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By Richard A. Prince 



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Chapter One

“What God Has Promised He Is Able To Perform”

 Romans 4:21

 

         For the past several years many have been misled into thinking God's promises guaranteed material blessings.  False teaching and doctrine enters into the religious environment very subtly as the word of enlightenment and appear harmless even if we knew it is not quite accurate.  My object in mentioning these errors is not to point the fingers at ministries.  I will never judge another man's servant.  The critical issue is to what degree does false teaching frustrate the plan of the Holy Spirit to bring our minds to be renewed and conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.

 

         I submit any undue stress on material blessing as being the promises of the New Testament Covenant of Christ compromises the great sacrifice of Christ's blood on the cross — making it of none effect.  Furthermore, deliverance is made impossible by the exercise of man's heart in covetous practices.  Material things by nature appeal to man's lusts.  In fact enticements of material gain is an attack in the three realms of temptation:

 

               1.  Lust of the flesh,

 

               2.  Lust of the eyes,

 

               3.  And pride of life.

 

Christ very plainly said the flesh profits nothing.  False teaching in this area representing material things as the promises of God creates false expectation.  False expectation sets the stage for future frustration and disappointment.  In reality, the flesh lusteth against the spirit and spirit against the flesh — meaning the flesh and the spirit are opposing forces.  God cannot respond to our prayers through the spirit while we desire to consume our requests upon our own lusts.  God will have no partnership with our fleshly lust.  God requires total occupation of our lives through Christ.  Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost.  Affections and lusts must flee before it can be holy and acceptable unto Him as our reasonable service. 

 

         The actual implementation of the covenant:  Putting His laws in our mind and writing them in our heart is taking place and our minds are being renewed by God's Word in the process of sanctification.  The process of sanctification is a setting of us apart from the world for God's use.  Here is where we make our break from the desires of the world.  As we are crucified with Christ, no longer do we live nor have a will for our self-benefit.  Making Christ Lord of our life is submitting our will to His will.  We could never enter God's blessing with covetous desires for material things.  In fact God's Word describes covetousness as idolatry.  (Colossians 3:5)  We are assured no such person shall inherit the kingdom of God.    (I Corinthians 6:10)   The very first commandment given to the children of Israel was to “. Have no other gods before me.”  God made no excuses for being jealous toward his children.  God expected no less than complete devotion and dedication to Him.  To love God is to completely submit to Him with all of our affection — not having any person or thing sharing in our relationship.  Our relationship with others is inherent in our relationship with Him.  Our love for others is in reality, the expressions of our love for God.  Our affections then are wholly in things above.

 

         We are instructed not to lay up our treasures on earth and to set our affections on heavenly things where Christ sitteth.  (Matthew 6:19–20)  Christ informs us that our treasure is where our heart is.  (Matthew 6:21)  To set our affections on earthly things is infringement of the rights belonging only to God, which He purchased by the bloodshed of His Son.  God bought us back from the enslavement of sin and eternal judgment awaiting us in hell.  Our daily tasks then should be to take up our cross and follow Christ by maintaining a good conscience free from guilt and sin.  Every trying experience in Christ is an opportunity to grow in the knowledge of God's love as we forgive those that trespass against us.  Our response to our enemies is to love and pray for them.  Our response to temptations to lust is to walk in the spirit.  All this adds up to a Christ like attitude toward God making us more than conquerors because we have the mind of Christ.  Our prevailing hope is to be in Christ's image and be a witness to bring forth fruit of eternal life for all of us.  In the process of walking in the spirit, not minding the things of the flesh — God supplies all of our needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.

 

            James points out the reasons we have not is not only that we ask not but that we may consume it upon our lust.  (James 4:1–3)  God knows when we are petitioning Him in prayer whether what we are asking for is motivated by the lust of our flesh.  If it is, we can be sure God will not respond to our fleshly lust.  He warns us that a double minded man is not only unstable in all of his ways — that man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  (James 1:6–8) The inward battle of the double-minded man is a battle of frustration and disappointment over wrong expectation — the flesh lusting against the spirit means it is impossible for spiritual fruit to be produced.  A person confused in the area of covenant promises has been beguiled of his reward because his heart is not properly instructed in the ways of righteousness, therefore, he is powerless in obedience to God's will and being directed by the Holy Spirit.  Christ Himself was rejected because they expected a political messiah /deliverer and a material kingdom much like what they had seen in the world.  Paul says to be carnally minded is enmity with God — or the enemy of God.  Jesus said we couldn’t serve God and mammon at the same time.  When we covet worldly things we hate God — our deliverer.

 

            Being victorious over the trials, tests, rejections and persecutions in the wilderness depends on how clearly we recognize the authority of God sufficient enough to discern His direction.  God's authority represented by His Word enlightened in us by the Holy Spirit is our only source of knowing our true direction to securing God’s promises through holding fast our confession of faith.  As we advance toward our hope, our tactical plan in the wilderness of the world is to subdue territories of the flesh where Satan in time past launched his most vicious attacks of doubts and unbelief.  God's Word casting down imaginations that appear to fulfill a need of my future and give me a false sense of acceptance and accomplishment is laid aside as a weight, as well as sins that so easily beset us.  Looking unto God the author and finisher of our faith, we run through the world wilderness with patience the race that is set before us.  We are reminded that they that run in a race run all — to receive a prize — the Crown of Life.  So we run that we may obtain.  Our goal is total deliverance.  We do not run uncertainly as only having no specific goal — neither do we fight as one beating the air.  But we keep our body in control and do not allow fleshly lusts to drive us lest by any means we are deceived and while preaching to others, fulfilling the lust of our flesh, should be ourselves disqualified.  (I Corinthians 9:24–27)  Satan's plan in our fleshly temptation is that we lose sight of our vision, thus losing our burning desire to enter into the Canaan land of knowledge of the truth where our vision is fulfilled.

 

            Paul makes it clear in Romans 4 that the promise that Abraham should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham or his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.  (Romans 4:13)  Therefore, it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed....“ So then the promise of being the father of many nations was not a material blessing, but was a promise of a uniting of many nations through faith — this promise God is faithfully fulfilling in Christ.  To expect material blessing as a result of obeying the law of the tithe would result in being justified by the law — falling from grace.

 

            In spite of his age and Sarah's womb being dead, “Abraham staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God and being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform.”  (Romans 4:13–21)  What God in essence had promised was reconciliation of His people through the generations of Abraham's seed through faith.  We can be sure God will and is still performing this promise through our faith in Christ of unifying His people through the Holy Spirit.  The more like Christ we are the more formidable we are in resisting worldly hostile forces set to defeat our purposes.  We should be fully persuaded in our mind not to know any greater goal than Christ and Him crucified.   Whatever field of labor we choose to possess we should wholly possess it for Christ sake — staking His banner in its soil making it His possession till He comes. 

 

            Whatever we are, carpenter, lawyer, custodian, cook, maid or maintenance man, we are the salt of the earth giving it its savor.  He has promised to give us the desires of our heart.  We should be sure we sow the proper seeds in our heart so that our desires are His desires.  The seed of His promises are sure to produce what He has said it would.  God has promised to give us the land of knowledge of truth flowing with the milk and honey of our longing desires — Let’s go for it...


 


 
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