1 Timothy 4:7
Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart man believes…” With what do you believe God? I’m not talking about your physical blood pump. You can’t believe God with your physical heart any more than you can believe God with your kidney or with your lung. He’s talking about your spirit, the inner part of your being—what you are and who you are. You believe God with your heart. Faith is not mental. It’s not just based on what you know. You can know a lot and be full of fear and doubt. You can know and quote several scriptures and be full of fear. Faith is of the heart. Can you recognize a person whose spirit is strong and whose faith is strong? It’s not intellectual; it’s spiritual, but it’s real.
I’m going to give you some very basic indicators of a strong spirit, and they will help you to monitor yourself and to know what’s working and what’s not. There are indications, obvious indicators, that show whether you’re getting stronger or getting weaker. Thank God there’s something you can do about it. “Nourished up,” he said, “in the words of faith.” First Timothy 4:7 says, “Refuse profane and old wives’ fables…” He talked about two different things that you’re eating spiritually: words of faith or a bunch of junk that’s not worth anything. The more serious your situation, the more selective you ought to be about what you are seeing. Listen to the direction of taking God’s medicine. “My son attend to my words.” (Proverbs 4:20) Attend to His words.
How many Christians have attended to the doctor’s words instead? I thank God for doctors; don’t misunderstand me. But many times, they’re just looking at the natural, and they are telling people that nothing can be done, there’s no hope, or it’s in the last stage. People go home and think only about those words, and they ignore God’s words. It makes their spirit weak. It drains them, and they need something to nourish them.
Now, let me say it again, “I thank God for doctors.” If it wasn’t for doctors, nurses, and medicine, many of us wouldn’t be alive. Do whatever the Lord tells you to do about letting the doctor or the medicine or the operation help you, but don’t let any man’s word be your last word. Follow the directions and attend to His words.
What did He say? Did He say anything about you living a long time and being satisfied or being healed or being delivered? Then that is what you have to keep in front of your eyes. Don’t let them depart from your eyes. You’ve got to keep it there night and day, and take it, because that will feed life right into your spirit. It will strengthen you inside. It’s the difference between living and dying young, prematurely.
You get your spirit strong the same way you get your physical body strong—by eating and exercising, but eating spirit food and exercising spiritually.
A Strong Spirit Will Sustain You
First Timothy 4:7-8 says, “But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”
Is he comparing natural nourishment to spiritual nourishment? Is he comparing bodily exercise to spiritual exercise? Yes, he is. The body is patterned after the spirit. The things you and I see and know are patterned after spiritual realities, not the other way around. Just like you can feed and exercise your body, and it will become stronger, you can feed and exercise your spirit, and it will become stronger. It’s no wonder so many folks’ spirit is so weak. They don’t even know they are spirit, so they make no effort to feed their spirit, much less exercise it, and they are weak.
But you can become very strong on the inside. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” His words feed your spirit. When you read the Bible every day, it feeds your spirit. When you go to church, it feeds your spirit. You’re hearing His words. Is it nourishing you? If it’s the Word of God, if it’s revelation of His Word, if it’s in and of faith, it does something to you. It nourishes you. It feeds you—and not just your body. It affects your body, but it feeds your spirit.
I will never forget the first time I heard a message that had faith in it, back in the 1970s. I had gone to church for years, but I didn’t know anything like this. I heard a man teaching on faith, and I listened to the whole tape. I didn’t even know anyone else who listened to tapes; I had never heard of such a thing. I listened to it, and I didn’t understand half of what the man said, but I knew it fed something inside of me, and I became an addict to this day. I’ve got to have my “Word fix,” because it’s life to me. It’s life to me and health to all my flesh.
Have you ever noticed that you can listen to some people read a scripture, and it’s just kind of flat and boring, but other people can read a scripture, and you say, “Read another one, Brother! Read some more!” Why? It is because there is life coming out of it.
It was that way when I listened to Brother Hagin’s teaching. He would just read the chapter, and I would get revelation while he was reading it. I’d think, “Glory to God!” Why? Because he was reading with faith.
People can just say things or just be reading, and it’s off the top of their head. But people can be saying something out of their spirit, with faith and anointing and life, and what does that do? It goes out of spirit into spirit—spirit to spirit, flesh to flesh, head to head.
We don’t want to just be intellectual and mental. The Bible warns us about genealogies, and words, and disputing of words, and dissecting things into the wee hours of the morning to impress someone with our in-depth knowledge. (Titus 3:9) The spirit of a person is more important than their doctrine. Your spirit is more important than your head and what you think you know. You can believe God and get healed and never know what was wrong with you. You may never know what it would have taken to find a cure, because nobody ever found out what was wrong. You could still be healed, because no matter what it is, the power of God is bigger and stronger. The life of God is greater.
REVEREND KEITH MOORE – GODS WILL TO HEAL
*ALL MINISTERS ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME INCREMENTS TO BE MET. ALL PREACHING MUST BE COMPLETED BY TWENTY MINUTES BEFORE THE TOP OF THE HOUR TO ALLOW FOR THE WORKING OF THE WORD.
**IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT BEFORE YOU PREACH YOU SPEND 30 MINUTES – SITTING IN A CHAIR – SAYING THE FOLLOWING – OUT LOUD:
*I THANK YOU LORD – ACCORDING TO 1 JOHN 2:27 – I HAVE AN UNCTION TO SPEAK. ACCORDING TO MARK 16:17-18, “WHEN I LAY HANDS ON THE SICK THEY RECOVER.” *I HAVE HEALINGS, MIRACLES, SIGNS, WONDERS, WORKING OF MIRACLES, WORD OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GIFT OF FAITH MANIFEST THROUGH ME.
*ACCORDING TO JOHN 14:16 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HELPING ME TO MINISTER. I DO NOT DO IT IN MY OWN STRENGTH.