The only way holiness is possible is by faith. In God’s holiness you are saved from sin and the bible says “we are saved by grace through faith.” This means when you release your faith, grace comes to do the work. In this article I want to talk about faith and the way this affects the fruit your life bares. In multiple articles I have talked about believing in the work that has been done in you. It is very important to understand that the way you believe determines the fruit you bare. The bible says, “you know a tree by its fruit.” What you believe is where your root is. If your believing is off, you will have a dead and/or perverted tree and an unhealthy tree will produce unhealthy fruit. So, if you believe that you will always fail and amount to nothing, your life will reveal that…your life would reveal that you don’t care. If you believe that you are destined for greatness and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you…your life will reveal that. People who believe this are unstoppable and constantly grow. This is what is required of a believer…to believe in Him. There are many people who believe that they will always mess up and ultimately fail…It’s no wonder they mess up and fail all the time. They believe they are “an accident” waiting to happen. They may not even want to mess up but they have believed a lie and given up the truth of God’s word for a lie. At all times we have truth and a lie set before us. The bible says, “set before you is life and death therefore choose life.” The truth about you according to the bible is, you are “holy, blameless, beyond reproach,” “saved,” “set free,” “healed,” “delivered.” You already are. So, what will you choose?…Will you believe the lie?
Where have you placed it?
Where have you placed your faith? Have you placed it in Me? Have you placed it in My word? Have you placed it in all I am? For many have placed their faith in other things, in other areas. For I have said, I have given EVERY man a measure of faith. Yet much of it has been displaced. For I tell you, faith is the gas that drives the vehicle. Allow Me to build up your faith. For know this, the more you use, the more will be filled up inside of you. Just as the cruse of oil multiplied, faith will be poured out and multiplied. Just continue to use your faith. Use it in Me, in My word and in My spirit. For it pleases Me and gives Me great joy to see you walk in My faith sayeth the Lord.
Where have you spent it?
For lo, every man has been given a measure of currency. Where have you spent it? The currency is time and faith. Where have you spent it? Many of My people have spent their currency upon other things, things that amount to nothing. For I tell you, once your currency is gone, it is gone. For many spend their time on that which is unfruitful. Many put their faith in that which is dead. I say, spend your currency wisely. I have put hopes, dreams, visions and My plans before you. Will you seek Me and put forth your time and faith into it? Will you invest into your relationship with Me first? For when you do, EVERYTHING else will fall into its PERFECT place. So I say, invest your time in Me. Put forth your faith into action and watch it grow, for I am God and I do not lie. Invest in Me and see all I do. See the increase in every area of your life sayeth the Lord.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
What will you allow?
I ask you this day, what will you allow room for? Will you allow room for Me? Will you allow room for My word? Will you allow room for My Spirit? For lo, many who desire Me, they have made room for Me. They have allowed Me to clean their threshing floor. I say to you, allow Me to come in and abide in and with you. For lo, there are many who make room for so much and so many besides Me. They are full and there is no room for Me. I say, take the time to make room for Me. Let Me come in unto you. I will show myself to you. I will dwell in and with you. I will cause all that is not of Me to be removed. I will cause all the chaff to be consumed. Make room for Me and I will do great and mighty things in you. I will fill you and change you and make you My own sayeth the Lord.
We must make sure we have room for Father, Son and Holy Ghost in our lives. We have to be fully available for God to work in and through our lives. We need to be totally empty of ourselves, the flesh and the world so He can totally and completely have room in us to do what He needs to do. Will you make room for Him today?
Merry Christmas from the Kidder family!!!
May God bless you this Christmas, giving you his ultimate joy. As we are celebrating this special day let us never forget the real reason for CHRISTmas. We take this day to praise God and give Him all the glory for giving us His ultimate most precious gift, His beloved son.
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Romans 15:13 (NKJV) Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Let Me hear it!
Does it draw breath? Then I say, let Me hear it. For I say, let everything that hath breath praise My name! Lift up your voice. Let it be heard. For the whole of creation sings. Let your song of praise, your life of worship join in the harmony to glorify My name. I tell you, become that sacrifice of praise. Lay down your life and live for Me. Live as Me. Let your life sing out through your love for Me. For it is through My love, My spirit and My word in you, you become a beautiful song in My ears. For as you lay down your life, you sing a new song, the song of the redeemed sayeth the Lord.
Will you speak it? Will you speak the truth even when all those around you would have you stop? Would you speak it even if many get offended? Would you speak it even if many, who claim to be mine, persecute and condemn you? Just know this, I will give you the words to speak. Just speak My word. Speak it in love. For when you do, it goes forth like a sword. For My word is alive, dividing asunder soul and spirit. Remember, what can man do unto you? For if I am with you, who can be against you? So speak My word. Speak truth, My truth. Speak it in faith. For when they hear you, they hear Me. If and when they persecute and condemn you, they are persecuting and condemning Me sayeth the Lord of heaven and earth.
Romans 8:17-18 Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 And if [we are His] children, [then we are His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His spiritual blessing and inheritance], if indeed we share in His suffering so that we may also share in His glory. 18 For I consider [from the standpoint of faith] that the sufferings of the present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us
As disciples of Jesus Christ expect:
1 – To stand before governors and kings for His sake
(Matt. 24:9, Mark 13:9, Luke 21:12)
2 – To be turned over to counsels
3 – To be persecuted/afflicted
(Matt. 24:9, Luke 21:12)
4 – To be beaten (in churches and synagogues)
5 – To be arrested/ sent to prison
6 – To be hated and detested by all men/ nations
(Matt. 24:9, Mark 13:13, Luke 21:16,17, John 15:18, John 17:14)
7 – To be betrayed by parents, brethren, kinsfolk and friends
8 – To be killed/handed over to death
9 – To be called of the devil and that you do his works.
(Matthew 9:34; John 7:20)
But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. 21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. 22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. 24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for my names sake.
But take Heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues you shall be beaten: and you shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake for a testimony against them
And you shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake: But he that shall endure unto the end the same shall be saved
But before all these, They shall lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for My names sake.
And you shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren and kinsfolk and friends; and some of you they will cause to be put to death and you shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake
The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil:
If the world hates you know it hated Me before it hated you.
I have given them Thy Word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Matthew 5:11-12 (KJV)
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Mark 10:29-30 (KJV)
29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
18 “If the world hates you [and it does], know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you belonged to the world, the world would love [you as] its own and would treat you with affection. But you are not of the world [you no longer belong to it], but I have chosen you out of the world. And because of this the world hates you. 20 Remember [and continue to remember] that I told you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But they will do all these [hurtful] things to you for My name’s sake [because you bear My name and are identified with Me], for they do not know the One who sent Me.
But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
4 I have told you these things [now], so that when their time comes, you will remember that I told you about them. I did not say these things to you at the beginning, because I was with you
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
1 Corinthians 4:9-14 (KJV)
For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it 13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
2 Corinthians 1:5-7 (AMP)
For just as Christ’s sufferings are ours in abundance [as they overflow to His followers], so also our comfort [our reassurance, our encouragement, our consolation] is abundant through Christ [it is truly more than enough to endure what we must]. 6 But if we are troubled and distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted and encouraged, it is for your comfort, which works [in you] when you patiently endure the same sufferings which we [a]experience. 7 And our [b]hope for you [our confident expectation of good for you] is firmly grounded [assured and unshaken], since we know that just as you share as partners in our sufferings, so also you share as partners in our comfort.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (KJV)
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 6:4-10 (KJV)
4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
2 Corinthians 12:10 (KJV)
So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength].
Galatians 4:29 (KJV)
But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
Philippians 1:28-29 (AMP)
And in no way be alarmed or intimidated [in anything] by your opponents, for such [constancy and fearlessness on your part] is a [clear] sign [a proof and a seal] for them of [their impending] destruction, but [a clear sign] for you of deliverance and salvation, and that too, from God. 29 For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake, not only to believe and confidently trust in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
1 Thessalonians 3:3 (AMP)
3 so that no one would be unsettled by these difficulties [to which I have referred]. For you know that we have been destined for this [as something unavoidable in our position].
1 Timothy 4:10 (KJV)
10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
2 Timothy 3:12 (KJV)
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution
1 Peter 2:19-21 (KJV)
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1 Peter 3:17 (KJV)
17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
1 Peter 4:12-14 (AMP)
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test you [that is, to test the quality of your faith], as though something strange or unusual were happening to you. 13 But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, keep on rejoicing, so that when His glory [filled with His radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may rejoice with great joy. 14 If you are insulted and reviled for [bearing] the name of Christ, you are blessed [happy, with life-joy and comfort in God’s salvation regardless of your circumstances], because the Spirit of glory and of God is resting on you [and indwelling you—He whom they curse, you glorify].
1 John 3:12-14 (KJV)
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Revelation 2:9-10 (AMP)
9 ‘I know your suffering and your poverty (but you are rich), and how you are blasphemed and slandered by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan [they are Jews only by blood, and do not believe and truly honor the God whom they claim to worship]. 10 Fear nothing that you are about to suffer. Be aware that the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested [in your faith], and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful to the point of death [if you must die for your faith], and I will give you the crown [consisting] of life.
One major sign that something is the truth is that it will draw lots of persecution. The last thing the devil wants is for us to see who we are in Christ. He wants us to either directly reject God or say we know God and ignore what He (God) says. The devil does not want us to live and walk just like Jesus did. We can do what Jesus did on this earth. (1John 4:17, John 14:12, Galatians2:20, Romans 8:29) Jesus was the son of God; we are sons of God. Jesus was God dwelling in a man; when the Holy Spirit comes, God is dwelling in us…God in man. The one thing that has been attacked the most concerning Jesus is His divinity. The Pharisees couldn’t deny He had power…so instead they denied that His power was from God. The first angle the religious persecute from is denying the power (2Timothy3:5). Then if they can’t deny it because you’re walking it out they’ll either say you’re special, not everyone can do that or they’ll say you’re of the devil. The majority of “Christians” preach against perfection and/or complete holiness. Anyone who says perfection or complete holiness is impossible ignores the scriptures. John the Baptist preached repentance (change) and he was beheaded. Jesus demonstrated the power of God in a man and what was to come and was crucified. Paul preached the transformation of life through the power of God and was scourged, beaten, shipwrecked and imprisoned. John the beloved preached love, truth and true holiness and was arrested, boiled in oil, and then sent to the isle of Patmos (this is the man who wrote Revelations). James preached true wisdom and what a real man of God is and was cut in half with a sword. The point is that if you decide to seek after God with all you are and believe everything the Lord tells you and obey Him without hesitation for the rest of your days you will be heavily persecuted…but this means you are doing the right things. Jesus said if we walk with Him we will be persecuted but it is so worth the persecution to have Jesus and His true freedom (Romans 8:18). God is so worth being persecuted for. He has been persecuted and we will be too if we live in Him but He is so worth it.
John 15:18-21King James Version (KJV)
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
John 15:25King James Version (KJV)
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
Matthew 5:11-12King James Version (KJV)
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
2 Corinthians 6:4-10King James Version (KJV)
4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
1 Corinthians 4:9-14King James Version (KJV)
9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.
10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;
12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.
14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
2 Timothy 3:12King James Version (KJV)
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Will you come?
Will you come and dine with Me? Will you come and allow Me to come in unto you? Will you come, come and spend that intimate time I so desire? For lo, I will feed you. I will feed you bread and wine. Allow Me to feed you that which will sustain you. For I will feed you the bread from heaven, I will feed you My new wine. I say come, come dwell with Me. Come dwell in Me. Come in and sup with Me. Come, so I may come in unto you, for that is My desire, that is My good pleasure sayeth the Lord.
Are My mercies new?
Yes, for you woke up this morning. I have said, no man is promised tomorrow. For I have given you this day, this time. I have opened the door for you to worship Me. I have opened the door for you to lift Me up. Look around you, I am the breath of life. All that is around you is a testimony of Me. So I say, take My life, take My love. Be all I have created you to be and share Me with a lost and dying world. Let them see Me. Let them know Me. Reveal to them My mercy, for it endures forever. Yes, I am merciful, yet I am also just and righteous. Show forth Me, My love and I will draw all men unto Me. For all men have that choice. For many are called but few chosen. For I know the hearts of men. I have laid before you life and death. Therefore, choose life, choose Me sayeth the Lord God Almighty.
Will you accompany Me?
Will you go higher? Will you allow Me to give you hinds feet? For I know the plans and purposes I have for you. Will you come up hither? Will you come up higher? For I know how to keep you. I know how to hold you. I know all things you need. I tell you, just follow Me, for I will guide you. I am that lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. Do not be weary just continue to move forward. Just cast your cares and concern upon Me. Let us go as one. For remember, when you are weak I am strong. Rely upon Me, trust in Me. For nothing is impossible to them that believe sayeth the Lord of heaven and earth.