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FAITH ( Chapter One).

In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth. ( Genesis 1 verse 1 ).
In the beginning was the Word , and the Word was with God , and the Word was
God ( John 1 verse 1 ).

“The Ecclesia” , “The Called Out Ones”, “The Elected Ones” have been
redeemed by the precious Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and have come out of
spiritual Egypt , redeemed and delivered from a life of bondage and slavery to
the carnal nature inherited from the “ First Adam” and have journeyed through
the wilderness of sin and have overcome by daily denying self and picking up
their cross and following in the steps of the Lord Jesus Christ , being crucified
with Christ ( Galatians 2 verse 20 ) saved by Grace , live by faith in God's Word
living a holy redeemed life.

The Apostle Paul in the Book of Ephesians ,writing to the saints says that God
has “....made us together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus : ...” ( Ephesians 2
verse 5 ). He is talking about the Divine Ordained Rulership of the Overcomer.
He is talking of the overcomer being positionally placed to rule and reign with
authority over death , sickness and sin.

Faith is the language of the Kingdom of God. Man is created in the image of
God. The born again Christian, the redeemed live in an atmosphere of
mountain moving faith where all things are possible to the that believe. No
demons occupy this sanctified territory. No demon power can rule in this
Heavenly Domain. Satan's power is broken because of the anointing of God.
This heavenly place has been sanctified for the believers to possess and
occupy. The Word of God abides in the believer and the believer abides in the
Word of God. There is Divine Sustenance and Divine Life. God manifest His Zoe
Life in the life of the believer, the justified and sanctified ones, the overcomer.

Faith can be seen. In Mark 2 verse 5 the Lord Jesus “ ...saw their faith....” .
Faith cannot be impersonated. Faith rules from heaven. Faith is identified in the
believers. Faith is recognised as a badge of Heavenly Authority and Power.
Words spoken by a justified sanctified Holy Ghost filled believer baptised in the
Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and living a life worthy of the gospel have to be
obeyed. “ ..Death and life are in the power of the tongue : and they that love it
shall eat the fruit thereof ....” . ( Proverbs 18 verse 21 ) . The Words of God
“...are spirit,and they are life...” ( John 6 verse 63 ). The Word of God has
Authority and Power and Life.

The Centurion was a man of authority with power to give orders and commands
that had to be obeyed by those under his authority . He was under a chain of
command and in the Roman Army he followed orders from those above him
and gave orders and commands to those under him. He had to be a faithful ,
loyal Roman citizen dressed in Roman Regalia ( uniform) to exercise the
delegated Authority of Rome. He said he was “ ...a man set under authority,
having under me soldiers ,and I say one, Go, and he goeth; and to another,
Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it ......” . ( Luke
7 verse 8 ).

The law of faith is alive and it operates in a Heavenly atmosphere . There is a
law governing faith.

In Luke 7 verse 1 to 10 : “..... 6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was
now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him,
Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under
my roof:

7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a
word, and my servant shall be healed.
8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say
unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my
servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about,
and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so
great faith, no, not in Israel.
10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole
that had been sick. .....”
Faith comes from God and cannot be impersonated. Faith “...cometh by hearing
, and hearing by the Word of God....” (Romans 10 verse 17 ) .

The believer has put on Christ. ( Romans 13 verse14; Galatians 3 verse 27 ).
Faith clothes the believer with Heavenly Regalia. Demons recognise authority
when they see it and have to obey Divine Authority. In Acts chapter 19 verse
13 to 20 :

“...Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over
them which had evil spirits the name of the LORD Jesus, saying, We adjure you
by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests,
which did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who
are ye?
16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame
them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked
and wounded.
17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and
fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together,
and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and
found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.....”.
Crowds followed the Lord Jesus Christ. Why did they follow him ? He preached
with Divine Authority and Power. “...with authority and power he commandeth
the unclean spirits,and they come out.....” ( Luke 4 verse 36 ). Demons
recognize Divine authority and power.
Too many times as young Christians we operate the realm of human ability
trusting in reason and the five senses. To operate in the realm of the spirit we
have to walk by faith and not be sight. We must not rely on any of the five
senses . The Apostle Paul says that “...The believer walks by faith and not by
sight...” ( 2 Corinthians 5 verse 7 ).
In Luke 5 verses 1 to 11 we read about Simon Peter, “...James and John ,the
sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon...” . They were fisherman by
trade and were experienced in their trade of fishing. They knew all the good
fishing spots . Fishing was their livelihood. However, Human effort had failed
them. They had fished all night and caught nothing.In Luke 5 verse1 to 3 we
read :
“....1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the
word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of
them, and were washing their nets.
3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him
that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the
people out of the ship....”.
There was a crowd that followed the Lord Jesus Christ at one time. The Lord had
need of Simon's fishing boat. Simon made his boat available. You cannot
outgive God ! God had something in store for Simon and his business partners !
The Lord Jesus knew their financial situation. The balance sheet did not look
good ! There were debts to pay . Simon had to forget about operating on the
human level and operate on the faith level. Simon had to hear the Word of God
first inorder to receive faith. Simon had not been to Church. So the Lord Jesus
Christ by Divine Providence brought the Word of God to Simon ,James and John.
Peter had borrowed the Lord Jesus the boat to preach from whilst Jesus had
preached to the crowd and Simon and James and John within hearing distance,
heard the Word of God being preached .
Their way of thinking had to change from the carnal level to the supernatural
level. “...Faith cometh by hearing the Word of God...” ( Romans 1o verse 17 ).
“...The Word of God is quick and ,and powerful, and sharper than any two
edged sword,piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the
joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the
heart....” ( Hebrews 4 verse 12 ).
The Lord Jesus was fixing to demonstrate faith. But he had to change the
atmosphere ! Faith cannot operate in an atmosphere of unbelief and doubt.
( Mark 6 verse 6 ). Simon Peter had to get faith into his heart. Reading on in
Luke chapter 5 :

“...4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the
deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and
have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.....”.
The Lord Jesus had said “...let down your nets for a draught...” . Simon Peter
had little faith but God wanted him to have great faith. Simon Peter had heard
the Word of God and now the Lord Jesus wanted to demonstrate the Word of
God in action !
Simon Peter had a problem. His reputation. In his carnal mind he saw Jesus as a
Carpenter turned prophet ( Mark 6 verse 1 to 6 ). Simon was more concerned
with what people thought about him than fully obeying the Word of God. He
said “...we have toiled all night...” ( HUMAN EFFORT,HUMAN ABILITY,CARNAL
REASONING )and went on to say “....and have taken nothing:nevertheless at
thy word I will let down the net....” . In other words, to paraphrase, “...I am a
fisherman, you are a carpenter turned preacher....I know these waters and the
good and bad fishing spots....we fished here all night...tried everything to catch
the fish...and we caught nothing....and just to prove to you that there is no
fish...I will let down a net because I do not want towaste my time and
your time and everyone's time...we all got things to do....but just too humour
you and to proove a point ....I will let down a night and that will be
will see...there are no fish here....something strange is happening to the
fish...they are not feeding in their noble feeding spots....”. What did Jesus do ?
He let Simon make a choice to believe the Word of God “...let down the nets for
a draught....” or to believe his own confession “....we have toiled all night, and
have taken nothing....”.
Simon Peter trusted and believed his own confession. He had to learn to control
his tongue and say the right thing ! He had to learn that “ ...death and life are
in the power of the tongue...” . ( Proverbs 18 verse 21 ). He had to learn to
operate on the supernatural level and speak in faith. Reading on in that same
chapter we read :
“...6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes:
and their net brake.
7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that
they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so
that they began to sink.....”.
Wonder of wonders ! Miracle of miracles ! Too many fish for one net ! The net
broke ! Simon called James and John to help and they filled both ships. God is
not selfish! He pays his debts ! Both ships were filled and the weight of the fish
began to sink. Reading on :
“...8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from
me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the
fishes which they had taken:
10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners
with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt
catch men.
11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and
followed him....”.