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What DO we believe? Lesson 5 (page 2)
FAITH THAT HE CAN AND HE WILL!!

Genesis 1:24-25 states that cattle, creeping things and beast, God commanded to be brought forth from the earth. He also stipulated that they be, after his kind. To prove that this is still God's law let us look at the stubborn mule. A mule is a cross between a horse and a burro. The mule cannot reproduce!! Why? Because it is God's law to produce after their kind! The horse can only procreate horses and a burrow can only procreate burrows. Any attempt man makes to alter this rule fails. A forced cross between a horse and a burrow can produce both male and female mules; however, neither can produce an offspring. They are both sterile.

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

This breath of God is what distinguished man different from all other animals. Man is a living soul. His spirit and soul will live forever. The new birth experience will allow you to live forever in heaven. (see Holy Ghost and Fire).

THIS BREATH OF JESUS IS THE NEW BIRTH EXPERIENCE

St. John 20:22 Jesus appeared to his disciples, "And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them Receive ye the Holy Ghost."

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

This breath of the One God made the first man Adam a living soul. The breath from the second man Adam makes man a Quickening Spirit. (Meaning, He makes us alive with).

Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Acts 1:8 Jesus said, "But, ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you:"

Luke 24:49 Jesus said, "tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." The word endued means so much more than endowed. The word endowed simply means to give. Endued means to provide with a quality or power, to make alive with, to furnish or supply. Example is, the jungle answered as if endued with life, by waving its boughs.

St. John 20:22 Jesus appeared to his disciples, "And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them Receive ye the Holy Ghost."

When we receive the Holy Ghost we are endued, (made alive with), power. Jesus breathed on his disciples and said, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost." THIS IS THE SAME CREATIVE BREATH OF GOD THAT SPOKE THE WORLD INTO EXISTENCE.

It dwells in us through the power of the Holy Ghost! The very creative breath of God!

Mark 16:18 "they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover."

This commission was not for the ministers only. This promise and being endued with power, is for EVERYONE THAT BELIEVES!

This is getting back to the Early Church where THEY, (everyone), went from house to house. How much more effective would our churches be if every member, that has the Holy Ghost, would pray for the sick wherever they were at. Pray for your friends, your neighbors, and your family members. When you visit the sick, ask if they would like to have prayer, before you leave. Ask the question, "Do you believe that the God that created this body can heal it?" If they say, "yes," then lay YOUR hand on them and pray for their healing. God will do the rest.

WHEN GOD SPEAKS, IT WILL COME TO PASS! God made the earth from nothing, then, hung it on nothing and yet it still hangs there in space where God placed it. All of this was from nothing. In our bodies, regardless of the problem, at least he has something to start with. NO PROBLEM IS TOO HARD FOR GOD!

TYPES AND MEASURES OF FAITH

FAITH FOR A PURPOSE:

Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

Acts 3:2And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple

I have no doubt that this man, that was laid daily at the gate of the temple, was seen by Jesus many times. Jesus may have seen him as early as age 12 when Jesus was found by his parents discussing scriptures with the Scribes at the Temple.

I am confident that Jesus walked by this lame man many times. He probably looked on him with compassion. He probably was asked many times by the lame man for alms. He may have even given alms to the lame man.

THIS FAITH WAS FOR A PURPOSE

Why did Jesus not heal the lame man? I believe Jesus was looking to the time that Peter and John could say, "but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk."

I believe Jesus looked to the time that Peter could tell the crowd that was filled with wonder and amazement that; " Acts 3:14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;

Acts 3:15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

Acts 3:16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all."

This type of faith is by divine authority and has nothing to do with the receiver of the miracle having faith. Peter and John had the Gift of Faith that was given them by Jesus. This type of faith is rare. Many men have claimed the Gift of Divine Healing. They have used many types of deception to bolster their claims. Their motive for their deception is greed. Their antics have harmed the cause of God by causing many people not to trust any ministers. In trusting ministers these question needs to be addressed. Does their teaching line up with the bible, God's divine authority? Who's Kingdom are they building? What if I do not have a "love offering," will they pray for me anyway? I will state that here at IACI, we will never ask you for a love offering to pray for you. We are here to help those in need. Our only motive is your salvation!

Acts 3:3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

Acts 3:4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.

Acts 3:5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.