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Three things are required for faith to work: faith, acts of faith, and ability to deliver. Faith only works when it is actually faith. Faith only works when your every action validates your faith. Faith only works when the one in whom you have put your faith can actually deliver.

BCDR Faith puts you into that category of people who see with their eyes what their hearts knew all along. They see the fruits of their faith manifest. They receive a faith harvest.

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PRAYER
MT 6 & LK 11

OUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN
Position: I recognize You are King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and GOD over All!

HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME
Praise: You are holy! You are worthy of praise and I worship You!

YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
Priority: Have rule over all things, Lord! All things were made by Your hand!
All things have been placed under Your feet! You are Lord over All!
Here on Earth and in my heart, have rule over all things.

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD
Provision: I thank You that You have given seed to sow and bread to eat!
You provide daily to meet our need. Amen! Hallelujah!!!

FORGIVE US OUR SINS AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST US
Perfection: I praise You and thank You for Your Son Jesus
The Messiah, The Christ, My Propitiation and Salvation through the Cross.
This is my testimony: no Man has sinned against me.
I have forgiven all just as all has been forgiven of me.

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Protection: I thank You that You, Lord, are My Shepherd. I shall not want.
You make me to lie down in green pastures!
You lead me beside still waters! You restore my soul!
Though I walk through the valley of death I fear no evil. You are with me.
Your rod and staff are a comfort to me!

FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM THE POWER & THE GLORY FOREVER
Praise: You are holy! You are worthy of praise and I worship You!
All things have been placed under Your feet! You are Lord over All!
You are King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and GOD over All!
You are Power! You are the Glory and my Glory forever and ever!!!!

PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF ISRAEL
PRAY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ISRAEL
PRAY FOR PEACE IN GOD’S HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM

PRAY FOR OUR NATION
OUR NATIONAL ECONOMY & WELFARE
OUR PRESIDENT & VICE PRESIDENT
OUR AMBASSADORS
OUR SECRETARIES, DIRECTORS, & BOARDS
OUR SENATORS
OUR REPRESENTATIVES
OUR JUSTICES, JUDGES, & ATTORNEYS GENERAL
OUR CIVIL SERVANTS
OUR INTELLIGENCE, MILITARY, & POLICE FORCES AT HOME AND AT LARGE AND THEIR FAMILIES

PRAY FOR OUR STATE
OUR STATE’S ECONOMY & WELFARE
OUR GOVERNOR & LT GOVERNOR
OUR SECRETARIES, SUPERINTENDENTS, & BOARDS
OUR STATE SENATORS
OUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES
OUR JUSTICES, JUDGES, & ATTORNEYS GENERAL
OUR CIVIL SERVANTS
OUR STATE GUARD, INTELLIGENCE, & POLICE FORCES
AND THEIR FAMILIES

PRAY FOR OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
OUR LOCAL ECONOMY & WELFARE
OUR MAYORS, COUNCILMEN, & COMMISSIONERS
OUR SECRETARIES, SUPERINTENDENTS, & BOARDS
OUR JUSTICES, JUDGES, & ATTORNEYS GENERAL
OUR CIVIL SERVANTS
OUR POLICE FORCES, FIRE & RESCUE FORCES
& EMERGENCY SERVICES
AND THEIR FAMILIES

PRAY FOR THE CHURCH
THE WHOLE BODY OF CHRIST
OUR PRESBYTERS
OUR OVERSEERS & BISHOPS
OUR APOSTLES
OUR PROPHETS
OUR EVANGELISTS
OUR PASTORS
OUR TEACHERS
OUR DEACONS
OUR ELDERS

EVERY MEMBER RIGHTLY JOINED
AND FITTED TOGETHER

ONE GOD, ONE CHURCH, ONE VOICE!!!!

PRAY FOR THE CHURCH
THE LOCAL BODY OF CHRIST
OUR VISION TO REACH THE COMMUNITY
RELEVANT PREACHING
RELEVANT TEACHING
CONNECT GROUPS
YOUNG ADULT, COLLEGE & CAREER
YOUTH!
Children’s!!
THE ARTS: graphic, music, theatre

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Through To The End

Part II

 

Part I – Review

I.                    Vision, Plan, Action, Follow Through:

– Genesis 11:24-32 KJV

a.       Terah spoke forth the vision to go to Canaan

b.       Terah planned on going to Canaan and left Ur of the Chaldees

c.        Terah stopped his action in the middle of his journey and stayed in Haran

d.       Terah did not complete his journey into Canaan but stayed in Haran and died

 

II.                  Vision, Plan, Action, Follow Through:

– Genesis 12:1-8 KJV

a.       Abram received the vision while in Haran

b.       Abram made his plans and collected all he had

c.        Abram departed to fulfill the vision

d.       Abram followed all the way through to Beth-El where the Lord God appeared to Abram.

 

Part II

 

I.                    God has a plan and a purpose for your life.

 

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. – Jeremiah 29.11 NRSV

 

II.                  God wants to share His plan for you.

 

‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ – Jeremiah 33.3 NKJV

 

‘Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord…’ – Isaiah 1.18 KJV

 

In Part I, you were given an exercise to write out your vision, plan, actions, and checks.

Did you?

 

III.               Terah planned to go to Canaan but stopped in Haran. What is stopping you?

 

In Part I, you were given an exercise to write out your situation as it relates to your vision, your obstacles, and your action steps to get you back on track. Did you?

 

IV.                VISION, Plan, Action, Follow Through

 

Where there is no vision, the people perish… King James Version

Where there is no vision, the people cast of restraint… American Standard Version

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained… American Baptist Publication Society

Where there is no vision, the people run wild… Berkeley Version

– Proverbs 29.18

 

Without FAITH it is impossible to please God. For he who comes to God must believe [know in his heart] that God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek God.

– Hebrews 11.6

 

People will go around like a wild animal doing whatever seems good or right to them at that moment, directionless.

Give people clear vision, clear direction, and they will achieve the impossible.

V.                  Vision, PLAN, Action, Follow Through: By FAITH …

Executing Vision … believe it, plan it, do it

 

By FAITH Abram [who became Abraham] when he was called out to go into a land he knew not he left. – Hebrews 11.8

 

Now FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. … Through FAITH we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. – Hebrews 11.1,3

 

Key words:

 

Faith – From the Middle-English feith, Old French feid, Latin fides meaning faith, belief, trust from the Latin fidere to trust or confide in; from NT Greek pistis meaning persuasion, credence, assurance, belief, faith, fidelity.

 

Substance – From the Latin substantia meaning to ‘under’ stand or to make firm for standing; from the root of substare meaning to  be, be present, to exist.; in NT use in Hebrews 11.1, hupostasis, from Greek, meaning confidence, assurance.

 

Hope – From Anglo-Saxon hopa meaning hope or expectation; from Anglo-Saxon hopian to hope, to have expectation; from NT Greek, elpis meaning favorable and confident expectation.

 

Evidence – From Latin evidentia meaning clearness from evidens meaning clear; having the Latin roots of e from and videre to see; from NT Greek elegehos meaning proof/reproof, conviction.

 

Understand – From Middle English understanden, from Anglo-Saxon understandan meaning to stand under; from NT Greek noieo to exercise the mind, observe, to comprehend, heed, consider, perceive, think, understand.

 

So we can say …

Right at this moment in time our hope, confidence, belief, trust is the firm reality upon which we can stand things which we put our favorable and confident expectation. It is the proof, reproof, and conviction of things not seen just as if they were seen. It is through our hope, confidence, belief, and trust that we make a firm foundation upon which to build in reason the exercise of our mind to comprehend, heed, consider, perceive, and think that the worlds were framed by the Word [rhema or spoken word or command] of God…

 Hebrews 11.1,3 [Rogers’ Expositors’ Translation]

 

‘The Lord answered me: Write the Vision. Make it plain. It is for an appointed time. It will speak and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it. Surely it will come to pass. It will not wait. The just shall live by FAITH.’ – Habakkuk 2.2-4 [abbrev by me for emphasis]

 

If you believe God gave you the vision, write it out.

 

If you believe God gave you the vision, write it out, make it plain.

 

If you believe God gave you the vision, write it out, make it plain, get partners so they can run with it.

 

If you believe God gave you the vision and you have written it out and you have made it plain and you have been getting partners then … keep going. Though it seems like you are only waiting on it to happen, wait for it. It will surely come to pass. Trust God. Live by your Faith.

 

VI.                Vision, Plan, ACTION, Follow Through: Hear and Do

 

‘But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, his is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. – James 1.22-24

 

You have a plan for action, now act!

 

But, I don’t know if it will work or if it is right or God’s will for my life?

 

Nike = Just do it!

 

Nike: Greek for victory.

 

The runner from Marathon to Athens said one word, “Nike.”

 

VII.             Vision, Plan, Action, FOLLOW THROUGH: Faith and Works

 

‘… Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But, someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. … Faith without works is dead.’ – James 2.17-20

 

“Action speaks louder than words.”

 

“Put up or shut up.”

 

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

 

But what if I fail?

So. You found out what didn’t work. Take another swing.

– Thomas A. Edison was asked when he reached the 5,000th element for his light bulb if he would give up. He said he discovered 5,000 things that didn’t work.

 

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is the one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” – President John Kennedy at Rice University, 1962

– July 21, 1969 02:56 UTC [Zulu], Commander Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon. Less than 7 years after the speech made by the President in Houston Texas.

 

Vision, Plan, Action, FOLLOW THROUGH: Faith with works

 

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Believe • Confess • Do • Rejoice

Jesus Christ is LORD!

 

I.                     Believe • Confess • Do • Rejoice

 

Believe, confess, do, rejoice; Jesus Christ is LORD. It is such a simple phrase, easily remembered. But, what does it mean? In our modern, American society, phrases are coined. Phrases become catchy. Phrases become meaningless through repetition. But, those same catchy, coined phrases can be useful. The Lord gave me this catchy little phrase. Within its short, pithy expression are the roots and seeds to eternal life; an overcoming life; a life without shame or remorse; a life without the judgment to come.

“Believe, confess, do, rejoice” is not just a phrase. It is a conscious act of the will to do. Just like accepting what Jesus said is truth and what He did is true. It is a conscious act of the will to believe what He said and did, confess what He said and did, do what He said and did, and rejoice over what He said and did.

Believe, confess, do, rejoice. It is more than just an expression of words in a phrase. Inside its meaning is the secret to success in anything you do in this life. More importantly, when applied to the things of God, it is a phrase that leads to eternal life and blessings here on earth. Let me explain.

 

II.                   Believe

 

A motivational speaker once penned, “What the mind conceives, and the heart believes, you can achieve.” Jesus once said, “All things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23) Belief is important. It is the first step to action. Belief is action on a concept that it is real or do-able; that it is possible and therefore do-able or able to be performed. Belief is trust in a person or a thing. Belief is living that it is possible, it is truth. Belief accepts that it, whatever “it” is, is true. The first step to any action is “you gotta believe.”

Believing is action. It is a choice. You must choose to believe or disbelieve. Believing is living what you hold as true. Believing is putting your “heart” – your mind, will, and emotions – into a thing. It is adjusting your suppositional truth to conform to a newly established truth and acting on that truth. The truth is GOD exists. It is a paradigm shift in mental acknowledgement to search, know, and accept that truth. Whether your mind can grasp the full impact of who GOD is does not matter. What matters is accepting the truth, acting on it, and moving forward with that knowledge.

 

 

 

III.                 Confess

 

Confession is the outward, spoken acknowledgement of what you believe. There is power in the words of your confession. The Bible says there is life and death in the tongue. (Proverbs 18:21) Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matthew 12:34) With words GOD spoke the stars into place. (Genesis 1:14~19) Likewise, your confession contains power over your life and the life of others. Choose your words wisely.

Confessing is action. The root meaning of the word “confess” is speaking. It is declaring that hidden or secret thing; usually referring to guilt or shame or erring. But, it is more than that. It is what you hold dear within you. It is the act of engaging the mind and the body to speak forth. There is power in your confession. Those things you say and believe will come to pass. Blessing or cursing, whatever you speak becomes possible. Hearing the Spirit of the LORD and engaging your spirit with your words spoken has the same power as GOD’s when He formed the heavens. Those things you say will come to pass. So, be careful of your words, your confession.

 

IV.                Do

 

Do is all about action. It speaks movement. It speaks action. It speaks decision and action on decision. “Do” requires motion. You cannot sit on a couch and act on anything in passivity… the lack of action. “Do” is all about doing some thing. It is not a passive word. It requires action.

Doing is action. In doing those things Jesus said do, they will bring life everlasting and blessing in this life now. To do a thing you must decide and act. It requires thought and effort. Doing has effect. It has consequences. Doing requires effort on the part of the doer; the one doing the action, putting forth the effort. Once a thing is done, it cannot be undone.

                Doing is action. Doing requires thought, decision, effort, motion, and consequence. Your action causes other actions or reactions. Things happen when you decide to do a thing then act on it.

                Doing is effort. It will require effort to do a thing. You cannot screw in a light bulb without first deciding to put in the light bulb, finding the light bulb, locating the proper light socket, finding out what you would need to reach the light socket, climbing that ladder or step stool to reach the socket, locating the bulb to put into the socket, placing it in the socket, and carefully tightening the bulb into place. All of this effort, this “doing”, was spent on replacing or adding a light bulb. The consequence of these actions is now you have light, whenever you need it. Doing is deciding to do a thing with the motion and effort to do the thing you decided to do.

 

V.                  Rejoice

 

Rejoice means to revisit joy or to revisit something that made you exceedingly happy. Rejoice is emotive and motive. It is action. You cannot feel joy without action. You cannot feel joy without there being a change in your inward being. It is action. You cannot “rejoice” without making the conscious effort to do so. To get up and cheer with a full lunged shout requires decision, choice, and action. You must choose to rejoice and act over that thing in which you “rejoice.”

Rejoicing is action. Rejoicing is an effort, an outward expression of the happiness you have found. Ballplayers have their joy renewed whenever they make a great play or win their game or match. But, the joy is temporary. You must decide to be joyful, to express happiness. King David of Israel was noted to encourage himself in the Lord. He created his own “joy” in the Lord. He could have looked at his very difficult situation and had despair. But, instead, he renewed his joy, trust, and confidence, in the Lord. When your favorite ballplayer plays well or wins the game, you are excited, full of joy. You may even scream and shout for your team or favorite ball player. Quickly, you lose that joy to the cares of this world, to whatever thing comes next in this life you live here until the next time they play. You have hope and excitement until you see their joy again. In the same way, both Jews and Christians have hope; hope that the coming of the promised Lord is soon; that the fulfillment of prophecy is so very close; that the King of Israel will be made manifest as King of kings and Lord of lords.

                 

VI.                Jesus Christ is LORD!

 

Jesus Christ is Lord. That is the simple, basic truth of the matter. Regardless of what you believe, Jesus Christ is Lord. GOD, the creator of the universe and all that there is, gave lordship over all that He made to His only begotten Son, Jesus, that all who might believe on Jesus could be co-heirs with Him. The life that Jesus led, the works that He did, the sacrifices He made, the promises made to Him, and the promotion GOD gave Him makes Jesus worthy to be King of kings and Lord of lords. More than the sun shines and gravity works, Jesus Christ is Lord. It is immutable. Accept this as fact. Your belief or disbelief is irrelevant to the truth. The truth, no matter whether you accept it or not, is still the truth.

Jesus said He came to give life and life more abundantly. (John 10:10) But, before we can act on this life and life more abundantly, we have to decide and act. We have to believe. We have to speak out what we believe. We have to put out effort and do according to what we believe if we want to achieve that which we believe. And, there will be times to enjoy that which we believed, that which we confessed, and that which we put forth effort to do.

 

VII.              Believe • Confess • Do • Rejoice

 

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

Acts 16:30~31; Romans 10:9~11

 

Confess Him as Lord. For with the mouth one make confession unto salvation. If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive your sin. Jesus did not come into this world to condemn it, but that through Him all might be saved. Those who confess Jesus as Lord will be saved.

Romans 10:9~11; I John 1:9; John 3:16~17; Luke 10:27~30

 

Do all the things He has commanded you, according to His Word the Holy Bible and by His Spirit. The Spirit and the Word are One.

Matthew 7:24~25; James 1:22

 

Rejoice! Again, I say rejoice! Rejoice if you have done these things for your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Jesus was and is the Lamb of GOD come to take away the sin of this world.

Psalm 150; Philippians 4:3b~4; Revelation 3:5; 20:12; 21:27; John 1:29, 36

 

Jesus Christ is Lord!

 

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

Amen.

 

© 2006 Dr. David J. Rogers /  Pastor – Bethel Grace Church, Charleston SC USA

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