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Lesson 4: Focus of Faith
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 4:2). God created Adam to bring Him joy and fulfillment and as Adam abided in Him that he may find joy and fulfillment in God. Adam was created God’s beloved son in whom He was well pleased (Luke 3:38). The undivided attention of Adam’s focus on God was the source of His strength and vision. Adam’s perfect relationship with God yielded a complete trust in Him that was the source of His vision. Because of Adam’s divine purity he constantly found himself in the presence of God beholding his Creator and conversing with his Maker. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8). Adam’s transgression placed him outside of God’s inside, which is separation from God that resulted in Adam’s death, as he was a branch severed from the Vine. Sin broke the trust that there was in their Father-son relationship. God could no longer trust the heart of Adam. Adam’s spontaneous trust in God fades away as his heart fell from a heart of flesh, which is the heart of Christ, to an evil unbelieving heart of stone becoming self-righteous in his incurable deceived and wicked heart. Adam that lived in the joy, rest and peace of God’s presence suddenly dwelled in a broken universe filled with darkness of uncertainty that sparked doubt and fear in his heart as he had turned his heritage in God over to the god of this world.
Adam lost the ability to bring God joy and fulfillment and to find fulfillment in Him because his focus shifted from God onto his own lusts and needs. The fears and doubts of his own deceptive heart in a world filled with uncertainties tormented his soul day after day. Because Adam died to God he could no longer sense the Almighty with his bodily senses or the place of His dwelling, the realm of Spirit. From that time forward he had to present God with blood sacrifices for the atonement of his sin and imperfection. Afterward men began to call on the name of the Lord to seek His favor in prayer (Genesis 4:26). For the first time in the history of creation, men had to put their faith in God to break through the cloud of doubt and fear that they may please Him. Without faith it is impossible to please God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). You may say this is New Testament truth. Yes, it is true. Man changed with the transgression, but the Truth is settled in heaven before the foundation of the earth and nothing, not even time, can change it. When Adam sinned and fell from the glory that he had in God, we all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Because Adam died to God we all died entirely to Him in spirit, soul and body. Then men discovered that faith in God is the only way to create substance in a world of unseen realities. Enoch (without the law) and Elijah (under the law) are living proof that since the transgression man can attain to resurrection life and perfection without tasting death if he or she believes God for it. Enoch lived in the dispensation of innocence and Elijah lived under the Old Covenant of works and both through their faith in God attained bodily to
the resurrection from the dead and were perfected in their spirits and souls. Adam was 622 years old when Enoch was born. Enoch was 308 years old when Adam died at the age of 930 years (Genesis 5). Enoch must have learned firsthand from Adam what he had in God in Eden and then lost it through his rebellious disobedience. Enoch yearned for the Father-son relationship Adam had with God and also to walk with Him in the garden just like Adam. Through faith he discovered the fountain of Life, the source of Light, the epitome of Truth, which is the Creator of heaven and earth. He walked with God and He began to teach him like He did Adam. Enoch was a preacher of righteousness emphasizing that men should watch over their souls; hold on to the fear of the Lord and service to Him, and to serve Him in righteousness, innocence and justice in humility and purity. He also prophesied of the mighty ones who are soon to be released on the earth (Jude 14). He believed God so much he began to experience the joy and strength that man knew before the fall. He started to live in the penetrating light of God that filled all the earth but cannot be confined in anyplace or anything or by anyone. Life became so great in him that he would have still remain on earth if God had not taken him to dwell with Him in heaven. He was too full of life to die, so God took him bodily into heaven so that he did not see death and could not be found among the sons of men. Before God took him he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:5-6). Many years after Enoch, God established a covenant of works with His people, the nation of Israel. The terms of the covenant of the Law were that if the Israelites kept the covenant they would be a special treasure to God above all people and they shall be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation to Him. If they diligently obey the voice of the Lord
to observe all His commandments the Lord will set them high above all the nations of the earth and all His blessings shall come upon them and overtake them. If they violated the covenant, they would be cursed (Deuteronomy 28). The obligation was with man to keep the covenant. Because the law is spiritual and perfect the righteous requirement of the law could only be fulfilled in those who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:4). Through self-righteousness of flesh (power and might) the righteous requirements of the Law could never have been fulfilled but only through faith. Faith is the doorway to the Spirit where God dwells. The covenant of works utterly failed because the Law, which is Spirit, could never have been fulfilled in the flesh. To be outside of God’s inside (His body) is death because you can do nothing without Christ in you the hope of glory. The excellence of the power is from God and not man. Elijah, the Tishbite, a mighty prophet of God, which lived in times when wicked kings ruled Judah and Israel, had a different spirit in him and he followed God fully. Through faith he fulfilled the righteous requirements of the law. He had the testimony that he constantly stood before the Lord, which is to live in His presence (1 Kings 17:1). He lived his life above the cloud of doubt and fear by positioning himself in the presence of God, which is in the realm of the Spirit. The presence of God is where the Spirit of God prevails, where the burden of suffering and shame of imperfect flesh is broken. It is where the glory of the character and power of Christ was revealed in him (1 Peter 1:11). He was uncompromising in his spirit yet saturated with joy and love of the Spirit of God in him. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours. When he succumbed to the flesh, where doubt and fear rule, he fled for his life before Jezebel and prayed the Lord to take his life. The Lord asked Elijah what he was doing in the cave (past) spending the night (bad times) in
that place (thinking about the bad of the past). He was meditating on how Jezebel was killing the prophets of God in the past and that he was next in line on her hit list. He was supposed to be positioned in the place of his anointing (his garden), the presence of God. After that episode he walked with God and he obtained the testimony that in his walk with God his fire never dimmed. Then God took him. Elijah was a prophet of fire. Enoch, which is a picture of the Lamb of God, and Elijah that came in the spirit of the Lion of Judah are the witnesses that God was blameless in His dealings with man before and during Old Testament times to conform to the glorious image of His Son. His Son was revealed from the foundation of the earth (Revelation 13:8; 1 Peter 1:11). Since Christ, we live in a much better dispensation, in the dispensation of His grace, through the New Covenant that He made in His blood with the Father on our behalf. When we accept the gift of God, Jesus Christ the Righteous whom He sent to die for our sins, God places us into the body of His Son and He quickens our spirits unto Him. How shall you as a Christian live your life in your mortal body of flesh toward God and that which is His? You can only relate to God with that part of you that is alive to Him, which is your spirit. God is Spirit and those who worship or serve Him must do so in spirit and in truth. Present your natural (soulish) body of death to God as if it is a spiritual (resurrected) body that is alive to Him. The natural body is also known as the soulish body because it responds to impulses of the soul (mind, emotions and will). The spiritual or resurrected body responds to the spirit of man which is one Spirit with Christ. Through faith you present that which is dead to God as if it is alive to Him and pleasing to Him – that which is not as if it
is. You need to present your soul, which is enmity with God, as if it is alive to God, perfect and one with Him, in hope for the redemption of the whole man. Therefore you take every thought in captivity to the obedience of Christ and by doing so you present the members of your body as slaves unto righteousness (Romans 12:1-2). Not that you have attained bodily to the resurrection from the dead or made perfect in your soul yet or see all things subjected to Christ. But you present yourself in hope that the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead may quicken your mortal body so that you may bodily attain to the resurrection from the dead and be made perfect in your soul while living in this mortal flesh. This was the hope that Enoch and Elijah had. Hope is an anchor of the soul. To live forever you need to inhale the air of heaven, which is God’s presence. To do so, you need to see your natural (soulish) body as a spiritual body in an atmosphere where heaven and earth has come together. You live this earthy life as if you are in heaven. As man think in his heart so is he and so God sees him. The imagination of man, good or evil, counts as substance and reality in the books of God. If you dwell on yourself in the imagination of your mind you live in the flesh. If you share your thoughts with Christ, even if you are busy with normal daily tasks, you live your life in the realm of spirit. If you share Jesus’ live with Him the pressure to function in your own power is removed. It is easy if you share Jesus’ life because He has already attained to resurrection life and was perfected through His sufferings. He died for you that you may replace all areas of your life with His, which is divine perfection. Through faith you flow with Him all the time in your heart, sharing his faith, hope and love. Use your imagination and visualize it. The more that you focus on Jesus, meditate on sharing His life with Him and you practice it, the easier it becomes. A walk with God is not theory but
practical expressions of faith even if you cannot see many of its actions. Faith consists of thoughts, words, attitudes, deeds and the way you walk your life. It starts out with a focus on God and divine visions in the imagination of your heart. Many years ago I had a dream. I dreamed that somebody told me that I have to redo all my qualifications at a technical university. I obtained all my qualifications at an academic university. I saw the man that would be my tutor. This man use to be one of the lecturers that worked for me. I was Head of Department at a certain university. In the dream I thought, “What can this man teach me? There is nobody at the university that was as skilled in my field of expertise and the entire subject as I was.” The dream had nothing to do with my natural skills but God showed me how knowledge of the Scriptures has puffed me up. Because of great revelation that the Lord has given me I have become so arrogant that I was looking down on others because of this so called “superior knowledge.” How I have failed the Lord! I have also become “chief of all sinners.” I have received so much but was walking in so little. The dream was God’s message that calls for me to walk my talk. God never expects from you to do anything in your own power but to use through faith His Spirit that lives in you. You are called to share in the life of Christ that lives within you. For example, it is too lonely to struggle with an imperfect prayer life of your own. Share His exciting prayer life with Him. This is true fellowship with Him. You should abandon your imperfect relationships and share all His perfect relationships with Him. Can you see how easy it becomes now? Just remember that a faithlife is exciting to your spirit but not comfortable to the flesh. Faith is the expression of the vision of
hope that the Holy Spirit has placed in your heart and not the excitement of feelings. Faith in God is the expression of Christ’s life in you, which is the only hope of glory that the Father has given you. God will not share His glory with imperfect flesh. At the end of the day it is what you have become to God and what He is to you that matters. Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven (Matthew 7:21). The will of God does not consist of do and don’ts. The will of God is a state of your spirit. Faith that is worked by love causes the anointing to flow. Faith is a state of your spirit. God has called you into sonship, which means to live and relate to God with that part of you which is alive to Him and one with Christ, so that Christ may be revealed in your whole being. If you are a son of God you are to be led by the Spirit of God. Naturally, this is a gradual growing process. This is to allow God to be your Father and you to be a son to Him. Sonship is a full or mature revelation of the Son in you. The question is what you have become to God or will He not recognize you. The Father wants you to be a son and a worshipper to Him. The Son wants you to share His life as brother and friend with Him in doing the will of the Father. The Holy Spirit wants to be your friend, comforter and leader and to guide you into all truth, which is Christ. Your faith-love relationship in oneness with Christ is the substance that ministers love, trust and fulfillment toward God and all that is His. Acts without a relationship toward God is hypocrisy, acting or stage-play even if your intentions are good because it is without Spirit and life and thus without fulfillment, which is joy, peace and delight in the Holy Spirit. That was why Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites. The word hypocrite in the Greek means actor or stage-player. They were performers without having a relationship with God.
Acting is works or performance without a relationship. This is the manifestation of the Law in doing dead works. Everything not sharing Christ’s life with Him is death. That which is outside of Christ is darkness, death and the lie. Man can only relate to God through faith, hope and love in His word. As we live no longer but Christ lives in us, it is His faith, hope and love in operation. Our ability, which flows forth from that part in us that is dead to God, which is our flesh, cannot please Him. That which is dead to God indicates a separation and independence from Him, which is of necessity death. The flesh is the tree of the knowledge of good (law or legalism) and evil (lawlessness). Good is better than evil but it is still death. It is one thing to have knowledge about the goodness of God but another thing to know God as Good through a deep relationship with Him. I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eyes see you. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes (Job 42:5-6). Knowledge of good and evil puffs up produces the fruit of arrogance and renders you vulnerable to futility and bareness. Faith, hope and love edify and yield the fruit of righteousness, humility and wisdom, and harvest joy and fulfillment in God. The flesh is by nature an unbeliever and is enmity against God. How do you start out? By faith you present your mind that is enmity against God a living sacrifice as if it is alive to God by bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, in hope that all disobedience will be punished when your obedience is fulfilled. You do it by meditating only on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtues and praiseworthy that you may be renewed in the spirit of your mind. The focus of your heart is not on you growing up into sonship but on Him being glorified in you. Growing up in Him will automatically be taken care of as you pursue Christ. Which of you by
worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (Matthew 6:27). Revelation is never complete unless you see God exalted in His works and ways or where He is revealed as wisdom in any issue of concern. For you to live is Christ. If you choose to walk with God, like Enoch and Elijah did, waiting on the Lord, meditation on the Word of God, visualizing the will of God for your life, prayer, worship and intercession is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Remember that if you share all you activities with Jesus it takes all human effort away. Also remember that your walk with God is a walk by faith and not feeling. For we walk by faith, not by sight (or feeling) (2 Corinthians 5:7).
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