Developing The Faith Of A Champion

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“And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:32

Young David went to face the “champion of the Philistines”. As the unofficial champion of Almighty God, he had a champion faith which enabled him to take out his adversary.

You and I will need that kind of champion faith in these last days as well. This is be- cause Jesus said in Luke 21:26 “…men’s hearts will fail them for fear of those things they see coming on the earth…”

Think about David as he looked at all of Saul’s army hiding in the trenches, shivering with fear because of Goliath’s roar of blasphemy. He wasn’t overcome because everyone else was, but on the contrary, their cowardice made him angry and more determined to destroy the enemy whom he knew was already a defeated foe.

“And all men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.” “And David spake to the men that stood by him saying,’ What shall be done to the man that kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel?’” I Samuel 17:24, 26

David had one thing on his mind and that was the fact that this was not just his enemy, but Goliath was defying Almighty God and therefore in deep trouble. David knew that God would need someone to use executing vengeance upon His enemy, so he stepped up to the plate and said it might as well be me.

Praise the Lord! We should remember that our enemies are God’s enemies because we have a covenant with God. He will defeat them by using one of us as HIS CHAMPION, just like He did with Jesus when He walked this earth.

Jesus was God’s Champion, who through the Holy Ghost, defeated every enemy he faced which was threatening the future of the people of God (Acts 10:38).

You can defeat that which stands in opposition to God’s plan for your life! 

What are some of the steps we can learn from David that will help us develop this championship faith as well? What made David different from all the rest of his contemporaries that brought him to his great destiny in God?

First we should know that David was a youth, a mere boy of about 15 years. This tells me that David didn’t wait until he was an adult to get to know God. David was not a time waster when it came to his spiritual life.

During those early years while herding his father’s sheep, he developed qualities that enabled him to step up to the plate when his opportunity for advancement came.

Many people are unprepared for the day of opportunity because they have wasted so much time after becoming a believer. Instead of pressing in while a spiritual youth through prayer, fasting, and study of God’s Word, many have allowed the cares of life and an unbiblical value system to rob them of time needed for preparing themselves for God’s plan in the future.

God is preparing you for the day of battle, because the day of battle is also the day of advancement! Don’t forget that after this battle (David vs. Goliath) A NOBODY BECAME A SOMEBODY.

Did you ever wonder why you have had the seemingly tough training during your formative years as a Christian? This could be the reason; Satan will be there to defy you when it is time for promotion. You will not get to your destiny without defeating the Goliath that stands in your way. You will need Championship faith in that hour.

What four qualities did David develop that enabled him to win his big battle and breakthrough to destiny?

  1. He was faithful in his father’s house.
  2. He had a tender heart of worship.
  3. He understood covenant concepts.
  4. He understood faith principles.

Faithful In The Father’s House

David was tending his father’s sheep. He learned to be faithful in the house of his father.

Submission and obedience are implied in this message. We see David being faithful to duty at this time in his life. He was obeying the assignment his father had given him; to watch the sheep and to take lunch to his brothers on the battle front.

It is important that believers learn to be faithful to duties in the local church right away and develop the ability to stay under authority and do a good job while there.

Many people downplay this important part of preparation and roam about looking for opportunity that never comes.

A Tender Heart Of Worship

He was called the “sweet singer of Israel” because he developed intimacy with God while tending the sheep. He learned to draw near to God through praise and worship allowing his heart to become tender to God. This tenderheartedness is what caused him to be so grieved when he sinned, and to immediately seek restoration with the Lord.

Many today have no grief over their sin, but continue in hardheartedness and denial of their wrongdoing. A tenderhearted worshipper cannot stay out of fellowship with God for long, but will repent and seek God’s presence.

Covenant Concepts

David also learned the key of covenant relationship while a youth. He understood that Goliath was an uncircumcised Philistine.

Circumcision was the entrance to covenant in Israel. No uncircumcised person could partake of the covenant blessings of God promised to the people. God is cutting away the flesh that hinders us from entering covenant with others that have been placed in our lives for further maturity and impartation.

Have you allowed circumcision in your life at the hand of a skilled workman who takes the sword of the spirit delicately to those areas that need cut away?

He Understood Faith Principles

Lastly, David learned to speak the Word in faith when he faced the enemy. He said, “The Lord delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, and HE WILL DELIVER ME out of the hand of this Philistine.”“So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him. And there was no sword in the hand of David.” I Sam. 17:37, 50 But there was a SWORD IN HIS MOUTH!

When we have learned these four indispensable traits, we will be ready to both defeat our adversary and move into promotion.

Dr. John Polis

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The Necessity of Faith

54745297_sIn the process of restoration the Church enjoyed a season of faith teaching that brought believers to a greater level of victory in life.

“This is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”  1 John 5:4 NKJV

Many of today’s believers in the Apostolic and Prophetic Movement did not come through this season of faith teaching and may need to catch up by revisiting some of the voices of that era of ministry during the 70’s and 80’s. This teaching was so important and launched many of the large and prominent ministries that are touching the world today.

Jesus responded to the Centurion’s faith by saying, “Go your way; as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” Matthew 8:13 NKJV

The Lord noted the Centurion had great faith and called this important truth to the attention of the disciples who were along to witness faith in operation under the ministry of Jesus. I believe that today’s disciples also need to witness and understand this level of faith. The Centurion needed only the spoken word in order to believe he had what he desired. When we are requiring some sense evidence before we can believe we already have the thing we desired, we have not yet exercised biblical faith that is the “evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

“When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed. “Assuredly,I say to you, I have not found such GREAT FAITH, not even in Israel.” Matthew 8:10 NKJV

Where is the Lord looking for “great faith” today? In His Church, of course. Jesus was the first faith teacher and taught His disciples to understand the different levels of faith by defining them as they occurred in His ministry. Jesus mentions…

“Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have NO faith.” Mark 4:40 NKJV

“Oh you of LITTLE faith, why did you doubt.” Matthew 14:32 NKJV

I have not found so GREAT faith.” Matthew 8:10 NKJV

“O FAITHLESS generation, how long shall I be with you.” Mark 9:19 NKJV

The Apostle Paul, also a mighty “faith teacher” said the following regarding “faith”..

“The just shall live by faith.” In other words, “Faith is the believers way of life.” Romans 1:17 NKJV

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17 NKJV

“your faith grows exceedingly”  2 Thessalonians 1:3 NKJV

“…God has dealt to each one, a measure of faith.” Romans 12:3 NKJV

“He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith.” Romans 4:20 NKJV

“…Above all, taking the shield of faith…” Ephesians 6:16 NKJV

These verses and many others show us the necessity of having a growing faith that can receive the great things God has for us all, both personally and in ministry to others.

In order for a believer to be a person of restoration each one must drink from every stream of truth that has been restored to the church.

“There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God.” Psalm 46:4 NIV

The River of God is made up of all truth of scripture and all gifts and ministries of the Spirit as implied by Luke and Jesus..

“whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” Acts 3:21 NKJV

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24 NKJV

God has been restoring His Church with “spirit and truth” as “line upon line” of revelation comes and wave after wave of the Spirit releases gifts and grace to us. The Scripture is called “the Word of Faith” because it produces faith. As FF Bosworth stated in his classic book, “Christ The Healer.”

“God sends His promise, when the promise produces faith, then faith produces what was promised.”

The stream of revelation that came to the Church known as the “Word of Faith Movement” was   one of the greatest moves of God in Church history and would be vital for every believer who desires to move in apostolic faith and be used by God in these perilous times when “great faith” is a necessity for us all.

Dr. John Polis

Give Me My Mountain

3323371_sFor those who have been waiting a seemingly long time to possess your prophetic destiny, here are six characteristics of someone who didn’t leave the earth before obtaining what was promised. By following the steps of Joshua and Caleb, we can see fulfillment of the Word of God even if we have to wait till we are 80 years old.

  1. “They searched out the land” Numbers 13:2. We must be able to see the good things in our future before we can obtain them. A great man of God once said, “If you can see the invisible, you can do the impossible.”  As we meditate on the Word of God and pray in the spirit, we are “searching out the land” of our lives to see what lies in store for us in God’s plan. Holy Spirit in us enables us to see future events before they happen.
  2. “Rulers among them” Numbers 13:2. These men had the quality of faithfulness, they were mature and responsible men who had proven character before the Lord. Those who are entrusted with great responsibility have been trustworthy with smaller responsibilities in the Kingdom of God. Before becoming elders in the Body of Christ, we must first use the office of a deacon well, learning how to become servants.
  3. “A spirit of faith” Numbers 13:30. Faith is in two places according to Romans 10:8-10, “in the heart and in the mouth.” Paul said that Christians have this same spirit of faith in 2 Corinthians 4:13, “speaking with the mouth what we believe in the heart.” Caleb said what he believed, “Let us go up at once for we are well able to possess it.”  You can’t speak one thing and possess another as Jesus said, “He shall have whatsoever he saith.” Mark 11:23 KJV
  4. “Not easily influenced by others” Numbers 13:31-32. Staying free from contamination of evil reports is necessary to stay in faith and possess the promises of God. When a majority is saying “it’s not possible”, pointing out all the obstacles that must be overcome, the spirit of faith will overcome and remain unmoved for as long as it takes. Paul said, “for We walk by faith and not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV
  5. “Faith and Patience” Numbers 14:37-38. The Word says that Joshua and Caleb lived stillafter all the “doubters who spoke an evil report before the Lord” had died. Paul said those who have the “diligence of faith and patience” will possess the promises, Hebrews 6:11-12. Patience is the ability to stay in faith as long as it takes.
  6. “Knew when to move” Joshua 14:12. “Now therefore, give me this mountain.” The time comes when the Lord is ready to manifest His glory in the fulfillment of His promises, we must stay ready in faith so that we are able to move with Him.

The Lord has put these wonderful examples of faith in His Word, the Word of Faith, so that we may follow in the steps of faith and live out God’s plan to the fullest; only leaving this life when His full will has been accomplished. As Paul said, “I am now ready to be offered up” 2 Timothy 4:6. He knew he had seen the fulfillment of what had been spoken to him by the Spirit of God.

Dr. John Polis

Apostolic People Have a Winning Attitude

14024243_sThe apostle Paul expressed the “winning attitude” in Philippians 4:13 when he said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”  Paul knew that the anointing within him would enable him to do anything he needed to do in this life, and he was endeavoring to impart that same attitude to his spiritual sons and daughters at Philippi.

I suggest we can develop this winning attitude among the people of God by knowing our POSITION in Christ.  In order for people to be full of faith they must understand positional truths.  Preaching that emphasizes the behavior of saints at the expense of positional truths will produce “good people” who try to live a holy life but have no real daily victory over the problems and trials of life.  Such people cannot fulfill their divine destiny in this hour but require more ministries than they can give to others.  However, when people understand who they are in Christ, they will have faith that produces “good works”, as well as a victorious lifestyle (according to James 2:17).  There are three aspects of God’s work in Christ:

A. SUBSTITUTION.  This word describes what God did FOR US through Christ, commonly called the GREAT EXCHANGE.  All believers must understand that Christ was our substitute at Calvary and took upon Himself all the effects of Adam’s fall belonging to us (including sin, sickness, poverty, curses, and all failure) so that we might receive all that belongs to Him (including righteousness, health, prosperity, favor and success in every endeavor).  When we are blessed through faith we can be a blessing to the world.  These positional truths are revealed in the letters Paul wrote to the church, and in order to understand them one must receive the “spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” (Ephesians 1:16-21).  Rightly dividing the Word of God, we can see that the Gospels deal with “MANIFESTATION of the Sons of God,” Acts deals with the EXPERIENCE of receiving the New Birth and Holy Spirit Baptism, while the letters of Paul give the EXPLANATION of the experience we received in Acts.  After having received the “experience” of Acts and the subsequent “explanation” in the epistles, we can go to the gospels and see a “manifestation” of the New Man in Christ, represented in the earthly life of Jesus Christ, Who was the “pattern Son” of all others (Romans 8:29 -30; Hebrews 2:10-16).  This is God’s plan for the Church being brought to completion in the present move of God (Colossians 1:25-28).

B. IDENTIFICATION.  This word describes what God does IN US through the New Birth and Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 4:23-24 tells us to be “renewed in the spirit of our mind” or to become “conscious” of who we are now since being “created in His image.”  When Jesus died on the cross, we DIED WITH HIM (Romans 6:6-10); when God justified him, we were JUSTIFIED WITH HIM (Romans 4:25).  When God made Jesus alive in spirit, we were made ALIVE WITH HIM (Ephesians 2:1-4); when God raised Jesus from the dead we were RAISED WITH Him (Ephesians 2:4-6); and when Jesus was seated in heavenly places we were SEATED WITH HIM there (Ephesians 2:5-7).  We were identified with him after the cross, just like we were in His substitution.  This means that Jesus became like we were so that we might become as he is now.  In the New Creation, or New Birth, we are not just “sinners saved by grace,” but have become “his workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Eph. 2:8 -19).  We must understand that we are like him now in spirit since He became the “firstborn of many brethren.”  Someone once used the illustration of a tape duplicator to demonstrate what happens when we are born again:  God takes Jesus (the “master copy”) and us (the “blank tape”) and runs another copy.  We are an exact duplication in kind (Genesis 1:26-28).  Apostolic people have renewed their minds to these New Testament concepts.

C. MANIFESTATION.  In His earthly life, Jesus was a “man in the image of God,” the last Adam, the second man from heaven.  Adam was the first man made in the image of God, Jesus was the second.  Although He pre-existed as God (Colossians 1:17), He came to earth as a “man in the image of God” or “man as he was meant to be.”  When we see Jesus in the gospels, we are seeing man as he was meant to be, in the image of God.  The gospels provide us with the missing account of what a man in the image of God looked like, since we only have three chapters dealing with Adam and the record doesn’t show how he manifested his sonship, only his fall from sonship.  The gospels give us an account of a mature Son of God living out his relationship with the Father, fully representing the invisible God (John 14:6-9; Hebrews 1:1-3).  Now that we have had the “experience of Acts” and the “explanation of the epistles,” we can go to the gospels and it is like looking at ourselves, since Jesus was the “firstborn of many sons.”  We can now step into those shoes and begin to “walk as he walked” (1 John 2:3 -6), with the same relationship with God, the same Holy Spirit empowerment, and the same faith and authority demonstrating the power of God’s Kingdom.  This is what it means to manifest sonship – simply to be all God created you to be in Christ.  Paul said all creation is waiting for the “sons of God“ to take over on planet earth, according to the eternal purpose of God (Romans 8:14-24).  God is bringing the church to the place where He can say, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.”

Developing the Faith of a Champion

18747682_sYoung David went to face the champion of the Philistines.  As the “unofficial champion” of Almighty God, he had a “champion faith” which enabled him to take out his adversary.  You and I will need that kind of “champion faith” in these last days as well, because Jesus said in Luke 21:26 that “men’s hearts will be failing them for fear” as they look upon their adversaries.  Think about David as he looked at all of Saul’s army hiding in the trenches, shivering with fear because of Goliath’s roar of blasphemy.  He wasn’t overcome because everyone else was, but on the contrary, their cowardice made him angry and more determined to destroy the enemy whom he knew was already a defeated foe.  “And all men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid….And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel?” (I Samuel 17:24, 26).  David had one thing on his mind, and that was the fact that this was not just his enemy, but Goliath was defying Almighty God and therefore in deep trouble.  David knew that God would need someone to use executing vengeance upon His enemy, so he stepped up to the plate and said it might as well be me.

Praise the Lord.  We should remember that our enemies are God’s enemies because we have a covenant with God.  He will defeat them by using one of us as His Champion, just like He did with Jesus when he walked this earth.  Jesus was God’s Champion, who through the Holy Ghost defeated every enemy he faced that was threatening the future of the people of God (see Acts 10:38).

YOU CAN DEFEAT THAT WHICH STANDS IN OPPOSITION TO GOD’S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE!

What are some of the steps we can learn from David that will help us develop this championship faith as well?  What made David different from all the rest of his contemporaries that brought him to his great destiny in God? First we should note that David was a “youth,” a mere boy of about 15 years.  This tells me that David didn’t wait until he was an adult to get to know God.  David was not a “time waster” when it came to his spiritual life.  During those early years while herding his father’s sheep, he developed qualities that enabled him to “step up to the plate” when his opportunity for advancement came.

Many people are unprepared for the day of opportunity because they have wasted so much time after becoming a believer.  Instead of pressing in while a “spiritual youth” through prayer, fasting, and study of God’s word, many have allowed the cares of life and an unbiblical value system to rob them of time needed for preparing themselves for God’s plan in the future.  God is preparing you for the day of battle, because the day of battle is also the day of advancement.  Don’t forget that after this battle (David & Goliath), a nobody became a somebody!

Did you ever wonder why you have had the seemingly “tough training” during your formative years as a Christian?  This could be the reason – satan will be there to “defy you” when it your time for promotion.  You will not get to your destiny without defeating the Goliath that stands in your way; therefore, you will need “championship faith” in that hour.

What are the four qualities David developed that enabled him to win his “big battle” and breakthrough to destiny?

  1. He was faithful in his father’s house.
  2. He had a tender heart of worship.
  3. He understood covenant concepts.
  4. He understood faith principles.

David was “tending his father’s sheep.” He learned to be “faithful in the house of a father.”  Submission and obedience are implied in this message.  We see David being faithful to duty at this time in his life, obeying the assignment his father had given him:  to watch the sheep and to take lunch to his brothers on the battle front.  It is important that believers learn to be faithful to duties in the local church right away and develop the ability to stay under authority and do a good job while there.  Many people downplay this important part of preparation and roam about looking for opportunity that never comes.  David was called “the sweet singer of Israel” because he developed intimacy with God while tending the sheep.  He learned to draw near to God through praise and worship, allowing his heart to become tender to God.  This tenderheartedness is what caused him to be so grieved when he sinned, and to immediately seek restoration with the Lord.  Many today have no grief over their sins, but continue in hardheartedness and denial of their wrongdoing.  A tenderhearted worshipper cannot stay out of fellowship with God for long, but will repent and seek God’s presence.

David also learned the key of “covenant relationship” while a youth.  He understood that Goliath was an “uncircumcised Philistine.”  Circumcision was the entrance to covenant in Israel.  No uncircumcised person could partake of the covenant blessings of God promised to the people.  God is cutting away the flesh that hinders us from entering covenant with others that have been placed in our lives for further maturity and impartation.  Have you allowed circumcision in your life at the hand of a “skilled workman” who takes the “sword of the spirit” delicately to those areas that need cut away?

Lastly, David learned to “speak the word” in faith when he faced the enemy.  He said, “The Lord delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, and HE WILL DELIVER ME OUT OF THE HAND OF THIS PHILISTINE….So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him.  AND THERE WAS NO SWORD IN THE HAND OF DAVID.” (I Samuel 17:37, 50, emphasis mine).  But there was a SWORD IN HIS MOUTH.

When we have learned these four indispensable traits, we will be ready to both defeat our adversary and move into promotion.

The Faith Message

20048951_mlThe “Faith Message” of the 70’s and 80’s has been discarded by many as “extreme or hyper.” Many others, who actually learned the message, have “let it slip” and gone back to “walking by sight.” Someone may well accuse me of being in the “Faith Camp” after reading this bit of “apostolic advice,” but first let’s look at Apostle Paul’s version of the Faith Message.

Paul had a more profound “revelation of redemption” than any other New Testament writer; he especially understood the triune makeup of man and the connection between the “heart and mouth”. “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the HEART man believes unto righteousness, and with the MOUTH confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:8-10

 “And since we have the same SPIRIT OF FAITH, according to what is written, “I BELIEVED and therefore I SPOKE”, we also believe and therefore speak”. 2 Cor. 4:13

 Apostle Jesus operated in the same “faith revelation” as Paul, in fact, Jesus Himself taught it to Paul. Both Jesus and Paul operated from the “spirit man” and not from “reason or sense realm,” that is why they had “apostolic miracles”. (Acts 3:16)

“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain,  Be removed and cast into the sea, and does not DOUBT IN HIS HEART, but BELIEVE that those things which he SAYS will be done, he will have whatever he SAYS.” Mark 11:23

 Actually, the “apostolic faith message” seems “foolish” to the natural mind because the natural mind operates according to the “five senses.” The “faith message” Paul and Jesus taught was based upon a “sixth sense”, that is described in Hebrews 11:1 Amplified,

”Now FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [FAITH PERCEIVING AS A REAL FACT WHAT IS NOT REVEALED TO THE SENSES].”

 This is an amazing statement, “faith perceives as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.” I think it means the same as “believing with the heart” that Paul teaches us about, it is the sixth sense of the spirit man.  According to this verse, “faith can perceive a reality that the five senses cannot perceive because it is revelatory in nature.” That revelation is the Word of God to the individual that has received it, and therefore begins to speak it out of the abundance of the heart. We can simply say that “walking by faith” is walking by the “sixth sense” of the heart, independently of the five senses which have not yet perceived the reality the heart of man has perceived from the Spirit of God. Abraham operated in this kind of faith when he refused to consider his “own body now dead, nor yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb.” Abraham “believed according to that which was spoken,” not that which he perceived in the five sense realm. We are told to “walk in the steps of the faith of Abraham” in Romans 4:12.

 Abraham “believed in the heart and spoke with the mouth.” Paul said that Abraham “called the things which be not, as though they were.” If God said he was now “Abraham, the father of a multitude.” than Abraham was going to say it as well even though he had no proof in the five sense realm. That was “calling things that be not as though they were.” He had faith, the perception of a reality that had not been revealed to the senses,” he walked by the sixth sense.

 This is the apostolic faith message we can plainly see in scripture. I believe we need a “fresh emphasis” of this message in the Body of Christ as a part of the Apostolic Reformation, since it was an apostolic message to begin with. We need more faith in these perilous times, more teaching on faith until we raise people to a level of receiving from God what Christ has died to provide for them. The writer to Hebrews told us that “the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”

 During the early 90’s, I traveled as an evangelist for a historic Pentecostal denomination, conducting healing meetings across the US. God was healing as I preached the Word of Faith from the New Testament. Headquarters was so moved by the testimonies that I was asked to write a section in a manual to be used for all new believers in this organization. After I wrote it the leadership rejected it saying it was “too Word of Faith.” Amazingly, I had quoted from original Sunday School literature of this organization dated in the 50’s that clearly taught the same thing I was then teaching. It is amazing how in such a short period of time we can lose a truth that was so real to our hearts. Jesus said it like this in Luke 18:8, “Shall the Son of Man find FAITH on the earth when He comes.” This statement seems to make “faith preaching” an “end time message”. Let’s revive this message for today’s church that hasn’t yet learned to “walk by faith and not by sight.”