“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for” (1st John 5:14-15 NLT).
There are two sources which are directly tied to your belief mechanism.
1) You tend to believe what you hear.
“So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ” (Romans 10:17 NLT).
Faith simply put means to believe. You can believe anything that you hear whether it be something good or something bad. Putting the Word of God in your hearing is saturating your “belief” with all that is good. Why feed your “belief” with bad news and expect something good to come out of it?
“Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more” (Mark 4:24 NLT).
2) You tend to believe what you see.
“The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe”” (John 20:25 NKJV). This passage was referring to “doubting Thomas.” Even though all the other disciples testified to seeing Jesus, he refused to believe in his spirit that Jesus had risen from the dead. He had to get confirmation from his physical senses in order to believe.
Faith requires you to believe what you can see through your inner man more so than what you can see with your physical eyes.
“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is” (Matthew 6:23-24 NLT)!
In order for you to develop you inner man, you must first learn to recognize that voice with you. When Jesus was teaching His disciples how to pray, He told them to get rid of all outside distractions.
“But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6 HCSB).
Let’s learn how to do this together. First, close your eyes. What do you see? You think you see nothing, right? Wrong. You see darkness. Within that darkness there is no time or space. That is where the dimension of the spirit exists. In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep (Genesis 1:1-2). It was within that darkness that God spoke life to all creation. God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24 NKJV). Our connection to God is by our spirits. It is here where we live, and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). Why?
“But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit” (1st Corinthian 2:9-10 NKJV). Just as He is [spirit] so are we. Our greatest communication or achievements take place when we can enter into this dimension and see with your spiritual eyes the things you want to come to pass when you open your eyes.
Let’s take this a step further. With your eyes closed you are “in the spirit.’ Naturally you can still hear the noise of traffic, children playing etc. Block that out and listen beyond what you can immediately hear. What do you hear? You think you hear nothing, right? Wrong. You hear silence. When you develop your hearing so that you can block out all noise distractions, that’s when you can hear God through your inner man. Conversely, that’s when you get results when you speak to God as well. To know God is to have confidence in Him knowing that He hears you. To be obedient to what you hear is when you really get the results of your prayers.
““But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear” (Matthew 13:16 NJKV).
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