Diminishing The Darkness By Lifting Up the Marvelous
Light Of Jesus Christ
-- by Tim Greenwood
s Christians, when we speak of faith, we most often
are referring to three primary kinds of faith.
there is what I call “natural faith”
This is your experiential belief and dependence upon your five senses
of: sight, touch, sound, taste and smell.
Unless somehow handicapped, everyone has this kind of faith. For example no one that has ever sat in a
chair has any problem believing, trusting or having faith that the next chair
will support his or her weight. Anyone
can have faith that after having taken a first step across a room with the
right foot, and finding the floor solid, that he or she can proceed to step out
with the left foot.
Next, there is what I call “religious faith”
. This is obtained by listening to or reading
the words of someone whom you respect such as a preacher, teacher, leader, or
other person and come to trust, believe or subscribe to the doctrine, teaching
or viewpoint of the speaker or author, without validating or corroborating the
factualness of said doctrine, teaching or viewpoint. For example, believing what was taught in a sermon in church and
not bothering to check the facts or even look up the scriptures cited from the
Bible. Faith comes by hearing, but
faith in whom? Is that faith really in
God or the person to whom you are listening?
And then there is what I call “real Bible
. Real Bible faith is believing
(trusting) what God, through the Bible (the written Word of God), has already
said and believe it as God speaking directly to you; and believing it so much
that you simply “step out” and act upon what He has said. Now, I’m not talking about head-faith where
you just agree that “yes” the Bible does actually say that. I am talking about believing it in your
Most Christians I have ever met think and say that
they have and operate in "real Bible faith", when in fact the vast majority
only operate in “natural faith” and “religious faith”. The tragedy of this is that as long as
individuals limit their faith to believing their own senses, then they will
never fully trust God. “Real Bible
faith” does not even begin until you get beyond your five senses.
God's Word is so simple, and I want only the very best for you. So, I want to personally encourage you to get
back into the Bible, read what God is saying to you, believe it in your heart,
step out, act upon it and just go live it.
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On The Word
-- by Tim Greenwood
By Nancy Smith
TGM Board Member
We all love a good story, especially one in which the
hero defeats the bad guy, even though the odds are overwhelmingly against a
victory. Our hero does not turn back,
does not give up, and finds strength and courage to conquer the adversary. In
these stories, the hero is said to be “feared in the streets of hell” because
he just keeps on coming, no matter what obstacles are thrown in his
All cultures admire courage and strength and the
will to defend others. We get a little thrill of joy when the “good guy” wins,
and wish that we, too, could have a part in overcoming evil with good. If we
seek out the Word on this subject, we find out that we are given that privilege
Before He departed this earth to sit at His Father’s
right hand, Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 28 that “All power is given to
me in heaven and in earth”. He
delegated that authority to His disciples, and all of us who have come after
them. In Luke 10:19 Jesus tells us, “I give you authority…over ALL the power of
We become deputized, by power of attorney to use
that authority when we accept Jesus as our Lord and King, and walk in His Word,
led by His Spirit, believing that we receive what He proclaimed is ours.
The devil runs rampant in this earth, because he
can. Many, if not most Christians do not realize that they can oppose his
thievery, destruction, and murder. His purpose is to overwhelm and destroy
mankind with darkness, despair, fear and hopelessness. We Christians can be the
“heroes” that push back the darkness, but not for our own glory. We do it in
the name of Jesus, for the glory and honor of our merciful Father, and to bring
freedom, light and deliverance to families, our neighbors, our colleagues, and
eventually the whole world.
We don’t have to start with big things. We can start
small, with acts of kindness that bring a smile, a bit of joy and comfort. If
you are the first to arrive at the office in the morning, you can be the person
who makes coffee and ensures the break area is orderly. Set the example. Listen
when others share their experiences and victories. Rejoice with them, and
comfort them when it is needed.
Every bit of joy and hope you bring to another is a
boot to the head of the devil. He wants people to be miserable, sick, fearful,
hopeless and depressed. Use Spirit-led compassion to lift them up, intercessory
prayers for healing and deliverance, pay attention to their needs and allow
them to see Jesus and His anointing – what it has done for you and what it will
do for them.
When you ask God for wisdom and understanding,
make sure that you are sensitive to the clarity and knowledge that He provides,
(James 1:5), and then act on it to slam the door on Satan’s activities. As
deputies of King Jesus, we can defeat his armies of darkness by resisting his
influence, (James 4:7), with power and authority in Jesus’ name. The more that
we resist, the more that we oppose the enemy’s actions, then the more the light
of God is brought to this earth. Bring light, bring joy, be God’s instrument of
life for others, and you will surely be “feared in the streets of hell.”
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