25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
1 Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.
2 And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.
3 You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days.
4 And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.
5 It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”
1) Command of the Lord
2) Presence of the Lord
3) Promise of the Lord
4) Impossibility in sight
5) Faith (taking a step even when you don’t see the road)
6) Courage (moving forward even with torment of fear)
Command of the Lord
In the expectation of faith, the Lord does not remove the distractions and the pressures, but it is your faith that exalts Him above all the adversaries. Faith required to exalt God despite all things, is the one that waits for His command before acting. For it understands that where there is His command there is also His promise that you shall succeed.
Presence of The Lord
Secondly, it never moves outside of His presence because His presence is the power that supersedes all powers. That is why Moses in Deut 33 refused to move without His presence, even with the command and the promise of the presence of an angel. He knew what His presence meant, that it is literally moving with the power of God. It is God Himself covering you. It is His presence that keeps you steady and focused even when torment (fear) starts to raise its head to distract you, because you know Him, that He is God and none compares to Him. It is His presence that gives you courage.
Promise of The Lord
See I have given Jericho into your hands, said the Lord to Joshua. Joshua went into that march knowing full well, as according to God’s promise that he had already won Jericho against its king and soldiers. This is such comfort, when you know even before taking a step that the Lord is for you and therefore victory is guaranteed. The promise of God gives you that inspiration to do something, whatever He instructs because you know that victory is guaranteed. It only takes obedience to instruction then God does the rest. At times the promise might not be plain, but in every instruction of God, in every command there is a promise.
Impossibility in sight
Jesus did not say to Peter, ‘why did you become afraid?’, instead He says, ‘why did you doubt?’. Because He was not looking at the result but at the source of his sinking. The source of his sinking was doubt. He could see Jesus, knew Jesus, had started walking on the water, but the wind caused him to doubt. What is this power of doubt? It is said that doubt is not the absence of faith, it is the element necessary to test and stretch your faith.
When the woman heard about Jesus, she came up through the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. For she kept saying, “If only I touch His garments, I will be healed.” – Mark 5:27-28
Whatever we deem impossible is only impossible in the capacity of men but not in the capacity of God. Therefore what we keep telling ourselves based on what we deem possible or impossible, we purpose in our hearts. It forms in the heart of a (wo)man. Such that once it is uttered or acted upon, it is established. The bible says that where the mind goes, the man follows. We believe that the spiritual realm is a principal realm and the physical the secondary. Therefore, whatever is purposed in the spirit, for it to be established in the physical realm, it has to be confessed and/or acted upon. Most time what we say in our hearts [what we think], is always negative, the opposite of the promises of God. That is how we surrender the power in us to anything other than ourselves. We keep thinking in our hearts the negative of what we truly desire to see manifest. See, the world teaches the power of positive thinking. A concept not completely wrong. The only thing wrong about it is that it promotes self reliance than Christ reliance. When we use positive thinking based on the promises of God, we are victors. We see this faith with Joshua defeating Jericho.
This was the scenario also with Peter, however, the storm overwhelmed him. it’s not that he forgot the command, nor the presence of God. However, the overwhelming sound and power of the storm caused him to focus on it rather than to ignore it. Then the voice of fear switched his thoughts. That is what caused him to sink. This is the doubt Christ spoke of. The powerful thoughts that shift one from focusing their thoughts on the power of Christ. This is one of the reasons why we are so helpless as the children of God. The same power that God has given us, to manifest things, the power of thought, is the same power the enemy uses against us. The power is in what we tell ourselves, what we purpose in our hearts. For whatever that is, our bodies will follow it to manifest it.
Christ measured the faith that moves mountains to the size of a mustard seed so as to reveal our predicament. Our thoughts mostly reflect us as defeated beings and Christ says, just push your positive word founded thoughts to the size of a mustard seed, and you will see the amazing things that will do. The trick of believing is in what we factor in our hearts.
Matthew 8:13. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
The Centurion likened himself to Christ. He was a man with authority of soldiers, and such he understood authority. Not just, but he also understood the type of authority Jesus had, that He had authority over every spiritual thing. That authority is demonstrated to us with Peter’s mother in law. Jesus only touched her hand and the fever left. He didn’t command anything to go, but just His touch caused the fever to go. Even the leper said, if you will, cleanse me. Which means that he also understood the authority of Christ. See, a lot of times, Jesus needed the person to only believe and as they believed they would receive. He never addressed the demons, but He addressed the faith of the individual He was healing. It is only when the demon spoke that He addressed the demon. To the Centurion He said, as you have believed you have it. So which means that, when we lack faith, it is because we either doubt His authority, or we do not understand it. Even so, whether Christ intervenes or not, our belief determines the outcome. Whatever we believe we act out or utter in confession, then it becomes.
The two scriptures show us the different approaches, one with courage and another with lack of. Lack of causes us to sink in fear, while courage gives us the result we desire. Courage is putting our faith into action, while lack of means letting go of it. It is even worse to let go of faith when you have taken a step already. There are many times that we hear God speak to us and instructing us on what we need to do, as He did with Joshua and Peter. Courage is taking a step to do what He instructs, even without knowing for sure that the voice you have heard truly is of God. It is courage that demonstrates the faith one has in God, the faith that pleases Him – trust and obey as was seen with Abraham.
We are entering a season that requires lots of discernment. Faith has been an instrument for those who fellowship with Christ, purely because we understand that without faith it is impossible to please God. However, faith can also be unwise. For it to be wise, discernment has to be the centre of it. Our faith in God has to be aligned with the understanding of His will. Otherwise we will go around declaring things by faith, that are not in lign with God’s will. Then become disappointed when they do not come to pass. He says, ‘my word shall not return to me void’. Which means that His word manifests His will. Because of such, whatever situation that requires us to apply our faith in God, we have to hear what God is saying about it in order for us to act out or confess His will. Scripture tells us that when we pray according to His will, we have confidence that He hears us, and if He hears us we have what we want.
The elements listed above are to help us understand how to apply our faith in any situation, in order for what we desire to manifest successfully by faith. Jesus is the centre of our faith. We cannot instruct Him unless we understand the mind of God. Which means that in applying faith, we must first hear Jesus’s will on the matter so as to not test God in the name of faith.
As we close 2020, may we always remember the faith that moves mountains. Jesus said, ‘I do nothing except for what I see my father do. Whatever I say I hear my Father say.’ We also are not independent of God. That is the faith that moves mountains, one that knows the source of miraculous power and that we are only vessels