“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe
that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews
When it comes to faith, we need to stay in the Spirit, Satan can make us feel depressed,
down or discouraged, throwing thoughts of fear at us. What we feel is irrelevant;
it's what we believe that will rule us.
“The devil is a liar and a thief.”
“The Holy Spirit is an encourager!”
Everything the Holy Spirit does bears fruit. It is impossible for Him to be barren.
God is full of faith. He believes in Himself; He believes in the Son; He believes
that the Holy Spirit can do wonders and great miracles in our life. God believes
in His own ability and power, so we had better agree with Him. “Now to Him who is
able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or [even] think, according
to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20.
This promise is tied to the amount of God's power we allow to work in us. Even if
we have broken the power of a negative religious spirit, it can come back in through
a “works” mentality. The blessing of God is upon us in Christ Jesus. As we walk in
Him, we will receive His provision by faith. There is no other way.
Having the Word only in our mind produces no power; it merely gives us mental assent
to the truth. Faith releases the power, but the Word of God directs the flow and
tells us what to believe.
Many things are not spelled out clearly in the Bible. We must seek the mind of the
Spirit, which never contradicts the written Word. The Holy Spirit will tell us how
to release our faith to believe for the blessing of God in our lives. If we seek
first His kingdom and His righteousness, nothing will hinder our prayers. If other
things come first in our lives, we open the door of interference to the devil and
thereby step out of the flow of the Spirit.
Satan's only power is to lie, and he will lie to us if we will listen. We need to
reject his lies and speak the promises of God. Jesus said, “And you shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 87:32). Free from what? Free from
that which is true in the natural! It is true you may be in need, but the truth is
that “my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ
Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19). It is true that we are weak, but the truth is that “I
can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13). It may
be true that I am sick, but the truth is “by His stripes we are healed” and “by whose
stripes you were healed.” (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24). Satan uses many different
lies to cause us to fear and to keep us from God's truth. If we learn to deal with
the lie, then the fear will die.
Michael W. Cochran
Christian Writer/Freelance Writer