Seven Churches in Revelation 2-3 – Introduction

Pt. 1: Seven Churches in Rev 2-3 – Introduction

I am starting a series of teaching on the Seven Churches in Revelation 2-3.  We will also be covering Chapter 1 of Revelation, and just briefly touching on some other things in the Book of Revelation.

The author of Revelation is the Apostle John the Beloved.  Historians believe John wrote this book around 95-96 AD.  John was caught up in a vision while exiled on the Isle of Patmos.  He saw the Throne Room in Heaven, the casting down of Lucifer from Heaven, and end-time happenings.

Although the focus in the Body of Christ, generally speaking, is usually on end-time events and the rapture as it concerns the Book of Revelation, the theme of this Book is that it’s a revelation or unveiling of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the focal point, not the Anti-Christ or things that will transpire in the last days.

The primary focus of this series will be on the letters written to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3.  John the Beloved sent a letter to each of the seven churches.

When John beheld Jesus in His majesty and glory in Revelation 1, Jesus is actually the One who spoke the messages to each of the seven churches and John wrote down the vision exactly as he saw and heard it.

In each letter, John addresses each church in the same format.

  1. Salutation to the pastor or leaders of the church
  2. Commendations (the things they are doing right)
  3. Liabilities (the things where they have missed the mark and have gotten off track)
  4. Promises to those who overcome (promises are given to each of the seven churches)
  5. Each letter is ended with the admonition: “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

There are three major interpretations of the messages to the seven churches.  I would also like to add a fourth possible interpretation.

  1. The seven churches represent seven actual churches in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) existing at the time the book was written and the messages apply to them.
  2. The seven churches are representative of periods in church history during the Church Age from the Apostolic Church to the end of the Age of Grace.
  3. The seven churches are prophetic pictures of end-time churches and the admonitions may be applied to given churches in this day.
  4. The seven churches represent seven major groups of people within the Corporate Body of Christ.

The most meaningful interpretation of the above is that they are all correct.

In my Shiloh Bible College handbook on the Seven Churches, which is written by Instructor Ed Cogan and the Bible College Staff, they also point out the correlation between the seven churches and the seven seals, trumpets and vials.  Also, they show the association between the seven churches and the Kingdom parables in Matthew 13 and the seven doctrines listed in Hebrews 6:1-2.

Here is a chart listing each of the seven churches, and how it correlates to the church history period:

Seven Churches

Jesus is still saying to the Church today, “I know thy works.”  He is still examining motives, longing for fellowship with His people, and extending promises to those who choose to be overcomers in this life for His sake and that of the Gospel.

Revelation is the only book in the Bible which promises a blessing to those who read it.  “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein for the time is at hand” (Rev 1:3).

It is also the only book in the Bible which pronounces a curse on anyone who adds to it or takes away from it.  Revelation 22:18-19 says:

18 “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

Seven times in the Book of Revelation the Lord says, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.”  The Lord has a message for us in each of the seven churches.  May we hear what the Spirit is saying to us today.



Are You Ready To Receive Your Promise?

Are You Ready To Receive Your Promise?

Today’s message is about us being ready to receive from God those things which He has promised us.

God has promised us many things in His Word. Also, many of us have prophetic promises that were spoken over our lives of what God desires to do. We want to receive our promise or healing. We KNOW that God will do it. But for some reason or another, many are not completely ready to receive their promise at this moment, right now.

For example, many people who are believing God for physical healing are delayed from receiving because they haven’t been ready to make the necessary changes in their lifestyle and nutritional habits. They may have to be willing to give up certain addictions that contribute to illness. Many people are miraculously healed, but then the sickness returns if they have not maintained their healing (i.e., if they go back to old bad nutritional and lifestyle habits, or allow doubt and unbelief to come in).

Many are in need of emotional healing. Complete healing comes when they are ready to forgive, ready to let go of their past, and ready to refuse to no longer be a victim.

Healing comes when they are ready to give their pain to the Lord. Healing comes when they refuse to no longer believe the devil’s lies that they are unlovable and unworthy. They have to be willing to refuse to no longer wallow in a spirit of rejection.

Some need deliverance from sexual addictions, but have to get to the place where they are totally ready to forsake it. Then God can bring about healing and freedom.

For some, God has promised to bless them financially, and He put business ideas into their spirit. But fear and uncertainty keep them from venturing out and entering into God’s promise. “What if I fail?” is the thought that plagues the mind.

For others, the Lord wants to bring healthy relationships that are God-ordained into their life. They want to receive but are having a struggle. There is a battle with feelings of fear, possible rejection, possible betrayal, and issues of trust and opening up to others. Perhaps painful experiences in relationships from the past, such as divorce, abuse, abandonment, disappointments, etc. causes one to be closed or have a very difficult time receiving.

Fear blocks faith from operating. Fear closes the door to receiving. Some are delayed from receiving their healing or promise because they have been a captive to the pain of their past, and living with a victim mentality for so long.

In John 5:5-9, Jesus came by the pool of Bethesda and found a lame man who had suffered with an infirmity for 38 years. Jesus said to him, “Do you want to be made whole?” Rather than the man instantly saying “yes”, he gave Jesus the reasons why he hadn’t been healed in the past. And the man was also stuck in the mode of blaming others for his condition. When the man decided to take responsibility for his own life and stop blaming others and making excuses, then he was able to receive his healing.

Often times we do the same thing as this man. Often times we justify our actions by blaming others or blaming our past for our problems. Even though others may HAVE done us harm and we were victims, God doesn’t want us to remain in a victim mentality for the rest of our lives.

Pastor Paula White often says, “A victim says: ‘I cannot get out unless you let me out’”. That’s too much power to give to a mortal man or woman.

Another reason why some are blocked from receiving their healing is because they are looking more to man to be healed, than to Jesus. Man can’t do much for you. Man is only the vessel, the instrument, in which the healing power of God flows through. Only Jesus can heal. The focus must be on Him.

What is keeping you from receiving God’s promises right now? Fear? Doubt? Past hurts? Unforgiveness? Bitterness? Unresolved past issues? Blaming others? Not ready to let go of something that is blocking you from receiving? Focusing too much on your past? Your past doesn’t have to dictate your present or future. God is doing a new thing. Now it springs forth.

Another thing that keeps us from being totally ready to receive is because we are familiar with the old, as unhappy as it may be. It’s predictable and we know what to expect. The new is uncertain. We have not traveled on the path of new before. There are so many “what ifs?”.

Also, many times feelings of unworthiness get in the way of us receiving. “I am unworthy to receive ______ because ______.” Those unworthiness thoughts are not of God. The author of those thoughts is the devil (whose character is that of lying, deceiving, undermining, cheating, killing, robbing and destroying). Unworthiness thoughts remain when we view ourselves lower than how the Lord sees us. We need to come up higher and see ourselves the way God does. We are royal heirs and heiresses of God.

Feelings of shame also block us from receiving what God has promised. Whether feelings of shame are the result of something we did in the past, or a result of dishonor and disgrace brought upon us by the actions of someone else—we must give it over to the Lord and receive His cleansing and grace. Believe what God’s written Word says and receive it for your life.

If prophetic words were spoken over you and it bore witness with your spirit and is in agreement with the Bible, then trust God to perform His Word. If God spoke some rhema words into your spirit of things He’s promised He’s going to do in your life, then believe God to bring it to pass. When I say “rhema words”, I’m talking about when the Lord speaks to you a fresh, “right now”, word directly through Scriptures that seem to be highlighted and grab your attention.

Your part to acquiring God’s promises for your life is to cooperate with God by doing whatever He tells you to do and by opening up your heart to receive.

May we prepare our hearts to receive all God has for us. May we make whatever changes God tells us to make, so that we are ready to receive.

It’s time to cross over into our promised land and receive what we’ve been believing God for. May we not let fear, doubt and other issues get in the way of receiving our promise. May we be ready to receive. Amen.

The Promises of God are YES and AMEN!

The Promises of God are YES and AMEN!

Habakkuk 2:2-3 Write down the vision and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”

God’s Word is filled with many promises for our lives. Have you asked the Lord to do something specific in your life and you know deep in your heart that He said “yes” and made a promise to you that He would do it?

He may have quickened a Scripture that pertains to your situation or maybe He dropped a promise into your heart. Perhaps a prophetic message was spoken over you and it bore witness in your spirit that it was of God, and was a confirmation of what the Lord had been speaking to your heart.

What is your circumstance? What are you believing God for?

When God first promises something to us there’s the feeling of being overjoyed and a sense of expectancy. It seems like the promise will come to pass right away. In some cases it does, but in most instances a period of time elapses between the time God first shows us something and the time it comes to fulfillment.

Many times months and years go by and it still hasn’t happened. And have you ever experienced that feeling of disappointment that just when it seemed like the promise was finally going to come to pass, there was a sudden turn in the road?

Joseph is an example of having been given a promise and yet seeing a reverse in his situation. At a young age God speaks to Joseph in dreams and reveals to him that one day he would be a ruler and his family would bow down to him. Because of the evil actions of his brothers, he ends up in Potiphar’s house in Egypt. He’s been snatched away from his home and family and is made a slave in a foreign land. Then while at Potiphar’s house, he is falsely accused of attempted rape and is thrown into prison for a crime he did not commit. Joseph was a pure man, and now his reputation is damaged. After all of these negative events, he might have questioned God or perhaps thought that somehow he had missed God.

Then there’s the story of Sarah. She had no children because she was barren. God spoke to Abraham and told him he would have a son and would become the father of many nations. Months went by and then years went by and still Sarah did not conceive. She prayed and waited, and prayed and waited but it seemed like nothing was happening. She yearned and longed for a child from her own womb yet was faced with reality being the opposite. As time passed, now she’s not only faced with the fact that she cannot reproduce, but even if she could, now she’s too old and now Abraham is also too old. The Bible says that his body was as good as dead and Sarah’s womb was dead (Hebrews 11:11-12).

Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”

What do you do during times like these when you’ve taken appropriate action on your part and done all you know to do, because James 2:20 says that faith without works is dead, yet it still seems like nothing is happening?

And the reality of your situation seems to be a contradiction to the promise or what you’re believing for?

The devil uses these opportune times in our lives to taunt us with words like: “It will never happen” … “Did God really say that?” … “It’s too late for you”.

God’s delay in answering prayer doesn’t necessarily mean denial. God’s promises are “Yes” and “Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Though the promise tarry it will surely come to pass and not prove false. God wants us to have faith and to trust him.

Romans 4:17 says that God calls those things that are not as though they already were.

Many times God uses the waiting process to refine us. The fire of delayed answers is one of the hottest fires to go through and tests our faith like nothing else can. Depending on the situation, sometimes God needs to work some things out first before He brings a promise to pass. The waiting process develops patience, humility, and a deeper level of trust in God. James 1:4 says, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect [Greek: complete, mature], and entire [Greek: whole], wanting [Greek: lacking] nothing.”

For some, they have been in the mode of delayed promises for 5, 10, 20 or more years. The sands of time have brought about a withering away of hope, and dreams seem to be dead or have little life. But God is a God of resurrection, and in His perfect timing, He will resurrect old dreams and fulfill promises He spoke long ago. Where there were years of disappointment, many tears, and lost hope, He will restore with a double portion of joy.

At the time appointed by God, He woke up Sarah’s dead womb and put life back into Abraham’s body. They named their son Isaac, meaning “laughter”. What joy they must have felt! Now all the years of shame and humiliation was finally removed.

And also suddenly (sometimes God acts suddenly), God intervened in Joseph’s situation and gave him the interpretation to Pharoah’s dream. All at once he was set free from prison, was placed as second in command over all Egypt and was given a wife, and she bore him two sons. God restored to Joseph many times over for all the turmoil and pain he had gone through. God turned Joseph’s affliction into joy—so much to the point that when his first son was born he called him “Manassah”, meaning “He has made me to forget my toil”. He named his second son “Ephraim”, meaning “God has made me double fruitful”.

God wants to do something in our life that’s bigger than us. He wants us to believe for the impossible. He’s able to do miracles, even creative miracles.

Jeremiah 32:27 says, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me?” In verse 17 Jeremiah declares, “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee.”

God is doing creative miracles even now, but in the days ahead creative miracles will increase (as our faith level increases to see God do more creative miracles). We will see or hear more testimonies about God restoring bodily parts that are damaged or not even there.

When Zerubbabel (mentioned in Haggai and Ezra) had faced opposition to restoring the temple in Jersualem and work had been suspended for several years, the situation looked bleak. But God spoke through the prophet saying, “Not by [your] might, nor by [your] power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a [level] plain” (Zech 4:6-7).

We can personalize this for our own lives. Replace the name Zerubbabel with your name or that of a loved one. Declare outloud: “The Word of the Lord comes to _________ saying, ‘It’s not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before _________ thou shalt become a leveled plain.’”

Matthew 21:21 says that if we speak to our mountain and tell it to move out of our way, and do not doubt in our hearts, that it would obey us. What is the mountain in your life that stands in your way and tries to intimidate or taunt you?

Luke 3:5 speaks of Jesus, saying that He would cause every valley to be filled and exalted, every mountain to be made low, every crooked path to be made straight, and every rough way to be made smooth.

God wants us to keep our focus on Him, and see Him as powerful and mighty and awesome. Who else is like unto Him? Who else can do what only He can do? There is none like Him!

Hebrews 11:11 says that Sarah received the promise because she considered Him faithful who had promised. Like Sarah, we need to believe that God is faithful to fulfill everything He said He would do even before we see it happen.

In Psalms 37:4, God promises to grant us the desires of our hearts. Even though there may be a delay in those desires coming to pass, the Lord wants us to keep delighting ourselves in Him.

The Hebrew word translated “delight” in Psalms 37:4 is “anag”. Although the definition of the word “delight” is inclusive of “taking pleasure in”, or “enjoying His Presence”, in this particular passage, the word “anag” is used. It is defined as: “being soft and pliable” (or in other words, allowing the Lord to be the Potter and mold us and have His way in our lives; keeping a soft heart). In the next verse, vs. 5, God promises that if we commit our way to Him and trust in Him, then He would bring our desires to pass.

In God’s way and in His timing, He will fulfill every promise. This is a year when many of God’s prophets and ministers are hearing the Holy Spirit say that this is a season when God is going to fulfill many promises He spoke to people long ago. It’s a season of leaving the wilderness and crossing over into our promised land. There are giants there (new challenges and new devils to contend with), but God will conquer every giant. Although the old can be miserable, it’s familiar. The new seems scary because it’s a place of the unknown.

God has a “promised land” for each of our lives (a place of blessings, joy, abundance and fulfilled dreams). The Lord will lead us there if we take His hand, and be willing to leave the past behind.

Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she [he] that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her [him] of the Lord.”

About Faith #551-599

About Faith #551-599

#551 Faith declares the outcome! Lynne Hammond

#552 Faith is the title deed of things not seen! Jerry Savelle

#553 God is concerned for us in the NOW of our existence. Oral Roberts

#554 Praise and thanksgiving are the language of faith and victory. George Pearsons

#555 Faith is the deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time. Oswald Chambers

#556 Faith is acting as though God told you the truth. John Osteen

#557 Faith is almost like a sixth sense—a special spiritual sense, totally outside of the realm of our known five senses. We must believe God’s Word, regardless of our circumstances and what is discernible with our five physical senses. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24). Marilyn Hickey

#558 Faith triggers joy. It stirs a man up on the inside to begin rejoicing and praising God as one who has already received what he has hoped for. David Oyedepo

#559 Every man that is strong in faith is naturally strong in praise, because as far as he is concerned, his case is settled with God and is not subject to any debate from the devil. David Oyedepo

#560 Just like hope is the anchor of the soul, faith is the assurance of the soul. It tells you, “No matter the storm, you can be sure of what God has promised.” It gives you the assurance of a colorful future. David Oyedepo

#561 Joy is the evidence of faith. A man of faith is joyful, even before the Word spoken becomes a reality, because he knows that his rejoicing now is what will make the promise come to pass. That is why the most joyful people on the earth are people of faith. David Oyedepo

#562 A man of faith talks of his tomorrow with assurance and demonstrates his confidence by being joyful. You can’t be sure and still stagger at the Word. You can’t be sure and not be joyful. David Oyedepo

#563 When you believe the Word of God, you will keep on celebrating it until it manifests. David Oyedepo

#564 Faith will always tell you ahead of time what is going to happen. Lynne Hammond

#565 Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts. Greg Laurie

#566 If I can have whatsoever I say, by faith, that “whatsoever” must be whatever God has already provided in the Spirit. It’s our job to pull it into the natural and receive it. (Read: Mark 11:23 & Jude 1:20.) Brian Carn

#567 Faith has a beginning and faith has an end. Joy unspeakable and full of glory is the bridge between believing and receiving (1 Peter 1:8-9). Mark Hankins

#568 Your faith has a beginning, a middle, and an end. In the middle of a faith fight, you have to tell the devil how it is going to turn out. Jesus is the Author and Finisher of your faith. Your situation may look bad right now, but everything is going to turn out alright! Mark Hankins

#569 When you go through a trial, the joy of the Lord neutralizes the pressure. Mark Hankins

#570 You’ve heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” Well, the same is true in the spiritual realm. You must feed your spirit “faith food” in order for it to be strong. God’s Word is our food, and it contains the proper nutrients for building a strong spirit. It is our primary source of spiritual strength. Gloria Copeland

#571 Hebrews 11:2 says, “For by it (faith) the elders obtained a good report.” Faith always has a good report. John Osteen

#572 Faith is a law, just as gravity is a law (Romans 3:27). Charles Capps

#573 It takes faith to forgive others and yourself. Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

#574 Faith gives us access into the grace of God (Romans 5:1-2). Faith is the accelerator of grace. It makes the grace of God go in your life. Keith Butler

#575 Faith comes where the will of God is known and hope comes where the ability of God is known. Lynne Hammond

#576 Faith that overcomes the world sees the answer as having already happened. Jerry Savelle

#577 God wants to manifest Himself to you. He wants you to know Him better. In fact, He promised in Hebrews 11:6 that He is “the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” You can rest assured He will keep that promise.

#578 “The man Jesus Christ, this incarnate Son of God, came to make men in His likeness––whole. When I first started praying for the sick, I thought healing was primarily for the body, for physical illnesses. Gradually the Lord showed me in the Bible that healing is for the whole man. It’s for the body, the soul, and the mind. It’s also for the problems we face.”––Oral Roberts, 1965, Christ in Every Book of the Bible

#579 Thank you is the password to access God’s goodness and power. Jonathan Osteen

#580 Faith believes God under pressure. Gloria Copeland

#581 When you’re facing a challenging situation, there is a very important way to get out of it: DON’T COMPLAIN. When you murmur, you begin to talk unbelief—and you’re not giving the Lord any place to work. So, don’t murmur in your tent like they did in Deuteronomy 1:27. Don’t speak anything different than what God says. You are precious to God. He has a tremendous investment in you. Give Him room to work. Gloria Copeland

#582 “Remember, you will never be asked to forgive someone else more than God has already forgiven you.” Rick Warren

#583 There’s no such thing as an overnight success in the kingdom of God! Real strength and real growth come as you consistently keep the Word before your eyes, in your ears and in the midst of your heart. Not just when you want to or when you feel like it, but constantly, like the seed, a little all the time. Gloria Copeland

#584 Faith has no expiration date. Just keep on believing God.

#585 H.O.P.E. = Hold On, Pain Ends.


  1. = Healing Memories
  2. = Overcoming Fears
  3. = Pressing Through
  4. = External Rewards

#587 “As a pessimist sees obstacles in his opportunities, so an optimist sees opportunities in his obstacles.” T.D. Jakes

#588 God is famous for surprises. Jerry Savelle

#589 Grace sets the table and faith eats! Janie Tink

#590 Our faith can be perfected. Jesus is the perfecter of our faith. Hebrews 12:2

#591 After crying out to Jesus and being led to Him, Jesus asked the blind man, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man replied, “Lord, let me receive my sight!” Jesus then said, “Receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.” And instantly this man received his sight. Jesus is asking you today, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Do you have faith to ask, believe and receive?

#592 How do you know you’re in God’s will, God’s timing, and God’s plan for your life? You will have peace, God will send people to help you, it will be easy, and there will be no sorrow.

#593 Hearing the promise is not enough. You must believe and receive it! Solomon was prosperous because not only did he HEAR God’s promise for his life, he also BELIEVED and RECEIVED.

#594 Faith begins where the will of God is known.

#595 If we can believe for it, God can bring it to pass. Gloria Copeland

#596 “Since God already told me I’m gonna get it, I’m gonna walk like I already got it.” Terri Savelle Foy

#597 “Unbelief laughs at God’s Word, but faith lays hold of it and experiences the power of God.” The Bible Exposition Commentary

#598 Did you know that most people don’t get healed because they aren’t sure it’s God’s will? Study The WORD and settle it in your heart today—GOD WANTS YOU WELL. Jesus never turned anyone away, and He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Gloria Copeland

#599 Faith puts you in an atmosphere where you can hear God.


About Faith #501-550

About Faith #501-550

#501 If you can see the invisible, you can do the impossible. Faith needs evidence to stand! Paula White-Cain

#502 Faith inside of every believer is a force more powerful than any attack the enemy can launch. Cathy Duplantis

#503 Faith is never accidental; it is deliberate—and as Christians it should be inevitable. Jesse Duplantis

#504 Faith begins where the will of God is known. Kenneth Copeland

#505 Faith is praising God during the storm.

#506 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up. James 5:15

#507 Faith talks, faith obeys faith-filled words of God and then answers with faith. Cathy Duplantis

#508 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

#509 Don’t downgrade your dream to match your reality. Upgrade your faith to match your destiny.

#510 God’s provided for you, but your saying moves it to you. Dr. Ed Dufresne

#511 Doubt and unbelief finds a reason why it can’t. Faith finds a way for it to come to pass. Nancy Dufresne

#512 Faith is taking a step without being guaranteed of the outcome. Tony Evans

#513 Faith is your title deed in the realm of the Spirit—your evidence that God’s promises will come to pass. Cathy Duplantis

#514 Faith won’t do you a bit of good unless you put it to work. Cathy Duplantis

#515 Words of faith are the currency of God’s kingdom. Terri Copeland Pearsons

#516 Worry ends when faith begins.

#517 God always gets involved with our words of faith. Terri Copeland Pearsons

#518 Faith in God is an internal human force that changes external circumstances. Jesse Duplantis

#519 Doubt is a choice, just like belief is a choice. Sandi Krakowski

#520 Choose faith-filled words, not words of fear. Gloria Copeland

#521 When the world says “give up”, hope whispers “try it one more time.”

#522 God says, “Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed” Isaiah 49:23.

#523 Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.

#524 Faith binds you to God … with faith, you expect things to happen! Paula White-Cain

#525 Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading. Oswald Chambers

#526 Jesus always spoke the desired end result.

#527 You see, faith opens the door to God’s promise for you. And patience keeps it open until that promise is fulfilled. Kenneth Copeland

#528 Faith produces what hope has already seen.

#529 No matter how much faith you have today, you can have more tomorrow by meditating on God’s Word.

#530 Faith is alive! It grows and increases as you know Him more. See Romans 10:17!

#531 When we pray for our enemies—giving God our best and letting Him do the rest—we can begin to experience miracle living. Oral Roberts

#532 Faith is what you hold on to until you receive what you’re believing God for. Oral Roberts

#533 You know, there are three things that happen when you are expecting a miracle from God. One, you recognize it when it comes by. Second, you reach forth and take it. And third, you just receive it into your heart. Don’t let your miracle pass you by. Oral Roberts

#534 Intense desire … if you want a miracle, you’ve got to expect it. You’ve got to believe God for it. Oral Roberts

#535 Faith accomplishes things only as it is released unto God. Oral Roberts

#536 Friend, don’t try to believe tomorrow or next week or sometime in the distant future—believe now. The secret of deliverance is in instant obedience. Oral Roberts

#537 The just shall live by faith … what we want to do is develop a lifestyle of faith so that our first response to any obstacle is one of faith. Our second response is faith. Our lifestyle is faith. Oral Roberts

#538 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). God’s prosperity for each of us is having more than enough to do what the Lord has called us to do. Oral Roberts

#539 God is my source. Hold God in the center of your trust, and Him only. Oral Roberts

#540 You’ve got to put something in if you want to get something out. 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 (Luke 6:38). Oral Roberts

#541 Turn your thinking and believing toward God. He can help you, He can deliver you, He can make you whole. Believe in Him and turn your faith loose and He will do great things for you – Numbers 23:19. Oral Roberts

#542 Only God can heal both your inner man and outer man. Let God into your soul, and you open your entire being to His healing power. Oral Roberts

#543 Jesus is always in the NOW of your need. Oral Roberts

#544 Giving is not a debt you owe, but a seed you sow. Oral Roberts

#545 Forgiveness is not just a nice idea, it’s a Biblical requirement. Oral Roberts

#546 Now faith is a conqueror. Faith is an overcomer. It just isn’t a peace-maker. It overcomes. “Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.” Rev. William Branham

#547 Thanking God AFTER He answers a prayer is GRATITUDE. Thanking God in ADVANCE is FAITH. Express GRATITUDE and demonstrate FAITH today! It’s an open door for miracles. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving …” (Psalm 100:4). Terri Savelle Foy

#548 Rule number one of faith: Satan is the oppressor of human life; God brings life with health, peace and happiness. Oral Roberts

#549 Get your expectation going in the right direction! Expect to succeed. Expect to live debt free. Line up your expectations with God’s WORD. George Pearsons

#550 Rejoice right now, release your faith and declare out loud: “I walk by faith and not by fear. I believe God’s WORD. I expect the very best. I expect to succeed and not fail. I expect to win and not lose. I expect my future to work out perfectly. I am headed up and not down. I am going over and not under. This situation is turning to my salvation, in Jesus’ mighty Name, Amen!” George Pearsons


About Faith #451-500

About Faith #451-500

#451 Faith has to be fed and exercised for it to grow. And that takes time. So just begin where you are. Kenneth E. Hagin

#452 If you’ve been in the habit of worrying, get in the habit of faith instead. Kenneth E. Hagin

#453 How can you tell me you’re full of faith, but frustrated about a matter that you are believing God about? Keith Moore

#454 The people talked to Jesus about their needs. Jesus talked to them about their faith. Keith Moore

#455 The secret behind getting more faith, is to get to know God more. Lester Sumrall

#456 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:12

#457 The highest level of faith is a person who has perfect peace and faith in God on the inside; regardless of the outside. Keith Moore

#458 When you rejoice and laugh by faith, you tap into true joy, and resist yielding to depression and fear. Keith Moore

#459 The Bible is filled with examples of imperfect people restored and used by God in the mightiest ways.

#460 Don’t fear failing, don’t fear doubt! Peter was imperfect yet restored and used by God in the mightiest ways.

#461 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. Hebrews 10:38

#462 There are only two ways you can live: by faith or by sight. Keith Moore

#463 The faith of Thomas cannot produce the blessings of Abraham. Kenneth E. Hagin

#464 If faith is a fight then there must be enemies and hindrances to it. Kenneth E. Hagin

#465 Doers are the only ones who get results. Keith Moore

#466 Romans 3:3-4 For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. KJV

#467 Real faith will build you and strengthen you. Keith Moore

#468 Unfeigned faith and love is genuine real faith and love with no pretense or phoniness. Imitating someone else’s faith is not true faith.

#469 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2

#470 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. Hebrews 11:4

#471 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, and was not found, because God had taken him; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Hebrews 11:5

#472 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of 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. Hebrews 11:7

#473 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:8-10

#474 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11

#475 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. Hebrews 11:17-19

#476 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. Hebrews 11:20

#477 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. Hebrews 11:21

#478 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones. Hebrews 11:22

#479 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. Hebrews 11:23

#480 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. Hebrews 11:24-26

#481 By faith Moses forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them. Hebrews 11:27-28

#482 By faith the Israelites passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned. Hebrews 11:29

#483 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. Hebrews 11:30-31

#484 Hebrews 11:32-38 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises,

Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.

#485 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

#486 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me? Jeremiah 32:27

#487 God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good? Numbers 23:19

#488 Your future increase is in direction proportion to your faith. Jesse Duplantis

#489 When you speak something in faith God’s power is activated in your life. Joel Osteen

#490 Faith finishes what hope began. Jesse Duplantis

#491 Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-3).

#492 How will you ever know how far you can go if you never take the first step? Get up and start walking it out by faith. Paula White-Cain

#493 Prepare for the promises of God! Put works to your faith and watch God bring it to pass. Paula White-Cain

#494 Faith is the bridge between where I am and the place God is taking me.

#495 It takes faith and patience to inherit the promise. Unbelief is a sin by which we greatly dishonor God. Faith is the anointing connector. Paula White-Cain

#496 The tension in your life is causing faith to function as a force of illumination, allowing you to see into unseen areas! Trust His Word! Paula White-Cain

#497 There are grapes (blessings) and giants (obstacles) in the promised land. The key is you will always find what you are looking for. Paula White-Cain

#498 Love is the first fruit of the Spirit (Galations 5:22-23). All the other fruits, including faith, are derived from love.

#499 Until love is working in your life, spiritual gifts will not flow out of an impure stream (1 Cor 12:31 AMP). Bishop Christopher C. Smith

#500 Faith refuses what is not connected to destiny (Hebrews 11:24). By faith Moses refused to be called the son of Pharoah’s daughter.

About Faith #401-450

About Faith #401-450

#401 To get into your full potential, you must take a step of faith. You must have the Word of God to develop the faith that pleases God. Dr. Bill Winston

#402 Your faith grows as you use it.

#403 Your faith cannot live without hope! Hebrews 11:1

#404 When your hope dies, your faith will soon follow! Hope is the lighthouse for faith!

#405 When it’s time for you to get up from a situation, you will get up!

#406 You can get up from sickness, lack and depression. It all begins with making a decision to become well.

#407 Jesus knows how to manifest anything for you, no matter how unlikely you think it is; including your healing and prosperity. 3 John 2

#408 It’s believing and saying that causes things to come to pass. It’s believing and saying that causes us to increase.

#409 Your faith is not to help you avoid problems, it’s to help you go through them with stability. Joyce Meyer

#410 The believing part is the faith part. Our words must have faith behind them for them to be faith words.

#411 If we speak the right things, yet have doubt and unbelief in our heart that it will actually happen, then it probably won’t happen.

#412 You cannot claim something that you don’t believe in your heart and expect it to come to pass. Your words must match the faith in your heart.

#413 Sometimes we may have faith in our heart, yet thoughts of doubt in our mind. That is normal. The enemy puts thoughts of doubt in our mind.

#414 God is looking at the faith in your heart. If your faith words and your heart is in agreement, then things will begin to come to pass in your life.

#415  God wants you to be the carrier of His Word. Your words are spiritual and have authority. Dr. Bill Winston

#416 Focus on the promises and not the pain.

#417 Quit telling how your flesh is doing and begin telling your flesh how it’s going to do.

#418 Focus your attention and conversation on God to regain proper perspective.

#419 Faith gives substance to your hope.

#420 Faith is being convinced that we have what we have not seen.

#421 Faith is your hand reaching out and taking what God has promised.

#422 Faith is taking what God offered us. Faith is to receive the written promises of God.

#423 Faith is a rest, not a striving. Faith is leaning on Him.

#424 Faith is trusting God and depending on Him. You work with Him, knowing what His will is for you, trusting Him to get the answer to you.

#425 Faith is picturing it done. Josiah Cullen (Josiah’s Fire: Autism Stole His Words, God Gave Him a Voice by Tahni Cullen and Cheryl Ricker, Broadstreet Publishing Group, 2016)

#426 Faith is believing for kites to fly when there is no wind in sight. Josiah Cullen (Josiah’s Fire: Autism Stole His Words, God Gave Him a Voice by Tahni Cullen and Cheryl Ricker, Broadstreet Publishing Group, 2016)

#427 Faith is past tense, present tense and future tense.

#428 Faith is past tense: Mark 11:23; Heb 11:1; Mark 5:34; Mark 10:52; Luke 17:19; Luke 18:42; Acts 3:16; Rom 4:19-20; Heb 4:2; Jude 3

#429 Faith is present tense: Heb 11:1; Hab 2:4; Matt 9:2, 22, 27-29; 14:31, 15:28, 17:20, 21:21; Mk 2:5, 4:40, 5:34, 11:22; Luke 22:32; Acts 6:5, 14:9; Rom 4:19-20, 10:8, 17; 2 Cor 5:7; Heb 6:12; Jas 5:15

#430 Faith is future tense: Heb 11:1; Hab 2:4; Matt 9:22, 27-29, 17:20, 21:21; Mark 2:5, 11:22; Luke 17:6, 22:32; Rom 4:19-20; 1 Cor 13:2; James 1:6, James 5:15

#431 The Greek word for faith means to be persuaded; credence; moral conviction; assurance; belief; to convince (by argument for true or false).

#432 God favors and honors faith.

#433 You can grow and increase in faith.

#434 Your faith will activate favor.

#435 Great faith releases great favor.

#436 Men and women of God who walked in faith in Hebrews 11 received favor from God and man.

#437 Faith is connected to your mouth – what you say. In Mark 11:23 “believe” is mentioned once, and “say” is mentioned three times.

#438 You can make faith confessions for a hundred years but your faith simply won’t work in an atmosphere of unforgiveness. Kenneth E. Hagin

#439 When you forgive, your faith will produce results and move mountains for you. Kenneth E. Hagin

#440 It’s with the human spirit—or the heart—that we believe. Real faith is of the heart. Kenneth E. Hagin

#441 Believe it in your heart; say it with your mouth. That is the principle of faith. You can have what you say. Kenneth E. Hagin

#442 It’s not that faith is blind, it’s sight of a higher kind. Keith Moore

#443 Impatience reveals a lack of faith. Through faith AND patience you inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12). Keith Moore

#444 Doubt despairs, complains and is sad. FAITH rejoices, gives thanks and is glad. Keith Moore

#445 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised) Hebrews 10:23

#446 If you refuse God’s correction, you’ll be confused by His direction. Keith Moore

#447 When your heart beats as one with Jesus, you love people and you have faith. Lester Sumrall

#448 Faith is when God and man choose to walk together in life, to think together and, if I may even say, to laugh together. Lester Sumrall

#449 Believe it in your heart; say it with your mouth. That is the principle of faith. You can have what you say. Kenneth E. Hagin

#450 Hope says, “I’ll have it sometime”, faith says, “I have it now.” Kenneth E. Hagin