Spirit of Poverty – Part 7

Apr 01

Spirit of Poverty – Part 7

Happy April Fool’s Day!

As you read this, I am in Northern Ireland visiting family.    So much easier to do my walking here! No snow!

We have the second to last installment of the “Spirit of Poverty” series by Bill Axtell today. Basically it’s a continuation of last week’s post on the Words of our Mouths. Great stuff to remind ourselves about!

Faith is not a feeling. Feelings are a result of what happens to us, whereas faith is a matter of our will! We need to speak or confess that which we believe.

Also notice, in Matthew 12, that Jesus said, “Therefore I say”
Jesus spoke and lived faith! He taught what words meant and cost us. We are either justified or condemned by our words.

Matthew 15:11, 18— “Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.”

Jesus did not use idle words and neither should we! Jesus always spoke who he was and what he came to do. He knew who he was and what his purpose was, and so should we!

Jesus said these things about himself and His purpose:

John 4:34– “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”

John 5:30— “”I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”

John 6:38–“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

John 8:29— “”And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”

He said this about Who He was:

John 6:35, 48— “And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”…”I am the bread of life.”

John 11:25— “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live”

John 12:46: “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”

Everything Jesus did, He did by speaking it and what He spoke was from God:

John 3:11, 34— “Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.”… “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.”

John 7:16-18— “Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.”

John 8:26-2-9— “I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him. They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father. Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”

Everything Jesus did, he did by speaking it.

He healed the sick, cast out demons, quieted the storm, raised the dead and fed thousands by speaking and believing that what He said would come to pass! He was our example and we are to follow it!

Because Jesus knew who He was and what He came to do, we now know who we are and what we can do because through the completed work of the cross, we have received His fullness!
God had now given us His Word. Jesus is the surety of the New Covenant.

We must learn who we are in Christ, get it in our hearts and minds and confess it with our mouth:

Galatians 5:1— You are free.
Philippians 4:19–Your needs are met.
3 John 2: You prosper as your soul prospers.
Philippians 4:13–You can do all things.
2 Timothy 1:7–You are not fearful.
Romans 12:3–You have faith
Psalms 27:1–You have strength.

We must learn to speak life and not death.

We must agree with God’s Word about our life and not the enemy’s.

We must be an Enoch and walk with God by agreeing with His Word.
Amos 3:3— “can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”

You can never walk with God in blessing, victory and abundant supply if you disagree with His Word. Every time you speak doubt or rehash your situation, you are not walking with God, but stumbling around on the devil’s path. Which would you rather do?

We do not deny facts; we acknowledge them, move past them and stand in what God’s Word says about them. Your faith will always go to the level of your confession; if you confess the trappings of the spirit of poverty, you will always remain under that yoke.

A key to recognizing the confession of doubt and not faith is phrases like:
“I can’t  …” I don’t…” I need…” I hope…” I am claiming…”

If you are hoping and claiming then you actually haven’t received it yet! If someone gives you a wrapped gift, you don’t just hold it up and say “I can’t open it”, “I don’t know if I can open it.”, “I hope I can open it.” “I am claiming I can open it.”

NO! You just open it! You received it, took it, opened it and used it. Why? Because you knew you had it, it was right there in your hand.

It is no different with the promises of God. They are right there in your spiritual hand!
Open them and use them!

We cannot separate our mouths from our hearts. Our hearts must rule our mouths and our mouths must agree with the Word of God.

Satan attacks you through your thoughts. It is not a sin to have a doubtful thought.
It is Satan’s job to push thoughts of doubt into your mind—isn’t he is the accuser of the brethren?
But it becomes a sin to invite the bad thought in to dwell or remain within us, which will lead us to voice and act on the doubtful thought. You say it, you hear it, you say it again; pretty soon, you believe it and the downward spiral begins.

A doubtful thought unspoken will die an unborn reality.

A faith filled thought unspoken will die an unborn reality.

Which do you choose?

Proverbs 16:23–” The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.”

Let’s choose to be wise in how we choose to live out the Word of God in our lives!

Amen!! If you are finding yourself harassed by the Spirit of Poverty, next week we’ll talk about overcoming it. Don’t miss it!


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