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Understanding faith

HABAKKUK 2: 2-4
Write the vision.
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed
time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will
not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,It will not tarry.
Behold the proud,His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith.

We see the revelation "the just shall live by faith" examined by the Holy Spirit in the New Testament.

Romans emphasises the 'just' in "the JUST shall live by faith."
Galations emphasises 'live' in "the just shall LIVE by faith." Hebrews emphasises 'faith' in "the just shall live by FAITH."

This truth was central in the Reformation - Martin Luther. This truth comes from Habbakuk in the Old Testament. Habbakuk ends with "He will make my feet like hind's feet and He will make me walk on my high hills." In other words, faith can lead you to high places in God like a hind scaling the heights above.

However, unbalanced faith will not lead you to high places in God. On the contrary it will lead you to shipwreck. The route into His Presence, "Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ" by Madame Guyon and then into the unveiling of Song of Solomon is truly the path to the heights above.

HAGGAI 1:8
Go up into the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified.

This is SOLID wood; not the melamine or veneer which is used to make low-cost furniture. The veneer has a solid wood finish; yet is not SOLID wood. Discernment is needed to see the difference. The SOLID wood is manifested through His Presence as we scale the heights of God. The veneer speaks of the unbalanced faith of the Charismatic move.

The shield speaks of the walls that are raised when one lives in His Presence. The shield is not only in doctrine but experienced in His Presence by those who are walking in true faith. The shield is not experienced by those with unbalanced faith.

PSALM 91: 1-2
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.

The Lord is SHAKING all things in this hour (HAGGAI 2). Faith, praise and worship and every other doctrine is being weighed and shaken. This shaking will bring forth PURE gold and refine the church of today. Today there is a mixture of gold and brass. Brass looks like gold and unless is seen in the light of His revelation will be taken together as being of God. However, the shaking is dividing and is shining His light on this mixture so that the separation can occur. He is bring forth pure gold in this late hour.

It seems that the wilderness experience is a prerequisite to understanding the shaking. Some have entered the wilderness but have not progressed any further. Others have entered the wilderness and sought the Lord to reveal His glory and the depths of Jesus Christ. Those who have sought and found the depths of knowing Him will clearly understand the shaking.

Those who have a mixture may have entered the wilderness but without a deep revelation of Jesus Christ Himself.


A DANGER TO THE REMNANT
EZRA 4: 1-3
Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the descendants of the captivity were building the temple of the Lord God of Israel, they came to Zerubbabel and the heads of the fathers' houses, and said to them, 'Let us build with you, for we seek your God as you do; and we have sacrificed to Him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us here. But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the heads of the fathers' houses of Israel said to them, 'You may do nothing with us to build a house for our God; but we alone will build to the Lord God of Israel, as King Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us.

The remnant from the wilderness can be likened unto the remnant from Babylon. The Samaritans and other Jews in Israel had not been through the wilderness and were not pure. They were of a mixture. Gold and brass. Many from the churches will seek to come in and build with the remnant but will not be permitted lest they damage and pollute the work of God with brass.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Faith is a multifaceted diamond with many aspects to it. However, faith as taught today is often unbalanced and will cause shipwreck to your relationship with Jesus. I speak from experience as this happened to me many years ago. I took the path of the Faith Movement including ministries like Kenneth Copeland. It was at this point that I entered the wilderness. Since then, I have been taken on a historical journey from some Roman Catholics such as John of the Cross and Jeanne Guyon to the Denominations including Watchman Nee, Andrew Murray, Charles Wesley and such. I have realised that faith in Jesus which is seen as worship and abiding in Him has been central in the past. However, during this century this emphasis has taken the back seat. Many can't see this and I suppose that unless you have been through the deep wilderness experience, you will be blind to this revelation.

Some such as Dave Hunt and other critics have seen this to a measure. However, there is room for the promises of God but in its place and the emphasis must be placed on our relationship with Jesus. The danger lies with seed faith where we take the LOGOS and speak it. Faith only applies to RHEMA and rhema comes from His Presence as He wills. Some erroneously see RHEMA as taking LOGOS and speaking it. This is error.

Unfortunately the unbalanced faith has affected the entire Charismatic move and generally those who have discerned this error have left the church and entered the wilderness. Those in churches today are - in the vast majority - are blind to the state of the church.

JOHN 7: 37b-38
If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.He who believes ( FAITH noun, BELIEVE verb) in Me AS THE SCRIPTURE HAS SAID, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the church.

LOGOS VS. RHEMA

RHEMA = a word that is spoken

ROM 10:17 faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (rhema)

The Holy Spirit took the very words that met my need at that moment and imparted His life into them. They became a rhema – something that I could hear - a living voice speaking to my heart. It was God Himself speaking directly and personally to me. As I heard His words, faith came to me through them.

2 Cor 3:6 ..the Spirit gives life. Apart from the Holy Spirit, there can be no rhema.

LOGOS= total counsel of God. It is God’s counsel, settled in eternity before time began, due to continue on into eternity long after time has run its course. ETERNAL Ps 119:89

RHEMA is that portion of the total LOGOS that applies at a certain point in time to my particular situation.

In this transaction between God and man by which faith comes, THE INITIATIVE IS WITH GOD. This leaves no room for ARROGANCE or PRESUMPTION on our part. Rom 3:27

It is God who knows – better than we do – just that part of the total LOGOS which will meet our need at any given time. By His Holy Spirit He directs us to the very words that are appropriate and then imparts life to them, so that they become a rhema - a living voice. As God’s rhema comes to us, it is both SPECIFIC and PERSONAL.

Rhema takes the ETERNAL – logos – and injects it into TIME.
Rhema takes the HEAVENLY – logos – and brings it down to EARTH.
Rhema takes the POTENTIAL – logos – and makes it ACTUAL.
Rhema takes the GENERAL – logos – and makes it SPECIFIC.
From HEAVEN to EARTH ISA 55:8-13 relationship between LOGOS (heavenly) and RHEMA (earthly).

The error that is prevalent today in the charismatic move, is taking the LOGOS and speaking the LOGOS word instead of being sensitive to Jesus and the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself through the true rhema word that He initiates. As we move away from ARMINIAN to CALVINIST – the emphasis on the Sovereignty of God and reverence toward Him, waiting for His initiative - true rhema and pure faith will be restored to the body of Christ.

Our needs and desires should not be central to our faith but Jesus Himself– the Author and the Finisher of our faith – should always be central and we seek His rhema in His Presence – His will for us – and to be obedient to that which He reveals to us.

DANGER: PRINCIPLES apart from the impartation of the HOLY SPIRIT bring death and not life.

Another common error is to equate the Word of God with Jesus. Looking to Jesus is not the same as putting the Word of God before us. The Word of God points us to the worship of our Lord Jesus – but we are not to worship the Word of God!

DANGER: The Charismatic move has been influenced by the FAITH MOVEMENT of the 70’s and 80’s which has brought many extremes and unhealthy tendencies the body of Christ – which tend to influence ALL OF LIFE. Read the opening paragraph – above – carefully to understand and avoid these pitfalls. What is the error in POSITIVE CONFESSION?