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The Spirit of Faith

Vince Lombardi, a great football coach who won many championships, would begin each season with the fundamentals. He would hold up the ball and say, "This is a football."  Professional athletes who played for years would still start each season with the basics.

In the same way, I can imagine Jesus Christ beginning His faith lesson by pointing to a mountain or a seed and saying, "This is faith."  We must not only learn but review the fundamentals of faith. We walk by faith and not by sight.  Paul said, "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves." (2 Corinthians 13:5)

A good illustration of this is the story of Peter walking on the water. Matthew 14:25-33 tells the story of how Jesus was walking on the water toward the disciples in the middle of the night during a storm.  The disciples cried out in fear. The first thing Jesus did was deal with their doubt, which was really fear.  When you walk by sight, you are in doubt. He commanded them, "Take courage! I AM! Stop being afraid!" (vs. 27- AMPC)

And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." So He said, "Come." And when Peter came down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

Matthew 14:28-32 (NKJV)           

Why did you doubt? (Berk)

What made you hesitate? (20th C.l)

Why did you waver? (Wuest) 

O little-faith, why were you in two minds? (Plain English)

Peter both succeeded and failed. What happened? Peter initially walked on the water at Jesus’ command. But then, he took his eyes off Jesus and shifted his focus to the wind and waves, and that’s when he began to sink.  Every day, you must choose to walk by faith. Unbelief and doubt will determine if you walk or sink. 

Jesus' classic faith lesson found in Mark 11:22-23 says, "And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith."  The Lord told Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin, "You do believe, as far as you know." Then Jesus showed him that this scripture mentions the word say three times and believe only once.  This shows the importance of the speaking part of faith. The authority of the believer is released by speaking.

In Mark 9, there was a father who brought his son to Jesus for deliverance. Jesus said to the father, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes..." Immediately, the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" (Mark 9:14-29) Jesus is always looking for faith and He wants to help your faith. This means you must get rid of doubt. Pray and say, "Forgive me for doubting. Lord, I believe. Help me get rid of doubt." Doubt and unbelief will hinder your faith. Jesus told Thomas to believe and not doubt. The Wuest translation says, " a halt to your progressive state of unbelief but become one who is believing." John 20:27

When you believe, anything is possible. If unbelief is curable, nothing is incurable. Every day, every minute, you have a choice to believe God. There are two kinds of unbelief: lack of knowledge and being unpersuaded to act on the Word. The good news is both are curable. The moment you act on the Word, God makes Himself responsible for your results.  Faith requires action. How many would like to get out of the boat at least one time in your life?  Lilian Yeomans said, "Sometimes a stretch of water must be walked on before you can get to Jesus for the miracle you need.” 

This month we want to remind you to go back to the basics of faith. 

  • Get out of the boat. Jesus told Peter one word, "Come."
  • Stop looking at the wind and waves. Get your eyes back on Jesus, upon the Word of God.
  • Say, "Lord, save me!" Don't be quiet. Open your mouth. Let His power lift you.
  • Finish your walk of faith. Walk on the water! Keep pressing for new territory. There's more God has for you. The enemy is not fighting where you are. He's fighting where you are going. Don't doubt, just shout, and God will work it all out!

This month to help strengthen your faith, we have two powerful books to offer you: Never Run At Your Giant With Your Mouth Shut and The Spirit of Faith.  For your gift of $25 or more, we will send these to you. Read these books, feed your faith, and starve your doubts.

As you receive this letter, we are headed to Nigeria. Thank you for partnering with us in this missions outreach. The Word is growing mightily. We also want you to mark your calendars for Campmeeting, June 25 – 27, 2024.  We expect to have a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit with all our anointed guest speakers and singers. Thank you for your partnership.  We know that our God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 In Christ,
Mark and Trina

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The Greatest Thing in the World

 When I was a young evangelist, traveling around the country in a motorhome from church to church, someone handed me a book and said, “This book will really help you.”   The title caught my attention, “The Greatest Thing in the World” by Henry Drummond, who was good friends with DL Moody.  It was a classic message on 1 Corinthians 13 also known as the love chapter of the Bible.  As I began to read, I thought, “There is no way I can love people, be kind, think and talk nice, and forgive those who offend me!”  In my frustration and realizing how impossible it was for me to measure up to Paul’s description of the God-kind of love, I threw the book across the room and shouted, “There is no way I can love like this!” 

Then I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit say, “Go pick that book up, read it and put it into practice.”  I picked up the book again and began to read.  I can tell you today that what the Lord said is true about walking in the love of God and it has made a big difference in my life.  

 Henry Drummond said this about the Apostle Paul, and it gave me hop

Love was not Paul’s strong point. The observing student can detect a beautiful tenderness growing and ripening all through his character as Paul gets old; but the hand that wrote, “The greatest of these is love,” when we meet it first, is stained with blood.

Peter says, “Above all things have fervent love among yourselves.” Above all things. And John goes further, “God is love.” And you remember the profound remark which Paul makes elsewhere, “Love is the fulfilling of the law.”

The Lord Jesus Himself said in John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” 

Paul, in three verses, gives us an amazing analysis of what this supreme thing is. It is a compound thing. It is like light. As a beam of light passes through a crystal prism, as you have seen it come out on the other side of the prism broken up into its component colors—red, and blue, and yellow, and violet, and orange, and all the colors of the rainbow—so Paul passes this thing, love, through the magnificent prism of his inspired intellect and it comes out on the other side broken up into its elements. One might call it the spectrum of love, the analysis of love. Will you observe what its elements are? Will you notice that they have common names; that they are virtues which we hear about every day.

The spectrum of love has nine ingredients.

Patience…………………………….……………..Love suffereth long
Kindness……………………….…………………………...And is kind
Generosity………………………….………………...Love envieth not
Humility………………….. Love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up
Courtesy……………………………Doth not behave itself unseemly
Unselfishness……………………………………Seeketh not her own
Good Temper…………………………………..Is not easily provoked
Guilelessness…………………..……………………..Thinketh no evil
Sincerity………….Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth

            As I began to learn about love, to renew my mind and to put it into practice, my prayers started working and the blessing of the Lord was more evident.  Then I heard a message from my father in the faith, Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin.  It was also the last message I heard him preach before he went to be with the Lord.  It was titled, “What Have You Done With Love?”  He came down the steps of the platform, stood in front of me and began to minister about walking in God’s love.  He had left his notes on the podium and asked me to run up and get them for him.  He then began to unfold the most important revelation that night, and his words still burn in my heart about how to love those close to us and how to forgive anyone who has wronged us.  That night impacted my life, and I began to put into practice what all the writers of the New Testament have to say about the God-kind of love.  Dad Hagin said that walking in this love is the way to victory.  He also said that if you step out of love you’re on the devil’s territory and he will attack you.  You should jump back in as fast as you can.

            Paul summed up his words about love in 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”  The Passion Translation says, “Until then, there are three things that remain: faith, hope, and love—yet love surpasses them all. So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.”  Walking in the God-kind of love is the way to win in life.  The God-kind of love is inexhaustible and indestructible.


            To help you grow in your love walk, we are excited to announce we now have in print the book by Henry Drummond, The Greatest Thing in the World.  For your offering of $20 or more this month, we will send it, along with our book, Love: The Secret to Success.

Our next international trip will be in May ministering in Nigeria.  We are believing God for an extra $100,000 to cover the expenses for this trip and ministry.  Thousands of pastors and leaders will be charged up and equipped and we will also distribute hundreds of our books during these meetings.  The Word is growing and multiplying.

We also invite you to our Holy Ghost Conference in our MHM Conference Center, April 23-25!  It will be a glorious time as we study about the work and person of the Holy Spirit and experience powerful demonstrations of His power during the night meetings. 

We declare to you, our partners, “Our God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

In Christ,
Mark and Trina

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