It is Finished

It is Finished!

John 19: 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Salvation is a Finished Work
Salvation is a Finished Work of the Lord Jesus

It may seem like an odd scripture with Christmas approaching; more like an Easter message. But for a Christian every day is Christmas and every day is Easter.

The Carnal man will look upon this scripture, and the context of it, and say that Jesus had fulfilled the final prophecies of his life, and said it was done, and died. While this is true, there is a far deeper spiritual meaning to what he said. What exactly was finished?

What did he come to accomplish? There are lots of ways to take this line of thinking. But this is the direction that the Lord put on my heart for today.

Matthew 5: 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

The first thing we see is that the Lord Jesus came to fulfill the law. Now in every law there are two distinct components. First there is a commandment, a do, or do not part. Second there is a penalty for transgression of the first part. Most people don’t realize this. That is why they do not understand how Jesus could fulfill the law. He did not change the do, do not part. He simply took the penalty for it upon himself. For example:

Exodus 21:12 12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.

There are two distinct parts. 1) if you hit someone and they die, and 2) you shall be put to death. Jesus fulfilled this law. Does that mean you are now allowed to hit someone and kill them? NO! It means that Jesus took the penalty upon himself. If you had killed someone, and you repented and were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, then Jesus Christ took the penalty of death upon himself at the Cross of Calvary. This does not give us license to sin, it justifies us from our sin. Big difference. They are completely different ideas.

Romans 6: What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Jesus Christ took the penalty of the law upon himself. The commandment is still there. The commandment is still in force. The penalty is still in force as well if we are not under the blood covenant of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ laid down his life and took it back up. We do the same thing in baptism. We lay down our lives with him, crucify our old man, our old nature, with him. The difference is that we do not pick our old lives back up. We pick his life up, or more correctly, his life, the Holy Spirit, picks us up. Then we no longer live, but it is Christ Jesus living in us.

Galatians 5: 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

If ye be led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Therefore the corollary of that is If ye are NOT led by the Spirit, ye ARE under the law. Do you realize what that means? Every single soul that is not under the blood of Jesus Christ, that has not entered into the covenant of the New Testament, is still under the law. The Whole Law!

When they come up in the white throne judgement, they will be judged by the Lord Jesus Christ using the entire letter of the law. They will be held accountable for every single law, every single ordinance in the Old Testament of the Bible.

It is finished! It indeed is. But we still must receive it! If we reject the pardon that was signed by the blood of Jesus Christ, we will be called to answer for every single letter of the Law of Moses.

It is finished! For the children of God, it is finished!

1 Peter 2: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

When were you healed? You and I were healed 2,000 years ago. It is finished!

But do we act that way? Do we act as though it is finished? We have a promise of the Lord. Every single disease, every single sickness, every single ailment we will ever get has already been healed! It is finished.

2 Chronicles 16: 12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians. 13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.

Now Asa was not an unbeliever. He had a long history with the Lord, and with the supernatural power and might of the Lord God Jehovah. He also had a promise of the Lord spoken to him by a prophet:

2 Chronicles 15: And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. But when they in their trouble did turn unto the Lord God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lord, that was before the porch of the Lord.

King Asa had the Word of the Lord. The prophet was sent and brought him the message of the hour. Do we have a message? Are we going to trust in the Lord, in the message, in the Word of God?

King Asa saw the Lord deliver him from undefendable odds. And the Lord not only defeated his enemies, he was given 35 years of peace. That is supernatural in any era. Yet after all that, after 35 years of supernatural experiences, after hearing the words of a vindicated prophet, when trouble came, he rejected the way of the Lord and sought the arm of flesh. And it cost him his life.

Why? Because with King Asa, it was not finished!

2 Chronicles 15: 16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron. 17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days. 18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels.

He did run well. He cut down the idols and burnt them. He cast out the idolaters. He was a message believer! He was justified in his day. He was sanctified in his day. He sanctified all of Israel!

BUT, “the high places were not taken away out of Israel”. His new birth was not complete!

Ezekiel 36: 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

The new birth is not a single event. It is several events locked together. It is just like the natural birth. The baby is conceived. We often forget that part in discussing the new birth. The baby is conceived first! How? A seed is planted and the seed grows, and the seed bears fruit. That fruit is the baby.

The first thing that happens in a new birth is the planting of the seed, which is the Word of God. The life in that seed is the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John 6:63 that “my words are spirit and life”. The first step in the new birth is that someone like you or I, someone who carries the seed, plants it in the heart of the heathen. Big word to use in this politically correct day. We are all heathens once too.

The life in the seed is the Holy Spirit. If we do not have the Holy Spirit, then the seed is dead inside of us. If we do not have the Holy Spirit, then the seed that we plant is a dead seed. That is why we have over 1,000 denominations on earth with 3 Billion people calling themselves Christians, all preaching out of the Bible, and planting DEAD SEED!

2 Corinthians 3: Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

If we preach the Word of God without the Holy Spirit, we are planting a DEAD SEED, a seed that will rot and kill the host. We will kill people with that dead seed. How can the Word of God bring death?

2 Samuel 6: And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart. And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

They were carrying the Word of God, the Ark. They had a good intent. They had no evil or malicious intent in their hearts. David, the King that the Bible says was a man after God’s own heart, led the way. They had musicians out in front. They had a program, a religious program that looked perfect. They had everything lined up but one. The wrong people were handling the Word. The Bible says it must be carried on the left shoulders of the Levites, over their hearts.

And when the Word of God went forth without the Spirit of God, then even the righteous man Uzzah died. Without the Spirit of God, the Seed of God, the Holy Bible, is DEAD.

Without the Holy Spirit, the message of the hour will bring DEATH! It is a dead seed without the life of Christ in it. That is why we have so many churches, preaching the Bible, and yet all they can create is still born babies.

So the new birth starts with the planting of the seed, the live, spirit borne seed. Then the seed germinates. A baby germinates for 40 weeks. Forty is one of God’s special numbers. Moses was on the mountain for 40 days. Jesus fasted for 40 days.

The seed of the Word of God will germinate in the heart, watered by the Holy Spirit. Now the Spirit does not indwell at this point, it anoints. There is a different. Remember Jesus said the Spirit would be with us, AND in us. And is a conjunction. Two separate events.

Then we get to the point where we usually start speaking on the New Birth. First we have Justification, then we have Sanctification, then we receive the Spirit.

1 John 5: For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

It is the Spirit that bears witness. Not the letter. The birth is water, blood and spirit. Just like a physical birth, first the water breaks, then the blood, then the baby. So too with the new birth. First the water, the justification in baptism. Then the blood, the sanctification. Then the filling of the Holy Spirit. Three definite steps.

And again the Scripture says here that “the witness of God is greater”. The witness is the Holy Spirit. Our witness without the Holy Spirit, is the witness of men, and it is powerless. It becomes a second had gospel.

Acts 19: 13 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.

These seven men had heard the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. They had heard the message of the hour from the mouth of the prophet. Not only had they heard the message, they also saw the vindication in signs, wonders and miracles.

But for them it was not finished!

They had the letter, but they did not have the spirit. They came with a second hand gospel. They came quoting the prophet but without the spirit, they simply had the testimony of man. The testimony of God is greater. For the seven men, it was not finished. They had the message, but they did not have the Spirit or the Revelation of the message.

Is it finished for YOU?

We have to make this personal, intensely and completely personal. Do you have the Revelation and the Spirit? Is your new birth complete? Is your faith complete? Only you can answer that.

Are you trusting completely in the Lord today? Asa could not. He had the message. He heard it from the mouth of the prophet. He had 35 years of supernatural experiences with the Lord. Yet it was not finished for him. He did not take away the high places. He did a lot. But he did not do it all.

David, the man after God’s own heart, the anointed King of Israel, did almost everything. He had the musicians. He had all but one thing. He failed to get the Levites to carry the Word. He failed to get the Spirit of God in the picture. He had the letter, but not the word. He was planting a dead seed.

That can happen in our message churches today, and indeed it is happening. It was even happening when Brother Branham was here. He warned of it. He warned of the need for repentance before baptism. He said we are going in dry sinners and coming out wet sinners. He said we were creating still born Christians. It is the same today. Where is the Lord today? We have the message. We have the quotes. We have the music. We have fancy Churches. We have big buildings, great architecture, beautiful interiors, lights and sounds, audio visual systems, professional musicians and singers. We have preachers in $5000 suits.

They are Ox Carts!

The Word of God is not carried in a building, or an organization, or a system, or a program. It is not carried in a denomination. They can only carry the letter, the dead letter.

The Word of the God, the Spirit of God, can only be carried in the hearts of the Christians. The Lord dwells in the hearts of the Bride of Christ, and nowhere else.

Judges 6: And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord because of the Midianites, That the Lord sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 10 And I said unto you, I am the Lord your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice. 11 And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. 13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. 14 And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?

There are a few things to look at here to tie things together. First of they were sent the Prophet. The Prophet told them of all the power of the Lord God vindicating his word and his promises to them over the years. He is telling them that for them it should be finished.

Then we find the angel appearing to Gideon. Gideon responded with a very simply question. If God is with us, where is the supernatural vindication of a living God? Can we say the same today? If the Lord God is in our midst, then we have a healer here. If Jesus Christ is here, then there is deliverance. If there is a living God with us, then there will be supernatural signs, wonders and miracles. If for us it is finished, then we will most certainly have the fruit of it in full blossom.

And the third point, the angel did not say to Gideon that the Lord is with Israel, he said the Lord is with you.

The Lord God is with YOU! Go in thy might. Have I not sent thee?

The Lord God is with YOU Saints of God! 

The only presence of the Lord God Jehovah, the Holy Spirit, is in the hearts of the children of God. He is nowhere else upon the face of the earth, except in you and I. When the rapture comes, it is the Spirit of God leaving this world, and anyone that is filled with that Spirit goes along for the ride. No Holy Spirit equals NO rapture.

Romans 10: 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

How shall they preach except they be sent? They will plant dead seeds! We can preach the gospel, we can quote the message and even perfectly imitate the Prophet’s voice, but without the Spirit, without being SENT, we will plant dead seeds. Our words will simply be the testimony of man and rot in the hearts of the people. It will make them sick and they will spiritually die.

Have I not sent you? Are you sent? Have you all been sent?

Mark 16: 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Go YE into all the world! If you are born again, if you are filled with the Holy Spirit, if for you it is finished, then YOU have been sent. The harvest is ripe, but the labourers are few, and far between.

Is it finished?

Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel unto every creature. Preaching is not reserved for the preachers. There are five ministries from behind the pulpit, but all people are preachers. Even the women! Whoa that shocked someone. There are five pulpit ministries, Evangelist, Prophet, Teacher, Apostle, Pastor. Notice there is no title of “preacher”. We are ALL preachers. We preach the gospel by living it and by testifying of it.

Acts 18: 24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

They expounded to him. We are all supposed to testify. We are all supposed to bring the gospel. We are all supposed to go into all the world and tell every soul we meet of Jesus Christ and what he did for us.

That is not to argue doctrine. NO. We are supposed to introduce people to the Lord Jesus Christ. Tell them what he did for you. Tell them how you got saved. Tell them how you got delivered. Tell them how you got healed. Tell them of the signs, wonders and miracles that you have personally witnessed in your life. Do that. For that is our job as Christians. We are sent to be written epistles read of all men. ALL men. Go into the world by the Spirit of the Lord and let the world read Jesus Christ in you.

Do your neighbors know that you are Christians? Do they know the message of the hour? Have you told them about Jesus Christ? Have you testified to them of the signs, wonders and miracles that the Lord Jesus has worked in your life? Have to testified of salvation, of deliverance, of healing?

How about the people you work with? Does your boss know about Jesus Christ? Your customers? Your vendors? The guy who mops the floors? The receptionist? The forklift driver? You have been sent! Did you think you got that job by accident, or because of your qualifications? The Lord gave you that job, and he gave you that specific job for a specific purpose. You have been sent to them. You are an ambassador of Jesus Christ to them. That is your job.

2 Timothy 4: I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

Preach the Word! Not just in season, but out of season. Preach it where and when it is accepted and welcomed. Preach it where it is hated and rejected. Preach! Reprove. Rebuke. Exhort.

Finish it! If you dare.

Luke 9: 23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.

If it is truly finished for us then we will not be ashamed of him. We will have no problem testifying to everyone we meet. We will look for an in, an opportunity to, any opportunity to talk to everyone about the Lord Jesus Christ. We will express God’s opinion in every conversation, on every topic. We will be ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ, for the Kingdom of Heaven. We will plant the seed of God, the Word, by the Spirit. And we will do it all day, every day, with every soul.

Is it finished?

If we are ashamed of him, then it certainly is not finished; not for us.

The work is complete. The price has been paid. There is nothing that the Lord God can do for you today because he has already done everything. The atonement is paid. He cannot heal you because he healed you 2000 years ago. He cannot save you because he saved you two millennia ago. You have already been delivered. Your name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world.

It is finished!

The problem is with us. We need to accept it. That is all we have to do. We need to accept it, to believe it and receive it into ourselves. We need to allow it to be finished. That is what the Lord is waiting for. He is waiting for us to attain perfection; for us to allow ourselves to be made perfect. He is waiting for us.

It is finished!

Let it be finished!

Are you sick? Are you waiting for healing? It is Finished!

Are you suffering from oppression? Do you need deliverance? It is Finished!

Do you have financial issues? Do you have work problems? Do you have family problems? Do you have issues that the world says you cannot overcome? Has the doctor written you off? Asa trusted in the doctors. The woman with the blood issue did the same. Then she heard about Jesus. And when she touched the hem of his garment, it was finished!

Blind Bartemaeus begged for his dinner. But when he heard that Jesus was there, it was finished!

It is Finished!

We have the message! We have the gospel. We have the written Bible. We have the fivefold ministry. We have the gifts. We have the fullness.

But is it finished for us, or are we waiting for more? Is there something missing for us? Do we lack? Is there a need that you have, that you know should be finished, but you cannot realize it in your life? Is there a battle that you cannot overcome? Do you feel overwhelmed?

Reach out and touch the hem of his garment. IT IS FINISHED!

Taking God at His Word

“Go Up and Possess the Land Which I Have Given You”

Taking God at His Word

Deuteronomy 9: 23 Likewise when the Lord sent you from Kadesh-barnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; Then ye rebelled against the commandment of the lord your God, and ye believed him not, not hearkened to his voice.

May God add his blessing to the reading of his word.

Here Moses is making intercession for Israel. God was going to destroy the whole bunch and start over, but Moses stood in the gap. That was the spirit of Christ in Moses. That spirit of God in us is what makes us pray for our brothers and sisters and our enemies alike. Only the spirit of God in you will make you love your enemy. Only the spirit of God in us will make us forgive our enemy. The spirit of Christ was in Moses making intercession for Israel. But why did Moses have to make intercession? Why was God so angry with Israel?

They refused to take God at his word! God gave them promises and they refused to believe him. They rejected the word of God in favour of the ideas, philosophies and ideologies of men. God not only gave them promises, but he vindicated those promises to the people and the people rejected both the word and the evidence. God showed them the physical evidence of the Promised Land. Moses sent out 12 spies, one from each of the 12 tribes and they brought back the evidence of the Promised Land. The people rejected it. They saw it, they tasted it and they rejected it. Even seeing the evidence, touching the evidence they still refused to believe or have faith in God. Quite simply they did not trust God.

What would we have done in their situation? It is easy to say we would have been on Moses’ side. But would you, would I? In this situation what would you have done? Where would you stand? Ten of the spies said that the opposition was too strong. Ten out of the twelve said it would be impossible to take the land. Only two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb trusted in God and believed his word, and gave a testimony that Israel would be more than able to overcome.

You see, when we look back at these stories, we already know who Moses was and what the end result was. So we know going in that Moses was right. We see the behaviour of Israel and think it foolish because we know in advance that Moses, Joshua and Caleb were right. But what if we didn’t know?
We have the history books to show us that in the end the minority was right and the majority was very much wrong. We know in advance that everything God told Israel about the Promised Land was absolutely true. We know in advance that tey marched into Palestine and took over lock stock and barrel. But if we were there, if we were in their shoes, if we were part of the 2,000,000 standing there at Kadesh Barnea, if all we had to go on was faith, what the Bible says and what a minority of preachers said, would we still believe? We are in that condition today.

Let’s look at some other promises God made and kept. At how people took God at his word and received the reward. Then let’s look at what God has promised for this day.

How many remember how God kept his covenant to Noah, to Moses, to the Amalekites. It took 500 years before God kept that promise about Amelek but he none the less kept it to the letter. God said he would destroy Amelek and he destroyed him and his nation to the last man, animal etc. Nothing was left standing. Do you think anyone believed it? Even Saul the king could not believe it, and because Saul refused it, he was judged.

God has a land of milk and honey for us. Part of what is on my heart today, and I will repeat if a few times this morning so it really soaks in. It is a land of milk and honey, not one land of milk and another land of honey, but one land of both. One land for Israel, one atonement, one finished work at Calvary.

John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

He is preparing a place, a house with many mansions and for each one of us a mansion. Not a building, but a new body. We won’t need a building. We will have new bodies. We will have bodies like the angels, perfect versions of ourselves. Do you believe it? Do you really believe it?

It is in our land of milk and honey. The people in Moses day could not believe even though they were surrounded with signs, wonders and miracles. They could not believe even though they had vindication of the message that Moses brought. They could not believe even though they tasted of the treasures and had witness of the promise.

It is the very same thing today! People will not believe! We had a prophet. We have thousands of recorded signs and wonders even to the speaking into existence and raising of the dead. We have Holy Spirit anointed ministries. We have the fruits of the spirit. We have the gifts of the spirit. We even have photographs of supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit. We have the Bible. We have an open revelation of the Bible and people will still refuse to believe it. The denominations reject it. The world rejects it. And today even “message people” reject it.

Would we believe Moses’ message in his day? The answer is simple. Do you believe the message of this hour? I am not talking about giving homage to it, but really truly believing it. Do we really believe it? Do we really believe the revealed word of God for the hour?

Abraham is the father of faith. God gave a promise to Abraham. It was an impossible promise. We all know the story. He was 75 and his wife was 65 and God came to them and said he was going to give them a son. And God waited 25 years before fulfilling that promise to them, and today there are millions of Jews whose very existence proves that every word was true. What did Abraham have? All Abraham had was God’s word. He was already very old and his wife was equally ancient, and they weren’t getting any younger. Every day they both got older, day after day for 25 years. That is better than 9000 days. 9000 times Abraham went to bed old and woke up older, he went to bed weak and woke up weaker and the Bible says he fainted not at the promise of God. Then one day, he wasn’t old any more. Abraham trusted in God.

Look at your grandparents. If I stood here and told you that they were going to have another baby, and it was not going to come for another 15 years, who here would believe me. Think about it. Look at them and think about it. The thought goes against every sane thought in your head. The idea would be the most absurd thing you could imagine, that 15 years from now your grandparents would have another baby. But if God said it, it would surely happen. The question is, would we be able to trust God. Abraham did. We will look at Abraham a little more later.

God said the very same thing to Abraham and Sarah and God did it and we say we believe that God did it. Is he not the same yesterday today and forever? If God is the same then he could do the very same thing today. This is going to cut a bit but it is the truth. If we cannot truly believe that your grandparents could have another baby 15 years from now then we do not really believe that Abraham and Sarah had one when he was 100 and she was 90. That is a fact. If you can’t believe it for today then you do not really believe it for yesterday. Let that sink in. And that is not only for this word, but for each and every word of the scripture.

It has been said that we look at what God did, and what God is promising to do, and completely miss what he is doing. That is true. The reason we miss it is that we do not really believe the rest either. It is just a story, a legend, a tradition, or a fairy tale to us. We ascribe to it, but deep in our hearts we do not believe it.

Hebrews 3: 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Unbelief. What is sin? Smoking? Drinking? Lying? Stealing? What is sin? Unbelief! The only sin is unbelief, all the rest are attributes or the fruit of sin. We do those things because we do not really believe the word of God in the first place. If we lie it is because we do not believe that God can reveal the truth. Every act of unrighteousness we commit, we do so because we first rejected to believe the Word of God. We do not trust that what is written is true or that it will come to pass.

What was the sin in Eden? Unbelief! Catch this. Before Eve could receive the devil’s lie, she first had to reject God’s word. Is that Bible? Before we can believe a lie, we must first disbelieve the truth. Let that sink in. And once we reject the truth, we open ourselves up to believe the most preposterous lies and we will believe those lies with all our hearts, minds and souls. Want a scripture for it?

2 Thessalonians 2: 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Do you see the order here? First they receive not the love of the truth, they hate the truth, they reject the truth, they willfully disbelieve the truth, and then they receive a delusion to believe a lie. Cause and effect. First we reject the truth, and then we will receive a lie. And listen close, if we hear the truth and reject it, we will turn around and start believing lies that we would have never believed before. If you reject the revealed word of God for the hour, there is no lie to absurd for you to receive. Reject this revealed word of God for the hour and you will be blinded to the truth. Reject the light and you will receive darkness. Reject this revealed word of God and you will open yourself up to insanity.

The world as a whole has rejected the truth. The world has lost its mind. The American Mental Health Association estimates that 24% of people walking the streets have a diagnosable mental illness. Do you understand what that means? If fully one quarter of the world is nuts by the worlds standards of sanity, what is the real number? Would you like to know? You would not believe me so I will save that for another day.

So what does God really require of us? Did you ever stop and ask yourself that? It is so easy to quote a scripture, or jump on a favourite doctrine, but deep down beneath all of that, what does God really want from us? He wants us to trust him. He wants his children to trust him! He wants us to believe that what he said is true, and that what he promised to do, he will actually do.

Psalm 37: 39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble. 40 and the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

We sing the song:

Only trust him,

only trust him,

only trust him now.

He will save you,

He will save you,

He will save you now.

Come every soul by sin oppressed,

There’s mercy with the Lord,

And He will surely give you rest,

By trusting in his word.

God wants us to trust him. He wants us to take him at his word. Do you trust him? I’m going to go a little further today. I don’t mean to offend anyone, but a few things might come a little hard. Some may disagree with me this morning, and that is perfectly fine, disagree with me all you want, just don’t disagree with this word.

Do we trust him? Do we really trust the Lord God? To trust God is to believe his word, and to believe his word is to act upon his word. Amen? Does everyone understand and agree with that statement? If you trust God, then you trust that what he said is the truth, and you trust that he will do exactly what he promised to do. And if you trust the Lord God then you will act as though every word in the Bible is the truth and you will act as though the Lord will keep every promise that is written in the Bible. Still with me?

So what are our actions? The Lord God said to go and possess the land. What are his promises for today, what has he told us to go out and possess today, and what are our actions in relation to those promises? In other words, how much do we trust God?

Isaiah 53: 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Do we trust the Living God, the Lord Jesus Christ? The prophet Isaiah here, 700 years before Christ, was prophesying of Christ. And the word of God comes to who? The word of God comes to the prophets, so this is not a man’s word but God’s own word. Do we trust our God? It says that he took our sins. So do we transgress? He took it! Do you still have transgression in your life? Trust in the Lord God Almighty to take it away, trust in him that he had already taken it, and it shall surely go. Is that Bible? Do we trust that word? Are you acting upon that word?

It says that he healed us. Are we healed? Or are you sick? Is there anyone here sick? God said that by his stripes you are healed. Do you believe it? What are you looking at, your sickness or God’s promise. What did Abraham look at? Sarah’s 90 year old withered body, or God’s promise? What are you looking at? What are you trusting in? Are you trusting in God’s promise, or in how you feel? Are you trusting in God’s word, or in the doctor’s word? Here is one of my favourite Scriptures.

James 5: 14 Is any sick among you? Let him call the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Are there any sick people reading this? How long are you going to wait before you trust in God to keep his promise? Your actions tell your beliefs. If we believe this word of God, if we trust in God to keep his promise to us, then we will act according to his promise. If we do not trust in God, then we will go somewhere else and do something else. I told you it would get a little rough. If we trust in the doctors more than the Lord God, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, the great creator, we will go to the doctor when we are sick. If we trust God to heal us then we will not bother with the doctors. It is according to your faith. God will deal with you according to your faith, according to how much you trust him. And let me remind you that you cannot bluff the devil. Look at the seven sons of Sceva for an example.

Nothing against the doctors, thought of becoming one myself once, but why do we need them? We need them because we do not trust in God in the first place. The prophet said that doctors and medicine were God’s love gift to the unbelievers. God’s love gift to the believers was that by his stripes we are healed. If we truly trust in God then we will not need doctors. But if you doubt then you better get yourself straight to the doctor. Then go on your knees and work it out with God so you don’t need to run to the doctor the next time.

Would we have believed Moses? Moses said if you are bitten by a snake to look at the brass serpent and you would be healed. In Moses day, walking across the desert, and a rattle snake locks onto your leg, would you simply trust the Word and go stare at a snake? Today the Bible says to call the elders of the church if you are sick. If you cannot believe and obey James chapter 5 verse 14 today when you are sick today, then you never would have believed Moses message 3500 years ago in the desert. That is the honest truth. Search your souls on that and see if it isn’t so. If you believe and follow James 5:14 today, then you would have been a Joshua or Caleb in Moses day.

Healing is only one promise from the Lord God. And as I said it was not one land of milk and another land of honey, but one land of milk and honey. The atonement paid for healing, AND salvation. They are one and the same. If we don’t have the faith for healing how can we expect to have the faith for the rapture?

Faith cometh by hearing the word of God. If we don’t have enough faith, then we need to hear more of the word of God. And you don’t hear more of the word of God by skipping church. We get all busy, we have to do this, we have to do that, but what if you die Sunday night and you skipped church that morning because you had other things that were more important to you?

So lets here a little more of the word this morning. Let’s take some examples from scripture of how God keeps his word and of those who trusted in him to do it. Let’s get some faith.

Turn to Abraham again. Jehovah God, the Great I Am, told Abraham to leave all and take a long journey to a promised land. Abraham believed God and we know Abraham believed God because he acted upon what he heard. Are we acting today? Compare yourself to the patriarch Abraham and see how you stack up. Abraham left everything and followed God’s calling for him. Abraham believed God about the birth of Isaac. And after he was born, God told Abraham to go and sacrifice Isaac back to him and Abraham did it without murmur or complaint. Why? How could a man kill his child?

Hebrews 11: 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it was said, that in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he receive him in a figure.

Abraham trusted God. Period. He trusted God’s word and he trusted that God would keep his word even though everything looked impossible. God said in Isaac would his seed be called and yet God was asking Abraham to kill Isaac before he had any children. Abraham trusted the Lord so completely that he knew that even if Isaac died, God would be able to raise him back up. Do we have such trust in the Lord God? Do you have total trust in Jesus Christ? Believe me, as I am writing this I am asking myself the same question.

God told Noah to build and Ark to save the planet. In Noah’s day it did not rain. They had science equal to or possibly surpassing the science of today. God told Noah that he was going to destroy the world by water that was going to fall from the sky and bubble up from the deep. In Noah’s day that was absurd. Water did not fall from the sky because there was no water up there to fall. The earth was on a different orbit with a 360 day year and the climate was completely different.

So Noah was given a word of God which was completely contrary to the science and logic of the day. Yet Noah trusted in God and worked for 120 years preparing for the impossible flood and preaching to every soul about it. And after he was ready, got tested him again.

Genesis 7: 4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. 5 And Noah did according unto all that the lord commanded him. 6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth 7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean beasts and of fowls, and of every ting that creepeth upon the earth, 9 There went in two and two male and female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

Notice here what the Bible says about Noah. Noah did all that the Lord commanded him. Noah trusted God. He believed his word and we know that Noah believe because he acted as though he believed. God gave Noah a promise and waited 120 years to fulfill that promise. Then when the time was at hand, he made Noah wait another 7 days for the fulfillment. I bet those seven days were a record heat wave too. Noah marched the animals in and got ready and the people outside put on sunscreen and came down to the ark to make fun of him. They tormented him as he was loading the animals. For seven long days and nights Noah and his family sat in the ark listening to the jeers of the people outside.

Then on day seven a little cloud appeared and it grew and grew and opened up and the entire sky was filled with storm from one end of the earth to the other. What caused the flood? We don’t know, we can speculate many things, but we do not know. This is what we do know:

Genesis 7: 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

The Lord God made an impossible promise, yet in spite of the impossibility, Noah trusted in God and believed and acted upon that promise, and the Lord kept his promise. God will never fail. We fail but God cannot. He cannot lie. Once he speaks a word it is truth.

Let’s look at Gideon. He was a simple man but as the Bible says, he was a man of valour. God sent him to deliver Israel, but the Lord also greatly diminished Gideon’s resources. Why? The Lord wanted everyone to see that it was not Gideon who delivered them but the hand of God who delivered them and with severely diminished resources nobody could give the glory to man.

Judges 7: 2 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. 3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people saying whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from the mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand. 4 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, this shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, this shall not go with the, the same shall not go. 5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. 6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. 7 And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.

Gideon started with 32,000 men, but if he had gone out with that huge army they would have thought that they won by their own might. So God pared them down to 300 men. He took Gideon’s army from several battalions down to a single platoon. He gave Gideon an impossible promise and Gideon trusted in the Lord God to keep his word and God surely did and Gideon completely and utterly vanquished the Midianites from the land. Would we be able to trust in God today in such a way? If a group of 300 IDF soldiers from Israel were to attack Iran’s millions, we would not hold out a hope for them, but Gideon’s 300 attacked and destroyed their enemy. If God told a platoon of Israeli soldiers to attack Iran, those 300 men would be in control of downtown Tehran by morning. Do you believe it? Why can’t we believe it for today? God is the same. Man is the same. But the people cannot believe it. Neither could they in Moses day. Neither could they in Gideon’s day, and neither could they in Noah’s day.

One day God sent his prophet Elijah to challenge the denominations of his day. They were being led by a woman preacher by the name of Jezebel. She was married to the King at the time, Ahab. She let all of Israel into idolatry. We have had a few Jezebels in our day too, and for that matter have more today than ever before. Elijah at that time had commanded, by the spirit of God, that the rain would not fall for 3 years. This was at the end of the 3rd year. God told Elijah to go to Ahab and challenge the 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the grove to a show down on Mount Carmel.

Elijah was totally forlorn. He saw such abomination in the church that he thought he was the only one left who believed and obeyed the word of God. But the Lord God told Elijah, you’re not alone, I have reserved 7000 who have not bowed knee to Baal. Sometimes we get to feeling alone too, but don’t fear God has reserved unto himself in this day an elected bride who has not taken the mark of the beast. You might be feeling very alone while reading this. You are not alone, there is a Church spiritual on this earth that is exactly like the Book of Acts, but with the full revelation of the Word. Remember that was sealed unto the endtime, and we are at that end.

God promised Elijah to vindicate his message. Here was Elijah, one man alone with all the world, all the denominations, all the politics, all the law, all the society, all they culture completely against him. He was a hated man, left alone, unwanted, and he came alone to challenge 450 trained preachers to a showdown on their own turf. These were full Doctors of Divinity and master theologians in their day. He not only challenged them but he gave them first go. Elijah took God at his word, and proved that he trusted God by his actions and his words. We are known by our actions and words too.

1 Kings 18: 36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.

Who would we have sided with back then? Would we have trusted in God or in Baal? Think about it. Would we have been one of the 7000 tiny minority, or of the majority? If you want the answer to that question, look at your life today. Are you one of the few, or one of the many? We had an Elijah in our day, a preacher with the ministry of Elijah fulfilling Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7, do you believe, or disbelieve? Do you live that message? Elijah believed and lived the message from God, he did everything that God had commanded, the way God had commanded.

Trust in God. He is not a respecter of persons. He made a promise to Noah, and he kept it, not because of Noah, but because of his word. God is obligated to his word. Everything the Lord God said he would do he will do and is doing right now. There is nothing that will stop the Lord from fulfilling his word. All he requires is that we truly believe and trust his word.

He made Gideon go out to battle hopelessly outgunned so that he could show that it was God and God alone that provided the victory. He put Gideon in an impossible situation so that he could show that there is nothing impossible for God.

He sent Elijah out into a hopeless, impossible situation with a promise that he would overcome. And God fulfilled his word exactly. He vindicated that word with supernatural signs, wonders and miracles. He never fails. Nothing is impossible for him. He is God of all, Lord of all, over all. He is the life giver. He is the healer. He is the redeemer. He is the victory giver. He is the resurrection.

We worry so much about today, and even more about tomorrow. The Lord God is the same, unchanging. Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever. Do you realize what that means? Do you really understand what that means? It means that each and every promise, each and every act, each and every miracle written in the Bible are for today, for you and for me if we will only trust in God to perform it. It all rests on us, on our faith, or lack thereof.

I had dozens of examples to draw on but not enough time even to glance over the tops of them. Daniel the prophet thrown into the lion’s den to be eaten. The three Hebrew boys thrown into the furnace to be burned. John boiled in oil for 24 hours. Samson. David. Isaac. Jacob. On and on and on. God made promise after promise and he kept every one, and always on time. He is never late and even when he seems late by our standards, he is perfectly on time.

When Lazarus died, Jesus was out of town and he never came back to town until 4 days after the fact. To the people he was 4 days late, but he was right on time because he called Lazarus back from the dead and out of the grave. Martha and Mary trusted in God. We should have even more faith than Martha and Mary because we have their experience to draw on.

David and Goliath. Goliath was over 10.5 feet tall and a trained warrior with the most modern weapons. David was a young boy about Simon’s size. The entire army of Israel was cowering like little girls at the presence of Goliath. But this little David was ready, willing and able to fight. Why? He trusted in God. He took God at his word.

1 Samuel 17: 45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.

David had faith in the Lord God beyond all that seems reasonable. He was face to face with a man that was twice his height, a soldier and a warrior. Goliath was armed and armoured from head to toe. David had only a sling with five stones. And when David went to meet him, he did not walk, he did not slink, he ran as fast as he could because he was fully persuaded and trusting in the Lord to perform what he promised in his word.

We need to get persuaded. We need faith. We need experiences with the living God. Look at the promises God has for us in our day. He promised healing. He promised deliverance. He promised salvation. He promised peace. He promised a rapture. The faith that brings healing is the very same faith that brings rapture. How long do we have to wait for God to fulfill his word? That is up to God. Noah waited 120 years. Abraham waited 25 years. The 120 in the upper room waited 10 days. Cornelius waited 3 days. Jarius waited a few moment.

To each a time but that time will be fulfilled. We have to trust in God that what he said will come to pass. And in our day when we have seen promise after promise, prophesy after prophesy fulfilled, how can we help but to believe and trust in God. Are you sick? By his stripes you are healed. Are you possessed, he hath already delivered you, just claim the promise. Are you a sinner, claim his salvation that he accomplished for you at Calvary.

We have a land of milk and honey right here on earth that God has commanded us to go and take possession of. That land is the Kingdom of God, that land is the atonement, that land is the token, the Holy Spirit of promise, that land is our healing, that land is our deliverance, that land is our peace, that land is our sanity, that land is our overcoming power, that land is our salvation, that land is our justification, that land is our sanctification, that land it Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.

He made one atonement for all. The atonement for healing is the same atonement for deliverance and is the same atonement for salvation. We all have needs. We all have fallen short. We all have failed to trust him. Take God at his word. He is obligated to his word. Whatever he said he is obligated to do.

If he said by his stripes you are healed then you are healed. Period. Now let your actions and your words demonstrate that you trust his word. Don’t testify that you are sick, rather testify that you are healed. Testify that you are delivered. Testify that you are saved. Live a life that shows the whole world that you are believing and trusting in Christ Jesus. We are known by our works and by our words. They are our fruits and Jesus said by our fruits we shall be known.

Only trust him

Only trust him

Only trust him now

He will save you

He will save you

He will save you now.

Do you need salvation? Trust him and demonstrate that trust. He said in Acts 2:38 to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Do you trust him? Then act on that trust. If you believe the Word of God and trust in the Lord then you will obey his word. If you do not obey his word, then that is the sign that you really do not believe it. Believe his word and go forth and possess the land. Take God at his word and possess his promises.

Do you need healing? Take him at his word and act according to his word. Do you need deliverance? It is freely given for you today. Trust in the Lord and he will deliver you. There is nothing that will stand before you if you trust in him. Look at the examples we just read. Armies, diseases, forces of nature, even death itself cannot stand before us if we will truly trust in him. Do you trust him this morning?

Cancer? What is cancer before God? AIDS? Heart disease? Just our names for the devil and the devil was defeated at Calvary. Jesus raised the dead. He raised Lazarus who was dead and rotting for 4 days. He raised a baby in our generation that was dead and rotting for 12 hours in the hot Mexican sun. Only trust him.

Trust in the Lord God. Take him at his word.

 

Healed From High Blood Pressure

Eighteen months ago a nurse checked my blood pressure. It was 202 over 103. That is considered stage 4 hypertension.

I took the Lord Jesus Christ at his word. I obeyed James 5:14-16. I called the elders of the church and had them pray over me anointing me with oil in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And having taken the Lord at his word I went my way rejoicing.

Today I had to take a medical for work. My blood pressure was 140 over 80 which is considered normal for my age. Glory and praise be to the name of Jesus Christ. He is the same yesterday today and forever. He was the healer 2,000 years ago and he is our healer today. By his stripes we were healed.

So I encourage you to trust in the Lord. Take him at his word by faith and go away rejoicing.

May the Lord God bless you richly.