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August 2020 - FAITH 2020

 August 2020

 Dear Partner,

 Trina and I want to encourage you to press forward by faith to follow God’s plan for your life.  Our prayers have been focused on your faith, health, well-being and strength during these trying times.  God is faithful to His promises to provide and protect you. 

We appreciate your partnership with us as together we are distributing the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Word is growing and multiplying! 

Thank you for your faithfulness and generous partnership in helping to distribute the gospel in every way possible around the world NOW. 

REVELATION KNOWLEDGE FUELS FAITH

Your cause must be greater than your comfort and your purpose must be greater than your pleasure.

During our online Bible School, we recently studied the spirit of faith.  As we looked to the heroes of faith mentioned in Hebrews 11, the Holy Spirit began to highlight Moses’ spirit of faith.  Because he saw the invisible, he did the impossible.  Revelation knowledge ignites the spirit of faith.

 

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Hebrews 11:23-28 (KJV)

The plan God had for Moses began with his parents.  They saw beyond the temporary to the eternity.  When the king commanded all baby boys to be killed, they chose to hide their son for three months and then prepare an ark to save his life.  Here we see there are times when it is the right thing to choose to disobey the commands of government.

Jochabed, Moses’ mother, must have instilled in her child both a knowledge of his identity as a Hebrew and a desire to honor the almighty God.  Although he was raised in Pharaoh’s household, her teaching had already made a powerful impression on him.  By faith, he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king. It takes faith to walk away from the pleasures and temptations of the world to follow God.  

God revealed his plan to Abraham and Abraham's faith was ignited. He chose to obey, and he left his home and family to go to Canaan when he was 75 years old (Genesis 11:31-12:9).

Faith motivated Abraham to obey God’s call and leave the familiar to discover the territory he was destined to inherit from God.  So he left with only a promise and without even knowing ahead of time where he was going, Abraham stepped out in faith....  His eyes of faith were set on the city with unshakable foundations, whose architect and builder is God himself.  Hebrews 11:8-10 (TPT)

REWARDS MOTIVATE ACTS OF FAITH

...For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who passionately seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (TPT)

Moses pressed for the recompense of the reward God revealed to him.  His faith was rewarded with further revelation, a burning bush encounter with God.  When he saw the Invisible, he could do the impossible.  Moses, through revelation, prepared a Passover and then led all his people through the Red Sea and into the promised land.

Abraham did not quit believing and saying what God revealed to him because he saw the city with unshakeable foundations, whose builder and maker is God.  His vision moved him to step out of the familiar.  God was so pleased by his act of faith, He rewarded Abraham with a covenant and made his family a great nation.  Now both Christians and Jews call him our father of faith. 

David had a spirit of faith when he killed Goliath. He was motivated by the revelation of two things: 1) the reward offered to the one who killed the giant and 2) the covenant of blessing on the nation of Israel. He challenged everyone, “Is there not a cause?”  The promise of the reward and defending God’s people moved him to bold action.  David was destined to be a giant killer, but a spirit of faith was necessary to fulfill his destiny.  He believed God and he spoke. There was a war of words.  David said, Goliath said, then David ran at the giant, hit him with the rock from his slingshot, and then the giant didn’t say anything else!  Not only did David receive his reward, but he was positioned to become the next king.  I like to say, “Never run at your giant with your mouth shut.”   

2 Corinthians 4:13 identifies the two elements in the spirit of faith: 1) The attitude (which is to believe) and 2) The action (which is to speak).  Paul is quoting David who, in a time of great difficulty, wrote Psalm 116.  Paul got inspiration from David’s spirit of faith.

Though we experience every kind of pressure, we’re not crushed. At times we don’t know what to do, but quitting is not an option. We are persecuted by others, but God has not forsaken us. We may be knocked down, but not out...We have the same Spirit of faith that is described in the Scriptures when it says, “First I believed, then I spoke in faith.” So we also first believe then speak in faith.  2 Corinthians 4:8-13 (TPT)

The Word spoken to you must be spoken through you. 

Paul faced trouble but pressed on. He was perplexed - he didn’t have all the answers but was not hopeless or in despair. He was knocked down - but he got back up. We too get back up because we have the same spirit of faith!

The greatest revelation is Christ.  The highest reward is from Him. Revelation 22:12 TPT says, “Behold, I am coming quickly! I bring my reward with me to repay everyone according to their works.” He is the beginning and the end, so we keep our eyes on Him. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  (Hebrews 12:2).   Jesus is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  

Jesus didn’t give up, so YOU don’t have to give up either!  

We have the same, identical spirit of faith.  The spirit of faith is not fragile, but it is tough. Jesus faced hatred, rejection, the devil and the cross with a spirit of faith.  He fulfilled the call, His destiny and He never quit.  You have the same spirit of faith!  You can see the invisible and do the impossible.                                                           

THE SPIRIT OF FAITH IS TOUGH

This month we want to send you our brand-new CD series, The Spirit of Faith is Tough.  Trina and I taught these messages at our Campmeeting in Alexandria, LA this summer and we believe they will stir up the spirit of faith in you and cause you to overcome in every area!  We also want to offer you our book, The Spirit of Faith.    

Now more than ever before it is necessary to have the spirit of faith.  Our desire is to help feed your faith.  This year the Lord directed us to make all of our sermons available for free.  You can access all of our messages two different ways: 

  • Go to markhankins.org and click on the downloads and then MP3’s and
  • Download our Mark Hankins Ministries App and click on the sermons tab on the bottom.

FEED YOUR FAITH AND STARVE YOUR DOUBTS!!

We want to thank you for your partnership with us.  We are continuing to teach the Word every day through our In Christ Online Live Bible School.  We are amazed at the reach the Word is having.  We have people watching the school from over 40 nations and are sending out hundreds of free books every week.  Your partnership with us is making this possible!  Thank you so much!   We declare to you, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

IN Christ,
Mark and Trina Hankins

 

           

 

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July 2020 - The North Side of the Mountain

July 2020 

Dear Partner,

THE NORTH SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN

…for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.   2 Timothy 1:12

Several years ago, I bought Trina a beautiful baby grand piano.  I enjoy hearing her play and sing many of the old hymns we sang in church growing up.  We have a piano tuner come to our house and tune the piano regularly.  One day when I came home I heard beautiful classical music coming from our den.  As I entered the room I began to talk to the gentleman as he tuned the piano.  He said that our piano has a particularly “sweet” sound.  I asked him what he meant by that and he said that some pianos just have a sweeter sound than others.  He also said that piano manufacturers prefer to use the wood from spruce trees that grow in the highest parts of the mountains. The higher altitudes and the cold north winds make it difficult for trees to grow and survive.  As a result, the wood grain usually grows stronger and finer together. He said most piano manufacturers actually prefer the wood that comes from the trees on the north side of the mountain.  The finest piano manufacturers will only use the wood from the north side of these trees.  This wood produces the sweetest sounds.  I found it interesting that the sweetest music comes from the trees that have the most difficult environment.

THE SWEETEST SOUND ON EARTH 

Many times, we face difficult situations in life that threaten to destroy us.  However, if we will believe God and feed on His Word, He will strengthen us in every situation.  The Holy Spirit will strengthen our inner man with mighty power and will enable us to stand.  He will cause the “wood grain” to grow finer so that the “sweet sound” of grace and faith come from within.  What the devil intended for destruction can actually cause you to turn to God with such faith that His grace is imparted unto your spirit and soul.  God specializes in turning even the most difficult situations around.  

The Apostle Paul went through great adversity and yet played the “sweetest music” in Ephesians and his other letters.  Many of the greatest men and women of God have faced all the challenges that come from the “north side” of the mountain.  Yet refusing to quit, they have acted on the Word of God and found strength to do the will of God.  Today, we play a part in determining the sound that comes from our lives.  What will we do when we are facing the pressures of life?  What is the secret of surviving and finishing your course?  The answer is in the Word of God.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.     James 1:2-4

 GOD’S PERFECT AND ENTIRE PLAN 

When you are facing different kinds of adversity, don’t lose your joy.  The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10).  The joy of the Lord will strengthen your inner man and fortify your faith.   In Philippians 4:4 Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always….”  How can you rejoice in the middle of trouble?  Because you KNOW that the trying of your faith works patience and brings you into God’s perfect and entire plan (James 1:2-4).  You must KNOW something other people don’t.  Paul said, “I KNOW whom I have believed,” 2 Timothy 1:12.  In Job 19:25, Job said, “I KNOW that my Redeemer liveth.”  Job declared his faith in the midst of adversity (Job 5:22).  Many miss the importance of the joy aspect of faith.  1 Peter 1:8-9 says, "Yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith.”  Once you know and understand this, you will no longer get angry or depressed in times of adversity.  Instead, you will act on the Word of God.  The wood grain will grow strong and fine in your spirit and YOU WILL OVERCOME.  Get ready for the sweet sound of victory that gives glory to God!

SUMMER JOY PACKAGE

To help sustain your strength, we have a tremendous offer for you!  For your gift of $30 or more we will send this Summer Joy Package, which includes 12 CD messages, including The North Side of the Mountain, Faith Laughs at Impossibilities, Joy the Serious Business of Heaven, and the book, The Secret Power of Joy for a gift of just $30. 

LOOK WHAT THE LORD IS DOING

When the world is in turmoil and upside down, Jesus is leading us forward! Here are some things that are happening at MHM because of your partnership:  We are conducting daily online Bible School and have given away over $60,000 worth of free books! The 2020 MHM Campmeeting in Alexandria, LA was well attended and power-packed!  The Korean translation of our books is now in progress!  The Holy Spirit has given us the green light to begin plans for constructing a Conference Center!  We will soon share these plans with you.  It’s time for increase!  “God bless you and keep you, God smile on you and gift you, God look you full in the face and make you prosper.”

In Christ,

Mark and Trina

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