039 ~ Are We Listening To The Holy Spirit?


By Rodney W. Francis.


The New Testament Jesus is very clear on teaching us of the need to be listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, as He is the Spirit of Truth (John 14:15-17 ; John 16:12-15 ). 16 times the words “He that has an ear, let him hear” is stated in the New Testament (Matthew 11:15 ; Matthew 13:9 , 43; Mark 4:9 , 23; Mark 7:16 ; Luke 8:8 ; Luke 14:35 ; Revelation 13:9 , plus the 7 times in Chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation where it adds: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches”.

  • For a statement to be repeated 16 times in Scripture means that it is extremely important.

  • Yet so many Christians doubt the voice of God the Holy Spirit!

  • Our Christian life stands or falls on our ability to recognize how and when God is speaking to us.

  • He is alive today and speaks to those who are listening.

  • God’s true sons and daughters are those who are “led by the Spirit of God” (Romans 8:14 ).

  • Jesus gave clear teaching to His followers that they needed to make sure they were endued with the power of the Holy Spirit.

  • When He left this earth He sent the Holy Spirit Who came mightily on the Day of Pentecost and filled those waiting believers with a power they had never known before (Luke 24:49 ; Acts 1:8 ; Acts 2:1-4 ).

  • Christianity without the Holy Spirit is a powerless religion! 

“HE WHO HAS AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS TO THE CHURCHES. TO HIM WHO OVERCOMES I WILL GIVE . . .” (Revelation 2:7 , 11, 17, 29; Revelation 3:6 , 13, 22).

Every one of the Seven Churches in Revelation 2 and 3 were given the same instruction as to how to OVERCOME the various “problems” they were facing.

All of the seven churches problems were caused by their getting away from the simple truth of “hearing what the Holy Spirit was saying to them”!

The problems could only be solved by their again listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit and heeding whatever He said!

  • It is exactly the same for us today.

He, the Holy Spirit, is the Spirit of Truth! He cannot tell a lie, and He does not lead us wrong. He only leads us in the will of God. We ignore Him to our peril! Let us look at those “problems” very briefly from the messages to the seven churches in the Book of Revelation:

1. EPHESUS (Revelation 2:1-7 ):

  • Contended with False Apostles ~ found them liars.

  • Persevered, had patience, and laboured ~ not become weary.

  • But they had left their first love!

  • They had fallen.

  • Called to repent and do the first works.

 2. SMYRNA (Revelation 2:8-11 ):

  • Had tribulation.

  • Had to contend with blasphemy and Satanists who were disguised as Jews (Christians).

  • Had persecution and even prison.

3. PERGAMOS (Revelation 2:12-17 ):

  • Were dwelling where Satan’s seat/throne is.

  • Had experienced martyrdom in their midst.

  • Had allowed some false doctrines (teachings of Balaam and the Nicolaitans), idolatry and sexual immorality to be tolerated by some.

  • Called to repentance.

4. THYATIRA (Revelation 2:18-29 ):

  • Suffered the spirit of Jezebel to teach.

  • Could not discern between a true and false prophetess.

  • This caused seduction and sexual immorality.

  • Lack of discipline in that they ate foods sacrificed to idols (knowingly).

  • Some were caught-up in the “depths of Satan” (Satanic deception).

  • Called to repent of their deeds ~ but failed to repent after being given time.

5. SARDIS (Revelation 3:1-6 ):

  • Had false personal beliefs (they thought they were alive, but were dead).

  • Pride through a false reputation.

  • Their works were imperfect.

  • They were told to repent and watch!

  • They were ignorant of God’s visitation.

  • Their garments had been defiled.

 6. PHILADELPHIA (Revelation 3:7-13 ):

  • Had a mixture of Satanists influencing them wrongly.

  • This caused liars and lying to be in their midst.

  • Some persevered and held fast (others had little strength).

7. LAODICEA (Revelation 3:14-22 ):

  • Suffered from luke-warmness – they were neither hot nor cold for Jesus.

  • That creates mixture!

  • It made God sick!

  • Deception ~ thought they were rich and all-sufficient, but were wretched, miserable, blind and naked.

  • Their spiritual eyes were blinded.

  • Shame.

  • Called to repent.

 The one simple word of advice given to overcome all these problems was:

HE WHO HAS AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS TO THE CHURCHES”(“that which is called out” – Young’s)!!!

“Remember therefore how you have received and heard” (Revelation 3:3 ).

  • The word “hear” comes from the Greek word “akouo” and means: “to hear, to have the faculty of hearing; to hear, perceive with the ears; to give ear, listen; to learn by hearing, be informed” (Bullinger’s);

  • “To give ear, hearken, hear” (Young’s);

“hear (in various senses): give (in the) audience (of), come (to the ears), [shall] hear, hearken, be noised, be reported, understand” (Strong’s).


Christianity has to be kept to the simple instructions of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3 ; Galatians 1:6-12 ). And Jesus instructed His followers that they must be filled with the Holy Spirit of Truth. He has been sent to “guide us into all truth” (John 16:13 ). This is why the Prophetic Ministry is so important for Christians to be committed to. Prophetic Ministry is all about listening to, hearing and obeying what the Holy Spirit says to us.

  • How different Christianity would be today if all Christian Leaders pursued the Prophetic Ministry!

 Exercising the Spiritual Gifts (1 Corinthians Chapters 12 to 14) is all a part of Prophetic Ministry; for those wonderful gifts operate as a direct result of our hearing the voice and prompting of the Holy Spirit; then doing what He says and shows to us to say and do.

  • Every problem in those seven churches was the direct result of their not hearing ~ or not heeding ~ what the Holy Spirit was saying to them!

  • Every one of those problems can be avoided in our lives and churches today if we will listen to, and obey, the voice of the Holy Spirit of Truth!

  • He (the Holy Spirit) does not lead us into sin and neglect.

  • He (the Holy Spirit) ~ when listened to ~ leads us away from sin and neglect.

  • How important it is that we know the voice of the Holy Spirit in each of our lives and churches today!

People often ask, “How do you know when the Holy Spirit is speaking to you?” That comes out of personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is alive and still speaks today by the Holy Spirit. Knowing the principles of the Scriptures is vitally important, because the Holy Spirit does not contradict the Scriptures. It is also important that we develop a sensitive heart and ear to listening, by taking time to “be still and know that He is God” (Psalm 46:10 ).

  • Jesus’ sheep hear and know His voice (John 10 ).

  • When He speaks our responsibility is to obey; to step out and do what He has spoken to us.

That is what faith is: obedience to the voice of the Lord Jesus through the Wonderful Holy Spirit of Truth! (Romans 10:17 – this verse is about hearing the “present tense, now word/voice of God”). It is our practical obedience to what the Holy Spirit says to us that confirms the truth of the voice of the Holy Spirit. When we obey what He says, then things always turn out right, and we have testimonies and fruit that will abound to the glory of God. Hallelujah!


  • Are you listening?

  • Are you hearing?

  • Are you obeying the Holy Spirit today?

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8-10 ).

  • The Holy Spirit will always lead us in the acceptable way of the Lord.

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038 ~ Capturing Into Print What Is In Your Heart



By Rodney W. Francis


God wants us to see and know the potential of what can happen when we capture what He has put into our hearts into print. We never know how, where or when the Holy Spirit can use what we have in our hearts once it is captured. While it is only in our hearts we cannot give many other people the knowledge of what God has given us, because it stays “locked-up” within us. But once we write it down and/or record it, it can then be used to touch other lives ~ many other lives and help them to discover the truths that God has put within us. I am so glad that in my younger days of ministry I was challenged to put into book form what I was teaching in church. I will let Kathy Nunes-Vaz share with you:

“Some years ago, my husband, John was helping build a church on the island of Ambae in Vanuatu.  While there, one of the teenage girls in the village asked John if he had any Bible Studies that she could do.  He did not have anything with him, but told her that he would see if he could find some suitable studies when he returned to New Zealand, and that he would send them on to her.

When he returned home, he asked our pastor if he had any Bible studies that could be sent to this young woman.  Our pastor did not have anything suitable either, but told John that he knew of a Pastor in Palmerston North who sent out Bible Correspondence Studies to students around the world.  John was able to make contact with that Pastor (Rodney Francis), and duly sent on the first lesson of a Bible Study on the Book of John’s Gospel to the young woman in Vanuatu.  She soon sent back her answers and continued on to complete the Course.  Our contact with Rodney at that time was the beginning of many years of contact, loving fellowship and mentoring that we received from him and Jean, his wife.

From that one young woman wishing to do a Bible Study, John then started sending out further Bible Correspondence Lessons to many other people in Vanuatu, and this grew so much that John started an office to handle the correspondence as many other people from that nation went through the Bible Courses.  This later enabled John to organise for Rodney and other Pastors to lead Crusade and teaching meetings in the nation of Vanuatu.

Our contact with Rodney grew so that he invited us to attend one of the equipping days he periodically held in Palmerston North.  We attended, and during the course of the day, were given various foolscap sheets of notes covering the different Bible subjects being taught.  These notes were on both practical Christian behaviour, and also Spiritual Gifts and the correct usage of them.  John, being a visionary person, saw the potential of putting Rodney’s notes into book form and approached Rodney with this in mind.  The result of this was that I, Kathy, was given the task of typing all those notes into the computer so that they could be edited and published.  So many times I would sit down at the computer to begin typing, but feeling defeated, discouraged and depressed. I soon found that as I began to read and type up the notes, my heart would lift.  It was as though I was being washed by the Word of God.  What an encouragement it was to me at a time in my life when we were going through a bankruptcy, and there seemed to be little hope for the future.  

When all the notes were finally put into the computer, John went on to collate them into booklet and manual form as per Rodney’s instructions. From that time onward, John printed nearly all of the booklets, manuals and Bible Lessons until he died in 1998.  At that time, I was able to take over the printing work and continued doing so until around 2012 when I passed the printing work on to a younger person who is still faithfully covering this work. 

Some of these books and manuals are now printed in Malaysia where printing costs are more realistic than here in New Zealand”. (More and more we are also printing books and Gospel tracts in the countries where they are distributed).

It has been a great joy to both John (when he was alive) and I to see the impact that the written word can have on so many people”.  

Kathy is still very much involved in The Gospel Faith Messenger Ministry today and heads up The GFM International Prayer Team ~ currently comprising of over 300 individuals and 6-7 Prayer networks ~ who do a marvellous job of praying for the many requests that come in from around the world. They get many wonderful answers to their prayers.


 John and Kathy did a great job in preparing and printing the numbers of books that were shipped off to Vanuatu. I will never forget my first trip to Vanuatu and, on a Sunday morning, seeing numbers of people walking to church with a Bible ~ and one of my books ~ under their arms! It was a very different feeling to know that my writings went ahead of me. Then, of course, when they met me in person they thought that was extra wonderful!

Over the years God has allowed me to see some of the results of getting literature out to the nations. In 1996 we conducted an “International Training School” in Quezon City in the Philippines. We produced a manual on Holy Spirit teachings (450 copies) which were given out to all who attended. Three years later I was in the city of Cebu (Philippines) which is many miles away from Quezon City. As I stood on the footpath in that city of over one million people, within ten minutes I saw two different men walking down the street with one of those manuals under their arms! I was amazed! In 1997, Jean and I spent over three wonderful months in Swansea, Wales, conducting a “School Of The Holy Spirit.” We produced a manual by that name, and from there it has gone around the world, touching and impacting multiplied thousands of lives. It started a visitation of God in the back-blocks of Kenya which is still going today. Many churches have come into a whole new relationship and experience with God the Holy Spirit as a result. Almost daily we are receiving wonderful testimonies and reports of the happenings of God as a result of people studying that manual. Praise the Lord!

We are continually receiving reports and testimonies from people who have read one of my books and have come to Christ as a result. I remember one man in Nigeria wrote to tell me that he read one of my books while in prison. He did not know who or how that book got there. But he read it, prayed and gave his heart to Jesus. When he was released from prison he felt he should start attending church. He did not know which one to go to. He decided to go to one church he came across in his searching, told someone there how he had become a Christian, and to his utter amazement, was told that it was people from that very church who took my books into that prison! He was absolutely thrilled that God had obviously led him to that very church. Another powerful testimony is that of a man in Africa who was so depressed that he decided to commit suicide. He took a knife and went down to a river. When he got there he noticed a piece of paper stuck in a bush. Out of curiosity he picked that piece of paper up and read it. It was one of my Gospel tracts entitled, “Make Contact With Jesus!” After reading it he cried out to Jesus to save him ~ and He did! He wrote and told us how that tract saved and changed his life! How glad I am that I took the time to write that tract. Today, around the world, we are touching thousands of prison inmates in a number of countries, with very powerful results (through my writings). Some murderers waiting to be hung have been pardoned and released as a result of going through our Bible Correspondence Courses and reading my books.

Our experience with literature is that we continue to receive reports and testimonies from people to writings that I have sent out up to 20 years previously     ! This is what makes Christian literature so powerful. Unless it is destroyed it remains to minister again and again to whoever will pick it up and read it. With the printed word people only read when their hearts are open to receive. And that gives the Holy Spirit an opportunity to speak to them through it.

Over the years I have had the privilege of “speaking into the hearts” of millions of readers through my writings. But none of this would have happened if I had not taken the time to sit down and write what God had put in my heart. I could have made excuses, like “That’s someone else’s job, not mine”; or “I don’t feel capable of being able to write, etc.” Just remember that I was a school drop-out, never attended a Bible College, or had any natural qualifications as a writer. I simply listened to God and wrote down what He told me. From that initial action, I found that often the Holy Spirit would then inspire me to keep writing and, often to my amazement, I found myself writing an article, a study, or a book. In doing that I captured what was in my heart. The result was that many others were and are able to be blessed through my writings (to date I have written 38 books, several of which are in different languages).

We live in a day of having many different means of communication available to us: not only writing, but the recording of CD’s and DVD’s, speaking to numbers of people through avenues such as Skype, etc. If we are alert and sensitive to the Holy Spirit, then He can inspire us to capture what He has put in our hearts and get it presented in such a way that numbers of other people can be blessed and helped. E-Mails and Web Pages are excellent means of getting your message out to others. When I was a Pastor I was able to minister to up to 400 people. But through my writings I am now ministering to multiplied thousands all around the world.

  • My heart’s desire is that Christians in the Western World would catch something of the power and potential of the printed page.

  • It is one of the most-effective ways of getting the message out to the peoples and nations.

I have had the privilege of my books going to people in some very out-of-the-way places (especially in Kenya and East Africa) ~ where my books have been the very first they have ever seen and read! The result has been a great harvest and ingathering of souls for Jesus Christ. And the Holy Spirit has been sovereignly baptizing them in the Holy Spirit and the speaking in other tongues, and prophesying. Whole churches and communities have been changed and transformed to the glory of God.

  • None of these things would have happened if I had not captured what is in my heart into print.

  • And YOU can do the same!

  • I believe every Christian should have a message in their heart that can be captured for the benefit of other people. Just imagine what Christianity would be like if God had not inspired men to write the Bible. We ignore its teachings to our peril.


 In Revelation Chapter One we read of the Apostle John being on the Island of Patmos. This is what he said: “I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, ‘I am Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,’ and ‘What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia . . .” John’s natural circumstances were negative; he had been banished to Patmos to die a slow cruel death. Patmos was known as a barren, unfruitful place where nothing bore fruit. He could have focussed on his negative circumstances and thought, “Woe is me, etc.” but he made a choice to be in the Spirit.

  • Being in the Spirit enabled two things to happen: 1. He heard the voice of Jesus and 2. He saw Jesus.

  • The voice of Jesus told him: “What you see, write in a book and send it . . .”(Revelation 1:9-11 , NKJV).

God did not want John to keep his revelation to himself. It was given to be shared with others. John obeyed and captured what he heard and saw of Jesus. How do we know this? Well, we would not have the Book of Revelation today if he had not captured it into print! Millions of Christians have been blessed and captivated by the Book of Revelation.

The Apostle Peter had a similar experience (see 2 Peter 1:17-21 ); and today we have two Epistles of Peter to encourage, strengthen and inspire us in the ways of the Lord Jesus. 

Do not under-estimate the power of your testimony and in writing down those things God has put in your heart. They need to be captured in such a way that they can be presented to other people, so they, too, can be blessed through what God has out in your heart. I can honestly say that I have never regretted putting into print the things I have. And to know that through my taking the time to write them down I have been used of God to touch and impact multiplied numbers of people in at least 207 nations of the world (to date). All Praise to Jesus! Make sure you capture what is in your heart so others can benefit also. God bless you.


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037 ~ David and Goliath

Some Thoughts on . . .


By Rodney W. Francis

 In 1 Samuel 17 we have recorded the very well-known account of David and Goliath. It is a very interesting yet challenging story, for it reveals how a young man of faith could defeat a wily old enemy warrior through unconventional means. It is also an example of how the conventional ways of training men and women for war do not necessarily gain the needed results.

  • We need supernatural strategies that work!


The first thing I would like to remind us of is that David was not even a part of the army! He was merely visiting his older three brothers (taking some home cookies) who were part of Saul’s army. David had learned how to walk in faith in his secular work (a shepherd boy out on the country hills) ~ it was out there that he learned to prove the power of God to protect his responsibilities, caring for the sheep and the lambs. When a lion or a bear came seeking some easy food, David rose up against them and destroyed them, thus protecting his father’s flock.

  • The principles of faith that he learned by experience out there had given him a good training to fight other enemies of the Lord. 

When David visited his brothers and heard the challenge of the giant Goliath, something inside of him stirred with righteous indignation. It got worse when he saw the great army of Israel ~ along with his three brothers ~ cower and run into hiding at the sound of the giant’s voice. How interesting that when David voiced his concern and offered his services to go and silence that “uncircumcised Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:36 ), that the very people and brothers he was going to save and take into victory, turned on him and began to ridicule him for his outspokenness. Yet it was David’s brothers ~ not David ~ who were trained and supposedly equipped for such a time as they were now in. But all the conventional training in the world did nothing to allay their fears as they saw the size and stature of the giant.

This is why it is so important that we know God and His will for our lives. Otherwise good-intentioned and well-meaning people will try and tell us that what we are doing is “not of God” or “that’s not God’s will” for you. I doubt if I would still be in ministry today if I had listened to that kind of advice when we were asked by God to make the most important decision of our ministry lives ~ that of stepping out to live full-time by faith and not ask people to financially support us! Jesus warned us that “a man’s enemies will be those of his own household”; and I don’t think that He was referring only to natural households. It applies to spiritual Brothers and Sisters too (Matthew 10:36 ; John 13:18 ).

  • God needs men and women who will dare to be different in these days!

I am so glad we stepped out into the faith-life, because it has opened our eyes to see and know God in a whole new dimension of living. To see Him provide for us and The Gospel Faith Messenger Ministry day after day, week after week, etc., has been amazing. We live without any mortgages or debts; and every month every bill is paid. Yet we do not really know where our next dollar is coming from. Christians who knew what we were going to do thought we were “crazy” and that “it was not God’s will” and “you will regret doing this,” etc. But not once have we regretted doing what we did in obeying the voice of the Lord.


So, what made David different?He was called and anointed by God! (1 Samuel 16:12-13 ). The Spirit of the Lord came on him from that day forward!

  • David learned to flow in and follow the Holy Spirit anointing in his life, and that made him different.

That is why the baptism in the Holy Spirit is so important in our lives today. It brings the anointing of God and sets us apart for God to use. As we will listen to Him and obey what He says, we will find that He will use us in unconventional ways to baffle and defeat the enemy! God knows the right strategies to be used in every situation, so it is important that we hear His voice and follow His instructions.

David’s trained brothers did not understand the anointing of God on their younger brother. They re-acted to his request to go and face Goliath in a very negative way! If they had been doing what they were paid for, they would not have caused David to offer his services. As trained as they were for Israel’s army, their training did not prepare them for someone like Goliath! Tragically, most training today in Christian circles does not prepare people for the “Goliath” called Satan who opposes the anointing of the Holy Spirit in people and seeks to discourage us and make us fearful of him. His major weapon against Christians is fear, for he knows that when we are afraid we do not rise up in faith and we are unable to accomplish any mighty thing in the name of Jesus Christ because that fear has bound us within. Whatever we fear controls us! As long as we see Satan as someone bigger than God we will always be losers! And it takes non-conventional methods to overcome and dis-arm him these days!

  • Do not allow fear to rob you!


Which brings us to this present hour ...  Do we not see a parallel to the days in which we live? We are living in unprecedented days and the Church of Jesus Christ (God’s army of today to combat the enemy’s advance) seems unable to combat the advances of the enemy through conventional means. We have to realize that we are living in days when we need some David’s to come along and deliver us out of the hand of the enemy! David was not trained for the army. God trained him in experience in the work place!He had to know and prove that God was with him when the lion and the bear attacked his flock! He had grasped the principles of faith through actual experience, and he saw God come through for him each time.

Now he is in another one of those situations where the enemy is far larger than the prey! But David was not phased or made fearful by outward appearance. He was motivated and moved by a relationship with the Living God that he knew would stand with him in the battle. Even the criticisms from his older brothers did not deter him! Soon it came to King Saul’s ears that David was willing to go and accept the challenge of the enemy.

  • But even King Saul tried to talk David out of it!
  • Neither he, nor any of his trained men were willing to go, and when someone was, they turned it into a negative and personal attack to try and bring David down to their level of doubt and unbelief.
  • At that point David turned to his personal testimony of what the Lord had personally done for him. His faith was strong; strong enough to stay above the doubts and unbelief of his own brothers.

Finally, King Saul let David go out and face Goliath, while the army of Israel hid behind rocks and in holes, waiting (they believed) for the inevitable slaughter of their younger brother. But David knew things they did not know. His faith was in the Living God, not in unproven theories and a conventional training system that got them qualified into the army.  

  • Where were the benefits of their training right now?
  • Fear was certainly controlling them, not their training expertise.

How true this Proverb is: “The fear of man brings a snare…”(Proverbs 29:25 ).

It seems to me that today the conventional means of training men and women for the ministry is not working as effectively as it ought to be. The Church often seems powerless against the onslaughts of the enemy that is infiltrating on all sides. Quoting Scriptures and telling people to “pray more” is not enough to turn the battle into a victory for God.

  • Did you notice that David did not fight Goliath with conventional armor or weapons?
  • His tactics caught the enemy by surprise, so much so that Goliath in absolute dismay started to “curse David by his gods” (1 Samuel 17:43 ). Even Goliath was not relying on his physical stature and strength ~ he was believing and trusting in his false gods!  What a lesson we Christians need to learn here.
  • All the opposition against us is spiritually motivated!
  • Therefore we have to fight our battles with spiritual strategies and weapons.
  • And in each battle those strategies and weapons could be quite different.


For the Church to win in these last days of time we, too, need to know the mind of the Holy Spirit as we face the giants that are arrayed against us. If we are relying on what we have been taught by man, then we are going to finish up fearful too; and we will be powerless to rise up against the Goliath’s that are out to strip God’s people of the authority and power of God. And that means defeat!

  • Notice that David’s weapon was so simple: a sling and a stone. No armor, no shield, no sword; just a sling and five smooth stones. David knew how to use a sling, but his real confidence was in the Living God he served.


 When Goliath tried to weaken David by his accusations and character assassination ~ and failed ~ David was undeterred and ran toward the enemy, speaking his faith and confident that God would deliver him into his hands. One stone from David’s small sling found its mark. Bulls-eye! Right in the forehead, and Goliath went crashing to the ground. David’s brothers and all Israel were all in stunned amazement to see this non-uniformed farm boy doing their job for them ~ single-handedly! It was only after Goliath had fallen to the ground that David took his (Goliath’s) sword and cut off his head, bringing a definite finality to a wonderful victory by a very young man of faith. Hallelujah!


Today, dear Christian, it is not how much we have learned, or how much you know, but rather what are we doing with the faith which comes from hearing the word of the Lord? (Romans 10:17 ). Are we grasping the real issues and principles of faith? Or are we just giving head knowledge and mental assent to what God says? If we are, then there is no way that we will stand against the Goliaths that are attacking the Church today. We could even be guilty of trying to discourage and hinder those young men and women who have learned something in their secular occupations through proving God is with them when they stand up against the enemy.

We have to use our faith in a practical way, otherwise it does not profit us: “For indeed the Gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Hebrews 4:2 ). Just listening to a preacher does not give faith. We have to believe what is spoken or preached enough to act upon it. It is much more than mere mental assent or saying, “Oh, that was a nice message,” etc. (Matthew 7:21-29 ). Like David, we, too, have to discover for ourselves what works and what does not. For it is no use trusting in methods and weapons that will not give us the necessary victories required today.

  • Does your faith work?
  • Can you rely on it in the heat of the battle?
  • How do you know it will work, unless you have tested it beforehand?


How interesting that just one young man’s faith brought a great victory to a whole nation! Therefore, do not feel you are not qualified enough, or experienced enough, or if you have not been trained through conventional means. You will be able to praise God that you were not when you have a great victory through the leading of the Holy Spirit. That is why Spiritual Gifts of the Holy Spirit are so important in our lives today. They are God’s unconventional means of surprising, baffling and defeating the enemy through words of knowledge, wisdom, spiritual discernment, faith, etc.

  •  Make very sure you know what works for you!
  •  That comes as a result of knowing the voice of God to us.
  • That voice of God enables us to know what strategy God requires us to use in any given situation.
  • The man and woman of faith does not function out of habit or natural ability, but through an up-to-date relationship and walk with Jesus Christ through the power of His Holy Spirit ~ the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead and NOW lives inside every Holy Spirit-filled believer! (Romans 8 ).

And guess what? Without any training or qualifications David became the head of Saul’s army (1 Samuel 18:5 )!! And it did not stop there. David finished up being the king over all Israel ~ no training or qualifications ~ but he walked in the anointing power of God’s Holy Spirit.

  • Today that same Holy Spirit power and anointing is available to every one who dares to believe Jesus! That includes you and it includes me. Hallelujah!!

When we follow the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit anointing, then we discover that God is able to open doors that can be opened no other way; He can give us an effective and fruitful ministry that can happen no other way; He can provide the needs for that which He has called us to, and He protects us from all the power of the enemy until our time is up on this earth and we go to be forever with the Lord! Christian, we cannot lose for winning when we do things God’s way!

  •  What are you doing with God’s Holy Spirit anointing today?
  • Jesus went back to the Father in Heaven so that He could personally send the Holy Spirit to YOU! (see John 16:7-15 ).
  • The Holy Spirit and YOU working together are more than a match for the Goliaths of today ~ we can defeat them in the mighty name of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit Who is at work in and through us!

I trust that this example from the life of David has challenged you afresh to rise up and to know that you and God are a majority against all the power of the enemy.Jesus said:“I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19 ). The question is: DO WE BELIEVE WHAT JESUS SAYS?

Please take some time to read through 1 Samuel 17 again.  

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036 ~ True Believing Demands Action



By Rodney W. Francis 

For the Christian it is important that we know the meaning of the words that Jesus spoke. In numbers of cases the words we use today in this modern world have a different meaning to the same word as used in the Scriptures. If we are not careful it can cause us to have a very wrong understanding of what is required of us. The word “believe” is one of those words. Today it can simply mean mental assent to something; something we believe in our minds; but in the Bible it is a word that demands a response, an action on our part to demonstrate to God that we really do believe what He has spoken to us in His Word and/or by His Holy Spirit. Over the years I have learned that every time God speaks to me ~ and there are many ways that God speaks to us (in the Bible He has spoken by at least 40 different ways to people) ~ when He speaks I have to make a positive and definite response. I have to show to Him by my actions that I really do believe what He has said. Because He is God and is the Supreme Authority of Truth, then I can commit to Him in confidence that things will always turn out right when I obey Him (even though there might not be any natural evidence of it being so). In my earlier days of being a Christian I would put off what He was asking of me until a later time, i.e. tonight or tomorrow. The result of that was often I did not get around to doing what He was asking of me; and it became a “lost opportunity” to prove the reality and truth of God’s word to me.

In this Ministry God will ask us to print a book in another country. Usually when He asks us to do that we do not have the funds to do it. But we still have to commit to Him ~ and demonstrate to Him by that commitment ~ that we are ready to do that as soon as the funds are available; so we prepare for it and get everything ready for the time when we can give a printer the go-ahead. We have learned that when God speaks He will also provide the finances to do it (we will not go into debt in this Ministry). Our believing put into action becomes faith and it is faith that pleases God:  “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God mustbelieve that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently (“earnestly, eagerly”)seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 ).

Every time we believe (with action) God’s word to us we have seen God provide and enable us to do what He has asked of us. It is so wonderful to see how God works and provides for us to do what He has asked of us ~ after we are prepared to demonstrate to Him that we believe what He has asked of us. The result of our operating this way has meant we have been able to accomplish far more than we naturally thought we could. And hundreds of thousands of people have been ministered to over the years. Praise the Lord!


So, make sure you know what Bible believing is. The Bible meaning of the word “believe” is: from the Greek “pisteuo” meaning “to believe (233 times in the New Testament); to have faith, to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well-being to Christ); “pistis” meaning “persuasion, i.e. credence; reliance upon Christ . . . assurance, belief, believe, faith (239 times in the New Testament), fidelity” (Strong’s); “pisteuo” meaning “to adhere to, trust, rely on” (Young’s); “be persuaded, to rely upon, to trust. The New Testament conception of faith is (i) fully convinced acknowledgment (ii) a self-surrendering fellowship (iii) a fully assured and unswerving confidence – to give oneself up to – to obey, hence obedient, faithful, to trust” (Bullinger’s). There are scores of Scriptures that speak of believing and faith in the New Testament alone.

  •  The basic Gospel challenge is for us to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; to believe what He says and has said.
  •  It is a total commitment to what He says. 
  •  And that commitment demands a positive response, an action, a demonstration to Jesus Christ that we are prepared to respond to His word because we love Him and He comes first in our lives. 
  •  Everything else submits itself to believing what Jesus says!

Right from the very beginning of Jesus’ public ministry He emphasized the need to believe: "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel" (Mark 1:15 ). 

The evidence of repentance is that we now believe; whereas before we doubted or did not believe the truth of Jesus Christ.

  • Now we are to believe in the Gospel!
  • What Jesus says goes to the repentant, born-again believer in Jesus Christ!
  • He is the first and final authority!


When we seriously consider the words and teachings of Jesus we see that there is limitless power inour believing what He says. The disciples had been unsuccessful in trying to cast an evil spirit out of a boy with a dumb spirit. In answer to the boy’s desperate father crying out for help for his son, Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes" (Mark 9:23 ; see verses 17-29). Notice Jesus did not say, “Some things are possible to him that believes” but ALL THINGS!

  •  Do we believe this?  What about the following challenge?


Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father Who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.” 

"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:10-15 ). (Read again slowly).

If we really believe what Jesus says, then we should be doing the works that He did, and even greater works! Imagine that! The sad thing is that most of us do not know even one person who is doing what Jesus told us to do with regards His works. Yet in His teachings He tells us these things will happen in the lives of those who believe Him! Jesus even declared that if we love Him we will do what He commands us. He has given us the great commission to “Go into all the world to preach the Gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:15-18 ).

In all these sayings and teachings of Jesus it is all according to our believing. It is not about what someone else believes (or does not believe), but what we believe about what Jesus said and says! Jesus was not talking to great Christian leaders that only they could do these things, but to ordinary believers ~ you and me! And it is our choice whether we believe Him or not! Believing Jesus will demand an active response on our part!

  • What do we believe?
  • What do we have to show for our believing?

This should challenge every one of us, as it is obvious that very very few Christians are living and acting as Bible believers, i.e. doing what Jesus told us to do! There are scores of Scriptures that one could use on this subject, but I have purposely kept it to a few to help us to focus on what Jesus has taught us. As you search the Scriptures you will discover many more challenging words from the mouth of Jesus. 

“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the Gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Hebrews 4:1-2 ).

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:22-25 ).

Something has to change if we really desire to impact this generation for Jesus Christ ~ a generation that desperately needs the truth of Jesus Christ in their hearts and lives today! That “something” is the way we believe what Jesus has already said to us in His word. May God helps us all to seriously reconsider what we are doing with what He has taught us in His word. It is a matter of life or death for multitudes. Let us encourage one another to be serious believers in Jesus Christ! Amen.

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035 ~ The Gospel Is Received By Revelation



By Rodney W. Francis

Christianity is totally different from every other kind of belief systems that pollute our world today. It is about a real and living relationship with Jesus Christ, God’s Living, Resurrected Son ~ and it starts within us when we are born-again by the Holy Spirit. When we repent and believe the Gospel (God’s Good News to us), something happens in our spirit; it is transformed or born-again, and renewed so we can begin to receive things from God and understand that the way of the Lord is totally different to anything else we have ever known. It has to be this way because the natural mind ~ the natural logical way of thinking things through ~ cannot and does not grasp the realities of the way of the Holy Spirit. The Bible clearly tells us this: “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.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit Who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:9-14 , NKJV).

In John’s Gospel Chapter One, Verse One, we read of the Word (Jesus) being God . . . He Who was the Creator of all things: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. When we get to John 1:14 we read: “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.”

The invisible Word ~ Jesus Christ ~ was revealed to mankind in the form of a human being . . . born as a little baby, just like us. The revelation was given to John, who has written it down for our benefit.

  • Everything we receive, see and know of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, comes to us by revelation.

Christianity can never be received, seen, nor understood by intellectual, natural means. It is a spiritual reception. It has to be revealed by God Himself! And He reveals Himself to open and hungry hearts that desire to know God personally and intimately.

Matthew 11:25-27 (KJV):

“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hid these things from the wise and prudent (“1. discreet or cautious in managing one’s activities; circumspect. 2. practical and careful in providing for the future. 3. exercising good judgment or common sense” - Collins), and have revealed (Greek: “apokalupto” meaning to “to take off the cover, i.e. disclose: reveal” - Strong’s) them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things are delivered unto Me of My father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and He to whomsoever the Son will reveal (“apokalupto”) Him.” (See also Luke 10:21-22 ).

Matthew 16:13-28 (KJV):

“. . . flesh and blood has not revealed (“apokalupto”) it unto you, but My Father Who is in heaven.”

The Church is built upon the revelation of WHO JESUS IS given to Peter from the Father!

We come to Jesus by Revelation of the Father:

John 6:44-45 (KJV):

“No one can come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me draws (Gk.: “helkuo” = “to draw, especially implying a certain attraction mentally or morally; also, to draw to a certain point” - Bullinger’s) him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets (Isaiah 54:13 ), ‘And they shall all be taught (Gk.: “didaktos” = “instructed or communicated by teaching” - Strong’s; “they shall be God’s taught ones” - Bullinger’s) by God. Therefore everyone who has heard and learned (Gk.: “manthano” = “to learn, understand” - Strong’s; “to learn, intellectually from others, or from study and observation, to be informed, to understand” - Bullinger’s) from the Father comes to Me.”

Paul’s Gospel was Received by Revelation:

Galatians 1:11-16 (NKJV):

“But I make known (“to make known, point out, explain” - Bullinger’s) to you, brethren, that the Gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught (“didasko” = “to teach, to learn” - Strong’s) it, but it came through the revelation (“apokalupsis” = “disclosure:- appearing, coming, lighten, manifestation, be revealed, revelation” - Strong’s; “unveiling, uncovering; of facts and truths” - Bullinger’s) of Jesus Christ . . . But when it pleased God, Who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal (“apokalupto”) His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles . . .“

Galatians 2:2 (KJV):

“And I went up by revelation (“apokalupsis”), and communicated (“anatithemai” = “declare to any one, to make known” - Bullinger’s) unto them that Gospel which I preach among the Gentiles . . .“

The New Covenant Gospel of Jesus Christ is revealed and received from above; from God the Holy Spirit. It is His Ministry to speak, lead and guide us into all truth:

John 16:13-14 (NKJV):

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me (Jesus), for He will take of Mine and declare it unto you.”

Ephesians 1:17 (NKJV):

Paul’s prayer was that believers would receive the revelation:

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation (“apokalupsis”) in the knowledge of Him.”  (See also Colossians 1:9-11 ).

Ephesians 3:3 (KJV):

“How that by revelation (“apokalupsis”) He made known unto me the mystery, Whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed (“apokalupto”) unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.” (See also Romans 16:25 ).

We see the same principle applied in the Old Testament.

God revealed/reveals Himself by Revelation:

Deuteronomy 29:29 (KJV):

“The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed (Hebrew: “galah” = “opened” - Wilson’s) belong unto us and our children for ever, that we may do all the words of the law.”

In Samuel’s day there was no Open Vision (until the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel): 

1 Samuel 3:1 (KJV):

“. . . And the word of the Lord was precious (“rare”) in those days; there was no open vision (“a means of divine revelation. It refers to prophetic vision by which divine messages are communicated.” This is the first time the word “vision” is used). 

1 Samuel 3:21 (KJV):

“The Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed (“galah”) Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.”

Other Scriptures that may prove helpful to you: 1 Corinthians 2:10 ; 1 Corinthians 11:23 ; 1 Corinthians 15:3 ; Galatians 1:9-12 ; Galatians 1:6-16 ; Galatians 3:2 ; Ephesians 3:1-6 ; 1 John 2:27 ; 2 John 4 . 

We, today, must have revelation from God. It is the only way God’s truth is revealed, received and understood.

Let us all desire to receive more revelation from God, and to be open to the Holy Spirit to make known to us WHO JESUS IS (“the Word become flesh”) and the understanding of how we live that revelation and how we share that revelation with others. God bless you.

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