COMMAND OF FAITH, 13.11.18

Scriptures/References:

Num.20:8

Mk.11:13,14,20,22-25

Josh.10:12,13

2 Kings 1:10,15-17

Matt.12:13

John 11:43,44

Matt.4:10

Matt.17:18

Lk.17:5,6

John 15:4,5

John 5:19,30

Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.

Mighty Prevailing Prayer, Wesley L. Duewel, 1990, Zondervan Publishing House.

There are loud prayers; there are soft prayers; there are submissive prayers; there are bold prayers. There are times when an actual “command,” rather than prayer is needed.

Duewel puts it this way: “the Spirit guides to take an act of faith or to give the command of faith,”  (Duewel, 1990, p.105), and goes on to explain that when Moses was given instructions to bring water out of a rock, he was not called to pray, but rather to command: “Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will give out its water. You will bring out water from the rock” (Num.20:8).

Yeshua used a fig tree to demonstrate the power of commanding in faith: “Seeing from a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if He would find any fruit on it. When He came up to it, He found nothing except leaves, because it wasn’t the season for figs.  And He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” (Mk.11:13,14). The next day, “As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree shriveled from the roots” (Mk.11:20), and the disciples marvelled at what had taken place. Yeshua used this to teach them how to use the power He had given them, “saying to them, “Have faith in God! Amen, I tell you, if someone says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but trusts that what he says is happening, so shall it be for him. For this reason I say to you, whatever you pray and ask, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mk.11:22-24).  He clearly instructed them to use this method of commanding by faith. The mountains are metaphors for obstructions, strongholds of the Enemy, roadblocks (anything that is in your way, whether it is fear, doubt, lust or anger, the list is infinite) that get in the way of walking in the Spirit. Yeshua added to these instructions something that is of extreme importance: “Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your transgressions” (Mk.11:25), which tells us that forgiving anyone who has hurt, violated, or wronged us in any way, is a prerequisite to assuming such authority. You can not walk in authority if you are walking in the flesh and not in the Spirit, and that definitely includes holding grudges, living a sinful lifestyle, or other carnal activities which have you feasting on the flesh, at Jezebel’s table.

“Then Joshua spoke to Adonai, on the day Adonai gave the Amorites over to Bnei-Yisrael, and said in the eyes of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon, Moon, over the Aijalon Valley!” So the sun stood still and the moon stopped until the nation took vengeance on its enemies. (Is it not written in the Book of Jashar?) Thus the sun halted in the middle of the sky, and did not hurry to go down for about a full day” (Josh.10:12,13). Notice, Joshua did not pray; he commanded.

In 2 Kings 1:10, when the king sent his army captain to order Elijah to come down from the mountain, Elijah responded: “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your 50!” Then fire did come down from heaven and consumed him and his 50” (2 Kings 1:10), following which he repeated the same procedure again with the same result. In addition to this, “the angel of Adonai said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So he arose and went down with him to the king. Then Elijah said to the king, “Thus says Adonai: You have sent messengers to inquire of Baal-Zebub the god of Ekron. Is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of His word? Therefore you will not leave the bed you are lying on, for you will surely die.” So he died just as was the word of Adonai that Elijah had spoken” (2 Kings 1:15-17), clearly indicating that what he’d said and done was mandated by Adonai Himself. We need also to realize that speaking a command in faith is only effective if it has been mandated by God Almighty Himself; it is not intended for us to wield this power to suite our own carnal desires for selfish purposes; it must be Spirit-led, Spirit-empowered; otherwise God will not release His power through our words (the Enemy may in fact, anoint those words and send demonic power through them; that is why we need to test the spirits – 1 John 4:1).

Yeshua used the command of faith in many of His healings, such as when “He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out and it was restored, as healthy as the other” (Matt.12:13). He also used the command of faith when He raised Lazarus from the dead: “He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” He who had been dead came out, wrapped in burial clothes binding his hands and feet, with a cloth over his face. And Yeshua tells them, “Cut him loose, and let him go!” (John 11:43,44). When Satan was harassing Yeshua during His 40-day fast, He quoted Scripture several times and then commanded: “Go away, satan! For it is written . . .” (Matt.4:10).  In all examples of deliverance from demons, both Yeshua and His disciples did not pray, but applied the command of faith: “Yeshua rebuked the demon and it came out of him, and the boy was healed from that very hour” (Matt.17:18). When you study closely you will see that there were more situations where Yeshua commanded, rather than praying. This was true particularly in occasions of deliverance, but also often in instances of healing.

Note also, that He taught His disciples to do likewise. When the disciples asked Him to  “Increase our faith!” (Lk.17:5), notice that He did not pray for them, or instruct them to pray, but instead, “said, “If you have faith like a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you”” (Lk.17:6). He is instructing them to do as they had seen Him do. Essentially, He seems to be saying that their faith will increase as they speak His Word. There are situations where this is what is called for; we simply need to be led by the Holy Spirit, and we will discern and know. When we live a lifestyle of surrender, we will be given to know which approach to employ.

Duewel puts it this way: “There are mountains of difficulty for which much prayer has been made. It may be that a command of faith from the throne is what is needed. The Holy Spirit can give guidance when to take this step. Satanic opposition often has to be commanded to stop . . . Frequently in prevailing prayer we may need to take the courage of our throne position and rebuke Satan to his face . . . .  When you are on the throne, you do not need to wait to win the victory. Christ has already won the victory, and Satan is already defeated. From that position of power and authority, command Satan to leave. By virtue of Christ’s victory; bind Satan, your enemy, by using the power of Jesus’ name . . . . There is a sense in which God-given faith is made available to us by God, but we must act on it or command because of it . . .  dare to speak on behalf of God from the throne, where you sit enthroned with Christ” (Duewel, 1990, p.107,108).

I want to emphasize that applying the command of faith approach does have conditions/prerequisites and limitations. We are not mandated to loosely command just whatever we wish, nor whatever someone may desire for us to do. There is a pre-defined set of boundaries within which we must operate: (1) Our directions must be coming to us from the right source; (2) Commands by faith must always be aligned with God’s Holy Word – the Scriptures. (3) We must be intimately connected to our source: “Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. The branch cannot itself produce fruit, unless it abides on the vine. Likewise, you cannot produce fruit unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:4,5). We do not have any authority without this connection. Everything we do for the Kingdom is automatically precluded by, hinged to, dependent upon, and enclosed within the parameters of our relationship with the Father/Son via the Holy Spirit, doing nothing of ourselves, but only what the Father by His Holy Spirit advises us to do (John 5:19,30). Principle: Never take a Scripture in isolation from, but in combination with, other Scriptures; otherwise, God’s Word will be taken out of context, misapplied, misappropriated.

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