15 Minutes With Jesus / Robert Haymes
The Good Fight Of Faith
Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This is 15 Minutes With Jesus. Today’s program is called The Good Fight Of Faith. I want to start off with a prayer. Let’s pray together: Father, in Jesus’ name, I take authority over all unbelief, all fear, all doubt, all rebellion, all pride; I take authority over these powers that would stop this message from being heard. Give us ears to hear and hearts to receive what the Spirit of the Lord is saying, in Jesus’ name. Amen! God bless every one of you! We are in a war! I know you’ve heard that before, but we must fight! This morning the Father encouraged me to fight the good fight of faith, and He sent me to encourage you! I’m already greatly encouraged: I just did some warfare and put off things that were oppressing me. One thing I want to share with you which many of you have probably experienced: You are in prayer, or you wake up from a dream, and all of a sudden you are in guilt. Satan is bringing something to your mind: a sin that you were involved in in the past that you have already repented of, and he brings it up, including all kinds of different scenes of things you did wrong, and you start feeling guilty. What’s going on? Satan is seducing your faith. If he can get you in guilt, and you start feeling guilty, first of all you are in unbelief, and you’re in guilt; you’re not believing what Jesus did for you on the Cross. So what do you do? You have to repent; just say, Father forgive me, and then just speak the truth: that you were forgiven; you repented of that sin, whenever it was, you confessed your sin, and God forgave you, and He cleansed you with the precious Blood of His Son! You’ve been washed white as snow, as it says in Isaiah, Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow! Remind the Devil. Tell him the truth. Speak your testimony of what God has done for you through the sacrifice of His Son! Jesus died for our sins; He was crucified!, and on the third day, the Father raised Him from the dead! He was crucified for our sins and raised again for our justification! We are justified in Jesus! Hallelujah!
Let’s turn to 1 Tim 6:3-16, If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine according to godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen. Verses 11&12, But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called… This is a good fight!, and it is also a fight of faith. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God! Our weapons to fight this fight are mighty through God! We must receive the Holy Spirit! Many of you, perhaps, that are listening or reading this: you’ve been told that you have the Holy Spirit, but you’ve been lied to. You have not been baptized in the Holy Spirit, with evidence of speaking in other tongues. If you have a controversy with speaking in tongues, you’ve missed the bus! Speaking in other tongues is the beginning; it’s extremely important that you yield your tongue to the Holy Spirit; that you be filled with the Spirit! Speaking in tongues is evidence that a person has received the Holy Spirit, but speaking in tongues and praying in tongues; praying in the Holy Spirit is extremely important! You need to be able to do that. You need to humble yourself and read the Word of God; do a word search and read the scriptures about it. It is very important! There is no condemnation, but many of you have been told you received the Holy Spirit when you were baptized in water, or you got the Holy Spirit when you were born again. Actually that’s true: when you received Jesus He came into your heart by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is in you and you are in Him, but you need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit; you need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Do you understand what I am talking about? This is a blessing! And this is something you need as a Christian! You cannot do these things without the Holy Spirit.
Let’s turn to 2 Cor 10:1-6, Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 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 high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. You cannot do these things in the flesh; only through the power of the Holy Spirit. These things are where Satan works: strongholds, imaginations, high things exalting themselves against the knowledge of God, disobedient thoughts, ungodly thoughts, thoughts of unbelief or guilt. God has given us weapons which are mighty through God to fight the good fight of faith. You must be baptized in the Holy Spirit in order to make use of these weapons, because they are mighty through Him: The exceeding greatness of His mighty power which He worked in Jesus when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand, far above all principality and power and might, and every name that is named! Let’s go there: Eph 1:15-23, Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, (that’s what we need!) the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. The Holy Spirit knows what is going on on the battlefield, and He will lead you in the fight, otherwise you will be overcome, and you must have the whole armor of God on you to fight effectively to win the battle.
Eph 6:10-18, Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit… The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Stand up! Use your faith! Repent of your unbelief and rebellion, put on your armor, and get in the fight! Take back the land that the enemy has taken from you! Jesus is the Lord of the warfare, and He leads us by His Spirit in the fight of faith. Notice: It is a fight of faith, faith in His sacrifice for our sins on the Cross; His shed Blood cleansing us from all sin, making us righteous in His sight. His resurrection from the dead justifies us before our God; His total defeat of the enemy! Col 2:13-15, And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to His Cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. Jesus triumphed over all principalities and powers of darkness, and made an open show of them. Our victory is in Him! When we come in His name, in His righteousness, in faith and obedience, we will triumph also. The devils believe and tremble at His name spoken in righteousness and faith in the power of the Holy Spirit. One of the Devil’s main methods is to get you in sin, and try to keep you there, in unconfessed sin, and tell you, “It’s ok, you haven’t sinned, you’re in faith, or, you’re under grace, everything is fine, all your sins are forgiven, past, present , and future: that’s a lie! Don’t believe those lies! If you have sinned, come before God! There’s no condemnation. Confess your sin; turn from it!, so that you may have righteousness! The Blood of Jesus will cleanse you, and you will walk on in righteousness: you’re righteous before God. That’s what God wants! Satan wants to get you in unrighteousness and keep you there; get you under guilt and keep you there, because that way you are ineffective; you can’t do anything; you can’t fight this fight. If you are in Christ, He is in you and you have the victory in Him! Keep praying! Keep fighting! Keep believing! If you faint, repent! Get back on your feet and stand in your testimony of what Jesus has done for you on the Cross, and through His resurrection, and faith in His shed Blood, which, when you repent, washes you white as snow! You stand justified before Him, and cleansed, walking on with a conscience void of offense toward God and man. If God shows you any offense, deal with it, and believe His Word. Deal with it truly, according to His Word. If you have repented from your heart, God has forgiven you and cleansed you by the Blood of Christ. They overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony. They overcame the Devil by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Interpretation of a message in tongues:
I am God Almighty. My children, hearken to my servant Rob this day. I’m exhorting you to stand up. Stand up and utilize what I’ve given you. Utilize everything I’ve given you to fight the good fight of faith!, that you may stand in this evil day!; that you may stand!; that you may triumph!; that you may be with Me throughout eternity! But you must fight; you must overcome! Stand up and fight My children! Believe My Words; believe My Gospel! Believe what My Son has done for you, and be strong, and fight the good fight of faith, says the Lord!