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"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
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#337, 20th February 2018
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In this newsleter we're featuring Peter Wade's oldie but goodie, God's Principles. By way of introduction, Peter writes, "In the natural world it is abundantly clear that the laws or principles of physics are constant and unchanging. If this were not so, we would not be enjoying all the modern inventions that make our lives so much easier. God's spiritual principles are likewise constant and unchanging. When we with confidence apply God's principles by setting the stage for them to work, positive living becomes a reality for us." 

In this issue, we've created two abridged chapters for you: The Principle of Believing and The Principle of Renewing Your Mind

Seeing the Unseen
The Principle of Believing

It is of no value to know that when Uncle Harry died he left you a million dollars unless you know how to get your hands on it. There is no value in having a plane ticket to travel halfway around the world unless you have some way to get to the airport to catch the plane. And it is of no value to know that God has provided only the best for you and yet not know how to tap into it.

There has to be some key, some way to benefit from God’s provision for the best in life. And that key must be in the form of a principle, a law that has universal application. 

A principle will work every time it is applied. Every time you mix two parts of hydrogen and one part of oxygen you will have water. There is no hope-so, wish-so about it. It is not a case of having a half night of prayer to see if God will grant your petition for water. Every time you apply the formula you will get water. 

A spiritual principle will work with the same consistency. If it works for the preachers and teachers, then it must work for you and me also. Our God is a God of principle, not capriciousness. Our God has laid down positive principles of living that, when applied, will make the abundant life a reality in our lives. 

What is the key?
The key to utilizing everything that God has made available to us is the principle of believing or faith. “... the law of faith” (Romans 3:27), “... the principle of faith” (Amplified Bible, also Moffatt, ISV, NET Bible). “Faith” the noun and “believe” the verb are both based on the same Greek root word. 

 The principle of believing is nowhere more clearly stated than by Jesus Christ in Mark 11:22-24, “And Jesus answering said to them, ‘Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be taken up and cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will occur, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.’” 

The key to receiving is believing—it is a principle. “Believe that you have received it [the word “received” in the Greek text can be translated as the English past tense or as an immediate consequence], and it will be yours” in reality, in manifestation. 

In order that His hearers understood the principle, Jesus gave the illustration of a mountain. First we notice that speech is involved, “whoever says to this mountain...” Then the heart, the seat of the personal life which is in the mind, is brought into focus in both a negative and a positive way, “and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will occur...”

There has to be agreement between what you say and what you feel or believe inwardly. Notice the usages of the word “says”: “whoever says”, “believes that what he says”. What you say is most important. 

Many Christians talk themselves out of God’s blessings. They say, “I’m not worthy”, “I can’t see how this will happen”, “I’m not spiritual enough to be blessed like that”. Let’s say what God says about us, about our situation. In fact, that will be the only time you can be sure you are right! Say what God says, believe it in your heart, and see it in evidence. 

What it is not 
This principle is so different from what many have been taught that we need to look at it more closely. Many people confuse believing with hope. They hope they will get the money to pay the bills. They hope that by the end of the year they will be able to increase sales. Now hope is better than no hope, but it is a very nebulous emotion. “It would be wonderful if it happens but if it doesn’t then I suppose we’ll get through anyhow.” 

Hope is treacherous because it always puts off the reception of a need to sometime in the future; it is always out there, somewhere. Hope is future, believing is now! A hope-so Christian has a “pie in the sky” religion; a believing Christian is one who gets results in the now. 

Another expression that requires comment is that of “blind faith”. It is popular in many religious circles. When you get into a real tight corner and all you have is “blind faith”, then you have no real foundation for your believing. To use the old pilot’s expression, it is like flying by the seat of your pants in a fog with your sunglasses on!

God has never asked us to have “blind faith”. God says, “Come now, let us reason together...” (Isaiah 1:18). “I would not have you ignorant...” (I Corinthians 12:1). God says in essence, “If you will say, and believe what you say, you will have it.”

What we need is “understanding faith”, faith that has a foundation on which you can depend, the foundation of God’s Word. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the message about Christ” (Romans 10:17). 

Faith defined 
I know of only one place in the Bible where faith or believing is clearly defined, and that is in Hebrews 11:1. “Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for, the evidence of things not seen.” Some people tell me that they don't believe in things they can't see. But every person every day believes in things they don't see. I have never seen electricity, only its effects such as lighting, but I believe it exists and I turn switches on daily. I have flown overseas many times, and most times I never see the pilot but I believe he is on the plane. 

Let’s look at this definition of faith a little closer. “Faith” and “believe” are translations of words based on the same Greek root word; one is a noun and the other a verb. Since the English language does not allow us to use phrases like “to faith God” or “I am faithing God’s Word”, we are forced to use the verb “to believe” in these instances. Some writers prefer to use “belief” as the noun, which is at least consistent. Probably “trust” would be the better English word to translate the noun, as a few Bible versions do. However, “faith” is in such common usage that I will continue to use it. 

Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for...” Faith turns the possible into reality. Faith takes the unseen and shows it forth. The Amplified Bible reads, “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title-deed)...” The Concordant Literal New Testament reads, “Now faith is an assumption of what is being expected, a conviction concerning matters which are not being observed.” I like that translation for it replaces “hope” with the more accurate concept of “expectation”, and also because it uses the word “assumption”. The word literally means “a standing under”; that which undergirds the mind, that which is taken for granted.

Faith is “an assumption of what is being expected”. If I am expecting to show forth, to demonstrate, to enjoy the best in life, then I must act upon that assumption—that is believing. We will never be certain of what we do not see if we are not willing to assume that such things are already in existence. Remember the words of Jesus, “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24). 

According to your believing
In Matthew 9:27-29 there is a record of two blind men seeking help from Jesus, “...crying and saying, Son of David, have mercy on us. When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then he touched their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith let it be done to you.’”

There is the principle of believing in action. They believed Jesus could heal them; He touched them and told them that their believing would do the healing. Because they believed, they saw—“and their eyes were opened...” (verse 30). Several times in the Gospels, Jesus made the same statement: “According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29). “As you have believed let it be done to you” (Matthew 8:13). “All things are possible for the one who believes” (Mark 9:23). 

It is a principle with universal application. When you believe, you receive; when you doubt, you have no clout; unbelief brings no relief. Study God’s Word and be convinced that He has only the best available for you, then act on the assumption that it is yours, and enjoy positive living God’s way. -- by Peter Wade (Passages taken from God's Principles and Your Potential)

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Book/God's Principles

Have you been searching for a platform for your home group Bible study or fellowship? 

The airplane utilizes the principle of lift which allows it to overcome gravity, and we don't doubt this when we buy our plane ticket. However, when it comes to God’s spiritual principles, we sometimes doubt that they will work just like He says they will. But God’s spiritual principles, in fact, all His principles, are constant and unchanging.

It will come as a surprise to many Christians that God is not a God of capriciousness but a God of principle. We can rely on God to fulfill His Word. Always! This truth takes the strain and stress out of Christian living, and makes it an exciting venture.

God's Principles and Your Potential discusses these principles in depth in a way that is simple to understand. You will discover that this book is easily adaptable as a foundation for home Bible study and fellowships, complete with thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter!
The paperback book is 208 pages and contains 20 chapters in three parts:
*  God’s Principles — 9 chapters
*  Let’s Think — 7 chapters
*  Let’s Talk — 4 chapters.  Click here to make your purchase at the bookstore.
 
Be Transformed!
The Principle of Renewing Your Mind
And do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by renewing your mind, that ye may prove what is the will of God, good, and well-pleasing, and perfect.” (Romans 12:2) There it is in a nutshell, the principle of renewing the mind. 

"Be transformed.” God chose a beautiful word here. The Greek word is transliterated into English as the word “metamorphosis”, used for example, to describe the transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly. Can you see why God chose that particular word to use? “Be transformed.” Get your thinking out of the mud of this earth and set it in heavenly places in Christ. As it says in Colossians, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2). We can only do it by renewing our mind. 

It does not say by the renewing of your wife’s mind or your husband’s mind or anybody else’s mind. It is your mind that is the problem. My mind is my biggest problem and your mind is your biggest problem, and here’s how to deal with it. “Be transformed by renewing your mind...” To renew your mind means to get a new figure in it, to make it alive again, to change what was there and replace it with something that is better. Renew it in order that you may prove or put to the test the will of God, which is good, well-pleasing and acceptable. God only has one will, not three, and He wants only the best for you.

A further passage in Ephesians will help us here. “That you put off concerning your former conduct the old humanity, which is corrupted according to its deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that you put on the new humanity which is being created in God’s likeness in righteousness and holiness, based on truth” (Ephesians 4:22-24). Notice the two key words here “put off” and “put on”. Whenever God says to you to put something off, it takes effort, it is something you must do. 

Put off concerning your former conduct [‘conversation’ in KJV is ‘manner of life] the old humanity” or the old mind is what it is referring to in context. This old mind is “corrupted according to its deceitful desires”—these are things of the mind. Why is the old mind corrupt? Because you have been brought up in this present culture, and when you sit and think about it you have to admit it is basically a corrupt society. Everything that we’ve seen since we were babies has drilled into us this whole tradition of corruptness and deceit and lies. Now you need to change. 

I live life moment by moment. I live life thought by thought. If I adjust this moment’s thought to agree with God’s Word, I’ve got it made right now. I don’t have to spend hours worrying about that wicked thought I had yesterday, because that is gone. What I have to be concerned about is the thought I have now. I can throw it out and replace it with one of God’s thoughts which I have found in the Word of God. 

Thought by thought is how we change our life. This is why even way back in the Book of Proverbs it says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). We all have memories that bless or burn—these must not control our life. It is the thought I am thinking right now that is critical. Recognize the principle of renewing your mind, if necessary change what you are thinking about and it will change your life.
--  by Peter Wade [Passages taken from God's Principles and Your Potential.]

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