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Here is some fresh manna for your work day….

“And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” While He was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; do not trouble the teacher anymore.” But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe, and she shall be made well.” (Luke 8:48-50 NASB)

What blesses me so much (i.e. challenges me) is what the Linguistic Key To The Greek NT says about this verse, “…note the change of tense, “Cease to fear; only make an act of faith”!”

Glory to God!!!! Cease from Fear or have a Shabbat (Hebrew to “cease”) free from fear and worry! I John 4:18 says perfect love casts out all fear and the resulting punishment it brings. The more we walk in this Agape love and freely forgive others of all offenses and FORGET, then the corresponding fruit is this evaporating effect of fear out of our lives and we thus enter His Shabbat rest of faith!….But wait there is more to this Shabbat rest of faith! And it is in this hydroponics garden of love and forgiveness nourishing the roots of our faith that we are able to live in a corresponding action mode of faith and not mental presumption and good intentions!

You see brothers and sisters, Faith without works is dead (James 2). So without some type of bold corresponding action to faith then it is just a corpse of good intentions, or as James says, “like a body without the Spirit…” Corresponding actions is the sail that allows the winds of the Spirit to fill and push the ship along to new destinations. So how do we live in this realm of the Windward moves of God’s Spirit?

Let’s re-calibrate this morning our true intentions in our service to Abba.

  1. We must forgive unconditionally everyone! This is non-negotiable and you will not go to Heaven unless you do! Look unto Jesus how much He has forgiven us and we can correspondingly have the faith to do the same to others.
  2. In this hydroponics garden of love, the spirit of fear is evaporated from our hearts and allows us to enter His divine rest of faith known as the Shabbat (Hebrews 4).
  3. Now it is in this very pure and bright greenhouse of God’s presence that we will have the intimate knowledge to rightly divide what is just good soulish intentions or what truly is the perfect will of God (knowing this alone brings great shalom and ejects confusion).
  4. The fruit of this environment or should I say “The Atmospherics of Love/Forgiveness”, is not a blind hope things will turn out better, but rather a bold and very exciting immediacy to act on what Abba is saying! Corresponding action is the fruit of this hydroponics garden and results in windward operations being birthed and suddenly coming about!
  5. All is left is deep and wild praise and worship as The Finisher of our Faith goes to work and moves those mountains from our paths….. The more you yield to this river of praise and worship the more you enjoy the fruits of this faith labor as the shalom and joy is ever building inside of you until the answer is manifested in this natural realm! This is the fun part of the works of faith!

So to recap this bright beautiful morning dear friends…. stay in that sweet spot of love and forgiveness and act swiftly and promptly with corresponding action to whatever He prompts you by His sudden Spirit Wind operations! And these Divine prompts or directives will not be logical! So do not get in the paralysis of analysis!

In His service for your faith,

Scott