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Notes on Shaping History by Prayer and Fasting (Derek Prince book)

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CHAPTER 6: Fasting Intensifies Prayer

I. Christ’s Teaching and Example

a. Emphasizes motive and warns against religious ostentation for the sake of

impressing people. (Matt. 6:1-18)

b. Fasting is endorsed by Christ’s own example – Luke 4:1-2.

i. When Jesus went into the wilderness, He was already

ii. After fasting, He returned in the

iii. Fasting was the final phase of preparation through which He had to pass,

before entering into His public ministry.

II. The Practice of the Early Church

a. Fasting was a vital part in Paul’s ministry – Acts 9:9; 2 Cor. 6:3-10; 2 Cor.

11:23-27;

b. Early Church fasted individually and COLLECTIVELY – Acts 13:1-3; Acts

14:21-23

i. As a result, they received direction and power from the H.S. for

decisions or tasks of special importance.

III. How Fasting Works

a. Fasting helps a Christian to receive direction and power from the H.S.

b. It’s a form of mourning, in one sense.

i. Mourning is not self-centered remorse or hopeless grief.

ii. It’s a response to H.S.’s prompting to share in God’s grief over sin and

folly of humanity – 2 Cor. 7:10.

c. It’s a means to humble and chasten oneself.

i. Rightly practiced, fasting brings both soul and body into subjection to the

H.S. – 1 Cor. 9:27

ii. Fasting deals with barriers to the H.S. – self-will and insistent, selfgratifying

appetites of the body. (Gal. 5:17).

1. Fasting changes people, not God.

2. Breaks down barriers in man’s carnal nature that stand in way of

H.S.’s omnipotence.

3. With barriers removed, H.S. can work unhindered in His fullness

through our prayers.

d. Four Requirements in 2 Chron. 7:14:

humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear

from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

full of the H.S.power of the H.S.if my people, who are called by my name, will

i. Humble themselves.

ii. Pray.

iii. Seek His face.

iv. Turn from their wicked ways.

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e. Fasting will never change the righteous standard of God. If something is outside

the will of God, fasting will never put it inside the will of God – e.g.) David’s

fasting to save his son after he committed adultery (2 Sam 12).

f. Fasting is neither a gimmick nor a cure-all.

Fasting is not a substitute for any other part of God’s provision. Conversely, no other part of God’s provision is a

substitute for fasting (117).

Get Ye Wisdom And Understanding

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Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve
from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her,
and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
Though it costs all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she
will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.
NIV

There are some people whom we may love and admire and seek to do
good to, and yet in the end they will turn against us and fail us and
betray us. It’s one of life’s tragedies to invest your love and to give
yourself to someone who ultimately betrays you. But the advice of
Scripture is: love wisdom. Devote yourself to wisdom, she will not
betray you, she will honor you, she will uplift you, she will protect
you. And wisdom comes from the word of God.

Wisdom is more important and more precious than all the things that
men seek after. Wisdom is like that pearl of great price that Jesus
spoke about: when the merchantman found it, he went and sold all that
he had and bought that one pearl. He was a merchantman and knew the
value of things. That’s how wisdom is. It’s a pearl of great price.

Even if it costs you all you have, the Scripture advises you sell
it. Give yourself to wisdom, devote your life to her, she’ll never
betray you. She’ll exalt you, she’ll bring you to honor. Your latter
end will be better than your beginning. – Derek Prince

Do You Realize How Valuable You Are? (Derek Prince)

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Dear Friend
For more than fifty years, I have tried to help people with innumerable different problems
in their lives. Eventually, I have come to a surprising conclusion: our basic problem as
human beings is that we do not realise how valuable we are.
Consequently, we make the most tragic mistakes. We are like a person who is legally
heir to a vast fortune, but we sell off our entire inheritance for something incomparably
less valuable: a night of sex, a joint of marijuana, a drunken party, a crooked financial
scheme.

Or we may value ourselves a little higher, perhaps seeking some prestigious position
in politics or the entertainment world, or even some high ecclesiastical office. Yet for all
its prestige, it does not compare with the value of our inheritance – which we give in
exchange for it.

If we are to appreciate our real value as human beings, we must consider the unique
and wonderful way in which Adam – the ancestor of our race – was created.
The Miracle of Adam’s Creation

In John 1:1-2 we discover that the actual agent in creation was not God the Father, but
the divine Word, who was with God from eternity – the Person who was later manifested
in human history as Jesus of Nazareth: “All things were made through Him [the Word],
and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

Creation, as a whole, was brought about by the spoken word of God: “By faith we
understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.” 1 “For He spoke and it was
done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” 2 But the creation of Adam, as described in
Genesis 2:7, was uniquely different: “And the Lord God formed [moulded] man of the
dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a
living being [literally, a living soul].”

Picture the scene! The Lord kneeled down, took dust in His hands, mixed it with water
and moulded it into the body of a man. So there it was – the most perfect piece of sculpture
ever fashioned – more perfect than any masterpiece of Michelangelo. But it was lifeless!

Then something marvellous happened. The Creator leaned forward, put His divine lips
against the lips of clay, His divine nostrils against the nostrils of clay and breathed into
them. His breath penetrated the form of clay, and transformed it into a living human
being with every organ of its body functioning perfectly, and with all the marvellous

spiritual, intellectual and emotional responses of which a human being is capable. No
other being has ever been created in such a way.

The words used to describe this miracle are particularly vivid. Hebrew is one of those
languages in which the sound of certain words is directly related to the action which
they describe. The sound of the Hebrew word translated breathed can be rendered
yipakh. It consists of a tiny internal “explosion,” followed by a forceful, on-going release
of air from the throat. Thus it vividly represents the action which it describes. As the
Lord stooped down over those lips and nostrils of clay, He did not let out a languid sigh
– He forcefully breathed Himself into that body of clay, which thus received a miraculous
impartation of the very life of God!

Immediately, man became a triune being, composed of spirit, soul and body. The spirit
came from the inbreathed breath of God; his body was clay, transformed into living,
pulsating flesh; his soul, produced by the uniting of spirit and body, became a unique,
individual personality, capable of making decisions – I will or I will not.

Together with his God-given mate, Adam was appointed to rule the earth as God’s
representative. The triunity of his inner nature represented the likeness of the triune
God. His outward form mirrored the image of the Lord who created him. 3 Both in his
inward nature and his outward form, he uniquely represented God to the rest of earth’s
creatures.

Furthermore, Adam and Eve enjoyed regular personal fellowship with the Lord. At the
close of each day He came to spend time with them. 4 Who knows what revelations of
Himself He shared with them? We do know, however, that God granted Adam the privilege
of choosing names for all the other living creatures. 5

The greatest tragedy of human history followed. Tricked by Satan, Adam and Eve traded
their God-given inheritance for a piece of fruit! This disobedience affected every part
of Adam’s triune nature. His spirit – cut off from God – died. In his soul he became a
rebel henceforth at war with his Creator. His body became subject to sickness, ageing
and, ultimately, death.

God had warned Adam concerning the tree of knowledge, “In the day that you eat of it
you shall surely die.” 6 It was Adam’s spirit that died instantly; his body did not die for
more than 900 years.

The Miracle of Christ’s Redemption

Adam’s disobedience was terrible in its consequences, yet it brought to light an aspect
of God’s nature that would otherwise never have been fully revealed: the unfathomable
depth of His love. God has never given up on Adam and his descendants. He longs to
bring us back to Himself.

This is beautifully expressed in James 4:5 (NAS): “He jealously desires the Spirit which
He has made to dwell in us” – the spirit that was breathed into Adam at his creation.
Incredible though it may seem, God continues to long for the personal fellowship which
He once enjoyed with Adam, but which was broken by Adam’s rebellion – a rebellion

that has been perpetuated in every one of Adam’s descendants.

Furthermore, at infinite cost, God has made a way for us to be restored to Himself. He
sent Jesus “to seek and to save that which was lost.” 7 By His substitutionary sacrifice on
the cross, Jesus has made it possible for each of us to be forgiven and cleansed from sin
and to become members of God’s own family.

In Matthew 13:45-46 Jesus told a parable which – for me, personally – most beautifully
describes the wonder of our redemption: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold
all that he had and bought it.”

For me this depicts the redemption of a human soul. Jesus is the merchant – not a tourist
or a sightseer – but a man who has dealt in pearls all his life, and knows the exact value
of every pearl. The pearl that He has purchased is just one human soul – yours or mine.
It cost Him all He had – everything He owned.

Updated to our contemporary culture, I picture to myself the scene when that merchant
broke the news to his wife.
“Honey, I’ve sold our car.”
“You sold our car! Well, at least we still have a roof over our heads.”
“No, I sold our house, too!”
“Whatever made you do all that?”
“I found the most beautiful pearl I’ve ever seen. I’ve been looking all my life for
such a pearl. It cost me everything I had – wait till you see it!”

So what does this mean to you and me? Each of us may picture ourselves as that one
priceless pearl.

Remember, it cost Jesus everything He had to buy you back to Himself. Though He was
Lord of the entire universe, He laid it all aside and died in absolute poverty. He owned
nothing. The robe and the tomb in which He was buried were both borrowed. “Though
He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become
rich.” 8

Perhaps you have never seen yourself as important. You have a poor self-image. You
may look back on a life of pain and disappointment: a deprived and unhappy childhood,
a marriage that ended in divorce, or a career that never materialised, or years wasted
on drugs and alcohol. Your past and your future both convey the same message: FAILURE!
Not to Jesus! He loved you so much that He gave up everything to redeem you for Himself.
Repeat the beautiful words of the Apostle Paul, make them your own: “He loved me and
gave Himself for me.” Say it again, “He loved me and gave Himself for me.” And again, “He
loved me and gave Himself for me.” 9

Now see yourself as that pearl held in the nail-scarred hand of Jesus. Hear Him saying to
you, “You’re so beautiful! You cost Me everything I had, but I don’t regret it. Now you’re
Mine forever!”

You cannot do anything to earn this. You can never change yourself or make yourself
good. All that you can do is to accept what Jesus has done for you and thank Him!
You belong to Him forever!

Yours in the Master’s service

Derek Prince

1 Hebrews 11:3
2 Psalm 33:9
3 Genesis 1:26-27
4 Genesis 3:8
5 Genesis 2:19
6 Genesis 2:17
7 Luke 19:10
8 2 Corinthians 8:9
9 Galatians 2:20

The Importance of Right Relationships (Derek Prince)

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In the natural, if you are to have a symphony two things are certain: You must have a score, and you must have a conductor. In the spiritual realm, if you are to have symphony, you must have the same two things. The score is the will of God; the conductor is the Holy Spirit.

In Matthew 18:19 we read: “If two of you agree on earth.” The Greek word for agree is precisely the same word that gives us the word symphony. It is not mere intellectual agreement; it is harmony, concord. It is two or more people being united in one spirit. When people come together in one spirit, in harmony, agreeing on the will of God as revealed by the Holy Spirit, then anything they need is accessible. This is a real promise, but you have to meet the conditions.

 

 

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Sometimes people say to me, “Come, Brother Prince, let’s agree. We’ll pray for so-and-so.” I sometimes feel embarrassed because I think it is a shallow pretence and that it will not produce the results. Agreement is not just saying, “We agree.” Agreement is being in harmony in the Spirit with one another, and as we come to this place of real spiritual harmony, we are irresistible. Because of this, the devil will do everything in his power to keep Christians from coming into this place, and he has largely succeeded with multitudes of professing Christians.

I trust that I will not shock you by saying that the church, which is the body of Christ, is not an earthly institution. Generally speaking, Christians have felt obliged or impelled to produce some kind of institutional organisation through which they can tie themselves together to achieve unity. Yet the truth of the matter is this does not produce the kind of unity God intends for the body of Jesus Christ.
Under the Old Testament, God had a tremendous problem with His people, Israel. He had revealed Himself as One who could not be adequately represented by any kind of portrait, picture or image. The attempt to make an image of God was strictly forbidden. But we find again and again that Israel fell into the error of making an image or idol and saying it represented God.

guitarI believe a corresponding mistake is made by Christians in this dispensation. The body of Jesus Christ cannot be represented institutionally. It cannot be represented as an organisation of the kind that we are familiar with in secular life. But time and again, Christians try to make something visible and tangible out of that which is spiritual. They try to produce an organisation, a union, a tying together that will replace the proper unity and relationship of the body of Jesus Christ, and invariably there is failure.

Take, for example, the Salvation Army (and this is no criticism of the Salvation Army). Within the Salvation Army there is strong organisational unity that is similar to that of an army. And there is a further tying together through uniforms so that you can look at members and see immediately that he or she is in the Salvation Army. Everything man can do to produce unity and organisational structure is there, yet two people may be at loggerheads with each other. So, far from being in real union and harmony, they may actually be in total opposition. Two people may be in the Salvation Army and one may be converted and regenerated and the other may be un-regenerated. They aren’t even in the same spiritual sphere!

Take for example the Anglican church, in which I was brought up. You could be a member of the Anglican church and be communist or Roman Catholic. Within that organisation, bound together by organisational structure, there are diametrically different ideas, totally opposed to one another, in absolute disharmony, with no union whatever in the spiritual life. The church structure is an outward substitute for the inward reality. The great danger that I see is that we often accept the outward as a substitute for the inward, and then neglect the inward. The result is that today there are multitudes of Christians within the body that are in wrong relationship to other people and they are not even aware that anything is wrong.
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One night in a service, five people came forward for healing. I was led to ask each person individually, “Is there any unforgiveness or resentment in your heart against anybody?” Out of the five, three people said, “Yes, there is.” I replied, “Well, do you really want me to pray for you? I can go through the motions, but what kind of effect do you think prayer is going to have?”

And do you know what they said? “We’d better go away and put things right and then come back.” Remarkable! But what was really remarkable was that those people were not conscious of the wrong relationship. Why were they deceived? The reason is because they had allowed some external substitute to blind them to the inner reality. If we would look at the inner condition of the body of Christ today, we would be shocked at what we saw!

Derek Prince illustrating the Gift of Word of Wisdom

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This video will illustrate how the charismatic gift of the word of wisdom works. Enjoy!

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Derek Prince illustrating the Gift of Faith

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Ever wondered how the gift of faith works? Watch, learn and enjoy!

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Exchange at the Cross (Derek Prince)

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I honestly do not know any Bible teacher of any generation who can explain the gospel in a more clear, more convincing, more enlightening manner than Derek Prince does in this 9 minute video.

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Is it God’s Will to Heal All? (Derek Prince)

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Let’s approach these questions in a logical manner. Before I became a preacher, I was a logician. I believe the Bible to be the most perfectly logical book in the world. And God wants us to be logical in applying its truth. Suppose you said, “I believe my sickness is God’s Will for me. It is a blessing.” Well, then, please be logical. Don’t try to get rid of God’s blessing. Cultivate it. If God has placed sickness upon you to do you good, then you are wroing to seek to get rid of that sickness. If it is God’s will for a Christian to be sick, then it is sinful for him to try to be healed. Let’s discover the three main ways in which God’s Will concerning healing is revealed in His Word: (1) by the nature of God; (2) by Jesus’ ministry; and (3) by Christ’s atonement.

Revealed By The Nature Of God

Read with me the incident that took place at the time Israel was coming out of Egypt into the wilderness in Exodus 15:23-26. (23) Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bittere. Therefore the name of it was called Marah [which is the Hebrew word for “bitter”]. (24) And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” (25) So he cried out to the Lord; and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, (26) and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”

I n Hebrew, the last phrase, “who heals you” is a single word. It literally means “your doctor.” In other words, God said to Israel, “I am Jehovah, your doctor.” This revelation was given, not because Israel sought it, but because God desired them to receive it. It was the revelation of the eternal nature and will of God for His people.

Notice God’s promise began with an “if.” God said, “I am your doctor, and will continue to be your doctor, provided you meet certain conditions.” The first condition is the basic and primary condition for receiving healing from God all through Scripture. It is, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God.” The literal Hebrew phrase is, “If listening you will listen …” It repeats the verb “to listen.”

Do you ever listen to God wiht the right ear and to the devil with the left? God’s Word and the devil’s lies meet in the middle of your head, and the result is confusion. “To listen, listening” means to give your undivided attention to God’s Word. He says, “If you will listen, listening, I am your doctor permanently.” What a beautiful promise!

Twelve centuries later, God said to Israel to Malachi 3:6, “For I am the LORD, I do not change.” Continuing on in the New Testament, we read: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, wiht whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). God never varies and never changes his mind. He has moods. And He says, “I am your doctor.” He was and is and will be. God’s nature never changes.

Revealed by Jesus’ Ministry

To me, the clearest summary of the ministry of Jesus is given in Acts 10:38. It says: How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil. Notice all three Persons of the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – are united in the ministry of healing. God the Father anointed Jesus the Son with the Holy Spirit. The Son went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil. Healing is of God. Sickness is of the devil. This is very, very clear. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are united in bringing healing to suffering humanity.

The earthly ministry of Jesus was the revelation of God’s Will in action. In John 6:38 He said, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent me.” There is no record in the Scriptures that Jesus ever turned away any person who came to Him for healing. There were those who did not come and, therefore, did not get healed. But everyone who came to Him was healed. He never said, “It is not the will of God … There is a reason for your sickness that I cannot change … You have been sick too long …” Every person who came to Jesus for healing was healed.

Revealed by Christ’s Atonement

Isaiah 53:4-5 contains the Bible’s most complete description of the atonement of Jesus:
(4) Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we were esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. (5) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

Were the New King James version uses the English words griefs and sorrows, the literal Hebrew translation is “sicknesses” and “pains.” God’s provision for these conditions is “healing.” In describing the ministry of Jesus, Matthew writes: “They brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses’” (Matthew 8:16-17). Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled. Jesus “healed all who were sick.”

Old and New Testaments unite in this clear testimony: On the cross Jesus took our sicknesses, He bore our pains; and by the wounds inflicted on His physical body, physical healing was obtained for us. Is healing the will of God? Yes! Hear Jesus declare it from the cross in John 19:30, “It is finished!” All we have to do is receive it.

Run Through Romans (4.9-13)

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This is some beautiful teaching here from the apostle of grace, Paul:

9Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.

Paul is taking here about the blessedness of not having your sin held against you.  As I said in the last post, the is the most remarkable blessing.  Because of what Jesus did on the cross in becoming your sin, if you put your faith in him then you will never have your sin held against you.  God will treat you as if you never sinned.  I have heard people say it like this: justified means just-if-i’d never sinned, and that is 100% correct.  If you have your faith in Jesus, you can relate to God as if you never sinned.

Now Paul is asking the question: does a person have to be circumcised to have this blessing?  Some people, often called the Judaizers by scholars, were visiting the new churches that Paul was planting and telling people that they could never be right with God, never enter heaven and never enjoy heaven on earth until they were circumcised.

Now I have never in the 21st century heard someone make such a claim: that unless someone is circumcised that they cannot enter heaven when they die or enjoy heaven on earth.  However, I have heard many equivalent claims and so have you.

How about: “if you quit going to this church you will never succeed on earth”.  Anyone heard that?  It is a lie.  You are righteous by faith and you will succeed on earth because of what Jesus has done.  I was in a church once where people were told they were going to hell because they were wearing sleeveless tops.

What about you have to speak in tongues to go to heaven?  What about you have to not have a certain amount of money?  You have to wear certain clothes to fit into the church?  You have to do certain things on a Sunday, or not do other things?  I remember back when I was a brand new Christian, I went into a B&Q with a friend to buy a screwdriver for a model I was building.  I was only about 17, and it was a Sunday after church.

We were walking in the store chatting away when my friend suddenly grabbed my shoulder and pulled me behind the shelving and into the next aisle.  I was a little shocked to say the least.  When I demanded an explanation, he told me that he had just seen a deacon from our church walking down the aisle we were in.  We were absolutely not allowed to let him see us in the shop!

Even my teenage mind was lightning fast to realize that for him to tell the pastor we were in the shop that he would have had a very obvious question to answer himself, so  I really wasn’t concerned!  But that is the attitude of very many churches.  The fact is that being right with God, being accepted has nothing to do with our actions.

There is actually in several churches a movement to go back to the “Hebrew” roots of the church.  People are dressing in Jewish clothes, celebrating the passover, and adopting Jewish customs and practices.  This is absolutely unnecessary and can be spiritually very dangerous.

If all you are doing is keeping a passover to examine the typology of Jesus and marvel at how the Lord accurately portrayed the death of Jesus to the Jewish people hundreds of years before it happened, then that is fine and may actually be beneficial.  But the second you start to judge people on the days they keep, the festivals they are involved in, the second you think that these things contribute to your righteousness, you are stepping away from the truth of salvation by grace alone through faith alone.

10How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

Paul is pointing out that circumcision cannot possibly be necessary to be righteous because Abraham was declared righteous BEFORE he was circumcised.  This principle is an excellent principle if you want to know if I have to do something to be accepted by God.  All you have to do any time someone says you have to do A, B or C before you are right with God is ask yourself if Abraham did it before he was declared righteous.  If the answer is no, then you do not need to do it before God declares you righteous.

I was in one church that said if you did not read your Bible EVERY DAY, God would not accept you.  In other words, your righteousness was not dependant on the complete work of Jesus but on your ability to read.

Ask yourself the question: did Abraham read his Bible every day before he was declared righteous.  The answer is an obvious no because there was no Bible in Abraham’s day.

The fact is this: Abraham was declared righteous before he was circumcised, hundreds of years before there was a Bible, hundreds of years before the first church service (yes! you don’t have to go to church to be right with God!), before he tithed, before he saw a manifestation of God’s goodness, before he did anything.  All he did was believe.  It is that simple.  We overcomplicate it, and there are always people who will tell you that you have to pray this long, fast this long, read the Bible this much and go to church this many times to be right with God.

It is the same error Paul is dealing with in Romans.  You do not have to do anything to be right with God.  It is only by faith alone in grace alone.

11And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

Abraham’s circumcision only happened after he was declared righteous.  We like to put the cart before the horse.  We like to tell people: quit smoking and you will be right with God.  It’s nonsense – quitting smoking cannot make you right with God.  You will just smell a bit nicer and have a bit more money, but you won’t be righteous.

What we should tell people is: you are right with God.  They will then quit smoking.  They were only smoking because of fear and anxiety.  Now they know that they have peace with God and they are enjoying heaven on earth, they forget about the cigarettes.

(Obviously cigarettes is just an example, this works with every situation!)

12And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

And to be like Abraham it is not the outward thing you need to do to be like Abraham, but the inward thing.  You don’t need to look like Abraham, be circumcised like Abraham, but you need to believe like Abraham.

We still copy the externals of people not their heart.  We miss it by so much.  Years ago I loved Derek Prince more than any other Bible teacher.  I listened to him every day.  I started to try and be like him in the pulpit, I would lecture and adopt his mannerisms and his phrases.  I even bought myself a three piece suit because that is what he always wore.

Now I realize I should have followed his faith: the fact that he always simply accepted the Word of God over any tradition and any circumstance, the fact that he was a man of humility and integrity.  I should still preach like me (if you have ever heard me preach, I am not like him in the pulpit at all… well, not in style, I hope in substance I am like him), should still dress like me, and still be me.

If you have spiritual heroes, and there is not a problem with that, we were designed to have heroes, don’t emulate their external behaviours but emulate their faith and their spirit.

13For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Abraham was told by God that he would inherit the world!  If you believe in Jesus, you are going to inherit the world.  Blessed are the meek, because they will inherit the earth.

If you realize that because of Jesus that you are going to inherit the earth, you are going to be promoted, you are going to prosper, you are going to be wealthy, and that your actions will not change your righteousness, that your sin is not and will never be held against you, then you will be a happy person!

Blessed are you forever,

Ben

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