A Preview of Refusing the Care

Dear Partners and Friends,

Exciting things are taking place! At this writing, we are preparing for the celebration of 20 years of ministry in Faith Builders International in De Soto, Kansas. Preparations are underway for our Faith Explosion there and our annual gathering of alumni and ministers of the Faith Builders Ministerial Association.

Our Bible College, Faith Builders International Ministerial Academy(FBIMA), is graduating classes from both our De Soto, Kansas and Little Rock, Arkansas locations. Our Hispanic Bible College, Instituto Bíblico Constructores de Fe, launched our Little Rock campus and another in Quito, Ecuador.

Pastor Steele’s new book, Refusing the Care,is about to be released and what a great help this book will be to the Body of Christ. Pastor Philip really brings to light the importance of recognizing and refusing to accept the care, stress, and anxiety. I am so thrilled with the revelation and insight this book provides. I want to share an excerpt from this book with you. I know you will receive help from this!

Excerpt from Chapter 1 of Refusing the Careby Pastor Philip Steele

When talking about the ability to refuse the care, we can be very elementary or matter of fact about it by saying, “I am not going to care.” However, we can be saying this and still have a heart full of care. The bottom line is this: If we have faith, we will see it, but if we are carrying care, we will see it too.

We may say that we are not carrying any cares or worries. However, our face may be telling a whole different story. In this way, our confession is betrayed by our lack of faith in what we are confessing.

There was a time in the past when Pastor Michelle and I took a stand to pray and believe God for something. I was on our balcony praying in the Holy Spirit. The Bible says that when you pray in the Holy Spirit, you build up your most holy faith (Jude 1:20). It recharges your (spiritual) batteries. I was praying in tongues and crying out desperately to God.

I heard the Lord speak to me where He speaks to each one of us – in our spirits. God said, “Philip, your face is all scrunched up.” I was praying earnestly! I really thought I was praying in faith!

But the Lord spoke to me and said, “Your actions prove what you are really believing.” The expression on my face and the desperation in my prayer revealed that I was not in faith. I was praying in worry and under the pressure of the problem.

People may say that they do not have a care. But their actions, attitudes, and the way they present themselves will reveal whether or not they actually have cares or worries. It will be the proof as to whether or not they are refusing the care or carrying the care.

Refusing the care is not just refusing to think about something. It is not a denial of something. It is not merely keeping a positive thought. When we study what the Word of God says, we will see that refusing care is vital to our overall spiritual fitness.

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Luke 21:34

In Luke 21:34, Jesus is dealing with the end times and His second coming. The initial part of verse 34 says, “…take heed to yourselves…” This verse is telling us that the first thing we need to watch is our own reactions when we are confronted with the pressures of life. “TAKE HEED TO YOURSELF.”

Very often, we can quickly point out someone else who has entered into care. However, God says to “take heed to yourselves.” That is to say that we must watch ourselves to prevent our hearts from being overcharged with surfeiting, drunkenness, and the cares of this life so that the day (of Christ’s return) does not come upon us unawares. There are some important truths here of which we need to take notice.

Jesus used the words overcharged and surfeitingSurfeiting simply means “self-indulgence.” Without getting too involved in the definition of this word, it can include overeating or too much involvement in the pleasures of this world.

There is nothing wrong, for instance, in watching a college football game. Yet, there are people who will waste an entire Saturday watching college football. This can cross over into self-indulgence. The Lord is all about us having fun, but fun has its place, as well as its limits. He warns us to keep ourselves from self-indulgence.

In the same verse, Jesus points to thecares of this life. The Wuest Translation of the New Testament says, “…the anxieties pertaining to the affairs of this life…” The Amplified Bible says, “…cares pertaining to [the business of] this life…” Jesus is warning us that if our focus is on the cares or anxieties of this life, the day (pertaining to His second coming) will come on us unawares. If our focus is on the anxieties, anxiousness, cares, or the business of this life, there are things we will miss, and there are things that can come on us when we least expect it.

I was up early one morning meditating on some things when the Lord began talking to me about cares. He said to me, “The entering in of cares requires the letting go of faith.” Any time I enter into care, I have to let go of faith. That’s because faith, according to the Amplified Bible translation, is “The entire dependence of the entire personality on God.” (End of excerpt from Refusing the Careby Pastor Philip Steele)

I want to encourage you to refuse the cares of this life and remain in peace. We are entering into some of the best days of our lives and the Lord wants you to enjoy His very best! Thank you for your partnership! Together we are building people’s faith and framing their world by the Word of God!

 

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Michelle Steele

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Cast It Down and Take It Captive!

Dear Partners and Friends,

Pull it down! Cast it down! Take it captive! You are equipped with the weapons to pull down every spiritual, mental or emotional stronghold. You are supplied with the spiritual artillery to cast down every imagination or idea that lifts itself against the knowledge of God. Every disobedient, troublesome, thought can be taken captive at gunpoint. You can make your thoughts surrender in obedience to the Anointed One, Jesus Christ.

The Lord is not going to march into your life, take your spiritual weapons, and point them at the thoughts, worries, or fears that are attacking you. It is not His responsibility. He provided the weapons. That is His part. Your part is to use the weapons and maintain the victory He has already provided. The working of these weapons I am referring to is explained in II Corinthians 10:4-5.

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; II Corinthians 10:4-5

The weapons work to defend you against imaginations and thoughts. Why? It is because this is how the enemy will attack. Just like Eve was attacked with words that transmitted images, the attack against every believer comes through information that disagrees with the information provided by the Lord. We don’t have to be victims to a continual onslaught of thoughts. We can renew our mind to become a strong tower of righteous thought patterns. We just have to move from the defensive to the offensive position.

Step One- Stop all chaos! In Christ Jesus, we are already more than conquerors. The God of Hope has filled us with all joy and peace in believing (Romans 15:13). Jesus has given us His peace. (John 14:27) In that verse, Our Lord and Master instructed us, “Let not your heart be troubled.” That is not a suggestion. The Lord expects us to maintain the peace He supplied. He expects us to guard against all worry, fear, or anything that disturbs us. The Amplified Bible of John 14:27 uses the phrase, “Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.”

Does that sound strong to you? Does that sound like the Lord is unreasonable? If it does, you need to put that verse in your mouth and in your heart until it renews your mind. Our society has conditioned many believers to accept fear. Worry is not being resisted in the believer’s life like it should be. People let thoughts of worry play around unhindered in their mind until it becomes natural. Worry is never natural for the believer. If something agitates you, confront it! Take your weapon and capture the thought. Don’t allow it in your thought processes!

Step Two-Reformat the mental hard drive! Romans 12:2 says “be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Ephesians 4:23 says, “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” Colossians 3:10 tells us the new man (the new you born-again and spiritually alive) is renewed in knowledge. You have to take your spiritual weapons and clean out any ungodly thoughts of despair, unrighteousness, and unworthiness. Every thought has to agree with the New Testament identification you were given at the new birth. This step is not only about ridding your thoughts of the incorrect ideas. Renewing your mind includes rebuilding the right thought patterns. Your mind should be a well-fortified, strong defense system against wrong thoughts. If the enemy sends a thought of failure, red lights should blaze and sirens should blare “Danger, Danger!” You run to the scene with weapons drawn and declare, “I am the head and not the tail. All grace is abounding toward me. Everything I do prospers!”

Step Three-Move into the offensive! Build the image of God’s Word so strongly into your thought processes until you begin to advance. Move into the flood stage of the blessing! Move into the flood stage of the Spirit of God. You accomplish this advancement by giving your attention to the Word. Proverbs 4:20 “Attend to my words!” Psalms 1:3 says the person who has focused on the Word day and night will prosper in whatever he does. Joshua 1:8 declares you will make your way prosperous and have good success after you have maintained the Word in your mouth until you can see yourself doing it!

Partner, you have what it takes to win in life. Jesus Christ already gave it to you!I’m praying for you!

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Cooperating With God’s Peace

Dear Partners and Friends,

I shared some truths with you last month that the Lord has emphasized to me from this verse:

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13 KJV

I shared with you the importance of understanding that hope is a confident, earnest expectation of good. I explained the will of Our Heavenly Father is that we are filled with all joy and peace in believing. The end result of that filling is this. We will abound in hope! We will abound in earnest, confident expectation.

We looked closely at the joy of the Lord. It is our strength. Joy equals strength in the spiritual arena. We recognized joy as the strength to resist cares, worry, and anxiety. Rejoice in the Lord and be careful for nothing (Philippians 4:4-6). Following the first instruction makes the second instruction possible. I have confident expectation that you have been rejoicing!

This verse tells us the Lord fills us with all joy and peace. We submit to that. We receive it by believing in our heart that we are filled with all joy and peace. We declare with our mouth we are filled with all joy and peace. We renew our minds to this truth! We don’t wait until our emotions indicate we are filled with joy and peace. The Word has already indicated it! We take the Word and inform our minds and emotions that we are currently filled with all joy and peace!

Peace is important. The Lord sees peace differently than the way many people define peace. In the mind of God, peace is a covenant force that causes your life to become a life of “nothing missing and nothing broken.” The word for “peace” in the Hebrew is “shalom.” It means the peace that comes from a position of completeness or wholeness. Peace restores the broken areas. Peace fills the places of your life that are empty. The Shunammite woman of II Kings 4, activated her covenant of peace to receive her son raised from the dead. When her husband asked her why she wanted to see the man of God, she declared, Shalom- I have the peace that comes from being made whole.

Isaiah 26:3 AMP declares, “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” The believer must submit to peace. We cooperate with it by governing our mind. To keep your mind focused on God’s thoughts is to stay connected to your spiritual supply. By doing this, we remain under the guard and protection of our Lord.

Philippians shows us this same process. First, we rejoice in the Lord and it recharges our strength. Then, we resist care, worry, and anxiety. Instead of worrying, pray! God answers prayer!

The result is God’s peace will garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus! (Philippians 4:7 AMP) Our part is to be careful for nothing. The Amplified Bible says, “Do not fret or have anxiety about anything.”

This is not hard! It may be different to you because it is not the way you have responded in the past. But, hear me! This is not hard because the Lord told you to do it. It is hard to live a life of worry and anxiety. It is difficult to be constantly agitated and anxious. That is a hard life! The life of peace is easy, safe, secure and pleasurable.

The God of hope fills us with all joy and peace in believing. The prepositional phrase “in believing” indicates an important factor. It is possible to refuel an aircraft while it is in midflight. The military designed this process to enable flights of weapons and supplies to reach their destination without having to make multiple stops and interruptions. This is the image I have when I read this verse. While we remain in faith (our flight pattern), the Lord fills our tanks with joy (our strength) and peace (the restoring power that maintains wholeness).

Partner, submit to your fullness! 

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I Will Never Be Afraid Another Day in My Life

Dear Partners and Friends,

“I will never be afraid another day in my life!” I heard these words come out of my mouth and my mind wanted to argue. My spirit was making the declaration and my mind wanted to hold onto a license or excuse to fear. “What if this happened? Then you would have a legal right to be afraid.” No! There is nothing that can “make” me be afraid. There is no situation that forces fear as the only option. My born-again spirit is setting the boundary against fear in any form. I will never be afraid another day in my life!

We never have to fear. Fear is not a requirement. It is an option. I am choosing to remove it from my options. I want to erase fear from the multiple-choice list in my response category. The Holy Spirit wants to reveal to us the complete, absolute victory we have over fear. We are alive in Christ. There is no fear that can dominate one who is dominated by Christ. We have to know it, believe it, and walk in that truth!

Let me say this. I have been in the Word of God long enough to know that I should not permit fear to run rampant in my life. I would never openly declare, “I am afraid of…” I have learned to resist fear when situations occur or bad news arrives. If I don’t listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I could think, “I am alright! I have a handle on this. I know how to resist fear.”

The Lord is speaking to me and I am imparting to you, my partners, because there is a level of productivity for us to attain. There is a level of spiritual understanding for us to reach. It begins by becoming intolerant of fear on every level. This means we have to build our faith in what God’s Word says until our mind is renewed. We have to be responsible to recognize and confront every worry or anxious thought. We have to be diligent to identify emotions of anxiety in every moment of our life.

Do you get “unnerved” when a certain bill collector calls? Are you “concerned” about the way your adult children are living?  There are many situations in life that people respond to with a low-grade level of fear and never recognize that they are permitting fear. Then, when a larger circumstance arises, fear is an automatic response. They just increase the level from low-grade fear to full-blown, unrestrained fear. If that same person wants to use their faith against their circumstance, it is more difficult because their faith is not as developed as their fear.

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. (Philippians 4:6 AMP)

The New Testament believer is instructed, “Do not fret or have anxiety about anything…” The Lord Jesus Christ wants us to operate free from every thing that would trigger anxiety, unrest or concern.

This takes diligence on our part. We must refuse thoughts of concern. We must refuse to allow unrest or worry to operate in our mind or emotions. Dominate it! Take the Word of God and govern your thoughts. Use the Word like a weapon and control your emotions.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

The word “troubled” means disquieted, to cause inward commotion, to take away calmness of mind, to make restless or strike one’s spirit with fear of dread. Our Lord Jesus Christ told us not to permit our hearts to be in that condition. Therefore, we have the ability and responsibility to enforce this. Nothing can make our hearts troubled unless we permit it! Nothing can take away our calmness of mind unless we allow it!

Even more importantly, The Lord Jesus is holding us responsible for the condition of our heart! We cannot present any list of reasons that will be acceptable to explain why we were so worried. No excuse is acceptable. “But my son was facing prison. My daughter was on meth. My husband was diagnosed with… The bills were overdue. The company was laying people off.” No matter what the situation is…fear is not the right response. Worry is never permitted. Unrest and anxiety are never acceptable ways for us to respond.

This is freeing. Don’t allow condemnation. If you have allowed your response to be one of worry or anxiety, just choose to respond differently. Make the determination and set your spirit against fear on any level. Arm yourself with verses that will strengthen you. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you any area where anxiety or unrest is present in your life. Practice a different response. Put this in your heart and mouth. “I will never fear another day in my life.”

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Guard your heart! Investigate every thought that passes through your mental processes and make those thoughts pass through the filter of God’s Word. There is an attack against the believer designed to change your belief system. The enemy is after the productivity of the Word in your life.

Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23 AMP

Jesus instructs us through the parable of the sower about the various methods of the adversary to steal, kill and destroy the Word. We see the Word of God that is not understood is the seed sown by the wayside in Matthew 13:19. We recognize that offense causes your heart to be stony ground where the Word cannot gain a strong root system. When pressures come against your life, the Word cannot continue because offense brings an end to its growth. Finally, the heart full of worry or concern is like a garden full of thorns. The heart full of cares doesn’t allow room for the Word to grow. The Word gets choked out by worry!

All of these heart conditions can attack the believer if they aren’t diligently guarding or keeping their heart. The definition of the word “keep” is

i)      to continue having or holding,

ii)    to watch over or defend,

iii)   to maintain in orderly condition.

This instruction has a focus on maintaining a certain condition. Many times, we teach this from an aspect of stopping the wrong information or influence.  But, you can protect your heart from the wrong thing while neglecting to maintain faith. In the same way that you can refrain from saying the wrong thing and neglect to make a faith declaration, you can stop the negative from entering your heart and never deposit the Word to maintain your spiritual fruit.

Let’s take a different approach. Let’s take an offensive approach to our life instead of a defensive position. From the many football games I have endured, (Oops, I should say enjoyed) while my husband cheered on his favorite team, I have learned this one thing. Most of the points are scored while the team has the offensive line on the field. At times, the defense will pick up a fumble or intercept a play and manage to score. Generally, the points are scored when the team is focused on offensive plays with the players trained in offensive moves are on the field.

Your spiritual advancement needs an offensive approach. Instead of studying things in an attempt to combat the attack you are under, begin to study the Word that will help you advance past that attack. Instead of praying in response to the things happening in your life, begin praying in line with where you want to be in the future. The Holy Spirit will guide you. He will give you the specifics and the “cues” for your prayer life. The Lord already has a specific plan for your progress. He has planned the very best for your life and made paths ready to lead you there. God’s good life is ready right now for you to live it. Look at this verse!

For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. Ephesians 2:10 AMP

Finding the paths of God is not hard. Walking in the progress The Father has designed is not hard. It is just different. It is different from the way of our society. It is probably different than the way you were raised or taught unless you were raised in the Word.

The key to your progress on these paths is in your attention. What has your focus? To what are you paying attention?

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Proverbs 4:20

“Attend” means “to apply the mind to something, to focus the consciousness to produce greater clarity.” The design of our Heavenly Father is to keep our attention on His instruction. He wants us to apply our mind to His truth. The Lord wants us to focus on the truths of who we are in Christ until they are clear enough for us to walk in them.

The adversary wants your attention too. The problem wants your focus. This is what worry does. Worry drives the focus of the thoughts and emotions to the situation. How many of us have been deceived into thinking,  “If I worry about this long enough, I can fix it”? For many people, worry is a trained response. When things happen, they worry and don’t know how to “not worry.”  Remember, God’s method is not hard! It is different.

The reason worry comes easily to so many people, even believers, is that they are highly developed in worry. They have consistently given their attention to the problem and the situation. They have never exercised control over their emotions to disengage from the circumstance. They have never disciplined their thoughts to stay focused on God’s Word. When a crisis occurs, they lack spiritual stamina to defeat the onslaught against the mind, will, and emotions.

My partner, you and I are going to respond differently. We are going to be on the offensive line with our focus on God’s Word. We are ready to move forward. We are preparing our mind, will, and emotions to be under the governing power of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit can easily lead us. We are people easily persuaded by the Word!

There is much more on this topic in my newest book release, “Finding God’s Answers.” I want to offer it to you, my partner, at the pre-release price of $10. This book has many truths that The Lord has been teaching me all year. I believe it will be an instrument of revelation for you. Click on this link to purchase “Finding God’s Answers.” I will pay the postage. You can purchase and sow online. For your convenience, we have a toll-free number available for orders and sowing. You can also call 800-516-8082.

Pastor Philip and I along with our prayer team at Faith Builders are praying for you. Thank you for watching the broadcast, listening to the podcasts and visiting the website! Thanks for your prayers and support! We love you!

Don’t Despair…Take Action!

When you feel like your back is against the wall, find God’s Word and act on it. You may find times in your life when you have tried everything you know to try. Perhaps you have prayed and asked God, “What am I doing wrong?” You have changed things around. You have moved things out of your life. You know what God’s Word says about your life. But your situation isn’t lining up with your revelation. You know God’s Word is truth. Still everything in the natural is screaming, “It is not working!”

       This is not the time to despair. Don’t give up on the seed you have been sowing. Don’t back off your prayer of faith! Don’t leave the light of God’s Word to wander around in the darkness asking “Why? Why is this happening to me?”

       “Faith rejoices, gives thanks and is glad. Doubt despairs, complains and is sad.” The evidence of our faith is our joy and peace. If you are constantly complaining or crying, don’t get condemned. Change it! Find God’s Word and act on it! You can start by finding Philippians 4:4 which instructs us to “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”

       There was a time when my husband and I were dealing with a situation that needed to change. It was a financial condition that had been troubling us for a few years. We had done everything in our power. We had adjusted everything we could adjust in the natural. We disciplined our spending. We cut from the budget anything extra that we could cut. We both took temporary jobs to add to the finances. We never had peace about it and found that it always hindered what we were called to do. The answer was not in the natural arena of our life.

       The entire situation began to turn when we took action on the Word. We saw some truths in the Word we had not acted on fully. Those truths became revelation to us. We saw how they could apply to our lives. I remember the faith that rose in my heart because I knew I had acted on the Word. I had been acting in hope. I had been acting in despair. But, now I was acting on the Word.

         In Luke chapter five we see that Peter and his friends had been fishing all night. Peter said, “Master, we toiled all night and caught nothing in our nets. But on the ground of your word, I will lower the nets again.” (Luke 5:5 Amp) This time Peter received a different result. Because he was responding to the Word, Peter received results!

       God wants you to have results! God wants everything in your life to abound with peace, victory and supply! Don’t sweat or struggle another day. Find a Word from God and act on it!

 

No Doubt Allowed

I have made a quality decision for my future. I choose to refuse to doubt! On this road toward my destiny, the pitfall that has caused the greatest delay in my progress is doubt.

As a pastor and Bible teacher, I should have seen it coming. I should have had my faith shield firmly clutched in my grasp. Instead, I found my attention being diverted by the dilemma. It wasn’t a sudden circumstance that captured my focus. It was like a slow, gradual fade until the light of faith was gone and the shadow of despair was surrounding me. Then, life seemed difficult.

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Life without faith is limited to sense knowledge, will power and toiling. I tried to make good decisions. I tried to be responsible. I discovered that being reasonable was pulling me farther away from my purpose.

God spoke to my heart in the midst of my toiling and struggle. He pointed out that in the New Testament the emphasis for the believer was not placed on struggle or toiling. The emphasis is on believing. I began to look at Jesus, my example. He never dealt with obstacles or situations with natural forces. He used His faith!

I returned to the verses that I started my journey with some twenty years ago. I pulled out Mark 11:23 and realized that doubt is a verb! Jesus said to have faith. Then, He said “Don’t doubt!”

I looked up the word “doubt” and discovered it means, to withdraw from, to oppose, to stagger, to separate. Just like Peter, who took his focus from the Word to the waves, I took my eyes from the promise to the problem! I withdrew from believing. I was separated from confidence. I staggered like the unstable believer described in the book of James.

When you stagger, you lose your footing. You lose your balance! You lose the ground that you have gained.

No more! Doubt is an action that I can avoid. You can avoid doubt, too. Make the choice today! No more doubt!