MINISTRY OF THE Word
Apostles Drs. Richard and Kellie Cianchetti
PART ONE: GOD’S WILL FOR HEALING
1) Isaiah 53:5: “But He was wounded
for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The Chastisement for
our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”
2) 1 Peter 2:24: “ Who Himself bore our sins in His
own body on the tree, that we having died to sins, might live for righteousness
– By whose stripes you were healed.”
3) Mark 16: 17-18
4) Mark 5:25-34
5) Mathew 8:17
6) Mathew 10:8-9
7) Mark 11:24
MINISTER HEALING BY LAYING ON OF
1) I minister on four passages of
scripture under a method called Faith Healing. It is called Faith Healing
because you must exercise your Faith to receive healing, but I also exercise
Faith on your behalf.
2) I am not the healer – Jesus is. Therefore, those coming to me for healing
must look beyond me and see Jesus.
3) Faith Healing is not the only way to
be healed. I know of seven different ways to be healed, but this is the primary
way the Holy Spirit uses me in Ministry.
4) In order to be healed in this method,
you have to know that it is God’s Will that you be healed.
5) It is not enough to know that God can
heal you if He wants to; you have to know that He does want to.
6) You have to know that it is His Will
for you to be healed, because faith can only be exercised where the Will of God
7) In other words, if you don’t know
that God wants to heal you, how can you exercise faith to believe that He will?
8) You might hope that he will, but
hoping is not faith. The only way you can do that is to know God’s Will. The only place where we can find God’s will
is in His Word. God’s Will is His Word.
9) Let me show you two passages of
scripture, out of many, that will show that it is the Will of God for you to be
10) The first passage we look at is Mathew 8:17:
“That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Prophet Isaiah
saying...”He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses”.
11) Please note that it says: “He Himself took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses.”It is obvious that if He took them
Himself, that He does not want us to have them.
If he did want us to have them, He wouldn’t have taken them!”
12) The second scripture is 1 Peter 2:24: “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that
we having died to sins, might live for righteousness - By whose strips you were healed. (39 stripes on His Back represent 39 Major
Diseases in the world).
13) The word “were” is past tense and it indicates that as far as God is
concerned, we are already healed. Not
going to be healed, but were healed.
14) We have to know that, believe that,
and by faith receive it, and then it becomes yours personally. Now when it says
that “by His stripes you were healed”,
it refers to when Jesus was beaten and whipped by the Romans with a leather
15) The heavenly Father then saw every
major disease of Man-kind transferred (symbolically) to the body of Jesus thru
the lashes of the whip.
16) Then they took him to Calvary and
killed Him. When they killed him, they killed the sickness and diseases. That
why in the bible it says “By His Stripes you were healed”.
17) The third scripture we look at
explains why I lay hands on the sick. The laying on of hands is one of God’s
accepted methods by which His Healing Power is released on your behalf.
18) When I lay hands on you, it becomes a
channel through which His Healing Power flows to your body. With that in mind,
look at the words of Mark: 16:17-18. “And these signs will follow them that
believe; In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new
tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will
by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
19) Notice it says those signs will
follow them that believe……”In My name,…….they will lay hands on the
sick and they will recover.” So if you are sick, you qualify for this.
I am one of those who believes, I have hands, so I qualify to minister. That
means that we can expect it to work, because we meet the qualifications.
ACCORDING TO YOUR
FAITH: Jesus said, “……they will recover,” so
there is no way that I can tell you how long it may take because I don’t know
the level of your Faith is at any particular time in your spiritual growth and
development. It’s the Faith that
releases the healing power of God. There is a case of the woman with the flow
of blood for twelve years(Mark
5:25-34). Consider the verse 34: “and He said to her, daughter, your faith
has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”
20) In Mark 11: 24: It says “Therefore I say to you, whatever
things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have
them.” At the very moment you pray,
believe that you receive your healing. He says “When you Pray, believe that you
receive them………Them what? Them desires, in this case your healing!.
21) After you have prayed and believed that you have received them, the most
natural thing to say after I pray for you and lay hands on you is “Father I thank you. I believe that I
received my healing and therefore I believe that I am healed.
22) You are making a confession of Faith. You are not saying that you know that you are
healed; you are not saying that you look like you are healed; you are saying,
“I believe that I am healed.”
23) God’s Word then becomes your
evidence, not your physical body. God’s Word says that with His Stripes, you
were healed, so that is your evidence.
You need to continue making that confession until the manifestation
24) Let’s look at Mark 11:23 about our confession, and Proverbs 18:21.
II: PROSPERITY: “God’s
News for God’s People”
1) While there are many financially successful Christians who live lives
that are beyond reproach, there are far too many others who are financially
defeated and unable to pay their bills.
2) It is a sad commentary when we see the precious people of God, who love
and serve Him so diligently, bankrupt and dispossessed with regard to the
material advantages of life.
3) If prosperity belongs to anyone, it belongs to the children of the
Lord. What is even more sad then their
poverty is the fact that many times these deprived followers of Christ will not
accept teaching that can set them free from the bondage of this world’s
4) There are people in churches today, particularly denominational churches,
who are taught that they will receive their blessings and riches in the sweet
bye and bye, over there on the other side. Certainly we should expect to
receive our rewards when the time comes according to the works we have done in
the flesh. But what are we to do in the interim while living here in the earth?
What about the here and now?
5) It seems totally unreasonable to believe that a loving and caring Father
would want His children to struggle through life, just barely getting by. The Bible
does not substantiate such a condition.
6) The following scriptures attest to this fact. If you will study these verses with an open
heart and mind, I believe that you will come to the same conclusion I did.
have come that you may have life, and that you may have it more abundantly.”
those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” (Psalms 34:10)
the Lord with your possessions and with your first fruits of all your increase; so your barns
will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9)
you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth that He may
establish His Covenant which He swore to your Fathers…..” (Deut. 8:18)
traverse the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice, that I may cause
those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries.” (Proverbs
My God shall supply all your need according to His Riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of these things shall be added to
you” (Matthew 6:33)
I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul
prospers”. (3 John 2)
7) I believe that theses scriptures
alone – and there are many more - clearly establish the fact that God wants His
children to prosper financially, as well as spiritually and physically. Amen!
8) The Devil’s ploy is to deceive the Christians into thinking that they can never obtain
material wealth. He knows that if Christians become financially independent of
the world’s way o doing things, he will no longer control our progress.
9) Christians should rejoice in this
fact, because through our prosperity, Satan Loses! Our wealth makes it possible
to spread the Good News of the Gospel.
10) There is a spiritual law known as
Sowing and Reaping, or the Law of Divine Reciprocity. If you plant a seed, the
ground will give you a harvest. This giving and receiving process is a good
example of how the Reciprocity relationship works. The ground can only give
back to you as you give to the ground.
11) The entire Word of God is based upon
this Law of Reciprocity. In Luke 6:38: Jesus said: ”Give and it will be given to
you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put
into your bosom. For with the same
measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
12) In II Corinthians 9:6 states: “He, who sows sparingly, will also reap
sparingly; and he who sows bountifully, will also reap bountifully.”
13) In Matthew 7:7 declares: “Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and
you will find; knock, and it will be opened for you”
14) Whatever the story, or situation, the
implication is always, “give and you
shall receive.” Indeed, the opposite is indicated: If you don’t ask, you
won’t get; If you don’t seek, you won’t
find; and if you don’t plant, you won’t get a harvest!
15) There is always a relationship
between the recipient and the supplier – The believer and the Lord!
16) Knowing God as your source and
supplier is a way to operate independently of the worlds system and its control
over your circumstances.
17) The Bible says that Christ gave His
Life “That the Blessing of Abraham might
come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus”.
I am in Christ, and I am a gentile. What about you?
18) In Gen 24:31-35: it says “The Lord has blessed my master greatly, and
he has become great; and He has given him flocks, and herds, silver and gold,
and male and female servants, and camels, and donkeys.”
19) You have to be blind to not see that
this is talking about material blessings. With this knowledge, we can better
understand that scripture in
Galations3:14: means when it says: “That the blessings of Abraham might
come upon the Gentiles.”
20) In Chapter 28 of Deuteronomy, we find the description of all of the blessings and curses
of the law. In other words, what will come upon you if you are obedient or
21) HOW TO TAP IN: Now that we have
established its God’s will for us to prosper financially, and materially, we
need to determine what will hinder the blessings.
22) If you want to avail yourself to the
blessings, you have to be living a lifestyle that is in line with God’s Word.
In Malachi 3:8 it
states: “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me in! But you say, in
what way have we robbed you?” (God Answers) In Tithes and Offerings”.
23) Based upon this scripture, if you are
not a thither, you are a God Robber. Therefore you are cursed with a
curse…..” (Malachi 3:9).
24) Whether you know it or not, there is
a curse loose in this earth-realm. There
are multitudes of people operating in that curse without even knowing it.
25) Earlier I talked about Reciprocity
relationships. Tithes and offerings fall
into that category of reciprocity, because the moment you give, God gives.
26) However there is a time element involved. God
is in the spirit world, and that spirit world is outside the realm of the
physical .The blessings have to come from the spiritual world into the physical
world, and it is Faith that
makes the transfer.
27) Satan is out there sitting between
two worlds ready to steal our blessings. The only way we can keep his hands off
of them is with our Faith.
28) By confessing the Word and saying, “In the name of Jesus, I believe I receive
the windows of heaven blessings,” we make inroads into the spirit realm and
bring our blessings from the spirit world into the physical world.
29) When you systematically continue to
make confessions relative to your tithes and offerings, Satan cannot touch your
blessings. Until we do what God told us to do, he can steal everything and
there isn’t anything God can do about it.
30) Where is the storehouse: Another important factor to understand about tithing
is where the storehouse is located.
3:10 tells us to:
“Bring all the tithes into
the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try me now in this,” Says the Lord of Hosts, “If I
will not open the windows of heaven, and pour out to you such a blessing that there will not be room
enough to receive it”
33). The tithe
is considered 10 % of your net income, whether that income comes from a job, or
farming sales, or whatever income you are getting.
storehouse is where you are being taught how to apply the Word of God. Usually
in your church where you fellowship with the saints. The key words ate being
taught or being fed.
Remember you will have to be accountable to the Lord for where you give your
SEED TIME AND HARVEST:
1). There is a time frame from the time you begin
tithing until the blessing shows up. I am sure that you know that you can’t
plant a seed on Sunday morning, and get a harvest by Sunday night. Seeds don’t
grow that fast.
2). The moment you plant the seed into good
ground, the germination process begins. When the elements of the seed and the
soil begin the interact, germination immediately begins.
3). A few weeks later you go out to water the
seed where you planted it, you may notice that the earth is cracked in that
area. The next day when you check it, the crack begins to grow wider.
4). In the following days, you will begin to see
a small blade pop out of the ground. In the coming weeks the blade gets bigger
and bigger until it becomes a full plant.
5), When you first saw the green blade above the
ground is not when the seed started growing. The seed was growing all the time,
but the ground hindered you from seeing it. This is why it is important to
maintain your confession of “I believe I received”, because in the spirit
world, such a profession keeps your plant (whatever you are believing and
confessing for) growing.
6). Don’t do
as some people do relative to tithing. When they don’t see a manifestation of
what they are believing for right away, they say, “well, that is really
something! I planted that seed seven
days ago and I don’t see anything yet. I will just go ahead and pour cement
over it and make a patio instead.
7). If you
do that you will be missing your blessing. In the natural, you have learned to
have confidence that the seed you may have planted is growing all the time,
even though you can’t see it.
8). Your physical eyes cannot penetrate the
ground, but you keep watering your seed, believing eventually you will see the
results. It is the same in the spirit world. You cannot see into the spirit
world just as you cannot see into the ground.
you believe God is going to pour you out a blessing, you should have your
baskets ready to receive. You have to do
this by Faith, or the devil will steal what rightfully belongs to you. You can
have confidence that he cannot steal what belongs to you because of what God
promises in Malachi 3:11.
“and I will rebuke the devourer for your
sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your
ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field.” Says the
Lord of Hosts. Amen!
10). Once I
found out how to operate in the provisions God has made available for the body
of Christ, I was able to get out from under that curse that he had plagued me
all of my adult life.
(Give short testimony about getting
our needs met, with school of ministry and not working)
10). Once I
discovered that the way to prosperity was through tithing, I got on it like
white on rice, and stuck with it.
11), Once you start tithing, it’s like your under
an umbrella of God’s protection. It may be raining all around you, but while
you are under the umbrella, it is dry. The rain is like the curse of the Law
falling all around us on this earth, but we can get underneath the umbrella of
takes time for a person’s Faith to grow to a point where the person starts
receiving the fruit from the seed that has been planted into the Kingdom thru
tithes and offerings.
13). Now if
you should decide to borrow from the tithe because of some pressing financial
need, with the intention of tithing again, then there is a 20% penalty added to
27:30.31: “And all the tithe of
the land whether of the seed of the land or of
of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s.
It is Holy to the Lord. If a man
wants at all to redeem any of his tithes, he shall add one-fifth, or 20% to it.
14). When you stop tithing, you are operating
under the curse, and subject to the attacks of the enemy
John 10:10 3 John 2 2 Cor. 9:6 Gen. 24:31,32 Phil. 4:19 PS
8:18 Matt. 7:7 Gal. 3:13,14 Prov.
3:9,10 Deut. 28:
1-8 Matt. 8:18 Mal. 3:8-11 Prov. 8:20,
21 Luke 6:38 Matt. 6:33 Lev. 27:30,31
- “ACTING ON THE WORD
1) Faith Definition: The basic definition of Faith is
acting on what you believe. – I am talking about Faith in God. The principle
works the same in the natural world, as in the spiritual world.
2) If you say you believe something, but
fail to act on what you believe – although what you believe may be true – you
will get no benefit from it.(Example of
key to car).
3) You have to act on what you believe
to get results. So the simplest explanation of Faith is acting on what you
4) Now relative to God – Faith is acting
on God’s Word. You say you believe the Word of God – then act on it, or do the
Word of God. James 2:20 says “But do you not know, o foolish man, that
faith without works is dead?”
5) If you don’t have works to back up
what you are saying – then what you are saying or confessing is not going to do
you any good. The amplified bible says that “Faith apart from good works is
inactive and ineffective and worthless.
6) Lets look at what the Bible
Definition says about Faith. Look at Hebrews 11:1“Now Faith is –
Faith is now, - the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not
seen” “ By Faith the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things
which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
7) Hebrews 11:6: “But without Faith, it is
impossible to please Him, he who comes
to God, must believe that He is, and
that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.”
Faith, Noah being divinely warned of the things not yet seen, moved with Godly fear, prepared an Ark for the saving of his household by which he
condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to Faith.”
8) Many Christians have not been able to
live in victory in many areas of their lives because they have not understood
that they have to act on what they believe. What the Christians believe must be
based upon what is written in the Word.
9) When you begin to walk in the Word of
God instead of confessing with your mouth and seeing with your eyes the things
that are in the Physical realm, you begin to see the things that are in the
realm of God, and that brings God on the scene.
10) For instance, Matthew 8:17says “He
Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses,” and1
Peter 2:24 says “...By His stripes
we were healed.”
11) If you believe you are well, then you
have to talk well, act well, and think well for your faith to work. You can’t
believe in healing and act sick, talk sick, and think sick. Those are not
12) Your faith is without works and therefore
dead, as the Word says. When you have corresponding action, your faith will
rise above the sickness, the disease, and the pain, and drive them out.
13) So we see that Faith is doing
something! We also see that Faith is
confessing something – what the Word of God says about us.
14) FAITH’S CONFESSION: Whatever you have
claimed, you must confess that you believe you receive it or have it. Many
times people say “Well, I’m not going to say I’m healed when I still hurt. And
if someone asks me how I feel, and I feel terrible, I can’t lie and tell them I
feel good. That would be lying.
15) But notice what Jesus said in Mark 11:24:“Therefore I say to you,
whatsoever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you
will have them” He did not say to feel like it, He said to believe it.
Take healing for instance. After I have claimed my healing
for a condition, then I say “Lord, I believe I receive my healing according to
your Word in Matthew 8:17 which says
“He himself took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses: as well a 1 Peter 2:24,which says ….by His
stripes you were healed”. By His stripes
I was healed. If I was, then I am. According to your Word, I believe that I am
16) Sometimes you may have a change for the worse
in the areas of healing. The moment you start moving in Faith, the devil will
come and try to put the screws on you. Why?. Because he is the author of
sickness and disease, and he is the agent that brings sickness and disease to
17) If you are living in sin, and are in
rebellion to the Will of God, you are opening the door for the devil to come
and bring sickness on you. You cannot live in sin, and expect to walk in good
18) The devil will play tricks on your
mind by telling you that you are still sick. Then he will shoot pain at you, He
throws sickness and darts at your body. Then you begin to say them and your
confession will cause to doubt and unbelief, and you will lose your faith, and
your healing. Don’t do that. Start
confessing the Word of God over your body, and Bind the enemy from your mind. By His stripes I am healed devil!
19) Don’t confess negative things. You
have what you say. You say, oh, I believe I am getting sick, I don’t feel so
good. Guess what, you will get sick
because of your confession.
20) Let’s prove that: Look at Proverbs
18:21:“Death and Life are in the power of the tongue,and those who love it, will eat its fruit”.
Now look at Proverbs 6:2You
are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your
21) See we can be snared and trapped by
the words of your mouth. Death and Life are in the power of your tongue. God
created the worlds with Words by speaking them. He said let there be light, and
there light. Etc. He made us in His Image, and gave us His power to do the same
thing He does. Lay hands on the sick, cast out the devils, and raise the dead.
22) Lets look at another scripture. In Mark 11:23: This is a spiritual Law. “For assuredly I say to you,
whoever says to this mountain, be thou removed and be cast into the seas, and
does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be
done, he will have whatsoever he says”
23) The word believes is used once in
this verse, but the word“say” is
used three times. Believing is important, but believing without saying,
you will not get what you believe, and will not affect you in a personal way.
24) The principles of Confession are – saying
with your mouth what you believe in your heart. Isn’t that what you did, when you made a
confession of faith to receive salvation?
25) Believe in your heart and confess
with your mouth!
26) Faith and belief is not the same
thing. Faith and belief are two sides of the coin. You have to have both sides
to be legal tender. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. When you go over and over and over it, it
will register in your mind.
27) Just like a commercial on TV. You
notice, how many times a commercial will come and repeat itself. It gets
planted in your mind enough that you will act on the word that was spoken to
you. Same way with Pornography. If you
look at obscene pictures all the time, it gets into your mind and will become a
seed, until you will bring it to pass, and do the sin adultery, or fornication.
28) In Matthew
13:3-4: Jesus tells of the parable: “Behold a sower went out to sow, and as he
sowed, some seed fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured them”
Jesus said that the seed is the Word; and the birds are Satan and his henchmen
who come to pluck the seed before it has a chance to germinate, take root, and
29) So soon as Satan comes with
pressures, temptations, those people go down. In Romans 10:17: says that “So then Faith comes by hearing and hearing
by the Word of God”. The
scripture does not say that Faith comes by having
heard, it says that Faith comes by hear and hearing, and hearing.
30) That means that we can never hear too
much of the Word. We are a spirit, and
the spirit within us needs the word of God to survive. If you are not feeding
it with the Word of God, you will be feeding it with the trash of the world,
and guess what, you will be backsliding before long.
31) Look at Mark 4:24: Then He said to
them, “Take head what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be
measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.” Your ears
are the gateway to your spirit. They are mechanisms by which Faith comes.
32) That’s why you will never hear a
Millionaire going around and saying things like, “I guess I will always be
poor”. To say things like that will
affect your faith negatively, before he even earns his first dime or cedi,
33) FAITH IS NOW: There is a time for faith. Faith can never be
past or future, it must be now! In Hebrews 11:1: “Now Faith is, the substance of things hoped
for, the evidence of things not seen.” The verb “is” which means present tense.
Faith is; this is different than Faith was, or will be. God is a present
tense God, a God of Now.
34) If we don’t see God that way, we are
going to miss out on the blessings of God. If you don’t have faith for now, you
won’t get your prayers answered.
35) When you hear someone say “Well, I am
hoping and praying that someday God will do thus and so”. Just know that that person just missed god. A
statement like that puts God and your belief in the future. When you restrict
faith to the future, it will not work.
36) It will keep you hoping, but all hope
can do is keep a smile on your face as your ship is going down. Faith will keep
your ship afloat.
37) In Romans 12:3: It says” For I
say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think
of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to thinks soberly, as God
has dealt to each one a measure of Faith.”
38) The word “Measure” indicates
to us that faith is a measurable quantity, and that it can be in manifestation
at a greater or lesser degree at any given time.
39) If you want your Faith to grow, you
have to feed it on the Word of God You have to feed your mind with the Word
continually, and praying in other tongues helps build up your most holy Faith Jude
40) If you are a man or woman of Faith,
you are a person of discipline – you have things in order because your God is a
God of order. He is not the author of
confusion, so if you are operating in confusion, you have left God out along
41) To develop your faith you must
exercise it daily - either use it or lose it. If you do not continue to develop
a talent, you will lose proficiency in it. It is the same with spiritual
things. If you do not use your faith, it will not be available to aid you when
you need it most.
42) Start out using your faith on little
things, not life and death situations, as in a terminal illness. Try simple things like headaches, rather
than taking a aspirin, or bufferin, try your faith to it.. Knock it out with
the power of the Word. Amen!
THIEF OF FAITH: Do you have any idea what the greatest thief in the
Christian community is? It is not a car
thief, not a mugger, not a burglar, and not a purse snatcher. The Greatest
thief in the Christian community is Doubt.
Websters dictionary defines
doubt: as “to waver in opinion” or belief”;
inclined to disbelief; to be fearful, apprehensive, or suspicious of something.”
Doubt will continue to prey on the people of God until they find out how it
44) But a lot of people don’t realize
that they are doubting, and that they are being destroyed because of it. They
think they are honest skeptics, but they are really doubters who refuse to take
the Word of God.
45) In John 10:10:
it says “I have come that you have life, and that they may have it more
abundantly.” God wants us to
have abundant life, over and above our needs. He wants us to succeed, not fail,
in life. He wants us to live out a full productive life span on this earth.
46) You cannot successfully operate in
the Kingdom of God, or by the Word of God, if you allow doubt to have a place
in your life. If you give doubt place in your life, you will cut off the
blessings of God so that they cannot flow to you.. You can’t blame God, and you
won’t be able to blame the devil. It will be your fault.
47) That is the devils trump card. If he
can get you to doubt and be in fear, and intimidation, instead of faith, then
you will find yourself outside the Will of God. He tries to control our thought
life. That’s where the battle is in your
48) Look at Mark
11:23: “Assuredly I say to you, whoever
says to this mountain, be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not
doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he
will have whatever he says.”
49) Jesus says “does not doubt in his heart, but
believes…….” Indicating that doubt and belief are opposites. In fact
they are opposites. Doubt may be the reason
your prayers are not getting answered. Doubt and unbelief will kill your prays
right away. You will have to start over again, and re-pray that prayer that you
50) THE BATTLEFIELD OF FAITH: In 2 Cor. 10: 1-5: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not
war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but
mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every
thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought
into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
51) When you live by Faith, you are going to be
attacked. In verse three, Paul says, “For
though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh”. In
verse four, Paul talks about “……..the weapons of our warfare”. From
these two scriptures, we can see that we are in a conflict, or as Paul puts it,
- a warfare.
52) The word carnal refers to things
that are fleshly, or of the body. In other words, our bodies are not weapons we
use in this type of warfare. The word argumentsCasting means to throw away from where you are to a point away from you.refer to reasoning’s, or mental activity.
53) With this in mind we can paraphrase
this verse this way: “Throwing down reasoning’s, and every high
thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.” Christians are in a titanic struggle with
Satan and his cohorts, who are seeking to destroy us, to make our witness
ineffectual, to render us powerless, and helpless concerning the things of God.
54) The first thing that Satan will attack is our
minds, the arena of our faith. The mind is the brunt of the warfare for our
faith occurs. If Satan can control our thought life, our thinking process, he
will control our faith. If he can control our faith, he can control our lives.
55) In the man who is Spirit filled, Spirit led,
Spirit guided Christian, the center of his motivation is his spirit. His spirit
controls his mind, which in turn controls his body. He is doing as Proverbs 3:5, 6 instructs: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and
lean not on your own understanding; In all of your ways, acknowledge Him, And
He will direct your paths.”
56) If your spirit is going to control
you, then it will shoot information to your mind to your body to get in line
with the Word. If your body is going to
control you, it is going to tell you are sick, and your mind is going to tell
your body…Okay body, acts as if you are sick, get into bed.”
57) Paul continues in 2 Corin.10:5 with the verse …”Bringing
every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” In other words, you are the custodian of your
thought life. You are to control your thinking. No one’s mind is off limits to
Satan. You don’t have to yield to it. Your mind is also open to God’s
58) You’re the one who must determine
whose influence will guide your thinking. This is why we need the Word of God
in us. It is the Word of god that is the light, that takes away the darkness,
so that we can see.. Satan’s attack is
always to cast doubt on the truthfulness of the Word. Amen.
PART – IV “PRAYER”- What is it and How to do it”
1) Too many people go thru life failing because
we never learn how to avoid traps that bring on failures. So much we do learn
is by wrong teaching and ineffective application, or we choose to disobey that
which is taught accurately.
2) In the long run, we live a life of
trial and error, and gather a lot of bumps and bruises along the way. There is a much better way to go thru this
need to do is follow the tenets of God’s Word Amen!
3) One of those tenets is that we, His people, should always pray. However,
do you really know what prayer is? Do you really know how to pray? Think about it. Most people, - and I mean
Christians – do not know what prayer is and why God instituted it.
4) So of course, they don’t know there is a right way, and a wrong way to
pray. In addition, they don’t know there are different prayers for different
5) What is Prayer:
God wants a relationship with His children, and prayer is a means of
communication and contact with our Heavenly Father. Prayer combined with the
Word of God is a channel through which His power is released to meet our needs,
allowing Him opportunity to get involved in the circumstances of our lives.
6) When we pray we should expect to get
Prayer is not a roulette game. Every time we
go to God in Prayer, we win (we get an answer) if we are praying correctly.
Most people have not been taught the concept of praying correctly. They believe
they can say anything in any way and it will function as prayer.
7) This is not so. Many Christians believe they know how to pray because
they picked it up from the way somebody else did it. They have not taken the time to learn what
the Word says about praying. Therefore, you will hear a lot of things while
praying, thinking that God hears them.
8) Some people cry, some whine, while other beg. But God does not hear your
prayer because you cry, whine , or beg, or because you are on your knees all
night long. It does not matter what position you are in, so lying down could be
just as effective as kneeling.
9) God does not hear your prayer because of your sincerity. He does not hear
you because you are in a church building.
GOD Hears you because you Pray In Line with God’s Word.
10) It is sad that we are ignorant of
spiritual matters. For years, I did not think God would hear me pray if I did
not get on my knees with my hands folded and my eyes closed. I saw other people
do that and I thought that it was the proper way to pray.
11) God will hear you just as quickly if
you pray a short rather than a long prayer. It does not matter what posture you
are in for Him to hear you. Too much of
what we do is tradition and has nothing to do with the Word of God. Amen!
12) A common thought is that God can do
anything that He wants to do, but that is not entirely true. Sure, He can do
anything He pleases from the standpoint of having the ability to do it, simply
because He is God.
13) However, based upon the way He has
designed the system to operate – the world, man, the planet, the universe – He
has built into it certain laws which govern and control it. So in that sense,
God cannot do anything that violates that law that He has set in motion.
14) If He were to violate His law, then He would
be violating Himself. His law would then be of no effect. If His law is no
good, He is no good. Clearly, The God
I serve is a Good God Amen! What
I am going to say now might shock you: God has to be given permission to work
on behalf of man in this earth realm. And we give it to Him through Prayer.
15) More than likely you have not heard that
before, and you may say that’s ridiculous, but it is true. You can validate
what I said in Gen 1:26. “Then
God said, “let’s make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them
have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the
cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the
16) Here is an illustration that will help you
understand. Let’s say I have a beautiful Gold watch, and I give it to another
man. If I give it to him, whose watch is it then? And who no longer has it? It
is now that mans watch, and he has a right to do whatever he wants to do with
it. I no longer own it.
17) If I wanted to borrow it, I would then need
permission from that man. Then and only then could I wear it – and only because
I have the man’s permission! Gen 1:26
tells us that God gave man dominion. Dominion means “Control, rule, reign, authority, and possession.” If man has control, who no longer owns
18) That is The truth. God did not say “Let’s
share dominion with man” He said “Let
them (man) have dominion.” Where is
the dominion? Man has it and he wields it over everything that is in the earth.
If Man has Dominion, then God does not; and God cannot come and wear my watch,
so to speak, unless I let Him by permission – through prayer.
19) God has nothing to do with the mess
the world is in. We messed up the earth. We are the ones who have been given
control. When God gave man dominion, He did it through Adam and his wife Eve.
20) But then a Con-Man, named Lucifer
commonly known as Satan or the devil, came along and conned Eve into eating the
forbidden fruit. Then the woman gave some to her husband. Satan is in control of the World system. That
is why the world is in such turmoil.
Amen! Satan is the god of this world. He is in control of this world
21) As I stated earlier, God cannot do
anything in this earth unless we allow Him. We must give Him our permission.
And the way we allow Him in the circumstances of our lives is through prayer.
22) Adam represented all of
Man-Kind. But God had to send another
representative because Adam messed up. He sent the “Last Adam” – Jesus Christ.
Jesus is called the “Last Adam” because He is a representative person who acted
on behalf of Mankind.
23) Now every man who accepts Jesus
accepts what He did, and also accepts God’s Plan and God’s Father Ship. As a result of becoming a son of God, He has
a right to everything that God has created, because He originally created it
24) Prayer and Faith combined allow God to work
in the circumstances of our lives. As we invite Him into our circumstances
through prayer and faith, we give God the opportunity and permission once again
to get involved in this earth-realm on our behalf. Amen!
25) Over a 25 year period, I never heard
any such things as you heard just heard. Neither did I hear ta word about how
to pray. I was never told that there are different kinds of prayer. All I heard
was that I should pray, and pray harder. I did not know how to pray, let alone
how to pray harder. How do you pray harder when you don’t know how to pray?
26) I came to the conclusion that if if I
just beg God long enough, maybe He will give me what I ask. God does not
operate that way.
27) It does not matter how sincere you are or how
big your need is, God does not respond to your need; He responds to His Word
through prayer and Faith. Your need will get His attention, but He does not
move on the basis of your need.
28) There are certain Biblical Rules and
regulations regarding prayer, but some people act as if they have spiritual
paralysis. They cannot comprehend spiritual things, yet as they operate in the
rules and principles in their daily lives. When it comes to anything worldly,
we are precise. But when it comes to spiritual matters dealing with God, we
want to argue.
29) DIFFERENT KINDS OF PRAYER: There are different kinds of prayer
for different circumstances, and each kind of prayer has its own spiritual
rules that govern it. You have to know the rule that governs the kind of prayer
you are using, or it will not work.
30) Here is an illustration: Baseball, basketball, football, soccer, are
all sports, but they all have their own set of rules. You cannot play soccer
with baseball rules, and you cannot play basketball with football rules, and so
on. Now think of prayer under one classification – sports prayer. There is a
Football prayer, baseball prayer, tennis prayer, golf prayer and basketball
prayer. Just as there are different rules that govern golf and tennis, there
are spiritual rules that govern different kinds of praying.
31) PRAYER OF AGREEMENT:
involves more than one person getting into agreement about one particular thing
they are believing God for. Of course
you can get a result from God without using this form of prayer. However if
your faith is not sufficiently developed enough, or that you do not believe
that your faith is strong enough to bring it to pass the thing that you desire; you can get the
job done, so to speak by pooling your faith with someone else’s.
32) Faith is a spiritual force that can operate at a greater or lesser degree
of manifestation at
a given time. That is why Faith generated by two or more agreeing parties can
be stronger level than one person praying alone
33) The bible reveals that faith can vary
in degrees. Jesus made these statements to people in particular situations. “I
have not found such great faith”; “Oh
you of little Faith, why did you doubt?” and “According to your faith, be it onto you”.
34) There must be agreement. If Part one is
praying to die, while Party two is praying that Party one lives, Party two’s
prayer for life will not work because there is no agreement. The problem comes when Party one dies.
35) People will wonder why the prayer for
life was not answered. They blame it on God, saying that it is not God’s will
to heal everyone. If a person wants to die, the prayers of the people who
want him/her to live will not work
because God does not allow us to exercise faith over someone else’s will. No one can exercise his will over yours –
unless you allow it to happen.
36) In 2
Peter 3:9, we are told that God is “not willing that any should perish but that
all should come to repentance.”
Yet people die and go to Hell every day. If God were violating people’s
wills, He would make everyone get saved.
37) Now in
Matthew 18:19 gives us the rule that governs the “Prayer Of Agreement”. It
says, “If two of you agree on earth concerning
anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in Heaven.”
38) According to the scripture, that is a
prayer for people who live on the earth. It says that they must ask, and there
must be agreement in asking it. One of them cannot ask for a Lincoln car while
the other asks for a Jeep Cherokee. They have to agree or the prayer will not
39) The Prayer of Agreement is one of the
greatest ways for a husband and wife to pray, because if anybody ought to be in
agreement, it ought to be the husband and Wife. If both parties are walking in
the Word, and there is harmony between them, this is a very effective way to
pray. Every Christian couple should learn to utilize this powerful form of
40) PRAYER OF FAITH/PETITION PRAYER:
Mark 11:24 is the scripture that governs this prayer. This prayer
is a petition to God for you. “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you
ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
41) Some people want to pray this prayer
on somebody else – like their husband or wife. But if you will notice, this
prayer is all about you. “I am believing that my husband will get filled with
the Holy Spirit and speak with other tongues,” says the wife.
42) All the while the Husband is opposed
to this and he has told her so. He wants nothing to do with tongue talkers, but
the wife is zealous in her desire for him to be filled, and speaking in tongues
according to the Bible. The wife cannot do this – and neither can you – not
with this particular scripture. This is a “basketball player”, not a “tennis
player”. It says “Therefore I say to You”!
43) Jesus did not say that you would
receive something that resembled what you prayed for. No! He said you would get what you asked for. He
did not say understand that you receive them, and He sure did not say, feel like
you receive them. He said Believe it.
44) When you operate in the Prayer of
Faith, no sight is involved – meaning no physical senses are involved. That is
where many people miss it, because they are bound by their senses.
45) You say “I do not feel like it” or, I
do not understand it, etc.” How can I believe that I am healed if my body still
hurts and feels like it is sick? Simple.
Are you gainfully employed? Most jobs don’t give you any money until you have
worked 40 hours a week. How can you say you are going to get $250.00 a week
when you have not seen the money,
46) You say, “But Brother Richard, the
man told me that he was going to pay me.”
Well I am here to tell you that The Man said if you believe you receive
it, you will have it. It’s the same principle.
47) You have no proof that the employer
has money in the bank to pay you at the end of 40 hours, yet you are trusting
in his word. Why is it that you can’t give God equal time? Mark 11:25-26, also apply to the “petition prayer”.
“And whenever you stand praying,
if you have anything against anyone, forgive him that your Father in Heaven may also
forgive you your trespasses. But if you don’t forgive, neither will your Father
in Heaven forgive your trespasses.”
48) In essence, this means that if you go
before God with malice in your heart against your wife or husband, your
children, your boss, or anyone else, and you don’t forgive them, your faith is
automatically short circuited, and your prayer will not work.
49) The formula for Petition Prayer is when you pray – not after you pray; not six
months later, not when you see something, but when you pray. And when you pray would be NOW. That
is what Hebrews 11:1 says: “NOW FAITH IS”. It does not say tomorrow “faith is.” Nor does it say “Yesterday Faith was”. It says that Faith is now – the present
50) Simply stated – your desire is to be
expressed when you pray, and not after you pray. In Hebrews 11:1 it says: “NOW Faith is the substance of things hoped
for, the evidence of things not seen.
What is the evidence or proof?
51) Evidence or proof takes the place
takes the place of that thing that it is the evidence or proof until it gets
there. Once the thing arrives, you do not need any more evidence of it, because
you now have it.
52) If Faith is my evidence of things not
seen, that means that I cannot look to anything in the sense realm to validate
my faith. I must look to a higher source
– the Word of God. My faith is based on the Word of God, which does not change.
But my emotions, my feelings, my experiences change. Amen
53) It is not possible to pray
intelligently without the knowing the will of God. In order to know his
Will, we must know His Word. God’s Will is revealed in His Word. If you do not
know God’s will, it’s because you have not been reading the Bible, because it
is through the Bible that H makes His
Will available to you.
54) Let’s look at 1 john 5:14-15: which
states: “Now this is the confidence that
we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His Will, He hears us. And
if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the
petitions that we have asked of Him,”
55) If you have confidence that you have
prayed according to the will of God, you should have no doubt that He heard
you. Therefore, you should not pray for
the same thing a second time. That is like saying you did not get your prayer
answered the first time you prayed.
56) EXAMPLE OF PRAYING A
57) That is the end of that prayer
transaction. That’s how it works, no matter if it’s for a car, job, or healing.
Start using your faith on the little things and build yourself up to a point
where you can believe for the bigger things.
It is a process, it is progressive growth, and as you continue to grow,
it will work. Praise the Lord.
1) This is when you pray for someone
else totally and completely, and when you pray for someone else (or some other
things) without knowing what the circumstances and situations are.
2) There are two sides of Intercession.
On one side of intercession, we get into agreement about somebody or something
and pray for them in English, telling God what we want. The other side – the
very high end of Intercession – is where we may not even know who is being
prayed for. The Holy Spirit will place a strong urge in your spirit to pray for
something, or someone. Sometimes the Lord will place someone before you, and
you will have a mini-vision and see that person, but you do not know what you
are supposed to pray about or you do not know their problem or what they need.
3) This is where you will get into true
intercession. You will not do this in your native tongue, because you will not
know what to pray for, This is what Romans
8:26 is referring to:
4) “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our
weakness, For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the
Spirit Himself makes intercession for us without groaning which cannot be
5) When we pray in the understanding,
you pray based upon your perceived knowledge, meaning that your prayers will be
limited to what you know about a particular situation, place or thing.
6) When you pray in the spirit two very
important things happen; your mind cannot get in the way to confuse the issues;
and neither can the devil, because he does not know what you are saying, or
what you are praying about.
7) When you pray in English, the devil
can hear and know what you are praying about, and can interject some thoughts
into your mind while you are praying. I believe that praying in the Spirit or
tongues is the perfect way to pray. We are much more effective because we under
the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Amen
8) It is true intercession when you pray
in the Spirit. Sometimes one might get what is termed a burden of Prayer –
“Burden, not in the negative sense, but in a intense urgency to pray about a
specific person, or particular situation. In this kind of praying, you pray
until the burden lifts.
9) It could be 15 minutes, an hour, or
even all day. The important thing is for you to pray until you receive a
release in your spirit. And you will know when you do. Christians need to pray
specifically for each other in the family of God.
10) We should also pray for the Lord of
the Harvest will send the right laborers to the right people so that many will
be saved. Amen!!
PRAYER OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP:
1) This is a prayer between you and the
Lord, and all you are doing is telling Him how much you love Him, just like you
would do your sweetheart. You are not asking Him for anything. You are sending
up sweet savor unto Him of adoration, appreciation, and thanksgiving.
2) Do you take the time to thank the
Lord? Or do you take His blessings for
granted, and not give a second thought yow hast He has done and is doing in
3) The Prayer of Thanksgiving is one of
the simplest ways of praying, but it is one of the most effective.
PRAYER OF CONSECRATION:
1) This prayer is where you place
yourself in a position to be used of God. You have to use “If it be thy Will”
in this type of prayer, because you cannot find God’s will concerning the
situation in the Bible.
2) Example: “Lord, you have called me and I accept and
acknowledge your call upon my life. I am prepared to do whatever you want me to
do, “If it be thy Will” that I go to
Long Beach California to establish a ministry, I am willing to go – not my
will, but your will be done.”
3) What you are doing is placing
yourself in a position to be used of God and giving Him license and
acknowledging His Claim over your life.
4) Jesus prayed this type of prayer
before He went to the Cross. In His case, it was going to cost His life – not
only physically, but it was going to cost Him by separating Him from the Father
God, and He had never known separation. Jesus did not want to be separated, but
He was obedient to the death.
5) In essence He said “Father if there
is another way to redeem mankind without me having to become sin, let it be
done. Let this cup pass from me. But not my will, but your will be done”
6) You never use a Prayer of
Consecration and Dedication when you are trying to pay your bills. If you tack “If it be thy will” on the end a
petition prayer, you are praying in doubt. And to do so would cancel out the
APPLY YOUR KNOWLEDGE:
1). Now that I shared with you what prayer is, and how to do it, you need
to know what to do with what you know how to do. In other words, you can know how to start an
automobile, but that does not mean you know what to do with it once it’s started.
2) If you will learn to accurately
apply the following ingredients, every prayer will be answered. I can guarantee
you that, based on the authority of God’s Word. These ingredients here deal
with petition prayer, which is the prayer that has to do with you and the
Father – just the two of you.
Ingredient #1: Decide what you want from God; then
find the scripture that promises it to you. If you do not know what you want,
that is exactly what you will get – nothing. Some of you have never been
specific, and that’s why you have not received anything.
The clearly revealed Word of God is the foundation for Prayer. Your
prayer is doomed before it ever leaves your mouth if you are praying outside
the Will of God. You must find out what the Word of God says first in order to
know whether you are praying for, is outside God’s will.
A good rule of thumb is to never pray for something for which you cannot
find a scriptural promise. You will have to use wisdom in searching, because
you are not going to find “Cadillac” or “Rolls-Royce”
Once you have decided what you want from God, and have found the
scripture that promises it to you, be prepared for a fight as you stand in
Faith. If you are not prepared for a fight, then you are not prepared to pray,
because Satan is going to pull out all stops as he contests every inch of
ground that you try to reclaim.
Ingredient#2: Ask God for the things you want,
then believe that you have them. I did not
say that you are going to get them,
but believe that you have them. That is present tense. It might not make sense, but we are dealing with God’s Word and with Faith
in His Word. Amen!
You must ask! There is no such thing
as a silent or unspoken request. I might say something
softly and Inaudibly that you
will not hear me, but I am still saying it. Even if I whisper, I am speaking. As long as the Man upstairs hears me, that’s all
How did God create the Word? The
bible says that God said, “Let there be,”…and there was. It does not say that
God thought. Nothing came into existence, until after God said it. And nothing is coming to you until after you say it.
Ingredient#3: Let every thought and desire affirm that you
have received what you have asked for. Guard against negative thoughts which Satan will try to intimidate you.
Do not accept anything except what you
have asked for. Some people do not have much patience,
but you have to be prepared to stand for
10,000 years if it takes that long for the
manifestation of your answer.
#4: Thoughts are governed by or
controlled by observation, association, and teaching.
You need to stay away from all places
and things that do not support your affirmation that God has answered your prayer. What affects your
thinking will affect your talking, and what affects your talking, will affect your faith, and what affects your
faith will affect your life. Be careful
what you read, and be careful
with whom you associate. You cannot afford to be around negative people. Love
and pray for them afar.
Every experience must come up to God’s
Word. Remember what I said about Death
and life are in the power of the
tongue.(Proverbs 18:21). Bring every thought in to the obedience to the Word of God. If you want to stay consistent, you
have to stay with the winner, the Word of God.
# 5: Think constantly on the
promises on which you have based the answer to
your prayer. (Prov. 4:20-23) If you take a steady
diet of God’s Word, you will health. Do not think on the problem, think on the solution. Do
not talk about the problem, talk about the solution. See yourself out of the problem. Base the solution on God’s
#6: In your wakening moments,
think on the love, mercy, goodness, and blessings of God. Talk about a
shot of adrenaline! It will shoot your
faith right up to the top. Think on how good the
# 7: Make every word relative to what you
have asked for a statement of Faith. Romans
10:17 Make you word a statement
of Faith rather than a statement of doubt and unbelief. God says that you have enough Faith, now you say you have
enough Learn what God says about you in His
Word. He will hear you and grant you the request based upon His Word. Make
every statement a statement of Faith,
Titus 1:2: tells us something very important. God cannot
lie. If He cannot lie, then that means
He can only tell the truth,
when He tells me to pray and believe that I receive and I shall have, bless God,
it is on its way, I have it, it’s mine.