(WOF)word of faith people decree crazy things all the time, they decree this or that, and everything in between.
Here is a great insight to Decreeing, an O.T. usage that we do not find in the N.T., but worth pointing out.
Job 22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee; And light shall shine upon thy ways.
BDB Definition of the word in Hebrew says:
1) to cut, divide, cut down, cut off, cut in two, snatch, decree
1a1) to cut in two, divide
1a2) to cut down
1a3) to cut off, destroy, exterminate
1a4) to decree
1b1) to be cut off, separated, excluded
1b2) to be destroyed, cut off
1b3) to be decreed
Part of Speech: verb
Note, to divide or cut, cut in two.
People misuse decreeing a thing. Decreeing is the same as the N.T. word that we all know in this verse.
2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
ISV is good on this verse.
2Ti 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as an approved worker who has nothing to be ashamed of, handling the word of truth with precision.
Rightly divide Greek:
From a compound of G3717 and the base of G5114; to make a straight cut, that is, (figuratively) to dissect (expound) correctly (the divine message): - rightly divide.
1) to cut straight, to cut straight ways
1a) to proceed on straight paths, hold a straight course, equiv. to doing right
2) to make straight and smooth, to handle aright, to teach the truth directly and correctly
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from a compound of G3717 and the base of G5114
So we clearly see decreeing is the same as rightly dividing the word, Correct exposition, clear understanding by means of diligent study, in context, in the original language and good study helps.
Yet to dissect, cut, divide the word, seems to be void in the modern WOF doctrines and practices, they see it as man can create what they say, by saying it, and that is that. A positive confession, an authority to say something and with enough faith, it is yours.
This is not a biblical doctrine, but a doctrine of Demons. It is nowhere found in the N.T.
Outward prosperity in the O.T. was a gift and a sign the person was blessed and right with God.
In the N.T. it is the exact opposite. Struggle, persecution, poverty, to be poor, to be mal- treated, in tribulation, buffeted and being a cross bearer believer is the inward sign of Gods Grace and Favor.
Not wealth, not fame, not health. Obedience, humility, and inward blessing that is greater than anything outward. The WOF camp uses, and misuse-es, the O.T. application to N.T. Christian believers, and this in its self is in opposition to an O.T. Decree, it is rightly dividing a thing and than saying it, study that shows one approved of God, a workman that need not be ashamed as he rightly expounds and studies the gems the bible offers.
So you want to do N.T. decreeing? Apply. learn the difference.
Cut in two, separate, dissect the word, and be a workman for God, that is built on the Good solid foundation of Biblical exposition and sound doctrine.
Do not think I am saying do not pray in faith for things. God knows you need this or that, but decreeing as it is or practice today is not N.T. Theology proper.
Faith is very important, we must pray in and have faith, it may take a long time, even years to see your prayer need come to pass, but if God wills for it, mark my words it will come.
These false teachers honestly believe if the verbally speak something, they are speaking it into being , the creative power of mans word, look only God creates.
I was watching a compilation video posted on some clips from these T.V. Big names, they were shouting 'MONEY, MONET, MONEY', another said, 'I speak forth a Jet for this ministry', another said, 'I command Wealth on everyone sitting in the place today, wealth, riches, prosperity.
The Word Of Faith Doctrine comes right from cult teachings of becoming little god's.
Positive and negative confession is big with them, you say anything that may seem negative , something with out hyper faith and your doomed because you said it. The power of mans words to create this is not found in the N.T.
I deal with a lot of Students in the free bible college in Africa, they have been overcome by these faith teachers, many say positive confession is a must and I command this or that. By Gods grace I have had the chance by the bible college to give some detailed teachings on these doctrine.
Many have come out of it and emailed and said they have learned sound doctrine PTL.
In the N.T. We read some of the Apostles said, I adjure you-Command you, rise and be healed. The Apostles had true mighty signs and wonders. WE can pray the prayer of faith for healing, the bible teaches us this. If anyone of you is sick let him come to the elders and the elders will anoint you with oil and pray for healing...this is bible, it does not say they commanded the healing, think of it is it even rational to think we humans can command God to do anything?
Jas 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they should pray for him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
Jas 5:15 And the prayer offered in faith will save the person who is sick. The Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.
Jas 5:16 Therefore, make it your habit to confess your sins to one another and to pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Jas 5:17 Elijah was a person just like us, and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and rain never came to the land for three years and six months.
Jas 5:18 Then he prayed again, and the skies poured out rain, and the ground produced its crops.
So yes we pray fervently, but not as if we were commanding something. Servant prayer is not human commanding but teaches us to be humble and look to our lord, and we pray it is Gods will for someone to be healed.
Old time Pentecostals, even the old AOG always taught, if you are not living in victory it is always due to a lack of faith. This is true and false.
WE pray for healing, marriage problems, rebellion of youths and such, we pray others needs would be met, in time, they normally will, that word TIME, is key, literally time as a time-frame and Gods timing, we pray Gods will be done, his grace to be manifest.
You can shout as loud as you can, shout, pray until your blue in the face, if something is not Gods will or timing such acts of the flesh are useless. This deals with God's Sovereignty.
WE learn in Luke 18 to always pray and never give up, so its bible teaching to pry many times on something, others think once you pray about something, you are not supposed to pray about it again, this is the opposite and this is not N.T. Truth.
Luk 18:1 Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray all the time and never give up.
Luk 18:7 Won't God grant his chosen people justice when they cry out to him day and night? Is he slow to help them?
Luk 18:8 I tell you, he will give them justice quickly. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
Luk 18:9 Jesus also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves, thinking they were righteous, but who looked down on everyone else:
Another N.T. On praying on something more than once is as follows, you will only learn the Gem we get by reading this in the Greek, in the Greek kit really adds some powerful truth.
Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Mat 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
The Greek reads-Ask, keep asking, seek-keep seeking-knock -keep knocking. See the Greek, if you do not believe me.
Many times in the bible the word faith is different-Greek-pistis is faith confidence, trust, etc.
Barnes on Luke 18:9
Faith - The word “faith” is sometimes taken to denote the “whole” of religion, and it has been understood in this sense here; but there is a close connection in what Christ says, and it should be understood as referring to what he said before. The truth that he had been teaching was, that God would deliver his people from their calamities and save them, though he suffered them to be long tried. He asks them here whether, when he came, he should find “this faith,” or a belief of “this truth,” among his followers? Would they be found persevering in prayer, and “believing” that God would yet avenge them; or would they cease to pray “always, and faint?” This is not to be understood, therefore, as affirming that when Christ comes to judgment there will be few Christians on the earth, and that the world will be overrun with wickedness. That “may be” true, but it is not the truth taught here.
I have heard preachers preach on faith and say it's pistis faith, when it is what is called, The Faith, meaning the Gospel Faith.
Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
Greek for Faith is;
From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: - assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
Note in Heb 11:1 faith-Hoped for, not commanded for, or decreed.
Look beloved, I am all about faith, I preach , teach the necessity of having faith, it is serious.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
The seriousness is there, but as all things we must not over emphasize one truth, but balance it with the whole truth in the bible.
And that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him - This is equally necessary as the belief that he exists. If we could not believe that God would hear and answer our prayers, there could be no encouragement to call upon him. It is not meant here that the desire of the reward is to be the motive for seeking God - for the apostle makes no affirmation on that point; but that it is impossible to make an acceptable approach to him unless we have this belief.
The lord does reward, He has been good to all of us, even when we do not think so, God is always at work, always trying to teach just about Him as Father, a Father supplies the needs of his Children. God wants to help us, meet our needs-NEEDS not always wants, but even wants as 'HE can do exceeding, abundantly above all we can ask or think', Yes he can, and he does. It's the mystery of contentment, as Paul wrote.
Many Christians want a fast food Gospel everything now, today, or soon. The lords key word in LK 18 and in Heb 11:6 is, not lose heart, faint, give up, etc. Diligence, this is key, diligent faith, diligent praying, all is to be diligent.
VWS-Of them that diligently seek him (τοῖς ἐκζητοῦσιν αὐτὸν)
Lit. unto them that seek him out. Comp. Act_15:17; Heb_12:17; 1Pe_1:10.
The verb is used of seeking God, Rom_3:11. God's beneficent will and attitude toward the seeker are not always apparent at the first approach. In such cases there is occasion for faith, in the face of delay, that diligent seeking will find its reward. One is reminded of Jesus' lessons on importunity in seeking God, Luk_11:5-10; Luk_18:1-8
DILIGENTLY, adv. With steady application and care; with industry or assiduity; not carelessly; not negligently.
Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God. Deu 6.
I always teach we need Greek and Hebrew dictionaries as they teach us how the word is used and what it means in a text. If you tale the Strong's Dictionary and list every meaning listed it does not mean all the words in different verses, if your a WOF word smith you could argue the Strong's on this word says Demand,
WE must look at the Greek words and bible dictionaries to teach us the proper usage of a word.
Let me show by example of Greek words-
From G1537 and G2212; to search out, that is, (figuratively) investigate, crave, demand, (by Hebraism) worship: - en- (re-) quire, seek after (carefully, diligently).
Total KJV occurrences: 7
Of uncertain affinity; to seek (literally or figuratively); specifically (by Hebraism) to worship (God), or (in a bad sense) to plot (against life): - be (go) about, desire, endeavour, enquire (for), require, (X will) seek (after, for, means). Compare G4441.
Middle voice prolonged from πύθω puthō, a primary word, (which occurs only as an alternate in certain tenses); to question, that is, ascertain by inquiry (as a matter of information merely; and thus differing from G2065, which properly means a request as a favor; and from G154, which is strictly a demand of something due; as well as from G2212, which implies a search for something hidden; and from G1189, which involves the idea of urgent need); by implication to learn (by casual intelligence): - ask, demand, enquire, understand.
Do you see how a Greek word can mean something different in a given verse?
I hope this teaching part did not bore you LOL. Its what I love to do, teach sound doctrine and use geopolitics and such to do so.
Many just take a mans word for a truth, a doctrine man made, and not made in the Bible, its easy to be deceived if we do not rightly divide the word, as I started in the begging of this detailed message
I end with this;
Abba Father loves us so much, he says NO or not now, or not in this life? It is all His love, when we do not grasp this w can see God as harsh, unloving and not caring about our problems in life.
O' Beloved God loves you, he sees your struggles , he know you pain, he loves you, let us pray in diligence, let us pry unceasing, let us pray in faith and follow wherever He leads. Not our will but His will be done.
Have faith in God-we should not have faith in faith.