Leon Fontaine - Claim the Promises
Everybody has a world view. Your world view is how you see the world. Why the world is the way it is? What the future will be like because of the way the world is? And when you have a wrong view of the world, you will have a faulty life. The Bible gives us an incredibly accurate world view. One of the things that is crucial is that it teaches us that in this physical world there are two spiritual kingdoms. There is the kingdom of heaven. There's a place called heaven but it's kingdom is also here. The kingdom of God. The kingdom of heaven. It's alive and well on this planet. There is also the kingdom of darkness. The Bible calls Satan the prince of the power of the air. The god of this world.
So we have two kingdoms. Two spiritual kingdoms. One kingdom, Jesus said in John 10:10, He outlines how these two kingdoms work. Jesus said, I am come that there might be life. And that word "life" is Zoe life. And it means healing, health, success, ability, joy, peace, patience. All this beautiful, whatever is in heaven is the desire of His kingdom to bring to this planet. In fact, He even prays. Pray that thy will be done on earth. How? As it is in heaven. So the kingdom of light. The kingdom of God. The kingdom of Jesus. Whatever you call it. It is here. And it is influencing and it's reaching out and trying to impact the planet through its disciples, followers of Christ. The kingdom of the enemy, okay? The prince of the power of the air.
The god of this world who is called a liar, an accuser, and the lord of the flies. Okay? That he's even stripped of power and authority but that he will continually try to influence people through their beliefs, emotion, thought life, etcetera. Two kingdoms on this planet. You are going to develop the beliefs of one or the other. You can even be a little conflicted with beliefs from the dark kingdom and beliefs from God's kingdom. Which is why to learn God's Word and to meditate in God's Word, so that what you believe that your world view, that your principles are correct according to Jesus who said I am the way and I am the truth. There are a lot of books out there, a lot of experts out there. That when you hear them talk and spin their web of truth, it sounds right to your mind.
But the Bible says there is a wisdom that is not of this world and the world can't even understand it. But when you have Holy Spirit on the inside of you, there's a level of wisdom and understanding that supersedes just the knowledge of this physical world and it gives you a combination of principles of the physical world and then the principles of the spirit world which is continually trying to influence leaders, families, homes. One, the enemy is trying to kill, steal, and destroy. The other, Jesus is trying to bring life and abundance in everything that you do. Today, I want to talk about what do we do in the midst of the storm, viruses, political storms, all the different things. And we must first of all have a correct world view.
The second thing I want to talk about is that we must understand the difference between heart faith and head faith. So many people have said this comment to me over the years and it usually is on their way to a complete lack of faith in the Word of God. I've often heard it said, "Pastor, I had faith and it did not happen. I had faith and the prayer was not answered". Well, I understand what you're saying. You tried and you failed. I have, too. I have lost. I have tried things in this journey. But one of the things that has kept me secure and safe is this understanding that you cannot... Faith that moves mountains. Faith that heals bodies. Faith that stops attack. Faith that brings success.
When it's the favor of God on your life, that is not because of head faith. Your head can believe or not believe in seconds. Your head can feel confident and scared in the same three minutes. Your head can feel like you whipped your weight in alley cats and like you're the loser of the planet in the same day. Your head and head faith where what many Bible scholars called mental assent. It is reading a truth and agreeing with it mentally but not working the process of getting the Word in your heart. Head faith is simply being positive, but heart faith is a complete different thing.
In Romans 10:8-11, it says here, "But what does it say? 'God's Word is near you. It is in your mouth and then it gets into your heart'. That is, the word of faith which we preach. That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation. For the Scripture says, 'Whoever believes from the heart, on Him will not be put to shame'."
I'm talking to somebody right now who's tried faith. I'm talking to somebody right now who's tried prayer. I'm talking to somebody right now who maybe just needs to learn and grow. But there's so many Christians who have tried to believe God, tried prayer, tried faith, and you have not learned the process of faith. And therefore, in your attempts to believe God, in your attempts to pray, when things fail, you just blame Him. You get discouraged. You get offended. And then you just stopped. Which is exactly what Mark chapter 4 teaches us. That as soon as you hear the truth of God's Word, Satan comes immediately to try to steal the Word. Why? Because it's the Word that grows heart faith. We must read it, understand it, spend day after day in it. We must have a lifestyle of meditating in the Word, speaking the Word, declaring the promises of God daily.
Someone said, "It's just too complicated, pastor. I just don't get it". Listen, we don't let somebody cut off a wart off your hand until they go to seven years minimum to become a doctor. You just want to, I just don't get it. Well, study. The Bible says study to show yourself approved unto God, as a workman that needeth not to be ashamed and rightly divide the word of truth. If you will get into God's Word and meditate, something unique takes place. As you learn the Word of God with your mind, Holy Spirit, if you spend time with Him each day, will take the words that you learn, and they will get into your heart. And as they get into your heart, you have what is called real Bible faith.
I want you to understand that if you have lost, failed. If you have tried and you didn't make it. Hang in there. Keep working the process of getting the Word of God from your head to your heart until you could teach it. And then it gets from your head into your heart, you'll find you start believing things. You'll find you'll start praying about stuff with such confidence. You'll find a peace of God that is on you the world cannot have. You'll find the joy that is there not because of the happenings but because the joy of the Lord is your strength. Happiness comes from happenings but when things aren't happening, you don't have happiness. No. I've got joy. And if the day is just awful and I just walk in joy anyway because it's my source not my happenings. And as you learn to do that, you'll find that the joy of the Lord is your strength and you will win, and you will see your life changing all around you.
There are some amazing promises in the Word of God. That are there for the storms that come against us in life. That they are there for political storms, physical storms, sicknesses, viruses, war time, you know, financial storms, etcetera. And here's what the Bible says. It literally teaches us that not only should you not get sick with it. But it says that the sickness, the disease should not even come near your dwelling place. In Psalm 91:9-11, it says here, "The Lord is your protection. You have made God the Most High your place of safety. Nothing bad, evil or harmful. No disaster or plague will follow you, approach you or your home". Let's just believe God that these promises in Psalm 91 that this sickness, there's no disease, there's no infirmity that even comes near my house. Let alone my body. That even come near my home or my business. Let alone my kids. You begin to take God's Word and believe it.
Someone said, "Leon, that's Pollyanna thinking". Are you kidding me? Did you know some of the latest books on medicine are showing you that there's a lot of parts of your body that don't work till you believe. They'll show you that a lot of your body is dominated by the words that you speak. That subconsciously your body is trying to do whatever you say verbally. There is so much data out there that continues to confirm the teachings in the Word of God. And that's not even adding the presence of God. But the Bible says here in verse 11 that His angels are here to guard us in all of our ways wherever you go. Now, you can say, "Oh, I don't believe that stuff". Good for you. You get to believe what you want. And there are consequences to what you believe. I get to believe what I want and there are consequences to what I believe.
So I have discovered that whom I'm going to listen to? The latest scientist where they change every five years. The latest health doctor? Well, new things are changing every couple of years. Stuff they've practiced just five years ago, they think that is antiquity and it's useless. They got better ideas. Things are always changing. But truth is in His Word. And Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life". I have found that putting my life on the promises of God and believing them causes things to happen. The favor of God. My body switches on. My mind goes to peace. The people around me, they see that as an attractive force as God begins to bring people that you need in your way. He begins to remove and keep at bay the people who want to hurt you. This is a promise for the season you're in today. No deadly thing even comes near your home, your dwelling.
Another promise that I like is in Mark 16:18. A great promise for today. It literally teaches us that nothing that you eat, breath, absorb at all is going to hurt you. And in Mark 16:18, in the middle of that verse it says, "If they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them". Well, in those days, poison was mostly delivered through liquids. And so if anything came to kill you. You know, He's saying no. As the enemy tries to kill you in physical ways or people poison you. No deadly things going to hurt you. But today, the enemy is trying to poison our environment, trying to poison our food. There's poison everywhere according to them. Well, if that's the case, then I'm still going to claim this verse and I just add these other words to it. That no deadly thing that I eat. Now, I'm going to add eat, drink, absorb, breath. Why? Because all of them are pathways into my body.
So if God's going to protect me with eating. Of course, He's going to protect drinking, eating, absorbing, breathing. And so wherever I go, I use wisdom. It doesn't mean that I just, I'm stupid and be presumptuous. No. I walk with wisdom in all that I do, eat, drink, go, etcetera. But then what I believe is that no weapon formed against me that prospers and that no deadly thing. I don't care how he tries to access my body, my family, shall in anyway hurt me. And I speak these words every day. There is something about the spoken word. You see, the Bible is not the sword of the Spirit. I love the Bible. The sword of the Spirit is the Bible coming out of your mouth. That's what it is. The sword of your human spirit. That's what it teaches us in Ephesians 6:10 and on. And the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God praying always.
I get up every day and I just declare what God's Word says over my family, my health, my body, the finances, this church, my country. Where we're going, friends, my grandkids, my unborn great grandchildren and beyond. I just declare the promises of God. As you speak the Word, it does two things. Speaking God's Word moves it from your head to your heart. That's a part of this process. And then as you learn, in the Bible says that even the angels of God are listening to your words. The demons of hell are listening to your words. And the Bible says that angels, it says, "Bless the Lord, you His angels, mighty in strength, who obey the voice of His word".
Why doesn't it say they obey God? They do because they also obey the voice of God's Word. When you and faith speak, the Word of God, it releases them to begin to protect and bring about all the things that are needed. Read the Old Testament and you will see the angelic host according to Hebrews 1:14 are here for everybody who is a follower and a believer on Jesus Christ. Angels it says are ministering spirits to you as a mom, to you as a dad, to you as a grandparent, a businessperson. They are making things happen, causing things to happen. You don't see a thing. In fact, the Bible says that many of us entertain angels unaware. They're there doing things, causing things. And we need to recognize there are two spirit kingdoms.
And yes, the world can laugh all at once, a devil with a pitch folk and a tail. You know, his greatest goal is to make people think he doesn't exist because then every thought they have, they think it's theirs. Every emotion they have, they think it's real. But they don't recognize the fiery darts of the enemy that he's shooting at you as a Christian. He's shooting different moods at you. He's shooting different whiny, complaints at you. He's trying to get you to see how bad things are around you. It's time to get up and love your life and believe God to get better. But it's time to stop being so negative and giving the devil your mouth.
You know that Peter, Peter was with Jesus and He says, "Who am I"? Peter said, "You're the Christ. The Son of the living God". And Jesus said, "Blessed are you because God has revealed this to you". Then in the same chapter Jesus is telling them what He's going to suffer to go to the cross. And Peter now thinks he's the man goes, "Not so. This shall not be". And Jesus turns to him and says, "Get thee behind me, Satan". Did you know people you love can listen to God and talk to you or listen to the devil and talk to you. And you better be good in understanding the difference. When you speak out of your flesh, he'll get you to discourage people, say things that hurt people. To be spiritually minded is life. To be physically minded or self-centered is death.
The enemy can speak through anybody. He's always firing thoughts and emotions, hurts, and arrogance. Anything he can to get people to voice words and to say things that even Peter standing beside Jesus in the same day Jesus said, "All right, God showed you that. All right, that's the devil talking through you". And we need to learn to listen and that our mouth be for God. Another promise that I love is Galatians 3:13 that teaches us that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. I don't care what name the medical field gives a condition. I don't care if they call it covid-19 or covid-32. I don't care if they call it AIDS this and HIV that. I don't care if they call it cancer this or cancer. I don't care what name they give it. And it makes it sound as if they really know their stuff when they can give something a name. But to name it doesn't mean a thing.
I was working with a dear sister and she had some kind of a condition. She was believing God for a miracle in the midst of a cancer thing and so she got really sick. And so she named this name out. It had so many syllables, prefixes and suffixes that I couldn't even repeat it and so it sounded really complex. I said, "What in the world is that"? Oh, I asked the doctor. It means an unknown result from chemo. I said, "Why in the world do people have to give these complicated names to make it sound as if they've got it all together". And I said, "By the way, every name bows to the name of Jesus". I don't care how much they confuse it. I don't care what they call it. We've got to understand that according to Jesus, He became a curse for you, and He bore the curse, and God will never put it on you.
So if there's something going on in your life, you can with confidence say, "God is with me against this sickness. God is with me against the storm. God is with me against the poverty. God is with me against the attack of that person". God is with me and begin to learn. Man, as you learn the Word, you are going to become credible. Declare that every mouth that rises against me I put it down in the name of Jesus. A promise for all those that lie about you, talk about you, backstab you, try to get things out that will ruin your reputation which happens to all of us. Begin to declare the promises of God. You need to know that the curse, okay? It's not allowed but you have to believe that.
When you look at a promise of God, the Bible says in 1 John 4:17, that you are already qualified. He's already paid you. 2 Corinthians 1:20 as well. It says for no matter how many promises God's made. They are yes. That's like going to a store. What's your favorite store ladies? And walking up to and you're looking at the price on something. And it just says, "Yeah, yes. God's already paid for it. Redeemed. He's already paid for the blessing, qualified you for the blessing and not the curse". And so everything you find in the promises of God's Word has already been paid for by Jesus on the cross. You've already been qualified for. Just believe it.
Great faith doesn't come from a storm. The storm that attacked the two houses. The one on sand, it didn't help it. It destroyed it. All storms come to destroy you. And it either does or it can't. And I choose to make sure that Jesus and His Word are on the inside of me. As you look ahead, who you're going to marry? What's your life going to be like? How are you going to have the career? How you're going to raise your kids? What's going to happen to you? You don't wait to see what my life will be like. You decide your life is the way the Word of God teaches us. You don't just get up and hope today is going to be good. You get up and prophesy this year out. You get up and speak to any mountain you see. You get up and declare the blessing of the Lord in the land of the living. You get up and declare that no weapon formed against me is going to prosper but everything I put my hand to does.
As you begin to speak His Word each day, meditate in His Word each day. The Word drops from your head which is head faith, into your heart which is heart faith. My challenge to you today is this. Have you been so trivial, so lazy? Have you not studied the Word, spent time in the Word? That you are simply a mental assent Christian. Mental agreement. A head faith. But you've never taken the Word of God to a heart faith. You can cry. You can pray. You can say, "Well, God supposed to answer my prayers". Continue to study. It's deeper than that. It's beautiful. It's easy. But it says, "Study to show yourself approved unto God, as a workman that needeth not to be ashamed and rightly divide the word of truth. Not so that you get a star on your study chart, but because it is up to you to move the Word of God, to discover it through knowledge in your head and then move it into your heart".