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The Principle of Faith

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For verily I [Jesus] say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.(Mark 11:23)

Once I invited a pastor to go with me to a preaching engagement in California. This pastor was fifty-six years old. At the age of thirty-nine, he discovered that he had diabetes. So for seventeen years, he had given himself a shot of insulin every day.

This pastor was a good man and had a wonderful church. But somehow, he had failed to grasp healing. Now I didn’t talk to him personally. I think that sometimes people are sitting around waiting for God to initiate something. And sometimes God does initiate something on His own. But people don’t have to just sit around and wait on Him.

I wanted to teach this pastor about the authority he has in Christ. I know the authority I have, and as long as

What about this God-kind of love?
What are its characteristics?

They are given to us in 1 Corinthians 13. It is to be regretted that the translators of the King James Version translated the Greek word for divine love, agape, as “charity.”

My favorite translation on this expose on love is found in The Amplified Bible. I think every Christian should read the Amplified translation of 1 Corinthians 13 every few days, if not every day – and practice it!

Let’s look at it, beginning with verse four: “Love endures long and is patient and kind.” Many people endure long – but they aren’t very kind while they’re doing it! They just suffer along with people and things because they have to. A wife will put up with a husband, but she’s not too kind while she does it (and vice versa).

“Love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy.” Natural human love is the kind of love that boils over with jealousy. The God-kind of love doesn’t boil over with jealously.

Confession: I am a love person. Therefore, I endure long and I am patient and kind. I am never envious, nor do I boil over with jealousy.

(Taken by permission from RHEMA Bible Church , aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries , Tulsa , OK , USA.  www.rhema.org )

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