THE DYNAMICS OF FAITH
This book is dedicated to the Glory of God the Father, to the exaltation of the Name ofJesus in the earth and to the edification of the Body of Christ. FOREWORD [The Ministry of the Prophet] 1. Called, Chosen and Faithful 2. God's Refining Process for His Children 3. Seven Steps to the Life of Faith 4. Six Great Hindrances to the Life of Faith 5. Defining the "Fear" of the Lord 6. "God Hath Not Given us the Spirit of Fear" 7. The Weapons of our Warfare 8. "Be Ye Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind" 9. Casting Your Care Upon the Lord 10. "Be Filled with the Spirit..." 11. Walking in the Counsel of God 12. Take Heed Lest Your Light.... 13. Defining "True Prosperity" 14. "Healing - It is God's Will For You! 15. Choose This Day Whom You Will Serve!
Thanks be: To my beloved Heavenly Father for His Tender Love and His constant and enduringPatience and Mercy.
To my beloved Jesus: my Master, my Champion and my Lord. To my beloved Friend and Teacher, the Holy Spirit - Who empowers me in all things andleads me in the paths of righteousness. To all those who love the Lord. May you be blessed in the reading of this book.
FOREWORD ...."And God hath set some in the Church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdlyteachers, after that miracles then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues".... 1 Corinthians 12:28 King James Translation ...."And His gifts were varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us, some to beapostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), someevangelists (preachers of the Gospel, travelling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of Hisflock), and teachers, His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints, Hisconsecrated people, that they should do the work of the ministering toward building up Christ'sbody the Church. That it might develop until we all attain oneness in the faith and in thecomprehension of the full and accurate knowledge of the Son of God; that we might arrive atreally mature manhood - the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standardheight of Christ's own perfection - the measure of the stature - of the fullness of Christ, and thecompleteness found in Him".... Ephesians 4:11-13 Amplified Translation In this last hour there is a great need for every child of God to have a full and truerevelation of the five-fold ministry. There has been much confusion in the Body of Christ as tothe true definition of the apostle, the prophet, the teacher, the evangelist and the pastor and,because of this, the ministry of God's Word has been greatly hindered in the earth. The Lord hasinstructed me to define the office of the prophet and, in doing so, provide those who will readthis book with a deeper understanding and a greater knowledge of the Father's purpose and willconcerning the ministry - clearing away any of the lies of Satan which have served to hinder thebuilding up of the Body of Christ through the five-fold ministry.
THE WORK OF A PROPHET The work of a prophet is to act as God's messenger and make known the will of God to Hispeople. They are called to teach men and women of God's character, showing a fuller revelationof God's dealings in the past through the Scriptures, as well as to deliver the present-day messagefrom the throne of God to His people. It is also the call of the prophet to denounce sin andforetell its punishment under the divine unction of the Holy Spirit. They are to be above all, avessel of righteousness. When the children of God fall away from the true faith to which they arecalled, the prophet is brought on the scene to restore that faith by pointing the people of Godback to His holy Word and, by that Word, to remove the false views about God's character and
the true nature of the "Divine Requirement" for His children; false views that are caused bycarnal, fleshly ascent to His Word.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ESTABLISHING A TRUE WORKING 5-FOLD MINISTRY There is a great degree of darkness in the church in the area of the offices of the ministry.Many denominations refuse to acknowledge the fact that the office of the prophet is still inexistence and that it is necessary for the Church today. Then there are those who accept theprophets of God only to the degree that their words are able to be received "comfortably" bythem, but when the message of judgement and repentance comes they will forsake the prophet ofGod and reject what they say. These categories are not new to the people of God, for throughouthistory we are able to see the mistreatment of the "messengers of God". In the Body of Christtoday these things ought not be! For we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us to teach us andguide us into all truth. As the children of God draw near to Him in this last hour the urgency inthe Fathers heart for the true and proper establishment of the offices of the five-fold ministrywithin the Body of Christ will be revealed to their hearts.
THE DIVINE REQUIREMENT We are entering into the greatest age of the Church this earth has ever seen, but it is certainthat all those who truly love God must answer to the fulness of the Divine Requirement (Luke10:27) if the Glorious Church is to take legs. There will be many raised up in this last hour asapostles and prophets for the edification of the Body of Christ. Let us receive them for what theyare - "gifts" sent from God - and act upon the revelations that the Father has given them. Thehour is late and there is a great deal of work to be done before our Lord returns. But by HisStrength and Might we will accomplish the task that God has given us - and Satan and all of hisforces shall indeed be ashes under the soles of our feet. As the children of God open up theirheart wide to study and meditate the Word of God - by giving Him His rightful place on thethrone of their heart - they will not be deceived by Satan in any way in this last hour, and theywill be able to distinguish between those who do and those who do not serve God - between therighteous and the wicked, and between the prophets of God and the false prophets of Satan. With all these things which have just been written in mind here are seven definitecharacteristics of the true apostle and prophet of God: SEVEN DEFINITE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TRUE APOSTLE AND PROPHETOF GOD 1. They reverence God in all that they do. 2. They proclaim the Truth in all that they do, exalting the Name of Jesus. 3. They keep themselves separated from all sin and all manner of iniquity. 4. They walk with God and in His counsel at all times.
5. They teach and expound on the Word of God, speaking the Truth in love at all times. 6. They turn many away from iniquity and lead the children of God into all the fulness of theinheritance they have in Jesus Christ. 7. They are the messenger of the Lord at all times and are a sign to the people of God; a goodsign to those who love the Lord their God and a constant thorn to those who forsake God to follow after the desires oftheir own flesh.
All scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Translation of the Bibleunless otherwise noted.
"DYNAMICS" - the inner workings of something, the treating or study of the effects of forcesthat produce action or motion.
THE DYNAMICS OF FAITH
"CALLED, CHOSEN AND FAITHFUL"
...."Husbands love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself up forher; so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word,that He might present to Himself the Church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or anysuch thing; but that she should be holy and blameless".... Ephesians 5: 25-27
In this teaching we are going to deal specifically with our calling as bondservants andhandmaidens of the Lord Jesus Christ. We will look at scripture which will deal with thedifferent aspects of our calling, and also some of those things which we need to do in order towalk in the "fulness" of what we have been called to in Christ. In the above passage the apostlePaul is comparing marriage between a husband and a wife to Christ and His Church. It isimportant for all believers to have an accurate working definition of the word "church" in theirhearts, for it will lead directly to a better understanding of their calling.
The word used in the Greek for church is "ecclesia" and is common in this usage throughoutthe New Testament. But before the Church came into being at the day of Pentecost it was used asa term in Greece which meant a calling out, an assembling together for a definite purpose. Aswe put that original meaning towards the meaning that the Father had intended for His Church,we see that they are one and the same - for indeed we are "called out" of this world and indeedwe are "assembled" for a definite purpose.
"AS BELIEVERS GIVE THE WORD OF GOD A CONTINUALLY GREATER PLACEIN THEIR LIVES, THE QUICKER THEIR MINDS WILL BE RENEWED"
In Ephesians 5: 27 the Word of God states:
...."that He might present to Himself the Church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkleor any such thing but that she should be holy and blameless"....
Some time ago I was reading and meditating on this verse and I asked the Father how Hewas going to bring the church - which at that moment was filled with strife and division and theslanderous lies of the Evil One - into the Glorious Church spoken of here. This verse puzzled mesomewhat