We all know that we have entered chaotic times where fear, uncertainty and restlessness are controlling the people everywhere. We have entered such unpredictable times and no one is clear as to what is going to happen tomorrow. There seems to be no clarity in recent times. In this sermon, Pastor Paul Dawson explains how to ensure that the Word we hear profits us and helps us to experience the effects of redemption and how faith plays a vital role in that.
In these situations, you can either choose to experience the effects of the prevailing situation like any other person like fear, sickness, confusion, restlessness, debt, unemployment and other effects of darkness or you can experience the effects of redemption like rest, joy, peace, increase, abundance, victory, health and preservation.
Which of the above do you desire to experience? Some believers think the moment they are born again they can experience the effects of redemption. If we read in Romans 4:16 -Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace. You need to do some action because faith is active and it should be an appropriate action. Unless you release faith you cannot walk in the power of God. It’s time we understand that we are surrounded by the power of God and walk in the power of God.
Action is based on your mind which is why your mind has to be controlled by the Spirit. This is the reason why the word which is Spirit should influence your spirit because there are certain things which you cannot understand with your mind. How do you know that your sins are forgiven by the blood of Jesus? Have you seen it? Have you felt it? Have you smelt it? This means you are confident because you understood it with the Spirit knowledge. Jesus said my words are Spirit and life. Psalms 36:9 - in your light we see light. The verse means that in His light we see revelation.
Hebrews 4:2 - For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. They heard the word but it did not profit them because it was not mixed with faith. In other words, it did not mix with a revelation or the light of God did not mix with what they heard. Therefore they will not act according to the word but they will act differently. When the word says they are healed, they believe that they are sick because they see the symptoms.
In such a time as this, the word has to mix with faith otherwise it’s not good for you. If the word is not mixed with faith then there will no difference between yourself and the unbeliever who has never heard the word. And if the word does not profit, the works of the devil will control you like unemployment or sickness. But if the word profits you, then you will experience the effects of redemption.
If you want to experience the effects of redemption, you need to understand this God and why He redeemed you. The first desire of God is found in Exodus 11:7 - but against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. God loves to put a difference between you and the unbeliever and even in Exodus 8:23 -And I will put a division between my people and thy people: tomorrow shall this sign be. Again and again, we find that God loves to put a division between you and the unbeliever. You need to understand this truth with the light of God shining on the word that you hear. You must analyze if you really understand the word or you are just confessing the word with no understanding.
The second desire of God is found in Deuteronomy 5:29 - O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever! God assures that it will be well with you and your children in good times and the bad times and you have a role. And the role is that you have a heart that fears God and keeps all His commandments, to fear God and to keep his commandments denotes action. When you present such a heart to God he, in turn, makes sure that it goes well with you and your children despite the lockdown and the current unemployment that is going around the world.
Even in the New Testament, we find the same thing 1Peter 3:10 says “let him” which indicates that without any action faith is dead. Colossians 3:1-2 if ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Many people think faith is confession but confession +action makes up faith. Setting your affection on things above is based on your heart. God never allows anything contrary to His word. If anything is happening it is because you did not understand His word.
The third thing that you should know about yourself is that you are the incomparable people. Deuteronomy 33:29 Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places. When God is your shield and sword can the darkness in this world can for a single moment overpower you and keep you down?
Your job is to guard your heart and to ensure that you obey the word of God. This should be automatic and voluntary because you the Holy Spirit inside you who helps you to do it. The new creation is controlled by Christ. You have the mind of Christ and the love of God is poured in your heart abundantly. So walk in love, walk in faith and walk in power and experience God’s goodness in such a time as this.