Faith Messages to build your faith

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

#63 The Command of Faith

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: At times the Spirit has led God's people to a level of faith called the command of faith. Spurgeon urged God's people to rise to this level of faith and be daring with God. (Google image of Moses)

It's illustrations are found in the Old and New Testaments and in the lives of God's prayer warriors over the centuries. While we usually think of prevailing by prayer and the prayer of faith, at other times the Spirit guides to take an act of faith or to give the command of faith.

In some of the Egyptian plagues, Moses cried to the Lord before the plague was stopped. But the plague in each case began by Moses' obedient act of faith. He did not need to pray.

At the Red Sea, God told Moses to stop praying and act in faith and cross. God commanded Moses, "Speak to that rock." He did not need to pray any longer but was to command in faith (Num. 20:8).

Jericho fell by Joshua's act of faith. When he fought the five Amorite kings, he commanded that the sun "stand still" (Josh. 10:12). Nature obeyed.

Elijah did not pray the Lord to multiply the food of the widow of Zeraphath. He commanded in faith. When Elisha and Elijah needed to cross the Jordan, Elijah smote the water. So did Elisha on the return trip.

Elisha said, "If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven"  (2 Kings 1:10). The fire instantly fell. When the son of the widow of the prophet was about to be sold for debt, Elisha commanded and the oil multiplied. 

When he needed to feed the hundred with a small quantity of food, he commanded and it multiplied.

Jesus spoke the command of faith when He said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Stretch out your hand." He was instantly healed (Matt. 12:13). Jesus commanded, "Lazarus, come out!" (John 11:43). The dead man came out.

Peter combined the act of faith and the command of faith in the incident with the crippled beggar. " 'In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.'  Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up" (Acts 3:6-7).

He combined prayer and the command of faith for Dorcas. "He got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, 'Tabitha, get up' "(Acts 9:40). She was instantly brought back to life. 

On another occasion when Jesus had rebuked a demon and cast it out, He said to His disciples, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as  small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move" (Matt. 17:20).

[Other instances were given by Dr. Duewell, to increase our faith to believe we can make commands in Jesus' Name, when it calls for it. We'll continue his thoughts on Thursday with what I title, There are Mountains of Difficulty.]

(Google image and my emphasis added)

Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana

#63 The Command of Faith
by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 105 - 107)) Zondervan

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Let's pray-

   Father, teach us how to pray this way, as there are times we'll need to.
   May we have the faith to speak Your Word over situations, and then act in faith to follow it up.

   Remind us that Your Spirit dwells within us as believers, and what You did, we can too, if we have the faith to believe You'll impact our lives to where we can be effective in our praying and proclaiming what we know to be Your will.

   I ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Today's Bible verses-

(Luke 10:19 KJV) "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."

(Luke 12:12 KJV) "For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say."

Today's quote-

Dr. Charles F. Stanley: "Even mild persecution can cause us to question whether living out our faith is worth the sacrifice. The truth is, it's the best way to live. God responds to faith by enabling His children to endure difficulty, demonstrating his power in their circumstances, and providing joy." (p. 51 of the IN TOUCH ministries' publication for April 2015)

Upcoming posts-

#64 There are Mountains of Difficulty
20th- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

22nd- Saturday's post by Lisa Buffaloe

#65 The Dynamic of the Spirit (Part 1)
25th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#66 Living on this Side of Pentecost
27th- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

Today's special post-

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Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: "Spiritual vision is based on natural eyesight but goes above and beyond material things. Spiritual vision sees what your eye cannot see..."

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Bright auroras around
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Oct. 10th, 2016

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