God is calling us to walk in a new and greater faith in this season, even having the faith of God.
"How do I do that?" you might ask.
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On March 14, when I was visiting Israel and Jordan, God began to speak to me. He told me that He was going to move His people quickly because a shift was occurring in the heavenly realms! He told me that 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 believe the expression, "moving homes" means moving "blockades" in people's home lives with marriages, children and relationships, in addition to meaning we will be moving physical locations.
God said that He was doing this before Passover as He was indeed gathering His people for the festival, and they all needed to be in place prior to this time. According to the Torah, the 1st month of the Hebrew year is the 1st day of Nisan on April 5, 2019 at sundown. Passover begins on the 15th day of Nisan which is April 19, 2019 at sundown.
"... when we obey God and move quickly with the heavenlies and His Spirit, as He is asking us to do, we will tap into God's desire to bless us and move us into greater purpose and destiny."
It 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 neighbor 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.'"
In the Biblical times, Passover was a pivotal event for people's houses and even those they called neighbors. 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.
Faith of God vs Faith in God
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. 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. I believe he had the basic measure which we all have, but also the gift of faith. 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."
How Do We Walk in God's Faith?
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. This 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. (Photo via Unsplash)
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 examples do we have in Scripture of people who moved into God's will simply by tapping into the faith He actually had for them and a situation? There are many, but let's look at only two.
Simon the Fisherman
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."
"The faith of God comes when we believe like God Himself believes."
In this passage, Jesus is challenging the disciples by first preaching to them all, even the masses, in order to increase their faith, and 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. 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 tap 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 Woman with the Issue of Blood
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."
Did you notice that in this passage the Word says she said to herself, "If I only touch His cloak, I will be healed"? This 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 that 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 that 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 the Greek is "háptomai," which means: to attach oneself or to fasten to, set fire to. The woman 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 that He was the Messiah, the Deliverer and the Healer and that He wants to do this for her. So, this faith of God then lead to an act, when she physically touched Him and the fire of God went through her and healed her. (Photo via Unsplash)
I believe God is going to meet you in a new way—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, so that ultimately you can do greater things than Him, because you have the faith of God and He is in you. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Dr. Candice Smithyman
Founder, Dream Mentors Transformational Life Coaching Institute
Dr. Candice Smithyman is the founder of Dream Mentors International, a Biblical life counseling and coaching educational organization that teaches and trains educators and coaches in the specialty of life coaching. She is also founder of the Glory Road Show, where she hosts weekly interviews which are seen on Faith USA, internet TV, Facebook, and her YOUTUBE channel. Her ministry website is available at candicesmithyman.com and dreammentors.org, where people people can become credentialed Biblical or transformational life coaches and receive Biblical and transformational life coaching for every area of their life. She is co-author of the book Soul Transformation: Your Personal Journey and co-founder of Freedom Destiny Church in Orange Park, Florida.
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