Never Steal God’s Glory
Never steal God’s glory. Always give all the glory to God. Never say, “my faith or my righteousness healed me,” rather say, “ I prayed to the Lord with faith and His power healed me!”
I was meditating on my bed, on a conversation I had with someone who went on and on about faith and never acknowledged prayer, Holy Spirit, holiness, waiting upon the Lord and seeking His face, praise, worship, thanksgiving and the power and glory of God. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “they are stealing my glory.”
The truth is that our Christian Faith is not as simple as that and there is no formula for healing and deliverance. Deliverance starts and ends with God and being led by the Holy Spirit into the root cause of a demonic problem and how to pray to get deliverance. The Holy Spirit also reveals hidden sins in our lives that we are not aware of, and how we are praying amiss.
When you study Mark 11:23 Jesus told the disciples that they needed faith. He also told them in Matthew 17:21 that a stubborn demon they could not cast out, only goes away by prayer and fasting. So it was all about faith, prayer and fasting. Of corse in the act of prayer, they will have to praise, thank, and obey God. The Disciples needed more annointing like Jesus.
Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Mark 11:23
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. “ (Mark 11:25 ESV)
Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. 1 Peter 3:7
I have come across people who had serious demonic problems who were not properly ministered to and were being taught all kinds of faith doctrines and they died! I particularly remember this twenty two year old boy who took His took his own life. Another sister also died as a result of taking salt which the doctor asked her not to take and she was saying she had faith.
The same Church who was teaching her this unbalanced doctrine was the one that told us this story and blamed the sister and said that she was not wise, however, this sister was acting on their false unbalanced doctrine. We must be careful and always search the Scriptures by ourselves like the Barean Christians. We must be on our guard against false doctrines.
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11
This person kept talking about faith and never acknowledged the need to spend time in the presence of God, waiting upon the Lord, hearing from the Holy Spirit and being filled with the Holy Spirit and hinderances to answered prayers. The person never acknowledged waking up at midnight to praise God and pray like Paul and Silas. The person never acknowledged the effectual fervent prayer of a righteousness man avails much.
Paul had to seek the face of God concerning his thorn in the flesh and the Holy Spirit spoke to him. He did not ignore God and go around saying I have faith, I have faith. Paul also told Timothy to start taking wine because of his stomach problem and frequent illnesses. He did not tell Timothy that he was not healed because He did not have faith. It is only the Holy Spirit that knows why people are not healed and the root, hinderances and solutions to their problems. Man does not know.
Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. 1 Timothy 5:23
So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me (2 Corinthians 12:7 – 12:8 ESV)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Denial is not faith. Paul pleaded for his affliction to go away so he acknowledged his problem. He did not go around confessing that he had no affliction and that he was already healed. Denying a problem can never help you and it is not faith, however, take your cares to the Lord and see His power and ability instead. Do not focus on the problem or obsess over it.
I kept trying to explain to the person that faith requires action and the action part of faith is spending time in the presence of God, seeking His face. The active part of faith is when you praise, worship and thank God with effectual fervent prayer.
When your faith leads you to have an active working relationship with God and you are full of rejoicing, and thanking God all in circumstances, you know that your faith is active. True faith leads you to be filled with the Holy Spirit and be led by Him.
True faith leads you to bear all the fruits of the Holy Spirit and have the gifts of the Holy Spirit. True faith leads you to Christian maturity, and knowing how not to pray amiss and pray in line with the will of God.
Remember that Christ told the Christians in Laodicean Church that they were naked, blind and poor, yet these were believers that have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus.
Being redeemed means that we walk in the word of God and Holy Spirt always. You are redeemed and God knows it, demons know this, so if you think that all you need to do is believe this foundational teaching and not walk in God, the word of God and the Holy Spirit then you are like the blind, naked poor believers of Revelation.
If you keep confessing that you are delivered, yet refuse to put on your white garment, you are stubborn and proud. Jesus Himself told these belivers to put on their white garments, meaning they were not protected.
You are delivered by the blood of Jesus, no doubt and will go to heaven, but if you refuse to live in the perfect will of God, the devil will have an upper hand and a foothold over you. Do not give the devil a chance.
You are delivered by the blood of Jesus but you can still give the devil a chance by your careless lifestyle. Judgement begins in the house of God, so learn how to resist the devil and enjoy God’s mercy.
True faith attributes all the glory to God. Faith that excludes everything else to the glorification of faith itself is simply not Bible Faith.
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked (Revelation 3:17 ESV)
Faith is good, holiness is good, prayer is good, and we must never throw them aside because the Bible commanded us to have faith, be holy, praise God and pray. Learn the secret of clinging to all the instructions about prayer and faith in the word of God. Faith alone is single vision. Learn the secret of double and multiple visions. Learn the secret of overcoming in Christ and being a mature believer.