Locate Your Faith

I want to teach you about locating your faith. You say, "Locating my faith? Why, I have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I have faith because Jesus came into my heart." But I'm talking about locating your faith so you can use it, locating your faith so you can release it, locating your faith so it produces, locating your faith so it can cause you to mature, locating your faith so you can affect other people.

Many times we overlook and jump ahead of where people are really at because we may know something or have a revelation from the Word of God. Sometimes we have to constantly repeat things to help things develop in people's hearts and lives. The word "faith" means to trust and rely in and to believe what God's Word says. That's what faith means, but most people don't realize that faith is in their heart from the time they were born again. Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith, it is impossible to please Him." Without faith it is impossible to please Him, but we have faith from the time we've been born again. But maybe we're not literally seeing what He's saying here in Hebrews 11:6. It says, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him." Why don't we look at it this way, "without believing it is impossible to please Him." Because faith in your heart without believing is dead. Because the believing is the action (faith is not an action word). Faith is now, it's present tense. But believing is cause to take action. You have to put some action to your faith. So without believing you can't please Him. Without trusting you can't please Him. Without relying on Him, depending on Him you can't please Him, even though we have faith.

The Bible says in Romans 12:3 that God has given to everyone the measure of faith. That means it can be measured, and how big is that faith? Faith has all been dished out the same. Your pastor hasn't been given more faith than somebody else. I haven't been given more faith than you, I have developed my faith, by believing God's Word and trusting on what God's Word says and operating in what the Word of God says. We think faith is a dirty word, but what does the Bible say in Romans 1O? If faith is a dirty word, then we need to throw our Bible away because we got saved by faith. When someone preached the gospel to us, faith came into our heart. Romans 10:8 says, "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach." Salvation came into our heart because someone told us about Jesus, and so that dropped the seed of faith. Since Jesus came into our heart faith has never left.

You can never say (and Christians do this all the time), "I have no faith." No, you have no believing. You have no action to your faith. You might say, "I can't change my situation because I don't have any faith to believe." You have no knowledge. Knowledge causes faith and faith demands an action. If there's no knowledge in a given area, you can't release your faith in it. You cannot release your faith in something you have no knowledge of. You can only release your faith in the known will of God that you find in the Word of God. Many Christians all over the world deny the faith movement. They say, "We don't need this faith movement." They become an enemy of God over the faith movement, even though they got saved by faith. Faith comes from salvation, so everybody, no matter what they call themselves, Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, if they have Jesus in their heart they have faith in their heart.

When they say they don't have faith or they know nothing about this faith stuff and how to believe God, what they are saying is at odds with God even though He has saved them. They've become an enemy of God in this area. So when a preacher preaches something and they like it, faith is instilled in their heart and they become a friend of God in that area. But in other areas they become an enemy of God because they've rejected those areas. It's totally amazing that God allows Christians all over the world to become enemies in one area, but friends in other areas. God wants to develop maturity. That's why His grace, mercy, patience and long-suffering is extended to all of us. Romans 10:8 says, "But what saith it?" Who said it? What saith it, The Word saith it. Romans 10:17 says, "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." So whatever you're hearing, that's what's producing faith. Whatever you're watching, that's producing faith. Whatever you give heed to, that's what's producing faith. Either in the positive or the negative. Faith comes from whatever you pay attention to. Even if that is other people's opinions instead of the Word of God.

The Word of God is not an opinion, it is the Truth and it's not going to change because God swore by Himself, and if He said it He cannot change it. We can trust and rely on the Word. We can lean and rely on that Word more than we can rely on people's words. Men's words are easily broken, but God's Word can never be broken. Whatever you trust in is what you're going to walk in. If you don't think the Word of God can carry you in a certain area, then you basically say I don't trust You in this area and it's hard for the Body of Christ to trust God in certain areas.

"But what saith it, the Word of God. The Word is nigh thee even in thy mouth and in thy heart. That is the Word of faith which we preach." Whatever proceeds out of your mouth is what is in your heart For out of the abundance of your heart the mouth will speak. What is it what are you speaking? What are you saying? "I like what God says about prosperity and healing, but I don't like Him in this other area where He talks about repentance or reverence." Then you've become an enemy of God, you've stopped yourself from maturing.

It is time for the Body of Christ to begin pulling down the barriers. That's why He's having me write books about different things and it's going to cross grain into all other parts of the Body of Christ. Faith needs to be brought out. Faith needs to be developed in peoples hearts. In the Lutheran churches, in the Baptist churches, every time the preacher preaches a salvation message they feel like they want to go get saved again. They don't have to get saved again. That's their heart crying out for more of God and they're not getting what they need. It's because they only have faith in certain areas. You can get the Baptist people to go out on the street and soul win, but you can't get the Pentecostal or the Charismatic to do anything. They go to their prayer closet and pray for souls and expect something to happen. There's only faith to what they believe they're suppose to do in their prayer closet and there's no faith to do anything else.

We can never let go of faith, because it's foundational in our Christian walk. We can have all the revival we want, fall on the floor, laugh our heads off until God puts them back on and rollover where God speaks to our heart. We start changing certain areas in our lives but we do not really operate in faith because we're really not believing what the Word says. We can make the changes but we won't keep the changes because we have no foundation in the Word of God. We're not really trusting and relying on what the Word of God says, we're only trusting in hearing His voice. Hearing His voice only brings a certain amount of faith, but His written Word gives us solid faith. When we get a rhema word that's because He needs to speak to us about something for our life individually thats not written in the Word. But the written Word is the logos. It is written to the whole Body of Christ. It's the instruction book. Many times we're trying to find out what the will of God is for us and we haven't read the last will and testament for our every day life. They're seeking something beyond what the Bible says so they can't use faith. Their faith is foolishness or presumption. They are presuming something outside the will of God and they have no basis for it because they don't even know what the Word of God says for their every day life. So they can't even pray and say "God do you want me to do this or do you want me to do that?" He's just wanting you to do the Word.

Romans 12:3 says if you have the gift to prophesy, prophesy in that measure because once you start prophesying in that measure, it'll develop and cause your faith to develop and become more mature. You'll be able to develop more. If you have the gift of teacher, teach with the gift He's given you and your faith will develop and mature. If you're an exhorter, exhort; if you're a giver, give. Everybody is suppose to give, but there are people that God has gifted to be givers. He can put money into their hands and He can trust it to flow through them. He can't trust most people when He puts money in their hands. That's why they don't have a lot of money, because He can't trust it to flow through them. They don't have the gift of giving in their life. They're not a givers. They only give to the point of their tithes and offerings but not to the point of giving their whole being over to God. Then when God supernaturally starts blessing them and their needs are supernaturally taken care of so that they don't have to worry their needs, they're more concerned with where God wants them then with how to bless somebody else.

Romans 12:3 "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." See, we're not suppose to think of ourselves more highly than we ought because we know we have faith or we believe God for something or because we received something because we stood in the Word of God. I don't know anybody who can stay in one place in the development of God with their faith.

It says we ought to not think more highly than we ought but to think soberly. We can be drunk in the spirit but still think soberly because it tells us to be aware and alert to the enemies attack. We can be intoxicated in the Holy Ghost but still be sober in our thinking and use common sense. It also says God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. When He deals something out He deals it out equally. Each person is going to operate in faith according to what they believe, not according to that faith, but according to what they believe. If we really have faith in something it's going to produce something because the Bible says you show me your faith without your works and I'll show you my faith by my works.

Matthew 17:14 "And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, 0 faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me." Jesus did rebuke them here, but let me explain something to you, they weren't born again so they were faithless. They really couldn't have faith in their hearts like we do because we have the new birth. In the new birth the seed of faith was dropped in our heart and has never changed. All they could have was faith in their heads. They heard what He said to them and taught them and they believed what He taught but they didn't have the faith inside to respond or to operate in the things. He was on the earth to set the pattern for the new church, the new Covenant on the earth. So He was setting a pattern through all His examples on the earth. Verse 18 "And Jesus rebuked the devil ;and he departed out of him : and the child was cured from that very hour." He rebuked the devil. He never talked to the devil. He never let the devil speak. He never let the devil manifest. He commanded the devil to leave and the child was instantly cured within the hour.

What happens is we don't think anything happens because someone says, "be thou whole", and because we don't embrace the words that were spoken as if it were God speaking to us, the full manifestation doesn't come. Believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper. Believe His prophets so shall ye be healed. Believe His prophets so shall ye be delivered. It doesn't mean you have to be a prophet of God, it means that man or that woman is a prophet of the anointing coming forth out of them by the Spirit of God because we serve the prophet of all prophets, Jesus.

Verse 19 "Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief:" Do you know why most people don't respond to what they hear? It is because in their heart there's more unbelief or in their head there's more unbelief that overrides what they heard. That's why faith has to come by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Sometimes it has to take more than one time hearing something before it removes the unbelief out of the heart but He also gives them another key. "Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed," There's the size of measure on the inside of your heart. "If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." What doesn't go out? Unbelief, not the devil. See, everybody thinks they're going to cast out the devil because they pray and fast, that's not even talking about the devil, it's talking about the unbelief. He gives them the answer after He gives the illustration that if you have faith as a mustard seed in your heart, you say to this mountain go over yonder and nothing shall be impossible, but then He tells them how to get rid of the unbelief. See most of the time when you're praying and fasting you need to be in the Word, seeking the face of God in the Word and praying by the Spirit, praying with your understanding. Faith will then start reacting and start responding in believing what you know from the Word of God instead of just letting your faith sit idle.

I can go out there and start the pastors car and it will be running out there but it's not going no where. You can have your faith idling inside but you're going nowhere. You're going through the motions, you look good, smell good, have all the right actions, but it's not producing anything. Faith has to have the action of believing. Something really dawned on me this year.I've been asking God, "How can people say they have faith that is not producing?" He said, "because they're not believing." I said, "hold it. I thought faith and believing was the same?" He said, "no, they're hooked together. Faith is the seed of what they hear and it stays in the heart of the individual and what they believe from the knowledge that they've gotten from the Word of God." Believing is the action of faith, which produces something. Gal. 5:6 says, "Faith worketh by love." So our faith and love work together. Both came into our heart when we were born again. When we became born again faith was in our heart and the Bible says in Romans 5:5 that the Holy Ghost shed abroad in our hearts the love of God. So we can never say we can't love somebody. When you say you hate somebody or you're mad at somebody, what you're saying is you're operating in the flesh and carnality because every step outside of faith is sin and every step outside of love is sin, because they go hand in hand. If you say you can't love somebody you're being a meat head according to the Greek because it says a carnal mind is a meat head. Sometimes you have to love people by faith. Loving them is not a feeling. Love is a fact, it's inside you. It's not an emotion. See we're not talking about Phileo love, where you're attracted to somebody, when you want to get married to somebody or eros the sexual love.

We need to realize that our faith is not going to produce any more than what we believe the Word of God says. People come into churches all the time with all different problems, they don't leave them at the door. It would be nice if they did, but most people don't. They pack their bags with them. Where they go their bags go. Their problems go, their headaches go, their pains go, their aches go, their hates go, everything else goes, everything but God -- even though God is inside them. Every believer has faith. Faith is the seed that is grown to develop.

People are always conditioned to how you treat somebody else when it comes to responding to love. But you know what? if you become a love creature, you walk in the love of God that's already in your heart, you don't have problems, eventually they'll all come around to your side. It's when we take offense with them and we think we have to take a stand against them. No, I don't have to take a stand against anybody, the Bible already took a stand against them. I can love the person. They can violate everything in the Word of God and I can still love them -- because I'm not judging them, the Word of God is already judging them, and that's love. I'm not the judge of any man. People take the scripture, "Judge not that ye shall be judged in the same manner." I'm not judging anybody. The Word of God judges them. If they violate the Word of God, they're under the Word of God. If God speaks to your heart that you need to lose weight or you need to do this, you need to do that, it's according to what God has spoken to you. Every person is at a different level of development and growth, but the Word of God is what judges them, every action. So I can love everybody equally even if they get nasty and ugly towards me. I can walk in faith with that too, because I know what the Word of God says. That's why our faith is not producing what it needs to produce in our life, because we're not letting the Word of God judge them. We're drawing conclusion with our opinion which usually is our ignorance under discussion. We're discussing it in our mind and we start speaking it out of our mouth. If it's contrary to what the Word of God says, it's wrong. And if the Word of God says it's wrong, just agree with the Word and still love them. I learned that a long time ago.

Fifteen years ago I learned that traveling. We're not going to agree with everything. You know some people I didn't agree with fifteen years ago I still don't agree with, but I still have fellowship with them. You love them where they are at. Because as Christians, to use our faith is to believe whatever the Bible says in whatever area we need. And the only way we're going to get that is by studying the Word of God, by hearing preachers preach the Word of God and the Holy Ghost stimulating our faith and us responding to what we hear with action. If there is no action, there's no faith in that area producing any results. We might as well stand and just twiddle our thumbs, twiddle-e-dee, twiddle-e-dum, look God here comes poverty on me, or in that area. Poverty is in many areas in our life. It's not just finances where there's poverty, it's knowledge that's poverty. Because the Bible says, "My people perish because they have a lack of knowledge." My people perish because they have no vision. Well, no vision is because they have no knowledge, knowledge brings vision. When knowledge comes, vision comes, because it sparks something that brings hope inside of an individual to respond to the Word of God. Because with no hope inside of a person, faith can't work anyhow. Hebrews 11:6 says, "Without faith it is impossible to please Him." We've already talked about that part, but let's look at the later part, because really it says, "Without believing it's impossible to please Him."

That's what we should really be putting in there, the word "believing." It's not the faith, because we have faith, we just don't have knowledge to believe. "For he that comes to God must believe that He is..." There's the key of why I say it's believing. Because if it was just faith, without faith it is impossible to please Him, then you'd have to take that verse out of the Bible because it's a violation of the Word of God, because He's already given us the measure of faith. But he didn't leave it there, he said, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him. For he that comes to God must believe that He is." Must believe, must believe. What are we believing today? We need to locate our faith. What are we really believing?

To determine what we really believe we have to do this: Find out what our head is saying and set it aside. Find out what our heart is saying and that's what we really believe. Our head will say one thing, which will cause us to have mental assent to what the Word of God says, without any corresponding action. But when we find out what we believe in our heart, it will cause us to take action for whatever we're believing.

Whatever you're believing is the reward. You might say, "Well, I'm not believing for anything." That's why you got nothing. "I'm humble, brother." You're humble, down by beggar's street and grumble alley? "Begging, please, I really want something but I really don't, because I want to stay humble." Don't worry about it, people will keep you humble. It's like a story I hear all the time about what happens in religious churches. The Boards of different organizations say, "Lord you keep them humble, we'll keep them poor." You know what humble is? Humble is taking on what God says you are and walking in it. It's not with your head down, that is not humble. That is pride in deception. That's your pride making everybody else think you're humble. And humble is when you have your shoulders back and head up and you look people in the eye and say, "I'm a Christian, I'm born again, I'm born to conquer. In Him I live and move and have my being. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I am the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus." You start walking in who He says you are instead of what the world thinks you are.

People want us to be religious and cowardly. It's a place of pride, that's what it really is, religious pride. Let me emphasize this again in Hebrews 11, the later part. "For he that comes to God must believe that He is." We must believe, whatever the Bible says, we must believe. You've got to take with a grain of salt some things. You know people can twist the Word of God and say where Judas Iscariot hung himself and somebody can use another scripture, go and do likewise. You don't believe stuff like that. That's contrary to the Word of God. Let's be real Christians and use our heads. God didn't tell us to no longer think because we're Christian. No, He wants us to look at things realistically according to the Word of God and think what the Bible says in line with what it says.

Sometimes people take things out of context and do more harm to Christians because they don't know what it says in it's context. We're all growing. For he that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. A person that's of faith, that's believing, is diligently going after and diligently seeking Him, because he's going to receive a reward. We need to become strong in faith, and faith is something we need to walk in every day. I use this illustration and I've said it many times in church. When you came in and sat down in the chair, you didn't talk to the chair, did you? You didn't say, "Chair can you hold me?" You used natural faith. We use natural faith all the time in our life. But it's not God-given faith. It's just natural faith that we believe that chair is going to hold us until that chair falls out underneath us. I was in England and I sat in this real fancy chair and all four legs fell out from under me. Well, the next time I went to go sit in that living room where we were staying, I looked at the chair and said, "Chair, you can't hold me and I'm not sitting there." I had no faith in it. I found a different place to sit. I had no faith in that chair. That was natural faith. But see natural faith is just the same as this operation of what's really in our heart, because we are operating in it all the time in the natural faith, but we need to learn how to operate in the supernatural faith, which was given to us by Jesus Christ when He came into our heart.

James 2:14 says, "What does it profit my brother though a man say he has faith and has not works, can faith save him?" The answer is no, faith can't save him if he doesn't have any corresponding action. What does it profit my brethren though a man say he has faith. Yes I have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but there's no action in his behavior, no action in any attribute in his life that he has Jesus in his heart. You know why? Because he's not applying what the Word says to his life. It doesn't mean he's not born again, just means he doesn't have faith in what really happened to him. So he's not doing anything about changing it.

We always think it's the pastor's responsibility to bring change by the preaching. No, it's our responsibility to bring changes to our life by applying the Word. Everybody wants an easy fix to become what God wants them to become. They think it's going to happen because they go to church or because they got saved. No, it's called developing ourselves and coming to a place of being responsible, walking in the Word of God, becoming all that God says we are and applying what the Word says and reacting to it and doing something about it. The Word says, "But what does it profit my brethren though a man says he has faith and has not works, can faith save him? Can a brother or sister be naked and desolate of daily food..." Notice it says, brother or sister, it doesn't say a poor person. It's not talking to anybody else, it's talking to the Body of Christ. But brother, you know they don't have anything. Are they your brother and sister in the Lord? To give to the poor is like lending to the Lord. God speaks to you to do that, that's fine. But you know what? Our obligation is to the Body of Christ first, and that's the operation of faith. If a brother or sister be naked or desolate of daily food and one of you say unto them, "Depart in peace. Be ye warm and filedl. not withstanding ye give them not these things…" These are believers, people that have faith -- not to people that are not of the Body of Christ. He's not talking about if you see a brother that has a need -- in other words they're not your brother. They're not of the family of God. They're of the devil. We're of the kingdom of light and they are of the kingdom of darkness. And they like walking in that darkness. I get phone calls all the time. Matter of fact, in September I got three or four phone calls from people. One person wanted me to pay for their motel. They had been in a motel for 30 days. So I asked them all kinds of questions, they got mad at me, and slammed down the phone. Well, I'm not going to help somebody if they're not going to answer questions that the Holy Ghost is saying to me in my heart. Somebody else asked me to pay their electricity bill. I don't mind paying other people's electricity bills, but let me find out some things, answer some questions for me. See, I give to the poor all the time. I give to certain organizations within my own city, and they can go there. I already support them. They deal with the poor, I shouldn't have to deal with them. They're non-profit organizations, they deal with the poor. They have food banks, they have all this. They deal with them, I send them money. That's why I asked the questions, I want to locate them. If it's my brother or sister I am obligated to help them, but you still need to check and make sure they're not ripping you off. You need to ask questions. Somebody who sits in a motel for 30 days is definitely not your brother or sister because they're taking advantage of all the churches in town. I started calling some of the churches and was told, "Yes, they only got money off us last week." Verse 17 says, "Even so faith if it has not works is dead being alone." See if there is no action to it, that's the believing part. When you have faith you're going to believe, you're going to respond, you're going to do something. Verse 18 says, "Yes a man may say, Thou has faith and I have works. Show me thy faith without thy works and I will show thee my faith by my works. Thou believeth there is one God, thou does well. And the devil also believes and trembles." Verse 20 says, "But would thou know oh vain man that faith without works is dead." Faith without works is dead. Faith, without the operation of believing, of taking action to believe, when you believe what the Word of God is saying, is dead.

There is not always something we can do in the natural. There is not always a natural action that we can do, but there is an action of believing. You can tell the difference between when a person is believing and when a person is not believing, because eventually it'll slip out across their lips. Eventually their believing will come out of them. It can't be hidden, because believing will always have some action to it, in attitude or behavior. The best time to find out what a person's really believing is when a person gets under pressure. Because what they really believe and whether they're really operating in faith will come out of them and it will be manifested. Most of the time they get mad at God, because they haven't developed and grown. They haven't had preachers or pastors that will teach them the balance and the truth. The Bible says the truth will set us free. We hear that all the time, right? But if we read it in the line of what the Word of God says, it says, When you know the Word of God the truth will set you free. The Word of God is what stimulates your faith, which causes you to have knowledge, and knowledge causes you to have virtue, and virtue causes you to believe.

Every Christian wants to please the Father, just like every child wants to please their parents. Every natural child is looking for how to please and be accepted by their parents. If they're raised in a Godly home, they understand how. But if they're raised in an unbalanced home where everything is not in line with the Word of God, that child will do everything they can to please the father, even if it's wrong. That's what natural children do, because they want to be accepted by their parents. They're looking for acceptance. They're looking for approval of their parents. They'll do everything, even skip school. They won't do their work. As long as they have approval, as long as that father thinks they're ok and whatever he says is giving approval to that child, that child will gravitate to it. But God wants us to realize the acceptance He wants to give us, He already gave us through Jesus Christ and through the Word of God -- that we could please Him and be accepted as He is our Father.

In John 15:7 it says, "If we abide in Him and His Words abide in us, you can ask what you will." If we abide in Him. We already are in Him. "In Him we live and move and have our being." In Him, because we have His new nature inside of us. But the second part is that the Word needs to be a part of our life for that acceptance to be full. He has already accepted us in the Beloved. He's accepted us right where we're at from the time we came into the family of God. He's accepted us. But everybody's looking for approval. You know I have never had to look, from the time I got filled with the Holy Ghost, for approval of men, because I realized I had approval of something greater, which was my Father. That's why I can stand behind the pulpit and preach whatever God tells me to say and not worry what people think. I don't worry about what their faces tells me. I don't worry about what stones they can throw at me. Because with every stone they throw at me, seven come back to them and their house is shattered. I only have a hole in my glass house, but they don't have one standing. Faith causes us to be in a place where we are accepted by God and we realize we're accepted by God. We start acting like we're accepted by God and we start removing all the chips off our shoulders waiting for someone to come and knock them off. "Knock it off brother, just go ahead, knock it off, knock it off." That's what Christians do. Christians do have that in all the churches. "I'm a very important person." You are? How important do you think you are? "Well, I have a business and I make all this money." Oh, but you're a cheapskate and tight. And you're trying to get approval by what you have instead of what He's given. See, a person can have all the money they want in the world. They're not going to get my approval. They don't need my approval. They need His approval. They need to learn that they're accepted in Him, because you know, whatever a person has doesn't matter anything in my relationship at all. You can be a millionaire and sit down and talk with me and won't blink an eye because I'm not going to be after your money. I'm after relationship between me and you. Money has no object to stand between a relationship between two humans. Money is just a means to reach something, to accomplish something for the kingdom of God. I only use money as a tool and it opens a lot of doors. It's power in the natural. It's influence in the spiritual realm. It influences people to let you do what God wants you to do. If you go into a country to do a crusade and you need $10,000, you're not going to say, "Oh yes I want to rent this arena. Will you give it to me free cause God has need of it." They say, "We need money." Faith realizes that they're accepted. We're accepted in the Beloved.

We're not going to locate ourselves in faith if we don't realize who we are in Jesus. We're always going to stumble over something in our walk with Jesus because we don't realize we're accepted in Him. We could be believing and we could be responding in faith to things, but if we don't realize where He's placed us in the kingdom of God, our faith isn't going to produce anything, because all we're going to do is a hit and miss thing. Like in the military, when I was in the Army, we used to shoot a missile and find out where the target was. Well, we don't have to shoot a missile to find out where the target is at, we can hit it right dead center the first time. Because we know what the Word of God says about us so we're strong in faith in that area, and when we believe in it we're going to start acting like it, and so when we do pray for something and we do need something from God, we shoot right and hit it right in the bull's-eye. We're not going to be hit and miss and wondering if we really got something from God. We're going to know we're going to get it because we're His sons and daughters of God. Because He's placed faith in us, He's placed love in us, and He's waiting for us to develop ourselves to become mature in it. But He doesn't want us to wait to use His Word until we're mature. He wants us to work with what we have where we're at right now, but He wants us to realize the heavenly Father has accepted us. There's nothing more we can do to get His acceptance but walk in it. You know what it takes? It takes believing what the Word of God says in that area.

Galatians 4:1 talks about how we used to be of a bondswoman, but we're of a free woman now. We used to be under bondage before we became a Christian, but when we became a Christian we became of the free woman, Sarah. We become of the seed of Abraham, but before that we were of the bond woman, which was outside of the will of God, an Ishmael, a mess. We can either have an Ishmael lifestyle of faith, which is not always in line, or we can have an Isaac kind of faith, where we are walking in the blessings of God because we're responding to what we believe by taking action with that belief.

Galatians 4:1- 7 says, "Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world;...But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons..." I want to bring this out real quick because it's very important. If someone was adopted into my family, I adopted her into my family, now she's my daughter. She looks like me, she may not act like me, but she's my daughter in the natural. Now she's 19-20 years old. Now when she gets old I tell her, you know I adopted you. What does that do? That puts a wedge between me and her and causes a hurt in her heart and mine. The worst thing any adopted person can receive is news they're no longer of that family which raised them, because it puts their life in a turmoil. Thank God we don't serve a father like that. When He adopts us, we're adopted and He never reminds us we're adopted, but we're sons and daughters as if we were never outside of the kingdom of God. Everything He has for Jesus, He has for us. As sons and daughters of God, we never have to wonder if He's going to say, "You're adopted daughter, or you're adopted son." No, He's saying you became my son, you became my daughter. He's not of the earthly nature, He's of the heavenly nature. When He engrafts somebody in and He adopts them, He accepts them right where they're at and allows the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to develop them. So we're adopted, but He's not one to leave us there and sit right there.

Verse 6 says, "And because you are sons …" He uses the word "sons" because in the spiritual realm there is neither male nor female. A man and a woman that are Godly men and women, they're walking in the principles are reflecting the Father God on the earth. It's so, because a child can't understand or relate to the father without seeing the father and mother walk in harmony together. That's how a child relates to God, because God is feminine and He's masculine, He's both. The Word of God says it. Verse 6 again, "… and because you are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father." You're sons now. It took only a second to adopt you and He placed you in sonship. And He put inside of us the Spirit of Chirst and we now cry, Abba, Father. Papa! Verse 7 says, "Wherefore thou art no more a servant." See, we're no more a servant. "But a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ." He didn't give us faith in our hearts because we deserved it. He didn't place love in our heart because we deserved it. He placed love and faith in our heart because He made us sons and daughters of God so we can walk like Him upon the earth, and walk in the full principles that He has in the Word of God.

Faith helps us produce what the Word of God says by believing, which is action to what we hear. We're not going to do anything outside of what we know from the Word of God. We're not going to act anything more than what the Word of God says. We're going to act less than what the Word of God says if we don't know what it says. We're not going to believe that He really wants us if we don't see what it says. That's why I say to people all the time, I ask sometimes in churches, "How many people have their Bibles?" And half the people don't have their Bibles. How are they going to know if I'm telling the truth if they don't keep me in check by looking in the Word of God? Because faith comes by hearing, but also knowledge comes by knowing. You've got to know for yourself that it's in there, not because some man said it. The Catholic church got into a mess because they didn't want the people to have the Bible because they wanted control. And Luther came and started proclaiming that he was the righteousness of God. He got persecuted. I was just there where he preached outside the church in July. He stood up there and preached. He could have been hung. He preached anyhow. We don't have enough people to really believe what the Bible says. They only believe what somebody else says. If we believe what the Bible says, we'll start acting like the Bible instead of acting like people want us to act. Nobody can hold us in a cage or in bondage but ourselves, because whatever the Word of God says, we have faith to believe it. He's even given faith to believe it. Once we believe it, though, we have to respond to it. We're the ones that have to trust. We're the ones that have to trust that He made us sons and daughters. You may not feel like you're a son or daughter. You may not think like you're a son or daughter, but you are. Galatians 3. We are spiritual children and we have been accepted. We have been so accepted that there's no denying it in the Word of God. He adopted us and then He says, He sent the Spirit of His Son into us that causes us to cry out, Abba Father, Daddy, Papa.

What's really neat about this is we have the best of two kingdoms, the natural and the supernatural -- because God has given us the new covenant of Jesus Christ, which has brought us into sonship, which brought us new benefits and blessings. Ephesians 1:3 says, "All spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:6 says, "…He made us to sit down in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Spiritual things will manifest natural things, and that came through Jesus Christ. But He also gave us the natural. He made us the seed of Abraham, and the blessings of God are ours through Jesus Christ, but the seed of Abraham, all the blessings of the natural, are ours through Abraham. That's why the people get upset about the prosperity message -- they don't understand the dual working of the covenant that God brought. He brought two elements of covenant. He brought a natural covenant through Abraham which He promised to him before we were ever in existence or before Jesus Christ ever died on the cross, that his seed would be multiplied like the sands of the sea and the stars in the sky, and that all the blessings that were promised him would go down to generation after generation, to our generation even if Jesus tarries. Those blessings, our natural blessings of prosperity and blessings of natural things and material things shall come unto us because we operate in the principles, and grab ahold of the principle that we are the seed of Abraham. Not only have we taken on the supernatural blessings but we're taking on the natural blessings He's provided for us.

Galatians 3:6 says, "Even as Abraham believed God..." Look at this - even though Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. "Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham." Do you know what you just got qualified for? They that are of faith. Who's of faith? Anybody that has Jesus Christ in their heart as their Lord and Savior. They that are of faith. Not they that are born again, no, they that are the family of faith, which is us. Because faith was put in our heart already when we accepted Jesus, so we are of faith. We can see this because we need to understand what the Holy Ghost is trying to get across to us cause we're not appropriating all the benefits God has for us. The Bible says that God loads us down daily with His benefits, but the benefits that we get loaded down with are not just natural, it's spiritual as well as the natural. He wants to bring them both together, and when they both come together it's going to become a force for God and cause blessings to come upon our life because we walk in the principles of who He says we are and become what He wants us to be.

Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. We're the children of Abraham. And the scripture foreseeing God would justify the heathen through faith . . . even we can just see the same thing for this day and age because God's going to justify the heathen, because the heathen are already saved by faith. How do you think we got saved? "And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith…" So everybody that doesn't like "faith" disqualifies themselves for the blessing. "So then they which are of faith are blessed with the faithful Abraham. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God." We're not justified by the law. We're not under the law if we're walking in love. "It is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, the man that doeth them shall live in them." If you live by the law, you're going to be judged by the law. If you live by love, you're going to be judged by love.

Verse 13 says, "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law." We're redeemed. See the element of what Jesus did, He not only redeemed us from death, spiritual death, from mental torment, but He redeemed us from sickness and disease. He redeemed us from poverty because then we become the seed of Abraham. And when we become the seed of Abraham, the natural blessings that are in operation in this earth already belong to us. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law being made a curse for us, for it is written, "cursed is everyone that hangs on the tree," that the blessings of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles -- that's us, through Jesus Christ that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. And that's not talking about the Holy Spirit, that's talking about the promise of the Spirit, the things of the Spirit, things of God that He's already put into operation through Abraham and through Jesus. It's the promises. We're the seed of Abraham. It's two ways, natural law, that you put into operation through Abraham, supernatural law you put into operation through Christ Jesus. It's called a dual covenant principle, and if we don't operate in the dual covenant principle that God has given us, blessings of Abraham and the promises and the blessings that we have through Jesus Christ, then we're saying we only want part of it. We don't want any of it. No, He's provided it for us. For us to believe for money, money doesn't come from heaven, it comes through the covenant of Abraham. He promised it -- houses and lands, buildings come through the covenant of Abraham. Natural element and natural spiritual law in operation in the natural realm. If we have faith, which we do, we have to believe it so we can receive it.

It's time for the Body of Christ to step into both realms, the spiritual realm and the natural realm. The principle and the law of prosperity -- how come it comes into operation? The law of prosperity comes into operation because we're the seed of Abraham. And because we're the seed of Abraham and because we're of faith, that law of prosperity comes into operation when we work it -- when we realize that all the blessings of Abraham are ours and we have a right to appropriate them.

Galatians 3:26 says, "For you are all the children of God by Jesus Christ..." It didn't say, "If we're of faith, we're of the seed of Abraham." But it says, "We're the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ." So there's a dual working. That means there's a dual covenant -- because the covenant God made with Abraham was before the law and that covenant has never stopped. The new covenant Jesus brought in to ratify and take care of the old covenant that was for the children of Israel. It was for the children of Israel, it wasn't for Abraham's seed. It wasn't conditional to anything and to take away that covenant that God gave to Abraham. It was to enhance. "For you are all children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female...for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."