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Developing The Faith Habit

Jesus the Turnaround Specialist Developing the Faith Habit

Jesus came to turnaround everything that Adam and sin had broken. God created mankind and the whole earth to serve Him. Adam and Eve where created to have fellowship with God and to order their environment for His glory and for their family blessing.

Jesus wants to turnaround New Covenant Church, which is us. Today, I will show you how He will do it. Here’s a spoiler, it won’t happen without you. The body edifies itself in love.

Everything that we’ve done well was a collective act of faith. Getting things done does not require every member to have faith, but it always requires a majority. We are always like a row boat where some are rowing and some or not. The row boat can move with some people rowing, but it won’t go fast when a majority of people are content to sit in the boat, but not row.

Sin brought a curse and got Adam and Eve expelled from the Garden of Eden. Mankind has been expelled from blessing until Jesus, the Last Adam, came. Since Jesus came, we have been in a made of “restoration” and turnaround.

Matt 17:14 And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.”17 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.”18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[d] for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

Jesus wants to use us to turnaround sickness, disease, and bad conditions in the lives of people and circumstances, but it takes faith to get things done. We need consistent faith. We need faith with corresponding action (works), to get things done. Faith without works is dead, being alone

James 2:14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?[make a difference] 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things [do nothing] which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 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. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

The devil believes in God, but he is not in the habit of obeying and following God. Faith is not a mysterious force. Faith is habit. Faith is believing and acting on God’s word all the time. Faith speaks and believes, but it also provides what is needed.

The habit of faith requires singular focus: Romans 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them.

We cannot operate in corporate faith without agreement. We cannot have agreement with divided focus. We must “magnify” the ministry we are serving. We don’t magnify people. We honor people and magnify the ministry.

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Luke 4:16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Men To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” 20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

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