|2 Thessalonians 1:11|
11 Therefore we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness and the work of faith with power, [Faith is to hear and obey, which faith results in power to perform the work as ordered.]
6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision, nor uncircumcision empowers a thing, but faith owing to love operates with power. [What faith owing to love?—faith is to hear the word of God spoken to you and to then obey because you love God; to obey God is to love God. When you obey what God orders you to do, you get power from Him to do it. Loving works of obedience to God's commands is faith operating with power from God; so Paul agrees with James, who wrote, "faith without works is dead," James 2:20-24. John wrote, "he who practices truth comes to the light, so that his deeds may be shown to have been produced [formed and powered] through God," John 3:21; such works are the only works that survive passing through the fire, which every man must go through. The first works of love for God are: a) to wait in humble silence as you listen and watch for His commands, and b) then to obey His spoken commands that you hear to repent from the sins He reveals in your heart. From the Word of the Lord within: "What is the evidence of your belief? — operational faith. Faith is to hear the Word of God and obey. If you love me, you will obey me. He who does not love me does not obey my commands."]
21 But he who practices truth comes to the light, so that his deeds may be shown to have been produced [formed and powered] through God." [Those who have been experiencing the Spirit's removal of sin from their hearts, love the light and eagerly come to the light for further destruction of sin. Those who have been freed from sin, eagerly come to the light to be directed by God to do works of love, to their joy and God's glory: for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. Eph 2:10. A man comes to the light by waiting on God in humble silence, watching and listening in hope of change by Jesus. Those who come to the light, love Christ, as evidenced by their obedience to the truth of what the Light and Word reveals to them; and they come to see more light, which then guides them in all words and deeds.]
21 Then Jesus answered them, "Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but also if you will say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done.
22 If you believe, whatever (all things) you ask in prayer, you will receive."2 [If you believe what you have heard the Lord tell you to pray, then you will receive what you ask in prayer, as John carefully states: "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him." 1 John 5:14-15. Unless you have crucified your sinful nature, to receive his Spirit in sufficient measure to reveal His will, you have no idea what His will is. This is why the vast majority of prayers, made in the carnal minds of beginning believers, are never answered. When we can do His will, we hear what to pray from Him, and we know for sure such prayers are heard and will be granted. A true Christian is crucified and purified by the grace of God, able to do God's will on earth as it is done in heaven; that is a true Christian's sole purpose: to pray, to speak, and to act as God directs, thus to bring pleasure, honor, and glory to God. From the Word of the Lord within: "Pray only as you are told."]
|Matthew 14:25,28-31 |
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
28 Then Peter said to him, "Lord, if it is you, command me come to you on the water."
29 And he said, "Come." And when Peter had stepped down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the roaring wind, he was afraid and began to sink, and he cried, saying, "Lord, save me."
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" [Peter knew that if Jesus commanded him to walk on water, he would be able to do it, and he did walk on the water; but then he became afraid and doubted that he could continue — by doubting, he lost the faith that kept him above the water. Jesus complained of Peter's little faith because Jesus has commanded Peter to come; and if we are commanded by Him to do or pray anything, we should never doubt that it can and will be done, because with obedience to God's orders, anything is possible. From the Word of the Lord within: "What is the evidence of your belief? — operational faith. Faith is to hear the Word of God and obey. Those who take directed action will save theirs and others' lives. If told what to pray for, they can be extremely effective; to pray as heard — righteous expectation." If you believe what you have heard the Lord tell you to pray, then you will receive what you ask in prayer, 1 John 5:14-15.]