Grace Works Through Faith – Part 7

God has given us authority to command His power.

Is it correct for a New Testament Believer to pray “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit” (Psalm 51:10-12)?

What about praying “Rend the heavens and come down” (Isaiah 64:1)?

These prayers were prayed before Jesus came down from heaven and died to make us righteous before God. Therefore, it is unbelief for a Christian to pray this way today.

David and Isaiah were Old Testament men who weren’t born again – they didn’t have the promises we do, which say, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5), “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20), and “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in their midst” Matthew 18:20.

The Bible reveals that we are already blessed. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who HAS BLESSED US with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ”. This verse says that in Christ we already have all natural and spiritual blessings. To bring the manifestation of these blessings we need to hear God’s Word and believe the truth.

First Peter 2:24 says, “By whose stripes you WERE HEALED”. If we were healed, THEN WE ARE HEALED. The pain we may feel in our bodies and doctor’s note are simply an indication that our physical bodies have not yet received the healing that GOD HAS ALREADY GIVEN. God has already placed supernatural healing power on the inside of us (Ephesians 1:19-23), WE SHOULD NOT ASK HIM FOR IT. We should release the healing power by faith.

The fact that we do not see the power of God operating in the supernatural doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. There are all kinds of things happening in the unseen realm all around us. When we turn on and tune in our television sets it is not when the station starts broadcasting; that’s just when we start receiving. God is always releasing (broadcasting) love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, and goodness. They are not coming from “out there” somewhere; God lives on the inside of us (John 14:20,23).

When things are not manifesting in the natural we should not call God and ask Him what is wrong with Him. He is not the one withholding His power to heal, save, bring revival, etc. He has been releasing His power since after the death of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:32). We just need to turn on and tune in our receiver; faith. Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”.

So, we should not pray “God, we need a move from you”. GOD MOVED TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO WHEN HE GAVE US JESUS CHRIST. We need to apply our faith to appropriate what God has provided by grace. It is unbelief to ask God for what He has already given us. The devil takes advantage of our ignorance to steal, kill, and destroy – John 10:10. The Bible teaches us that the devil walks about SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR; he doesn’t devour everybody – 1 Peter 5:8.

Like I said in part 6, we should be resisting the devil (1 Peter 5:9), not praying harder for God to answer us, “for all the promises of God in Christ are Yes” (2 Corinthians 1:20). God’s transmitter works well, let’s turn on and tune in our receiver.

REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST!