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Does God Have a Wonderful Plan for Your Life Right Now?
|What is Wrong With the Prosperity Gospel & Word of Faith Movement? It's Unbiblical. Can you Imagine John the Baptist teaching "10 Ways To Have Success in Life" & "How To Have a Vision For Your Life"? Most Word of Faith Churches are merely focused on this Life. Teachings are merely on: How to Be Happy, Prosperous, Solve their Stress in Life Problems, How to Have a Better Life Now, etc. Can you imagine hearing John the Baptist, Noah, Peter, or Paul Preaching Sermons like: "Discover Your Self-Confidence", or "Let's Feel Good About Ourselves: God's Way to the Good Life", or how about: "Self-Love: the Dynamic Force of Success...?" These are the actual Book Titles of "Christian" Author Robert Schuller! Jesus NEVER preached such HERESY! This is all Contrary to God's Word. Much of the Word of Faith Movement Preaches a HALF-HEARTED WARM & FUZZY "gospel" that "tickles people's ears" (2 Tim 4:3-5). Their Teaching merely makes people FEEL GOOD about themselves— Temporarily— for this Life.|
|Would Noah ever have Preached "God has a Wonderful Plan For Your Life"?...and then sudden destruction happens? So many of the Health & Wealth Word of Faith Prosperity Preachers Preach & Teach a different gospel that "TICKLES PEOPLE's EARS" (2 Tim 4:3-5). Jesus is Coming back to JUDGE THE WORLD (2 Thess 1:7-9), and we are to instead be WARNING THE WORLD to REPENT & BELIEVE THE GOSPEL! (Mark 1:15, Acts 20:21, Acts 17:30-31), or they will Perish FOREVER! (Rom 2:5-6,7-8,9-10, Acts 17:30-31). God's Love for us made a way of Escape from God's Wrath thru Jesus Christ. We are to go into all the World and Preach THIS Good News: 1 Cor 1:18,21, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8.|
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Pastor John MacArthur ( www.GTY.org ) above exposes the FALSE PROSPERITY GOSPEL & says it is a: Satanic False Christianity & False View of God. He Names some of the many False Teachers like: Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, Marilyn Hickey, Paul Crouch, Fredrick Price, Todd Coontz, Robert Tilton. This is from his Sermon: A TRUE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUE GOD.
Some the Fallacies behind the Health & Wealth Gospel or Your Best Life Now thinking, is that they do not talk about the Fact that the Apostle Paul (who God had used to write 12-13 Books in the New Testament) talks about the MANY times he was Beaten & Suffered for Christ. He Suffered Terrible Hardship, as did other New Testament Believers. As stated above, Jesus, Noah, Peter, Paul Never taught things like: "God has a Wonderful Plan For Your Life." This life is but a VAPOR (James 4:14), we are passing thru this life! Jesus was Crucified, Peter, & Paul, and others were thrown into Prison for the True Gospel, Tortured, Suffered, and Murdered for their Faith in God & His Word, etc. They did Not receive every fleshly thing they Desired, nor were they financially wealthy. God gave them what they NEEDED during their Trials & Tests of Faith, which was STRENGTH & GRACE to endure for Gods Eternal Purposes. The man named Job was a Righteous man – God even said so Himself! JOB LOST EVERYTHING, HIS WEALTH, HIS HEALTH, HIS FAMILY, EVERYTHING. King David, Jesus, Joseph suffered Greatly. There are MANY Believers who have Suffered Greatly (Heb 11:32-40) & did NOT Receive all of Gods Promises here on Earth, but will someday (Heb 11:39).
Read: Why Does God Allow Suffering, Trials, & Tests?
Here is the Apostle Paul's Life. The Lord sustained Paul thru all his Trials & Sufferings:
Many Preach the SELF-ESTEEM & Prosperity "gospel" (like Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, Robert Schuller, and many others). Their Heretical Preaching (departure from the Core Beliefs & Teachings in the Bible) is never too Convicting, because it's usually TALK that builds up a: Church, a Person, or an Organization and/or Ministry, and NOT a Message of which Jesus Preached about (John 16:8-11); and what God's Word Exhorts and Warns us about which is: Repentance (Acts 17:30-31), Sin, God's Righteousness, Holiness, Coming Judgment, Obeying God's Word (1 John 2:3-4,5-6, John 14:15)— or a warning of Eternal Hell (Matt 13:37-43, Rev 20:11-15), etc.
God sent the Flood in Righteous Noah's Day (2 Peter 2:5-10), and so on. Jesus is Coming back to Judge the World in Righteousness.
One thing a True Believer is Promised by Jesus in this Life is Many Trials, Tribulations, Persecutions for His Name sake, RIGHT NOW.
In the prosperity gospel, also known as the “Word of Faith,” the believer is told to use God, whereas the truth of biblical Christianity is just the opposite—God uses the believer. Word of Faith or prosperity theology sees the Holy Spirit as a power to be put to use for whatever the believer wills. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is a Person who enables the believer to do God's will. The prosperity gospel movement closely resembles some of the destructive greed sects that infiltrated the early church. Paul and the other apostles were not accommodating to or conciliatory with the false teachers who propagated such heresy. They identified them as dangerous false teachers and urged Christians to avoid them.
Paul warned Timothy about such men in 1 Timothy 6:5, 9-11. These men of “corrupt mind” supposed godliness was a means of gain and their desire for riches was a trap that brought them “into ruin and destruction” (v. 9). The pursuit of wealth is a dangerous path for Christians and one which God warns about: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (v. 10). If riches were a reasonable goal for the godly, Jesus would have pursued it. But He did not, preferring instead to have no place to lay His head (Matthew 8:20) and teaching His disciples to do the same. It should also be remembered that the only disciple concerned with wealth was Judas.
Paul said covetousness is idolatry (Ephesians 5:5) and instructed the Ephesians to avoid anyone who brought a message of immorality or covetousness (Ephesians 5:6-7). Prosperity teaching prohibits God from working on His own, meaning that God is not Lord of all because He cannot work until we release Him to do so. Faith, according to the Word of Faith doctrine, is not submissive trust in God; faith is a formula by which we manipulate the spiritual laws that prosperity teachers believe govern the universe. As the name “Word of Faith” implies, this movement teaches that faith is a matter of what we say more than whom we trust or what truths we embrace and affirm in our hearts.
A favorite term in the Word of Faith movement is “positive confession.” This refers to the teaching that words themselves have creative power. What you say, Word of Faith teachers claim, determines everything that happens to you. Your confessions, especially the favors you demand of God, must all be stated positively and without wavering. Then God is required to answer (as though man could require anything of God!). Thus, God's ability to bless us supposedly hangs on our faith. James 4:13-16 clearly contradicts this teaching: “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Far from speaking things into existence in the future, we do not even know what tomorrow will bring or even whether we will be alive.
Instead of stressing the importance of wealth, the Bible warns against pursuing it. Believers, especially leaders in the church (1 Timothy 3:3), are to be free from the love of money (Hebrews 13:5). The love of money leads to all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Jesus warned, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). In sharp contrast to the Word of Faith emphasis on gaining money and possessions in this life, Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19). The irreconcilable contradictions between prosperity teaching and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is best summed up in the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:24, “You cannot serve both God and money.”
Word of Faith teaching is decidedly unbiblical. It is not a denomination and does not have a formal organization or hierarchy. Instead, it is a movement that is heavily influenced by a number of high-profile pastors and teachers such as Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Paul and Jan Crouch, and Fred Price.
The Word of Faith movement grew out of the Pentecostal movement in the late 20th century. Its founder was E. W. Kenyon, who studied the metaphysical New Thought teachings of Phineas Quimby. Mind science (where "name it and claim it" originated) was combined with Pentecostalism, resulting in a peculiar mix of orthodox Christianity and mysticism. Kenneth Hagin, in turn, studied under E. W. Kenyon and made the Word of Faith movement what it is today. Although individual teachings range from completely heretical to completely ridiculous, what follows is the basic theology most Word of Faith teachers align themselves with.
At the heart of the Word of Faith movement is the belief in the "force of faith." It is believed words can be used to manipulate the faith-force, and thus actually create what they believe Scripture promises (health and wealth). Laws supposedly governing the faith-force are said to operate independently of God's sovereign will and that God Himself is subject to these laws. This is nothing short of idolatry, turning our faith—and by extension ourselves—into god.
From here, its theology just strays further and further from Scripture: it claims that God created human beings in His literal, physical image as little gods. Before the fall, humans had the potential to call things into existence by using the faith-force. After the fall, humans took on Satan's nature and lost the ability to call things into existence. In order to correct this situation, Jesus Christ gave up His divinity and became a man, died spiritually, took Satan's nature upon Himself, went to hell, was born again, and rose from the dead with God's nature. After this, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to replicate the Incarnation in believers so they could become little gods as God had originally intended.
Following the natural progression of these teachings, as little gods we again have the ability to manipulate the faith-force and become prosperous in all areas of life. Illness, sin, and failure are the result of a lack of faith, and are remedied by confession—claiming God's promises for oneself into existence. Simply put, the Word of Faith movement exalts man to god-status and reduces God to man-status. Needless to say, this is a false representation of what Christianity is all about. Obviously, Word of Faith teaching does not take into account what is found in Scripture. Personal revelation, not Scripture, is highly relied upon in order to come up with such absurd beliefs, which is just one more proof of its heretical nature.
Countering Word of Faith teaching is a simple matter of reading the Bible. God alone is the Sovereign Creator of the Universe (Genesis 1:3; 1 Timothy 6:15) and does not need faith—He is the object of faith (Mark 11:22; Hebrews 11:3). God is spirit and does not have a physical body (John 4:24). Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26, 27; 9:6), but this does not make him a little god or divine. Only God has a divine nature (Galatians 4:8; Isaiah 1:6-11, 43:10, 44:6; Ezekiel 28:2; Psalm 8:6-8). Christ is Eternal, the Only Begotten Son, and the only incarnation of God (John 1:1, 2, 14, 15, 18; 3:16; 1 John 4:1). In Him dwelt the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). By becoming a man, Jesus gave up the glory of heaven but not His divinity (Philippians 2:6-7), though He did choose to withhold His power while walking the earth as man.
The Word of Faith movement is deceiving countless people, causing them to grasp after a way of life and faith that is not biblical. At its core is the same lie Satan has been telling since the Garden: “You shall be as God” (Genesis 3:5). Sadly, those who buy into the Word of Faith movement are still listening to him. Our hope is in the Lord, not in our own words, not even in our own faith (Psalm 33:20-22). Our faith comes from God in the first place (Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 12:2) and is not something we create for ourselves. So, be wary of the Word of Faith movement and any church that aligns itself with Word of Faith teachings.
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A Believer now a days "Binds" Satan (so to Speak) by Putting & Keeping the Full Armor of God against our Struggle with Sin (Believing God's Word over your emotions, living Holy,etc), & Resisting Satan by Casting down Thoughts that are Contrary to God's Word (2 Cor 10:3-6).
The Prosperity Gospel Preachers get the Matthew 16:19 Scripture wrong (hover mouse over verse) big time. Below is from GotQuestions.org
"What does the Bible mean by BINDING and LOOSING?
Answer: The concept of “binding and loosing” is taught in the Bible in Matthew 16:19 Jesus says, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” In this verse, Jesus is speaking directly to the apostle Peter and indirectly to the other apostles. Jesus' words meant that Peter would have the right to enter the kingdom himself, that he would have general authority symbolized by the possession of the keys, and that preaching the gospel would be the means of opening the kingdom of heaven to all believers and shutting it against unbelievers. The book of Acts shows us this process at work. By his sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:14-40), Peter opened the door of the kingdom for the first time. The expressions “bind” and “loose” were common to Jewish legal phraseology meaning to declare something forbidden or to declare it allowed.
Peter and the other disciples were to continue Christ’s work on earth in preaching the gospel and declaring God's will to men, and they were armed with the same authority as He possessed. In Matthew 18:18, there is also a definite reference to the binding and loosing in the context of church discipline. The apostles do not usurp Christ's lordship and authority over individual believers and their eternal destiny, but they do exercise the authority to discipline and, if necessary, excommunicate disobedient church members.
Christ in heaven ratifies what is done in His name and in obedience to His Word on earth. In both Matthew 16:19 and Matthew 18:18, the syntax of the Greek text makes the meaning clear. What you bind on earth will have already been bound in heaven. What you loose on earth will have already been loosed in heaven. In other words, Jesus in heaven looses the authority of His Word as it goes forth on earth for the fulfillment of its purpose.
Short Excerpt from GotQuestions Re Matthew 17— ..."Another thing to consider in biblical interpretation is the context of the passage. More often than not, when we take a single verse out of its native context, we end up misinterpreting the verse. In this context, Jesus rebukes the disciples for their weak faith and says that even if they had mustard seed sized faith, they could command the mountain to move. Contextually, the mountain must refer to the demon that was afflicting the man’s son. Jesus tells His disciples that if their faith was stronger, they could have commanded the demon to leave the boy, and it would be so. This was clearly the case in Matthew 10 when Jesus sent them out to cure diseases, cast out demons and spread the gospel. Therefore, it is clear from the context that Jesus does not intend to assert that mustard seed sized faith can literally move mountains. Rather, the expression Jesus uses was a common colloquialism of that day; to a Jew of Jesus’ day, a mountain is a metaphor signifying a seemingly impossible task. Faith that can move mountains is not meant to imply a faith that can literally move literal mountains. The point Jesus was making is that even a little bit of faith—faith the size of a tiny mustard seed—can overcome mountainous obstacles in our lives." For More, Go Here
Answer: Faith is so vital to the Christian life that Scripture tells us without it, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). And yet faith is such a powerful gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9) that with just a tiny measure of it, the size of a mustard seed, Christ told His disciples they could move mountains. So, what does it mean to have “mustard seed faith”?
We see the reference to “mustard seed faith” twice in Scripture. First, in Matthew 17:14-20, we see Christ’s disciples unable to exorcise a demon from a young boy, even though Jesus had previously given them the authority to do this very thing (Matthew 10:1). When they inquired of Jesus why they were not able to drive the demon out, the Master replied, “Because you have so little faith. 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; Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:14-20). Next, in Luke 17:6, Jesus tells His disciples: “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” By using the uncommonly small mustard seed as an example, Jesus is speaking figuratively about the incalculable power of God when unleashed in the lives of those with true faith.
We know that this statement about moving mountains and uprooting trees by faith is not to be taken literally. No one can do such things, no matter how great their faith. The key to understanding the passages is the nature of faith, which is a gift from God. The power of faith reflects the omnipotent nature of the God who bestows faith on His own. The mustard seed is one of the tiniest seeds found in the Middle East, so the conclusion is that the amount of faith needed to do great things is very small indeed. Just as in the parable of the mustard seed (Matthew 13:31-32), Jesus uses rhetorical hyperbole to make the point that little is much when it comes from God. The mustard seed in the parable grows to be a huge tree, representing the tiny beginnings of Christianity when just a few disciples began to preach and teach the gospel. Eventually the kingdom grew to huge proportions, encompassing the entire world and spreading over centuries.
So, too, does the tiniest bit of faith, when it is true faith from God, grow to immense proportions in the lives of believers and spreading out to influence all they come into contact with. One has only to read histories of the great men of the faith, such as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs to know that superhuman feats were performed by those whose faith was, at one time, only the size of a mustard seed. (cont. right below with John MacArthur)
This Q & A below is by: John MacArthur from his New Testament Commentaries—
Matthew 17:19-21 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately & said, "Why could we not cast it out?" And Jesus said to them, "Because of the LITTLENESS of your FAITH; for truly I say to you, if you have FAITH as a MUSTARD SEED, you shall say to this MOUNTAIN, 'MOVE FROM HERE TO THERE,' and it SHALL MOVE; and NOTHING shall be IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU. [But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.]"
THE POWER OF FAITH—
Jesus' purpose in the Miracle went beyond the healing of the demonized boy, important as that was. The Healing not only brought health to the boy and Great Joy to his father, but Glory to God. But for the disciples the important lesson of that event was yet to be learned.
It is not surprising that they questioned Jesus privately—in a house, Mark tells us (Mark 9:28), perhaps the home of one of the disciples. They were embarrassed at their own Failure and were perplexed as to why they themselves could... not cast it out. Why was He able to accomplish with a word what they had not been able to accomplish with great effort? "You commissioned and empowered us to heal and to cast out demons," they said, in effect. "And we have been successful before. Why did we fail this time?" They probably went about the act of casting out the demon in the same way they had on earlier occasions. They probably invoked the Lord's name, commanded the demon to leave, and awaited his departure. But this time nothing happened.
"The reason should be obvious," Jesus implied. "You failed BECAUSE OF THE LITTLENESS OF YOUR FAITH." It was not because of total lack of Faith BUT BECAUSE OF... LITTLENESS OF... FAITH that they were powerless. They had saving Faith, which they could not lose. And they had trusting Faith to some degree, or they would not have attempted to heal the boy But they lacked sufficient Faith to employ the power Jesus had given to them.
Having LITTLENESS OF... FAITH was a somewhat typical condition of the disciples. Soon after Jesus called them into His service, they sat among the crowd on the mountainside whom He charged with being anxious because of their little faith in God to provide for their physical needs (Matt 6:25-34). When during the fierce storm on the Sea of Galilee they despaired of their lives, Jesus rebuked them before He rebuked the waves, saying "Why are you timid, you men of little faith?" (Matt 8:26). When Peter started to walk on the water but became afraid and began sinking, "Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, 'O you of little faith, why did you doubt?'" (Matt 14:31). Shortly before healing the demonized boy, Jesus had again charged the disciples with having little Faith in not expecting Him to be able to feed the multitude near Magadan (Matt 16:8).
Those incidents illustrate that LITTLE FAITH is the kind of faith that believes in God when you have something in your hand, when HIS PROVISION is ALREADY MADE. When things were GOING WELL with the DISCIPLES and EVERYTHING SEEMED UNDER CONTROL, they found it EASY to TRUST their LORD. But as soon as CIRCUMSTANCES became UNCERTAIN or THREATENING, their FAITH WITHERED. Their Faith was like the Faith of most believers in all ages. When they are HEALTHY and have the \, their FAITH is GREAT and STRONG, but when they are in NEED, their FAITH is SMALL and gives way to DOUBT.
GREAT FAITH TRUSTS GOD when there is NOTHING in the cupboard to EAT and NO MONEY to buy FOOD. GREAT FAITH TRUSTS IN GOD when Health is GONE, Work is GONE, Reputation is GONE, or Family is GONE. GREAT FAITH TRUSTS GOD while the WINDSTORM is still Howling and PERSECUTION continues.
The Lord was giving the disciples a sample of what their lives would be like once He had returned to heaven, when they could no longer see Him or touch Him or talk with Him in the way they were used to doing. He was also teaching them PERSISTENCE. We do not know how often they tried to cast the demon out of the boy, but at some point they gave up. When Jesus first sent the disciples out, their success at Healing and Casting out Demons was immediate. But Jesus had NOT promised that that would always be the case. The Twelve had to learn that, unlike the Lord's power, theirs was not inherent in themselves. It came only from HIM, by HIS DIVINE PROVISION and WILL.
It is ENCOURAGING to realize that even the Apostles, with their unique calling and Miraculous Gifts, always had to RELY on Jesus to minister effectively to STRENGTHEN their FAITH and sense of DEPENDENCE, the Lord sometimes made them WAIT—just as He often does with Believers today to help Strengthen our Faith, He may sometimes make us Wait a long time for an answer to Prayer. Just as an Athlete grows stronger by gradually lifting Heavier weights or by running longer distances, so a believer grows stronger in Faith by Facing ever-increasing Challenges that expose his own Weakness and Drive him to the Lord.
Continuing the lesson on Faith, Jesus said, "FOR TRULY I SAY TO YOU, IF YOU HAVE FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED, YOU SHALL SAY TO THIS MOUNTAIN, 'MOVE FROM HERE TO THERE,' AND IT SHALL MOVE; AND NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU."
Jesus seems to contradict Himself, first rebuking the disciples for having SMALL FAITH and then telling them that even the SMALLEST FAITH can MOVE MOUNTAINS. But as He made clear in the Parable of the MUSTARD SEED, the seed does NOT represent LITTLENESS as such but rather LITTLENESS that GROWS into GREATNESS. "When it is full grown," He explained, "it is larger than the garden plants, and becomes a tree" (Matt 13:32). Small faith can accomplish great things only if, like a MUSTARD SEED, it GROWS into something GREATER than it was. Only when SMALL FAITH GROWS into GREAT FAITH can it MOVE A MOUNTAIN.
MUSTARD SEED FAITH IS PERSISTENT FAITH—
It continues to GROW and become PRODUCTIVE because it NEVER GIVES UP. It is the sort of Faith exercised by the importunate man who kept knocking on his neighbor's door late at night until he got a response. "I tell you," Jesus said, that "even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs" (Luke 11:8).
Jesus also illustrated MUSTARD SEED FAITH in the Parable of the oppressed widow a parable He gave specifically"to show that at all times [the disciples] ought to Pray and NOT to lose Heart" (Luke 18:1). When the widow would not take no for an answer, the godless, indifferent judge finally gave her "legal protection, lest," he said, "by continually coming she wear me out' (Luke 18:5). "Hear what the unrighteous judge said," Jesus went on to explain; "now shall not God bring about justice for His elect, who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them speedily" (Luke 18:6-8).
It must also be clearly understood that Jesus was NOT talking about moving a LITERAL MOUNTAIN. Neither the Apostles nor the Lord Himself ever performed such a feat—nor has anyone else in the nearly 2,000—year History of the Church. That would have been the sort of grand but pointless miracle the scribes and Pharisees expected of the Messiah but which Jesus refused to perform (Matt 12:38-39).
ABLE TO MOVE MOUNTAINS—
The expression "ABLE TO MOVE MOUNTAINS" was a common figure of speech in that day that represented the ability to surmount great obstacles.
As WILLIAM BARCLAY has observed, a great teacher, who could really expound and interpret Scripture and who could explain and resolve difficulties, was regularly known as an UPROOTER or even a PULVERIZER of MOUNTAINS. To tear up, to uproot, to pulverize mountains were all regular phrases for removing difficulties. Jesus never meant this to be taken physically and literally After all, the ordinary man seldom finds any necessity to remove a mountain. What He meant was: "If you have faith enough, all difficulties can be solved, and even the hardest task can be accomplished. Faith in God is the instrument that allows men to remove the hills of difficulty which block their path. (The Gospel of Matthew [Philadelphia: Westminster, 1959], pp. 184-85)
JESUS WAS TALKING FIGURATIVELY ABOUT MOUNTAIN—SIZE DIFFICULTIES, SUCH AS THE NINE DISCIPLES HAD JUST EXPERIENCED IN NOT BEING ABLE TO CURE THE DEMONIZED BOY.
The promise NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU is CONDITIONAL, valid only within THE FRAMEWORK OF GOD'S WILL. MOUNTAIN-MOVING FAITH is NOT Faith in ONESELF, much LESS FAITH IN FAITH, but FAITH in GOD. It is NOT FAITH ITSELF, no matter how great, that moves Mountains, but the GOD in whom the Faith IS GROUNDED. Faith has only as much power as its object. When Jesus said to the Samaritan leper and the blind man of Jericho, "your Faith has made you well" (Luke 17:19; 18:42), He did not mean that their Faith in itself healed them. That would mean they healed themselves, which, of course, they did not do.
Jesus' point was that "NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU when you PRAYERFULLY and PERSISTENTLY TRUST in ME." The disciples could not heal the demonized boy, even though they had Jesus' commission and promised power, because they did not persist in dependent prayer.
Throughout the ages believers often have failed to receive God's promised joy, freedom, forgiveness, guidance, fruitfulness, protection, wisdom, and countless other blessings simply because, like those disciples, they have not persisted in prayer.
"THIS KIND of demon DOES NOT GO OUT EXCEPT BY PRAYER," Jesus declared. Although that phrase is not found in the best manuscripts of Matthew (indicated by brackets in some versions), it is a genuine saying of Jesus and is found in Mark's account (Matt 9:29), from which an early scribe probably picked it up and added it to Matthew. However, the last two words of the verse, AND FASTING, are not found in the best manuscripts of any gospel.
Jesus' emphasis was clearly on PRAYER. As James wrote some years later in James 5:16 "The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much”. Dedicated, fervent, passionate, persistent prayer gets results, because such prayer is honored by God.
During one point of his ministry, the nineteenth-century Christian leader George Mueller began to pray for five personal friends. It was not until five years later that the first one of them came to Christ. After five more years, two more of them became Christians, and after twenty-five years the fourth man was saved. He prayed for the fifth friend until the time of his death, a few months after which the last friend came to salvation. For that friend George Mueller had prayed more than fifty years!
What Does It Mean to Delight Yourself in the Lord & He will give you the Desires of your Heart?
This does not mean that God will give us every fleshly Desire that we want on this Earth. What this Scripture means is that if we're CONFORMING to GOD'S WILL (Delighting in Him), HE will place in our Heart DESIRES that REFLECT HIS WILL. What's Gods Will? There are for sure 6 Things the Bible says is "God's Will" for us, and that is to be: Saved, Sanctified, Spirit-Filled (Gal 5:22-23), Submissive, Share in Sufferings of Christ, Say Thanks. For Scripture References and more on this go to:
How Do I Know What Gods Will Is For My Life?
God Promises Believers that He will Supply our NEEDS not all our WANTS.
Another Scripture that gets Twisted is 3 John 2:1 Re: Prospering in All things..and being in Health
This above Scripture is just a Personal Friendly Greeting to John's Friend Gaius. This is not a blanket Statement & Promise of Prosperity & that you are going to be RICH in this life. Paul and others experienced MUCH SUFFERING in this life that the LORD sovereignly allowed to take place for His Eternal purposes. (2 Cor 11:23-30,2 Cor 6:4-10). This is NOT A Guarantee of Health & Wealth on this Earth. John was simply concerned for Gaius's Physical AND Spiritual well-being. He Prayed that Gaius' Physical Well-being would match how he is doing Spiritually. God wants us to LOVE HIM above all things, and NOT to LOVE of Money & Prosperity (Mark 12:30-31, 1 Tim 6:10, Matt 19:23-24), etc.
What Does it mean that Jesus came to give us Life, and Life More Abundantly?
Another Scripture that they Twist is John 10:10 Re: Having Life & having it More Abundantly
Many are also told that Jesus said that He came to give us "Life and Life more Abundantly"... i.e. IN OUR FINANCES. Jesus however was actually referring to Eternal Life when talking about the Abundant Life. If our life is Abundant right now it is only because of Jesus, and His Holy Spirit living in us, who can give us an Abundant supply of His Peace & Joy no matter what Trial or Test we go through.
What Does it Mean that we will Do Greater Works than Jesus?
Another Scripture they Twist is John 14:12 Re: Doing Greater Works than Jesus.
When the Lord spoke of Believers performing Greater Works, He is also referring to the Greater Work of Preaching the Gospel, the Gospel that leads to people to Eternal Life— Salvation! (Rom 1:16) Jesus Never Preached outside of Palestine, yet the Believers after Him would Preach the Gospel throughout the World. Jesus had a limited outreach to the Gentiles, but the Disciples (Peter & Paul, etc) would reach the Gentile World with the Good News. Those being added as Believers would grow in numbers way beyond the Hundreds (Acts 1:15; 1 Cor 15:6) that were numbered during Jesus' lifetime.
There is nothing more important and more miraculous then the Miracle of Eternal Life!
Another Scripture they Twist is Romans 4:16-17 Re: "Calling those things that be not as though they already were."
Romans 4:17 does not speak about US Speaking Positive Confessions to make things happen. This Scripture is about the Lord, and how HE sovereignly calls people, and how HE Spoke Creation into Existence. A Scripture similar to Romans 4:17 would be:
What Does It mean that the Lord will make us the the Head and Not the Tail?
Another Scripture they Twist is Deut 28:13 re: "being the Head and Not the Tail"
Many Word of Faith Preachers Twist this Scripture to mean that God is going to make us Debt Free, Stress Free, Prosperous, etc. This Scripture has NOTHING to do with with Believers being Debt Free or Stress Free,etc. In this Scripture the Lord was speaking to Israel. Israel was to be the Leader over the other Nations (“the Head”) and not to be in subjection to another Nation (“the Tail”)— that is IF Israel would obey the Lord. That's all that this Scripture means. It doesn’t mean that God is going to make us Debt Free, Stress Free, Prosperous, etc.
We Are To Be Content Whether We Have Plenty or Not - Heb 13:5
We Are NOT to Store Up Treasures on This Earth - Matt 6:19-21
We Are Not To Be Greedy or Love Money - Luke 12:15
Remember, Rom 8:6 (KJV) says "For to be Carnally (Worldly) Minded is Death"
Right now we might not Suffer for Christ like they did in Paul's day, but we are to share in the "Sufferings of Christ," and we do so when we decide to STOP SINNING, and "Put the Flesh Under."
We are to Obey God's Word out of a Love for Jesus.
Some of us here at SO4J-TV & Video were once involved in the False Teachings of the Word of Faith Movement so we understand first hand about what it's like to have a lack of Discernment. We must Search the Scriptures Daily, and compare the Teachings of these Word of Faith Prosperity Preachers with the Word of God.
As we know the False Prosperity Gospel Ministers Twist the Scriptures. Jesus warned us that there will be MANY False Teachers & False Prophets right before He Returns. Do not not be deceived, or underestimate Satan's ability to Deceive you and keep you from the Narrow Gate & Path.
Matt 24:11 Jesus says, "MANY FALSE PROPHETS will Appear and will Deceive MANY people."
Quote: "DISCERNMENT is NOT knowing the difference between RIGHT and WRONG. It is knowing the difference between RIGHT and ALMOST RIGHT."— Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Reformed Baptist Preacher, Britain (1834 - 1892)
Do you have BIBLICAL DISCERNMENT & COMPARE what you're being TAUGHT with GOD's WORD? There's just enough TRUTH in what False Teachers say to come across as being Credible & Biblical. That's why Jesus warns—
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