ABCs OF FAITH! Bible Faith Is Always Now

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Therefore I say unto you, What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24 (KJV)

Bible faith receives NOW at the time of prayer or when ye pray! If you are having a problem receiving from God, this is the problem 99% of the time. We don't want to believe anything until we see it or feel it.

Take some time today, get your Bible out and meditate (think on) Hebrews 11:1 and Mark 11:24, over and over, and get in the right spiritual tense and you will see things get better in your life. Don't even try to apply this until it is real in your spirit. I encourage you to take 10 to 15 minutes daily and meditate on these verses. It will produce the peace of God, which passes all understanding within you once you get into the real faith. Real faith always produces peace.

Lazarus - Past, Present, Future Tenses

Now we are going to barbecue a “Sacred Cow” by looking at Jesus operating the now faith principle at the resurrection of Lazarus. Jesus taught this at the time of the death of Lazarus. I want to show you how Mary and Martha caused Jesus much grief by operating in the wrong tenses of faith regarding their dead brother, Lazarus. Jesus wept, not just because Lazarus was dead, but because of their unbelief.

Faith Is The Present Tense

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1

Let’s continue our study of "What Faith Is." We are going to look at the present-tense faith it took to raise Lazarus from the dead in this lesson. We are going to launch out a little deeper into the realm of revelation knowledge. So close the door and turn off the TV as you read this today.

I want to show you how Mary and Martha caused Jesus much grief by operating in the wrong tenses of faith regarding their dead brother, Lazarus. The shortest verse in the Bible says, “Jesus wept.” Jesus did not just weep because Lazarus was dead, because He had already said this whole thing would bring glory to God, not death. Jesus was grieved by the unbelief that surrounded the death of Lazarus.

When He said that this sickness would glorify God. He meant that the faith employed to raise him from the dead would glorify God. He was about to show the NOW nature of faith.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the story from John, chapter eleven.

John 11:1-4

1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. 4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

Now, let's get the NOW FAITH principle that Jesus was endeavoring to teach at the death of Lazarus. Pay special attention.

John 11:20-21

20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.

21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here (past tense), my brother had not died.

Notice that she was using past-tense faith—If you would have been here, my brother would not have died is past tense! Jesus was grieved at this statement, and she noticed, so she immediately said, EVEN NOW whatever you ask, God will give you.

22 But I know, that even now (present-faith tense), whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

Notice how Jesus responds to NOW faith: 23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.(She pushes it into the future tense.)

Notice Jesus' mild rebuke: 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life (Now faith): he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (Now faith)

Her next statement is a non-relative religious statement;

27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

That was not the question!!! He did not ask if she believed He was the Son of God...Hello???

Jesus probably thought, Martha you have spent too much time working in the kitchen and not in the Word, get Mary... 28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.

29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.

32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

Past tense again—no wonder Jesus wept, I would have too...

33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with

her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.

His groaning was due to their unbelief. He was trying to find faith so that He could raise the man up.

34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? (Past tense, again)

38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. (Now faith)

Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. (Past tense)

Jesus is not now, He is angry! The Greek brings out that He was now in a commanding mode of expression. TAKE AWAY THE STONE!

Sense the commanding tone in verse 40. It is like saying; "What part of take away the stone did you not understand? Did I not tell you if you would believe...?”

40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? (Now faith)

41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. (Now faith: the taking away of the stone was the NOW FAITH He was looking for.) And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

42 And I knew that thou hearest me always (note the audacity of Jesus): but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. (Now faith, calling things that be not as though they were...)

44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

Jesus had to have some NOW faith from the family to raise Lazarus from the dead. I know

what your religious thinking is telling you, here it is: "Why Bernard, Jesus is the Son of God. He could do whatever He wanted regardless of their faith or unbelief.” If that is true, why is this in your Bible: 5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching. Mark 6:5-6

It did not say he wouldn't, it said he couldn't!

God demands "now faith" to perform miracles. The story of Lazarus clearly illustrates this.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1




As you pray this you are praying God’s perfect will, because you are praying the Word back to God. Do it in faith and you will see phenomenal results.

Ephesians 1:15-23

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of our understanding being enlightened; that we may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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