Many people do not know whether God is doing something or it’s the Devil that is doing it. When bad things happen, most of the people in the world will blame God for it, but even some Christians don’t know who it is that is doing certain things. Sometimes we’ll here someone say, “Well maybe the Lord is trying to show me something or teach me something.”
I) Look at 2COR 4:3-4
A) The KJV says, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,” 
B) Who is this verse talking about?
1) Who is the God of this world? I think that we have all heard that the god of this world is Satan, but how do we know that?
a) 1st of all it says in this V that the god of this world blinds the minds of the people so they will not receive the Gospel.
b) We know that can’t be our heavenly Father because (Mark 16:15) Says, “And he (Jesus) said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
(i) It’s only through the Gospel that people are going to be saved.
c) It says in (1TIM 2:4) that God wants all to be saved.
(i) So we see that the god of this world cannot be our Heavenly Father.
2) Then in (MATT 4:8-10) (V8) Satan told Jesus that if He would bow down and worship him that he would give Him the kingdoms of the world.
a) Jesus didn’t argue this fact.
b) In other words, that Satan was the only one that had the power to give away the kingdoms of this earth, making him the god of this world.
(i) The god of this world only means the one in authority, the one with the ruling power.
C) Jesus said in (JOHN 10:10) that “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.”
1) As Paul instructed the Christians at Corinith, “Not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices, otherwise he can get an advantage over us.” (2 Corinthians 2:11)
a) We need to know from the Word of God what Satan does and the way he attacks.
(i) I’m not going to get into a whole message on the attacks of the enemy, but 1 of the things he does is that he comes immediately to steal the Word. (Mark 4:15)
(ii) Why does he come to steal the Word? The Word of God has the power to defeat him. But only if there is faith in the Word.
2) (TRUE FAITH IS COMPETENCE, it is an ability.) Romans 10:17 says, “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”
a) We need to take hold of God’s Word, allow it to be sown in your hearts. Become 1 with the Word. Be determined that if God’s Word says it, you’re going to believe it.
b) Peter said in (1 Peter 1:23) that the Word of God lives and abides for ever. (KJV)
(i) Jesus said in (Matthew 24:35) “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (KJV)
c) (ISA 55:11) says, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
(i) There is power in the Word of God and it will not return void in your life if you believe it.
3) Turn with me to 1st John 3:20-22a. I’m going to read it to you from the Amplified translation.
a) (KJV) “For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him…”
b) “Whenever our hearts in [tormenting] self-accusation make us feel guilty and condemn us. [For we are in God’s hands.] For He is above and greater than our consciences (our hearts), and He knows (perceives and understands) everything [nothing is hidden from Him].21 And, beloved, if our consciences (our hearts) do not accuse us [if they do not make us feel guilty and condemn us], we have confidence (complete assurance and boldness) before God, 22 And we receive from Him whatever we ask…”
(i) The Word “CONDEMN” in reference to the heart (or conscience) means, “to know to be guilty,” “to judge,” “to take a low view of.”
(ii) It is a sin consciousness. If you are living in sin or feel like you’re just some old sinner, you are NOT going to HAVE that COMPLETE ASSURANCE before God and you WON’T RECEIVE what you ask.
(a) You’re not in faith when you have a sin consciousness.
(b) Look at 2COR 5:17, 19, 21
c) However, if you are born again, not living in sin and know that you are the righteous of God in Christ Jesus, then your heart does not condemn you nor does it make you fell guilty. Therefore, we receive from Him whatever we ask.
d) Mark 5:21-42.
e) Matthew 8:5-13.
4) We can see so many things from the Word of God, what the devil does and wants to do, but the Word also reveals to us the Father’s will and what He wants to do.
a) Much of the Father’s will we can see in Jesus.
(i) In (JOHN 14:9) Jesus said, “If you have seen me you have seen the Father.”
(ii) If we want to see what the Father is like, look at Jesus.
5) Look at ACTS 10:38.
a) This V brings out some very interesting points.
b) 1st it shows the trinity, 2nd it shows that Jesus did good and healed, 3rd It says that it was Satan that did the oppressing.
D) MARK 4:37-39.
1) This storm could be some storm or problem that you’re going through.
2) As you walk in faith, (beliveing what the Word says, seeing the victory, seeing that the victory is already yours) you’re going to begin to see the victory manifest in this natural realm.
a) We don’t have to get to the place where the disciples got to, where at the last few moments they had to frantically run and get Jesus.
(i) We should have Jesus (or the power of God) on the seen of every situation.
E) Romans 1:16.
1) The “Gospel of Christ” is the “Word of God.”
a) He goes on to say that it is “The power of God unto salvation.”
b) Salvation is all of God’s promises.
2) The Word of God is the power of God unto all of God’s promises.
a) The Message Translation says, “It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else!” (Rom 1:16)
b) The Contemporary English Version says, “I am proud of the good news! It is God’s powerful way of saving all people who have faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.”  (Rom 1:16)
c) The KJV states, “TO EVERY ONE THAT BELIEVETH.”
(i) That’s faith.
(ii) How do we get Jesus (or the power of God) to move in our life and in every situation we face?
(iii) Through faith in His Word.
3) When the disciples were on that boat with Jesus, back in (MARK 4:37), Jesus told them in (V 35) “We’re going to the other side.”
a) They had God’s Word of the subject. All they had to do was believe it.
(i) They could have spoken to that storm.
II) MATT 8:5-10.
A) Sometimes people say that Jesus heals because of His compassion or His mercy.
1) There are those times that Jesus does move with compassion and heal the sick or work in a person’s life.
a) But that’s not always the case.
b) What about the person at the gate of the temple called beautiful?
c) The Word says he was at the temple daily.
(i) Jesus went to the temple often.
(ii) Why didn’t Jesus heal him? Healing doesn’t always come solely through the Lord’s compassion or His mercy. (ACTS 3:2)
2) But the Bible says that it’s through faith (faith in His Word) that we’ll always see the answer.
a) MAR 9:14-23.
(i) Some of the earliest manuscripts say, “If you can?” Jesus apparently repeats the father’s words.
(a) There are 2 ways that Jesus could have meant it. 1. IF you can? Or 2. if YOU can.
(b) The last is more likely.
(ii) “All things are possible to him who believes.”
(a) He is placing great emphasis on believing.
(b) But he is also telling the father about the importance of Him believing.
(c) The New Jerusalem Bible says, “If you can?’ retorted Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for one who has faith.’ At once the father of the boy cried out, ‘I have faith. Help my lack of faith!”
3) Gal 6:9-10
a) He said all things are possible to him that believeth.(Form the KJV)
(i) Remember, “BELIEVING” is another word for “FAITH,” and faith is always based on the Word.(New Jerusalem Bible)
b) MAR 11:24. (From the KJV or NKJV, the tense is a little unclear)
(i) The New revised Standard Version says, “So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
(ii) The New Jerusalem Bible says, “believe that you have it already, and it will be yours.
(iii) The Weymouth translation says, “if you believe that you have received it, it shall be yours.”
c) What Jesus is saying is, “According to your faith so be it unto you.”
d) It’s faith in the Lord, faith in His promise, and faith in His Word that’s going to get the job done.
III) HEB 10:38.
A) If we draw back from what? From faith.
1) We could say this, “If we live by faith, we are pleasing to the Lord.”
a) If we live by faith, we are doing what is right in the eyes of God.
2) 2THESS 3:13.
a) If we’re walking in faith then we’re doing what is right. (well doing or Doing good)
b) The point that I’m trying to make and what the Word says is, don’t get weary in your walk of faith, because it is pleasing to God and you’ll receive your answer.
c) GAL 6:9.
(i) Taylor Paraphrased translation says, “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.”(Living Bible, NLT says the same thing).
(ii) “Doing what is right” here can mean 2 things. It can mean doing good deeds. You’ll receive a reward for your good deeds.
(iii) But “Doing what is right” also means “Living by faith.”
(iv) Heb 10:38 “The just shall live by faith
(v) Heb 11:6 “Without faith in is impossible to please Him…
3) In (1 Timothy 6:12) Paul said, “Fight the good fight of faith.”
B) EPH 6:12-14a.
1) Sometimes it seem like a fight to stand in faith.
2) But he’s telling us when you’ve done all to stand, keep standing!
a) Somestimes we just need to be strong Be as bullheaded as an old bull when it comes to the Promised of God.
b) Don’t turn to the left; don’t turn to the right, stand your ground without wavering.
C) When Israel was wandering in the wilderness, they came to the promise land. (12 spies 10 evil report 2 good report) Joshua and Caleb stood on the Word of God, no matter what the majority said.
1) 1COR 1:18.
a) The “Preaching of the cross” (KJV) is the Word of God and Paul says that it is the “POWER OF GOD.” To the world it might seem as foolishness, but to you and I it is the power of God. That is why we need to be strong in the WORD.
2) EPH 6:10.
a) 1 of the definition of the phrase “THE POWER OF GOD” or as this V puts it “THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT” (KJV) is “THE WORD OF GOD.”
b) The Word of God is the power of God(Rom 1:16). (I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation).
(i) Hebrews 4:1-2
(a) This rest that we are talking about is entering into the promised land.
(b) (This rest was not the ultimate rest)
(ii) What it actually says the Greek is that “They did not UNITE together in faith with those that did.
(iii) 1st of all we as a church needs to be UNITED in faith when it comes to doing something for the Lord.
(a) 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (Taking heed to how you hear the Word of God).
c) Heb 4:12 And it is “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword” (Heb 4:12 KJV).//
2. It’s so important that hold on to God’s Word and never let go of it know matter what.
a. Peter said in (1 Peter 1:23) “The Word of God liveth and abideth for ever.” (KJV)
i. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35) (KJV)
ii. It says in (Isaiah 55:11) “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.” (KJV)
iii. There is power in God’s Word and it will not return void in your life if you believe it.
II. MARK 4:35-40
A. What Jesus was saying is that you didn’t have to run and get me. All you needed was faith.
1. But faith is only based on the Word.
a. Jesus knew that. He already gave them the Word.
i. Jesus said to them in (V35) “Let’s go to the other side.”
B. This could be a storm that you’re going through.
1. You don’t need to run and panic or operate in fear like the disciples did.
a. You too have the Word of God.
b. If you know what God’s Word says, you can say to the Devil, “Devil, God’s Word says that I am the head and not the tail.” God’s Word says that I am healed. God’s Word says that I am blessed and that He is prospering me. God’s Word says, “I’m going through that storm.” God’s Word says, “I’m going to the other side.”
d) Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His Word.
WOLCC SUN AM 11/15/92 and 7/30/95 Sun AM In part form Kenneth Hagin’s book “What To Do When Faith Seems Weak and Victory Lost,” Chapter 1 W. O. L. C. C. Sunday, 1/30/2000 much of this also taken from Creflo Dollar's book called "Confidence: the Missing Substance of Faith."
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