Monday, July 18, 2011

What Law Basically Controls the Abundant Life?

From a September 2005 teaching

What Law Basically Controls the Abundant Life?

“I know that the abundant life is available today to those who understand and apply the law of believing.”
– VP Weirwille

What is the abundant life?

The abundant life comes only from God.
Believing is the activator, it takes a positive action.
And as you give, you will receive.

Let's look this record in Mark to illustrate this law of believing:

Mark 9:14 - And when he [Jesus Christ] came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes [religious leaders] questioning with them. 15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. 16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?

17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: …and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.

Why were the disciples unable to cast out the devil spirit from the child?  Jesus Christ addresses the reason as we read on:

19 He [Jesus] answereth him, and saith, O faithless [unbelieving] generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. 20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. 22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.

Notice the way that the father responds:  "if thou canst do any thing..."  - This is not a vote of confidence, but of doubt and fear.

Before we continue, let's review the motives of the Adversary, the enemy.  He wants to do what?
-Steal, Kill and Destroy.

Jesus Christ came so that what?
-We can have life, and have it more abundantly – John 10:10

Jesus Christ immediately recognized the problem in this situation:

23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. 27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose…

The man’s believing was what healed the child. He did not think it was possible, and he was blaming everyone else for his own unbelief, but Jesus Christ gave him confidence in God’s power! “…ALL things are possible to him that believeth…”

Believing, confidence, and trust go hand in hand.

People from Butte, MT know someone who had NO FEAR!

Legendary Stuntman Evil Kinevil

When I was young, growing up in Butte I was able to witness when he jumped his motorbike over a formidable lineup of brand new cars collectively worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.  If he made even the slightest mistake, not only would he have to pay for all of the damage, it would probably have caused significant bodily injury.  Evel had no question in his mind that he would clear all of the cars.  I witnessed this in person and his boldness definitely stuck out in my mind.  He had no doubt that he would make the jump successfully and he did.

To believe is a very powerful action.  God had it clearly written in His Word for us to recognize.

"Believe" was found 318 times in 284 verses.  Here are a couple:

Daniel 6:23 - …So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

Mark 11:24 - Therefore I [Jesus Christ] say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Believing is the key to physical, mental, and spiritual abundance.

Believing is the key to the abundant life – It connotes action.

It is available to have not only our need met, but to have abundance in every category of our lives as we believe for God's sufficiency

Anyone can believe because the Word says it, and it is God who backs it up.

Jesus Christ demanded believing whenever possible. The man with the sick child was not convinced that he could be healed until Jesus gave the man confidence through the spoken Word.

We increase our believing by feeding our minds with the spiritual nourishment of the Word and acting with boldness on God’s promises!

God Bless You

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