If you believe.

It’s not yours to deliver, that’s the work of the Giver, but to trust and receive…

If you believe.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” Hebrews 12:1-3

“–‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?'” John 11:25-26

“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are holding to your faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?–unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” II Corinthians 13:5

 

 

Miracle Faith

Miracles happen on a daily basis, but many do not even notice–even those in front of their face.

Why?

They look to reasoning. It is in reasoning–the precursor to doubt, that they justify and explain away the very thing that would draw them in to know Me.

I cause miracles to happen ‘expressly’ to love people, and to express My Love as tangible, personal…

I care.

A miracle doesn’t have to be big to be classified as such, it just has to be impossible for man to do without Divine intervention. I will intervene, if you will pay attention.

Remember, to reason is to enlist your mind. I dwell in the heart of faith. You may have Me in mind when you act in faith but, if you don’t mind, I’d rather ‘prove’ your faith by acting out a miracle before you. If you’ll just take notice, I’ll show you…

By faith.

Does that sound reasonable to you? Then it’s not faith, and it’s not a miracle.

For faith doesn’t reason!

Have Faith

“For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his own will.” Hebrews 2:2-4

“And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.” Matthew 15:30-31

“And God did extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were carried away from his body to the sick, and diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.” Acts 19:11

“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues. ” I Corinthians 12:27-28

“Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith? Thus Abraham “believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” So you see that it is men of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham who had faith.” Galatians 3:5-7

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” I Corinthians 13:1-3

“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.” II Thessalonians 3:5