Obedient Steps of Faith – BT3

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Faith is the opposite of doubt and fear – like a switch on or off or a glass full or not full

 

 

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Trusting-relying-faith in the Lord Jesus “that comes from akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know His phone Voice” (a) of directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words is like having ‘The Light’ as Jesus (b) switch turned ON:  When it is ON, then God’s dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power of ‘electricity’ can flow from the Father as ‘The Original Power Source’ (c) ‘by the means, instrument’ (d) or ‘interface wire’ of the Holy Spirit to you.  When ‘The Light’ switch is OFF, the power cannot flow – this is “doubt.”  The switch can’t be half on or half off.  As we’ve seen above, “faith” in Hebrew and Greek is a deep-conviction that has the strength of “certainty.”  Luke says in 1:4 that asphaleiacertainty or non-tottering firmness that equates to security” is the goal he collected the facts about Jesus’ ministry and wrote Luke and later Acts as the history of the early Church – He wanted one man Theophilus to know “for certain the things you have been taught” – he must have been an influential man!  So trusting-relying-faith is ON when you are certain, and OFF when you aren’t.  No political fence-straddling or ‘hedging of your bets’ will do! <Notes> a) John 10:27, b) Jesus: John 1:4, 9, 3:19, 8:12, 9:5, 12:46, cf. 2 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Timothy 1:10, c) pater:  father “is the senior, ancestor, elder, author, source, or originator,” d) en pneumati in the dative case takes on the ‘dative of means or instrument’ meaning per Douglas Petrovich in The Meaning of En Pneumati and Daniel B Wallace in Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the NT.

 

Worry, dreadful-fear, and panic result from doubt but trusting-relying-faith produces elpis “confident-expectation of hope,” a childlike curios-bold-courageous-strength (a), and peaceful-rest.  Isaiah 28:16 says in reference to the Messiah that God has “laid a Foundation in Zion (Jerusalem), a Stone, a tested Stone, a precious Cornerstone, of a sure Foundation: whoever has trusting-relying-faith will absolutely-in-fact-and-possibility-NOT chuwh/kataischuno ‘hurriedly panic resulting in dishonor, disgrace, and shame’.”  The pre-incarnate Christ came to Daniel:  “Again One having the appearance of a man touched me and/coupled strengthened me.  And He said, ‘O man greatly loved, fear in-possibility-NOT, restful-peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.’  And as He spoke to me, I was strengthened” (b).  Paul encouraged Timothy for his task of an evangelist in a hostile Roman world:  “God gave us a Spirit absolutely-in-fact-NOT of timid-fearful-cowardice but-instead of dunamis dynamite-like-enabling-power and/coupled unconditional-love and/coupled sophronismos ‘moderate reasoning that accurately fits the situation as God see it’ ” (c).  <Notes> a) Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:16, 10:19; 2 Corinthians 3:4; 1 John 2:28, 3:21, 4:17, 5:14; Proverbs 14:26, b) Daniel 10:18-19, c) 2 Timothy 1:7.

 

John warns about fear:  “There is absolutely-in-fact-NO fear in The Unconditional-Love [of God], but-instead telos consummating-ending-aim-of [this] Unconditional-Love casts out the fear, because the fear presently/ongoingly possesses/holds kolasis ‘punishment by beating’; but-on-the-other-hand, the [one] routinely fearing absolutely-in-fact-NOT has already been [with ongoing results] telos consummating-ending-aim-of The Unconditional-Love [of God]” (a).  In context, John is saying, as little children of God (b), we can certainly have confidence for the Day of Judgment because the aim of telos consummating-ending-aim for God’s Unconditional-Love is that we are like God in this world in that His nature of Unconditional-Love (c) is meno abiding-remaining-alive IN US by His Spirit of Holiness AND reciprocally-coupled we are meno abiding-remaining-alive IN HIM by our confession of trusting-relying-faith in His Son as the Savior of the world.  This is the only door/way to the Father’s nature of Unconditional-Love (d).  Doubt and resulting is the switch OFF, resulting in NO enabling-power for The Light.  <Notes> a) 1 John 4:18, b) 1 John 2:28, 3:1, 10, 5:2, cf. John 1:12, 11:52; Romans 8:16, 21, 9:8; Philippians 2:15 – see Least Among You, c) 1 John 4:8, 16; Galatians 5:22, d) John 10:7, 14:6; Hebrews 10:20; Ephesians 2:18.

 

Trusting-relying-faith is like a glass of water that is pleroma completely-full.  When your glass is completely-full – not 99.99% with 0.01% doubt – then you will have a ‘certainty’ of what He wants for you.  James 1:6-7 says “Ask in trusting-relying-faith, with in-possibility-NO doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and then tossed back by the wind.  That person must in-possibility-NOT suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.”  Trusting-relying-faith and doubt are thus opposites – if you have some of one you have none of the other!  Jesus said answered prayer and miracles only happen “if you have trusting-relying-faith and/coupled do in-possibility-NOT doubt” (a).  Paul says that “whatever does absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from trusting-relying-faith is sin” since “whoever is routinely doubting is condemned because it is absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from trusting-relying-faith” (b).  We don’t want to be flicking the Light switch ON and OFF nor be deceived that a partially-full glass is full, so it’s OK to doubt a little.  This is what leads to sin and condemnation! <Notes> a) Matthew 21:21; Mark 11:23, b) Romans 14:23.

 

 

 

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