On March 14, when I was visiting Israel and Jordan, God began to speak to me that He was going to move His people quickly because a shift was occurring in the heavenly realms, and we needed to cooperate by faith as He was getting ready to move people to change homes, jobs and relationships, even finances to accomplish where He was taking them. I even believe moving homes means in addition to moving a location, it is also moving blockades in people's home life with marriages, children and relationships. However, God said He was doing this before Passover as He was indeed gathering His people for the festival, and they all needed to be in place before the new year. The new year, according to the Torah, begins the 1st day of Nisan this year on April 5, 2019, at sundown, and the Passover begins at the 10th day of Nisan which is April 19, 2019, at sundown.
This is very biblical that God would gather His people before the Month of Nisan and Passover. We know God spoke to Moses and said in Exodus 12:2-4:
This month shall be the beginning of months to you. It shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: On the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for a household. And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to what each man shall eat, divide the lamb.
Passover was a pivotal event for your house and even those you called neighbors, and it was considered a memorial. In Exodus 12:14, God said, "This day shall be a memorial to you, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord. Throughout your generations you shall keep it a feast by an eternal ordinance." This memorial time is your time now to step out in the faith of God and do what He is calling you to do. You were created for such a time as this.
So, how does one respond to God moving quickly? One responds by the faith of God. This is different than faith in God. The faith of God comes when we believe like God Himself believes about a current situation. The faith of God is increased when we hear the word of God spoken.
In Romans 10:17, the Word says, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
We all have a measure of faith upon salvation, but then there is the gift of faith. Paul lived by both, I believe: a basic measure that we all have, but also a gift of faith where he tapped into believing what God believed about him and the circumstances surrounding his life. Paul wanted us as disciples to believe like this too, as it is the foundation for miracles.
Paul said in Galatians 2:20-21, "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God. For if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ died in vain."
In order to walk by this kind of faith, we need to inquire of the Holy Spirit. We need to ask God: "What do you believe about my situation? What should I believe you for? What change do you want to make in my current situation? How can I join you in this belief?" Then we must listen and believe the answers He gives us and meet Him there with belief and action. That opens us up to the impossible. Miracles happen in the impossible. Since God can believe in the impossible in all situations, we can too. This is the faith of God we need to see miracles happen.
Hebrews 11:6 says, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."
What example do we have in Scripture of people whom God is moving into His will simply by them tapping into the faith God actually has for them and a situation? There are many, but let's look at only two.
In Luke 5:1-7, the Word says:
As the people pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret and saw two boats beside the lake. But the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He entered one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to thrust it out a little from the land. Then He sat down and taught the people from the boat.
When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch."
Simon answered Him, "Master, we have worked all night and have caught nothing. But at Your word I will let down the net."
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was tearing. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.
In this passage, Jesus is challenging the disciples by first preaching to them all, even the masses, in order to increase their faith, then He tells the disciples to do something. He asks them to obey Him by seeing the miracle He sees by faith. Jesus has a desire to do the impossible. But the disciples are doubting, even after hearing the Word preached and even after walking with the Word Himself in the person of Jesus. He asks them to meet Him where He is with what He wants to do. He asks them to have the faith of God, not just faith in God. He asks them to see things supernaturally like He sees things. No matter their fear and doubt, they did obey, and cast the net, and Jesus did a miracle and filled their boats. Then not only did they get a huge unexpected blessing and miracle but they found the grace of God in such great measure that Simon Peter repented and Jesus gave him a new purpose and destiny.
Luke 5:8-11 says:
When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.
Then Jesus said to Simon, "Do not fear. From now on you will catch men." So when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.
This is so important because when we obey God and move quickly with the heavenlies and His Spirit, as He is asking us to do, we will be tapping into God's desire to bless us and move us into greater purpose and destiny. This is activating the faith of God. This is what is needed in this season as God gathers us for Passover.
The second example is the story of the woman with the issue of blood from Matthew 9:20-22 (NIV), the word says, "Then a woman, who was ill with a flow of blood for twelve years, came behind Him and touched the hem of His garment. For she said within herself, 'If I may just touch His garment, I shall be healed.' But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her, He said, 'Daughter, be of good comfort. Your faith has made you well.' And the woman was made well instantly."
Do you notice in this passage, the Word says that "she said within herself, 'If I may just touch His garment, I shall be healed" (v. 21b)?
This means she had a dialogue with herself where she adopted the faith of God and supernaturally, Jesus' desire to heal her. She knew the heart of God and that wherever He went He desired to heal and He would indeed heal her. We can't fully explain this level of faith, but it is a gift that comes to our soul from heaven where we know we are healed and whatever act of faith must come forth, we will obey and it will be done. Just as she said, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed."
The word "touched" in Greek is haptomai which means properly to attach oneself or to fasten as to set on fire. So, she attached herself in faith first to Him. She dialogued with her own soul into a state of belief that was real. She tapped into a place where she believed what Jesus believed about Himself and her situation. She believed He is the Messiah, the deliverer and the healer, and He wants to do this for her. So, this faith of God then leads to an act, when she physically touched him and the fire of God went through her and healed her.
I believe God is going to meet you in His new year starting in Nisan and during the gathering of the Passover with a new level of faith to believe what God believes already for you. You see, God is believing the impossible for you and wants you to believe just as He does so you can receive the blessing He has for you in this new year. And ultimately, you can do greater things than He, because you have the faith of God, and He is in you.
Dr. Candice Smithyman is the founder of Dream Mentors International, a biblical life counseling and coaching educational organization that teaches and trains educators and coaches in the specialty of life coaching. She is also founder of the Glory Road TV show, where she hosts weekly interviews that are seen on internet TV, Faith USA, Facebook and her YouTube channel. She is also the host of the Spirit Fuel TV show at spiritfuel.tv or spiritfuel.me. Her ministry website is available at candicesmithyman.com and dreammentors.org, where people can grow prophetically and receive biblical and transformational life coaching for every area of their life. She is also co-founder of Freedom Destiny Church in Orange Park, Florida.
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