03.19.2017 – Ps. Duane White – Over the Top Faith Pt. 3

2017.03.19 - Message by Ps. Duane White - The Bridge Church in Denton, TX

This Sunday, March 19th, 2017, Pastor Duane White continued our series Over the Top Faith here at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

Over the Top Faith:

Hope is dreams while faith is the building materials to build the dream. Faith is always an act; it’s the dream that is put into motion.

If faith is so important then how do you get faith? The answer is, you don’t. Faith comes by hearing the word. You don’t get faith, you receive it.

After you receive faith, you may wonder, “is that all I get?” Or you may ask: “Can faith grow?”

“So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.’” (Matthew 17:20, NKJV)

Jesus was not talking about mustard seed size faith, but mustard seed type faith. The mustard plant is a fast-growing annual herb, growing as tall as 10ft-12ft in only a few months. It was the smallest seed the Jewish people planted in their gardens, yet it became the largest plant in their gardens when it was grown. The mustard seed is a striking example of the potential of a seed. Although it starts out small and insignificant, it quickly grows into something massive and significant.

A seed does nothing until it is planted. Jesus seems to indicate that our faith is planted by speaking.

“If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say…”

To have mustard seed faith, you have to say something. Saying what God says in His Word is your best choice. Therefore, you release your faith with your words, but then that faith takes on power – the power to move mountains. There’s a time to climb the mountain, but there is also a time to move some mountains.

“…if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)

What is your mountain? Whatever it may be, faith can move them all. In Mark, Jesus also teaches how to move mountains:

“Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” (Mark 11:20–21, NKJV)

You only receive faith if you are going to do something with it.

“For assuredly, I say (lego) to you, whoever (KJV – WHOSOEVER) says (eipon) to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt (diakrino) in his heart (heart NOT head), but believes that those things he says (lego) will be done, he will have whatever he says (eipon).” (Mark 11:23, NKJV)

Lego means to lay down systematically, a set discourse. In other words: let me break this down for you. First you command it, then you keep believing it as you lego it. You must keep saying it!

So that verse can actually read: Whosoever – Shall Have – Whatsoever – He Says 

You don’t have what others say, you have what you say. You need to hear God’s voice, but your mountain needs to hear your voice. When you hear God’s voice, faith comes; but when your mountain hears your voice, it moves. It’s time to quit telling God how big your mountain is and start telling your mountain how big your God is!

“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3, NKJV)

God’s word in His mouth framed the world. God’s word in your mouth frames your world. Your mountain is what you see until you see the unseen, and then faith comes.

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them,” (Mark 11:24, NKJV).

Therefore, when you pray, believe the mountain is moving! Move the mountain that has been between you and God. Believe that you receive what you ask for, and you will have it. Your faith may start tiny, but when you exercise it, it will grow.

Your words release your faith, challenges grow your faith. A seed sown into the ground is released, but it’s the environment that resists the soil that gets it to grow. The soil never dictates to the seed what it can become, it just squeezes out of it, what is already inside of it.

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03.12.2017 – Ps. Duane White – Over the Top Faith Pt. 2

2017.03.12 - Message by Ps. Duane White - The Bridge Church in Denton, TX

This Sunday, March 12th, 2017, Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message to continue our Over the Top Faith series here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.

Over the Top Faith:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony,” (Hebrew 11:1-2).

When you live by faith, the “image” projected by your life events to other folks will look like God’s original intent for your life.

We also saw three definitions for  faith out of that text:

  1. Faith is seeing the unseen. 
  2. Faith is turning dreams into deeds. 
  3. Faith is betting your life on unseen realities. 

To a faithless person, betting your life on what you cannot see makes no sense. If the faithless had a creed, it would go something like this:

The creed of the faithless reality is the substance of what makes sense, based on the evidence of what is seen.

To a faith person that makes no sense.

If you can see the unseen long enough, it can draw out that God DNA that resides in you. Faith is the observation of the outcome desired before it manifests while it is still unseen.

You have to learn to starve out the weak and feeble things that aren’t God in your life. Faith is seeing the unseen rather then acting on what you have seen. So, what do you see, and what will you do about it?

Faith draws out of you what normally should not come out under your present circumstances. Grace provides it and then faith accesses, unitl God produces it then everybody can see it. You can not prove your faith, or anybody else’s, merely by what they have. 

The by-product of your faith is not proof you have faith. It might prove you had faith, but if we see the by-product of your faith, you don’t still need faith for it. Only God knows until you act in faith.

Your act  of faith  is the proof you have faith. Your corresponding actions show that you have faith, but God doesn’t credit you with faith, when what you have faith for manifests, but when you believe. 

Our faith needs to be two things:

  1. It is bigger than our individual lives. Sometimes you need people to help you.
  2. It is greater than we can fulfill in our lifetime

“Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised (they ran out of TIME). God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.” (Hebrews 11:39-40, Message)

God is raising up a PEOPLE in Denton, Texas who will live by FAITH. Not only for themselves, but for the generation they are called to. And beyond that, to finish what others started, and leave a legacy that is beyond their lifetime!

You may be thinking, “What if I believe God and nothing happens?” But God credits your faith as righteousness.

What if I dream and it never happens? Do it anyway – by faith!
What if I pray and don’t get the miracle? Do it anyway – by faith!

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03.05.2017 – Ps. Duane White – Over the Top Faith

2017.03.15 - Message by Ps. Duane White - The Bridge Church in Denton, TX

This Sunday, March 5th, 2017, Pastor Duane White continued our word of the year by beginning a new series called Over the Top Faith here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.

Over the Top Faith:

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6, NIV)

What is faith?

Some speak of faith as coming to faith. In other words “I became a Christian, a believer, and after forty years of trying it on my own, I finally came to faith.” Faith to them is salvation, which is completely accurate, but faith is really more than just salvation.

To others, faith is a magic wand of sorts to get God to do the stuff they want him to do. While faith can and does produce lots of amazing results, we must remember that the primary reason God wants us to have faith is to come to Him.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)

Faith is two things:

  1. Substance. It is the substance of things hoped for. Hope is the dream, while faith is the building material to build the dream. Faith is the only tangible thing in the intangible world of the Spirit.
  2. Evidence. It is the evidence of things not seen. Everyone who does not have faith wants you to prove God. Your faith is the evidence. The evidence of an unseen God is your faith, but it takes faith to believe in an unseen God.

Here are three simple points that will lay a foundation for what faith really is according to Hebrews 11 in the Cotton Patch paraphrase:

  1. Faith is seeing the unseen. 
  2. Faith is turning dreams into deeds.
  3. Faith is betting your life on unseen realities.

Your promise already exists, you just haven’t seen it in this realm yet. Everything you will ever need has been provided by grace. 

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8, NKJV)

You can never have real faith for anything grace has not already provided for you. It’s a futile effort when you’re trying to have faith for something God hasn’t already provided in the spirit, by grace. Nor can you have faith for anything that you don’t have a revelation for that God has already provided for you. God may have provided it, but you need a revelation of it.

“But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NKJV)

Faith begins where the will of God is known. Once you discern the will of God, that is the starting point of faith.Then you are seeing the unseen. 

How do we know the will of God?

Here a a few quick guidelines:

  • His Word
  • Wise Counsel (that lines up with His Word)
  • The Prophetic (that is judged and lines up with His Word)

Once you know it’s God’s will, and faith comes, you need an appropriate corresponding action, and once you act, you hold on until the dream manifests. Faith is our handle on the unseen realm.

Faith gives substance to the un-manifested, unseen, promise of God. Faith comes by hearing God’s Word, so once you hear, faith comes to you. Faith without an appropriate action is wishful thinking that produces nothing. Hope is a dream while faith is turning dreams into deeds.

Why would you bet your life on something you can not see? You probably wouldn’t unless:

  1. You see what others can not see. We understand that their are two realities: the one you see and the one you don’t see. 
  2. You trust the source more than the fear of what is unknown.

“Faith is believing in advance what only makes sense in reverse.” (Philip Yancey)

People of faith raid the future and bet everything they have on it until the future manifests in the now. Our lives are meant to merely be a projection of God’s divine intention. 

 

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08.21.2016 – Ps. Duane White – For the Win Pt. 2

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This Sunday, August 21st, 2016 Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message in our new series For the Win at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

#FortheWin:

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 9, NIV)

The Apostle Paul was a winner who he knew how to train to win. He gives us a few keys to running like a winner in Acts 20.

“And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”(Acts 20:22–24, NKJV)

Here are the five key characteristics of someone who trains to win:

  1. Desire. You are never going to go for the win until you go! Desire is what gets you up in the morning. Nothing great happens in life without desire. What do you desire? God wants to give us good gifts that we desire, but He also knows what is best and wants to give us the right desires.
  2. Design. You must know today that we are all bound to something. God has a grand design for your life. He has a design, and a destiny. God designed it, but you must walk in it!
  3. Determination. You get to choose what moves you. Paul didn’t say that nothing moves him;  he said “none of these things move me!” If you are determined to only be moved by God’s purposes over your life, you won’t be moved by anything else.
  4. Dedication. Dedication is an act or rite of dedicating to a divine being or to a sacred use; a devoting or setting aside for a particular purpose. Dedication comes when you have the heart of a finisher. Anybody can start, but God is looking for finishers. 
  5. Delight. When you finish well, you finish with joy! God wants us to enjoy this journey. 

We have a race to run, so let’s run that race #forthewin!

There is no greater joy than running your race alongside others who are running their race. In this race our prize is linked with everyone else’s. Not only those running now, but all those who’ve run before us.

Life is not a sprint, but it’s not a marathon either; it’s a relay! Great men and women have gone before us, and they are waiting on us to run #forthewin.

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJV)

They have run their race. It’s our turn now. Let’s run #forthewin!

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